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Laura Haynes, PhD , Saranac Lake, NY said...
I am very disappointed that Science Friday is no longer on your schedule. As a scientist in the north country, I always looked forward to the weekly recap of science headlines.

February 9, 2007 3:33 PM

Mike Erickson, Brant Lake said...
I really appreciate NCPR's dynamic approach to programming and openness to change...that said, I don't care for The Story as a substitute or replacement for TOTN. The Story appears to have thoughtful and more in-depth pursuit of single issues apart from the current headlines; a good thing. At that time of the day though I'm looking for some aggressive and insightful analyses of what's going on today, per TOTN. In addition, getting rid of TOTN's Science Friday is should know better! ;^)
Otherwise, thanks for all the great work!

February 9, 2007 3:37 PM

Steve Bowers, Keene Valley said...
I am a conservative, who listens almost every day while working in my shop. The changes...Let's see, The Story seems to be a nice enough show focused on good topics, with a slightly liberal bent. So far not overtly liberal enough to tick me off, although, I think I agree with the village elders in the Native Canadian story. I'm happy to see the very left wing Open Source go to the evenings. That is when I have stopped working and I am in my house watching FOX News. It's a nice idea to get both angles on the same story, liberal and conservative. Somewhere in the middle the truth usually lingers. I would love to see NCPR pick up just one show with a conservative host or at least a daily conservative guest. Maybe a guest from the Heritage Foundation rather than the Brookings Intitute...maybe? But, then that would probably offend your open minded, pro free speech, liberal audience. So in the absense of that, I'd be happy with just one solidly conservative segment once a week. Thanks for embracing change!

February 9, 2007 3:39 PM

Anne Ertel, Saranac Lake said...
I am disappointed that your programming change has Performance Today starting at 9:00 pm. I looked forward to listening at 8:00 pm. By then I have heard enough news. Thank you.

February 9, 2007 3:40 PM

Ken Hall, DeKalb said...
Dick Gordon's The Story is a keeper; please keep it.

February 9, 2007 3:41 PM

Nancy Murphy, Vermontville said...
You've made a number of programming changes without telling us why. I am particularly concerned about losing Talk of the Nation, which I listen to whenever possible. What is your reasoning for deleting such a useful program?

February 9, 2007 3:42 PM

Jackie Sauter, program director said...
Listeners told us that Talk of the Nation is not as compelling as it once was, and in fact, listenership for the program has been dropping for quite a while. Since we already air a similar program (On Point, a national, topical call-in) weekday mornings from 10 am to noon, we wanted to offer listeners something different in the afternoons. Dick Gordon was a favorite when he hosted The Connection and his new program, The Story, offers a unique opportunity to understand issue and events through the individual stories of everyday people. We hope you'll give it a listen and let us know what you think.

February 9, 2007 3:43 PM

Ken Hall, DeKalb said...
I was astounded to listen to a positive slant on possibly the most idiotic idea ever conceived, this morning on The Eight O'Clock Hour. (NCPR story) Companies selling personal carbon offsets to assuage feelings of guilt of a few of the conspicuous consumers of this planet Earth. To believe that enriching some fly-by-night company to "offset" the carbon footprint of your mode of transportation is the height of hypocrisy. What about the carbon footprint of your home, food, clothing, entertainment, security, defense, in short the carbon footprint of all of modern society that supports each and every individual? Carbon offsetting is simply a corporate ploy to delude Americans and other nationalities that minor tweaks of the status quo can fix the slight inconvenience known as "global warming." The likelihood is that the time to make "major" tweaks to the total carbon footprint of homo sapiens occurred no less than fifty years ago. Unfortunately our children's children are likely to be the recipients of our self-indulgences of overpopulation and conspicuous consumption of the Earth and her resources.

February 9, 2007 3:46 PM

Suzanne McSherry, Lake Placid said...
Martha Swan's commentary this morning on the Guantanamo prison was brilliant, moving and a timely reminder of our responsibilty as US citizens to speak out against such injustice. Thank you NCPR for airing Ms. Swan's wake-up call. Please, let's hear more from her!

February 9, 2007 3:47 PM

Amy Freiman, Newcomb said...
Thank you NCPR for airing such a thoughtful commentary on the United States Guantanamo prison situation. Martha Swan's correlation to the Dreyfus affair and the French was right on and served as a reminder of our current situation's failures. History repeats itself; do we never learn?

