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 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.

My visit to Cape Breton and to Prince Edward Island this October with VPR caps off a series of tours I've led with ties to Celtic music and culture.  

Monday, July 15th:

5:59am: John Scofield: "Gee Baby, Aint I Good To You", from "A Moment's Peace."

6:20am: Alan Evans Trio: "Authoritay", from "Drop Hop."

6:49am: The Radiators: "Suck Da Head (Squeeze the Tip)", Live from Jazzfest 2007, New Orleans, LA.

6:58am: McCoy Tyner: "Afro Blue", from the album of the same name.

7:20am: The Police: "The Other Way of Stopping", from "Zenyatta Mondatta."

7:58am: Wilco: "Impossible Germany", from "Sky Blue Sky."

8:20am: Jerry Garcia Band: "Stop That Train", from "Jerry Garcia Band."

Photo: Courtesy, Malboro Music

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Update: July 10, 2013

When Tropical Storm Irene raged through Vermont it shattered homes and businesses, roads and bridges. 1,400 households were displaced.  Many people were left with nothing, except the muddied remnants of their belongings. Some lost their homes and their jobs. The storm had eroded the foundations of many people’s lives. But others reached out to help.

Interactive Map Of FEMA Funds Distributed/Allocated In Vermont

Monday, July 8th:

5:59am: Bill Frisell: "Roscoe", from "Good Dog, Happy Man."

6:20am: Lettuce: "Dizzer", from "Rage."

6:49am: Aaron Parks: "Roadside Distraction", from "Invisible Cinema."

6:58am: Soul Vendors: "Swing Easy", from "Downbeat the Ruler."

7:20am: John Ellis: "All Up in the Aisles", from "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow."

7:58am: Crimson Jazz Trio: "Ladies of the Road", from "King Crimson Songbook, Vol. 1."

8:20am: Beastie Boys: "Ricky's Theme", from "Ill Communication."

Monday, July 1st:

5:59am: Bad Plus: "Super America", from "Never Stop."

6:20am: James Newton Howard: "War", from the soundtrack to the film "Duplicity."

6:49am: Perpetual Groove:  "Sun Dog", from "Sweet Oblivious Antidote."

6:58am: Trio Subtonic: "Troglodyte", from "Cave Dweller."

7:20am: David Ornette Cherry: "Free Zone", from "It Could Be Different."

7:58am: Bill Frisell: "Somewhere", from "Big Sur."

8:20am: Robert Walter: "Inversion Layer", from "Get Thy Bearings."

We are pleased to announce that Vermont Public Radio has been honored by the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Updated at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 25:

Inside VPR's Open Source Initiative

Jun 25, 2013

While writing this post to announce the open sourcing of the Vermont map used in the Mapping the Money project, Tim Johnson brought to my attention that the average reader of the VPR Blog might not have any idea what "open source" even meant. Given that the map marks VPR's first contribution to the open source community, it seems like the opportune time to explain the concept as well as VPR's intended role as an open source contributor.

June 25,2013

Bye-Bye Bruins: A sad end to what began as a storybook playoff run

The Stanley Cup Finals ended in what can only be described as excruciating fashion for fans of the Boston Bruins last night…and you can just hear hockey fans in Toronto saying “Now you know how it feels.”

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This year's Listener Picnic will be Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Shelburne Museum. Our special guest will be Robin Young, host of Here and Now.

Monday, June 24th:

5:59am: The Meters: "Cardova", from "The Meters."

6:20am: Sim Redmond Band: "Good Thoughts", from "The Sim Redmond Band."

6:49am: String Cheese Incident: "Flying Home Jam", from "Incident in Atlanta."

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

7:20am: Eva Be: "Eve at Bob's", from "Moving Without Traveling."

7:58am: Cameron Mizell: "The Return", from "Tributary."

8:20am: Taylor Haskins: "Clouds Form Below Us", from "Recombination."

Updated at 3:25 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013

You did it! Thanks to you, VPR achieved it's goal of $465,000 for the June Membership Drive! We'll provide an update next week with all of the stats and details. Also on Monday we'll announce the winning community of our Vermont Town Challenge!

As Kai Ryssdal says on Marketplace: "Let's do the numbers."

VPR's June Membership Drive ends at noon on Saturday. It's been a wild ride. Here are the latest statistics as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday:

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This is the headline that greeted me this morning: "Why Don't Americans Give More?"

While I appreciate the math about the impact that giving up daily cup of coffee could have, I know that in our little corner of the world, generosity runs deep.

And I have the evidence to prove it:

Listener comments to be read on the air.
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It's true. One of the best parts of a VPR membership drive is the flood of comments that we receive from our listeners. Here's one that really jumped out at us:

Update at 11:36 a.m., 6/20/13: 

It is a well-documented fact that Morning Edition Host Mitch Wertlieb sometimes makes promises during membership drives that he wishes he hadn't.

Like the time he and Jane Lindholm made a Call Me Maybe video.

Or the time he recorded a funky rap that some listeners wrote in VPR's honor.

Today we hit an important milestone during our June Membership Drive: the halfway point.

Typically during a drive, we count "up" until we reach half of our goal and then we start counting "down" until  - if all goes according to plan - we cross the finish line successfully.

Here are some of the latest stats from the drive:

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