Northern Lights & Christmas Classics

Starting at 8pm, it’s "Northern Lights" – Cheryl Willoughby’s annual singing, dancing celebration of the winter solstice. At 9pm Joe Goetz’s "Christmas Classics" visits several Scandinavian countries for a quiet, snow-covered hour of choral music.

Solstice marks return of Christmas Revels

For the past 34 years, Hanover has been one of 10 cities across the country to mark the solstice with an annual Christmas Revels performance. VPR’s Steve Zind visited a rehearsal to see what Revels is all about.  

Midday Newscast: November 12, 2008

State officials want to know whether waste from an old asbestos mind in Lamoille County was used on local roads or construction projects; a group of Franklin County doctors wants to fight prescription drug abuse by requiring patients to sign a contract when they seek pain drugs;

Annual Christmas Bird Count

The Annual Christmas Bird Count is underway. We talk with Bridget Butler of Audubon Vermont about which winter birds we’re likely to catch a glimpse of here in Vermont. Then we hear from author and VPR commentator Willem Lange about his much loved Christmas story about Favor Johnson. And we continue our Year in Review series by looking at the top cultural stories of the year.

The China Project

Performances on the Great Wall, language lessons, and city adventures. This summer’s trip to China for the Vermont Youth Orchestra was an eye-opening adventure, and a chance for students to write about and share their experiences through a partnership with the Young Writer’s Project. We hear from those students and from Geoff Gevalt, the editor of the Young Writer’s Project.