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Aug 30, 2014The Guardian's Randeep Ramesh tells NPR's Scott Simon about the social and societal forces at work in British culture which might have contributed to the cover-up of the Rotherham child abuse case.
Aug 29, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Aug 29, 2014 — Boredom is increasingly a thing of the past. We've got devices to fill up every instant. Some people say baseball is boring. But maybe its popularity is in the fact that it allows us room to be bored?
Aug 28, 2014 — Some people of faith claim that the world is meaningless without belief in God or gods or an afterlife. Commentator Barbara J. King says the view of some atheists is mirrored in two recent novels.
Aug 27, 2014 — We've learned so much, yet we still don't know the composition of 95 percent of the cosmos. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says it is good to stay humble and keep an open mind as the search continues.

Commentary: The economics of early fall color

They're like a banner announcing the change of season -- the occasional spray of vivid red leaves along the roadside or the water's edge. They DO foreshadow the color change to come. But why so early? Commentator, and arborist, Paul Hetzler lives in St. Lawrence County. he says it has to do with the tree's balance sheet, as well as the time of year.  Go to full article
Colo the dog

The passing of an old friend

The philosopher George Santayana said, "There is no cure for life or death, save to enjoy the interim." He meant it as a reminder to really live. For the past 14 years, NCPR's Jonathan Brown had a different kind of reminder: Furry, four-legged and full of drool.  Go to full article

Commentary: An immigrant's lesson in values

Standardized test scores released yesterday show unexpected strength among middle school immigrants just learning English. Commentator Tom French has one of those immigrants in class this year, and has learned lessons that cross the language barrier.  Go to full article

Commentary: Learning to live with wind

We just heard some tips on how to live with blackflies. Commentator Gary Kelly has taken a lesson from another natural force -- the wind.  Go to full article

Commentary: Five Years in Guantanamo

It's the fifth anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Commentator Martha Swan finds parallels in the infamous Dreyfus Affaire - which shook...  Go to full article

A really, really good read

Commentator Paul Willcott recently came across an interesting airline ad. It promised first class travel so comfortable you could "get lost in a best-seller". That quote...  Go to full article

Commentary: Gary Kelly

Commentator Gary Kelly tells us about getting caught in one of life's unguarded moments -- singing to oneself.  Go to full article

Commentary: O Christmas tree!

Commentator Paul Willcott and his wife, Ann, had long dreamed of the perfect Christmas tree. When they became the proud owners of a rambling old cure cottage in Saranac...  Go to full article
Gary Kelly

An untended garden

We introduce a new commentator today. Gary Kelly was an administrator at Clarkson University for 32 years, including time as head of The Clarkson School for younger students....  Go to full article

Commentary: On seasonality

It's common practice to think of people in the North Country, more particularly in the Adirondacks, as either seasonals or year-round residents. Commentator Paul Willcott...  Go to full article

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