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“Give me a place to stand and a lever long enough and I will move the world.”

—Archimedes, 220 BC

Special Reports

Audio Slideshow:
Photojournalist Mark Dye in Haiti
Photojournalist Mark Dye went to cover the effects of the earthquake in Haiti for AOL News and This American Life. Mark used to live in Potsdam, where he reported for the Watertown Daily Times.
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Help, and hope, for Malawi
In the summer of 2008, eight North Country churchwomen traveled to Malawi, bringing donated medical supplies, eyeglasses, soccer balls.
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Lebanon, First-Hand
Prairie Summer lived in southern Lebanon for half a year in 2006, working with teenagers. While there, she finished her master’s degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University.
Audio Series
Farm to Farm, Family to Family: David Sommerstein travels with NC dairy farmers to a Mexican village many of their migrant workers call home.
Photo Audio Essay
10th Mountain Peacekeepers in Kosovo
David Sommerstein spends a week living and patrolling with 10th Mountain Division troops on a peacekeeping mission in the Serbian province of Kosovo.
John and Terese Hart
John and Terese Hart

Moving the World: Congo's flora and fauna as inspiration

In our occasional series, Moving the World, we meet North Country people who take their skills, expertise and resources to share with communities around the globe. Today we meet Boonville residents Terese and John Hart. They spend part of their time in the North Country, and the rest in Congo, Africa, working on land, species and habitat protection. The Harts are ecologists who first traveled to Congo in the early 70's. They've committed their lives and careers to preserving that region's environment and wildlife -- like Okapi, a forest giraffe and Bonobo, a diminutive ape. Todd Moe spoke with them about parallels with the landscape where they work in Africa and the North Country.  Go to full article
Holding hands with widows in Mchengatewa, Malawi.

Moving the World: help, and hope, for Malawi

In our occasional series, Moving the World, we meet North Country people who take their skills, expertise and resources to share with communities around the globe.

This summer, eight women from Canton and Watertown traveled to Malawi, a landlocked former British colony in east Africa. The CIA's world fact book ranks Malawi as the poorest country in the world. Wikipedia agrees that Malawi is among the world's least developed countries. It's also among the most densely populated, though it's mostly rural, and the economy mostly based in agriculture. The North Country women, from Canton and Watertown churches, brought donated medical supplies, eyeglasses, soccer balls. They were invited into peoples' homes. They met with widows struggling to earn the means to raise their children. They visited schools and medical clinics. The Canton group was led by Linda Potter, who joined Martha Foley and Todd Moe in the studio to share stories and sounds from the visit.  Go to full article
Jacob Edgar pulls a CD from his vast archives at the home of Cumbancha Records.

Cumbancha Records: world music with Vermont roots

Walk into a coffeehouse or boutique almost anywhere, and you may see a display of brightly-colored world music CDs. Putumayo Records' compilations are famous for bringing little-known global artists to American ears. The man who discovers those musical gems lives right here on the east side of the Champlain Valley, and he's started his own world music label. Jacob Edgar has brought musicians from Central America, Asia, and Africa to his studios in Charlotte, Vermont. His latest artist, Chiwoniso of Zimbabwe, was rehearsing at a little farmhouse nearby for her upcoming North American tour. David Sommerstein stopped by and has this profile.  Go to full article
Jacob Edgar with his world toothpaste collection, a product of lots of travels.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: A world music insider

If you love world music, Jacob Edgar of Cumbancha Records is the guy to talk to. Edgar's on the inside of the world music industry. Cumbancha recently won a major industry...  Go to full article

Bringing NC veterinary care to Uganda

As part of our occasional series, Moving the World, we talk with people who live in the North Country and travel across the planet to share their expertise and help...  Go to full article
Photo of Guantanamo Bay prison facility (Source:  According to Wikipedia, this is a public domain photo taken by a government official at Guantanamo Bay)

Civil liberties advocate tells Adirondack audience about fight over Guantanamo

Last month, the Bush administration lost a major Supreme Court fight over the treatment of prisoners held at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Court ruled...  Go to full article
Photographer Nevada Wier in the field.

People-to-people aid to Myanmar

By the Myanmar junta's own count, at least 134,000 people are dead or missing after a cyclone three weeks ago. The U.N. says up to 2.5 million survivors are hungry and...  Go to full article
Munarsih Sahana, with NCPR web manager Dale Hobson.

Visiting journalist hopes to take the public radio model home

North Country Public Radio is getting acquainted with a colleague from Indonesia this week. Munarsih Sahana is a Humphrey Scholar, studying at the University of Maryland....  Go to full article

Saving a school to save a remote town in the Adirondacks

Schools have been closing and consolidating across the North Country for decades. Declining birth rates and shrinking class sizes threaten schools in nearly every district....  Go to full article
Students Maribel Torres and Marta Cuellar lived with host families in Saratoga Springs and Lake Luzerne while attending Adirondack Community College. Marta is a student at Skidmore College.

North Country activists work toward a better world for Central Americans

Today, we continue our occasional series of reports and interviews that focus on North Country activists who are making a difference around the world. Todd Moe profiles a...  Go to full article

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