'What good is a poem? Maybe the good lies in the fact that there’s no easy answer to that question...'
Almost 50. The kids almost launched. Susan has a treatable cancer. We talk about what happens next.
Pulling off a full musical with 120 kids in three weeks. It is a fricking miracle.
Leland and I drove to Number 10 Pond and talked about high school. And girls. And avocado toast.
One instrument comprised of thirty instruments, played by a unique collection of individuals in central Vermont.
I followed Christine Hallquist in the last days of her gubernatorial campaign. She was fun.
It turns out there really is something called school spirit. Now I’m a believer.
A show about graduating from high school. Excitement, plans, fears, and...prom.
A story about the loggers who still cut with a chainsaw.
First night at deer camp. In a snowstorm.
A second conversation with T.O. about starting a new life after prison. Which is complicated.
Captain JP Sinclair has investigated Vermont's most notorious homicides. Plus we used to play little league together.
A radio drama about two friends who support each other through their problems...in this episode, coffee and public school.
Stories from the people who stand with victims of crime, from investigation through conviction.
When Bill was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he asked his best friend to help him die.
Candid conversation about being a woman and not being a man running for office.
A conversation with Bread and Puppet founder and director, Peter Schumann. And some fiddling and drumming.
I spent a day with game warden Jeff Whipple during deer season. It was exciting.
An up-close look at the mental healthcare crisis in our emergency rooms.
The last U.S. Ambassador to Syria arrived in the country just in time for the civil war to begin....
An interview with acclaimed performance artist Steve McFadden
Conversations with Americans who don't have enough to eat.
The story of one woman's struggle with major depression, and her recovery.
Housing for people with serious mental illness is in short supply...
What it's like day to day, year to year, to be the parent of a child with schizophrenia.
In this show we look at the challenges in our community mental health care system.
A story about Vermont’s only permanent, supervised housing for people with serious mental illness.
Leslie hears voices. This is a story about what it’s like to be normal, from Leslie’s point of view.
The role that meaningful work plays in the lives of those with serious mental illness
Tim Kasten's words on death and dying, and building a pine box for Tim, after his death.
Private investigator Susan Randall talks about preparing a life story for a sentencing...then moving on.
Thomas talks about growing up with autism, and growing into his life as a gay man.
A show about the love and art of teaching elementary school. And 6th grade mating rituals.
It's getting warmer here, and things are heating up at local police departments.
Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso takes a slow drive before soundcheck. She's a really good driver.
A valentine to people learning to work in the world, and the people helping them get there....
Excerpts from my day at the Fall Special Olympics.
Susan Randall talks about 15 years as a private investigator in Vermont.
A conversation about life on tour, musical collaboration, and church. Sort of.
Clare Dolan's mission of glorious obscurity.
Pam and Joel plan a song for open mic. They're excited but there are always hurdles.
Steve has spent decades wandering alleyways, climbing under bridges...documenting graffiti.
Either one of the best bands from the '60s, or one of the worst bands of all time.
What happens to love after memory is gone? A tribute to Greg Sharrow.
Scott Carrier tells the story of a place in the wilderness far, far away from the news. It's a musical.
The fourth season of Leland, my neighbor on the next hill over. This year...survival, cow skulls and North Korea...
Pam and Joel help each other through their problems. We listen.
A conversation with one of Vermont's last mountain men.
Ryan Lott, founder of Son Lux, talks about where he goes looking for music in his brain.
At 26, Scott Carrier hitchhiked across the US and ended up at NPR's front door. This is the story.
Seasonal depression, Dunkin' Donuts, and learning about civic engagement in middle age.
A few minutes in the barn with John and Eddie Rowell.
He's seven days out of federal prison, and looking for a plain life.
A story about mime and Parkinson's Disease
A story about war and hairdressing.
An annual season's greetings card from the Danforths. Fair warning, they had a rough year.
After forty years farming this land, Peter Dunning is getting done.
Pretzel-related crime and more trouble at Dunkin' Donuts. The police have been busy.
Guys talking about their rigs.
Steve Sheinkin talks about boring textbook writing, the politics of American origin stories, and Benedict Arnold's leg.
Stories from the people who serve your food.
A public radio program that gives your mind a chance to open its windows. Open them and then...see what happens!
An intimate conversation about the loss of a baby. What happens after the hardest thing happens?
Jeff Sessions is bringing back the war on drugs. Why should I care?
Private investigator Susan Randall and I drive around and talk about criminal justice and single parenting.
Victor is an undocumented Mexican farm worker whose future is increasingly uncertain. What is it like to never feel safe?
How feeding hungry people works. And how it's not working.
Beth has 4 jobs and not enough money. What is it like to never have enough?
Temporarily healing the weary through song.
A postcard from childhood, that place we remember but can't visit anymore...
What we imagine our lives will be, what our lives have been, and discussion of age appropriate clothing.
What school consolidation means for small town life in Vermont...
It's been a year since we've heard from my neighbor, Leland. Here's what's on his mind.
Retired Vermont judge Ed Cashman talks about 25 years on the bench, and why punishment is never enough.
"When my son was three and just learning to talk, he informed me that 'he' was a 'she'."
A close look at what it's like to be a parent inside the DCF system.
"Two pigeons, named Cody and Megan, were house hunting on the balcony of my apartment..."
A rare look inside Vermont's most private and most troubled state agency.
A short visit into the mind of Nicholas, who waits patiently for his first child to make an appearance.
Ho ho ho! It's time again for the annual seasonal update from the Keens!
Here's a seasonal roundup of highlights from a year in the Becht family. Happy Holidays!
'You work each bird as an individual...'
A journey into the life and mind of Mark Utter
A stolen garage door clicker and a growling female. Here's your summer police report from central Vermont.
