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Jul 24, 2014 — As part of the All Things Considered series "Men in America," producer Viet Le shares his frustrations with shopping for clothes as an extra-small man.
Jul 24, 2014 — Climate change is a global problem. Some island nations face the prospect of disappearing beneath rising seas. Barbara J. King is surprised by how the people of the Marshall Islands see their plight.
Jul 23, 2014 — Conflict is the force that drives change. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser asks: What are the values that we should champion as we fight for a better future?
Jul 23, 2014 — As the NFL begins training camp, Commentator Frank Deford wonders why Washington's team keeps its contentious nickname. He suggests alternatives, like the Lobbyists, the Presidents or simply the Who.
Jul 22, 2014 — A South Carolina mother was jailed on charges of child neglect because her 9-year-old daughter was found playing at a park by herself. Should she have been punished? A panel of parents weigh in.

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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