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Brave Little State

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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 y...Show More

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What Does It Take To Start And Run A Successful Small Business In Vermont?

30:49 | Dec 7th, 2018

To answer this listener question, we collect entrepreneurial wisdom from self-starters all over the state.

Why Are There So Many African-Americans Incarcerated In Vermont?

33:48 | Nov 2nd, 2018

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?

What's It Like To Hike The Long Trail?

30:20 | Oct 5th, 2018

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?

Presenting JOLTED, A New Podcast From VPR

19:09 | Sep 6th, 2018

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.

A Brief History Of Vermont Road Names

31:01 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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.

4 Vermont Towns Vs. 1 Utah Developer: What Happened With NewVistas

38:18 | Jul 6th, 2018

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 efforts have paid off, what happens next?

Those 'Aging Hippies' Who Moved To Vermont ... Where Are They Now?

35:12 | Jun 8th, 2018

The past may be obscured in a cloud of … wood … smoke. But what does the present look like?

What's The History Of French Canadian Immigration Into Vermont?

34:45 | May 4th, 2018

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 Canadian immigration in Vermont.

Is Vermont Really Losing Young People?

26:36 | Apr 6th, 2018

Since we started this show, there’s a question we’ve gotten a lot: Why are so many young people leaving the state?

Is Vermont Really Losing Young People?

25:24 | Apr 6th, 2018

Since we started this show, there's a question we've gotten a lot: Why are so many young people leaving the state?

Is The Northeast Kingdom Really So 'Different'?

32:37 | Mar 9th, 2018

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?

Is The Northeast Kingdom Really So 'Different'?

31:30 | Mar 9th, 2018

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?

Who Oversees Vermont's County Sheriffs?

30:53 | Feb 2nd, 2018

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?

Who Oversees Vermont's County Sheriffs?

31:08 | Feb 2nd, 2018

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?

The Complicated History Of Hydro-Québec

31:49 | Jan 5th, 2018

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.

The Complicated History Of Hydro-Quebec

31:55 | Jan 5th, 2018

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.

Vermont Hustle: What It's Like To Work 3 Jobs

31:59 | Dec 8th, 2017

There’s a joke about the employment scene in Vermont: “What do you call a Vermonter with two jobs? Lazy.”

Vermont Hustle: What It's Like To Work 3 Jobs

31:41 | Dec 8th, 2017

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.

What Would It Look Like If Vermont Seceded?

27:55 | Nov 3rd, 2017

We aren't endorsing it, but ... if Vermont did manage to secede from the United States, how would we fare?

What Would It Look Like If Vermont Seceded?

28:12 | Nov 3rd, 2017

We aren't endorsing it, but ... if Vermont did manage to secede from the United States, how would we fare?

What's The History Of The Underground Railroad In Vermont?

29:13 | Oct 6th, 2017

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?

What's The History Of The Underground Railroad In Vermont?

28:50 | Oct 6th, 2017

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' set out to answer.

How Has The Geology Of Vermont Affected Its Character?

27:49 | Sep 8th, 2017

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 very true for crossings in and out of Vermont.

How Has The Geology Of Vermont Affected Its Character?

28:03 | Sep 8th, 2017

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.

Low Pay, Weird Schedule: Who Exactly Can Pull Off The Legislator Lifestyle?

24:22 | Aug 4th, 2017

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?

Low Pay, Weird Schedule: Who Exactly Can Pull Off The Legislator Lifestyle?

24:06 | Aug 4th, 2017

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 Little State."

Your Vermont History Fix, From Gold Mines To Witch Windows

22:06 | Jul 7th, 2017

This month on Brave Little State, we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of taking on one of your questions about Vermont, we’re taking on three — in a kind of local history lightning round.

Your Vermont History Fix, From Gold Mines To Witch Windows

21:48 | Jul 7th, 2017

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 Vermont farmhouses, a question about Vermont's defunct g...Show More

What's It Like To Be A Migrant Worker In Vermont?

