VPR: Film Scores Saturday

This looks really neat: VPR Classical will be hosting a program at 10 am on Saturday, June 14th, where they’ll focus on film scores!

Nothing says summer like blockbuster movies! On Saturday June 14th at 10 a.m., join Kari Anderson and Tim Johnson for two hours of film music on VPR Classical. We’ll have Romance, Adventure, Drama, Classic Film scores from the 1930s to the great composers of today. We’ll see you at the movies!

Listen Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on VPR Classical.


Vermont Edition: Summer Book Show

VPR’s Vermont Edition will be hosting their annual book show later today, and with it, my plea to readers to call / write in to let them know that Science Fiction / Fantasy do have a place in literary canon / listener’s bookshelves.

For some people, summer is full of hectic, busy days spent running from one event to the next. Others like to enjoy summer at half speed: on a picnic blanket with a glass of lemonade and a good book. If summer for you is synonymous with ‘summer reading,’ then you’ll want to listen to our summer book show.

We’ll talk to Josie Leavitt, co-owner of Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, and Stan Hynds, book buyer for Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, about what makes a good summer read. And we’ll get some of their suggestions for what books we should throw in our picnic baskets.

Drop them a line here and listen in at noon / 7pm!

Vermont Edition: Power And The People: Citizen’s Role In Energy Projects

Today’s Vermont Edition will look at the role of individuals and energy production:

When an energy project like wind turbines or large-scale solar arrays are proposed to be built, affected landowners find they need to get a deep education on regulatory processes, and fast. On the next Vermont Edition, we look at the quasi-judicial process for reviewing and approving those projects from the citizen’s perspective. Our guest is Annette Smith of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, who says there ought to be a less complicated, less litigious and less expensive way for people to play a role in deciding where energy projects are located.

Post comments here, and listen at noon and 7pm today on VPR.

Rural Libraries and the Future


VPR has an interesting looking talk today on Vermont Edition, called Rural Libraries Face Modern Demands. Here’s the description:

Here’s a fact you’ll often hear about Vermont libraries: the state has more public libraries per capita than any other. That statistic is born from a tradition of each town independently operating its own library. This set up makes each library unique to its community. But it also puts limits on the amount of resources the library can offer and on the ability of staff to meet community needs – like computer training, downloadable books and reference skills. We look at how Vermont libraries are trying to be innovative in response to community demands with Mary Danko, president of the Green Mountain Library Consortium and director of the Hartland Public Library, and with Jerry Carbone, the longtime director at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro.
Post your comments and questions below, or email vermontedition@vpr.net


Yesterday’s Vermont Edition was focused mainly on cooking, but towards the end, they talked about Vermont universities working with Cube Sat satellites for research purposes. These small satellites are launched on commercial rockets, for a relatively low cost (The cubesat costs around $7500).

So here it is 50 years later and Brandon is now leading his own space program, thanks to a miniature satellite called a CubeSat.
It’s an off-the-shelf item that looks like something made with Erector Set parts. The light metal frame is about 4 inches on each side. Scientists like Brandon use Cube Sats as a vehicle for launching their experiments into space – assuming they have a few hundred thousand dollars available. Brandon is using grant money from NASA.
His students are helping build and test the equipment that they’ll install in the CubeSat which Brandon keeps locked in a desk drawer.

It’s a really cool thing to hear happen, especially on the eve of the penultimate space shuttle launch in Florida. It’s heartening to see that space research and travel are still yielding interest, even if the nation is largely walking away from manned spaceflight in this troubled economy. It’s my hope that there will be more projects like this within the state to inspire researchers to continue to look up into the stars and beyond our planet.

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Why We Love Our Toys (And Games)

VPR’s Vermont Edition will be talking about toys today with Jean Burks, Senior Curator of the Shelburne Museum. Broadcast is at Noon today, online and on the airwaves. Got questions? Sent them to Vermontedition@vpr.net.

From their website:

The creator of the first doll made commercially in the U.S. was based in Springfield, Vermont. And there are still a number of toymakers in Vermont today. Shelburne Museum Senior Curator Jean Burks looks back at toys, dolls and games and how they came to be so closely associated with the holidays. We also learn about some popular toys and games for this holiday season.
You can share memories of your favorite toys. Email them to Vermontedition@vpr.net.
Also, with the first round of data from the 2010 census just released, Will Sawyer, Manager of the Vermont State Data Center at the Center for Rural Studies, looks at the numbers and lets us know what Vermont’s results tell us.
Plus we hear from an Enosburg Falls band called Farm who makes music in the Cave of Legends.

Burlington Telecom


Today on VPR’s Vermont Edition, Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss talked about the future of Burlington Telecom. I was only able to listen to a couple minutes of the program, but it did shed some interesting points on the future of business and communications in the state.

From VPR.net:

Burlington Telecom has failed in its months-long attempt to renegotiate a lease that provides the equipment that is the cornerstone of the utility’s infrastructure. But Mayor Bob Kiss says the city is exploring a purchase of the equipment outright and says the terms of that purchase could be more favorable than the previous lease.

The end of the lease with CitiCapital is the most recent in a series of serious financial problems for the city-owned telecommunications utility. Burlington Telecom borrowed $33.5 million from CitiCapital in 2007, and now Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss says the utility can’t afford the $311,000 monthly payments. Now the city is weighing its options, and the possibility of CitiCapital repossessing key equipment.

You can listen to the program here.