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  • 20 minutes 1 second
    The Aphasia Choir

    There are about 15 million people in this world having thoughts and ideas that they can't put into words. People who have had had strokes or traumatic brain injuries often live with aphasia, or difficulty talking or using language. Their thoughts are intact, but the language gets stuck. But music mostly originates in the undamaged hemisphere of the brain. People with aphasia can often sing. This is a story about a choir comprised of people with aphasia, and what it's like to struggle for words.

    The Aphasia Choir of Vermont

    19 June 2024, 6:03 pm
  • 19 minutes 35 seconds
    Tara

    This is a follow-up show to Finn and the Bell. If you haven't heard that story, you might want to start there.

    At Bread and Puppet in Glover, Vermont, there is a magical pine forest full of small homemade buildings and shrines to memorialize dead puppeteers and friends. It’s a place where my friend Tara Reese’s sons Finn and Lyle spent a lot of time when they were little, running around in the woods in the summer. Now there is a memorial here for Finn in the pine forest, built by some of the kids he used to play with here. Finn died by suicide on January 3rd, 2020. In 2021, Tara and I made a story about him called Finn and the Bell. People all over the world listened, and we received hundreds of emails and texts and artwork and poetry. Tara received letters that were addressed to ‘Finn’s Mom, Hardwick’, with no address.

    But this is a story just about Tara, and about her evolution of grief. About what happens after the worst thing happens.

    We recorded this conversation on Mother’s Day, at Finn’s memorial in the pine forest.

     

    This show ends with a song. The Bell was written by Jim Terry of Napa, California. He plays music with his sons, Graham and Clark and they’re called The Terry Family Band. Jim wrote this song after listening to Finn and the Bell. Thank you so much Jim!

    22 May 2024, 11:57 pm
  • 25 minutes 18 seconds
    Will Staats, Hunting Biologist...Redux!

    Will Staats worked for both Vermont and New Hampshire for forty years as a wildlife biologist. He’s also a passionate hunter. He knows the back country of the Kingdom right up through Maine and into Labrador. One day in October he took me bird hunting deep in the unorganized town of Ferdinand. We talked about birds. And we talked about the growing divide between traditional hunting culture and people who don't like certain kinds of hunting here in Vermont. But it was more interesting than that...it was also about how people harden against each other then alienate each other...something we do a lot of these days.

    6 May 2024, 3:09 pm
  • 11 minutes 12 seconds
    Sugaring with Forrest Foster

    I hung out with Forrest Foster in his sugarhouse a few weeks ago. Sugarhouses are the best because they’re full of warm, sweet steam and there’s nothing to do but hang around and make sure the pan doesn’t burn. Also, if sugaring is happening it means that winter is almost over and that is a joyous time for me. I love the hell out of April. So here are a few happy minutes with Forrest in his sugarhouse.

    25 April 2024, 4:13 pm
  • 21 minutes 18 seconds
    Fifty: A Phoenix Moment. REDUX!
    This is a show I made a few years ago that very significantly involves Total Eclipse of the Heart, which is my favorite song. I am playing it again now because it is ECLIPSE WEEK. I hope you enjoy it.
    10 April 2024, 12:57 pm
  • 34 minutes 29 seconds
    Kasey is Figuring it Out

    Kasey Phipps is transgender and has always been transgender. But Kasey didn’t grow up in a place where the word transgender was well understood. Or understood at all. It’s only in the last four years that Kasey’s put a name to this lifelong experience of living life in the wrong gender. This is just one story about the experience of being trans. 

    Credits:

    Linda Young plays the harp in this show, for which I am eternally grateful. Here is a link to her excellent TRIO.

    There is also a song in the show from one of my favorite artists, Carla Kihlstedt and the Tin Hat Trio. Here is a link to them performing this song, little i.

    My thanks to Amelia Meath, Tobin Anderson, Chelsea Edgar and Serena Matt.

    26 March 2024, 7:21 pm
  • 8 minutes 11 seconds
    What Class Are You Ashley?

    What Class Are You is a periodic series I make for Vermont Public. Thank you Vermont Public for letting me share the series on Rumble Strip.

    15 March 2024, 12:20 pm
  • 7 minutes 46 seconds
    What Class Are You Ashton?

    What Class Are You is a periodic series I make for Vermont Public. Thank you Vermont Public for letting me share the series on Rumble Strip.

    13 March 2024, 6:01 pm
  • 5 minutes 51 seconds
    What Class Are You Kathleen?

    What Class Are You is a periodic series I make for Vermont Public. Thank you Vermont Public for letting me share the series on Rumble Strip.

    11 March 2024, 12:20 pm
  • 19 minutes 30 seconds
    Revisiting Isaac

    Many of you got in touch with me after Isaac's story aired in the first week of What Class Are You. Isaac's on his way to Columbia in the fall, on a full scholarship, and you came up with amazing ideas for how you might be helpful, so I went back up to Newport to discuss it all with Isaac. And it turned into a really interesting conversation on a number of fronts. 

    10 March 2024, 5:59 pm
  • 9 minutes 53 seconds
    What Class Are You Ethan?

    What Class Are You is a periodic series I make for Vermont Public. Thank you Vermont Public for letting me share the series on Rumble Strip.

    8 March 2024, 2:20 pm
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