34:14 | Jun 9th, 2017

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?

What's It Like To Be A Migrant Worker In Vermont?

33:50 | Jun 9th, 2017

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 work force that keeps many of Vermont's farms running.

What Can Be Done About Vermont's Aging Sewer Systems?

28:38 | May 5th, 2017

This month on Brave Little State, a subterranean question about wastewater treatment in Vermont.

What Can Be Done About Vermont's Aging Sewer Systems?

28:40 | May 5th, 2017

This month on "Brave Little State," a subterranean question about wastewater treatment in Vermont.

A Tribute To Vermont's Old, Falling-Down Barns

25:13 | Apr 7th, 2017

This month on Brave Little State, a question about the many barns in Vermont that are left in a suspended state of disrepair.

A Tribute To Vermont's Old, Falling-Down Barns

25:18 | Apr 7th, 2017

This month on "Brave Little State," a question about the many barns in Vermont that are left in a suspended state of disrepair.

Why Is Vermont So Overwhelmingly White?

30:36 | Mar 3rd, 2017

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.

Why Is Vermont So Overwhelmingly White?

30:58 | Mar 3rd, 2017

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.

What's The Deal With Coydogs?

16:41 | Jan 6th, 2017

There’s a creature that lives in Vermont that you don’t see very often. But a lot of Vermonters recognize its unmistakable call.

What's The Deal With Coydogs?

16:45 | Jan 6th, 2017

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, still others to plain old coyotes. And everyone is r...Show More

Almost 100,000 Vermonters Voted For Donald Trump. Why?

25:39 | Dec 3rd, 2016

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.

Almost 100,000 Vermonters Voted For Donald Trump. Why?

25:36 | Nov 30th, 2016

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.

What Is The Status Of The Abenaki Native Americans In Vermont Today?

25:24 | Nov 4th, 2016

This month on Brave Little State , VPR's people-powered journalism podcast, a question about the descendants of this region's first residents.

What Is The Status Of The Abenaki Native Americans In Vermont Today?

25:28 | Nov 4th, 2016

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 Road. The graves have old Vermont names like Fairbanks and Port...Show More

Your Vermont Ghost Stories: A Halloween Special From Brave Little State

23:31 | Oct 21st, 2016

In this Halloween special from Brave Little State , a terrifying compendium of spine-tingling Vermont ghost stories, as told to us by … you.

Your Vermont Ghost Stories: A Halloween Special From 'Brave Little State'

23:28 | Oct 21st, 2016

In this Halloween special from "Brave Little State," a terrifying compendium of spine-tingling Vermont ghost stories, as told to us by ... you.

Are Utility Bills 'So High' In Vermont? It's (Really) Complicated

32:04 | Oct 7th, 2016

This month on Brave Little State , VPR's people-powered journalism podcast, a question about utility bills in Vermont — and a small sampling of Vermont ghost stories.

Are Utility Bills 'So High' In Vermont? It's (Really) Complicated

32:02 | Oct 7th, 2016

This month on "Brave Little State," a question about utility bills in Vermont - and a small sampling of Vermont ghost stories.

Does Vermont Really Have An Embezzlement Problem?

29:09 | Sep 2nd, 2016

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.

Does Vermont Really Have An Embezzlement Problem?

29:13 | Sep 2nd, 2016

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.

'Cow' Or 'Ke-ow'? The Past, Present And Future Of The Vermont Accent

30:38 | Aug 5th, 2016

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 "thing" at the Waterbury rest area.

'Cow' Or 'Ke-ow'? The Past, Present And Future Of The Vermont Accent

30:39 | Aug 5th, 2016

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 "thing" at the Waterbury rest area.

Introducing Brave Little State, A New Podcast From VPR

03:27 | Jul 7th, 2016

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 podcast from Vermont Public Radio.

Introducing 'Brave Little State,' A New Podcast From VPR

03:27 | Jul 7th, 2016

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 podcast from Vermont Public Radio.