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Hello Everyone,

Thanks for taking interest in Rumble Strip Vermont.

It brings me huge pleasure to make this show, and I hope you like what you’re hearing. My goal is to make great Vermont stories you wouldn’t otherwise hear on the radio. Stories that sound like us, and where we live.

It takes a lot of time to make these programs, but in my book it’s time well spent. If you feel inclined to donate to the effort, I’d appreciate it. Your donations help with server fees, website and sound equipment maintenance, gas, and primarily–time. And coffee.

Thank you so much.

Old School Donations: If you don’t want to donate online and you’d rather send me a check, you can send a check made out to me, Erica Heilman (I can’t cash checks made out to Rumble Strip Vermont for boring and complicated reasons…), at 363 Peck Hill Road, East Calais VT 05650

Online Donations: ((If you make an online donation, will you also send me your physical address so I can thank you with a proper thank you card and sticker?? You can email me at rumblestripvermont@gmail.com))




11 Comments

  1. Julie Smith
    Julie Smith September 30, 2015 at 11:50 am | | Reply

    Thank you so much for this show! I found it through Scott Carrier and am now an avid listener. I enjoy Rumble Strip Vermont because I love learning about life in different regions and hearing about other peoples’ values, lives and opinions.
    I came up with an idea today to get my teenagers to broaden their horizons, (since they never want to read the things I suggest;) I offered them minimum wage to listen to your podcasts. I’ll let you know if it works!
    Thanks again,
    Julie from New Mexico

  2. Alexander
    Alexander October 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm | | Reply

    Hey Erica,

    same here I came from this american life, over scott carrier’s home of the brave to rumblestrip vermont. Podcasts like yours are very special to me, as even though I keep on telling other people about it, my friends don’t really seem to find place for it in their life. Thus it remains some of my most private form of entertainment and I am grateful that people like you enrich my life in this manner.

    Thanks a lot and greetings from Amsterdam

  3. Chris
    Chris February 10, 2016 at 6:52 am | | Reply

    Hi Erica,
    I’m making this donation in celebration of not having to replace my Mac laptop which took a hard fall off a table.
    I spent the weekend worrying while my neighbor fiddled with it and got it going again!

    Love your show. Thanks for introducing me to the music of Michael Chorney. My mom has MCI with severe memory loss, and I SO appreciated “After the Forgetting”.

    Suggestions for subjects of possible shows:

    Annette Smith
    Energy projects in Vt and their impacts on communities and environments for whose gain?
    David Sleigh!
    David Sleigh and/or other VT lawyers and their experiences representing Guantanamo prisoners.

    Look forward listening to more of your excellent work!

  4. Becky
    Becky May 21, 2016 at 8:17 pm | | Reply

    Hi, Erica – I started listening to RSVT last fall on the recommendation of the Vermont Edition folks. The first episode I listened to was with your friend the investigator. As the (now former) board chair of an anti-poverty organization in Addison County, I was very moved by her description of the living conditions she sees. Just this evening I finished listening to the 6 parents, 6 DCF stories show, which resonated again, this time because my husband has just become a Guardian ad Litum. I’m so grateful to you for bringing these stories to the public, and to the parents you interviewed for sharing them. I was struck by how articulate so many of them were, which makes me realize the biases I hold against people whose real crime is being poor. I love your podcast and am now a devoted listener. Bravo.

  5. Jennifer Murphy
    Jennifer Murphy July 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm | | Reply

    Hi – Thank you for the excellent podcasts. I listened as a recommendation from Ben Hewitt’s blogpost. I live in Florida but spent 9 wonderful months (in 2000) in Morrisville, VT with my boyfriend (now husband). Though it has been so many years I still remember that time fondly.

  6. Steve
    Steve July 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm | | Reply

    Excellent show, Erica. I laughed at the ever-so-serious “Police Log, Stolen Pie Edition,” and immediately afterwards was brought to tears by the beautiful story of “Last Chapter.” The friend who recommended your show will definitely be getting a beer on me.

  7. Janine
    Janine November 21, 2016 at 2:08 pm | | Reply

    I’m always looking for interesting things to listen to in the car on my long commute to work. I found RSVT when I googled for podcast recommendations and found The Atlantic best of 2015 list. I’ve listened to quite a few episodes starting right after the recent election. They have been a balm for my soul and a welcome antidote to what I’ve been hearing on the news.

  8. Bruce G
    Bruce G December 12, 2016 at 9:16 pm | | Reply

    Hi Erica – I really love your show. It feels real, heartfelt, down to earth. It feels authentic in a way that most of the stuff coming my way doesn’t. When RSV comes on I usually set down the task at hand and take it in without distraction because I know I will be glad I did. Not too long ago you mentioned you would be hitting the road for a little. Can I help with gas money?

    I always pay close attention to the intros and outros of indie podcasts I like for tips on others. Keep it up, that is my favorite way to find folks like you.

    Bruce

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