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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.
Seneca Ray Stoddard
Seneca Ray Stoddard

Glens Falls Native Looks Through Stoddard's Lens, 120 Years Later

In the late 1800s, photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard captured some of the most iconic scenes in north country. Stoddard's postcards and prints helped to plant the Adirondack Park in the American imagination. Stoddard lived in Glens Falls. Now another Glens Falls native has spent two years photographing the exact same scenes. Mark Bowie lives now in Massachusetts. His show, called "In Stoddard's Footsteps" opened last week at the Chapman Historical Museum In Glens Falls and will run through Labor Day.  Go to full article
Shane Henry loads ice cakes on the back of his grandfather's trailer.

Ice Harvesting in New Bremen

A hundred years ago, ice harvesting was big business in the North Country. Blocks of ice were hauled from frozen ponds and lakes and shipped south as far as Florida. By the early 40s, refrigerators killed the industry, but firefighters in New Bremen, have kept the tradition of the ice harvest alive - since 1964. Reporter Greg Warner has this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Champ. Photo: Sandi Mansi

Natural Selections: Champ, A Monstrous Theory

Sightings of Lake Champlain's legendary monster, Champ, date back to Samuel de Champlain's 1609 explorations. Dr Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss a new theory proposed as more likely than post-Jurassic dinosaur survival--weird waves.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: 2004 Winter Reading Call-in

NCPR callers join host Ellen Rocco and guests Chris Robinson and Rick Hunter in compiling a fireside must-read list of regional authors and writing.  Go to full article

Rosemary Kriescher is North Country Public Radio

Rosemary Kriescher of Potsdam gives a basic lesson in the baking of bread.  Go to full article

Eileen Slate is North Country Public Radio

Eileen Slate of Clayton on what people who winter over on Grindstone Island find to do.  Go to full article

Jeff Weeks is North Country Public Radio

MacArthur Fellow Jeff Weeks of Canton talks about a day in the life of a working freelance mathematician.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: An Overview of the Region's Literature, pt. 2

The second hour of the tenth season opener of this call-in on contemporary literature.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: An Overview of the Region's Literature, pt. 1

In its tenth season opener, this call-in on contemporary literature looks at the literature of the area. Hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson are joined in the studio by...  Go to full article

Dale Lehmer is North Country Public Radio

Dale Lehmer, a restorer, mover and converter of barns, recently retired to Gouverneur. He and his Jack Russell terrier are roughing it in a pre-restored home.  Go to full article

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