February 9, 2007 3:48 PM

Bill Provost, Plattsburgh NY said...
It would be great to hear Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman on NCPR when you are considering future changes. This independent voice of truth is sadly missing from the airwaves in much of the north country. If you have never heard of her or Democracy Now!, Google Free Speech TV.

February 12, 2007 12:33 PM

Mark Twery, Burlington, VT said...
I am very disappointed that you have chosen to shift the schedule for The World from 7 PM to 8 PM. I frequently listened to it after ATC, but I have an abiding, visceral dislike for call-in talk shows, so I will not be listening to Open Source, and unlikely to return to the radio at 8. Maybe I can convince you to switch those programs' air times, if you must include the blather. Mostly, though, I do enjoy the programming on NCPR, and I will continue to support the station.

February 12, 2007 12:35 PM

John Hope said...
Your interview with local band "Queen August" really opened my eyes. To thank such young people have the minds for that style of music is amazing. Their talent from what I heard blows me away and i've been playing out for years. Great spotlight on a band who will be going places! Thank you NCPR!

February 14, 2007 5:46 PM

Anonymous said...
Carl Powden, Johnson Vt - Please add my name to the list of those that regret NCPR's decision to drop TOTN for The Story, particularly as we head into a Friday sans Science Friday. I hope this change is more of a trial run than seems indicated. The above said, keep up the great work. I wish our reception in northern Vermont was better. you folks do a gran job.

February 15, 2007 3:14 PM

Lenore Zaunere, Hermon said...
I would like to add my voice to those who are disappointed that TOTN has been dropped. Although "The Story" is interesting in terms of human nature experiences to be told, I also think that the timeliness and connections of the stories on TOTN offer aggressive and thought provoking discussions related to current political and social issues which are changing constantly. Take a look, for example, at the diversity of issues discussed on 2/15/07

Please understand that I support NCPR to the fullest and will continue to do so. My radio knows no other station, and for those of us with sadly lagging dial-up connections, the computer offers little support for listening to NPR online.

Thank you again.

February 16, 2007 11:34 AM

Anonymous said...
Carl Powden, Johnson VT

Oh no, the loss of Tavis Smiley as well? As a lifelong resident of the north, I greatly appreciated the diversity of perspective the Tavis S show provided. Radio Lab is a sorry study in self-indugency. A disappointing choice that I hope is as short-lived as VPR's sojourn.

February 16, 2007 1:24 PM

Anonymous said...
I think we non-scientists needed the clarity of Science Friday. Also, Talk of the Nation served a vital purpose in an increasingly complicated world. I'll miss them both. Another puzzle: Why was Saturday's (2/17) Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me repeated from the previous week, while Vermont Public Radio aired the latest one? Charles Alexander, Vermontville.

February 18, 2007 4:10 PM

Sue Abbott-Jones, Bloomingdale, NY said...
Sue Abbott-Jones, Bloomingdale, NY
NCPR really needs a show or two a week on public affairs. There are issues such as energy, our delicate northcountry economy, the attention (or lack of it) that our state and national governments give to the needs of the northcountry, health care, and so much more that we need to hear about and have input into. Please consider this.

February 27, 2007 8:36 PM

Tom of FOCAL POINT Signs said...
Dick Gordon is OK but I dearly miss SIENCE FRIDAY. I don't like the new 10AM show as much as the old show either. Sorry guys...

March 5, 2007 2:29 PM

Anonymous said...
Why is Echoes only an hour on your station? It is a two hour program.

April 1, 2007 7:36 PM

David Namerow, Schroon Lake said...
I was surprised to hear Jackie Sauter say that the Easter Parade should be brought back. This really silly tradition goes on every year on 5 th Avenue here in the Big Apple. Can't really see much point in the Dacks --particularly on a snowy day like today! By the way, NCPR is soooo much better than WNYC -- I belong to both but NCPR lets me really thrive on Schroon Lake. Keep it up!

April 8, 2007 10:01 PM

Anonymous said...
Just wanted to tell the lady who posted the digital recording the other day of the erie sound that woke her up in the middle of the is a bobcat. I am here in Colton NY and we have one on our property. Looked up the sound on the Internet last fall when we heard it repeatedly at night as she has. I recognized it when I heard it the other day, but couldn't place it, then heard it and saw it tonight - the bobcat hangs out on the edge of our woods on our property and periodically screams at our half Abysinian, half Maine Coon cat that looks like a huge ruddy Abysinian, almost wild appearance. The bobcat has been doing that since it was adolescent last fall and abandoned by its mother. Hope it stays at the conversation level! The wild critter is full grown now. We've been able to chase it away each time so far and retrieve the house cat.

