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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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Jay Nash
Jay Nash

Preview: Rock for the River in Clayton

Musicians from around the country gather at the Clayton Opera House tonight (7:30) for Rock for the River, a benefit concert for the environmental group "Save the River". Todd Moe talks with Los Angeles singer/guitarist Jay Nash who came up with the idea for the concert. Originally from Syracuse, Nash spent most of his summers playing guitar in the Thousand Islands and still considers it home.  Go to full article
Canton 4th graders crowd Fred Morgan's musical <i>Tuba Mailbox</i> at TAUNY
Canton 4th graders crowd Fred Morgan's musical Tuba Mailbox at TAUNY

Frugal Folkart: From Waste to Whimsy

A new exhibit at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, in Canton, explores the notion that one person's trash is another's treasure. "Extreme Makeovers" features folkart from found objects and recycled materials. Not so long ago, salvage crafts, like crazy quilts or braided rugs made from fabric scraps were common in North Country homes. Todd Moe visited the new TAUNY exhibit and found that even in today's disposable world, the uninteresting becomes imaginative.  Go to full article
Dan Stewart
Dan Stewart

Gay Pride: Plattsburgh Mayor Speaks Out on Marriage & GOP

There are more openly lesbian and gay elected officials now than in any time in history. And contrary to popular belief, they're not all Democrats. Dan Stewart has been the mayor of Plattsburgh, since 2000. Stewart is a Republican, but in recent months he's spoken out against the party's national policies and President Bush's call for a Constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Stewart spoke last weekend at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists convention in New York City. He was on a panel of gay and lesbian politicians. Stewart is up for re-election this fall in Plattsburgh. He spoke with Todd Moe during the convention about same-sex marriage, the Republican party and his re-election campaign.  Go to full article

Preview: Arts in Healing Weekend at Sagamore

The 6th annual Adirondack Arts in Healing Weekend at Great Camp Sagamore near Raquette Lake will be September 17th - 19th. It's a weekend of music, stories and nature walks for women with cancer and chronic illnesses. Todd Moe previews this year's retreat with organizer Fran Yardley. For more information, call 518-359-9324 or 315-354-5311.  Go to full article

No-Octane Regatta Weekend begins Friday

Todd Moe talks with curator Hallie Bond about the No-Octane Regatta for Wooden Boats at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. From toy boats to war canoes, this weekend's event commemorates boats and boating in the Adirondacks. For more information about the No-Octane Regatta, call: 518-352-7311.  Go to full article
<i>Yellow Iris</i>, Alice Wand. From NCPR's UpNorth Gallery
Yellow Iris, Alice Wand. From NCPR's UpNorth Gallery

Garden Tour: Life Among the Irises

There are gardeners who delight in growing a variety of annuals, perennials and veggies each year. Then there are those who devote most of their botanical careers to one particular flower or plant. For years, Paul Johnson who lives in Upper Jay in the northeastern Adirondacks, has found joy in growing irises. It's hereditary -- Paul Johnson is a third generation iris enthusiast and breeder. Todd Moe toured his plethora of iris gardens.  Go to full article
Andy Flynn aboard the H.K. Porter locomotive at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake
Andy Flynn aboard the H.K. Porter locomotive at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake

New Book Unveils Adirondack Attic Treasures

A packbasket, barn loom, mountaineering boots, war canoe, a strand of Grace Brown's hair - just some of the many items tucked away in the archives at the Adirondack Museum, and profiled in a new book by journalist Andy Flynn. New York State's Mountain Heritage, "Adirondack Attic", Volume One - tells the stories behind the artifacts in the museum. It's a collection of 45 "Adirondack Attic" newspaper columns from last year. Todd Moe talks with Andy Flynn.  Go to full article
Christopher Swain hopes to complete his Hudson River swim by July 28th
Christopher Swain hopes to complete his Hudson River swim by July 28th

Environmentalist Begins Swim of the Hudson

Last Thursday, Christopher Swain dove into Lake Tear of the Clouds, the highest source of the Hudson River on Mount Marcy. Over the next eight weeks Swain will swim the entire 315 mile length of the Hudson in support of clean water. He'll swim through everything from whitewater rapids to raw sewage before stroking past Manhattan and out into the Atlantic in late July. Swain told Todd Moe his purpose is not an athletic one, but educating the public about cleaning up the Hudson.  Go to full article

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

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