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What if you could decide what stories Vermont Public should be covering, before they're even assigned? That's the idea behind Brave Little State.

Brave Little State Vermont Public

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 289 Ratings

What if you could decide what stories Vermont Public should be covering, before they're even assigned? That's the idea behind Brave Little State.

    How did Vermont profit from slavery?

    How did Vermont profit from slavery?

    “Vermont was the first state to abolish slavery.” That’s the common refrain around here. Except, the history is more complicated. Reporter Lexi Krupp answers a question from Peter Langella about this oft-misunderstood history, and explores how the legacy of slavery is still reverberating in Vermont today.

    Check out the web version of this story for photos and additional resources from Lexi’s reporting. And thanks to Peter Langella for the great question.

    Lexi Krupp reported this episode. Mix and sound design by Myra Flynn, with editing and additional production from Angela Evancie, Josh Crane and Mae Nagusky. Ty Gibbons composed our theme music; other music by Blue Dot Sessions.  

    Special thanks to Kari Winter, Stephanie Seguino, Lindsay Varner, Erica Donnis, Rebecca Zietlow and Thomas Denenberg.

    As always, our journalism is better when you’re a part of it:

    Ask a question about VermontSign up for the BLS newsletterSay hi on Twitter, Instagram and Reddit @bravestatevtDrop us an email: hello@bravelittlestate.orgMake a gift to support people-powered journalismTell your friends about the show!
    Brave Little State is a production of Vermont Public.

    • 25 min
    Telling Indigenous stories through music

    Telling Indigenous stories through music

    Question-asker David Hess was curious about Native stories that speak to the Vermont landscape. Enter Mali Obomsawin’s new album, Sweet Tooth. Across three movements, she blends Wabanaki music with free jazz, and ancient stories with new ones, all of which offers a unique look at the land called Vermont.

    Check out the web version of this episode to see photos and music from Mali Obomsawin. And thanks to David Hess for the great question.

    Josh Crane reported this episode. Mix and sound design by Josh Crane, with editing and additional production from Angela Evancie, Myra Flynn, Elodie Reed and Mark Davis. Ty Gibbons composed our theme music; other music by Mali Obomsawin.  

    Special thanks to Savannah Maher, Gregory Cajete, Seth Bedard, and Melody Mackin, and to Mali Obomsawin for her input and help with this episode.

    As always, our journalism is better when you’re a part of it:

    Ask a question about VermontSign up for the BLS newsletterSay hi on Twitter, Instagram and Reddit @bravestatevtDrop us an email: hello@bravelittlestate.orgMake a gift to support people-powered journalismTell your friends about the show!
    Brave Little State is a production of Vermont Public.

    • 29 min
    What did the sale of the Lake Monsters mean for Vermont baseball?

    What did the sale of the Lake Monsters mean for Vermont baseball?

    The sale of the Vermont Lake Monsters in 2021 would bring lots of changes. In some ways, it’s a story of renewal. But the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Reporter Liam Elder-Connors walks us through the changes since the sale, and the traditions that have remained.

    Check out the web version of this story for photos from our reporting. And thanks to Emma Ramirez-Richer for the great question.

    Liam Elder-Connors reported this episode. Mix and sound design by Angela Evancie. Engineering support from Peter Engisch; editing and additional production from the Brave Little State team: Angela Evancie, Josh Crane and Myra Flynn. Ty Gibbons composed our theme music; other music by Blue Dot Sessions. 

    Special thanks to Kate Phillips and Kevin Trevellan.

    As always, our journalism is better when you’re a part of it:

    Ask a question about VermontSign up for the BLS newsletterSay hi on Twitter, Instagram and Reddit @bravestatevtDrop us an email: hello@bravelittlestate.orgMake a gift to support people-powered journalismTell your friends about the show!
    Brave Little State is a production of Vermont Public.

    • 27 min
    Why do people leave Vermont?

    Why do people leave Vermont?

    We hear from former Vermonters about their love/hate relationship with our state, why they left and what it would take for them to come back.

    Check out the web version of this story for photos from our reporting. And thanks to My Le Goel for the great question.

    Myra Flynn reported this episode and did the mix and sound design. Editing and additional production from the Brave Little State team: Angela Evancie, Josh Crane and Myra Flynn. Ty Gibbons composed our theme music; other music by Blue Dot Sessions, the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir and Myra Flynn. Special thanks to Peter Hirschfeld, Heidi Kalb, Louise Brill, Kate Blofson and Joe Pace.

