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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: New Consolidated Catholic School in Plattsburgh

It's catholic school week across the nation. Plattsburgh's St. John's Academy is celebrating with movie night, pajama parties, and of course, bingo... But there's a note of sadness over the event. St John's is closing after this year. So is St. Peter's Academy a few blocks away. In their place a new school will open, Seton Academy, serving students from four major parishes around the Plattsburgh region, as well as a number of smaller parishes. It's a move that's been talked about for years. Other north country Catholic schools have closed in recent years in Tupper Lake and Morrisonville.

Sister Brian Marie Latour will be the new school's principal. She's been lead administrator at Catholic Schools in Tupper Lake, Brasher Falls, and she grew up in Saranac Lake. Sister Brian Marie says Catholic education has a long tradition in the region.  Go to full article

Heard up North: North Country Rivals Face Off in Potsdam

One of the great rivalries of college hockey continues tomorrow night when St. Lawrence skaters travel 10 miles further north to Clarkson University in Potsdam. St. Lawrence stands 3rd in the ECAC. St. Lawrence also has one of the hottest scorers in the eastern college league. Clarkson, always a threat, is in the middle of the pack -- 8th out of 12 teams. Last year, St. Lawrence whomped Clarkson 7-2 when the teams met at Cheel Arena. This year could see a like result, a reversal, or anything in between. The scores change, but much about the rivalry remains the same. So, just to give a taste of what tomorrow will sound like, David Sommerstein was in the Clarkson arena for last year's SLU win. He took his seat just as the game was about to start. The Clarkson Knight mascot jumped out of the Zamboni, the lights dimmed low, and the players burst onto the ice. David produced this audio snapshot.  Go to full article

All Before Five 1/24/06

Flu season has arrived in St. Lawrence County according to county health official Becky Trejos. The suspension of Olympic skeleton coach Tim Nardiello has been lifted, and Canada got a little more conservative in yesterday's national election, ending 12 years of Liberal Party rule. And Calvin Beale, one of the last people to take the TB cure in the Adirondacks, is Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Calvin Beale (Source: USDA)

Heard Up North: A Young Man Takes The TB Cure In Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake was famous fifty years ago as a cure-center for people suffering from tuberculosis. Calvin Beale is a researcher with the US Department of Agriculture in...  Go to full article

All Before Five: 1/23/06

David Sommerstein begins a new series--A Year on the Farm--at the Andrews' dairy farm outside Gouverneur. Karen Dewitt helps decode the mysteries of Gov. Pataki's last New...  Go to full article

Heard Up North: David Brown does Ode to Joy

David Brown of Potsdam believes the world would be a better place--if everyone played the washtub bass.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Remembering a "Legend"

SUNY Canton Student GOvernment is bringing some of the biggest stars in the history of hockey to Canton. Les Legendes du Hockey will play against a group of local players to...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Clarkson's Oldest Alumni Passes Away

Clarkson's oldest alumni has passed away. Clark H. Joy, a 1929 Clarkson University graduate and trustee did this Monday. He was 98 years old. He was a frequent benefactor of...  Go to full article

Heard up North: A Windy Day at a Great Camp

Jane Barlow, on her camp at Big Moose Lake.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Navigating New Medicaid Rules

The federal government's new prescription drug plan for Medicaid patients took effect January 1st. And there have been widespread problems. People were denied their...  Go to full article

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