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Tight Budgets And Uncertain Futures

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 5:45am

Many Vermont households face a near-impossible task of making ends meet in the pandemic economy. Plus, Governor Phil Scott says his administration should have ensured testing for the Vermont inmates in Mississippi, the death of a logger in Stockbridge, and some more bonus poll data.

Republican Gubernatorial Primary Race 2020: Doug Cavett

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 5:21pm

By Henry Epp

Doug Cavett is one of four Republicans going up against incumbent Gov. Phil Scott in the party's primary. Cavett has not run for office before. He lives in Milton, works at Rhino Foods in Burlington and is a former paraeducator in the Burlington School system.


VPR News Podcast

Local news, reporting and newscasts from Vermont Public Radio

Vermont Edition Podcast

Vermont Edition brings you news and conversation about issues affecting your life. Hosts Jane Lindholm and Bob Kinzel consider the context of current events through interviews with news makers and people who make our region buzz.

Vermont Health Update: Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19, College Students Return

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 9:12am

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As college students return to Vermont for the start of the school year, there is some concern about a possible increase in the spread of COVID-19. Plus, as of August 1, a mask mandate is now in effect for all Vermonters, and the state is planning to distribute over 200,000 free cloth masks. This hour, it's our weekly update with Vermont's health department. We check in with Deputy Commissioner Tracy Dolan and take your questions. We will also get an update on the Vermont inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Mississippi.

Remembering John Lewis: On Stage At The Flynn Center In Burlington

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 9:13am

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Civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis died earlier this month and the nation is paying tribute to his legacy. This hour, we listen back to a conversation recorded in Vermont last fall between Lewis and Andrew Aydin. The pair co-authored the graphic novel trilogy March , which tells the story of Lewis' rural upbringing and key role in the Civil Rights movement.

Managing Relationships During A Pandemic

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 4:50pm

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Relationships of all kinds have been tested by the COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly romantic ones: some people are separated by quarantine or social distancing. Some are stuck in the house together while working from home. And some are struggling with a lack of connection to a significant other. This hour, we want your stories about how the coronavirus has tested your relationships, or lack of relationships

Eye On The Sky Podcast

The Eye On The Sky is Vermont's weather service. It is a production of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium and Vermont Public Radio.

Brave Little State Podcast

What if you could decide what stories Vermont Public Radio should be covering, before they're even assigned? That's the idea behind Brave Little State.

Why Do Some Vermonters Display The Confederate Flag?

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 5:01pm

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What's a symbol from the South doing in the Green Mountain State? Jason Broughton and Megan Bellavance (both, as it turns out, librarians) asked us to investigate.

A Master Class In Finding The Bright Side

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:35pm

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Michael and Stacy Lee have had a really tough year. So why do they feel so positive?

Remembering Vermont's 19th Century Black Communities

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 4:23pm

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How did these communities form, and how are they being remembered? That's what Gale Harris wanted to know.

Is Vermont Really 'So Expensive'?

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 3:33pm

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Everyone loves to grouse about our cost of living. Bruce Post wonders: How bad is it really?

End-Of-Life Wishes In A Pandemic

Fri, 22 May 2020 3:43pm

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If people — particularly elderly people — don't want doctors to take extreme measures to potentially save their lives, does that increase Vermont's COVID-19 death rate?

NEXT New England Podcast

NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast about New England, one of America’s oldest places, at a time of change. It’s hosted by John Dankosky at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut. Through original reporting and interviews, we ask important questions about the issues we explore: where are we now? How did we get here? And what's next?

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids Podcast

But Why is a show led by kids. They ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there. On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world. Know a kid with a question? Record it with a smartphone. Be sure to include your kid's first name, age, and town and send the recording to!

How Do You Make Ice Cream?

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 9:47am

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How is ice cream made? Why does ice cream melt? Why does some ice cream melt faster than others? We’ll answer your questions about this summery concoction with Rabia Kamara, of Ruby Scoops in Richmond, Virginia. It’s going to be sweet.

What Happens To The Forest After A Fire?

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 9:45am

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Why do forest fires happen? What happens to the forest after a fire? Sometimes you send us questions about things you've heard about, and sometimes you send us questions about your experiences. We'll hear from 5-year-old Abby in Australia who wanted to know more about the bush fires near her home earlier this year. Liam and Emma tell us about their wildfire experiences in California, and we get answers to your questions from Ernesto Alvarado, professor at the University of Washington.

Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots? Do Dragonflies Bite?

Fri, 03 Jul 2020 8:20am

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This week, we're getting out our bug nets and talking about dragonflies and ladybugs! Why do ladybugs have spots? How many different types of ladybugs are there? How do they crawl on the ceiling without falling down? Where do dragonflies and ladybugs sleep? Why are dragonflies called dragonflies? Do they bite? We're joined by Kent McFarland, a research biologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the co-host of another great VPR podcast called Outdoor Radio.

But Why Live: A Musical Celebration

Sat, 27 Jun 2020 8:30am

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In this special live episode But Why had a musical celebration with Mister Chris, the Junkman and May Erlewine, and we heard your songs. You can listen to But Why Live at and call-in every Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time through June 26, 2020. This program is in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Education to bring interactive educational opportunities to students while schools are closed.

