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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.
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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.
Photo by Jennifer Herrick
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? Excited? Disappointed?

Last year, when the pre-kindergarten class at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School in Potsdam graduated, their teacher Jen Herrick had them record what they wanted to be when they grow up. These recordings played as each child walked across the stage to receive his or her diploma. Tasha Haverty turned some of them into today's Heard Up North.  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 carrying cases in the world. And his collection is a work of art. Bob Hoffman aka Hoff the Harmonica Case Man is today's Heard Up North.  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 the St. Lawrence that are busy with boats docking and people picnicking and camping.

Many boaters are familiar with the friendly face who manages and patrols the area. Listen to today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Nighttime in Algonquin Park. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/64894594@N08/7046599793">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="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34715542@N02/4083583139/">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
IJC Chairwoman Irene Brooks faced a determined crowd at an earlier water level hearing in Alexandria Bay. Tonight's hearing will be at the Bonnie Castle Resort from 6-9 pm

The 8 O'Clock Hour 7/17/13

The International Joint Commission that governs water levels on Lake Ontario and St Lawrence River is presenting a new management plan in New York and Canada this week....  Go to full article
Clarence Forbes plying his trade. Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: Using modern technology to move an Amish shed

Amish-made wooden sheds are becoming a fixture in backyards. They're neat and tidy, and handy for storage or even as a rustic bunkhouse.

But delivery can be ...  Go to full article
Frank Forney, Philadelphia, cutting wood with his nephew on Route 11 in Antwerp. Photo: David Sommerstein

Listen: The man who painted one of the St. Lawrence's tallest bridges

You never know who you're going to meet by the side of the road in the North Country.

David Sommerstein stopped to chat with a guy sawing firewood, and it turns...  Go to full article

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