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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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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
Patricia Reiss Brooks
Patricia Reiss Brooks

Books: Mountain Shadows

Patricia Reiss Brooks' book, Mountain Shadows, is an adventure novel of courage, danger and love. Reiss is a native of Lake Placid and her book is set in the North Country during the wild days of Prohibition. It delves into rum running and efforts of the famous Troop B of New York State Troopers to curtail the activities. It also offers an intimate look into the emotional and physical stresses of a tuberculosis patient taking the cure in Saranac Lake. Todd Moe spoke with Patricia Brooks at the Hotel Saranac, and asked why she set the book in the Adirondacks during the 1920's.  Go to full article
Actors rehearse a scene from <i>Hippolytus</i> along the Raquette in Potsdam
Actors rehearse a scene from Hippolytus along the Raquette in Potsdam

Preview: Classic Greek Theater in Potsdam

You've heard of "Shakespeare in the Park" -- now a group of Potsdam actors is taking classic Greek theater outdoors. Performances of Euripides' Hippolytus will be given in Ives Park this Friday and Saturday night (6:30). Director Michael Emmitt, a drama major at SUNY-Potsdam, has created a new version of the mythical tale with eight local actors. Themes in the play include love, betrayal, revenge and forgiveness. Todd Moe talks with Emmitt about presenting this Greek tragedy along the Racquette River.  Go to full article
Swain, after a recent training swim in Lake Champlain
Swain, after a recent training swim in Lake Champlain

Vermont Man to Swim Lake Champlain

A Vermont man who recently finished an eight-week swim down the Hudson River plans to swim the length of Lake Champlain. Christopher Swain plans to start the 125-mile trip this morning in Whitehall, on the New York side of the lake, and finish in Quebec around September 24th. Swain, who lives in Colchester, says he was motivated by the high levels of E Coli bacteria in the lake across the street from his house.  Go to full article

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