Grout and the Contra Dance

Pam and Joel help each other through their problems. We listen. more


Son Lux

Ryan Lott, founder of Son Lux, talks about where he goes looking for music in his brain. more


Vermont Private Eye

Susan Randall talks about 15 years as a private investigator in Vermont. more


Learning the Trade

A valentine to people learning to work in the world, and the people helping them get there.... more



An up-close look at the mental healthcare crisis in our emergency rooms. more



At 26, Scott Carrier hitchhiked across the US and ended up at NPR's front door. This is the story. more


A Good Death

Tim Kasten's words on death and dying, and building a pine box for Tim, after his death. more


Scott’s Nature

Scott Carrier tells the story of a place in the wilderness far, far away from the news. It's a musical. more


Dunkin’ Donuts

Seasonal depression, Dunkin' Donuts, and learning about civic engagement in middle age. more


Hill Farm

After forty years farming this land, Peter Dunning is getting done. more


The Museum of Everyday Life

Clare Dolan's mission of glorious obscurity. more



A few minutes in the barn with John and Eddie Rowell. more


Plain Life

He's seven days out of federal prison, and looking for a plain life. more


Catastrophe and Grace

A story about mime and Parkinson's Disease more


An American Life

A story about war and hairdressing. more


Seasons Greetings From Liz and Jerry!

An annual season's greetings card from the Danforths. Fair warning, they had a rough year. more


Sylvan Esso is a Good Band

A conversation about life on tour, musical collaboration, and church. Sort of. more


Crime and Punishment Under Trump

Jeff Sessions is bringing back the war on drugs. Why should I care? more


Police Log, Burning Lawn Chairs Edition

Pretzel-related crime and more trouble at Dunkin' Donuts. The police have been busy. more



Guys talking about their rigs. more


Benedict Arnold’s Leg

Steve Sheinkin talks about boring textbook writing, the politics of American origin stories, and Benedict Arnold's leg. more



Stories from the people who serve your food. more


Mind Windows

A public radio program that gives your mind a chance to open its windows. Open them and then...see what happens! more


Three Weeks

An intimate conversation about the loss of a baby. What happens after the hardest thing happens? more


Leland is Almost Done Seventh Grade

It's been a year since we've heard from my neighbor, Leland. Here's what's on his mind. more


When the Food Runs Out

Conversations with Americans who don't have enough to eat. more


Driving around with Susan

Private investigator Susan Randall and I drive around and talk about criminal justice and single parenting. more


Last Chapter

When Bill was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he asked his best friend to help him die. This is their story. more


Your Neighbor

Victor is an undocumented Mexican farm worker whose future is increasingly uncertain. What is it like to never feel safe? more


Hunger is Boring

How feeding hungry people works. And how it's not working. more


Four Jobs and No Money

Beth has 4 jobs and not enough money. What is it like to never have enough? more


We Are Sending You Light

Temporarily healing the weary through song. more


Another Day Older

What we imagine our lives will be, what our lives have been, and discussion of age appropriate clothing. more


Our School

What school consolidation means for small town life in Vermont... more


Robert Ford Last Ambassador

The last U.S. Ambassador to Syria arrived in the country just in time for the civil war to begin.... more


Judge Cashman

Retired Vermont judge Ed Cashman talks about 25 years on the bench, and why punishment is never enough. more


The Wildlife

"Two pigeons, named Cody and Megan, were house hunting on the balcony of my apartment..." more


The Special Olympics Are Awesome

Excerpts from my day at the Fall Special Olympics. more


Deep Stealth Mode

"When my son was three and just learning to talk, he informed me that 'he' was a 'she'." more


Six Parents. Six DCF Stories

A close look at what it's like to be a parent inside the DCF system. more


The Neighborhood

A postcard from childhood, that place we remember but can't visit anymore... more


Inside DCF

A rare look inside Vermont's most private and most troubled state agency. more


Peter Schumann, Advisor General

A conversation with Bread and Puppet founder and director, Peter Schumann. And some fiddling and drumming. more


Nicholas is Waiting

A short visit into the mind of Nicholas, who waits patiently for his first child to make an appearance. more


Seasonal Update from the Keens!

