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Friday, July 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.   The nation’s electric grid now penetrates all aspects of our daily lives. Our aging electric power grid, the patchwork system that transmits and distributes electricity from plants to consumers, is aging and stretched to capacity.

The nation’s grid, built 50, 60 years ago, is taxed year-round but especially in the summer months with triple-digit temperatures, violent storms and outages when users are relying on their air conditioners.

Sally Pollak / Free Press

Sunday June 30, 2013 10:40am Local and Fresh - those are the key ingredients of localvore eating.  Many restaurants in Vermont are going super local and super fresh with their own gardens.  Sally Pollak, who writes for The Burlington Free Press Savorvore Section, has visited several restaurants that serve their patrons direct from their own gardens.  You can read more about 'Dinner Grown Here' and restaurants tha

AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye

This Native American flower was one of the earliest examples of Russian and American cooperation. It has been grown in the Americas for thousands of years, but became popular in modern times due to breeding in Russia. It's the sunflower.

Art Hounds: Memory

Jun 27, 2013
Phantom Theater

Thursdays, 4:50 p.m. & Fridays, 7:55 a.m.

Warren artist Julia Purinton recommended the kick-off performance of Phantom Theater's summer line-up, "Long Gone."

The dance performance at Edgcomb Barn in Warren explores how our dead continue to live and evolve through memory and imagination.

Young Writers Project: Living by a Farm

Jun 24, 2013

Saskia is one of the winners of this year's Farm Project, which is awarded to young writers for artfully depicting the importance of farming in Vermont's communities.

Living by a Farm
By Saskia Kiely
Grade Seven, Vergennes Union High School

Copyright Adrian Pingstone

On June 23, 2000, the "MV Treasure" iron ore tanker sank off the coast of South Africa, covering 19,000 adult African Penguins penguins in oil. Fortunately, thousands of volunteers arrived to help. The oily birds were moved to Cape Town to be cleaned. Another 19,500 penguins that escaped the oil were released at sea, 600 miles to the east. It took those birds nearly three weeks to swim back home, allowing workers time to clean up the oil-fouled waters and beaches.

Learn more about BirdNote.

Sunday, June 23, 2013 10:40am  The buttermilk we find in the supermarket is usually skim or low fat milk with culture added to sour it.  Real buttermilk is the thick, creamy 'left-overs' of the butter churning process.   Diane Saint Claire of Animal Farm in Orwell, Vermont had lots of 'left overs' from her custom butter making (VPR Cafe June 2 '13), so she developed dozens of recipes and published The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook.  This week, Melissa Pasanen talks about delicious ways to

AP Photo/University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service, Griffin Dill

Blueberries and garlic are two of my favorite, low pest edibles to grow. Get the pH right on blueberries and keep the birds away, and you're almost guaranteed a great harvest of sweet, fruits. For garlic, just plant in fall on well-drained soil, mulch them with straw and by next summer you have enough garlic to feed the Italian army, or at least your family, all year long.

But nature hates a vacuum, so guess what's happened? There are now two new insect pests attacking these very crops. I hate to be a downer, but we all should know about these new pests.

Terry Ekasala

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. and Fridays at 7:55 a.m.

Graphic designer Christine Hauk has a suggestion for the Hartland Jazz Fest on Saturday, June 22nd from 1 till 8 p.m., at Foster Meadow Field.

The rain-or-shine family fest includes local and nationally known musicians in 10 performances, food vendors and tent shelters.

It is a well-documented fact that Morning Edition Host Mitch Wertlieb sometimes makes promises during membership drives that he wishes he hadn't.

Like the time he and Jane Lindholm made a Call Me Maybe video.

Or the time he recorded a funky rap that some listeners wrote in VPR's honor.

Mark Eley/Free Press

Sunday June 16, 10:40am  Farmers markets were once a central location for local farmers to sell their produce, eggs and meat.  Shoppers got to know the farmers personally and catch up on the latest news with their neighbors.  As farmers markets have grown in popularity, they've also grown in number, size and the variety of offerings - including an ever expanding menu of prepared foods.  This week, Candace Page talks about how farmers markets are trying to stay true to their roots and maintain a balance of fresh and prepared foods.

AP/Pat Wellenbach

I recently returned from leading a VPR Tour of the Gardens and Food of Italy and was amazed at the wild poppies in full bloom. They were everywhere. In wine yards, olive orchards, vegetable gardens and along the highways. It made me appreciate the toughness of the poppy flower. They're a great annual or biennial flower with bursts of color.  Here's a run down of some types to grow.

Copyright Joe Fischer

Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 8:58 a.m.

Years ago, Yellow-billed Cuckoos like this one were frequent visitors to the Pacific Northwest. They’re one of the few birds that eat tent caterpillars, a species that can wreak havoc on the leaves of trees. It’s a mystery why the cuckoos no longer come. During a tent caterpillar outbreak, we know it can’t be for lack of food. Something else must be at play.

Art Hounds: History

Jun 13, 2013
Vermont Performance Lab

Ellen McCulloch-Lovell has produced many performances at Marlboro College and suggested the Vermont Performance Lab's unique theater work about two people who can never meet, called, "Not What Happened."

The play's writer and director Ain Gordon refers to his 2-actor piece as "a battling duet between two people who could never meet – the historical re-enactor and the actual historic figure they re-enact."

See the show Friday and Saturday, June 14th and 15th at 8 at New England Youth Theater in Downtown Brattleboro.

Sunday June 9, 2013

A sleeping bandstand
I miss the crowds already
Jazzy souveniers.


Saturday June 8, 2013

A student asked if
I had a second career.
Yes. Chasing music.

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Friday, June 7 at 5:57 pm & Sunday, June 9 at 9:35 am   This native American fruit has been grown here for 13,000 years. It has some of the highest levels of anti-oxidants of any fruit we eat and has been known to help prevent urinary tract infections, heart disease and improve night vision.  I just like eating them in pies, muffins and shakes. It's the blueberry!

The Green Mountain Monteverdi Ensemble of Vermont (a serious ensemble with a tongue-in-cheek name) visits the VPR Performance Studio for a taste of their 'Double Takes' program.  It features paired settings of the same text by different composers, including Bach, Schutz and others.  They perform the program this week in Strafford, Burlington and Montpelier.

Copyright Ryan Morrissey

Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8:58 am   Some believe the song of the Wood Thrush to be the most beautiful bird song in North America. Others select the song of the Hermit Thrush. Still others name the singing of the Swainson’s Thrush. How do thrushes like this Veery create such fine music? The answer is that the birds have a double voice box, unique to them, called the syrinx. A fine singer like a thrush can voice notes independently and simultaneously from each half of its syrinx, notes which blend brilliantly as ethereal, harmonious tones.

Tom Bodett, author and regular panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me never finished college. He dropped out and began an adventure that led him to a variety of places, including Alaska. He recently spoke to graduates of the Community College of Vermont as part of their commencement ceremony. In his speech, he shares the lessons he has learned on his unconventional path.

This commencement address was recorded on June 1st at Norwich University, where CCV held its ceremony.