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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!

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

The presidential primaries are winding down, but for Vermont politicians primary season is just beginning. To give Vermonters a better sense of the people hoping to hold the state’s top office, VPR and Vermont’s Reddit community are planning AMAs (Ask Me Anything) with the candidates for governor to learn about their policy proposals and priorities for the state. This is in addition to live interviews with the candidates on Vermont Edition.

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!

Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife

Listen Current helps teachers use stories from VPR in their classrooms. Working with VPR we identify relevant local news stories, design and develop classroom resources around them and make them available for free at VPR.net. 

Courtesy VuHaus.com

VPR's popular online video series Live From The Fort has partnered with VuHaus, a digital video service that introduces emerging and established artists to new audiences around the world. Through their website and mobile app, VuHaus gathers videos and interviews from leading public radio stations across the U.S.

We recently published our 2015 Annual Report, which includes financial information, photos, and a look at VPR's impact in the community, thanks to the help of loyal members and listeners like you.  

We've gone digital this year in order to be environmentally-friendly and good stewards of our supporters' contributions.

You can read VPR's 2015 Annual Report here. Thanks so much for listening to and supporting VPR! 

Michelle Owens / VPR

Nearly a year ago, VPR broke ground on an expansion and renovation of our headquarters in Colchester's historic Fort Ethan Allen.

The Vermont Chamber Business and Industry Expo will be Thursday, May 26 the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington, and VPR will be there. Come visit our booth on the second floor and meet your favorite VPR voices in person.

Kathleen Masterson / VPR

Listen Current helps teachers use stories from their local public radio station with students in their classrooms. 

As a VPR listener, you're probably aware that we've been working hard for the past several years to stay ahead of rapid changes in the radio landscape.

Our goal is to continue to provide the news, music and programming you want and in the way that you want it, so I'm inviting you to share your feedback about technology in our eighth annual Public Radio Tech Survey conducted with Jacobs Media.

'Truth Be Told'

May 6, 2016

VPR will air Truth Be Told, a new program from KQED and PRI for the next four Saturdays beginning this Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. The program will repeat the following Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

The program's focus aims to improve the national conversation on race and asks, "What if we could get better at handling racially charged situations by breaking down our past encounters?" In the first episode, host Joshua Johnson will look at the role race plays in the workplace.

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