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Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS today announced the 2020 VPR–Vermont PBS Debates, a series of pre-recorded primary candidate debates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor leading up to Vermont’s primary election on August 11.

In order to fulfill our responsibility as a trusted news source and strengthen other ways of building community, VPR will discontinue comments on VPR.org on July 8.
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Accurate, timely information is more essential than ever. In order to fulfill our responsibility to you as a trusted news source and strengthen other ways of building community, we will discontinue comments on VPR.org on July 8.

Sing-alonSing-along with some the masterworks of choral music on the VPR Choral Hour.g with Handel's "Messiah" on the VPR Choral Hour this week.
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As people all over the world discover that singing together — whether on porches, balconies, or inside our homes — raises spirits and connects us, the VPR Choral Hour will offer a beloved choral work to listen to and give you a chance to sing along!

Vermont Public Radio has won four national awards for its news coverage in 2019 from the Public Media Journalists Association (formerly Public Radio News Directors Incorporated). The winning pieces included an episode of VPR’s people-powered journalism project Brave Little State,  and This Land, VPR’s collaboration with Vermont PBS about the changing story of rural Vermont:

VPR Classical will increase hours of locally-hosted music from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays, and Saturday evenings on VPR News will add a mix of new, local and Latin Alternative music to favorites like My Place and American Routes.
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Vermont Public Radio is making changes to its schedules, broadening its music lineup with more local programming and new shows.

As Vermont students move through major milestones of graduating from elementary, middle, and high schools, Vermont Public Radio will honor and celebrate that achievement with a statewide graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 27 at noon.
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As Vermont students move through major milestones of graduating from elementary, middle, and high schools, Vermont Public Radio will honor and celebrate that achievement with a statewide graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 27 at noon. 

Join VPR and Vermont PBS on for a virtual community conversation on race and policing in Vermont.
Kyle Blair / Vermont PBS

Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, calls for police reform and an end to systemic racism have echoed across the country, including Vermont. Join VPR and Vermont PBS for a virtual community conversation on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Get to know the hosts of VPR's newest podcast in a virtual coffee hour event on Thursday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m.
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Get to know the hosts of VPR’s newest podcast, The Frequency. Hosts Henry Epp and Anna Van Dine sit down with Mary Engisch for a virtual coffee hour on Thursday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Friday Night Jazz Host Ray Vega will host a special week of evening jazz programs on VPR June 8-12, as part of the Burlington ReDiscover Jazz Festival.
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Friday Night Jazz Host Ray Vega will host a special week of evening jazz programs on VPR June 8-12, as part of the Burlington ReDiscover Jazz Festival.

The following is prepared testimony by Scott Finn, president and CEO of Vermont Public Radio, to the Vermont House Committee on Energy and Technology on Friday, June 5, 2020. The Committee is making recommendations regarding disbursement of the federal appropriation through the Coronavirus Relief Fund. VPR was invited to seek reimbursement for educational programming and broadcasting expenses incurred due to the pandemic.

Myla Jacobs, Phinnize Brown and Yasmine Nsame at a protest in Burlington on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Elodie Reed / VPR

The news cycle continues to expose how America contends with racism: racial disparity in COVID-19 infections and deaths, the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the protests, the president’s tweets, the weaponization of white womanhood.

Listen to VPR on Monday, June 1, 2020 from 8-10 p.m. for a national conversation about racism, violence and our future together.

It is critical to have accurate, timely information right now, and VPR has expanded our news coverage in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Daria Bishop / For VPR

We know how important it is to have accurate, timely information as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic, and that you’re counting on VPR more than ever to provide it. We’ve expanded our programming in response to this outbreak. Here’s how to get it. 

VPR staffers in their age-of-coronavirus work setups. Left to right and top to bottom: Henry Epp, Anna Van Dine, John Dillon, Jane Lindholm, Peter Engisch, Angela Evancie (under a blanket), Jake Rusnock.
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At VPR, your access to accurate information is our priority - especially right now. We’ve shortened our spring on-air fundraiser to just one day to bring you more of the news you’re counting on. 

Join us on Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m. for a statewide radio prom on VPR.
Lucas Gledhill / For VPR

Vermont Public Radio is partnering with the Vermont Agency Of Education and Big Heavy World to produce a statewide radio prom for Vermont’s high school students on Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m. for a statewide radio prom on VPR.
Lucas Gledhill / For VPR

VPR is teaming up with the Agency of Education and Big Heavy World to present Prom Goes #VTstrong. Burlington DJ Craig Mitchell hosts this statewide radio prom on Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m.

Vermont Public Radio has won five 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for its journalism in 2019, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced today. The winning entries included two episodes of VPR’s people-powered journalism project Brave Little State, as well as collaborations with Vermont PBS and Seven Days.

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. 

'But Why', a podcast hosted by Jane Lindholm and produced by Melody Bodette, will broadcast a live, interactive educational program for elementary school students on Fridays at 1 p.m. May 8-June 19.
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But Why, VPR’s podcast for curious kids, will broadcast live, interactive educational programs for elementary school students on Fridays at 1 p.m. May 8 through June 19.

Printable coloring pages are now available for select episodes of But Why!
Jory Rafael / For VPR

Listening to But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids is now even more fun! We asked Vermont artists to illustrate some of their favorite episodes to create coloring pages that you can download and print for your little (and not so little) But Why fans to color while listening to our show. 

Anna Van Dine has joined Vermont Public Radio as a Report For America journalist. She is covering the deeper issues revealed by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as producing and co-hosting VPR's daily news podcast, 'The Frequency.'
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Anna Van Dine has joined Vermont Public Radio as a Report For America journalist, the station has announced. Van Dine is covering the deeper issues revealed by the coronavirus pandemic, and helping produce and co-host VPR’s daily news podcast, ‘The Frequency.

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