- Mary from Colton

May 29, 2007 8:23 PM

Anonymous said...
Steve Bowers, Keene Valley

I was listening to, Mountain Stage tonight and heard RoseAnne Cash and Joan Bias. Interesting combo. Being from the south Johnny Cash and Willy Nelson are the people, non-country and blue grass people refer to when the words country music are invoked. The only names they can think of. But when country music is cool, they great names to include in polite conversation.

I am a conservative... from the south and Jaon Bias, tonight, brought back memories. I had a vinyl album from 1973 or some time in that period and on that album Jaon Bias had a song that praised southern heritage. It invoked southern pride, actually, regarding the the civil war. Something about burning old Dixie down. Or at least that is what I took from the song. I can't remember the name of the song. But, I wonder if she would include that song on a CD today. I don't think so because the PC police would get her, and ruin her for "her" market. Her market. what is that? could it include and old southern white male?

Tonight, she sang a song, by Steve Earl. A really good soutern song writer. A really good song, "Where are you Woody Guthery, when we need you". HoBo Logic ain't so bad!

The question is...Where are the leaders who will cross the divid today? I won't mention names but I don't see many! They are so beholden to the party and special interests that they forget that most of us are somewhere in the middle and not that rich.

Sadly we need a leader and I don't see too many out there. Voting for some one because I don't like the alternative isn't what I want to do any more. I've done that for 5 of the 8 Presidential elections that I have voted in.

So...if he is listening, the light complected black guy needs to stand up and show me what he is made of, if he wants my vote. So please...stand up and cross Harry and Nancy! Just once, Please...Just once! Just once.
As I recall, The line included "content of character", not "Ideology".

Just once, go against ideology and show your character.

All of that from Mountain Stage, who knew?

Sadly, it will take a third party and, that, more than likely can't happen, unless people decide to, stand up and stop hating each other because they are R's or D's.


Steve Bowers
Keene valley, NY 12943

June 3, 2007 9:48 PM

The Turners, Cranberry Lake said...
As longtime summer NCPR listeners, we have also admired the excellent programming choices made here. However, we finally have a complaint.

We could do without Dick Gordon's The Story, which doesn't seem to play to the strengths he once displayed on The Connection (e.g., his mental agility). The Story descends into melodrama too often.

Meanwhile, Open Source is wonderful. Smart, interesting, different.

June 12, 2007 7:25 PM

Anonymous said...
Ugggh! A Radio Lab "threepeat". The first time it was bad enough - please bring back Science Friday.

June 22, 2007 12:22 PM

Anonymous said...
I, as others, are still missing Talk of the Nation. It's discussions are relevant and stimulating as well as diverse, from politics to personals. I hate to admit it, but often find myself turning to an online broadcast of TOTN. "The Story" has had some interesting and moving programs, but at that time of the day, we're looking for more in-depth discussions of fast moving current events. The morning pace is wonderful, with a mellow interlude at the 1:00 hour.

Would it be possible to fill the upcoming Open Source's evening slot with "The Story" and re-establish "Talk of the Nation" in the 2:00 pm air time?

Perhaps "The Story" is more suited for evening listening.

Thank you again for all your excellent programming.

Lenore Zaunere, Hermon

June 28, 2007 4:28 PM

Anonymous said...
"Fair Game"--I just have to say that I have listened to only an half hour of this show and I already like it more than Open Source.
Peace, Tami

July 3, 2007 3:48 PM

Anonymous said...
I gave Fair Game a listen last night. I'm not likely to again. Perhaps it would be better suited to daytime/weekend programing. It's miserable attemps at being cheeky is a very poor substitue for Open Source, an inteligent, meaty program of quality. I'll opt to listen to music during this timeslot.

July 3, 2007 4:14 PM

JayV said...
Fair Game is great! Heard it for the first time tonight (another NCPR fan phoned me to turn on my radio). FG is a keeper! Cheers. (And yes, I'm an NCPR member.)

