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NY gunowners to NRA: sign us up!

New York gun owners are fighting back against the state's new gun control law. WNYC's Robert Lewis has been following the story, which took him to a gun show in Albany.  Go to full article
A yellow submarine floats through the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Parade (Photo: Courtesy of Karen Davidson)

Anatomy of a Winter Carnival Parade

This weekend marked the close of Saranac Lake's 116th Winter Carnival. One of the big draws every year is the home-made parade.

Dozens of floats and marchers make their way through the heart of the village, in an event that's one part New Orleans Mardi Gras and one part backyard theater.

The trick each year is to match the theme of the Winter Carnival as cleverly as possible, using materials that range from cardboard to old garbage can lids to yarn.  Go to full article
Education reform expert Michael Fullan.  Photo: <a href="http://www.michaelfullan.com">www.michaelfullan.com</a>

How schools can really improve, in one expert's view

An international education reform expert says if schools in New York want to improve, they need to foster motivation in teachers and students. Michael Fullan is speaking Monday at the New York State Museum in Albany.

Fullan is special advisor to the premier and minister of education in Ontario. He is largely credited with improving graduation rates in the province.

Fullan says many educational systems use standardized tests and teacher evaluations to reward or punish teachers and schools. He says this is punitive. It diverts teachers away from teaching, and toward test results.  Go to full article
21 inches of snow in Canton, by Martha's informal measure.

Seeing the shapes of the garden in winter

A big snowfall makes the basic shapes of the garden stand out in relief against the white background. Amy Ivy and Martha Foley talk about choosing and shaping shrubs and the...  Go to full article