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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.

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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.

    Vermont's 'Brand' Helps These Businesses. Do They Help Vermont?

    Vermont's 'Brand' Helps These Businesses. Do They Help Vermont?

    Tanya Ocker of Burlington wonders about businesses that emphasize Vermont's "brand." Do they help our economy?
    Check out our web feature to see photos from our reporting. And if you liked this episode, may we recommend:
    Vermont's A Hard Place To Do Business? Darn Tough CEO Calls BSWhat Does It Take To Start And Run A Successful Small Business In Vermont?
    Love Brave Little State? Support Vermont Public Radio.  And remember: Be brave. Ask questions. Submit your question about Vermont at bravelittlestate.org, and vote on the question you want us to tackle next.

    • 13 min
    Why Does Vermont Have So Many Dollar Generals?

    Why Does Vermont Have So Many Dollar Generals?

    There are 37 Dollar General stores in Vermont. And what Danielle Drogalis of Swanton wants to know is: How did that happen? 
    Love Brave Little State? Support Vermont Public Radio. And check out our web feature to see photos from our reporting and a map of all of D.G.'s Vermont locations.
    And remember: Be brave. Ask questions. Submit your question about Vermont at bravelittlestate.org, and vote on the question you want us to tackle next.
    If you liked this episode, may we recommend another one from our archives: What Does It Take To Start And Run A Successful Small Business In Vermont?

    • 29 min
    What Do Vermont Constables Do, Anyway?

    What Do Vermont Constables Do, Anyway?

    What's the history and function of town constables in Vermont? That's what Richard Dumughn wants to know.
    Check out our web feature to see photos of Constable Silas Loomis and his cruiser full of constable essentials. 
    Related episode: Who Oversees Vermont's Elected Sheriffs?
    Love Brave Little State? Support Vermont Public Radio.
    And remember: Be brave. Ask questions. Submit your question about Vermont at bravelittlestate.org, and vote on the question you want us to tackle next.

    • 12 min
    How Can Vermonters Drive Less?

    How Can Vermonters Drive Less?

    For a state that calls itself green, Vermont sure has a lot of drivers. So what can be done?
    That's what Eve Jacobs-Carnahan of Montpelier wants to know. Eve's question about public transportation forces us to confront some difficult truths about life — and travel — in Vermont.
    Check out our web feature to see photos from our reporting and much more. And here's our related episode on Vermont's housing crunch.
    Love Brave Little State? Support Vermont Public Radio.
    And remember: Be brave. Ask questions. Submit your question about Vermont at bravelittlestate.org, and vote on the question you want us to tackle next.

    • 34 min
    Will Burlington's Champlain Parkway Ever Get Built?

    Will Burlington's Champlain Parkway Ever Get Built?

    The highway project has been tangled in red tape for so long that there's a monument to bureaucracy in Burlington’s South End. What's the status?
    In other news: We're excited to announce that we're going twice-monthly, so we can answer even more of your questions about Vermont! Our mid-month episodes will be a little different, so let us know what you think of the format.
    Love Brave Little State? Support Vermont Public Radio.
    And remember: Be brave. Ask questions. Submit your question about Vermont at bravelittlestate.org, and vote on the question you want us to tackle next.

    • 12 min
    Why Are Child Care Professionals Paid So Poorly In Vermont?

    Why Are Child Care Professionals Paid So Poorly In Vermont?

    The typical angle for stories about child care is about how expensive it is for parents. But the professionals who educate and care for Vermont's youngest kids are struggling too.
    Bonus content: See photos of a day in the life of preschool teacher Nicole L'Esperance, featured in our episode.
    Love Brave Little State? Support Vermont Public Radio!
    And remember: Be brave. Ask questions. Submit your question about Vermont at bravelittlestate.org, and vote on the question you want us to tackle next.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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Podcast-to-table

This show answers all the questions I [a Vermonter] didn't even know I had. The journalism is superb, and the personalities interviewed are real salt of the earth. If you could shop for podcasts at a Farmer's Market, this is what you'd find. The heirloom tomato of northwoods journalism.

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Great Little Podcast

I was born, raised and live in Vermont. I have listen to most of the podcasts and find them extremely educational and interesting. There is much information about the State that I never knew. Good work.

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A reminder of my roots

I grew up visiting Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where my mother was raised, and I actually lived just south of my grandparent’s old farm for four years, before moving to the midwest. This podcast is a regular reminder of all the wonders and quirks of Vermont. Ohio could be Indiana could be Illinois. Louisiana could be Alabama. Those places aren’t that different from one another. But Vermont is like no other place. This podcast reflects that. As a bonus, every once in a while, you’ll hear a Vermonter with that brilliant North Country drawl. Brings me right back to Grammy’s summer kitchen!

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