The Portable Humanist
Making Rumble Strip in My Closet

Making Rumble Strip in My Closet

February 11, 2020

Erica Heilman’s podcast Rumble Strip covers a range of Vermont-related topics, from mental health, hunger, and homelessness to deer hunting, cheerleading, and donut shops. In this talk, Heilman discusses the interview process and shares stories from her podcast, which she describes as “extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. Or that’s the goal.”

A Love Story from the Opioid Epidemic

A Love Story from the Opioid Epidemic

January 10, 2020

What if instead of stigmatizing and judging people with addiction, we loved and supported them, even if they’re not sober or trying to get sober?

In October 2018, a young mom named Madelyn Linsenmeir died after a long struggle with addiction. Her obituary was read online by millions of people. Madelyn’s sister, Kate O’Neill, wrote that obituary. In this episode, Kate shares her family’s experience loving and losing Maddie, the stories of other Vermonters impacted by this disease, and potential solutions to the opioid crisis.

The talk was recorded at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on November 6, 2019 for our First Wednesdays program.