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Jose Kusugak, Inuit Tapirisat: From Snow Age to Space Age

The Inuit people populate a huge swath of land from Alaska in the West, across Canada to the Atlantic Ocean, and East to Greenland. Despite the broad territory, they speak a common language, Inuktitut. In 1993, over twenty years of land claims with the Canadian Government resulted in new territories and self-government for the Inuit. A new province called "Nunavut", located north of Ontario and Quebec, joined Canada in 1999. St. Lawrence University is featuring Inuit and Nunavut Culture as the theme for this year's Festival of the Arts. Jose Kusugak, president of the Inuit Tapirisat, the advocacy organization for the Inuit in Canadian government, visited Canton to kick off the festival. When the land claim movement began in the early '70s, Kusugak was travelling the Inuit territories to learn more about the various dialects in the Inuit language. He discovered that people in the isolated towns he visited didn't understand the purpose of the land claims. He told David Sommerstein that he needed to shift his mission to teach the political implications of the talks with the Canadian government.

St. Lawrence University's Festival of the Arts is called "From Nanook to Nunavut: The art and politics of representing Inuit culture" Presentations of Inuit art, literature, music, and dance will run through March 7.  Go to full article

Peter Schickele Brings PDQ Bach to Potsdam

Peter Schickele and PDQ Bach: "The Jeckyl and Hyde Tour" visits the Crane School of Music Saturday night, February 24 at 7:30 in Hosmer Hall. The concert is part of the Community Performance Series at SUNY Potsdam. For more than 35 years, Schickele has been the foremost authority on the works of PDQ Bach, the youngest and oddest child of JS Bach. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

A Singing Valentine, Barbershop-style

As much a part of the American culture as Mom and apple pie, barbershop quartet singing is an American institution. It's alive today, largely through the efforts of an organization called the Society of the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. It was founded in 1938 by an Oklahoma lawyer and a banker who found a mutual love for vocal harmony. Todd Moe has more.

The Goldenaires are always looking for new members. They rehearse Tuesday nights at 7:30 at Canton High School. For more information,call Ron Prutzman at 384-4298, or Bruce Hanson at 379-9848.  Go to full article

Dam Builders and Vow performed by Dale Hobson

Dale Hobson, NCPR Webnaut from Potsdam, New York, reading Dam Builders and Vow before a rowdy crowd at Martha And Ev's annual barn party, February 2001.  Go to full article

TAUNY Cookbook Wins National Award

The Traditional Arts In Upstate New York's cookbook, Good Food, Served Righthas won first place in the 2000 Tobasco Community Cookbook Competition. Martha Foley has...  Go to full article

Redaers & Writers: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Our guest is Octavia Butler, talking about her science fiction novel Parable of the Sower, a cautionary tale set in the near future. Co-hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris...  Go to full article

"Twisted": the Case of the Young Author

Educators are on high alert for signs of school violence in the post-Columbine era. Recently near Cornwall, Ontario, a high school student wrote a drama class essay called...  Go to full article

Long Distance: Author Bill McKibben Races "The Loppet" in Lake Placid

Adirondack author Bill McKibben has written a new book called "Long Distance: A Year of Living Strenuously". It's the chronicle of his year on the cross-country ski circuit,...  Go to full article

Eileen Ivers and "Crossing the Bridge"

Todd Moe chats with Eileen Ivers, traditional Irish fiddle champion. She's been called the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin." Eileen Ivers and her band were in concert January...  Go to full article

Song: Mustang Sally by Hot Rods on Blocks

Hot Rods On Blocks performing Mustang Sally live on The Radio Bob Show, January 17, 2001.

Left: Radio Bob--the early years: at the keyboard in 1967...  Go to full article

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