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Good conversation that takes its time, hosted by Erica Heilman.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 64 Ratings

Good conversation that takes its time, hosted by Erica Heilman.

    Allison after the Flood

    Allison after the Flood

    On the one-year anniversary of a 100-year flood, Vermont experienced another devastating flood. This is the story of one Plainfield, Vermont resident, who lost everything.

    • 7 min
    The Aphasia Choir

    The Aphasia Choir

    There are about 15 million people in this world having thoughts and ideas that they can't put into words. People who have had had strokes or traumatic brain injuries often live with aphasia, or difficulty talking or using language. Their thoughts are intact, but the language gets stuck. But music mostly originates in the undamaged hemisphere of the brain. People with aphasia can often sing. This is a story about a choir comprised of people with aphasia, and what it's like to struggle for words.

    • 20 min


    This is a follow-up show to Finn and the Bell. If you haven't heard that story, you might want to start there.

    At Bread and Puppet in Glover, Vermont, there is a magical pine forest full of small homemade buildings and shrines to memorialize dead puppeteers and friends. It’s a place where my friend Tara Reese’s sons Finn and Lyle spent a lot of time when they were little, running around in the woods in the summer. Now there is a memorial here for Finn in the pine forest, built by some of the kids he used to play with here. Finn died by suicide on January 3rd, 2020. In 2021, Tara and I made a story about him called Finn and the Bell. People all over the world listened, and we received hundreds of emails and texts and artwork and poetry. Tara received letters that were addressed to ‘Finn’s Mom, Hardwick’, with no address.

    But this is a story just about Tara, and about her evolution of grief. About what happens after the worst thing happens.

    We recorded this conversation on Mother’s Day, at Finn’s memorial in the pine forest.

    This show ends with a song. The Bell was written by Jim Terry of Napa, California. He plays music with his sons, Graham and Clark and they’re called The Terry Family Band. Jim wrote this song after listening to Finn and the Bell. Thank you so much Jim!

    • 19 min
    Will Staats, Hunting Biologist...Redux!

    Will Staats, Hunting Biologist...Redux!

    Will Staats worked for both Vermont and New Hampshire for forty years as a wildlife biologist. He’s also a passionate hunter. He knows the back country of the Kingdom right up through Maine and into Labrador. One day in October he took me bird hunting deep in the unorganized town of Ferdinand. We talked about birds. And we talked about the growing divide between traditional hunting culture and people who don't like certain kinds of hunting here in Vermont. But it was more interesting than that...it was also about how people harden against each other then alienate each other...something we do a lot of these days.

    • 25 min
    Sugaring with Forrest Foster

    Sugaring with Forrest Foster

    A conversation with dairy farmer Forrest Foster in his sugarhouse in the blessed, FINALLY almost springtime in Vermont.

    • 11 min
    Fifty: A Phoenix Moment. REDUX!

    Fifty: A Phoenix Moment. REDUX!

    This is a show I made a few years ago that very significantly involves Total Eclipse of the Heart, which is my favorite song. I am playing it again now because it is ECLIPSE WEEK. I hope you enjoy it.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Cam DW ,

Consistently Beautiful

This show consistently hits me in the heart. I would recommend it to anybody. Human stories that are so thoughtfully presented. Thank you.

goorooo ,

Always a gem

Sometimes a bit rough, sometimes sparkling, always a real gem about real slices of life.

StayseaB ,


Erica delivers the most moving and human stories with an absolutely heartwarming tone. I can’t recommend it enough to anyone who wants to feel more connected to humanity.

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