Ho ho ho! It's time again for the annual seasonal update from the Keens! more


Seasonal Update

Here's a seasonal roundup of highlights from a year in the Becht family. Happy Holidays! more


Hot Bird. Again.

'You work each bird as an individual...' more


I Am In Here

A journey into the life and mind of Mark Utter more


Police Log, Bunk Bed Dispute Edition

A stolen garage door clicker and a growling female. Here's your summer police report from central Vermont. more


After the Forgetting

A show about love, family and dementia. In two parts. more


Object of My Affection

Not all true love gets a holiday. more


Charlie Hunter Paints Outside

Painter Charlie Hunter talks about what it feels like to make paintings, and we drive around in his Honda Element. more


Lentils Suck

That’s the thing about lentils, if they were going to soften, they would have already fucking softened. more


Jim Rooney

Record producer Jim Rooney talks about how to make something great, then let it go. more


Jubal. End of the Old School

A conversation about hunting, then welding, then hunting again. more


In Case of Emergency

Take a moment to locate the emergency exit, situated in the ceiling right above your seat... more


Michael Chorney, Music Inventor

An interview with one of Vermont's finest musician composers. Plus? He sings. more


Leland, the Almost Middle School Edition

He's about to graduate from elementary school. He's got a lot on his mind. more



Kevin is uneasy in the world of people. That's why he keeps his tent close by. more


Muskrat Trapper

Barry Forbes talks about hunting, trapping, and a life lived on Route 116. more


Police Log, Stolen Pie Edition

Recent calls to the Barre and Montpelier city police more


A Conversation with M.T. Anderson

We talk about his new book. And writing. And middle age. And demonic possession...something for everyone. more


The Defense

A show about the people who stand with the accused. more



Growing up in a family where drug addiction is a fact of life. more


A Beer with Ben Hewitt

A conversation with one of Vermont's most committed homesteaders. more



I'm Aunt Bea. This is Aunt Lil. Both musty with penciled in moustaches and the stodgy good breeding of cauliflowers... more


Pretend You’re the Grownup

When friends potty trained at the dinner table, childhood educator Brett Berk figured it was time to write a book. more


The Test

Scott Carrier spent a summer administering an hour-long mental health test with individuals in Utah. This is his story about… more


Berned in Reno

Sarah Miller writes about her love for Bernie, and canvasing for Bernie in Nevada. more



My very own eight minute pledge drive and SCHWAG RAFFLE, with inspirational music. more


Farewell Mark Johnson

After 25 years of interviewing for the Mark Johnson Show, Mark Johnson gets interviewed about interviewing. more


Fred Webster

Stories from a life in the Kingdom. more


Police Log

Some calls to the Barre Police in recent days. more


Hot Bird

"Believe it or not, a turkey's not a lot different than people." more


The Taxidermists

Power duo Rodney and Theresa Elmer talk taxidermy... more


Day Before Christmas Police Log

Shampoo was stolen. Grapes were thrown. The police have been busy. more


Police Log Summer 2015

Some calls in to the police in central Vermont this summer. There were odors. A machete was seen. more


The Schwag Raffle Draw!

The time has come to draw names for the Schwag Pledging and Sustaining Membership Campaign Event Raffle.... more


Press 4

Larry Massett sent me this weird story. I’m hoping it's the beginning of weird new podcast... more


Kendall Wild, A Toast

Come sit on the couch and hear stories about a Vermont legend. more


Soccer Mom

Being a soccer mom is harder than it looks. more


The Green River Stories

Here is the best canoe story. It's by Scott Carrier. I listen to it over and over. more


Love Life

Steve Fugate roams the roads of America with a suggestion over his head... more


Bison Selfies

Today on Fresh Air, an interview with the author of a new book, Bison Selfies. more


A Long Day on the Road

A mind bending day in Tbilisi with Larry Massett. more


Drag Out

Larry Massett and Joe Frank talk about the supremacy of their cars. It's like debate club except without facts. more


Cats on Boats

Sometimes the world's hottest villain calls you on the phone.... more


Jessamyn West. Technology Lady.

