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'Vermont Edition' hosted a live broadcast from the Vermont Farm Show in 2018. The show returns on Wednesday, January 29 for another broadcast at the Champlain Valley Exposition.
Anna Ste. Marie / VPR

Vermont Edition heads to the Champlain Valley Exposition for a live broadcast from the 2020 Vermont Farm Show. Stop by VPR’s booth at noon on Wednesday, January 29 to hear host Jane Lindholm speak with exhibitors, agriculturalists, attendees — and we’ll take your thoughts and questions, too!

Graphic showing quantitative improvement between www.vpr.org and open.vpr.org. Note accessibility score improves from 86 to 100, out of 100.
Noah Villamarin-Cutter / VPR

We are excited to announce the public rollout of a new project focused on accessibility. Our purpose at Vermont Public Radio is "to inspire an informed public and an engaged community." We are committed to including everyone in that purpose, and today's announcement is part of that work. We're calling it Open.VPR.org, a homepage designed from the ground-up to be hyper-accessible, machine-readable and metadata-rich.

A view of the Capitol Hill dome in sunrise light.
Jon Elswick / Associated Press

Beginning Tuesday, January 21, Vermont Public Radio will bring you special coverage from NPR of the impeachment trial of President Trump. VPR will broadcast the U.S. Senate hearings live on the air and streaming at VPR.org

Ray and Pat Harwick at a VPR event in 2017.
Daria Bishop / For VPR

Vermont Public Radio has received a $118,000 gift to support live performances on VPR Classical.

Join VPR Classical Host Helen Lyons on a 10-day music tour to Germany and Austria in October 2020, in celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday year.
Courtesy / Goodspeed & Bach

Join VPR Classical Host Helen Lyons on a 10-day music tour to Germany and Austria in October 2020, in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday year.

Vermont Edition will broadcast live from the Vermont Statehouse this week as the 2020 legislative session begins in Montpelier.
Oliver Parini / For VPR

As the 2020 session of the Vermont Legislature convenes in Montpelier on Tuesday, VPR will feature a week of special programming, including two live broadcasts from the Statehouse.

VPR Hosts "The Same Moon" at Stetson Studio One on January 17 at 7 p.m.
Courtesy KCP Presents / For VPR

Join VPR and KCP Presents for 'The Same Moon', an evening of storytelling by new Vermonters, on Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m. at VPR's Stetson Studio One.

Did you know that one-third of all charitable giving happens in December? It's an important time of year for many nonprofits like Vermont Public Radio that count on support from people like you!

You are familiar with the general ways to support VPR - during membership drives or through your annual membership renewal - but there are also a number of other ways to support VPR:

Now more than ever, your support is essential.
Photo: Isaac Wasuck / Illustration: Lara Dickson

Now more than ever, our community needs access to trustworthy news and information. And now more than ever, VPR needs your investment to keep this essential service strong. Be one of 5,000 listeners to join us with a gift during our December membership drive and add your voice to civil dialogue in our community.

VPR's Report For America journalist will be based in the Northeast Kingdom, where listeners have asked for more local coverage. Here, Vice President of News Sarah Ashworth speaks with listeners in Saint Johnsbury as part of our Tell Me More Tour in 2018.
Herb Swanson / For VPR

Vermont Public Radio has been selected by Report For America to host a journalist next year to expand coverage of the Northeast Kingdom. 

This Giving Tuesday, every gift to VPR will also provide 18 meals to Vermonters via the Vermont Foodbank.
Illustration by Lara Dickson / Photo courtesy Vermont Foodbank

December 3 is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that arose in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For the fifth year, VPR and the Vermont Foodbank are teaming up to provide healthy meals to families in need of food assistance while supporting VPR

Join VPR reporters on January 22 for an evening of drinks and discussion about southern Vermont communities and issues.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Sometimes you just need to get together with your neighbors, grab a drink, and talk about how the news is affecting your life. Wind down from the day and join us at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in Brattleboro for a meet-and-greet with VPR reporters.

Thanksgiving Programming On VPR, 2019

Nov 23, 2019
Music from VPR Classical over the Thanksgiving holiday will serve up just the right tone for your holiday gatherings.

Join us this Thanksgiving for fresh, seasonal holiday programming! Tune to VPR Classical and let the hosts help you set just the right musical tone for all of your holiday gatherings and feasts. Then, choose VPR for traditional and new Thanksgiving programs, too!

Mary Engisch is local host of 'Weekend Edition' on VPR.
Michelle Owens / VPR

If you listen to VPR on weekends, you might recognize Mary's voice. On Saturdays and Sundays from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m., she keeps you company with the latest news on Weekend Edition and your favorite weekend shows. She's been at VPR for eight years in all sorts of roles from producer to director to host. Here are some things you probably don’t know about her.

NPR's 'Weekend Edition' airs on VPR Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8-10 a.m.

Mary Engisch is the new local host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, which airs on VPR Saturdays and Sundays from 8-10 a.m.

A logo.
Aaron Shrewsbury / For VPR

VPR's award-winning show Brave Little State is expanding in order to answer more audience questions about Vermont. 

WVPS 107.9 will be operating at significantly reduced power while broadcasters atop Mount Mansfield are coordinating antenna work.

UPDATE November 1, 2019: WVPS 107.9 will be at low power or off the air for much of Saturday, November 2, in order for a tower crew to install the repaired antenna bay before winter weather sets in. You can always check transmitter status here and stream VPR.

See What's Playing On Your Radio

Oct 29, 2019
HD Radio simulator showing program and playlist information for VPR Classical

Beginning this week, listeners of VPR Classical on 90.9 WOXR Burlington/Plattsburgh using an HD Radio will be able to see program and playlist information while listening, without having to visit VPR.org separately to see what’s now playing.

Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS have released the full results of a joint statewide poll that explores Vermonters' assessment of life in rural Vermont today and prospects for the future.
Graphic: Kyle Blair / Vermont PBS

Colchester, Vt.—Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS have released the full results of a joint statewide poll that explores Vermonters’ assessment of life in rural Vermont today and prospects for the future.

Vermont Public Radio has elected four new members to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms in FY2020.