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Monday, June 10th:

5:59am: Club Des Belugas:  "Kissez in Gallop", from "Caviar at 3am."

6:20am: Bill Frisell: "All the People, All the Time", from "Sign of Life."

6:49am: James Brown: "Papa Don't Take No Mess, Part 2", from "The Singles, Vol. 9: 1973-1975."

6:58am: John Scofield: "Gee Baby, Aint I Good To You", from "A Moment's Peace."

7:20am: Grateful Dead: "Greatest Story Ever Told", Live from Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 5/10/72.

7:58am: Jerry Garcia Band: "Catfish John", from "Reflections."

Jane Lindholm

No need for number 2 pencils or a lunch box for this summer school. On VPR, we ditch the classroom and head out all over Vermont to learn how to do quirky, inventive, or interesting things. Each year, Vermont Edition presents this weekly series in adult education. This year's session starts Monday, June 10.

Monday, June 3rd:

5:59am: Rjd2: "All For U", from "Magnificent City Instrumentals."

6:20am: Modern Groove Syndicate: "El Guapo", from "Ms. Popular."

6:49am: Greyboy: "Ruffneck Jazz", from "Freestylin'".

6:58am: Moses Guest: "De Jam>Stealin'", from "Moses Guest."

7:20am: Jazz Mandolin Project: "Oh Yeah", from "Jungle Tango."

7:58am: Coleman Hawkins: "O Pato (The Duck)", from "Desafinado." (In honor of Jessica Lahey's commentary about a pregnant wild Mallard duck at Crossroads Academy)

Monday, May 27th:

5:59am: Brad Mehldau: "Twiggy", from "Ode."

6:20am: Steely Dan: "Do It Again", from "Can't Buy A Thrill."

6:49am: Medeski, Martin and Wood: "Moti Mo", from "It's A Jungle In Here."

6:58am: Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson: "What'd I Say", from "Here We Go Again."

7:20am: Allman Brothers: "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", from "A Decade of Hits 1969-1979."

7:58am: Jesse Cook: "Ocean Blue", from "The Blue Guitar Sessions."

8:20am: Rez Abbasi Trio: "The Cure", from "Continuous Beat."

Wednesday, May 22nd:

5:59am: Butterfat Trio: "Bad News Bears", from "Under Dog."

6:20am: Oz Noy: "Cosmic Background", from "Fuzzy."

6:49am: Arlen Roth: "Layla", from "Drive It Home."

6:58am: Medeski, Martin and Wood: "Riffin' Ed", from "Radiolarians II."

7:20am: Lettuce: "Dizzer", from "Rage!"

7:58am: String Cheese Incident: "Jessica", from "On the Road": Live in Columbia, MD., 7/18/02.

8:20am: Grateful Dead: "Brown-Eyed Women", Live from Colgate University, Hamilton, NY., 11/4/77.

Art Hounds Turns One

May 20, 2013
VPR

Last May, I was a bit nervous... as nervous as I get when I plan a big party and worry whether anyone will show up.

This party, however, was figurative. Though, in a way, Art Hounds is a party: A weekly arty party!

It's been a year since we launched our arts segment and we couldn't have done it without you.

Art Hounds is truly a unique program. More than an arts calendar, it’s a vibrant voice – now over 200 voices strong — who tell you to seek out that exhibit or play or go see the mural or outdoor sculpture or a hear a particular poetry reading.

Ben Resnik

We may be partial, but we think that VPR has the greatest staff in the world – we love it when new folks join the VPR Family, and we truly hate to see them move on. And because we consider you members of the family too, we wanted to let you know about some recent comings and goings:

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.

How Is VPR Serving You?

May 2, 2013
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!

VPR

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:

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