Meet And Greet

Normally you hear a mixture of VPR reporters on this show, and that's not gonna change — but you'll also be hearing a lot from our new producers, Myra Flynn and Josh Crane. We journalists like to show, not tell. So today, Myra and Josh are gonna introduce one another to all of you, so you can hear for yourselves how excellent they are, and get excited for what's to come here on Brave Little State. 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

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

Who Are Vermont's Electors?

Bonus episode! Who are Vermont's three Electoral College members, and how were they chosen? Let us know what you think of this super-short format. Drop us a line at hello@bravelittlestate.org. 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

How Are The U.S.-Canada Border Restrictions Affecting Vt. Families And Businesses?

Gabrielle Coburn of Kingston, Ontario, asked us to examine this cross-border quandary. See the photos accompanying this episode, and view a transcript, 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

How Are The U.S.-Canada Border Restrictions Affecting Vt. Families And Businesses?

What's Vermont Doing To Improve Broadband Access?

The pandemic has shifted even more of our lives online. So what's being done to address Vermont's internet inequities? That's what Maggie Eppstein of Hinesburg wants to know. See a photo of Maggie, and access a transcript of this episode, 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

The Pros And Cons Of Wood Heat, Rekindled

Burned out on election news? We've got you. Revisit our 2019 episode about the fuel that warms you twice. Explore our web feature here: What Are The Pros And Cons Of Heating With Wood? Find the current wood heat rebates and incentives for Vermonters 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

Is Vermont Really Having A COVID Boom?

Is our population growing because of the pandemic? And what impact are COVID transplants having on their new communities? Today's question comes from Mike Leonard, of Montpelier. Find the web version here, and explore related coverage from VPR: City Buyers Eye Vermont Property As COVID Sanctuary Chester Changes Marketing Message To Reach COVID Refugees How Do We Build A Welcoming Vermont? Love our show? Ask a question, sign up for our newsletter or make a gift at bravelittlestate.org.

Bob Answers Questions About Vermont Voting

What are your options for returning your mail-in ballot? What should you do if you lose it? And how can you track your ballot to make sure it's received? Check out VPR's Guide To Voting In Vermont For The 2020 Election to learn more. Still have questions? Let us know at bravelittlestate.org. Our journalism is better when you're a part of it — and stronger when you support it. Make a donation at bravelittlestate.org/donate.

Are Trump's 2016 Voters Still Behind Him?

With mail-in voting already underway and a president who has COVID-19 — and who has not pledged to accept the results if he loses — we talk to some of his supporters. This episode is a follow-up to our 2016 episode: Almost 100,000 Vermonters Voted For Donald Trump. Why? Love our show? Ask a question about Vermont, make a donation and sign up for our free newsletter at bravelittlestate.org.

What's The State Of Religion In Vermont?

And how do Vermonters characterize their beliefs? That's what Sue Leroux wants to know. Check out our web feature to see photos of BLS reporter Liam Elder-Connors as a 9-year-old church-goer. Love our show? Sign up for our newsletter, ask a question and donate to Vermont Public Radio at bravelittlestate.org.

Our 3rd Annual Brief History Of Vermont Road Names

Every summer, we drive across Green Mountain creation to find the origins of the strange road names you're wondering about. Fan of the show? Sign up for the BLS newsletter, and/or make a gift to support people-powered journalism.

Who Will Get The COVID Vaccine First?

When a vaccine becomes available for COVID-19, who gets it first?

How To Support Vermonters Of Color: 'Listen To Us'

How can a state that is 94% white do better? BIPOC Vermonters weigh in to answer this listener question. Check out our web feature for bonus audio, written submissions and visuals from Vermont artists of color. Fan of the show? Sign up for the BLS newsletter, and/or make a gift to support people-powered journalism.

Why Do Some Vermonters Display The Confederate Flag?

What's a symbol from the South doing in the Green Mountain State? Jason Broughton and Megan Bellavance (both, as it turns out, librarians) asked us to investigate. Plus: Our next winning question takes our exploration of Vermont race relations in a very different direction: "How can the state, both its government and its people, support Vermonters of color?" If you're a BIPOC Vermonter, we'd love to hear from you. Please consider adding your voice to our next episode at bravelittlestate.org. Thanks so much. Fan of the show? Sign up for the BLS newsletter, submit a question about Vermont and/or make a gift to support people-powered journalism.

A Master Class In Finding The Bright Side

Michael and Stacy Lee have had a really tough year. So why do they feel so positive? Love our show? Sign up for the BLS newsletter, submit a question about Vermont and/or make a gift to support people-powered journalism.