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VPR/Ric Cengeri

The iconic U.S. Route 66 stretches over 2,400 miles from Grant Park in Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier in California. Vermont Route 66 is a little shorter and has inspired far fewer songs and folklore. It’s a little less than 10 miles long, running from East Randolph to Randolph.

In this special series, VPR's Ric Cengeri set out to get some kicks on Vermont Route 66.

Part One: Farms of Orange County

Kingdom County Productions

In the summer of 2012, documentary filmmaker Bess O'Brien invited producer Erica Heilman to conduct a series of  workshops in St. Albans in which various artists encouraged people recovering from opiate addiction to document their experience in words and images.

AP/Toby Talbot

Every year, according to the Fire Marshal’s report, fire strikes at least 2,000 buildings in Vermont. While the majority of these fires damage single family homes, about one fourth of the blazes rip through apartment buildings. Unlike private homes, those public spaces are subject to inspection by the state or the municipality.

When Tropical Storm Irene raged through Vermont it shattered homes and businesses, roads and bridges. 1,400 households were displaced.  Many people were left with nothing, except the muddied remnants of their belongings. Some lost their homes and their jobs. The storm had eroded the foundations of many people’s lives. But others reached out to help.

Interactive Map Of FEMA Funds Distributed/Allocated In Vermont

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.

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. 

Vermont Women In History 2013

Mar 18, 2013
Courtesy, Library Of Congress / Frances Parkinson Wheeler Keyes left her home in the Upper Valley to write about the social scene in the nation's capital at a

March is Women's History Month, and this year, VPR is collaborating with the Vermont Commission on Women to present a series of stories about women from our region who achieved success as journalists.

In this series, five women who are notable in their own right consider some of the women who worked as correspondents and reporters at a time when women's voices were not commonplace in the public press.

New Vermonters

Jan 28, 2013
Photo/Oliver Parini / The Hartes are one of the families profiled in the VPR series "New Vermonters."
Photos: Herb Swanson / Top row (l-r) Vic Henningson, Kathryn Blume, Barrie Dunsmore, Sarwar Kashmeri Bottom (l-r) Bill Schubart, Annie Guyon, Peter

For several years now, VPR has held an annual brunch event for our Broadcasters Club members, at which VPR commentators give very brief, 2 minute readings on a common theme. These events are a favorite among staff, commentators, listeners, and guests - with audiences averaging around 200 people. The voices and perspectives heard at the Brunch are both diverse and entertaining.

The Business Of Food

Dec 17, 2012
Nina Keck / VPR/File

VPR looks at the economic impact of food production in Vermont in the special series The Business of Food. Archive

Sep 30, 2012

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