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VT Garden Journal
9:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Carrots

Dean Fosdick AP

This vegetable has a reputation for providing great vision and a long life. During World War II the British disguised the fact they were employing radar to shoot down German bombers by saying their pilots possessed superior night vision by eating carrots. Industrialist Henry Ford loved carrots almost as much as cars believing they extended your life. He once presided over a 12-course meal featuring carrot soup, mousse, salad, pickled carrots, carrots au gratin, carrot loaf and carrot ice cream all washed down with carrot juice.

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VPR Cafe
6:10 am
Fri April 18, 2014

VPR Cafe: Waterbury Makes A Culinary Comeback

Chef Robert Barral's specialty, the Cafe Provence seafood stew with saffron risotto
Emily McManamy / FREE PRESS

When Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont, it hit Waterbury hard - wiping out the state office complex and the jobs that filled it. The small town's economy was temporarily erased. But now, a variety of restaurants and pubs have put Waterbury back on the map. Sally Pollak, who writes for The Burlington Free Press Savorvore Section, tells us about the culinary delights she discovered there... and asks "Why do tacos have two flour tortillas?"

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Art Hounds
12:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Art Hounds: Bluegrass

Hot Flannel poster
Patrick Ross Music

Music lover Cindy Ross of Newbury suggested the "newgrass" group, Hot Flannel in concert at the Island Pond Town Hall on Saturday, April 19th and Sunday, April 20th at the Tillotson Center for the Arts in Colebrook, New Hampshire.

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VT Garden Journal
6:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Catmint

Peter M. Fredin AP

Nepeta or catmint is one of my favorite plants. Of course, one of its members, catnip, is a particular favorite of cats. If you're having trouble keeping your catnip or catmint plants alive in the garden consider the old saying, “If you set it, the cats will eat it. If you sow it, the cats don’t know it”. Cats seem to dismiss seeded catnip, but love the transplants. But enough about Felix, let's talk about the beauty of catmint for us!

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VPR Cafe
5:51 am
Fri April 11, 2014

VPR Cafe: The Slow Food Movement

Diners serve themselves a Slow Food feast in Burlington
Candace Page, Burlington Free Press

Back in 1989, Italians marched in the street carrying bowls of pasta to protest a proposed McDonalds in Rome. From there, the Slow Food Movement was born. Slow food is nurtured in the kitchen, savored at the table and shared among friends. Candace Page, who writes for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press, talks about how the Slow Food Movement is catching on in Vermont.

You can learn more about Slow Food and how to get involved in the Free Press.

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Art Hounds
12:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Art Hounds: Into Focus

"Nora"
Photographer, Chloe Hotaling

Polly Raine of Lincoln, an arts educator and photographer, suggested Into Focus, an exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, featuring 45 Vermont high school students' photography. The reception is Friday, April 11 at 6:30 with live music from Montpelier-based Indie rock band, The Snaz.

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BirdNote
6:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

BirdNote: Birds Dress for Spring

An American goldfinch.
Copyright Paul Bannick

It's spring! And for many birds, a time to look their best to attract a new mate. This American Goldfinch has recently molted. Its old, worn-down feathers have fallen out, and new ones have grown in. When goldfinches molt in the fall, they lose these brightly colored feathers. Their winter camouflage helps them blend in with the drab background of the season.
 

Broadcast on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8:58 a.m.

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VPR Cafe
9:11 am
Fri April 4, 2014

VPR Cafe: 30 Years Of Local Roasting

Emily McManamy / FREE PRESS

The Vermont Coffee Company was born thirty years ago when Paul Ralston fell in love with the coffee roasting process and started roasting beans in the front window of the Bristol Bakery. This year, the company will buy a half million pounds of fair trade green coffee beans and distribute the familiar brown bags of Vermont Coffee Company roasted beans throughout New England.

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VPR Classical
8:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Student Composer Showcase: Johna Saltsman

April's Student Composer Johna Saltsman in rehearsal.
Sandi MacLeod

April’s Student Composer Showcase is Johna Saltsman, a senior at North Country Union High School in Newport, Vermont. Johna has had a musical upbringing, and has been performing almost all her life. Her work Jazzy Quintet went on tour with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online mentoring program.

Listen: Monday at 11:30 am, Wednesday at 8:30 am, Friday at 4:00 pm, and Saturday at 9:00 am

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VT Garden Journal
6:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Straw Bale Gardening

Tomato plants flourishing in straw bales.
Tracy Walsh/Poser Design AP Photo

I've seen vegetables planted in just about everything. Whether it be old bathtubs, broken down cars, old shoes or even a used gas grill, gardeners can get creative when it comes to space saving techniques. Well, here's an old space saver that's come back to life in a new book. It's called straw bale gardening. Ruth Stout started it years ago and now Joel Karsten has got a new twist on this idea. Joel makes vegetable gardening less work and more productive by growing veggies in “conditioned” straw bales.

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