About Rumble Strip Vermont


On Rumble Strip Vermont, you’ll hear from artists and criminals, taxidermists and soccer moms, lawyers and waitresses. Erica Heilman invites herself into Vermonters’ 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. It’s surprising conversation that sounds like Vermont, and takes its time.

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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Best Podcasts of 2015, The Atlantic Monthly

Click here for an interview with Erica in The Third Coast Spotlight

Click here for an interview about Rumble Strip Vermont with Seven Days

Click here for an interview about Rumble Strip Vermont with The Timbre

Click here for article written about the show, by writer Marialisa Calta

A radio interview with WGDR’s Tonio Epstein..The Magical Mystery Tour

Best in Show, The Timbre, week of Jan 31, 2016, for Inside DCF

AV Club’s Podmass, best for week of Jan 31, 2016. for Inside DCF

Best in Show, Timbre, Oct/Nov 2015, for ‘I’m In Here’

Listed in AV Club’s ‘best of’ for week of August 31, 2015. Sweet. Here’s the nice write-up.

Listed as a top podcast in The Timbre for week of April 13-19. Nice little write-up.

Listed as a top podcast in The Timbre for week May 4-10. Thank you Timbre Folks!

Listed in The Medium as a top podcast episode of 2014.

Listed as a top podcast in The Timbre for week of June 22-28. Thanks Timbre…

Listed as top podcast in The A.V. Club’s Podmass, June 29. Thank you…

Listed as a top podcast in The Timbre for week of July 13-19, 2015

The Audio Signal, May 23, 2016, for Six Parents. Six DCF Stories

Audible Feast Best Of, May 27, 2016, for Six Parents. six DCF Stories



Stacey Peters

A writer, reader, publisher of books and web maven. A keeper of aspect ratios.

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.

Josh Larkin

If you see great pictures on this site, you can be sure that Josh Larkin took them.

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.

8 Responses

  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,


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