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 podcast where you ask the questions, you decide what VPR investigates, and then you work with us to find the answers.

So tell us: What question do you have about Vermont, our region or its people that you want us to explore? Submit it below, or leave us a short voicemail at 802-552-4880.

Presenting Homegoings, a special series from Brave Little State. Conversations with Vermont musicians of color — about Black grief, reslilience and music. All episodes out now:

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Coming soon:

  • "Who, and what factors, determine the placement of moose signs on our roads?" — Jocelyn Hebert, North Calais | Available in June
  • "I have black children and wonder if they would be made to feel uncomfortable if we move to Vermont?" — Anonymous | Available in July
  • "How did the F-35s end up being based in Vermont?" — Bobby Arnell | Available in July
     

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Angela Evancie / VPR

For our next episode, Brave Little State is taking on a question about falling-down Vermont barns. And we want your pictures!

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This month on Brave Little State, the history of Vermont’s whiteness — both racial and cultural — and stories from people of color about what it’s like to live here.

Susan Morse / Keeping Track, Inc.

There’s a creature that lives in Vermont that you don’t see very often. But a lot of Vermonters recognize its unmistakable call.

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On Election Day, nearly one in three Vermont voters cast ballots for Donald J. Trump — and VPR reporters teamed up with Brave Little State to hear from a few of them.

Angela Evancie / VPR

This month on Brave Little State, VPR's people-powered journalism podcast, a question about the descendants of this region's first residents.

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In this Halloween special from Brave Little State, a terrifying compendium of spine-tingling Vermont ghost stories, as told to us by ... you.

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"What the heck are all those obscure line items and charges on our gas bill and our electric bill?" That's what Dave Reville, Brave Little State's question-asker this month, wondered.

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This month on Brave Little State, VPR's people-powered journalism podcast, a question about utility bills in Vermont — and a small sampling of Vermont ghost stories.

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Brave Little State is answering a question about Vermont's best ghost stories — and we want to collect your creepiest tales for a Halloween podcast extra.

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For an upcoming episode of Brave Little State, we’re trying to answer a question about utility bills in Vermont. (When we say “utility,” we’re talking about electricity and natural gas.)

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This month on Brave Little State, VPR’s people-powered journalism podcast, a question about embezzlement in Vermont — and a myth about stone walls and woodland fairies.

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A while back, Brave Little State got a question from Will Taylor, of Colchester, that we just couldn’t resist: “What is that bizarre thing at the Waterbury rest area?”

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In the inaugural episode of Brave Little State, VPR's new, people-powered journalism podcast, we tackle a question about the history of the Vermont accent, and a question about a strange "thing" at the Waterbury rest area.

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Aaron Shrewsbury

Most decisions about the news you hear and read and watch every day are made by somebody else. But what if you could make some of those decisions? 

That's the idea behind Brave Little State, a new podcast from Vermont Public Radio.

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Hey, Vermont, we need your help!

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