Meatloaf: America’s Comfort Food

For this first edition of The VPR Table on VPR, Marialisa Calta offers a history lesson on meatloaf – it all started in the 5th century with peacocks!  She shares her advice on making marvelous meatloaf – and recipes!

“Breaking Bread”

Author Lynne Christy Anderson shares culinary traditions and stories from her book, "Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories from Immigrant Kitchens." Plus, today’s young female clowns are working to break down barriers in what remains a male-dominated profession.  And we read from your letters.

A History Of Fresh Foods

Our definition of ‘fresh food’ is ever-changing – driven by technology and public perceptions. We talk about the history and meaning of freshness. Also, James Sturm on his new graphic novel, and we open our mailbag.

Hunger persists, even in growing season

Summer can be a time of abundance, with gardens and farm fields brimming with fresh vegetables. But experts say that, for children, hunger knows no season. Also, an update on efforts to revamp rail service in parts of Vermont, and puppetry program helps children deal with difficult issues.

Financial aid and paying for college

As financial aid decisions are on the horizon for many families, we talk with the head of VSAC about paying for college, and how Vermont’s key student assistance organization is fairing in the financial markets. Also, how Calvin Coolidge capaigned (or didn’t) for the presidency, and a food hub may help keep growing food manufacturers local.

Lawmakers propose junk food tax

A group of lawmakers want to help close the state’s budget gap by imposing a sales tax on soda and other beverages that contain a lot of sugar. But the Vermont Grocers’ Association is strongly opposed to the bill.

Midday Newscast: October 2, 2008

Vermont’s economy is the top issue for the political parties as this year’s election approaches; officials keep close watch on state’s cash flow since financial crisis hits some Vermont colleges; more…

Midday Newscast: September 10, 2008

State to expand eligibility for Food Stamp benefits this winter; Tom Costello says he thinks voters responded to his call to end the partisan bickering at the State House; Peter Welch says he’s grateful for the support people gave him after his first term in Congress;  more…