Rumble Strip On VPR

Occasionally during Morning Edition & All Things Considered

On Rumble Strip, you’ll hear from artists and criminals, taxidermists and soccer moms, lawyers and waitresses. Erica Heilman invites herself into people's homes to find out what they know, what they hate, who they love, what they’re afraid of, and what makes them more like you than you’d realized. These are vivid stories of the everyday.

You'll find the full Rumble Strip podcast series on the Rumble Strip website.

A person laying on a bed and looking into the camera.
Rumblestrip, Courtesy

Erica Heilman is the host and producer of the podcast Rumble Strip, and usually, she invites herself into people's homes and lives to record them talking about the things they love, hate and fear.

Now, however, with all of us stuck in our own homes because of COVID-19, Heilman has asked people to record themselves, and to describe their experiences living in self-isolation.

In this episode of Rumble Strip with host Erica Heilman, we learn about an instrument known as the gamelan and about the group that comes together in Plainfield to play Indonesian music on an instrument made on the island of Java.


This month on Rumble Strip, Erica Heilman takes us deep into conversation with poet Garret Keizer. Hear the full episode.

Original music for this episode of Rumble Strip was composed by Brian Clark.

Hear more from Leland on this episode of Rumble Strip.

In this episode, we hear from several local high school seniors about what is on their minds as they graduate.

Original music for this episode of Rumble Strip was composed by Brian Clark.



In this episode, we tag along on a trip to Chelsea and spend some time in an abandoned school bus that doubles for deer camp. 

Find the full Rumble Strip podcast series on the Rumble Strip website.

Rumble Strip: Susan And I Talk About Cancer

Feb 12, 2019

In this month's excerpt of Rumble Strip on VPR, podcast creator and producer Erica Heilman talks with her friend Susan, who has breast cancer. To hear the entire podcast, find more from Rumble Strip here.

Scott Carrier wearing sunglasses and holding a lighter.
Erica Heilman / Rumble Strip

The police log is a periodic roundup of some of the more exciting police activity in central Vermont. In this Rumble Strip episode, radio producer Scott Carrier reads reports made to local police.

Carl Blaisdell sits in the drivers seat of a vehicle.
Erica Heilman / Rumble Strip

Carl Blaisdell's trailer looks out over the farm he ran for most of his life, then sold. After farming, Carl seemed to make a smooth transition to being a "mountain man," which is how he described himself — and the name pretty much fits.

St. Johnsbury Academy electrical program students gather around a table at the Brantview dorm.
Erica Heilman / Rumble Strip

At St. Johnsbury Academy, career technical education is a serious business, and student work is there for all to see, and use, and taste.