Brave Little State What if you could decide what stories Vermont Public Radio should be covering, before they're even assigned? That's the idea behind Brave Little State, a monthly podcast where you ask the questions, you decide what VPR investigates and then you work with us to find the answers. Be brave. Ask questions.
Brave Little State

Brave Little State

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What if you could decide what stories Vermont Public Radio should be covering, before they're even assigned? That's the idea behind Brave Little State, a monthly podcast where you ask the questions, you decide what VPR investigates and then you work with us to find the answers. Be brave. Ask questions.

Most Recent Episodes

Vermonters On The Edge Of The Benefits Cliff

What if you had to choose between working full time and keeping your benefits? We take on a question from Matthew LeFluer of Alburgh about the conundrum facing some Vermonters with disabilities who rely on federal benefits. As always, our journalism is better when you're a part of it! Ask a question about Vermont Sign up for our free BLS newsletter Make a gift to support people-powered journalism

The History Of French Canadian Immigration In Vermont (Encore)

It's an aspect of Vermont history that some say is overlooked. We return to an episode from May 2018, which explored your questions about Anglicized names and discrimination. As always, our journalism is better when you're a part of it! Ask a question about Vermont Sign up for our free BLS newsletter Make a gift to support people-powered journalism

The Vermonters Lost To COVID

More than 200 Vermonters have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. How did they live? VPR reporter Liam Elder-Connors spoke with their loved ones and recorded their memories. Hear more memories, and see photos, on VPR's digital COVID memory wall. As always, Brave Little State's journalism is better when you're a part of it: Ask a question about Vermont Sign up for our free BLS newsletter Make a gift to support people-powered journalism

The Rise And Fall Of Vermont's One-Room Schoolhouses

How did Vermont end up with so many small, one-room schools? And why don't we use them anymore? That's what Chelsea Smiley of Monkton wants to know. To see archival photographs from Vermont's one-room schoolhouse heyday, check out our web feature here. As always, our journalism is better when you're a part of it! Ask a question about Vermont Sign up for our free BLS newsletter Make a gift to support people-powered journalism

What Do I Need To Know About Moving To Vermont?

This one goes out to our future neighbors. With your help, we answer a question from soon-to-be Vermonter Samantha Spano, of South Florida. See photos of Samantha, Wylene and Tul, and find some bonus advice from our Twitter community, here. We mention several episodes from our archive in this listen. They are: A Vermont Town & City Pronunciation Guide What Are The Pros And Cons Of Heating With Wood? Why Is Vermont So Overwhelmingly White? How To Support Vermonters Of Color: 'Listen To Us' Is Vermont Really 'So Expensive'? How Has The Geology Of Vermont Affected Its Character? As always, our journalism is better when you're a part of it! Ask a question about Vermont Sign up for our free BLS newsletter Make a gift to support people-powered journalism

A Vermont Town & City Pronunciation Guide

Not sure how to say Calais, or Topsham, or Beebe Plain? With your help, we've built a guide for all those tricky names on the Vermont map. If you've lived here a long time, you might think you don't need this guide. But trust us: You'll learn something. Explore an interactive version of the guide, and check out a map of Abenaki place names, at bravelittlestate.org. Thanks to Samantha Spano of Florida for inspiring this special episode. If you liked it, may we recommend: Is The Northeast Kingdom Really 'So Different'? What Is The Status Of The Abenaki Native Americans In Vermont Today? Our 3rd Annual Brief History Of Vermont Road Names As always, our journalism is better when you're a part of it! Ask a question about Vermont Sign up for our free BLS newsletter Make a gift to support people-powered journalism

Ask Bob: Leahy And The Impeachment Trial

The Senate impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump is set to begin on Feb. 9. And Vermont's own Sen. Patrick Leahy will preside. How did Leahy land this role? And, given his recent health scare, what will happen if he's not up to the task? Our colleague Bob Kinzel answers these Qs and more. Plus: We need your help! We're creating an audio guide for Vermont's hard-to-pronounce towns and cities. Check out our list and add your voice. We're also collecting advice for a question-asker who's moving to Vermont. What does she need to know? Send a voice memo to hello@bravelittlestate.org or call our BLS hotline: 802-552-4880 As always, our journalism is better when you're a part of it! Ask a question about Vermont Sign up for our free BLS newsletter Make a gift to support people-powered journalism bravelittlestate.org

It Was A Pandemic 'Escape Community' In 1918. And Now?

The small town of Fletcher did notably well during the 1918 flu pandemic. How did they manage that, and how are they managing COVID? That's what Chris Crawford of Exeter, N.H. and Holland, Vt. wants to know. To see photos of Fletcher, and find a transcript of the episode, head to our web feature. Our journalism is better when you're a part of it! Ask a question about Vermont Sign up for our free BLS newsletter Make a gift to support people-powered journalism bravelittlestate.org Find more from the Deeper Dig podcast here.

If You're Worried About Climate Change, Where Should You Live?

A listener question with some local implications. We pass the mic to our friends at New Hampshire Public Radio's Outside/In. Find more from Outside/In here. Our journalism is better when you're a part of it! Ask a question about Vermont Sign up for our free BLS newsletter Make a gift to support people-powered journalism bravelittlestate.org

Where Do The Terms 'Woodchuck' And 'Flatlander' Come From?

A question about blatant stereotypes, and the Green Mountain lingo we use for them. Today's question comes from Ryan McLiverty, of Woodstock. Our journalism is better when you're a part of it! Ask a question about Vermont Sign up for our free BLS newsletter Make a gift to support people-powered journalism bravelittlestate.org

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