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NCPR News Staff: Brian Mann

Adirondack Bureau Chief
Brian Mann grew up in Alaska, where he fell in love with public radio. In 1999, Brian moved to the Adirondacks and helped launch NCPR's news bureau at Paul Smiths College. "I love the chemistry of water and mountains," Brian says. "But I'm also pretty crazy about village life in the north country. It's the kind of place where you know your neighbors." Brian lives in Saranac Lake with wife Susan and son Nicholas. He's a frequent contributor to NPR and also writes regularly for regional magazines, including Adirondack Life and the Adirondack Explorer. E-mail

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Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the latest gathering of film stars, directors, producers and writers in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

A Filmmaker's Take On September 11th: Letting People Speak for Themselves

The third annual Lake Placid Film Forum closed Sunday evening. The festival's top award went to a Canadian film called Fast Runner, an epic about an Inuit family in the arctic. The top documentary prize went to Photos to Send, a look at the work of photographer Dorothea Lange. Winning the Festival's special Honorable Mention category was a movie that's not quite a movie. September 11: Response is described by its creators as a visual archive of what New Yorkers experienced on that day. Brian Mann's story about the work includes strong and graphic language.  Go to full article

Recommendation To Bishop: Close Tupper Lake's Catholic Elementary School

Parents and faculty at the Holy Ghost Academy in Tupper Lake are recommending that the 99-year-old elementary school close for good at the end of this academic year. The decision follows a decline in enrollment. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

In Canada, A Church Sex Abuse Scandal Touches Thousands of Natives and Lawsuits Threaten Religious Groups With Bankruptcy

While the Roman Catholic church in the United States wrestles with its sex-abuse scandal, churches in Canada face a crisis of their own. For more than a century, Canada's government forced native children into boarding schools - schools run by the country's leading churches. Now, thousands of former students claim they were raped and beaten, by priests and other school officials. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent, to settle victim claims and to rebuild native communities. But as North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports, the crush of lawsuits is forcing Canadian religious groups into bankruptcy.  Go to full article

The Stafford Vacuum

Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the latest maneuverings in the political vacuum left behind in northeastern New York by State Senator Ron Stafford's retirement.  Go to full article

L.P. Film Forum: The Player

Brian Mann talks with veteran film producer Ira Deutschman. He's distributed movies like "The Player" and "Hoop Dreams". He'll give us a peek at a side of movie-making that most of us never see as the Lake Placid Film Forum is set to begin tomorrow.  Go to full article

Celebrating the RV Lifestyle

This summer, the North Country will see the usual fleet of RVs. Massive Airstreams and Winnebagos, pop-up Coleman tent trailers and Volkswagen sleeper vans will fill local campgrounds. On Saturday, the Shelburne Museum in Vermont unveiled a new exhibition that celebrates this gypsy lifestyle. Brian Mann reports on "American Wanderlust", a look at the history of the RV.  Go to full article

Primary Preview: 113th Assembly District Draws Strong GOP Contenders

Veteran state Senator Ron Stafford announced his retirement less than a week ago. Already, the political world in his district has changed dramatically. With Assemblywoman Betty Little now campaigning for the senate, a long list of Republicans say they're tempted to battle for the newly formed 113th Assembly District. Brian Mann has this preview.
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Stafford Resignation: For Democrats, An Opening

With Chris Ortloff and Betty Little scrapping for the senate seat, that frees up their two assembly districts. Queensbury supervisor Nicholas Caimano, a Republican, has already announced that he'll run to replace Betty Little. With incumbents out of the way, the shifting political scene represents a rare opening for the Democratic party. Despite pockets of strength, Democrats have struggled to win higher office in the region. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Stafford Resignation: The End of An Era Sparks Fierce Contest For North
Country Senate Seat

The first big battle in the race for Ron Stafford's senate seat will be the Republican primary, matching Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff against Glens Falls Assemblywoman Betty Little. Martha Foley has more.
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