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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.
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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.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in Massena on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo: Natasha Haverty
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 prison closures that were announced last week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls Congressman Weiner's latest sexting scandal "summer political theater" in New York. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she voted against a recent compromise on student loans. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand touts a bill that will make it easier to redevelop brownfields.

Ed Burkhardt, the chairman of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic spoke with Brian Mann last week about his companies struggles since the disaster in Lac-Megantic. NCPR intern Conant Neville talks with business owner Dan Mullin in this week's "Heard Up North." Todd Moe talks with Tony Holtzman about Forever Wild, his third novel in his Adirondack Trilogy.  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. Danilo Lopez, a Vermont migrant-worker-turned-activist from Mexico, will be allowed to stay in the country for at least another year. This is the final week for the public to offer input on how to manage new public lands in the Adirondack Park.

Clarence Forbes hauls an Amish shed to David Sommerstein's house in today's Heard Up North. Todd Moe talks with Pendragon's new Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham and Managing Director David Zwierankin. David Sommerstein talks with the band Elastic Bond from Miami play Friday and Saturday at the Grassroots Music Festival.  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 tricky; unless you live nearby, an Amish carpenter is unlikely to haul it to your house by horse and wagon.

That's where movers like Clarence Forbes come in. He hauled a shed to David Sommerstein's house a couple years ago. The arrival is today's Heard Up North.  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
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/catskill05/6777409296/">Christopher Mooney</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Murder, mayhem, and clawhammer banjo

Yesterday, two of our summer interns were at a cookout being held for summer interns, researchers or fellows. While doing interviews for their upcoming "town-gown" story in...  Go to full article
Dustin Whitcomb makes sure to wear proper headgear. Photo: Sarah Harris

The 8 O'Clock Hour 7/5/13

A Long Lake birding expert is doing her part to keep track of the Bicknell's Thrush. Brian Mann, takes a dive in an Bone Pond, keeping one of many Adirondack traditions...  Go to full article
Kristina Diseth lives in Oslo, Norway, and has been a summer volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac for the last two seasons.  Photo:  Todd Moe

A Nordic connection at Pendragon Theatre

The 1980 Winter Olympics brought a lot of international visitors to the Adirondacks. Kristina Diseth, of Norway, worked as an office clerk at the Lake Placid Resort Hotel...  Go to full article
Great Lakes areas of concern. Graphic: US EPA

The 8 O'Clock Hour 7/4/13

What does the record say about the New York State legislature's spring? New York Senator Chuck Schumer says the water quality along the Great Lakes continues to worsen. ...  Go to full article
Kegs of St. Lawrence Brewery beer are ready to ship out on Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein

Filling the kegs at Canton's first brewery

From Glens Falls to Sackets Harbor, new breweries have been churning out local beer across the North Country.

Starting this weekend, St. Lawrence County will have...  Go to full article
Brian Wood at the helm. Photo: David Sommerstein

A peek inside Seaway master control

Several hundred giant freighters slip through the St. Lawrence Seaway every year. They're guided by vessel traffic controllers from a squat building on top of the Eisenhower...  Go to full article

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