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StoryCorps: Growing up Asian-American in the North Country

Inside soundproof booths across the country, friends and loved ones are interviewing each other about their lives. The booths belong to StoryCorps, a project that collects the stories of everyday people in order to create an oral history of America. One of these mobile recording studios has been in Canton for the last couple of weeks, and a few days ago Esther Oey from Brushton interviewed her sister, Rebecca. They talked about what it was like to grow up as Asian-Americans in the North Country.  Go to full article

"Slick of '76" Musical Gets Revival

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the so-called "Slick of '76", a 300,000 gallon oil spill in the heart of the Thousand Islands. The thick crude coated the shoreline of the St. Lawrence Seaway, from Alexandria Bay to Massena. The Nepco 140 accident remains one of the largest inland oil spills in the U.S., and it mobilized communities along the river around the issue of pollution. Save the River, a non-profit environmental organization on the St. Lawrence, is co-producing a revival production of Slick of '76 - A Musical Catastrophe. It was first performed in 1986 to enliven public awareness of this historic event, as a reminder that future accidents are possible and the need for educating good stewards of the earth. Todd Moe spoke with John Burt, who commissioned the Slick of '76 musical. He, along with lyricist Barry Keating and director David Schechter, developed the first production.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/10/06

The Olympic Regional Development Authority generates $360 million for the region. A family and a psychic search for an elderly woman from Jefferson County who's been missing for almost two weeks. A trip to Cape Vincent's French Festival. And why lake Placid's venerable bookstore, "With Pipe and Book", is closing.  Go to full article
Napoleon and the festival queen in Cape Vincent.
Napoleon and the festival queen in Cape Vincent.

A Cultural Melange at the French Festival

In the early 1600s, French Jesuit priests paddled hundreds of miles up the St. Lawrence River. They settled on the fertile land by the river's source at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. It's estimated a third of today's population in northern Jefferson County is descended from those French settlers. This weekend, Cape Vincent holds its 38th annual French Festival to celebrate that heritage. David Sommerstein was on hand last year and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/6/06

New York's highest court rules marriage of same sex couples is against state law. Karen DeWitt reports on the ruling, and we hear from a St. Lawrence County woman who was among the first in the region to be married to her partner in Canada. New York's national Guard, including North Country guardsmen, will go to Arizona to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border. Amish dairy farmers want to form a trust to keep the Heritage cheese plant open. And inside Story Corps' mobile booth, now recording stories in Canton.  Go to full article

Artistic Connections: Poetry and Music

Canton poet and translator Steven White has experimented with reading his work accompanied by produced music in two CDs, Transversions and Transversions 2. But the limitations of working with independently-created music have led him to collaborate directly with a composer and performer, Oregon mbira player Richard Crandell. Dale Hobson talks with the poet about this long-distance artistic partnership, and we hear two poems--"Oil & Consciousness" and "The Clay Pots." Our thanks to public radio station KLCC in Eugene, Oregon, and to music director Michael Canning for production assistance on this piece. This first aired last Thursday evening on NCPR's Open Studio.  Go to full article

Music: John Kribs Sings the Blues

Southern Adirondacks singer-songwriter John Kribs joined Todd Moe, and co-hosts Hilary Oak and Beth Robinson in the studio last night for NCPR's Open Studio. Here are some highlights.  Go to full article
A view of the stage and backdrop at the Edwards Opera House
A view of the stage and backdrop at the Edwards Opera House

What's Old is New: The Historic Edwards Opera House

Sunday's New York Times had an article about hundreds of hand-painted theater curtains in Vermont being restored thanks to a statewide preservation effort. They once hung on small stages in opera houses and in town and Grange halls. Some towns are hoping their refurbished curtains will bring people back to neglected stages and music halls. There are similar efforts underway at historic opera houses in northern New York. Beth Robinson recently toured the Edwards Opera House, a prime example of a St. Lawrence County community working to preserve the past and reclaim a piece of cultural history.  Go to full article
David Douglas' "Keene Valley Airfield"
David Douglas' "Keene Valley Airfield"

Weather Happened: The Grays of June

The weather has been on the minds of a lot of North Country residents this week: heavy rains left flooding and washed-out roadways. We asked Adirondack artist David Douglas to describe June's weather from a visual artist's perspective. What colors would he use to "paint" the weather this month? David Douglas has lived and worked in Jay since 1987. You'll find his artwork on display at "Twigs" in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

Three Deaths, Roads Washed Out Amid Heavy Rains

Governor Pataki declared a state of emergency yesterday in 14 upstate counties. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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