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

Our latest episode: Those 'Aging Hippies' Who Moved To Vermont ... Where Are They Now?

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us. Later on, we’ll let the public vote on the one they want us to answer. Then, we work together with the person who asked the winning question and find the answer together.

So, without further ado: What question do you have about Vermont, our region or its people that you want VPR to investigate?

Submit your question below, or leave us a short voicemail at 802-552-4880. 

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Brave Little State is made possible by the VPR Innovation Fund and powered by Hearken. Our theme music is by Ty Gibbons. All questions asked make it to the question archive unless they don’t meet our guidelines for decorum, fairness or obvious conflicts of interest.

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Artist Lois Eby, farmer Greg Cox and Supreme Court Associate Justice Marilyn Skoglund.
Amy Noyes/Nina Keck/Angela Evancie / VPR

For the free-thinkers and radicals who moved to Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s, the past may be obscured in a cloud of … wood … smoke. But what does the present look like?

A photo collage featuring, from left, the exterior of a prison, a close-up of a tick, and a Vermont landscape.
From left: Peter Hirschfeld/VPR; ErikKarits/iStockphoto.com; Angela Evancie/VPR

Want to have a say in the question that Brave Little State explores for our August episode? Now's your chance to vote!

Verandah Porche, courtesy

Brave Little State is working on an episode about Vermont's "aging hippies" — if that’s you, we want to hear from you.

Men work in a granite processing facility.
Vermont Historical Society

There was a time when it was totally normal to hear French spoken in some of Vermont’s smallest towns and biggest cities.

frimages / iStockphoto.com

Since we started this show, there’s a question we’ve gotten a lot: Why are so many young people leaving the state?

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?

Patrick Warn talks in an office to Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux.
Emily Corwin / VPR

If Vermont’s county sheriffs are accountable to their voters, but most of their voters don’t pay much attention to them, what happens when they do something wrong?

Daniel-Johnson Dam
Outside/In / NHPR

From our friends at the podcast Outside/In, the story of how a massive, state-owned utility company came to be a symbol of the French-Canadian people.

GeorgePeters / iStock.com

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

Brave Little State
Aaron Shrewsbury

Brave Little State is working on an episode about Vermonters who work multiple jobs — if that’s you, we want to hear from you.

btgbtg / iStock.com

We aren't endorsing it, but ... if Vermont did manage to secede from the United States, how would we fare?

Raymond Zirblis / Friends of Freedom: The Vermont Underground Railroad Survey Report

When it comes to Vermont’s history with the Underground Railroad, where’s the line between myth and truth? And whose voices are missing from the story?

OGphoto / iStock.com

If you’ve lived in a state for a long time, or grew up there, you probably have this feeling — when you drive into or out of it, you feel like you can tell the difference.

Tristan Toleno, left, Annmarie Christensen and Rodney Graham serve in Vermont's House of Representatives.
Angela Evancie & Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Vermont’s citizen legislators get paid about $12,700 for five months of work. So, if you have a career and/or a family, how do you pull it off?

In the 1850s, a small but vibrant community grew up around a gold mining operation in the Plymouth-Bridgewater area. Called Plymouth Five Corners, it had a hotel, a school and a dance hall.
E.G. Davis / Plymouth Historical Society

This month on Brave Little State, we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of taking on one of your questions about Vermont, we’re taking on three - in a kind of local history lightning round.

Angela Evancie / VPR

If you drink Vermont milk, or eat Vermont apples or vegetables, it's likely that you have foreign workers to thank. But do you know any?

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

This month on Brave Little State, a subterranean question about wastewater treatment in Vermont.

Angela Evancie / VPR

This month on Brave Little State, a question about the many barns in Vermont that are left in a suspended state of disrepair.

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!

Angela Evancie / VPR

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.

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