Rumble Strip Vermont
Erica Heilman is a private investigator, which perhaps explains her skill as an interviewer - her questions are delicate instruments, wielded with precision. Her day job might also go some way to explaining her deep interest in human nature, which is so often demonstrated in this excellent independent podcast. Her stories, usually sourced from Vermont and the surrounding area, vary in length and form, and are always beautifully produced. An August 2015 episode about a Vietnam veteran, entitled An American Life, was among our favourite listens of the year.
Gateway episodes: I Am In Here (30 Oct 2015) / Strange Days (26 Aug 2014) / Homeless ( 18 Jul 2015) / Jessie (9 Apr 2016)