The Otter Creek area is seeing a population surge of hundreds of thousands more northern leopard frogs than usual.
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'A Perfect Storm': Plague Of Frogs Overruns Otter Creek Area

Vermonters in the area of Otter Creek in Cornwall, Leicester, and Salisbury have been noticing something remarkable lately: hundreds of thousands more frogs than usual. Northern leopard frogs to be exact, in lawns, in pools, and — unluckily for the frogs — on the roads.

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Young At Art

A black man wearing a shirt reading "silence=death" sits inside a theater.
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'My Humanity Reflected': Actor And Artistic Director Jarvis Green

Jarvis Green is a 38-year-old actor, artistic director, and founder of JAG Productions, an African American theater company based in the Upper Valley.

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Loung Ung reads from her first memoir, "First They Killed My Father," to the students at Essex High School.
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This program originally aired on May 22, 2018.

She was just five years old when the revolutionaries known as the Khmer Rouge took control of her home country of Cambodia. Nearly a quarter of the population died in the ensuing genocide. But author Loung Ung survived, eventually making her way to Vermont, and going on to write memoirs and make movies of her time in Cambodia.

Robert Mueller's appearance in Congress this week will be a hinge moment — the question is which way it might swing the political trajectory in Washington.

The Democrats who have negotiated for months to get Mueller to appear, and wound up compelling him with a subpoena, want Americans to watch the former special counsel tell his story on Wednesday in TV-friendly soundbites that erode support for President Trump.

A sign saying the beach is closed due to blue green algae.
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Temperatures boiled above 90 degrees Fahrenheit Friday afternoon, so sisters Margaret and Rosemary Mannix fancied a swim.

The pair — visiting their mother from Alaska and Oregon, respectively — took a drive over to Oakledge Park's Cove Beach in Burlington. That's where they saw the red signs staked into the ground: "Beach Closed Due To Blue Green Algae."

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What role does storytelling play in addiction and recovery? 

The site of where a new mall is set to be built in downtown Burlington.
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The CityPlace Burlington project is facing more delays as developers appear to be scaling back the proposed redevelopment in the city's downtown core.

Rebecca Holcombe, former Education Secretary, is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2020..
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While a number of contenders are considering running for governor in 2020, former Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe is the first to declare her candidacy. Holcombe served as secretary of education under Gov. Peter Shumlin and Gov. Phil Scott, before resigning in 2018. She now says that she left the position over policy differences with Scott. She will seek the Democratic nomination for the governorship. Scott has not declared his intentions.

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Members of Congress likely won't confine themselves to former special counsel Robert Mueller's report when they question him next week in two open hearings, staffers said.

Mueller, who is reluctant to appear, has said he would confine himself to what he's already written — but the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence won't.

The lineup is now set for the second series of Democratic presidential primary debates, at the end of the month.

On the first night, progressive favorites Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be on stage together for the first time, while upstart South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be trying to continue his improbable rise.

Children in red baseball uniforms hug each other
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Big dreams for Little Leaguers are within reach in Vermont.

Interior of the Vermont Salt Cave in Montgomery Center
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The rural Franklin County town of Montgomery is earning a reputation as a destination for people seeking alternative wellness options. It all started nearly three years ago with the opening of the Vermont Salt Cave.

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Brave Little State

Chain-link fence surrounds an overgrown area in downtown Newport where buildings once stood.
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What's The Plan For The 'Pit' In The Middle Of Newport?

A development project gone wrong. A community living with the fallout. And an uncertain path forward.

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Gunshots Series

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Gunshots Project Update: Takeaways From 2018 Gun Death Data

More people died from gunshots in Vermont in 2018 than any year since at least 2011, according to the most recent update to the Vermont Public Radio gunshot database.

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Starting June 24, 2019, 'All Things Considered' host Henry Epp will be reading two extra local newscasts at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
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More Local News Coming To All Things Considered

Beginning Monday, June 24, you will notice some changes to All Things Considered on VPR as we make room for more local news.

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A Beginner's Guide To Podcasts

A Beginner's Guide To Podcasts

Not sure how the whole podcasting thing works? We're here to help.

Eye On The Sky

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

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What Is Electricity?

Where does electricity come from? What is electricity made of? Who invented it? How does electricity work? What are electrons made of? Where does static electricity come from? How is it generated? Why don't we use lightning as a power source? How does electricity power things? Electrical Engineer Paul Hines answers our questions, in part one of our live call-in program. Hines is a professor at the University of Vermont and co-founder of Packetized Energy.

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2019 Summer Music Festival Guide

Your go-to resource for music events across the region this summer.

VPR Wins National Murrow Award For Overall Excellence

This award recognizes the full scope and impact of what a news organization produces — including breaking news, newscasts, features, continuing coverage and digital presence.