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NCPR News Staff: Todd Moe

Morning Host and Producer
A native of rural Minnesota, Todd Moe grew up on a farm not far from mythical Lake Wobegon. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; studied Speech/Theatre and Norwegian, and began his radio career as a student announcer at WCAL (2002 marks its 80th anniversary!).

Moe sings in the Potsdam Community Chorus, and hobbies include food, gardening, history and tango! He was a newscaster and reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for eight years. A favorite memory from that job was interviewing Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann. Moe and his partner, Paul Siskind, moved to the North Country in 1998. Siskind teaches at the Crane School of Music. E-mail

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Music: Bagpiper Hollis Easter

Hollis Easter brings the musical heritage of Scotland to our studios. Hollis grew up in Potsdam and recently returned from a year-long trek in Scotland studying bagpipes and traditional Scottish tunes. He and pianist Susie Petrov will give a concert Saturday afternoon (4 pm) at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton.  Go to full article

Preview: Interfaith Listening Project

A Christian and Muslim from Indonesia will speak about interfaith relations in their nation during a forum tonight (7 pm) at the Potsdam Mosque. Two years ago the Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor hosted a team from Jordan. It was developed in response to heightened interfaith tensions that arose after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th. This year the Presbytery of Northern New York is hosting another round of interfaith dialogues from Watertown to Plattsburgh. It's part of the Presbyterian Church's Interfaith Listening Project. Dr. Zakaria Ngelow, Rector of the Theological Seminary of Eastern Indonesia and Dr. Muhammad Machasin, professor of history of Islamic Culture, are visiting schools, houses of faith and community groups to explore and demonstrate how people of different faiths can learn from each other. Todd Moe talks with Dr. Ngelow about the importance of the interfaith listening teams.  Go to full article

Books: From Great Wilderness to Seaway Towns

A new book by a St. Lawrence University graduate and Watertown native examines the history of two towns on the St. Lawrence River - Massena and Cornwall, Ontario. It's described as "a comprehensive study of two towns on either side of the U.S.-Canadian border." From Great Wilderness to Seaway Towns chronicles Cornwall and Massena from the end of the Revolutionary War to the present. It describes the struggles of early settlers, analyzes the development of industrialization and construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. And Claire Puccia Parham explores the parallel histories and how the residents of both areas created similar social, political, and economic communities. She told Todd Moe that her book starts with an account of the early years when the two communities were agricultural centers. Claire Puccia Parham is looking for stories from those who helped build the St. Lawrence Seaway. You can contact her at (518) 337-2348, ext 1004.  Go to full article
Frederic Remington was born in Canton in 1861
Frederic Remington was born in Canton in 1861

Preview: Remington Festival in Canton

NCPR is Media Sponsor for the Frederic Remington Arts Festival in Canton this weekend. It's a celebration of art, history and music in the North Country. Co-organizer Carol Pynchon tells Todd Moe that the event begins this afternoon.  Go to full article
Christopher Swain
Christopher Swain

Swimmer Completes Lake Champlain Trek

Christopher Swain finished swimming the length of Lake Champlain Tuesday. The 36-year-old from Colchester, Vermont arrived in Quebec shortly before two-o-clock yesterday afternoon. He told Todd Moe he set out on the 129-mile voyage in August to raise awareness about water quality.  Go to full article
Nick Sagan
Nick Sagan

Books: Nick Sagan's Edenborn

The son of astronomer and writer Carl Sagan is making a literary mark of his own. Growing up in Ithaca and Los Angeles, Nick Sagan shared his parents' love of science, art, philosophy and creative writing. Those interests steered him into a career as a screenwriter for films and shows such as Star Trek: Voyager. Like his famous father, Nick writes about the future of humankind, but with a chaotic twist. He's out with a new book, Edenborn, which he promoted recently at St. Lawrence University. It's the second book in his Idlewild series. He spoke about science fiction and his view of the cosmos with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Historians have been digging up history in Parishville Center since May
Historians have been digging up history in Parishville Center since May

Digging into Parishville's History

A team of historians from the New York State Museum has uncovered a blacksmith's shop and wagon shop in St. Lawrence County. The tiny hamlet of Parishville Center has been a hotbed of historical research this summer. Archaeologists have unearthed horseshoes, nails and the fragment of a clay pipe. Nothing earth-shattering, but project leader Marty Pickands told Todd Moe that finding the remains of a 19th century frontier blacksmith's shop is intriguing. Pickands says two centuries ago, Parishville Center was a small industrial site.  Go to full article

Preview: Where the Wild Things Are Lecture in Malone

North Country Community College and Foothills Art Society are sponsoring a unique exploration of the natural world, art and humankind tonight (7 pm) at North Country Community College in Malone. Noted historian Calvin Luther Martin will give the lecture. Martin is a retired Rutgers University history professor who lives and writes in Malone. He spent a summer with the Navajoes and lived for two years with Eskimos on the Alaska tundra. Drawing on his own experiences with native people and on their stories, Martin will explain a new conceptual landscape - the mythworld that seems unfamiliar and strange to those accustomed to western ways of thinking. He spoke with Todd Moe about his lecture, titled Where the Wild Things Are.  Go to full article

Adirondack Life Named Best in its Class

Adirondack Life was named "Magazine of the Year" at the International Regional Magazine Association, or IRMA conference earlier this month. The award is the top honor for magazines with circulations up to 75,000. Adirondack Life won eleven other awards for issues published last year. The magazine is based in Jay, and covers historical, political, social, recreational and environmental issues relevant to the Adirondacks and is known for its outstanding nature photography. Publisher Tom Hughes told Todd Moe that this is the first "Magazine of the Year" honor for Adirondack Life.  Go to full article
VYO Conductor Troy Peters
VYO Conductor Troy Peters

Vermont Youth Orchestra Performs in Carnegie Hall

The Vermont Youth Orchestra says its trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City this month was a big success. The young musicians from Vermont and the North Country received a standing ovation at their concert. The program included works from six Vermont composers. Todd Moe talks with conductor Troy Peters.  Go to full article

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