About Rumble Strip


On Rumble Strip, you’ll hear from artists and criminals, taxidermists and soccer moms, lawyers and waitresses. Erica Heilman invites herself into people’s homes to find out what they know, what they hate, who they love, what they’re afraid of, and what makes them more like you than you’d realized. These are vivid stories of the everyday.

Erica’s independent radio work has aired on NPR’s Day to Day, Hearing Voices, SOUNDPRINT, KCRW’s UnFictional, and on major public radio affiliates across the country. Prior to her work in audio, Erica worked in documentary television in New York City. She produced programming for WNET, HBO and ABC News.

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Mother of Whiskey Tit, a publishing company restoring degeneracy to the literary arts.

Larry Massett

The source of all good ideas. And he plays the piano.

Scott Carrier

He's a professional. I'm never really sure where he is.

The Heard

Rumble Strip is a proud member of The Heard, an awesome group of independent podcasters from all around North America.

Colin McCaffrey

A composer, producer and recording engineer in the wilds of East Montpelier, VT. Specializes in audio production, mixing, editing, mastering, hunting, fishing and foraging. (Renaissance Man)

Kindred Spirits

The Dooryard

The Dooryard. How nice.

Hearing Voices

Some of the best stories. Anywhere.


Combination incubator and petri dish for new public radio.

The Wake up to Dying Project

Encouraging people to think and talk about death and dying.


  1. Ruth
    Ruth November 22, 2013 at 9:55 am | | Reply

    It’s great. I love the interviews. I heard about your deer stories on Front Porch Forum. I saved the site to play it for my son when he came in from hunting. Thank you. I keep going back to listen to more interviews. I love those voices. It’s good the way you let people loose to tell you what they want to tell you.

  2. Charlene
    Charlene May 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm | | Reply

    I love the shows. They give me an entirely new perspective on Vermont and the people who live there.

  3. Cynthia
    Cynthia April 16, 2015 at 1:46 pm | | Reply

    Rumble Strip Vermont sounds like home to me. I like VPR for news but it doesn’t get at the subtler currents running through Vermont culture and living. This show does. I grew up in Vermont and married out of state so now I’m only there in the summers. I listen to Rumble Strip Vermont while I cook and it reminds me of home. Thank you so much. Keep going!

  4. Carol Rousseau
    Carol Rousseau June 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm | | Reply

    So happy to have found this! It took me back to the early 90’s when Greg Sharrow hired me to transcribe his interviews just like these, in people’s homes, listening for must be hundreds of hours to the wonderful people in Vermont. Please give Greg a big hug for me, I thank him for giving me the best job ever that enabled me to stay home with the kids.

  5. Fiona
    Fiona July 29, 2015 at 2:57 pm | | Reply

    I am a literature student based in Dublin, Ireland. I came across your podcast through Scott Carrier’s Home of the Brave. I wanted to write to you to express how much I love it. I appreciate the range of people that you interview and your insightful, thought-provoking questions. I always look forward to listening to Rumble Strip Vermont. So much of life is about stories. I feel that you are exceptionally capable at teasing them out of the people you meet. You have made me realise just how varied and complex the human race is. Thank you and I hope that you continue to have the opportunity to keep up the brilliant work that you are doing!


  6. Heidi Schmidt
    Heidi Schmidt September 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm | | Reply

    Hi Erica,

    Great article about Fred. When I was out in Vermont last Fall I had the good fortune to meet him. I love the people who live in the Northeast Kingdom. Everybody I’ve met is so creative and so active and really enjoy their lives.

    Thought you might be interested in my blog post about Fred.

    I’ve posted about quite a few people and places in Vermont.

    Again, great article and I’ll be following you.


  7. Will
    Will October 16, 2015 at 10:09 am | | Reply

    My name is Will, I live in London, England. I love your show. I’ve never been to Vermont but your show has painted it as this beautiful, friendly, homely place. So much so that often when I am listening to your interviews I wish I could visit myself – particularly during the frequent moments when the bustle of London gets too much for me.

    Your shows are a bit of an escape for me. An escape that makes me feel warm, and that there are good people in the world.

    Please keep up the great work you are doing.

    Kind Regards,

  8. Mark
    Mark April 25, 2016 at 10:58 am | | Reply

    I have been in love with Vermont since I came here in 1965. When you love something you have to love the good and the bad. And I love all things Vermont unconditionally.

    In that vein let me thank you so much for Jesse and Muskrat Trapper. I wish Jesse the life she deserves. And may there always be a place in the world for a Muskrat Trapper.

    All the Best,


  9. Representative Barbara Rachelson
    Representative Barbara Rachelson January 14, 2017 at 6:25 pm | | Reply

    Just discovered Rumble Strip this past week and am excited to go back on listen to Erica’s other shows. Ironically, this week’s Rumble Strip kept being talked about by my colleagues at the state house throughout the day. How lucky we are to have Erica’s talent right here in Vermont. In looking at the Rumble Strip website, there are so many of the former shows that I am eager to hear. Thanks for helping me to look forward to my commute now!

  10. Thalia
    Thalia January 14, 2017 at 10:24 pm | | Reply

    A friend passed on the URL to the Vaughn Hood piece. I listened twice as it was about as perfect a podcast as I’ve heard in a long time. I was particularly struck by your choice to dispense with the audio “embroidery” and just let the man speak. It was stark, naked, and moving without all the usual little bits of establishing sound and music cues telegraphing what emotions we were supposed to feel. Your self-effacing editing where we didn’t have an interviewer asking questions was also notable. Thank you for presenting his voice alone and trusting us to go with it.

  11. Mary
    Mary March 11, 2017 at 11:14 am | | Reply

    I am just writing to say how much I love this conversation you are engaging in for all of us. I love the pace, the quirky and human characters you bring to us. My particular favorites have been Leland, the Neighborhood and Dunkin’ Donuts. The humanity you bring to difficult issues, ie. seasonal depression, is incredible.

    Just so you know, this is the first fan letter I have ever written to a radio show :).

  12. Ginny Wathen Teegarden
    Ginny Wathen Teegarden April 11, 2017 at 11:46 pm | | Reply

    I feel like I’ve stumbled across a gem of a show. Thank you for your thoughtful program. I look forward to listening to it more than any of my other podcasts.

  13. Tina
    Tina April 18, 2017 at 3:32 pm | | Reply

    I just found out about this show this week. I’ve been binging, but not too quickly. They’re stories you want to spend some time with.

  14. Mark Boyden
    Mark Boyden April 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm | | Reply

    Was just driving home while listening to the episode “Helping your friend to die”. Wow. And I mean Wow. There are times when certain things just drive right into your heart, and this was one of those times. Thank you very much for the not only in depth but truly heartfelt reporting- this was worthy of any national award period.

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Extras, chatter, and other observations (and show notices, of course):


  • Jennifer commented on Last Chapter: Thank you for sharing the story about friends (...)
  • Janie commented on Last Chapter: I second what Scott O says ("Great radio. Sim (...)
  • Islene Runningdeer commented on Last Chapter: Many many thanks, Erica and Rob, for sharing (...)
  • Scott O commented on Last Chapter: Great radio. Simply great. Thank you. (...)
  • Patricia Hoffman commented on Last Chapter: Even though this is certainly a story about d (...)