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Read on for frequently asked questions about the VPR Next Capital Campaign.

What is the Next Campaign?
The VPR Next Campaign is a VPR Next is a $10 million campaign that will transform and allow VPR to serve its community better than ever before. The initiative will fund a renovated and expanded facility, news and programming innovation, and a public studio for convening events, discussions and music performances.

No Makeup is a new VPR partner podcast sharing authentic stories of women who ‘take off their makeup’ and tell us about their lives. They talk about their personal and professional challenges and share a few words of advice.

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Vermont Public Radio has received a $1 million commitment from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation in support of the VPR Next Campaign.

VPR Classical’s Rutland station at 92.5 is moving to 99.1. 

 

Daria Bishop

We are thrilled to share with you that VPR Classical Managing Producer Kari Anderson and her husband Neel welcomed a son to the world in late July. All are doing well and we have it on good authority that Aki has already become an avid listener.

Kari will be away on maternity leave until late October and we hope you’ll enjoy classical music on weekday mornings from VPR Classical's Linda Radtke.

Please join us in congratulating Kari and her growing family!

As part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour, StoryCorps is coming back to Burlington! The MobileBooth — an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio — will be parked at the Burlington Waterfront right outside of the ECHO Center August 4 through September 2 to collect stories from Vermonters like you!

Oh, Baby!

Aug 8, 2016
Courtesy of Jane Lindholm

VPR's youngest listener was born on Thursday. We're pleased to announce that Vermont Edition host Jane Lindholm gave birth to daughter Carys Ray on August 4. The nine-pound, two-ounce redhead was welcomed by the whole family, including big brother Dylan.

Our first Bach & Brews was a success, so let's have another round!

Missed the first one? Here's what we're doing: Classical music often gets a bad rap for being too stuffy and formal, but what if it didn’t have to be? VPR Classical is setting out to break down those walls with our new series of chamber music reading parties, Bach & Brews.

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Update 08/12/2016: Thanks to all the listeners and callers who made this year's Stargazing Party success. You can listen back the show here.

Take your radio and a blanket into the backyard and tune in to VPR for our Eye on the Sky Stargazing Party on Wednesday, August 10 at 9 p.m.

VPR's Live from the Fort features musicians from around the state performing live at the VPR studios in Colchester. Through music and casual conversation, the series connects music lovers with Vermont-based musicians.

If you count years, the Commentator Brunch just reached its 10th anniversary.

On July 10th, VPR will begin broadcasting new programs at 11 a.m. and noon on Sunday. Reveal at 11 a.m. and, beginning August 7th, Next at noon. These two programs will replace the rebroadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.

Garrison Keillor will be hosting A Prairie Home Companion for the last time Saturday, July 2. We think this calls for a celebration to honor Garrison!

Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

All this summer, VPR has been connecting you with the candidates for higher office, bringing you the latest from the campaigns. To help you prepare for Tuesday's primary, check out our new "Meet the Candidates" podcast and hear from the candidates on the top issues facing the state.

Bach & Brews: A Chamber Music Sight Reading Party

Jun 27, 2016

Classical music often gets a bad rap for being too stuffy and formal, but what if it didn’t have to be? VPR Classical is setting out to break down those walls with our new series of chamber music reading parties, Bach & Brews.

Update: at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, July 1, we reached our fundraising goal of $300,000 and "unlocked" the $100,000 challenge for a grand total of $400,000! Thanks to the more than 4,500 listeners who contributed to our fundraiser to help pay for the programming and all of the services VPR provides.

Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

In February, VPR with the Castleton Polling Institute conducted the first of three VPR Polls for this election year. The results of that poll provided important insights on Vermonters' opinions about the presidential candidates, statewide officeholders and key topics like gun control and marijuana legalization.

Credit David Finlayson

Every summer in Vermont, musicians come together to find the quiet, space and time to explore the meaning and magic of chamber music. For the next month leading up the Marlboro Music Festival you can hear the Magic of Marlboro Sundays at noon and Monday evenings at 8 on VPR Classical.

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids
Jory Raphael For VPR

Join us for a celebration of the curiosity of children with a VPR listening party for the our new podcast for kids, But Why, on Saturday, June 25 at Shelburne Farms.

The show tackles questions submitted from kids, such as "why is the sky blue?" to "why don't cats have hands?" to "why do people have different religions?"

Staff Spotlight: Betty Smith Mastaler

Jun 10, 2016
VPR

It’s a special edition of our Staff Spotlight: This month we’re talking with our Commentary Series producer and one of the very first employees of VPR, Betty Smith-Mastaler who is celebrating her 40th anniversary with VPR!

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