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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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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
Watson (second from right) and his team
Watson (second from right) and his team

Blind Outdoorsman Inspires Teamwork, Self-confidence

Despite losing his eyesight at age 12, Ross Watson has been an outdoor enthusiast most of his life. Watson has participated in the Para Olympics, and was the first blind climber to reach the top of Mount Logan, Canada's highest mountain. He lives in Alberta, where he's received numerous awards for his work on human rights issues. Watson spoke with Todd Moe prior to a speech to MBA students at Clarkson University in Potsdam last week.  Go to full article

Books: Breaking Trail

After digging through archives and articles, and recovering pieces of women's history, Peggy Lynn and Sandra Weber have joined together to present stories of remarkable Adirondack women. Their book, Breaking Trail, profiles 25 women, historical and contemporary, who've lived in or had experiences in the mountains. Singer-songwriter Peggy Lynn and writer-storyteller Sandra Weber told Todd Moe that these tales have remained unknown and unsung for too long.  Go to full article

Preview: East Branch Arts Festival

The 2nd annual East Branch Arts Festival begins today and runs through Saturday in Keene Valley. The festival is sponsored by the East Branch Friends of the Arts. The three day event features a series of hands-on workshops, performances, free demonstrations, lectures, tours and an art and media exhibit. Todd Moe talks with organizer Hilary Papineau.  Go to full article

Books: Ladies of the Lake

Kathleen Bagley's book, Ladies of the Lake, offers a glimpse into the lives of women who are drawn to water, and the legacy of life on Lake Placid. It's a collection of 23 stories of women and their lake camps. Todd Moe spoke with Kathleen Bagley who says the book is for anyone who spends time on the water.  Go to full article
"Sunday Drive" -- 2003 Best Of Show
"Sunday Drive" -- 2003 Best Of Show

Preview: Classic Boats on Lake Champlain

The 19th Annual Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Society Show will be held at the Essex Marina on the New York side of the lake this Saturday. Dozens of historic, antique and classic boats will be on display. Todd Moe talks with Steve Pond, a ferry captain on the lake, and president of the Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Society.  Go to full article
The <i>Lois McClure</i> docked at Burlington's Waterfront
The Lois McClure docked at Burlington's Waterfront

Lois McClure to Set Sail on Lake Champlain

Final preparations are being made this week on an 88-foot schooner like those that traveled Lake Champlain and the Hudson River in the 19th century. The Lois McClure is the result of a $1-million project and three years of work by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum shipwrights and volunteers. It's the first large wooden vessel built and launched in Burlington in over 100 years. Todd Moe talks with some of folks working on the project.  Go to full article

Music: All in the Family

The Waickman Family Band of Ray Brook performs early, classical, country dance and world music across the North Country. With three adopted children in the ensemble, the Waickmans have different family roots. But they share a common interest in music. Todd Moe caught up with most of the family recently for an impromptu home recital.  Go to full article

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