For NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday. Vermont musician Jamie Masefield has been improvising on the jazz mandolin for decades. He’s recorded six albums, including one with Blue Note Records, and brings everything from folk and funk to the literature of Leo Tolstoy to the stage. But some years back, his eclectic creativity brought him to an unexpected second career. It involves some heavy lifting.
For Here and Now. The legendary Cadys Falls auctioneer lives on in the memories of his family and followers, and left a legacy that complicates the idealization of the “real” Vermont. A longer version of this story originally aired onVermont Public Radio.
For NPR’s Morning Edition. From a spoof of Kanye West’s “Bound 2” (called “Hardcover Bound 2”) to click-bait classic novel titles, millennials that smart content and Internet frippery aren’t mutually exclusive. This story was part of New Boom, NPR’s special series on millennials.
I talked to Marketplace Weekend’s Lizzy O’Leary about Slow Money, a nationwide effort dedicated to connecting food producers with investors right in their community, and making investing accessible to the everywoman. How will they do that? With Beetcoin. This interview came out of a story about Slow Money’s launch in Vermont that I first reported for Vermont Public Radio, and a follow-up interview that VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb did with Slow Money founder Woody Tasch.
For NPR’s Morning Edition. A project that provides new Americans with the opportunity to raise and sell goats to members of their community is growing, thanks in part to its ability to make use of an abundant – and often unwanted – class of animal: male kids from goat dairy farms. An earlier version of this story aired on Vermont Public Radio on March 23, 2014.
Small communities of women religious are breaking with tradition and making saving the earth their primary mission. This story appeared in The Atlantic, and then Grist, as part of a Climate Desk collaboration. Reported with support from a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism.