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Happy Birthday, Brave Little State!

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VPR's people-powered journalism project has criss-crossed Vermont many times over to answer your questions about the state. This month, we listen back to some memorable moments.

We celebrate the show's third birthday with a trip down memory lane to some favorite moments from our archive.

We launched Brave Little Statein August of 2016. It was a total experiment, and we had a simple question: Could we make a show that would take all its cues from you, our audience — and answer your questions, instead of ours? Could we make our journalism people-powered?

The very first question came from Erin Creley of Saint Albans: "Where did the Vermont accent come from, and where is it going?" So we debuted with a catalog of Vermont accents:

EPISODE #1:'Cow' Or 'Keow'? The Past, Present And Future Of The Vermont Accent

And since then, our experiment has proven successful. You’ve kept asking fantastic questions about Vermont — hundreds of them! — and we’ve criss-crossed the state many times over to find the answers. (Oh, and we've made some rad T-shirts.)

You've asked about abandoned gold mines and the brain drain. Coydogs and falling-down barnsImmigrationracismhistorypoliticseconomic developmentAging sewer systems and … aging hippies.

Explore an interactive map of our on-the-ground reporting:

Map credit: Elodie Reed & Noah Cutter

This month, we reflect on where we've been, and share some highlights from a handful of our best episodes:

We've worked hard and had a lot of fun reporting for you these past three years, and we're excited to keep going. So remember...


A thin grey line.


Brave Little State is a production of Vermont Public Radio. We have support from the VPR Innovation Fund, and from VPR sustaining members. If you like our show, consider becoming one.

Our editor is Lynne McCrea and our theme music is by Ty Gibbons. The stories featured in this episode were reported by Emily Corwin, Liam Elder-Connors, Henry Epp, Angela Evancie, Peter Hirschfeld and Rebecca Sananes. Engineering support from Chris Albertine; digital support from Elodie Reed and Meg Malone. 

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Angela Evancie serves as Vermont Public's Senior VP of Content, and was the Director of Engagement Journalism and the Executive Producer of Brave Little State, the station's people-powered journalism project.
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