But Why Live: A Discussion About Race And Racism

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 5:30am

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In this special live episode But Why held a discussion about race and racism with the authors of ABCs of Diversity, Y. Joy Harris-Smith and Carolyn Helsel. You can listen to But Why Live at and call-in every Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time through June 26, 2020. This program is in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Education to bring interactive educational opportunities to students while schools are closed.

Outdoor Radio Podcast

The Vermont Center for Ecostudies and VPR unite the sounds and science of nature in this monthly feature. The program is hosted by biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra, who share their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for wildlife education and conservation.

Outdoor Radio: "Backyard Biodiversity"

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 10:17am

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In these times of social distancing, when people can feel disconnected from one another, it's important to realize that nature is just outside your door. From bird songs to green frogs' croaking chatter, stay connected to the outdoors by exploring your own "backyard biodiversity."

Outdoor Radio: Red-winged Blackbirds "A True Sign Of Spring"

Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:13pm

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Birdwatchers know that when they see the Red-winged Blackbird return, spring is on its way. These birds are numerous and everywhere. The males are stark-black with a red epaulette, a striking flash of color on their wings, that they use to attract mates and ward off other competing males.

Outdoor Radio: Blue Jays, "Engineers Of The Forest"

Thu, 12 Mar 2020 1:59pm

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Blue jays are pretty common. We see them all the time, and yet, they still have mysteries to share with us. Blue jays are also known as the "engineers of the forest." Their diet consists of acorns and beech nuts and they take these seeds to new areas and cache, or bury, their food. Sometimes they forget to come back to get these stored nuts and seeds allowing them to grow. The birds are planting new trees and expanding the forest.

Outdoor Radio: The Winter Flight Of The Bruce Spanworm Moth

Sun, 22 Dec 2019 8:00am

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You don't expect to see a moth in November, but these winter moths have adapted to thrive in the cold. The operophtera bruceata, or the Bruce Spanworm moth, spends the summer as a catapiller in the canopy of hardwood trees. They eat and eat, getting bigger until they fall down into the leaf litter and pupate. As the weather turns cold, around the end of October, they emerge as adults. This comes in very handy for these moths, because most of the birds have migrated away and there are very few predators left.

VPR Classical Timeline Podcast

Join VPR Classical host James Stewart on a journey into the events, characters and concepts that shaped our Western musical tradition. We'll start at the very beginning and trace the steps of music through history. This music, and its history, is ours.

167 - Canticle of the Creatures

Mon, 16 Mar 2020 8:18am

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We’ve been exploring all the ways that music has changed the world and us. In this episode we’ll discover that music might belong to more than just humanity. So many creatures on our shared planet also have a voice.

166 - Singing: The First Art

Mon, 09 Mar 2020 9:05am

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“In the beginning was the voice. Voice is sounding breath, the audible sign of life.” Those beautiful words were written by Otto Jespersen, an early 20th century Danish linguist, in the book Language, Its Nature, Development and Origin. Jespersen was on to something with that statement, voice as “the audible sign of life.” It reminds me of another popular quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”

165 - Born To Dance

Mon, 02 Mar 2020 8:34am

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You’re at a wedding reception, this song starts to play and suddenly the dance floor is full of people moving together in rhythm. The crowd intuits the pulse of the music, corporately agrees on where the beat is and starts to move together. That’s how group dance works. This ability is something we share as humans and with other members of the animal kingdom. But do we ever think about what it takes to make this happen? How do we dance together and why?

164 - Which Came First, Language Or Music?

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 8:26am

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Which came first, language or music? It’s not just a “chicken or the egg” type of question. Many linguists and theorists have debated this subject. For a long time the accepted norm stated that music appears “to be derived from language,” meaning that music is a subset of verbal communication. But modern research is painting a different picture. There’s an earlier episode of Timeline called “Baby Talk” that dives into that research regarding the development of human communication.

163 - 40,000 BCE: A Musical Odyssey

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 8:30am

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Do you remember the opening scene of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”? The director starts a movie about space by first showing us early humanity. We are introduced to two warring factions of hairy proto-humans, yelling and grunting at one another over some unknown conflict. That night one of the tribes wakes up at sunrise to a strange, black, rectangular object. In the shadow of this monolith, one of the members of the tribe picks up a bone and examines it. After a moment, it begins to beat the ground with this first “tool.”

JOLTED Podcast

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.

Update: One Year Later

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 8:00pm

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How the events of last year changed Vermont schools and law enforcement. Also - where's Jack?

Part 5: Threat Assessment

Wed, 26 Sep 2018 10:11pm

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How do you know if a young person is plotting a school massacre? And what do you do then?

Part 4: The Reversal

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:11pm

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How a Republican governor who had been rated "A" by the NRA decided that Vermont, one of the most gun-friendly states in the nation, needed gun control laws.

Part 3: Thought, Or Crime?

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:40pm

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When does planning a school shooting become attempted murder? The question went all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court.

Part 2: How We Got Here

Wed, 05 Sep 2018 10:02pm

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Who is Jack Sawyer, and why did he want to kill his former classmates?

My Heart Still Beats Podcast

A six-part series from Writers for Recovery and VPR, featuring conversation about addiction and original writing from the recovery community around Vermont.

Bonus Episode: Voices From The Series

Thu, 16 May 2019 5:55pm

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What role does storytelling have in addressing the opioid crisis? In March, Vermont Public Radio hosted a gathering at the Turning Point Center of Burlington to talk through that question with the team behind My Heart Still Beats .