July 4, 2007 7:14 PM

Anonymous said...
Outstanding report and research by Brian Mann on his July 5th report about the Joe Martens nomination to lead ORDA and who knew what and when. As a citizen and public servant, I want to know when my political and government leaders are being honest or less than honest. It seems that despite all the promises of "transparency" in government, the shroud of secrecy and dishonesty continues in Albany and Washington. Smart and dogged reporting is all the more important. Thank you Brian and NCPR for digging and letting us know what you've found.

July 6, 2007 6:42 AM

Anonymous said...
I Love NCPR!

More Hearts of Space or Echoes and less classical-schmassical every night of the week.

RadioLab sometimes blows me away, it's so interesting.

Fair Game? Sassy, and I'm glad they are willing to take chances with humor by acknowledging somewhat of a common language among NPR listeners. I already look forward to that program.

After travelling around the country, NCPR does one great job at being an erudite, varied, comprehensive public radio station. In some ways, it's the best station I've come across yet.

July 10, 2007 4:00 PM

Mavis Miller, Lake Placid said...
I am a dedicated NCPR member and listener and I regret to say that Fair Game is the only show you carry that actually makes me turn the channel. I am young and consider myself fairly hip; from the show's description it should be right up my alley, but it just doesn't work for me. It is a far cry from the quality of open source and I hope you might be able to get something more comparable in the future. I know Christopher Lydon is a tough act to follow, but Fair Game seems to lack the maturity and depth I've come to love in your programming.

I still think that ncpr has the best overall programming of any public radio station I have ever heard and I can't imagine my mornings and weekends without it. This time I just had to let you know that Fair Game misses the mark for me.

Thanks for all your great work and for having a forum for listener comments.

July 31, 2007 7:08 PM

Ann Gearhart said...
Ann Gearhart - Lutherville MD

I just returned from an all-too-short visit again to my favorite spot in the world "north country" or ADK land, better yet, NCPR environs!! All those familiar voices - favorite, 8AM!! Cozy, warm and comfortable with familiar names, places and topics. I arrived at 1 AM and turned the radio off when I had to turn the lock to leave. As a seasonal listener I am proud to support and wave the banner for a station that glistens with professionalism, without losing touch with the essence of the land. Thanks to the website I can stay in touch, but it is not like hearing the voices of the deicated staff enjoying their work in the contours of that wonderful place inside the Blue Line. Thanks.

August 8, 2007 5:13 PM

Anonymous said...
I reluctantly went to your site to send you a message about how disappointed I am in Fair Game being on at all, but even worse, in the time slot it's alloted and was shocked to find a blog with others who are like-minded. The show has no saving grace. It is not witty or biting like The Daily Show; does not get to the meat of controversy; and the "jokes" often fall flat. The hosts are not nearly as clever and amusing as they consider themselves. I'd much rather listen to news like PBS's News Hour. Fair Game = my time to turn off the radio and go for a walk.

August 8, 2007 7:01 PM

jas said...
i have really, really tried to like "fair game." i wanted it to like it. i truly did. problem is, it just is not very good. it fails on so many levels, but basically, it's just not as funny or smart as it tries to be.

August 15, 2007 10:27 AM

Anonymous said...
I know NCPR has no control over the content of NPR programs, but I am sitting here steaming over NPR's credulous coverage of the Petreus/Crocker testimony today. The analysts were both supporters of the war in Iraq -- Michael Gordon whose credulous WMD reporting helped lead and continues to this disaster and Gary Anderson. And the host is even worse. Couldn't NPR include even one analyst who was as skeptical about this war as two-thirds of the American public

September 10, 2007 11:44 AM

Anonymous said...
How can the Congress let General Petryas and the ambassador speak without being under oath?
Bush and Chenry both testified before the 9-11 Commission without oath, and no transcripts.

Live coverage of the Iraq Progress Report on Monday Sept 10 started with a protester yelling, "How about taking an oath general?"

When NPR and media do not point out the lack of an oath in the proceedings. How can "testimony" occur before our elected leaders, and further, Congressman and reporters to talk about the generals "testimony" over and over without once mentioning the lack of oath?

NPR did a great job of silencing the numerous protesters statements. NPR talked constantly while the protesters yelled their message saying, " Another protest or is being expelled from the proceedings, BLA, BLA, BLA...."

NPR should pause and let us hear the voices that are silenced, the thoughts that cause cognitive dissonance, the voices that question authority and militarism, the voices censored by NPR, the voices of those who will pay fines and do jail time for their efforts in the confrontation of power, the Congressional Military Industrial Complex.

How can a free nation allow Testimony without oath??

