Erica Heilman

Independent Producer

Erica Heilman produces a podcast called Rumble Strip. Her shows have aired on NPR’s Day to Day, Hearing Voices, SOUNDPRINT, KCRW’s UnFictional, BBC Podcast Radio Hour, CBC Podcast Playlist and on public radio affiliates across the country. Rumble Strip airs monthly on VPR. She lives in East Calais, Vermont.

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The kids of Randolph, Vermont.
Erica Heilman / Rumble Strip

The kids of Randolph, Vermont describe their neighborhood as a place with three purple houses. They tell me there’s a shortcut through the woods down to Dunkin’ Donuts, and they say it’s pretty close to three graveyards. The kids run in twos and threes and sometimes in one big pack for a game of hide and seek tag.
I spent an afternoon talking with them and following them around. This show is a little taste of that day. It’s a postcard from childhood, a place we remember but can’t visit anymore.

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.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Just how culturally different is the Northeast Kingdom from the rest of the state? Can it be quantified in any way, or is it largely legend?

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There’s a joke about the employment scene in Vermont: “What do you call a Vermonter with two jobs? Lazy.”

When Bill Morancy was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he turned to his best friend to help him die.
courtesy of Erica Heilman

When Bill Morancy was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he called on his best friend, Rob Mermin, to help him die.

Erica Heilman / Courtesy Rumble Strip Vermont

Vaughn Hood was a 118-pound barber when he was drafted into the Vietnam War and he served as a combat soldier in from March 1969 to January 1970. And in Vaughn’s war, most men didn’t survive their first three-month tour. Now, he runs a hair salon in St. Johnsbury with his wife, Bev.