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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

Stories filed by Todd Moe

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Preview: Chaos Theory Dance

Choreographer Billbob Brown and his dance company, Chaos Theory Dance, will perform at SUNY-Potsdam's College Theatre in Satterlee Hall Saturday night at 8. Chaos Theory Dance is a science and video based dance collective. Brown has been working this week with Potsdam dance students who will premiere a new work Saturday night. Brown told Todd Moe the theme for the dance concert is time, space and memory.  Go to full article
Jess Pletcher, Sara Gould, Shawn McGowan and Kiley Felch share garden chores.
Jess Pletcher, Sara Gould, Shawn McGowan and Kiley Felch share garden chores.

A Grass-Roots Garden Yields Plenty

With a dusting of snow and frost in some parts of the region this week, it's time to say good-bye to bright perennials and favorite herbs. But many North Country gardeners enjoyed an extended growing season again this year thanks to mild temperatures last month. For a group of novice gardeners in Potsdam, this summer was an opportunity to seriously dig into tilling, hoeing, weeding and fence building. And despite a late start and lack of supplies, their volunteer effort paid off recently with a whopping harvest for the needy. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Demystifying Modern Art: Why a Painting is Like a Pizza

The Gibson Gallery at SUNY Potsdam kicks off a new lecture series on diverse topics in art tonight at 7 pm. Art historian Dr. Nancy Heller, author of the book, Why a Painting is Like a Pizza--a Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern Art, will give a presentation on demystifying modern and contemporary art. Her lecture is free and open to the public, and ideal for those who are often curious yet suspicious art world neophytes venturing into the unknown. Heller told Todd Moe that a painting and a pizza both depend on visual balance for much of their overall appeal.  Go to full article

Preview: The Frederic Remington Arts Festival in Canton

Todd Moe talks with Remington Festival co-chairs Kathy Curro and Carol Pychon about this week's events which celebrate art excellence, past and present, in the North Country.  Go to full article

Celebrating the Past: The Big Moose Lake History Project

For the past 8 years, a group of Big Moose Lake residents, year-round and summer visitors, has been researching and collecting stories about the early years of life on Big Moose. They've put together a book, to be published next spring, titled Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks: The Lake, the Land and People. Todd Moe visited a Big Moose Lake summer camp recently and met with some of the residents working on the book.  Go to full article

Johnsburg Salutes Adirondack Poet & Critic Jeanne Robert Foster

This weekend the Town of Johnsburg, in the south-central Adirondacks, is paying tribute to the life of Adirondack poet and famous literary critic Jeanne Robert Foster. Born in 1879 on Crane Mountain near Johnsburg, her beauty, talent and energy led her to the stage in New York City, and into the literary circles of William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, T.S. Eliott and Ezra Pound. Perhaps most importantly, her poetry and stories of mountain life give us a poignant glimpse into the lives of Adirondack residents in the 19th century. Todd Moe talks with some of the organizers of this weekend's tribute to Jeanne Robert Foster in North Creek.  Go to full article

Homegrown Recipes from the Garden

For 20 years, the Cook's Garden Catalogue has been one of the country's best known organic seed companies. Now in her first cookbook, From the Cook's Garden, gardening guru Ellen Ecker Ogden shares a bounty of garden-to-table recipes celebrating the rich variety of seasonal offerings available at farmer's markets, produce aisles and home gardens. She gardens and cooks in southern Vermont. Todd Moe talks with Ellen Ecker Ogden about recipes for cooks who like to garden, gardeners who like to cook, and everyone who wishes they had a garden.  Go to full article

Potsdam Coop Celebrates 30 Years

The Potsdam Food Coop celebrates its 30th anniversary this Saturday with an all day festival of food, music and memories. Todd Moe talks with Coop board members Anne Malone and Ed Clarke about the Coop's history and success.  Go to full article

Academy for Performing Arts Opens in Potsdam

Calling all budding actors, singers and dancers! Registration is open for classes at the new Performing Arts School in Potsdam. The school will offer quality education in performing arts to North Country students from age 3 through adult in the areas of dance, theatre and singing. Todd Moe talks with Michael DeVoe, about the new Performing Arts School. For registration information, call: 315-322-4223.  Go to full article

Israel Green's Tavern Recreated for Battle of Plattsburgh

The favorite hospitality establishment of Plattsburgh's early history will be in service once again this weekend during the Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration. Israel Green's Tavern, recreated in the lower level of Trinity Church in Plattsburgh, will be open for business this Saturday from 10 til 8, and Sunday from 10 til 6. The legendary tavern was owned and operated by Israel and Sarah Green. Todd Moe spoke with John Shout, who'll portray Israel Green this weekend.  Go to full article

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