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NCPR News Staff: Todd Moe, Morning Host and Producer

Mary's art includes furniture and various silks with impressions of leaves, weeds and flowers
Mary's art includes furniture and various silks with impressions of leaves, weeds and flowers

Gardening Inspires Clayton Interior Design Diva

Mary Dial is a gardener, interior designer and artist. Her Clayton home is surrounded by nearly a dozen gardens. During the spring, summer and fall you'll find Mary tending her flowers. But she spends the long winters bringing the outdoors inside. She creates pillows, tables, mirrors and upholstered furniture in her studio using shells, beads and pressed flowers from her gardens. The Handweaving Museum and Arts Center in Clayton opens an exhibit of her work tonight. Todd Moe asked Mary where her talent and inspiration come from.  Go to full article

Canton's Race Weekend: Marathons, Music & Mirth

A pasta dinner with running enthusiast Daniel Dominie at 5 pm at SLU's Eben Holden Hall kicks off the Canton/St. Lawrence University Race Weekend. Todd Moe talks with SLU Counseling Services Director Bill Burns, who's organizing the inaugural event.  Go to full article
Venus (Ashley Slater) holds a dying Adonis (Adam Carman) in the final scene of <i>Venus & Adonis</i> by John Blow
Venus (Ashley Slater) holds a dying Adonis (Adam Carman) in the final scene of Venus & Adonis by John Blow

Preview: Early English Operas at Crane

The Crane School of Music Opera Ensemble and Orchestra present Venus & Adonis and Dido & Aeneas this weekend. The two, one-act Baroque operas will be performed tonight and Saturday night at 7:30, and Sunday afternoon at 3, in Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam. Todd Moe talks with two cast members and Crane Opera Director Carleen Graham about the two operas by John Blow and Henry Purcell.  Go to full article
The cover photo from the Conrad Story Blues Band's debut cd <i>Poutine</i>
The cover photo from the Conrad Story Blues Band's debut cd Poutine

Preview: Conrad Story Blues Band Benefit Concerts

Back for a third year, the Blues for Books fundraisers will feature performances by the Conrad Story Blues Band. There's a benefit concert tonight (Friday, 8pm) at the Glass Onion in Canton. The popular band also presents a special benefit concert Saturday night at 8 in support of the Thomas E. O'Shaughnessy Center for Assistive Technology at SUNY Potsdam. It'll be in Satterlee Hall's Sheard Literacy Center. Todd Moe talks with Rick Bates about the benefit concerts and the group's new cd Poutine.  Go to full article
Esera Tuaolo
Esera Tuaolo

No More Hiding: Gay Ex-Football Star Teaches Tolerance

Todd Moe talks with former pro-football player Esera Tuaolo. He made his living as a 300-pound gladiator in the NFL, and played with some of football's greatest. Now, he's out as a gay man and is dedicated to making life better for young people - gay or straight. He visited SUNY-Canton Thursday with a message of tolerance.  Go to full article

Music: Celia Evans

We celebrate spring, life and the outdoors with folksinger Celia Evans. She's passionate about her day job, as a professor at Paul Smith's College, and about songwriting.  Go to full article

Cyclists Begin Tour de Burn Barrel

Concerned citizens and bicyclists will ride some 200 miles from St. Lawrence County to Albany this weekend to bring attention to the problem of backyard trash burning. Todd Moe talks with Chris Neurath, of DeKalb, one of the cyclists participating in the trek. The riders will join a rally at the state capitol Monday.  Go to full article

Preview: Organ Recitals in Plattsburgh

Three organists will be featured in a series of recitals this month in Plattsburgh. The International Organ Festival kicks off Friday night at 7 at the First United Methodist Church in Plattsburgh and continues on April 23rd and the 30th. Todd Moe talks with organist and composer James Johnson, who's coordinating the recitals.  Go to full article
Dan Berggren       (Ralph Rosenthal Photo)
Dan Berggren (Ralph Rosenthal Photo)

Adk Folk Song Included in New Textbook

A folk song by Adirondack balladeer Dan Berggren will be included in a new Social Studies primer for fourth graders in New York. Here's to You, which is a musical tribute to the people of the mountains, was composed in 1992 to commemorate the centennial of the Adirondack Park. The book's authors call it "a perfect Social Studies song". Todd Moe talks with Dan Berggren about his musical contribution.  Go to full article

Preview: A Festival of Hymns in Potsdam

Coming up Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, the First Presbyterian Church of Potsdam hosts a special concert featuring the music of significant hymn writers through the ages--from 4th century chant through the 20th century. It's a free concert of music, drama and dance. Todd Moe talks with concert coordinator Laura Toland.  Go to full article

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A native of rural Minnesota, Todd Moe grew up on a farm not far from mythical Lake Wobegon. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; studied Speech/Theatre and Norwegian, and began his radio career as a student announcer at WCAL (2002 marks its 80th anniversary!).

Moe's hobbies include food, gardening, history and tango! He was a newscaster and reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for eight years. A favorite memory from that job was interviewing Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann. Moe and his partner, Paul Siskind, moved to the North Country in 1998. Siskind teaches at the Crane School of Music.