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The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
As anyone following the headlines knows, there’s a serious outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The World Health Organization is calling Ebola hemorrhagic fever an “extraordinary event” serious enough to be an International...
What to do about marijuana – medical or otherwise – seems to be a hot topic just now. In early July New York State approved a new system that will permit sale of medical marijuana, although there’s a set-up period of at least 18...
I happen to be on the high side of middle-age. So, naturally, a friend sent me Donnalou Stevens’ “Older Ladies.” I loved its quirky, upbeat joie de vivre, and I hope you’ll like it too. Apparently this is one of those...


Health Care
Aug 27, 2014 — The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
Aug 27, 2014 — The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.
Aug 26, 2014 — Enlisting parents to make sure teens get counseling is a start, but a lot of families need more support, research suggests. Even finding the right therapist can be daunting.
Aug 26, 2014 — Melissa Block talks with Sloan Gibson, the deputy secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, about the results of a recent probe into wait times at VA facilities.
Aug 26, 2014 — The question will be if Kevin Counihan can replicate his success in Connecticut with the federal health exchange, which was plagued with problems. The goal: A smoother Year Two for Obamacare.


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NCPR Special Reports

Audio Series
Drinking and Safety on College Campuses: A rash of alcohol-related fatalaties among students at North Country colleges has re-ignited debate about the role of alcohol in campus social life. Brian Mann talks to students, educators, and law enforcement officials in this series.
Photo Audio Essay
Arts & Healing: Living Well In the Shadow of Cancer
Brian Mann traveled to a retreat in the Adirondacks for women living with cancer. He found that many of the women still see joy and hope in a world filled with uncertainty.

Free, Appropriate Public Education: Getting There Isn't Easy

Public schools are the crossroads where the community at large and people with disabilities meet. The ideal? Kids learn from each other about their differences and similarities; all reach their potential. Parents dreams are fulfilled. And the school budget passes with barely a ripple in the tax rate. But it isn't that easy. Martha Foley talks with Andrew Pulrang, of the North Country Center for Independent Living in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article
George Howard.

Disability Matters: Everday Challenges in Getting Around

How many times have you heard this: "If you don't have a car, you can't get around in the North Country." Buses are few and far between. Taxis are scarce and expensive. Most towns are not designed with the pedestrian in mind. It can takes hours, or even a whole day, to run an errand or make an appointment that in a car would take minutes. And limited transportation options restrict job opportunities. For people with disabilities, and especially people who use wheelchairs, these problems are magnified. Accessible vans and ambulettes are plentiful for Medicaid funded trips to the doctor or case manager. But there are few - if any - options for the errands and visits and excursions of everyday life. People with disabilities are too often restricted to their homes, isolated from and invisible to their communities. As part of our series Disability Matters, David Sommerstein reports on one man's efforts to get around on his own.  Go to full article
Wil Hansen in his Ford Contour.

Freedom and Independence in a Hand-Controlled car

Wil Hansen got his driver's license on the third try when he was in his mid-20s. He has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. It mostly affects his legs. He drives with his hands. He and his dad installed a $450 hand control system in his Ford Contour in just a couple of hours. Wil took David Sommerstein for a demo to the gas station and the bank.  Go to full article

Audio Diary: Learning To Live Without Sight

Elizabeth Folwell is an editor of Adirondack Life magazine. She lost her sight unexpectedly... She'll be sharing her audio diary over the next year.  Go to full article

Emerging From A History of Institutions

Martha Foley talks with Aileen Martin of the Center for Independent Living in Watertown about the changes in thinking and policy surrounding people with disabilities, and how...  Go to full article

First Wild Deer Tests Negative for Chronic Wasting Disease

State conservation officials say initial samples of wild deer in Oneida County showed no signs of chronic wasting disease. Five deer on two farms tested positive for the...  Go to full article

NY Assembly Considers Health Care Provider's Proposed Changes

The state's highest court next week will hear a case, which, if successful, could blow a more than $2 billion dollar hole in New York's health care budget. A consumer group...  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Drug Prices, Availability

Consumer groups and two state lawmakers say the elderly and others taking multiple prescription drugs could be needlessly spending thousands of dollars a year, because they...  Go to full article

County Association Chief Suspended for Medicaid Reform Stance

This year's budget battle resulted in the first on-time spending plan in 20 years. It also produced modest Medicaid reform, including a cap on the rate of cost increases and...  Go to full article

Fight Against Deer Disease Expands To North Country

State scientists will begin testing wild deer in Hamilton county, looking for cases of chronic wasting disease. Environment officials say a captive herd that operated in...  Go to full article

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