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Broucke: Notre Dame

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The impressive-looking flying buttresses of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris are still standing – now seen by many as symbols of strength and endurance. But at the Notre Dame they have no real structural function. Resembling earthbound wings, they’re strictly there for looks. And I should know, because I teach architectural history at Middlebury College.

Young Writers Project: 'What Is A Right?'

Apr 21, 2019
 Orwell, Vermont, Faith Holzhammer takes us to a gritty place this week as she contemplates the future of Earth and its youngest inhabitants.
YWP Media Library, watercolor by Nathaniel Steele, Danville, Vermont

Daylight swims in puddled rain,
milking Sunday afternoons with pain,
shattering the weakest segment of chain. 
Daylight questions dreamers' answers.
Dogs of hellfire, moonlit dancers.
Feet pounding the Earthlight into cancer.

Mourners lay flowers on a wall at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, March 18, 2019.
Vincent Thian / AP

Last month, the Addison Independent published a poem by Narges Anzali, a 13-year-old eighth grader who attends Middlebury Union Middle School. The poem is titled simply: "To All The People Who Hate Muslims."

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the American people the right to freedom of religion - but that is not to say that bigotry does not persist in our midst, as this week's 13-year-old poet Narges Anzali, of Weybridge, points out.
YWP Media Library, photo featuring Narges Anzali

To all the people who hate Muslims:
Do I scare you? They call it Islamophobia after all.

A child looks on as a duo play the 1988 "Operation Thunderbolt" arcade game during the April 7, 2019 opening of the "Dream Machine II Arcade Exhibit" in Rutland.
Nick Grandchamp, courtesy

You're just as likely to run into a game of Pac-Man or Street Fighter II today in the basement of a diehard collector of retro 1980s arcade games as you are to play one in the corner of a pizza parlor or bowling alley. But one Rutland collector is putting more than a dozen of the machines together in a pop-up exhibit showcasing the games, their history and the value of playing together.

A replica Statue of Liberty, painted by art students at Lake Region Union High School, stands on the ice of Lake Parker, in West Glover. The hill in the background is where locals surmise the statue might have gone, had it been erected in Glover.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

There’s a wooden replica of the Statue of Liberty, complete with a light-up torch, standing on the ice of Lake Parker, in the Northeast Kingdom village of West Glover. It’s there to publicize a new ice out contest to benefit the Glover Ambulance Squad, but it’s a story that goes back 135 years.

A wall of taxidermy along a wall at Currier's Quality Market in Glover.
Erica Heilman / For VPR

The heart of Glover village is one short strip of Route 16 in Orleans County, and it's there where Currier's Quality Market has been a community institution since 1908. You can buy food, gas, hardware, hunting supplies and clothing — but to outsiders, Currier’s is best known for its collection of taxidermy.

Personal stylist Stasia Savasuk believes there must be congruency between who you are inside and what you project through what you wear.
Gorodenkoff / iStock

Do the clothes you wear really reflect the person you are? Are your sartorial choices dictated by your job or other outside factors? Stasia Savasuk is a personal stylist and founder of Stasia’s Style School and she joins Vermont Edition to discuss the role your clothes play in who you are.

Young Writers Project: 'Beautifully Heartbreaking'

Apr 12, 2019
Burlington, Vermont-based poet, Addie DeLeonardis-Page, wants readers to relish and melt into the pages of the stories they hold between their hands.
YWP Media Library, photo by Autumn Degree, Essex Junction, Vermont

Pick up a book and start to read.
Close your eyes and let yourself feel.
Let the story take you through it all.
Be encompassed in the bliss of love.
Get lost in the fantasy that is fiction.
Feel the tears spill down your cheeks.

One of the toughest jobs in Major League Baseball might belong to Donnie Gardiner.

He's the facilities superintendent at Fenway Park, the iconic 107-year-old home of the Boston Red Sox. It's the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, and Gardiner's job is to keep the place running.

Mal Maiz perofmring at the VPR Studios.
Herb Swanson

Maiz Vargas came to Vermont from Costa Rica more than five years ago, and in that time his band Mal Maiz has been melding rhythms and musical styles from South and North America into infectious, danceable music.

Boston Red Sox's David Price (left), catcher Christian Vazquez and pitcher Chris Sale celebrate after winning the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Oct. 28, 2018.
Mark J. Terrill / AP

Baseball season is underway, and in Vermont Edition's baseball show we'll look at how teams across the league are stacking up and discuss some big rule changes under consideration that Major League Baseball hopes will shake up — and speed up — the sport.

The cover of Elizabeth Powell's book Concerning the Holy Ghost's Interpretation of J. Crew Catalogues.
Leaky Boot Press

Have you ever leafed through a catalogue and wondered about the behind-the-scenes efforts to get consumers to covet those items? A new book by Vermont writer Elizabeth Powell, called Concerning the Holy Ghost's Interpretation of J. Crew Catalogues, explores this concept.

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Connecticut, just a few miles from the Massachusetts border, stands the New England Accordion Connection and Museum Company. The museum houses over 600 accordions, thousands of pages of sheet music, and a jukebox filled with hours of accordion music.

The month-long "University of Irasburg" is drawing from the town for both teachers and students for classes ranging from conversational Spanish to ways to cook a bear.
Judith Jackson, courtesy

They are a popular trend mixing the important with the ephemeral; "pop-up" shops offer a brief chance to buy boutique wares, while "pop-up" restaurants may only serve meals for a single day. Now in April the Northeast Kingdom town of Irasburg is recruiting students — and teachers — for the month-long "pop-up" University of Irasburg

Young Writers Project: 'A Knock On Society's Door'

Mar 29, 2019
Twelve-year-old Montpelier, Vermont, poet Hazel Green points unflinchingly at some of American society's most prominent flaws, and commits her voice and efforts to the enactment of change.
YWP Media Library, photo by Ciara Ertle

Everyone gets a chance to knock,
but only some are let in.
When it is my turn, I knock once –
once for the one individual each of us can be.

On Tuesday, a New York State Supreme Court judge dismissed most of conductor James Levine's claims in a defamation suit the former music director of the Metropolitan Opera filed against his former employer and its general manager, Peter Gelb.

A group of students at Champlain Elementary School's library - some standing, some sitting, some kneeling - looking toward the camera.
Meg Malone / VPR

Beyond the Bright Sea takes place in 1925 on a string of small islands called the Elizabeths, off the coast of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The novel is a work of historical fiction, but it was mystery and suspense that grabbed — and held — the attention of a group of Dorothy's List readers at Burlington's Champlain Elementary School.

"The Moth" offers storytellers the opportunity to sharpen their skills in front of a live audience. Marlon "Big Fish" Fisher is shown hosting a local Moth event.
Ty Robertson / VPR FILE

Everyone has interesting things happen to them - at least once in a while - but not everyone knows how to tell a good story about their experiences. Susanne Schmidt is someone who does. She's a storyteller and regional producer of The Moth, which puts on storytelling events across the country.

"Vermont Edition" collects interviews from four graphic novelists, featuring work from (clockwise from top left) Jason Lutes, Alison Bechdel, Rachel Lindsay, and James Sturm.

A special Vermont Edition collects interviews with cartoonists and graphic novel creators, showcasing local work in the unique art form that presents novel-length stories in a comic strip format. It's a combination of words and images that doesn't shy away from difficult subjects: these Vermont cartoonists tackle mental health, crumbling marriages, world wars and the current political climate.