A show about love, family and dementia. In two parts.
Not all true love gets a holiday.
Painter Charlie Hunter talks about what it feels like to make paintings, and we drive around in his Honda Element.
That’s the thing about lentils, if they were going to soften, they would have already fucking softened.
Record producer Jim Rooney talks about how to make something great, then let it go.
A conversation about hunting, then welding, then hunting again.
Take a moment to locate the emergency exit, situated in the ceiling right above your seat...
An interview with one of Vermont's finest musician composers. Plus? He sings.
He's about to graduate from elementary school. He's got a lot on his mind.
Kevin is uneasy in the world of people. That's why he keeps his tent close by.
Barry Forbes talks about hunting, trapping, and a life lived on Route 116.
Recent calls to the Barre and Montpelier city police
We talk about his new book. And writing. And middle age. And demonic possession...something for everyone.
A show about the people who stand with the accused.
Growing up in a family where drug addiction is a fact of life.
A conversation with one of Vermont's most committed homesteaders.
I'm Aunt Bea. This is Aunt Lil. Both musty with penciled in moustaches and the stodgy good breeding of cauliflowers...
When friends potty trained at the dinner table, childhood educator Brett Berk figured it was time to write a book.
Scott Carrier spent a summer administering an hour-long mental health test with individuals in Utah. This is his story about…
Sarah Miller writes about her love for Bernie, and canvasing for Bernie in Nevada.
My very own eight minute pledge drive and SCHWAG RAFFLE, with inspirational music.
After 25 years of interviewing for the Mark Johnson Show, Mark Johnson gets interviewed about interviewing.
Stories from a life in the Kingdom.
Some calls to the Barre Police in recent days.
"Believe it or not, a turkey's not a lot different than people."
Power duo Rodney and Theresa Elmer talk taxidermy...
Shampoo was stolen. Grapes were thrown. The police have been busy.
Some calls in to the police in central Vermont this summer. There were odors. A machete was seen.
The time has come to draw names for the Schwag Pledging and Sustaining Membership Campaign Event Raffle....
Larry Massett sent me this weird story. I’m hoping it's the beginning of weird new podcast...
Come sit on the couch and hear stories about a Vermont legend.
Being a soccer mom is harder than it looks.
Here is the best canoe story. It's by Scott Carrier. I listen to it over and over.
Steve Fugate roams the roads of America with a suggestion over his head...
Today on Fresh Air, an interview with the author of a new book, Bison Selfies.
A mind bending day in Tbilisi with Larry Massett.
Larry Massett and Joe Frank talk about the supremacy of their cars. It's like debate club except without facts.
Sometimes the world's hottest villain calls you on the phone....
She mucks about at the intersection of libraries, technology and politics. Then reports back...
A person didn’t return DVDs.
Life as a private investigator in Vermont. Not all covered bridges.
Marc Estrin shares his pearls of wisdom from school. There were only three.
Larry visits Mt. Shasta...destination for the spiritually curious.
Cooking...the art that yields profound shame and frustration.
A thawed sock was found...
Two strangers meet and talk very late one night on a northbound NYC subway...
Leland. On death, deep space, and Revolutionary War reenactments.
Flurries will stick around, possibly turning to wet snow east of Route 2. Here is...Eyes on the Sky.
Vermont's democracy. It's not for everybody.
"The beauty of the boat is in the concept not the details."
I'm so happy it's spring. Let's take a minute and listen to some awesome music.
Old, but still letting air out of people's tires.
A short story about piano practice and parental rage.
The life and times of Solidod, an Apache original.
A show about the hardest, most humbling job. Parenting.
An unvarnished perspective on aging by a poopy old man.
What is he talking about??
In this season of holidays, we bring you a celebration of...Buy Nothing Day!
A monologue from a 4th generation Vermont farmer.
Larry Massett travels back to Romania with Andrei Codrescu. And the ghosts are watching.
The Christmas story. As told by a six-year-old.
Wizards, elves, zombies, math and strategy. You won't understand it. But they do.
A commentary about risking intense shame in the name of good parenting.
An unedited interview with a young man in Barre, starting life after jail.
Do we have a social responsibility to rally against Ben & Jerry's presence in the Israeli occupied territories?
Where do great photographs come from?
Sounds and stories from a town.
The farther you go from home, the stranger things get. A story about Paul Bowles.
Vermont Health Disconnect: a commentary about two Vermont state websites in need of repair
For generations of Vermonters, Thursday nights in the summer have meant one thing....Thunder Road.
A late night shopping cart reminds Marc Estrin of a song....
If the devil walked this earth in human form, who might he look like? Robby Porter has a couple ideas...
Face it. Gardening in Vermont can be a tyranny. Walt Amses tells us why.
Everyone's heard about the counter-cultural festival called Burning Man. But you may not know about Boring Man...
It's been a long winter. Let's talk about our woodstoves.
The Great Wall of China was built with no mortar. Scott Carrier's wall was also built with no mortar. Here's…
An interview about death and dying with someone whose seen his share....Tim Kasten.
Interview with central Vermont organic gardening icon Alan LePage.
An interview with poet, teacher, and reigning Vermont poetry slam champion, Geof Hewitt.
A show about songs and stories about songs. Shame, heartbreak, love, summer camp.
The US invaded Afghanistan. Scott Carrier decided he ought to go there too. To see for himself. Who are these…
The story of four Vermonters captured at the Battle of the Bulge.
The high art of Vermont road management. Featuring Mike Garand and Ray Burke.
Singer Miriam Bernardo talks about making a life in music in central Vermont. And she sings.
Musician and producer Colin McCaffrey talks about finding inspiration, music as a career, and mushroom foraging...