She mucks about at the intersection of libraries, technology and politics. Then reports back... more


Police Log, May 2015

A person didn’t return DVDs. more


Private Investigator

Life as a private investigator in Vermont. Not all covered bridges. more


Three Things I Learned at School

Marc Estrin shares his pearls of wisdom from school. There were only three. more


A Night on Mount Shasta

Larry visits Mt. Shasta...destination for the spiritually curious. more


Why Cooking Sucks

Cooking...the art that yields profound shame and frustration. more


Police Log, March 2015

A thawed sock was found... more



Two strangers meet and talk very late one night on a northbound NYC subway... more



Leland. On death, deep space, and Revolutionary War reenactments. more


Eyes on the Sky

Flurries will stick around, possibly turning to wet snow east of Route 2. Here is...Eyes on the Sky. more


The Oligarchy of Participation

Vermont's democracy. It's not for everybody. more


Ed Epstein, A Life in Art

"The beauty of the boat is in the concept not the details." more


Here’s a Song For You

I'm so happy it's spring. Let's take a minute and listen to some awesome music. more


More Poopy Old People

Old, but still letting air out of people's tires. more


Piano Practice

A short story about piano practice and parental rage. more


Solidod, An Apache Original

The life and times of Solidod, an Apache original. more


Big Job

A show about the hardest, most humbling job. Parenting. more


Poopy Old Man

An unvarnished perspective on aging by a poopy old man. more


My Son Teaches Me a Game

What is he talking about?? more


Buy Nothing Day

In this season of holidays, we bring you a celebration of...Buy Nothing Day! more


A Vermonter’s Lament

A monologue from a 4th generation Vermont farmer. more


The Eyes of Sibiu

Larry Massett travels back to Romania with Andrei Codrescu. And the ghosts are watching. more


Gold, Frankenstein and Myrrh

The Christmas story. As told by a six-year-old. more


Magic: The Gathering

Wizards, elves, zombies, math and strategy. You won't understand it. But they do. more


Rock Lottery

A commentary about risking intense shame in the name of good parenting. more


Raw Tape

An unedited interview with a young man in Barre, starting life after jail. more


Peace, Love and Occupation?

Do we have a social responsibility to rally against Ben & Jerry's presence in the Israeli occupied territories? more


Jamie Cope in Black and White

Where do great photographs come from? more



Sounds and stories from a town. more


Deer Hunting

12 shows about deer hunting in Vermont, featuring some of the finest hunters and wardens in the state. more


Strange Days

The farther you go from home, the stranger things get. A story about Paul Bowles. more


Vermont Health Disconnect

Vermont Health Disconnect: a commentary about two Vermont state websites in need of repair more


Thunder Road

For generations of Vermonters, Thursday nights in the summer have meant one thing....Thunder Road. more


Night Dreams of Another Life

A late night shopping cart reminds Marc Estrin of a song.... more


A Man of Wealth and Taste

If the devil walked this earth in human form, who might he look like? Robby Porter has a couple ideas... more


The 17 Dollar Tomato

Face it. Gardening in Vermont can be a tyranny. Walt Amses tells us why. more


Boring Man

Everyone's heard about the counter-cultural festival called Burning Man. But you may not know about Boring Man... more



It's been a long winter. Let's talk about our woodstoves. more


Dry Wall

The Great Wall of China was built with no mortar. Scott Carrier's wall was also built with no mortar. Here's… more


Mortality Tales

An interview about death and dying with someone whose seen his share....Tim Kasten. more


Alan LePage

Interview with central Vermont organic gardening icon Alan LePage. more


Geof Hewitt

An interview with poet, teacher, and reigning Vermont poetry slam champion, Geof Hewitt. more


That Song

A show about songs and stories about songs. Shame, heartbreak, love, summer camp. more


Prisoner of Zion

The US invaded Afghanistan. Scott Carrier decided he ought to go there too. To see for himself. Who are these… more


Prisoners of War

The story of four Vermonters captured at the Battle of the Bulge. more


Road Scholars

The high art of Vermont road management. Featuring Mike Garand and Ray Burke. more


Miriam Bernardo

Singer Miriam Bernardo talks about making a life in music in central Vermont. And she sings. more


Colin McCaffrey Talks Shop

Musician and producer Colin McCaffrey talks about finding inspiration, music as a career, and mushroom foraging... more



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