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Monday, May 13th:

5:59am: Jacko Peake: "SFO", from "The Best of Cookin'."

6:20am: Galactic: "Black-Eyed Pea", from "Late for the Future."

6:49am: Charles Mingus: "Summertime", from the album of the same name.

6:58am: Addison Groove Project: "The Delivery", from "Wicked Live."

7:20am: Jamie Masefield's Jazz Mandolin Project: "Pokin' Around", from "After Dinner Jams."

7:58am: The Rhythm Section featuring Jacko Peake: "Suzanne's Jam", from "The Best of Cookin'."

Monday, May 6th:

5:59am: Bad Plus: "Flim", from "These Are the Vistas."

6:20am: Beastie Boys: "Groove Holmes", from "Check Your Head."

6:49am: Jon Brion: "Monday", from the soundtrack to the film "I (heart) Huckabees."

6:58am: Grateful Dead: "The Women Are Smarter", Live from Alpine Valley Music Theater, WI., 7/18/89

7:20am: Jeff Coffin: "A Half Sleep", from "Into the Air."

7:58am: Crimson Jazz Trio: "Three of a Perfect Pair", from "King Crimson Songbook, Vol. 1"

Steven Kovich

The former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins wrote that high school is “all too often the place where poetry goes to die.” He set out on a mission to collect short, clear, contemporary poems, with the idea that teachers could read one per day, for the 180 day school year, and allow students to simply hear and absorb the poetry, with no discussion, explication or quizzes.

Ben Resnik / VPR

I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, May 2 at 2 p.m. for a conversation about how Vermont Public Radio is serving you.

I’d like to hear your thoughts about VPR News, VPR Classical, and how VPR can best serve our region.

How has our expanded coverage of the Vermont Legislature shaped your understanding of the issues facing our state?  As VPR looks to the future, what ideas do you have for how VPR's local news coverage can expand to meet your information needs?

VPR/Ric Cengeri

The names of the places around us often tell the unique story of Vermont’s history. All next week on Morning Edition, we’ll be taking a look at some of those names.

Our guide is “Vermont Place Names: Footprints of History,” by Esther Munroe Swift.

Let us know if you have a question about a place name below, and we’ll see if Vermont Place Names has the answer.

Vermont Place Names, Footprints of History was first published in 1977. The copyright is held by Esther Munroe Swift’s estate, which granted permission for its use. 

Student Composer Showcase: Justin Gates

Apr 29, 2013

On Monday, VPR Classical is kicking off a new feature that celebrates student composers from the region. Each episode of the Student Composer Showcase will air three times during the first week of each month. The first edition will air April 1 at 4:05pm, April 3 at 8:05am and April 5 at 12:05pm. The series will also be archived at VPR.net.

VPR Morning Edition Music Beds for the Week of 4/29/13

Apr 29, 2013

Monday, April 29th:

5:59am: Russ Barenberg: "Cowboy Calypso", from "Rounder Guitar: A Collection of Acoustic Guitar."

6:20am: Stanley Clarke: "Game", from "The Toys of Men."

6:49am: Skeewiff: "Giggity", from "Private Funktion."

6:58am: Chris Joss: "A Soft Reprise", from "Sticks."

7:20am: Grateful Dead: "New Minglewood Blues", from Dick's Picks Vol. 29, Live from Lakeland, FL., 5/21/77

7:58am: Brad Mehldau: "Dear Prudence", from "Largo."

8:38am: Brad Mehldau: "Old Man", from the soundtrack to the film "Space Cowboys."

AP

Duke Ellington was the composer of American jazz standards such as Mood Indigo, sumptuous extended works like The Afro Eurasian Eclipse, The Far East Suite and three Sacred Concerts. He was also the consummate multitasker.

If you haven't seen Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me's movie trailer yet, please, watch this now. We guarantee it will make your day better!

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My Place Host Joel Najman was honored with a resolution from the Vermont Legislature yesterday, congratulating him on 30 years as “Vermont Public Radio’s rock and roll impresario.”

