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Candidate Profile: Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun has weathered political scandals since she made history in the U.S. Senate. Jenny Lawton of Chicago Public Radio reports that she has been a symbol of both controversy and hope in her home state.  Go to full article

Candidate Profile: Joseph Lieberman

In the second part of the Home State Record Project profiling the Democratic presidential candidates, we take a look at Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman. Connecticut Public Radio's Heather Claborn reports Lieberman's moderate history is not lighting a fire at home.  Go to full article

Democratic Candidate Profiles: Rev. Al Sharpton

Today we begin a series on the home-state records of the Democratic presidential candidates by looking at the Reverend Al Sharpton. Sharpton has never held elected office and trails in the polls. But as Jim Colgan of public radio station WNYC reports, Sharpton has a history as a man who gets heard.  Go to full article
5th graders at Canton Middle School are lining up to learn how to knit.
5th graders at Canton Middle School are lining up to learn how to knit.

Hooked on Knitting: It's High Touch not High Tech

The art of knitting has been practiced for thousands of years. It's a skill usually handed down from parent to child. Most of us remember the perennial hand-knit holiday sweater or hat. In the last few years knitting has soared in popularity. People of all ages are taking to the ancient craft. There are knitting guilds in coffee shops, living rooms and yarn stores. Fifth graders in Canton gather weekly for a knitting club in the school library. As Todd Moe reports, it's become one of the most popular after school activities for girls and boys.  Go to full article
Affordable housing, pt.3
Affordable housing, pt.3

Adirondack Housing Boom Excludes Many Locals

Northern New York's vacation spots are booming this holiday week, as snowmobiles and ski hills draw visitors from the big cities. More and more of those tourists are choosing to buy vacation homes in the region. The trend has fueled a housing boom in the Adirondacks. But as seasonal residents snap up homes and camps, some locals worry that their communities are changing too fast -- and not always for the better. Brian Mann's report first aired this fall, as part of our series on affordable housing.  Go to full article

Diversifying Dairy, Pt.2

Last summer, the North Country dairy industry was experiencing some of its toughest times in memory. Sustained low milk prices were forcing farmers into debt or off the farm. The depressed market forced many milkers to start spin-off businesses to make ends meet. David Sommerstein produced a two-part series on the trend toward what's called "diversification" in the industry. The series recently won the "Cap" Creal Journalism Award from the New York State Agricultural Society. In part two, we look at the promise of soybeans as an alternative crop in the North Country.  Go to full article

Diversifying Dairy, Pt.1

Last summer, the North Country dairy industry was experiencing some of its toughest times in memory. Sustained low milk prices were forcing farmers into debt or off the farm. The depressed market forced many milkers to start spin-off businesses to make ends meet. David Sommerstein produced a two-part series on the trend toward what's called "diversification" in the industry. The series recently won the "Cap" Creal Journalism Award from the New York State Agricultural Society. Here's part one of that series.  Go to full article

A Washtub Bass Revival in Potsdam: Good, Clean, Musical Fun

Take a bucket, some string, a stick and what have you got? A homemade musical instrument! Todd Moe visits a washtub bass building workshop.  Go to full article

Ortloff/Sayward Propose Emergency Relief Package for Medicaid

While the state Senate was laying out a proposal to ease Medicaid problems long-term, their Republican colleagues in the state Assembly were announcing short-term fixes. North Country Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward yesterday proposed a $200 million emergency relief package for Upstate counties. Individual counties would be reimbursed for some of their Medicaid costs, from $78,000 in Hamilton County to $2.5 million in Saratoga County. Sayward says the money would help local governments.  Go to full article
Martha Foley & Ellen Rocco mix the <i>latke</i> batter.  Below, <i>latkes</i> on the griddle!!
Martha Foley & Ellen Rocco mix the latke batter. Below, latkes on the griddle!!

Celebrate Chanukah With NCPR Latkes

Tonight is the first night of the Jewish holiday Chanukah. We start celebrations a little early this year by cooking latkes, Chanukah's most typical food. NCPR's Ellen Rocco and Martha Foley make them live in the NCPR kitchen.

Potato Latke Recipe:

8 lg. potatoes (Idaho baking potatoes not recommended)
2 eggs
1 lg. onion
2 tsp. salt
2 T flour
pepper to taste
lots of cooking oil

Grate potatoes; mince onion (finely or coarsely, depending on preference). Add egg, salt, pepper, and flour. Drain mixture to remove water. Fry in hot oil until crisp on edges. Drain on paper towels or eat right away!  Go to full article

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