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If we meet our goal of 1,200 contributions in five days, we can ensure VPR has the funding to keep this vital community resource strong and available to all.
Lara Dixon / For VPR

Just like Vermont summers are gone before we know it, we're keeping our June membership drive short and sweet: we’re aiming for 1,200 contributions in five days!

Three colleges in southwestern Vermont announced they will close their doors this year: Green Mountain College (left), College of St. Joseph (center) and Southern Vermont College (right).
Nina Keck/Nina Keck/Courtesy

Three Vermont colleges have recently announced they are closing their doors this year. Join us on Wednesday, May 22 for a live broadcast of Vermont Edition from the Rutland Free Library to take a look at the circumstances that led to the closure of these schools.

'Friday Night Jazz', hosted by Ray Vega (left), will join the VPR Replay stream along with 'My Place', hosted by Joel Najman (center), and 'All The Traditions', hosted by Robert Resnik (right).
Daria Bishop

On May 10, VPR will be implementing changes to our online jazz programming. Friday Night Jazz will be added to the programming rotation on the VPR Replay stream and we will no longer offer the Jazz24 stream.

Investigative Reporter Emily Corwin (left) and Reporter Liam Elder-Connors are among the finalists for 2019's Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
Daria Bishop / For VPR

Vermont Public Radio Reporter Liam Elder-Connors and Investigative Reporter Emily Corwin have been named finalists in this year’s Livingston Awards for Young Journalists in the local reporting category for their work on the podcast JOLTED.

The damage to the transmitter for 90.9 FM may affect listeners in the highlighted area.

UPDATED: May 9, 2019
The damaged transmitter for WOXR 90.9 FM has been repaired. The broadcast signal is back to its previous strength. Thanks for your patience!

But Why Live! In The NEK
Zachary Stevens / For VPR

VPR and Catamount Arts present Jane Lindholm and friends in a live version of the podcast But Why featuring live birds! Join us Monday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Alexander Twilight Theatre at Northern Vermont University — Lyndon for a fun family show.

VPR won four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for its news coverage in 2018.

Vermont Public Radio has received the award for overall excellence and won five other 2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Radio Television Digital News Association announced today.

Join us for VPR A Go Go on May 11
Vikki Day / For VPR

Dig out your bell bottoms and dance the winter away at VPR A-Go-Go: Spring Fling. Join host Joel Najman for VPR's first ever dance party and live broadcast of My Place on Saturday, May 11. 

'Live From The Fort' collaborates with the Flynn Center's New Voices Project to bring you a showcase of West African music from Sabouyouma on May 2, 2019.
Courtesy / Jesse Rosenfield

VPR and the Flynn Center’s New Voices Project come together to present Sabouyouma at the next Live From The Fort on Thursday, May 2.

VPR Statehouse reporters, Bob Kinzel (left) and Peter Hirschfeld will answer listener questions about the 2019 legislative session at the next News & Brews. This event on Apr. 11 will be broadcast live during 'Morning Edition'.
Daria Bishop / For VPR

Vermont’s lawmakers are more than halfway through the 2019 session and many key pieces of legislation are still shaping up. VPR reporters will take your questions at our next News & Brews event during Morning Edition on Thursday, April 11 at Red Hen Bakery and Cafe in Middlesex.

VPR needs your feedback on our local programming.
Michelle Owens / VPR

VPR needs your feedback on our local programming. As Vermont’s statewide public radio network, public service is at the core of everything we do.

Update 10:00 a.m. 3/16/19: This survey is now closed. Thank you for your feedback!

Join us on Monday, March 11 for a conversation with the writers
Janelle Sing / For VPR and Writers for Recovery

In My Heart Still Beats, Writers for Recovery and Vermont Public Radio highlighted voices from Vermont's recovery community: people recovering from substance use disorder, and people helping those in recovery rebuild their lives. Join us on Monday, March 11 at the Turning Point Center in Burlington to continue the conversation.

Everything you ever wanted to know about VPR's membership drives, but were afraid to ask!

VPR app screen shots

UPDATE: We just released new versions of the VPR apps for iOS and Android devices and both are available for update/install from their respective app stores. Here's what you need to know.

Janelle Sing / For VPR

Colchester, Vt., February 25, 2019 — Vermont Public Radio and Writers for Recovery have launched My Heart Still Beats, a six-part podcast featuring conversation about addiction and original writing from the recovery community around Vermont.

You listen to us, so we should make a special effort to listen to you. That was the idea behind VPR’s Tell Me More Tour, to travel the state with no agenda — just a determination to listen to whatever you have to say.

Helen Lyons will share music on VPR Classical weekday mornings from 7-10 a.m.
Daria Bishop / For VPR

Vermont Public Radio has named Helen Lyons as VPR Classical’s morning host. Lyons will share classical music with listeners weekday mornings from 7-10 a.m. beginning February 13.

VPR.net is changing to VPR.org
Michelle Owens / VPR

Vermont Public Radio’s website and digital products changed from VPR.net to VPR.org. While you’ll notice this change when you hear our website referenced on the air, all of the online services will redirect automatically and the change should be a seamless experience.

Join us for a musical pairing experience featuring Paul Orgel performing works of J.S. Bach and Chopain on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Anna Ste. Marie

Music is just like wine and cheese — it gets better with age. By pairing the right cheese with the right wine, you add to the experience of both. Join VPR Classical as we experiment with a musical pairing of the works of J.S. Bach and Chopin performed by pianist Paul Orgel.

But Why comes to the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro, VT on Saturday, Jan. 26 for an interactive show all about owls and other birds.
Photo: Southern Vermont Natural History Museum / Illustration: Anna Ste. Marie

How do owls see at night? And why do they spin their heads around? How do peregrine falcons fly? But Why?, VPR’s podcast for curious kids, comes to the Latchis Theatre on Saturday, January 26 for an interactive show all about owls and other birds.