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February 17, 2016

If you could listen to anyone’s personal story, who would it be? If you could ask them any question, what would you ask?

erica recordingOur April 14th StoryCraft event, “Recording Life” is a conversation with Erica Heilman, whose podcast Rumble Strip Vermont features “good conversation that takes its time.” 

Listening to her recent show about the Department of Children and Families, “Inside DCF,” it is easy to forget that you are listening to a recording that was carefully captured and edited. The voices of DCF workers are so clear and frank, it sounds like they are speaking just to us. We can feel their heartbreak, share their frustration, and get a glimpse into a complicated system that impacts many Vermont families. 

That is one of the many appeals of podcasting: creating intimate portraits, using the subjects' own voice and words. 

We’ll ask Erica about her interview and recording process, and you, the audience, can ask your own questions, too. Our Recording Life event partner, WBTV-LP, will share their resources for podcasters and radio creators, and talk about this new low-power FM radio station in Burlington. Seats are very limited, so register now to be part of the conversation!





Recording Life: Conversations on the Process, Art, and Work of Audio Recording

Erica Heilman
HOSTED BY: Rumble Strip Vermont and WBTV-LP

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Doors open 5:30 | Conversation begins 6 p.m.

REGISTER  Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can. | LIMITED SEATING. Register now! 


Rumble Strip Vermont

On Rumble Strip Vermont, you’ll hear from artists and criminals, taxidermists and soccer moms, lawyers and waitresses. Erica Heilman invites herself into Vermonters’ homes to find out what they know, what they hate, who they love, what they’re afraid of, and what makes them more like you than you’d realized. It’s surprising conversation that sounds like Vermont, and takes its time.

Erica’s independent radio work has aired on NPR’s Day to Day, Hearing Voices, SOUNDPRINT, KCRW’s UnFictional, and on major public radio affiliates across the country. Prior to her work in audio, Erica worked in documentary television in New York City. She produced programming for WNET, HBO and ABC News.




WBTV-LP is a collaborative community media project of the three Burlington area community media centers of RETN, VCAM and Channel 17/Town Meeting. WBTV-LP aims to teach the community (individuals and NPOs) how to produce diverse content on politics, cultural views, music & more; engage the community as listeners in events, meetings, & other happenings that are otherwise unheard; give voice to citizens who may be marginalized or silenced; and provide a platform for free speech, so that free exchange of ideas & dialogue can remain uncensored.



StoryCraft ConversationsRETN is partnering with local media, literary, and arts organizations to bring insightful conversation and practical resources together, in six monthly events February - July. Listen and participate in talks with Vermont story makers, facilitated by Gin Ferrara of Spindle & Widget. Get inspired to tell your own story at our July event: a Pecha Kucha presentation! Each conversation is recommended for ages 12 and up. All events will be held at the new Media Factory, RETN and VCAM's event, studio and classroom space at 208 Flynn Avenue. Find out more at