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"Gardener," oil on canvas. Artist: John Stanford. If you are interested in John's work ,you can reach him via email: john@yukagraphics.com
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Spring Haiku Challenge

The kanji character "haru" means spring. It's time again for the annual NCPR Spring Haiku challenge. Join the hundreds who have sniffed out the season of new growth and put it all into a very few words

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Apr 20, 2014 — Sports movies seem to have made a strange turn from focusing on players to focusing on agents and managers. It makes for a sad progression from magical realism to yelling about money.
Apr 20, 2014 — NPR's Petra Mayer profiles YA author Ann Brashares, whose new book The Here and Now follows a young girl and her community who've escaped a terrible future via time travel and landed in our present.
Apr 20, 2014 — In the new comedy Fading Gigolo, John Turturro plays the title character, and Woody Allen plays his pimp. This story originally broadcast on All Things Considered on April 18, 2014.
Apr 20, 2014 — The new book, Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, is a look at how the white-collar world came to be the way it is, and what it might become. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Nikil Saval.
Apr 20, 2014 — While you won't find cigarettes in restaurants anymore, some smoking isn't banned. It's not just meat, either; it's hot to smoke just about anything edible.

Two fiddle tunes performed by music historian Alice Clemens

Alice co-founded the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame, which maintains an extensive archive and sponsors fiddling events each year. For her work as a preservationist and performer, she was recognized by TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) with a North Country Heritage Award. She performs the traditional Irish tune The Irish Washerwoman and her own composition God's Blessing on Four Strings.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Bill Smith, Basketmaker & Storyteller, Colton

Bill Smith is known throughout the Adirondacks and beyond as a master of many traditional arts of the region, including the making of split ash baskets. He also performs and records stories and songs about local life, including his 1994 collection Tales from the Featherbed.  Go to full article

Song: Helplessly Hoping performed by the Singing Sinners

The women's vocal ensemble Singing Sinners from St. Lawrence University performing Helplessly Hoping. Recorded in the NCPR studio, May 2000.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Carl Hathaway, Adirondack Guideboat Builder, Saranac Lake

Carl Hathaway of Saranac Lake is a master builder of Adirondack guideboats, which were originally designed, in Carl's words, as "pickup trucks, working boats." Today they are...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: La Famille Ouimet, French American Traditions

The Ouimet family see themselves as preservers of a number of vanishing traditions. They play traditional music in the French American ethnic tradition, and they pass the...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Brier Hill Volunteer F.D. Bullhead Feed

The Brier Hill Volunteer Fire Department continues one of the region's oldest community suppers--a bullhead feed. Begun in 1937 as a fundraiser, the bullhead feed is a...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Don Woodcock, Champion Fiddler

Don Woodcock, a dairyman from Kendrew Corners won the New York Fiddling Championship so often, he was declared grand champion and asked to retire from the competition. He...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Edith Cutting, Folklore Collector, Westport

Edith E. Cutting--teacher, author and folklorist--was born in the Essex County town of Lewis, on a small family farm. Encouraged by her college mentor, she interviewed her...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Ham Ferry, Storyteller, Seveys Corners

Ham Ferry earned the reputation of being an authentic Adirondacker and a consummate storyteller. Ham's Inn, a small bar located at Sevey's Corners near Childwold, was Ferry's...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Mohawk Choir of St. Regis

Catholicism has its roots deeps in the history of Akwesasne, the St. Regis Mohawk reservation straddling the St. Lawrence River between the US and Canada, going back to the...  Go to full article

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