Watch the week's news get the treatment it deserves in the comfort of the Palace 9 Theater in South Burlington, Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, The Latchis Theater in Brattleboro or the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, VT, when the NPR news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! brings its star power to the big screen for a special LIVE performance sent nationwide to movie theaters.

VPR is pleased to host this special "Cinecast" in Vermont on Thursday, May 2 at 8 p.m. at the Palace 9 Cinema in South Burlington.

VPR Morning Edition Music Beds for the Week of 4/22/13

Apr 22, 2013

Monday, April 22nd:

5:59am: Booker T and the MG's: "My Sweet Potato", from "And Now!"

6:20am: Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach: "Very Special", from "Money Jungle."

6:49am: Benevento Russo Duo:  "Bronko's Blues", from "Best Reason To Buy The Sun."

6:58am: Vijay Iyer:  "Human Nature", from "Solo."

7:20am: The Beatles:  "Flying", from "Magical Mystery Tour."

7:58am: Blake Aaron: "Will It Go 'Round In Circles?", from "Desire."

8:20am: Grateful Dead: "Birdsong", Live from the Philadelphia Spectrum, 9/21/72.

VPR News Wins Four Regional Murrow Awards

Apr 18, 2013
Ben Resnik

We're happy to report that VPR News has won four New England Regional Edward R. Murrow awards, including one for Overall Excellence, from the Radio Television Digital News Association. RTDNA recognizes radio stations in 14 different categories. The awards include:

VPR Morning Edition Music Beds Week Starting 4/16/13

Apr 16, 2013

Tuesday, April 16th:

5:59am: Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach: "Fluerette Africaine", from "Money Jungle."

6:49am: Omer Avital Group: "Theme for a Brighter Future", from "Live at Smalls."

6:58am: Fabrizio Sotti: "Deep Blue", from the Cassandra Wilson CD "Another Country."

7:58am: Crimson Jazz Trio: "Matte Kudasai", from King Crimson Songbook, Vol. 1

8:58am: Brad Mehaldau: "Wonderwall", from "Brad Mehldau Trio: Live."

Wednesday, April 17th:

Updates To VPR.net

Apr 15, 2013

Today we rolled out some major updates to VPR.net. Since you're reading this blog post, you may have noticed some of them. The key upgrades to the site include:

Monday, April 8th:
5:59am:  The Reveille:  "Tall Cedars", from the album "Instrumental Songs for Study and Reflection."
6:20am:  Soren Bodker Madsen:  "Local Hero", from the album "Acoustic Guitar."
6:49am:  Beastie Boys:  "Ricky's Theme", from the album "The In Sound From Way Out."
6:58am:  Jazz Mandolin Project:  "Oh Yeah", from the album "Jungle Tango."
7:20am:  DJ Logic:  "Michelle", from the album "The Anomaly."
7:58am:  Penguin Cafe Orchestra:  "Scherzo and Trio", from the album "Union Cafe."

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We received a surprise visit from NPR's Richard Gonzales today, who is in Vermont visiting colleges with his son. He's a National Desk Correspondent, based in San Francisco. It's always a kick to put a face with a voice... even for those of us who work here!

VPR is proud to partner with NPR and stations around the country in the second annual Public Radio Music Month, a nationwide initiative that connects local public radio stations, artists and audiences in communities across the United States.

Monday, April 1st:  
(Suggested April Fool's Day prank: Celebrate Poisson de Avril as the French do--and apparently have since the 16th Century--by surreptitiously sticking a picture of a fish on someone's back.)
5:59am:  Bill Frisell: "Egg Radio", from the album "Gone, Just Like a Train."
6:20am:  Kermit Ruffins: "If I Only Had A Brain", from the album "Happy Talk."
6:49am:  Chick Corea and Hiromi:  "Fool On the Hill", from the album "Duet: Chick & Hiromi."

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