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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.

The current VPR app on the left; the new VPR app in development to be released in 2019.
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Several months ago we conducted a survey of the users of VPR's apps to hear from you about what's working, as well as how we can improve the apps. We wanted to share with you some of what we heard and what comes next.

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.

Live From The Fort collaborates with the Flynn Center's New Voices Project to bring you a showcase of Latin dance music from Mal Maiz on Jan. 17, 2019.
Hannah Cormier / Courtesy of Mal Maiz

Update on 1/11 at 10:30 a.m.: This event is sold out! Thanks for your interest! Please join our wait list and we will let you know if any seats open up. If you can't get a seat this time, you can see Mal Maiz at The Flynn's New Voices: World Party on April 6.

Kick off 2019 with an evening of Latin dance music featuring Mal Maiz. Live From The Fort returns on Jan. 17 in collaboration with the Flynn Center’s New Voices Project.

As we approach the end of the year, many people consider the organizations they care about most and make a year-end gift. In fact, one-third of all charitable giving happens in December. That makes now an important time of year for many nonprofits like Vermont Public Radio that count on support from people like you!

Because you believe in the power of independent, non-profit public media, donate now and join the movement during our December membership drive.
Illustration by Lara Dickson/Photo by Herb Swanson

Update: More than 5,000 listeners came together to help VPR exceed our December 2018 membership drive goal on Friday morning, December 14 - earlier than planned! We are amazed and humbled by your generosity and passion for VPR. Thank you!

Membership Drive FAQ

Nov 29, 2018

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

This Giving Tuesday, every gift to VPR will also feed a Vermont family via the Vermont Foodbank.
Illustration by Lara Dickson/Photo courtesy Vermont Foodbank

Update 11/30/18: What an incredible campaign! Our collaboration with the Vermont Foodbank will provide 22,404 meals to 1,867 families who need a leg up. We are grateful for your support for VPR and your community. Thank you so much!

The VPR Staff on stage at ArtsRiot at Burlington's Tell Me More Tour event October 30.
Elvira Tripp / For VPR

On October 11, VPR’s Tell Me More Tour visited Addison County, hosting a public event at Shacksbury Cider in Vergennes. Then, on October 18, VPR visited Windsor County with an event at Billings Farm & Museum. And the tour wrapped up in Chittenden County on October 30 with an event at ArtsRiot in Burlington.

Vermont Public Radio has named Kari Anderson. left, as its new Director of Programming, and RaMona Sheppard, right, as its new Director of Human and Financial Resources.
From left: Daria Bishop / For VPR ; Courtesy RaMona Sheppard

Vermont Public Radio has named Kari Anderson as its new Director of Programming, and RaMona Sheppard as its new Director of Human and Financial Resources.

On Sept. 13, VPR’s Tell Me More Tour visited Orange County, hosting a public event at the Chandler Center For The Arts in Randolph.
Illustration by Lara Dickson / Deep Dish Creative

Update 10/31/18: Thank you! We had such a great road trip across Vermont this summer and fall, visiting all 14 counties, meeting and talking with Vermonters about what's important to them and how VPR can serve our community better. Check back soon for a report out on what we've learned and our plans for the future. If you didn't get to attend an event in person, you are always welcome to reach out with your ideas. Please contact us anytime here

The VPR crew at The Alchemist in Stowe on September 27.
Herb Swanson / For VPR

On September 27,  VPR’s Tell Me More Tour visited Lamoille County, hosting a public event at The Alchemist Brewery & Visitors Center in Stowe. On October 4, VPR visited Windham County with an event at The River Garden in Brattleboro.

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Oct 12, 2018
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VPR and Vermont PBS are teaming up to air four live debates in October. The debates will include candidates for lieutenant governor, U.S. House, governor and U.S. Senate.
Kyle Blair / Vermont PBS

Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS have announced the VPR – Vermont PBS Debates, a new collaboration to broadcast four live candidate debates leading up to the General Election on November 6. The debates will be moderated by Bob Kinzel, Peter Hirschfeld and Jane Lindholm during VPR’s program Vermont Edition and broadcast by Vermont PBS.

On Sept. 13, VPR's Tell Me More Tour visited Orange County, hosting a public event at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph.
Ty Robertson/Lesli Blount / VPR

On Sept. 13, VPR’s Tell Me More Tour visited Orange County, hosting a public event at the Chandler Center For The Arts in Randolph.

Sunset in Montgomery Center on September 6.
Ty Robertson / VPR

On Aug. 29, VPR’s Tell Me More Tour visited Orleans County, hosting a public event at the NEK Tasting Center in Newport. On Sept. 6, VPR visited Franklin County with an event at Montgomery Center For The Arts in Montgomery Center.

'JOLTED' is VPR's five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, and the surprising things that did.
Aaron Shrewsbury For VPR

Vermont Public Radio has launched JOLTED, a five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn’t happen, the line between thought and crime, and a Republican governor in a rural state who changed his mind about gun laws.

There was a packed house at VPR's Tell Me More Tour event in Montpelier on August 24.
Ty Robertson / VPR

Smartphones, smart speakers — when you listen to Vermont Public Radio, you’re hearing at lot about all these “smart” devices.

But what if you can’t afford these gadgets? What if you don’t have the internet at home or use email? Should that make you feel “dumb"?

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