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VPR's coverage of arts and culture in the region.

Vermont Edition Highlights: Cartoonists And Their Craft

Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr.
Robert Waldo Brunelle, Jr. has been writing his comic, "Mr. Brunelle Explains It All," since the late '90s. In the spring, Brunelle was on a panel of Vermont cartoonists who spoke to "Vermont Edition" about their craft.

In the spring, a panel of Vermont cartoonists joined Vermont Edition. We're sharing that conversation again, as well as two pieces that weave together music and history: one about the "Polish Hour" radio show in Rutland that ran for 45 years, and another about the musical styles of ragtime, blues and jazz.

Vermont's Cartoonists

For decades, cartoons and comics have made an indelible mark on American culture – from the early days of political cartoons to the heyday of huge Sunday newspaper spreads to superhero comics. Members of Vermont's cartooning community were the focus of a program back in May.

Find the original show page here.

VPR's Mitch Wertlieb spoke then with three Vermont-based cartoonists – Rachel Lindsay, Stephen Bissette and Robert Waldo Brunelle, Jr. – who shared what led them to become cartoonists, the works they admire and general insight related to their craft.

Also, learn more about the Vermont Comic Creators group that was mentioned on the show here.

Rutland's Polish Radio Hour

For nearly half a century after World War II, a local Polish radio program in Rutland was a staple of the community. VPR's Nina Keck shares the story of the late Joseph Chrusciel – also known to listeners as "Uncle Joe" – who hosted the weekly "Polish Hour" radio show from 1948 to 1993.

Listen and see photos here.

Exploring Jazz, Blues and Ragtime

In a recent installment of VPR Classical's "Timeline" series, host James Stewart discussed the roots of three musical styles: jazz, blues and ragtime.

Listen and see photos here.

Broadcast on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 at noon and 7 p.m.

Patti is an integral part of VPR's news effort and part of the team that created Vermont Edition. As executive producer, Patti supervises the team that puts Vermont Edition on the air every day, working with producers to select and research show ideas, select guests and develop the sound and tone of the program.
Ric was a producer for Vermont Edition and host of the VPR Cafe.
A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
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