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Today in our Stories That Matter series, Sustaining Membership Coordinator Jean Murphy describes a recent StoryCorps episode that will stay with her for a long time. 

Today, we kick-off our September Membership Drive.

And although we are still on the air asking for your support, this is definitely not your typical drive.

You've asked for shorter membership drives. And we are giving it to you. (We are making even more changes to our drives in the coming year; if you are interested, you can get the full details in a recent blog post.)

Historically, our drives span 10 full days. This drive is just eight.


Vermont Edition Host Jane Lindholm got a little carried away with her garden this year. That, or she has a really, really green thumb. For the last month or so, we've been finding baskets of cucumbers in the VPR kitchen, with notes signed "The Cucumber Lady," pleading with us to take them off her hands.

Monday, September 2nd:  Happy Labor Day!

5:59am: Stanley Jordan: "Freddie Freeloader", from "Magic Touch."

6:20am: Traffic: "Glad", from "John Barleycorn Must Die."

6:49am: Booker T: "Get Behind the Mule", from "Potato Hole."

6:58am: John Scofield: "Lazy", from "Groove Elation."

7:20am: New Mastersounds: "This Aint Work", from "Be Yourself."

7:58am: Thelonius Monk: "Work", from "Thelonius Monk and Sonny Rollins."

VPR is making some important changes to our membership drives in the coming year.

We know that drives are not necessarily a listener favorite, but they are a critical way for VPR to remind our audiences of how our unique business model works. Also, every day there are people who discover public radio for the first time, and we need to regularly encourage new listeners to become contributing listeners.

We continue our series about the stories that have mattered to VPR Staff today, with contributions from Mitch Wertlieb and Mary Williams, your morning companions on VPR News.   


Friday, August 30th, 2013, 8p.m.  It's hard to believe it, but Friday Night Jazz with Reuben Jackson turns one next week! To celebrate, you'll hear a live taped performance of saxophonist Brian McCarthy.  He'll be playing with Paul Asbell on guitar, Rob Morse on bass, and Jeff Salisbury on drums.  Reuben Jackson will round out the program with requests that have come in from listeners.  Listen Friday night at 8.

Credit Indaia Whitcombe / WUNC

The Story, which airs weekdays at 2 p.m. on VPR News, will broadcast its final program on North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC this fall.  That's because Dick Gordon has decided to return to his native Canada, where he started his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, to be closer to his family. 

Stan Rashid

Througout this week, VPR will present special news coverage and programs marking the two-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, and we'd like you to contribute to the conversation. 

You're invited to share your photos from before and after the storm. What did your surroundings look like before Irene, after the storm - and what do they look like today? You can post photos at VPR’s Facebook page, or email them to community@vpr.net

Michelle Owens / VPR

Last Friday afternoon, the VPR staff gathered under a tent on our front lawn for our annual employee recognition picnic.

We ate barbeque, played corn hole and badminton, and recognized these six VPR staffers for their years of dedication to VPR:

Monday, August 26th:

5:59am: Duke Reid: "Soul Style", from "Duke Reid's Treasure Chest."

6:20am: Wycliffe Gordon: "Another Slow One", from "Boss Bones."

6:49am: Modern Groove Syndicate: "El Guapo", from "Ms. Popular."

6:58am: Medeski, Martin, and Wood: "Floodwaters", from "20."

7:20am: Bill Frisell: "Strawberry Fields Forever", from "All We Are Saying..."

7:58am: Cirkestra: "Cloud Swing", from "Alice."

8:20am: Courtney Pine: "The 37th Chamber", from "Modern Day Jazz Stories." 

Ben Resnik / VPR

Over the next few weeks, we'll be hearing from VPR staffers about the public radio stories that have mattered to them. Today, Brendan Kinney, vice president for development and marketing, explains why this recent commentary about why Pete Rose should enter the Hall Of Fame with Ichiro Suzuki by Frank Deford stopped him in his tracks.

Monday, August 19th:

5:59am: Paul Simon: "Amulet", from "So Beautiful or So What."

6:20am: Cameron Mizell: "The Return", from "Tributary."

6:49am: Damian Erskine: "Costa Del Sol", from "Trios."

6:58am: Marcus Roberts and Bela Fleck: "One Blue Truth", from "Across the Imaginary Divide."

7:20am: John Zorn: "1001 Nights  in Marrakech", from "Dreamachines."

7:58am: Dr. Lonnie Smith: "The New Pollution", from "Boogaloo to Beck."

8:20am: David Ornette Cherry: "Underground", from "It Could Be Different."

Monday, August 12th:

5:59am: Steve Coleman and 5 Elements: "Incantation", from "The Tao of Mad Phat."

6:20am: Shawn Lee: "Full Moon", from "Clutch of the Tiger."

6:49am: Earl Klugh: "Cast Your Fate to the Wind", from "Hand Picked."

6:58am: Galactic: "Black-Eyed Pea", from "Late for the Future."

7:20am: M.Ward: "Transfiguration #1", from "Transfiguration of Vincent."

7:58am: Brad Mehldau: "Wonderwall", from "Brad Mehldau Trio: Live."

AP Photo/Kevin Clifford

Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9 p.m.! Take your radio and a blanket into the backyard and tune in for our annual Eye on the Sky Stargazing Party.

Monday, August 5th:

5:59am: Crimson Jazz Trio: "Catfood", from "King Crimson Songbook, Vol. 1"

6:20am: The Jazz Passengers: "Jive Samba (Part II)", from "Individually Twisted."

6:49am: Medeski, Martin, and Wood: "Floodwaters", from "20."

6:58am: Doug Perkins: "Chorundum", from "Music for Flat-Top Guitar."

7:20am: Perpetual Groove: "Mr. Transistor", from "Home Grown 5 Totally Live."

7:58am: Alexandre Desplat: "Kristofferson's Theme", from the soundtrack to the film "Fantastic Mr. Fox."


VPR has been honored with a Seven Daysie award for Best Radio Station for the sixth consecutive year! The Daysies are voted on each year by readers of the Burlington-based weekly paper Seven Days and cover restaurants, artists, stores, festivals, journalists, media and more around Vermont. We're honored to be the top pick again this year. It is an honor be your essential and trusted independent voice for news, information, music and cultural exploration.

Tuesday, July 30th:

5:59am: Duke Jordan: "No Problem", from "Flight to Denmark."

6:20am: Ahmad Jamal: "Perugia", from "Crystal."

6:49am: John Scofield: "Endless Summer", from "Uberjam Deux."

6:58am: Maceo Parker: "Inner City Blues", from "Funk Overload."

7:20am: Pretenders: "Space Invader", from "Pretenders."

7:58am: John Hammond: "Wild Horses", from "Rock Steady."

8:20am: Preservation Hall Jazz Band: "That's It!", from the album of the same name.

8:39am: Morphine: "I Know You (Part III)", from "Like Swimming."

Lesli Blount / VPR

 More than 650 VPR fans came to the Shelburne Museum on July 20 for the annual VPR Listener Picnic. Except for 10 minutes of rain, the weather held out and everyone enjoyed hearing from Here & Now Host Robin Young, live music by Joshua Panda & The Hot Damned and Rick & The Ramblers, food truck treats, and exploring the museum.

Are you one of our new VPR News or VPR Classical listeners in the Brattleboro or Rutland area? If so, we need your help with producing a new batch of testimonials!

During our membership drives, you hear VPR listeners talk about how much they love VPR. We want listeners from the Brattleboro and Rutland areas to share their thoughts about how they're enjoying the new signals. By reminding other listeners of our newly-expanded service, you'll be helping VPR's next fundraising effort in a meaningful way.