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Vermont pop culture: The good, the bad and the maple

A colorful sketch of Bernie Sanders eating pancakes and maple syrup with a knife and form in a forest of fall foliage.
Stable Diffusion
Art generated by the AI 'Stable Diffusion' based on the prompt, "a colorful sketch of Bernie Sanders eating pancakes and maple syrup with a knife and form in a forest of fall foliage." What do you think are Vermont's pop culture icons?

A recent episode of Brave Little State looked at Vermont pop culture, and the music, food, art and politics that define Vermont. This hour, we're talking about Vermont's contributions to pop culture and how pop culture perceives Vermont.

Our guests are:

  • Sarah Nilsen, an associate professor in film and television studies at the University of Vermont
  • Jarad Greene, a cartoonist and the administrative and development coordinator at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction

Broadcast live on Friday, April 14, 2023, at noon.

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A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
Matt Smith worked for Vermont Public from 2017 to 2023 as managing editor and senior producer of Vermont Edition.