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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.
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.
Audio Series
Ice Storm '98: A Retrospective
This retrospective looks back on Ice Storm '98 through the sounds and stories we all shared during those three weeks of disaster—and community.
Audio Series
Four Seasons of Gardening Conversations
On this vintage NCPR CD, Martha Foley talks with Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy about everything you need to know to keep your garden in good shape in any season.
Brian Mann
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Home Cooking
From the Fall of 1988 through early 1989, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York and North Country Public Radio looked at food and food traditions throughout the North Countryin a nineteen-part series.
<i>The Toymaker</i>, Grady Myers, pen and ink, 1977. From the Vietnam Veterans Arts Group Collection.
The Toymaker, Grady Myers, pen and ink, 1977. From the Vietnam Veterans Arts Group Collection.

From the Vault: Don't Look for Me in the Picture Show

Don't Look for Me in the Picture Show is a documentary about the Vietnam War era and the role of art in the process of reconciliation and remembrance. Hosted by Elizabeth Kahn, the program draws material from the 1987 Steinman Festival, "Art in the Vietnam Era," held at St. Lawrence University in Canton NY. Produced by Beverly Hickman, Elizabeth Kahn, Jackie Sauter, and Ellen Rocco; it received honorable mention in the Gabriel Awards for 1990.  Go to full article

Labor Day 1987 Milk Dump

North Country farmers dumped milk to protest low milk prices fifteen years ago, on Labor Day, 1987. Dumping is the ultimate step for the farmer who has raised the cow, kept her, milked her. But theirs was more than a symbolic gesture. Two dozen farms were hoping their milk strike would catch on--that enough farmers would join in to turn the law of supply and demand to their cause. They were remembering the milk strike of 1967. Martha Foley visited the Mitchell farm just outside Canton and filed the story for North Country Public Radio, and NPR. At that time, there were 860 active farms in St. Lawrence County, one of the top dairy counties east of the Mississippi. They were making more per hundredweight of milk than farmers did in August 2002.  Go to full article

Sweetgrass Baskets

Martha Foley followed the scent of sweetgrass to find a group of Mohawk women making baskets at the 1987 North Country Folklife Festival in Massena.  Go to full article
Refugee children at Fort Ontario, 1944. Photo: National Archives.

Haven From the Holocaust

A one-hour documentary about the only refugee camp established during WW II on U.S. soil for people fleeing Nazi persecution. The camp was based at the old Fort Ontario site...  Go to full article
Portrait of Helen Hosmer by Juan Martinez

Helen M. Hosmer: An audio biography

Dr. Helen M Hosmer, Dean Emerita of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, retired in 1966 after 44 years at the school. Among the forefront of music educators in the...  Go to full article

From the Vault: Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang live at Django's

Chicago blues legend Eddie Shaw and his band, the Wolf Gang, made regular North Country appearances in the late 70s and early 80s. NCPR's Josh Sacco recorded them live at the...  Go to full article
The Rolling Clones vamping on the moon. Photo collage by Paul Davison.

The Vault: The Rolling Clones in concert at ATO Fraternity

Recorded at ATO Fraternity, St. Lawrence University, Canton NY, on April 3, 1982, this concert aired on NCPR's North Country Music show, hosted by Josh Sacco.
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Flying Wedge was a regular at St. Lawrence Valley music venues such as The Wild Oat in Potsdam.

From the Vault: Flying Wedge Live, 1981

In these live recordings done in part by Brian Zolner at The Proteus 9 Studio in Canton and Josh Sacco at the Hut in Colton and SLU's ATO fraternity, host Felicia Otero talks...  Go to full article

From the Vault: Makin' Bacon and friends live at WTSC On-Air Coffeehouse

Once a North Country favorite, the bluegrass band Makin' Bacon plays some tunes at the WTSC-FM live on-the-air coffeehouse on Clarkson's campus in this hour-long "North...  Go to full article
Band sketch by Matt Gordon, from their 1980 LP <i>Backroad Breakdown</i>.

From the Vault: St. Regis River Valley String Band in Concert c. 1975

The North Country's very own St. Regis River Valley String Band, featuring Dave Danks, Linda Danks, Bruce Foley, Billy Thatcher and Theresa Broadwell, plays traditional tunes...  Go to full article

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