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Audio Series
StoryCorps in the North Country: North Country residents have shared their stories with this national oral history project during visits to the region in 2006 and in 2008.
Audio Series
Looking for the North Country
NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, spent October 2000 exploring the place, the people and the culture we call the North Country.
Country Schoolhouse
Audio Play:
No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
Audio Slideshow:
Finding the North Country
A new exhibit at TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) tells the story of North Country life with pictures. Finding the North Country: Stories of Local Life Through Photographs revisits the theme of North Country identity explored in the 2000 radio collaboration "Looking for the North Country." The photographs will remain on display through November 25, 2006.
Multimedia Series
Meet the Masters of North Country Folklife
Profiling people who have mastered and conserved a variety of family and community traditions over several generations in the North Country and who actively practice them today. Together, they exemplify a living history of our North Country and a way of life otherwise often difficult to explain. An ongoing project of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY).
Audio Series
Living North Country: Essays on Life and Landscapes in Northern New York, edited by Neal Burdick and Natalia Singer at St. Lawrence University, recently became available in bookstores. We invited several of the contributing authors into the NCPR studio to record excerpts in their own voices.
Writing Contest
The Writing Contest for Young and Adult Writers
The Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio offer a literature award to regional writers. The Writing Contest is held biennially. We will offer prizes in two genres per session; this year (2005-2006) the genres are nature writing and memoir.
Audio Novel
Eben Holden: A Tale of the North Country
This three-hour NCPR production of Irving Bacheller's timeless tale of the North Country, the 1900 bestseller Eben Holden, features many local voices and talents.
Captain William Swenson, pictured during his 2009 deployment to Afghanistan with the Army's 10th Mountain Division, will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat there. Photo provided by Fort Drum
Captain William Swenson, pictured during his 2009 deployment to Afghanistan with the Army's 10th Mountain Division, will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat there. Photo provided by Fort Drum

The Eight O'clock Hour, 9/18/13

Ogdensburg City Hall was packed yesterday with people who are against a proposal to close the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. The federal budget sequester might mean more personnel cutbacks at Fort Drum. Critics of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad are dissatisfied with the way state officials have gathered public opinion about the rail corridor. Captain William Swenson, a former 10th Mountain Division soldier, will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan. New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is looking for entrepreneurs to invest in, as part of a partnership between the state's pension fund and private equity managers. Todd Moe talks with Potsdam Museum Curator Mimi Van Deusen about this weekend's Sandstone Festival. We also get a rare conversation with "Horse Whisperer" Chris Irwin, who is visiting Lake Placid this week. And a Heard Up North: underwear is the medium for one pair of traveling artists.  Go to full article
Walter Shyne is in his last season at the Canton Farmer's Market. Photo by Sarah Harris

Listen: A good run

It's the end of the growing season, and farmers are in their final weeks of big business. It's also the peak of apple season.

For Walter Shyne of J & W Orchard in Norfolk, this will be his last one. Shyne is a regular vendor at the Canton Farmers' Market, and he's retiring. For today's Heard Up North, Sarah Harris caught up with him as he was closing up his stand.  Go to full article

The Eight O'clock Hour, 9/11/2013

For today's Heard Up North, Walter Shyne of J & W Orchard in Norfolk reflects on his retirement.

State officials attempt to channel a rancorous public debate about the historic rail line between Old Forge and Lake Placid.

Host Todd Moe checks out an eatery where every ingredient comes from within 200 miles of Clarkson's Potsdam campus.

(We take) a look at some of the fiscal difficulties faced by mayors across the state who win a new term.  Go to full article
Photo by Jennifer Herrick

What do you want to be when you grow up?

What did you want to be when you grew up? Imagine sitting down with your four-year-old self today and telling him or her about your future. Would that child be surprised?...  Go to full article
Hoff the Harmonica Case Man in action. Photo: Meredith Coeyman

Listen: Hoff the Harmonica Case Man

You never know what there are world records for. David Sommerstein bumped into a man at the Saturday farmers market in Burlington who's sure he has the most harmonica...  Go to full article
"Island Dave" is a familiar, friendly face around the city of Brockville's islands on the St. Lawrence. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Listen: 'Island Dave' has the job you want in the Thousand Islands

Whether it's the Adirondacks or the St. Lawrence River, everyone's getting in their last licks of summer this week.

The city of Brockville owns 16 park islands on...  Go to full article
Nighttime in Algonquin Park. Photo: <a href="">abuakel</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Listen: Wolf howl sound check

You just heard a public wolf howl at Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. But that event can only take place if park naturalists actually hear wolves the night before,...  Go to full article
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant

The 8 O'Clock Hour 8/16/13

Yesterday, Alcoa announced that they will shut down one of its aging pot lines at its Massena East plant for good. A political controversy has erupted over whether some...  Go to full article
Essex, NY, seen from a pier in Lake Champlain. Photo: <a href="">Raymond Johnston</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

George Davis learns community from life in Essex

For George Davis, life in Essex, New York has been a lesson in community. He's become a cheerleader for the little town -- serving on boards, restoring a historic property,...  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in Massena on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo: Natasha Haverty

The 8 O'Clock Hour 7/30/13

New York's attorney general is helping Fort Drum soldiers returning from overseas retrieve personal vehicles. Correction officers are asking the legislature to rescind the...  Go to full article

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