Kari Anderson

Director of Programming

A native Vermonter, Kari grew up with VPR on in the background. After completing degrees from McGill University and spending time in New York and Beijing, Kari has been with VPR since 2012.

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'Throughline' hosts Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei

VPR is airing a four-epsiode run of NPR's Throughline on Sunday nights at 6 p.m. from February 14-March 7th. We invite you to take a listen and let us know what you think!

Broadband question-asker, Maggie Eppstein, poses here for a portrait with her tractor.
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Brave Little State is our people-powered journalism show, which means we include you in our decisions about what to cover, and we raise up your voices.

Today, in place of Vermont Edition, we answer a listener-submitted question about disparities in broadband access in Vermont. We also revisit an episode from the Brave Little State archive about the pros and cons of wood heat.

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the WFMT Opera Series available for broadcast here on VPR Classical.

Georgia Congressman John Lewis speaking on stage.
Vermont Humanities Council

Civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis died earlier this month and the nation is paying tribute to his legacy. This hour, we listen back to a conversation recorded in Vermont last fall between Lewis and Andrew Aydin. The pair co-authored the graphic novel trilogy March, which tells the story of Lewis' rural upbringing and key role in the Civil Rights movement.

From open air to on the air, Free Shakespeare in the Park comes to VPR this week. WNYC and The Public Theater present William Shakespeare's Richard II in a serialized radio broadcast over four nights. Listen Monday through Thursday at 8 p.m. as the last of the divinely anointed monarchs descends and loses it all.

VPR Classical's hosts (clockwise from top left) are Helen Lyons, Linda Radtke, James Stewart and Walter Parker.
Daria Bishop / For VPR

[Updated 5/5/20] We're pleased to announce that all of our local hosts are back on VPR Classical as of today! Listen for classical music with Helen Lyons from 7-10 a.m., Walter Parker from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and James Stewart from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

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What is the right response to hate speech – free speech, or censorship? This hour, we listen back to a recent hear from a Middlebury College conversation between two experts on free speech.

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The Telling Project was started about 10 years ago in Austin, TX, to give voice to veterans in stage shows presented around the country. Last year, they added a focus on migration stories called The Same Moon.

On this Vermont Edition Presents, we hear highlights from a recent performance of The Same Moon, recorded live at VPR’s Stetson Studio One in January.

A sign outside of Middlebury College
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Vermont Edition Presents is VPR's occasional series that brings you interesting talks, lectures, and public events from around Vermont. For this episode, a talk recorded live at Middlebury College in October, featuring New York Times columnist Ross Douthat.

From our continuing series ‘Vermont Edition Presents’, bringing you to live events in communities around Vermont, a performance that blends the old and the new as Burlington soul-singer Kat Wright teams up with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra in a sold-out show at Higher Ground.

Tim Urban stretches out his arms on stage.
Karen Pike / Vermont Business Roundtable

Mondays this fall, VPR brings you Vermont Edition Presents, a collection of interesting public talks, lectures, and events from different communities. For the premiere episode, a presentation from Tim Urban for the Vermont Business Roundtable on Oct. 31, 2019, focusing on the ways AI will change our world forever.

Photos of the five 2019 Vermont Arts Award Recipients
Vermont Arts Council

Each year, the Vermont Arts Council recognizes outstanding contributions to the arts with the Vermont Arts Awards. The awards are given to artists and performers, but also to educators, advocates, and volunteers who work to advance and uplift the arts in the state. Last week in Middlebury, the Arts Council celebrated the contributions of five Vermonters.

DBR strums a violin like it's a guitar.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Daniel Bernard Roumain, who also goes by DBR, is the community artist-in-residence this season for three Vermont arts organizations: the Flynn Center, the UVM Lane Series, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. The collaboration between the artist and these organizations explores themes of immigration and community. One of their events begins midday on Thursday.

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make this Opera Series available for broadcast here on VPR Classical. Designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, you'll hear the WFMT Opera Series for 29 weeks to complete the year.

A hand holds a just-picked wild mushroom.
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VPR's Robert Resnik, one of Vermont's foremost wild mushroom experts, shares his philosophical approach to learning about mushrooms in this Summer School session.

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Nancy McNichols says that she finds her inspiration for writing music from world around her, spinning  out ideas as they come. For this edition of the Student Composer Showcase, we'll speak with McNichols about how she makes music her own.

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VPR Classical’s Student Composer Showcase highlights the work of emerging composers across the region. Isabelle Greenewalt is a 6th grader from Putney, listen as she discusses her piece Thunder and Lightning.


NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts feature your favorite musicians from all genres. Each year, NPR hosts a contest for unsigned musicians who want a shot at taping their own Tiny Desk Concert. Enter the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest now!

Jennifer Girard / Chicago a cappella

Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts.

Broadcast Saturday, December 16th at 12 p.m.

Headshot of composer and arranger Robert De Cormier
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Robert De Cormier has been revered for his work as a composer, musician and prolific arranger of choral music. He passed away Tuesday at the age of 95.