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If you listen to NPR's Planet Money podcast, you know what they've been doing all year: following the production of a T-shirt – their T-shirt – from cotton to, well, T-shirt. Their reporting has spanned across continents, and is...
I'm loving Politico's brand new Morning Agriculture column. If you want a quick and easy way to keep up with farm and agriculture policy news, with a deep-politics, inside-the-Beltway focus, this is the read for you, too. The column comes out at 10...
A phone is a communications tool. A phone with a camera is not a celebration. It is a way to record an event. When do tools become the purpose of our lives rather than the means to achieve purpose? And how many pictures can you look at ever again?...
There’s a new service in the North Country online news environment that you will likely be hearing about from a number of different sources, called North Country Daily. Despite the name, it is not a new daily newspaper that covers all or part...
I'm quite a bit late to the party on this one. But given that PepsiCo and a German company cut the ribbon on their $206 million yogurt plant in Batavia this week, it seems like a good time to spotlight this handy map of yogurt production in New York...

Apr 18, 2014 — Professor and economist Matthew Gentzkow, the recent winner of the John Bates Clark Medal, discusses how to predict media slant and use big data in economics.
Apr 17, 2014 — The Los Angeles Register is a newspaper that just launched this week. Despite dropping newspaper sales, Ben Bergman of KPCC reports that the publisher thinks there's still an audience for print.
Apr 17, 2014 — "Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.
Apr 17, 2014 — In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed segregation. David Greene talks to ProPublica's Nikole Hannah-Jones about her story in The Atlantic. She examines the failure of school desegregation.
Apr 16, 2014 — After years of circulation declines and painful staffing cuts, this year's two Pulitzer Prizes are especially sweet. David Greene talks to Marty Baron, the executive editor for The Washington Post.

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There's got to be some place between full restoration [of funding] and zero that will make sense and allow these stations to continue.

National debate over public broadcasting could impact North Country stations

Debate continued in the House of Representatives late last night on a $1.2 trillion spending bill that carries deep cuts to a number of Federal programs.

Among the $60 billion in cuts is a proposal pushed by House Republicans to eliminate all $430 million in federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

That money subsidizes public television and public radio in the North Country, including North Country Public Radio.

The idea of ending federal support of public broadcasting has some support among Republicans and conservatives here in the region, while others think it would be shortsighted.

Meanwhile, managers of the region's public radio and television stations have been mobilizing their supporters, through announcements on the air and on their websites, against what they describe as an "assault" on public broadcasting.

Chris Knight has our story.  Go to full article
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Ft. Drum soldiers fight insurgents and boredom

The first troops of President Obama's surge in Afghanistan have returned home. Some 50 soldiers from the 10th Mountain's 1st Brigade touched down at Fort Drum Wednesday. Over the coming months, the rest of the 3500 member brigade will come home after training the Afghan army and police in the northern part of the country.

According to the Watertown Daily Times, the brigade commander Colonel Willard Burleson says he's seeing signs of progress, including some Taliban insurgents giving up their fight.

Still, the Pentagon reports security gains as "slow" in Afghanistan, with members of the Afghan army also deserting. This as the U.S. military enters a four-year scheduled withdrawl from the country.

The New York Times has been taking a deep look at a teeny slice of the war effort. Through articles, photos, and video, the Times is reporting on one unit of Fort Drum's 1st Brigade, the 1-87th Infantry Battalion. Readers can submit their own photos and videos. Many come from fellow troops and family members.

The latest installment in the Times series came out earlier this week. The article told the story of Delta Company's six day mission against insurgents in the village of Nahr-i-Sufi, near Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. In a nutshell, the article invokes oft-quoted truism of war - that war is abject boredom sprinkled with brief moments of intense action and terror. Reporter Jim Dao says that was the pervading reality on the ground.  Go to full article
Phil Brown, <em>Adirondack Explorer</em> managing editor

Adirondack landowner sues prominent Park journalist

One of the North Country's largest landowners is suing a prominent journalist after he allegedly trespassed on their private property.

Phil Brown, editor of the Adirondack Explorer, paddled a section of Shingle Shanty Brook near Tupper Lake last May and wrote a series of articles about the trip.  Go to full article
NCPR's new tower going up. Photo: Ellen Rocco

Heard Up North: A slice of the south

A little "upnorth" slice of the south now. North Country Public Radio is erecting a new radio tower in the Jefferson County town of Antwerp. It's to better serve Gouverneur...  Go to full article
Journalist Brian Palmer

Turning the camera on 'embeds'

Americans have witnessed two wars in the Middle East over nine years and counting. Much of what we know about the combat in Iraq and Afghanistan comes from journalists...  Go to full article
Martha Byrne

Preview: An Adirondack Affair

Soap opera fans will gather in Long Lake for a meet-and-greet with stars of "As the World Turns" this weekend. "An Adirondack Affair" will also include acting, writing and...  Go to full article

Verlyn Klinkenborg on writing well, sentence by sentence

At a recent nature writing conference at Paul Smiths College, author and New York Times columnist and essayist Verlyn Klinkenborg teaches about the power of the...  Go to full article
Verlyn Klinkenborg taught a seminar at Paul Smiths College over the weekend

The Rural Life: A conversation with the New York Times' Verlyn Klinkenborg

When it comes to writing and thinking about rural America, no one is more influential than Verlyn Klinkenborg.

Klinkenborg runs a small farm in Columbia County,...  Go to full article

Next steps in news at

North Country Public Radio is working to chart out improvements in our online news service. One top goal is to make a daily news destination for more of our...  Go to full article
Dennis Aprill passed away unexpectedly on Saturday

North Country loses two outdoor advocates, Ed Ketchledge & Dennis Aprill

Ed Ketchledge was a prominent teacher and naturalist who helped found the Summit Steward program on the High Peaks.

Dennis Aprill was the outdoor columnist for...  Go to full article

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