Brave Little State
By Vermont Public Radio
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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, a new monthly podcast where you ask the questions, you decide what VPR investigates, and then you work with us to find the answers.
||CleanWhy Are There So Many African-Americans Incarcerated In Vermont?||Overall, Vermont has one of the lowest incarceration rates in the country — but one of the highest rates of African-American incarceration. So why is that?||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's It Like To Hike The Long Trail?||The 272-mile trail follows Green Mountain ridgelines from one end of Vermont to another. So what’s it like to hike the whole thing?||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPresenting JOLTED, A New Podcast From VPR||A story about a school shooting that didn’t happen, and the surprising things that did. This month we’re sharing Part 1 of JOLTED. Hear more at joltedpodcast.org.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Brief History Of Vermont Road Names||You know the feeling. You’re driving along, and you turn onto a road with an intriguing name. And you wonder where it came from.||8/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 Vermont Towns Vs. 1 Utah Developer: What Happened With NewVistas||This month’s question led us straight into an unfolding story — about an outsider with deep pockets and big ideas, and the towns that banded together to reject those ideas. And now that their eff…||7/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThose 'Aging Hippies' Who Moved To Vermont ... Where Are They Now?||The past may be obscured in a cloud of … wood … smoke. But what does the present look like?||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's The History Of French Canadian Immigration Into Vermont?||There was a time when it was totally normal to hear French spoken in some of Vermont's smallest towns and biggest cities. This month on 'Brave Little State,' we delve into the history of French…||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Vermont Really Losing Young People?||Since we started this show, there's a question we've gotten a lot: Why are so many young people leaving the state?||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs The Northeast Kingdom Really So 'Different'?||Just how culturally different is the Northeast Kingdom from the rest of the state? Can it be quantified in any way, or is it largely legend?||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Oversees Vermont's County Sheriffs?||If Vermont's county sheriffs are accountable to their voters, but most of their voters don't pay much attention to them, what happens when they do something wrong?||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Complicated History Of Hydro-Quebec||From our friends at the podcast Outside/In, the story of how a massive, state-owned utility company came to be a symbol of the French-Canadian people.||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVermont Hustle: What It's Like To Work 3 Jobs||There's a joke about the employment scene in Vermont: "What do you call a Vermonter with two jobs? Lazy." In other words, it can take three or more jobs to make a living in Vermont.||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Would It Look Like If Vermont Seceded?||We aren't endorsing it, but ... if Vermont did manage to secede from the United States, how would we fare?||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's The History Of The Underground Railroad In Vermont?||When it comes to Vermont's history with the Underground Railroad, where's the line between myth and truth? And whose voices are missing from the story? Those are the questions 'Brave Little State'…||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Has The Geology Of Vermont Affected Its Character?||If you've lived in a state for a long time, or grew up there, you probably have this feeling - when you drive into or out of it, you feel like you can tell the difference. For many people, this is…||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLow Pay, Weird Schedule: Who Exactly Can Pull Off The Legislator Lifestyle?||Vermont's citizen legislators get paid about $12,700 for five months of work. So, if you have a career and/or a family, how do you pull it off? This is the question recently brought to "Brave…||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Vermont History Fix, From Gold Mines To Witch Windows||This month, we're doing things a little differently. Instead of taking on one of your questions about Vermont, we're taking on three. We've got a question about those crooked windows you see on…||7/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's It Like To Be A Migrant Worker In Vermont?||If you drink Vermont milk, or eat Vermont apples or vegetables, it's likely that you have foreign workers to thank. But do you know any? This month, we spend time with some of the members of the…||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Can Be Done About Vermont's Aging Sewer Systems?||This month on "Brave Little State," a subterranean question about wastewater treatment in Vermont.||5/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Tribute To Vermont's Old, Falling-Down Barns||This month on "Brave Little State," a question about the many barns in Vermont that are left in a suspended state of disrepair.||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Is Vermont So Overwhelmingly White?||This month on "Brave Little State," the history of Vermont's whiteness - both racial and cultural - and stories from people of color about what it's like to live here.||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's The Deal With Coydogs?||There's a creature that lives in Vermont that you don't see very often. It comes across the night in a cacophony of howls, yips and barks. Some attribute the sounds to coydogs, others to coywolves,…||1/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlmost 100,000 Vermonters Voted For Donald Trump. Why?||On Election Day, nearly one in three Vermont voters cast ballots for Donald J. Trump - and VPR reporters teamed up with "Brave Little State" to hear from a few of them.||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is The Status Of The Abenaki Native Americans In Vermont Today?||This month on "Brave Little State," a question about the descendants of this region's first residents. Our story begins at an old cemetery in Brattleboro, up above a roundabout on Putney…||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Vermont Ghost Stories: A Halloween Special From 'Brave Little State'||In this Halloween special from "Brave Little State," a terrifying compendium of spine-tingling Vermont ghost stories, as told to us by ... you.||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre Utility Bills 'So High' In Vermont? It's (Really) Complicated||This month on "Brave Little State," a question about utility bills in Vermont - and a small sampling of Vermont ghost stories.||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoes Vermont Really Have An Embezzlement Problem?||This month on "Brave Little State," VPR's people-powered journalism podcast, a question about embezzlement in Vermont - and a myth about stone walls and woodland fairies.||9/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Cow' Or 'Ke-ow'? The Past, Present And Future Of The Vermont Accent||In the inaugural episode of 'Brave Little State,' VPR's new, people-powered journalism podcast, we tackle a question about the history of the Vermont accent, and a question about a strange…||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing 'Brave Little State,' A New Podcast From VPR||Most decisions about the news you hear and read and watch every day are made by somebody else. But what if you could make some of those decisions? That's the idea behind 'Brave Little State,' a new…||7/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Northeast Kingdom 3/09 Episode
Why does everyone, including Governor Dean, sound drunk? I didn't have the patience to keep listening, I'm afraid. I don't suppose you'd be willing to fix it?
Curious & Delightful
This pod goes off the beaten path to bring you wonderful Vermont stories.
Not just for Vermonters
I’m a long time Vermont lover, summer camp attendee/employee etc. There’s something about this podcast that captures the particular undefinable quality about Vermont that makes it so special in my experience. It’s answered some of my and my family’s questions (yeah, why *does* VT feel and look different than the states around it?) and questions that I never thought to ask but now seem obvious in retrospect. Love it. Keep it up!