You try this at your local court house and your ass will be in jail faster than you can say Petrayus.

September 11, 2007 11:38 AM

ian brookes said...
Re your weather reports, I notice you never report smog conditions, whereas across the lake in Kingston, whenever the wind is from the south a black surface layer of air advances north, thickening day by day, obviously sourced in the US and most likely in the Ohio valley coal-fired generating plants. AS there musty be local smog-measuring stations close to you, I am left to wonder whether you are politically constrained to report smog values and alerts.

While I'm here, I have been confused by your weather reporters stating "partly/mostly cloudy". Does this mean cloudiness varies over the area, or cloudiness will vary at any place from partly to mostly, or does it mean that you're not quite sure how cloudy it is, but if there's a cloud it's 'partly' and if there's sky, it's 'mostly'?

September 12, 2007 6:30 PM

Anonymous said...
The other morning when someone played a "teaser" for Talk of the Nation I was thrilled to think that you had decided to go back to it. However, it seems like it must have been a mistake.
Not only do I miss TOTN, but I am very unimpressed with The Story. It sounds like daytime TV, and Dick Gordon seems to do most of the talking. Please help out us news junkies and bring back TOTN!

October 3, 2007 8:37 AM

Frank and Lethe Lescinsky, Lake Placid said...
My wife and I are disappointed in the current programming. We have long felt lucky to have North Country Public Radio, but our enthusiasm is waning. The midday talk shows emphasize enterviews with entertainers who are of no interest to us rather than discussions of meaty issues that are important in the world. We turn off "Fair Game". We would like more classical music. We listen to "String Fever", but the other afternoon music programs do don't appeal to us.

December 3, 2007 9:09 AM

Anonymous said...
I'm really disappointed that you have yet again decided to substitute a local show for Fair Game. It is the best show you broadcast these days. And this is at least the third time in the last few weeks that you have decided not to broadcast it on Thursday nights - we'll ignore the fact it is weekly sacrificed for Mike's show for now.

Don't get me wrong - I do support your local show efforts, but why do you continually ditch Fair Game - you have so many other options to skip. My list of candidates to skip as often as you want would be:

1. Hours of opera on the weekends
2. From the top
3. Performance Today
4. The Story
5. An hour of All Things Considered
6. An hour of Mountain Stage
7. Splendid Table
8. The World
9. One of your weekly music shows - there good, but so is Fair Game.

Come on, you've finally added a show that's good. So many other shows you've added lately are mediocre. Spread the load a bit - since Mike's show does replace Fair Game weekly already, boot something else for the community shows.


December 6, 2007 7:00 PM

Launie said...
I love the fact that you put up song lists for Radio Bob show and String Fever. But, do you know what would be even better? Podcasts. Maybe this is something to look forward to in the new year?

December 19, 2007 1:41 PM

Anonymous said...
To Impeach or Not to Impeach?

Why won't NPR or NCPR cover this story, why?
Our blood, treasure, civil rights and liberty are going down the toilet both here and in Iraq, and the media censors this story and the op-ed essays written by each Congressman. Shame, Shame, Shame!

To Impeach or Not to Impeach?
Late December 2007
Three Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee—Robert Wexler of Florida, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin—have called on committee chair John Conyers to begin impeachment hearings against Vice President Dick Cheney.

Three Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee—Robert Wexler of Florida, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin—have called on John Conyers to begin impeachment hearings against Vice President Dick Cheney. This week, Congressman Wexler said the charges against the Vice President are too serious to ignore.

REP. ROBERT WEXLER: It is time for the House Judiciary Committee to hold impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney. We have an obligation to ask questions, to determine whether in fact the Vice President purposefully manipulated intelligence, bringing us into war, whether he knowingly ordered the illegal use of torture, whether he knowingly exposed covert agents for political purposes, whether he obstructed federal investigations. These charges are too serious to ignore.(from his website)

December 20, 2007 9:15 PM

Anonymous said...
so you won. I'm glad, but think this is another example of a powerful, sophisticated station using its muscle while posing as a woolies and galoshes entity.

The reporters do good work, but the ones that have been here for years enjoy the prestige and power of being a presence in the north country.

We love you, but you need to stop pretending you're about anyone more than the people who have the luxury to listen while they work, who, by their wealthy contributions drive the content of the programming. do what you need to do to stay on the air, but don't pretend you're doing otherwise.

December 21, 2007 12:12 PM


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