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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.
Photo: <a href="">Christopher Mooney</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Christopher Mooney, 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 Canton, one of them just couldn't ignore the banjo playing in the background. Josh Cameron sat down with Camilla Ammirati to learn a little more about this banjo player.  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 alive. Should Saranac Lake bring back their traditional swimming beach?

You can't have the 4th of July without an outhouse race. On this week's Heard Up North, hear about murder, mayhem, and clawhammer banjo and catch what's going on this week in the Adirondacks with John Warren.  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 during the games.

Diseth made friends that year, and for the last couple of summers, she's been back in the Adirondacks as a volunteer at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. She's helped out with summer productions -- working with directors, in the costume shop and even sweeping the stage after performances. Diseth retired recently from a college theater career in Norway, and a chance to re-connect with old friends lured her back to the North Country.

Todd Moe caught up with her during a break in her duties to talk about a love of theater and leaving one mountainous region to visit another. That's today's "Heard Up North."  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
Brian Wood at the helm. Photo: David Sommerstein

The 8 O'Clock Hour 6/10/13

The 2013 Farm Bill is expected to get a final vote in the US Senate this evening. Governor Cuomo faces perhaps his biggest challenge at the end of session. Find out how one...  Go to full article
Photo: Joshua Cameron

What's it like to win $2M? One Hammond woman knows!

A new millionaire was crowned in St. Lawrence County Thursday. Retired Hammond school cafeteria worker Joyce Wood won $2 million in the Powerball lottery, and TV legend...  Go to full article
Angler and TV personality Don Meissner is hoping thousands of people flock to the St. Lawrence this summer to catch bass like these. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

The 8 O'Clock Hour 6/7/13

New York farmers are closely watching the fate of a bill in Albany that would cap assessments of their land at a two percent increase per year. New York's bass fishing season...  Go to full article
An estimated 4 billion chestnut trees grew between Maine and Georgia, before they were wiped out by the blight, according to the American Chestnut Foundation. Today, they're estimated at fewer than 100 in their native range. Photo: Rajiv Narula

Heard Up North: Bringing a tree back to life

In the beginning of last century, a blight wiped out almost all of the chestnut trees, and today you're almost as likely to come across a unicorn as you are a fully grown,...  Go to full article

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