    As always, our journalism is better when you’re a part of it:

    Ask a question about VermontSign up for the BLS newsletterSay hi on Twitter, Instagram and Reddit @bravestatevtDrop us an email: hello@bravelittlestate.orgMake a gift to support people-powered journalismTell your friends about the show!
    Brave Little State is a production of Vermont Public.

    • 35 min
    What’s Vermont’s small-town dating scene like?

    What’s Vermont’s small-town dating scene like?

    A question about finding companionship in the Green Mountain State – from wide-eyed hopefuls to frustrated giver-uppers. Plus, a love story.Thanks to Silas Olsen for the great question. To see photos from this episode, check out our web feature.This episode was reported by Anna Van Dine and produced by Josh Crane. Mix and sound design by Josh Crane. Editing and additional production by the Brave Little State team: Angela Evancie, Myra Flynn and Josh Crane. Ty Gibbons composed our theme music; other music by Blue Dot Sessions.Special thanks to Owen Daniel-McCarter & the folks at Babes, and Torrey Carl, journalistic matchmaker.Love BLS? Want to be part of the team? Come be our first-ever intern! Applications due July 31.Brave Little State is a production of Vermont Public. As always, our journalism is better when you’re a part of it: Ask a question about VermontSign up for the BLS newsletterSay hi on Twitter, Instagram and Reddit @bravestatevtDrop us an email: hello@bravelittlestate.orgMake a gift to support people-powered journalismTell your friends about the show!bravelittlestate.org

    • 22 min
    Our 5th Annual Brief History of Vermont Road Names

    Our 5th Annual Brief History of Vermont Road Names

    Every summer, we trek across Vermont to uncover the origins of bizarre road names of your choosing. This year’s installment includes Iranistan Road in Burlington, Snipe Island Road in Jericho and … a bit of a wildcard.



    Thanks to this year’s question-askers: Ali Jalili, David Boyle, Sam Graulty and Katie Ruffe.



    And special thanks to Ken Picard, Carol McGranahan, Gary Irish, Wright Preston, Harriet Riggs, and Amy Tatko.



    Check out our previous road name histories:




    2018: States Prison Hollow Road, Poor Farm Road, Lime Kiln Road, Kelley Stand Road


    2019: Mad Tom River Road, Hi-Lo Biddy Road, Star Pudding Farm Road, Sawnee Bean Road


    2020: Devil’s Washbowl, Popple Dungeon Road, Lost Nation Road, Smuggler’s Notch


    2021: Cow Path 40, Agony Hill Road, Texas Falls


    This episode was reported by Mikaela Lefrak, Mary Engisch, Matthew Smith, Lexi Krupp and Brittany Patterson. Angela Evancie produced and mixed it, with editing and additional production by the Brave Little State team: Josh Crane, Myra Flynn and Angela Evancie. Ty Gibbons composed our theme music; other music by Blue Dot Sessions.

    Love BLS? Want to be part of the team? Come be our first-ever intern!


    Brave Little State is a production of Vermont Public. As always, our journalism is better when you’re a part of it:



    Ask a question about Vermont


    Sign up for the BLS newsletter


    Say hi on Twitter, Instagram and Reddit @bravestatevt


    Drop us an email: hello@bravelittlestate.org


    Make a gift to support people-powered journalism


    Tell your friends about the show!

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
289 Ratings

289 Ratings

Woody the Woodchuck ,

Wish these were more frequent

As a long term Vermonter, I really love Brave Little State. At the end of each podcast, I’m already looking forward to my next opportunity to learn something new about Vermont. I just wish these episodes came more frequently, although I realize that it takes time to research and produce each one and that shortcutting the process would undercut the quality. KUDOS to Vermont Public for creating a fascinating window into our Brave Little State!

Basketball53088 ,

A little taste of Vermont

What a treat this podcast is. It’s just what I need to get my Vermont fix after moving 8 years ago. Thanks for this beautiful work of art!

carlos de la costa vasca ,

Intriguing for Vermont wannabes too

I live a few miles outside of Vermont. Each topic on this show captures my interest. The investigations are presented with plain spoken unpretentiousness. And a bit of wry amusement as befits the people of the Green Mountain State. Well done. I don’t plan to miss any of the episodes.

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