Episodes

Catastrophe and Grace

A story about mime and Parkinson's Disease more

 

Hill Farm

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

 

An American Life

A story about war and hairdressing. more

 

Plain Life

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

 

Dunkin’ Donuts

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

 

Truck

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

 

Waitress

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

 

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

 

Vermont Private Eye

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

 

Homeless

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

 

The Defense

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

 

Jesse

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

 

A Beer with Ben Hewitt

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

 

Aunties

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

 

Schwag

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

 

Jessamyn West. Technology Lady.

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

 

Cats on Boats

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

 

Shannon

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

 

Leland

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

 

Town

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

 

Woodstove

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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