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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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Bird Songs & Folksongs in the Adirondacks

Birders from across the state will gather at the Paul Smiths VIC this weekend for the second annual Great Adirondack Birding Festival. The event will feature bird walks, lectures, art, photography and a loon calling contest. On Sunday, the Saranac Lake Jazz Band, Dan Berggren, Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn will take part in the annual Adirondack Music Celebration. Paul Smiths VIC spokesman Andy Flynn says the two events this weekend have been dubbed, "Spring into Song".  Go to full article

Preview: Jesus the Driver to Premiere at Lake Placid Film Festival

Coming up this weekend at the Lake Placid Film Festival is the world premiere of Jesus the Driver, co-written and co-produced by Adirondack Life publisher Tom Hughes. It's one of 12 films that will be premiered at the film event. Hughes spoke with Todd Moe about his film which is already receiving accolades.  Go to full article
The Watertown Urban Mission's food pantry served 340 households in April -- an all-time high
The Watertown Urban Mission's food pantry served 340 households in April -- an all-time high

Working Together: Caregivers Create Homeless "Safety Nets"

Help isn't always within the reach of those scraping to get by in rural areas. Most counties in the North Country don't have an emergency shelter. County Social Service workers do their best to meet the needs of the poor, but there are always those who slip through the cracks. Some prefer to keep to themselves, others are too proud to ask for help, and some government agencies are too overwhelmed. As Todd Moe reports, small communities can also be rich in resources. Churches and non-profits are doing their part to stock food pantries, provide hot meals and raise awareness.  Go to full article
The Hyde House in Glens Falls has been an important art and cultural destination for decades
The Hyde House in Glens Falls has been an important art and cultural destination for decades

Historic Hyde House Reopens in Glens Falls

After 18 months of expansion, renovation and restoration, the Hyde House in Glens Falls reopens to the public Saturday. Built in 1912, by Charlotte and Louis Hyde, the home has been a centerpiece of the Hyde Collection of fine art and antiques for decades. Todd Moe tours the restored home with Museum Director Randall Suffolk.  Go to full article

Gouverneur Breast Cancer Walk Raises $30,000

Last Saturday, some 200 walkers and businesses in the St. Lawrence county community of Gouverneur raised $30,000 to support breast cancer efforts. It was the 3rd annual Gouverneur Business Women's Group Breast Cancer Walk. Organizer Terry Hitsman says the money will be used to help those living with breast cancer throughout the region. For more information, call 315-347-2191.  Go to full article

Books: Captain Hogan ? Sailor, Merchant, Diplomat on Six Continents

Todd Moe talks with Michael Styles, author of a biography on his great, great, great grandfather, Captain Michael Hogan who traveled the world in the late 18th and early 19th century and founded Hogansburg in northern Franklin County. Styles says Hogan was born in Ireland in 1766, began his career in the Royal Navy, and settled in New York.  Go to full article

Preview: Crop Walks in Jefferson County

This Sunday afternoon three Crop Walks for Hunger will be held in the Jefferson county communities of Adams, Sackets Harbor and Watertown. Pastor Cynthia Walton, of the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor, says money raised during the Crop Walks will benefit local food banks and world-wide disaster relief.  Go to full article
Mary's art includes furniture and various silks with impressions of leaves, weeds and flowers
Mary's art includes furniture and various silks with impressions of leaves, weeds and flowers

Gardening Inspires Clayton Interior Design Diva

Mary Dial is a gardener, interior designer and artist. Her Clayton home is surrounded by nearly a dozen gardens. During the spring, summer and fall you'll find Mary tending her flowers. But she spends the long winters bringing the outdoors inside. She creates pillows, tables, mirrors and upholstered furniture in her studio using shells, beads and pressed flowers from her gardens. The Handweaving Museum and Arts Center in Clayton opens an exhibit of her work tonight. Todd Moe asked Mary where her talent and inspiration come from.  Go to full article

Canton's Race Weekend: Marathons, Music & Mirth

A pasta dinner with running enthusiast Daniel Dominie at 5 pm at SLU's Eben Holden Hall kicks off the Canton/St. Lawrence University Race Weekend. Todd Moe talks with SLU Counseling Services Director Bill Burns, who's organizing the inaugural event.  Go to full article
Venus (Ashley Slater) holds a dying Adonis (Adam Carman) in the final scene of <i>Venus & Adonis</i> by John Blow
Venus (Ashley Slater) holds a dying Adonis (Adam Carman) in the final scene of Venus & Adonis by John Blow

Preview: Early English Operas at Crane

The Crane School of Music Opera Ensemble and Orchestra present Venus & Adonis and Dido & Aeneas this weekend. The two, one-act Baroque operas will be performed tonight and Saturday night at 7:30, and Sunday afternoon at 3, in Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam. Todd Moe talks with two cast members and Crane Opera Director Carleen Graham about the two operas by John Blow and Henry Purcell.  Go to full article

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