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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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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
Helen Condon works in the studio of her restored 19th century home in Parishville
Helen Condon works in the studio of her restored 19th century home in Parishville

People: Helen Condon, Traditional Rug Braider

This Sunday, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, or "TAUNY", will honor three "North Country Legends". Helen Taylor Condon, traditional rug braider from Parishville; Ralph Morrow, builder of traditional Adirondack guideboats in Saranac Lake; and the New Bremen Ice Harvest, a community tradition of the Lewis County hamlet's volunteer fire department, will receive North Country Heritage Awards. Todd Moe profiles rug maker Helen Condon.  Go to full article
Remington Director Lowell McAllister with "Matthew Moose" in the new Eva Caten Remington Education Center
Remington Director Lowell McAllister with "Matthew Moose" in the new Eva Caten Remington Education Center

Remington Museum to Unveil New Education Center

The son of country music legend Johnny Cash, John Carter Cash, will be among the dignitaries on hand at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg on Saturday. The Cash family owns a number of Remington sketches, and will help celebrate the grand opening of the Eva Caten Remington Education Center. The new facility includes classroom space, an art studio and interactive galleries for children. Todd Moe toured the new education center with Remington Museum Director Lowell McAllister, who says it's named in honor of Remington's wife.  Go to full article

Morale High at the Adk Canoe Classic Starting Line

Todd Moe talks with Celia Evans and Martha Pickard, two of the more than 200 paddlers taking part in the 2004 Adirondack Canoe Classic from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. They're teammates in the same canoe, and spoke with Todd from the starting line this morning.  Go to full article

Preview: Art Hop in Burlington

Wild and whimsical outdoor art is drawing attention along Burlington's Pine Street corridor and Flynn Avenue. The outdoor installations are part of this weekend's 12th Annual South End Art Hop. The event begins Friday night (5pm) with performances, open studios, galleries and free workshops. It features the works of over 250 of the region's best artists and is sponsored by the South End Arts and Business Owners Association. Spokesman Rick Norcross told Todd Moe that the Art Hop is an extraordinary celebration of community, expression, culture and commerce.  Go to full article
Swain swam the Hudson earlier this summer
Swain swam the Hudson earlier this summer

Swain Continues Lake Champlain Swim

A Vermont man swimming the length of Lake Champlain has made it past the half-way point. Christopher Swain began his 125-mile swim late last month in Whitehall, New York, and plans to finish in Quebec in a couple of weeks. The environmentalist says he was motivated by the high levels of E coli bacteria in the lake across the street from his Colchester home. He's been swimming six hours every day, has made stops along the way for community events and school visits, and expects to swim ashore in Burlington today. Swain swam down the Hudson River earlier this summer. He spoke with Todd Moe about his Lake Champlain trek so far.  Go to full article

Books: Tailspin - The Strange Case of Major Call

50 years ago this summer a gruesome murder case rocked the nation. Marilyn Sheppard, a housewife from an elite Cleveland suburb, was bludgeoned to death in her house during an apparent botched robbery attempt. A sensational murder trial ended with the conviction of Sheppard's husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard. Sheppard maintained his innocence, but even after his conviction was reversed in 1966, the question remains -- who really killed Marilyn Sheppard? For five years Bernard Conners, a novelist and former FBI field agent became engrossed in the case which inspired the 1960s TV series, "The Fugitive". In his latest book, Tailspin: The Strange Case of Major Call, Conners concludes that it was Major James Call who killed Sheppard. Call's criminal activities included the slaying of a Lake Placid police officer, and an exhaustive manhunt in the Adirondacks by New York State Police. Bernard Conners lives near Albany and has a summer home in Lake Placid. Todd Moe spoke with Conners about the book, which he believes cracks this decades-old case and vindicates Sheppard.  Go to full article
2004-2005 Einstein Fellows at the Einstein statue in Potomac Park
2004-2005 Einstein Fellows at the Einstein statue in Potomac Park

Canton Teacher Joins Einstein Fellowship in D.C.

A Canton high school chemistry teacher is spending the academic year helping to shape education policy in Washington D.C. Mickie Flores is among a dozen educators from across the country joining the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. The program, now in its tenth year, allows teachers to bring to Congress and the federal government their experiences from the classroom and offer real-life perspectives to policymakers on education. Flores will be working in the office of Illinois Senator Richard Durbin. She told Todd Moe more about her teaching career and what she hopes to accomplish this year.  Go to full article

Preview: Yeats Festival in Chestertown

Scholars, students and fans of Adirondack poet Jeanne Robert Foster will gather in Chestertown the weekend of September 9th for a conference. The Town of Chester Historical Society and the Yeats Society will host the Second International John Butler Yeats Festival: The Life of Jeanne Robert Foster. The event will focus on Jeanne Foster, her famous friends, her life in the Adirondacks and how that life influenced her poetry. Richard Londraville, who has a summer home in Colton, met Jeanne Foster in the mid-1960s. He's the co-author of Foster's biography and he told Todd Moe that she had a tremendous influence on his life.  Go to full article

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