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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.

Heard up North: Springtime Snow

It's Spring Break week in parts of the North Country. That means hundreds of people have fled south, looking for sunshine and warm weather. Those of us left behind are slogging through another winter storm. Brian Mann took a stroll through slushy Saranac Lake and sends today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Canton "More India Than India"

Retired SLU professor Chanchal Singh immigrated here decades ago. For a while his was the only Indian family in the North Country. He spoke to Gregory Warner on the day of the university's 150th anniversary.  Go to full article
Mural of M3 medium tank with blinding carbon lamp as tested at Camp Bouse AZ. Source: Tanks: Armoured Warfare Prior to 1946 website

Heard up North: The Secret "Gizmo" of WWII

It was known as "The Gizmo." After the building of the atomic bombs, it may have been the next best-kept secret of World War Two. During the war, the U-S Army mounted 13-million candlepower carbon lamps on some of its tanks. The idea was to use the bright lights to blind the enemy during night attacks by ground troops. The Army dispatched soldiers to a base in the Arizona desert to test the device. Harold Kelly was one of those soldiers. After more than 60 years, Kelly and other veterans of the top-secret experiment have only recently broken their silence. The 82-year-old retiree from Clifton Park spoke with Gregory Warner. The Gizmo was never used for its original purpose. Instead, it was used to illuminate river crossings.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Pronouncing Theresa (The Town)

Tuesday on All Before Five we ran a story about a mom-and-pop grocery called the Pantry, closing down because of competition from a new WalMart 10 minutes away. The...  Go to full article
Shari Wolfe and her daughter Rebecca Hanni, inside The Pantry.

Heard up North: Big Fish Eats Small Fish in Theresa

Rebecca Hanni and her mom Shari Wolfe run "The Pantry", a small grocery store in Theresa. They've got all the basics. Milk, bread... even fresh produce. But these days...  Go to full article

Heard up North: End of the Ice Age

The St Lawrence Women's Hockey team's long playoff success delayed the inevitable. But now their season is over, the ice at Appleton Arena is coming down. Steve White bids...  Go to full article
Bob Ahlfeld, a.k.a. 'Sports Bob', can be heard on WGIX and other commercial radio stations out of Ogdensburg.

Sports Bob: SLU in "Final Four" NCAA Women's Hockey Championships

The NCAA Women's Hockey championships are this weekend in Minnesota. St Lawrence joins three other teams to compete in the "Frozen Four" - Hockey's equivalent to basketball's...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Springtime at the Tanning Parlor

It's the first day of Spring, and for some, that means...time to hit the tanning parlor. We visit Exotic Tanning in Philadelphia to learn about the surprising tanning habits...  Go to full article
Bob Ahlfeld

Sports Bob: Girls' B-Ball In Malone

The Malone girl's basketball team went undefeated this year. This weekend they play in the state finals. Sports Bob says that the connection between Malone and girl's...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Bait, Ammo, and Parakeets

Kim Crowner manages TNT Tackle, a bait and ammo shop in Edwards. She told Gregory Warner that her two parakeets play an important role in the shopping experience...  Go to full article

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