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In recent months we’ve heard from more people using Alexa and similar "smart speakers" to listen to Vermont Public Radio. We're using this post to give you the latest information along with tips for the easiest ways to use Alexa to hear the latest VPR news, music and podcasts.

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VPR.net uses the comment platform Disqus to enable comments by visitors to VPR.net. Recently, Disqus reported a security alert and we wanted to bring that to the attention of our site visitors.

It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders debuts on VPR Saturday, October 7
Alexandria Lee / NPR

Listen for It’s Been A Minute from NPR on Saturdays at 10 a.m. beginning Saturday, October 7. 'It's been a minute' is another way of saying 'let's catch up.' Host Sam Sanders does just that in this weekly conversation with journalists, newsmakers, and listeners about news, popular culture and everything in between. 

One of public radio's most popular shows, Car Talk, will end production on September 30, 2017.
NPR

If laughter is the best medicine, Saturday mornings on VPR have been our tonic for the weeks’ stresses and the world’s woes. From brakes, ignitions and fuel pumps to mysterious noises and smells, to romance and parenting, Tom and Ray Magliozzi have shared wisdom and laughter Saturday mornings on Car Talk.

It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders will air on VPR Saturdays at 10 a.m. beginning October 7, 2017.
NPR

Changes are coming to VPR's program schedule in October 2017. Here’s everything you need to know about the new programs and when to listen.

VPR is giving away an iPad Pro during the September membership drive.
Small Dog Electronics

Thank you! More than 4,300 VPR supporters came together to raise more than $400,000 for VPR in under six days of on-air fundraising - several days shorter than most pledge drives! We met the goal just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 20. Thank you so much to everyone who made it possible and to those who support VPR. 

Membership Drive FAQ

Aug 23, 2017

Everything you ever wanted to know about VPR's membership drives, but were afraid to ask!

Peter Fox Smith has shared his love and knowledge of opera with VPR audiences since the station first went on the air in 1977.
Jordan Silverman

A Passion For Opera, which airs on VPR Classical Saturdays at noon, will end production next month. The last program will broadcast on Saturday, September 9.

'Brave Little State' host Angela Evancie.
Angela Evancie / VPR

In an AMA Friday, VPR's resident podcast master Angela Evancie let the Vermont reddit community ask her "anything" and did her best to answer! Here are three things you don't want to miss.

Robin Turnau's career at VPR began in 1989. She has been President & CEO since 2009.
Daria Bishop

Robin Turnau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vermont Public Radio, has announced plans to step down in March 2018.

VPR's 40th anniversary is August 13, 2017. We're celebrating by remembering 40 moments that have defined VPR over the years.
Daria Bishop / VPR

Vermont Public Radio's 40 years of public service is made up of many moments - some watershed, others small and incremental. Together, along with the tremendous support of our community, they built VPR into the essential resource it is today. In honor of our 40th anniversary, here are 40 notable moments that defined VPR over the years.

VPR's renovated and expanded headquarters was designed to be a public place. Come check it out at VPR's 40th Anniversary Block Party.
Jim Westphalen

On Saturday, September 9, join us at VPR headquarters in Colchester for a 40th Anniversary Block Party. Get a peek behind-the-scenes of our renovated and expanded headquarters and meet the people who bring VPR to life.

VPR's Newsroom.
Jim Westphalen / Jim Westphalen Photography

VPR has announced several changes to its news and digital staff that bring new leadership to Vermont Edition, integrate digital and broadcast content and focus on podcast development.

VPR "Founding Mother" and current Commentary Series Producer Betty Smith behind the mic in 1978.
Archives / VPR

VPR celebrates its 40th anniversary on August 13, 2017. Join us all month as we look back at everything we've accomplished together, while looking forward to the next 40 years of public service.

Tune into VPR's test run of The New Yorker Radio Hour on Sunday mornings and let us know what you think.
Courtesy WNYC | Illustration: Anna Ste. Marie / WNYC

VPR's test run of The New Yorker Radio Hour begins July 30 and we want to know how you like it! Take a listen to the program Sunday morning at 11 and let us know what you think.

VPR's renovated and expanded headquarters provides a flexible and collaborative space for VPR to do its best work, as well as a public performance studio.
Jim Westphalen

After three years and donations from more than 2,000 supporters, Vermont Public Radio surpassed the $10 million goal for its VPR Next Capital Campaign on June 29.

The successful completion of the campaign positions VPR to embrace the opportunities of a dynamic and changing media landscape, while solidifying its strong foundation built on 40 years of public service.

Reuben Jackson's listening party on July 20 will feature Brian McCarthy's new release, 'The Better Angels Of Our Nature'.
Photo: Seth Cashman / Illustration: Anna Ste. Marie / VPR

Listen now as Reuben Jackson speaks with local saxophonist, educator, composer, Brian McCarthy discussing material from his riveting new release The Better Angels Of Our Nature.

Chad Hollister Band will record a concert for our Live From The Fort series on Thursday, July 13.
Anna Ste. Marie / VPR

UPDATE 7/12: This event has been sold out. If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, please email astemarie@vpr.net.

Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano are hosts of 'The Dinner Party Download.''
American Public Media, courtesy / American Public Media

VPR is conducting a test run of The Dinner Party Download  and we want to know what you think. Listen Saturday afternoon at 3 and take our survey.

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