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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, left, and Bay Buchanan
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, left, and Bay Buchanan

UpNorth Forum: Buchanan/Townsend Debate at St. Lawrence University, pt. 1

A debate on the major political parties' respective platforms for this year's presidential election, featuring Bay Buchanan and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, was held at St. Lawrence University, Tuesday, October 5. Bay Buchanan is a political commentator for CNN and veteran of six presidential campaigns. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was Maryland's first female lieutenant governor, and a deputy assistant attorney general in the US Justice Department.  Go to full article
David Goodstein

Out of Gas: the End of the Age of Oil?Clarkson University Convocation Address

Man has nearly depleted the energy source we once thought inexhaustible, according to California Institute of Technology Vice Provost and Professor of Physics David Goodstein in his new book Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil. Goodstein delivered the Van Sickle Endowed Lecture at Clarkson's convocation August 23, 2004.
     Goodstein makes the case that global oil production will peak and then begin to decline sooner than most people think, possibly even in this decade, and that all efforts to deal with the problem on an emergency basis are doomed to fail. A return to coal for heating and cooking will increase greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and eventually tip earth's climate into a new state hostile to life.  Go to full article
Eileen Raymond and Donna Williamson, Canton, display their Vermont Civil Union certificate

Canton Church Hosts Forum on Marriage Equality

Nearly 100 people gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton for the "Freedom to Marry" forum last night. St. Lawrence County gay and lesbian couples, supporters of same-sex marriage and clergy shared their experiences.  Go to full article

Crossing Borders Festival Keynote Address: John Hockenberry

Journalist and author John Hockenberry gave the keynote address at the SUNY Potsdam Crossing Borders Festival Friday, April 2, in Hosmer Hall. The theme of the festival is...  Go to full article
Bill McKibben

Crossing Borders: Global Warming and the Human Scale

Bill McKibben has been working on global warming since 1989. McKibben is a journalist, author and environmentalist. That year, his book, The End of Nature, sounded one...  Go to full article
Activist Martha Ojeda

A Voice of the 'Outsourced'

Widespread concern over the outsourcing of jobs to other countries has put free trade agreements like NAFTA at the center of the political debate in America. One product of...  Go to full article
Dr. William F. Schulz

Dr. William F. Schulz. Torture, Terror, Tyranny: The State Of Human Rights Today

Dr. Schulz, the executive director of the human-rights watch group Amnesty International USA, addressed the Crossing Borders Festival at SUNY Potsdam, March 28, 2004. His...  Go to full article

Call-in: Building a Future on Local Assets

Callers talk with Michael Shuman, author of Going Local in a Global Economy, Stephen Blackmer, director of the Northern Forest Center, and host Ellen Rocco. Shuman and...  Go to full article

An Intimate Evening with Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States

Poet laureate Billy Collins came to the Thousand Islands to read his poetry, take audience questions, and sign books in the century-old Clayton Opera House. About 200 people...  Go to full article

Call-in Special: The Crisis in North Country Dairy Farming

NCPR news has focused special coverage this week on the crisis in the dairy industry. Martha Foley was joined by NY Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine from Cape Vincent, a farmer...  Go to full article

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