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Tuesday, March 3: Happy Town Meeting Day!

5:59am: Adrian Legg: "The One-Eyed Turk", from "Guitar Bones."

6:18am: Mama Sumide: "Addicted To Swing", from "The Collection."

6:30am: Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola: "Rockin' In Rhythm", from "Duke Ellington."

6:41am: Billy Martin and Will Blades: "Little Shimmy", from "Shimmy."

6:59am: Brad Mehldau: "Dear Prudence", from "Largo."

7:18am: Phish: "The Mango Song", from "A Picture of Nectar."

Ask Me Another

Mar 2, 2015

VPR is piloting a new show beginning this Saturday. NPR's Ask Me Another is a lively hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience. Ask Me Another host, noted comedian and storyteller Ophira Eisenberg, guides listeners with her witty banter aided by the comedic riffs and songs of house musician Jonathan Coulton.

Our traditional on-air membership drive is scheduled to begin March 18. You know how it goes: several days of program interruptions while we remind you that listener support is essential to providing and improving VPR’s service.

Which got us to thinking: Can we do this another way? How much of our goal can be reached in the next three weeks using short reminders that don’t interrupt programming? Can we eliminate a day from the on-air drive? Two days?

The whole thing? 

If you've been listening over the last month or so, you may have noticed an increase in promotional spots for Morning Edition. That’s because VPR is participating in a nationwide NPR project to increase listening to Morning Edition. More than 90 percent of public radio stations across the country are working together to grow the Morning Edition audience through June of this year.

Update for 2/16/15:  Due to popular demand, we have reconfigured the top of each hour during Morning Edition to bring back the Eye On The Sky Forecast from Mark Breen. You'll hear his reports at 6:06, 7:06, and 8:06, following NPR and VPR news. The 6:31 (recreational), 7:31, 7:50 (weather journal), and 8:31 forecasts will stay the same. We hope you like what you hear!

Monday, February 16:

5:59am: Stephan Crump: "Reclamation Zone", from "Thwirl."

6:07am: Herbie Hancock: "Mercy Street", from "The New Standard."

6:18am: Shawn Lee: "Song For David", from the "Kiss the Sky" EP.

6:30am: McCoy Tyner: "Afro Blue", from "Afro Blue."

6:41am: Medeski, Martin, and Wood: "Little Walter Rides Again", from "Out Louder."

6:50am: String Cheese Incident: "Take 5", from "Carnival '99."

Says You

Richard Sher, creator, executive producer and host of the long-running wordplay program Says You died on Feb. 9 after a battle with cancer. He was 66.

Richard created the program 19 years ago using his talent and passion for language and puzzles. The program is now carried on more than 100 public radio stations nationwide.

Are You The One?

Feb 12, 2015

Vermont Public Radio was very fortunate to receive a surprise bequest gift from a woman we never knew. In the course of accepting her gift, we did learn a bit about her, and regret that we never had the opportunity to express our gratitude for her kindness. If only we had known, we could have said, “Thank you.”

And so we encourage our friends to let us know when they have included VPR in their will or other estate plans. You are leaving a true legacy and we would love to acknowledge your vision of ensuring public radio for future generations.

Al Letson / alletson.com

February is Black History Month, and VPR is taking this opportunity to bring you special programming from State of the Re:Union that introduces us to a new generation of African American leaders.

Al Letson, host of State of the Re:Union, brings us three programs, which we'll run at 3 p.m. on Saturdays for the rest of the month of February. Here's what we can look forward to:

Monday, February 9:

5:59am: Takuya Kuroda: "Rising Son", from "Rising Son."

6:18am: John Zorn: "The Nameless God", from "Psychomagia."

6:30am: McCoy Tyner: "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit", from "Enlightenment."

6:41am: The Dragons of Eden: "Future Evolution", from "Dragons of Eden."

6:59am: Oz Noy: "Cissy Strut", from "Twisted Blues, Vol. 1."

7:07am: Ryan Miller: "Hairy Arms", from the soundtrack to the film "Safety Not Guaranteed."

7:18am: Bill Parsons: "She Blinded Me With Science", from "Special Delivery."