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Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Young Writers Project: Dawn

Olivia Pintair is this week's Young Writers Project author.

Olivia Pintair, of Williston, is a rising freshman who will be attending Emma Willard School in the fall. Olivia is a longtime Young Writers Project writer who also writes her own lyrics and music – as she did for this piece. Olivia has recently published an eBook of her lyrics and poetry to support a Ugandan orphan. The book, “When All That's Left is Light,” is available on Amazon.

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Friday Night Jazz
9:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Friday Night Jazz: Ray Vega

Ray Vega speaks with Reuben Jackson in VPR's Performance Studio on July 11, 2014.
Angela Evancie VPR

Trumpeter-flugelhornist Ray Vega is my guest on Friday Night Jazz this Friday, July 25 at 8 p.m.

Vega is a veteran of seminal Latin Jazz ensembles led by Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Johnny Pacheco and many others. He has also worked with Paul Simon, The Lincoln Center Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and The Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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VPR Cafe
6:31 am
Fri July 25, 2014

VPR Cafe: Maple Wind Farm Rebounding

Bruce Hennessey of Maple Wind Farm walks by a group of several hundred chickens that will soon start producing eggs at the Huntington farm.

On Jan. 13, the huge historic barn at Maple Wind Farm in Richmond burned to the ground, destroying expensive equipment and thousands of pounds of stored vegetables. Bruce Hennessey and Beth Whiting have been climbing out of this disaster with hard work and determination, as well as the help and support of their customers and agricultural community.

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VT Garden Journal
6:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Fall Peas

Plant fall peas two months before the first expected frost in your area. That means now!
Lee Reich AP

This ancient vegetable was found thousands of years ago in caves in Northern Thailand, Egyptian tombs and Swiss bronze age villages. It wasn't until the Italians started cultivating it as fresh vegetable, and introduced it to the French, that it really took off. The petit pois or fresh garden pea is normally a spring treat. But, it grows equally as well as a fall crop. Let me tell you how.

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Art Hounds
2:37 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Art Hounds: Circus & Theater

Aerialists perform in Circus Smirkus' 'Anchors Away For Atlantis'
Photo credit, Cindy Shultz, Times Union

Serenity Smith-Forchion is the director of the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro and recommended Circus Smirkus' appearance at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, Massachusetts on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 29th and 30th with shows both days at 1 and 7 p.m.

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Young Writers Project
2:59 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Young Writers Project: Life Behind Sunglasses

Merrick Mendenhall is this week's Young Writers Project author.

Merrick Mendenhall, a rising junior at Burlington High School, describes her inspiration for her poem, "Life Behind Sunglasses": “I was inspired to write a poem based on the idea that the world changes when you put on a pair of sunglasses. When the idea first came to me I actually wrote it down in my phone and forgot about it until a few weeks later when I came across the idea again and decided to finally bring it to life in a poem.”

Life Behind Sunglasses
By Merrick Mendenhall
Grade Eleven, Burlington High School

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VPR Blog
10:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

The Takeaway And Science Friday Coming To VPR At 2 P.M.

VPR will begin airing The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and Science Friday with Ira Flatow on weekdays at 2 p.m.

Two new programs are coming to VPR on weekday afternoons at 2 p.m. beginning August 4. Listen Monday through Thursday for The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, and on Fridays for Science Friday with Ira Flatow.

The Takeaway

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Outdoor Radio
9:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Outdoor Radio: Buzzzzzzzz!

Kent McFarand and Sara Zahendra of the Vermont Center for EcoStudies are talking bees at the Northeast Nature Center.

This month on Outdoor Radio, we’ll venture out into a meadow of wild flowers that is literally singing with bumble bees. Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra talk about the species we find in Vermont, the different ways they pollinate our flowers and crops, and the environmental factors that are threatening their population.

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VPR Cafe
6:34 am
Fri July 18, 2014

VPR Cafe: Not Your Usual Berry

John Hayden holds a handful of red currants at The Farm Between in Jeffersonville
Glenn Russell FREE PRESS

Summer brings a variety of delicious berries. Most notably strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. But there are other varieties grown in Vermont that you may have never tried: black and red currants, gooseberries and elderberries. Melissa Pasanen, who writes for the "Savorvore" section of The Burlington Free Press, tells us about how they're grown and how to enjoy them.

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