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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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William Schulz speaking at the Canton Unitarian Universalist Church
William Schulz speaking at the Canton Unitarian Universalist Church

People: Amnesty International USA's William Schulz

The Executive Director of Amnesty International USA visited the North Country this past weekend. William Schulz spoke at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton and at SUNY-Potsdam on Sunday. Here's an excerpt of his Sunday morning speech at the Unitarian-Universalist Church on the changing atmosphere toward human rights in the U.S. and globally since September 11th.  Go to full article
<i>Uragsha</i> performs Tuesday night at 7 in Lake Placid
Uragsha performs Tuesday night at 7 in Lake Placid

Preview: Traditional Music of Eastern Siberia

Some of the best Mongolian and Buryat musicians and singers of northern Asia are in the Adirondacks this week. Their visit is part of a series of international exchanges sponsored by the Totem Peoples Project and the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks. Tonight at 7:00, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the group Uragsha presents traditional song, fiddle and throat singing. Todd Moe talks with Dan Plumley, Director of the Totem Peoples Preservation Project, about the project's mission and tonight's concert.  Go to full article

Crane Students Take Passion for Music to NYC

Todd Moe talks with two student music teachers from SUNY Potsdam who will teach this fall in New York City. A goal of the program is to examine why young teachers often leave urban areas.  Go to full article

People: Poet Roger Mitchell

Writer Roger Mitchell spent years away from the North Country... the Midwest, England and the Everglades. Now he's back, living in Jay and writing about the Adirondacks, history, farming and family. His new book, Delicate Bait, won the 2002 Akron Poety Prize. Our experiences and place in the world feature prominently in Mitchell's poems. Todd Moe spoke with him at his home in Jay.  Go to full article
The Blue Bomber whips down Dynamite Hill.
The Blue Bomber whips down Dynamite Hill.

Chestertown's Downhill Derby: the Bottom or Bust

It's an old favorite with a crazy twist--every February the folks in north Warren county show off their colorful, comical homemade sleds at a downhill derby in Chestertown. It's part of an annual gathering at Dynamite Hill that includes a broomball tournament and lots of late-winter socializing. Todd Moe has this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Theatre: The Middle Ages

Todd Moe talks with Natalie Coddington, director of the Bearfoot Players' production of the adult comedy The Middle Ages, which opens Friday night (8 pm) at the Long Lake Town Hall. Coddington hopes the production will help rebuild interest in the community theatre group.  Go to full article
The 2004 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace.
The 2004 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace.

Embracing Winter: From Ice Castles to Sled Races

Municipal calendars this time of year are full of events that celebrate winter, snow, ice and community. Todd Moe talks with Duncan Hilchey, a rural development expert at Cornell, about the proliferation of "winter fests". Hilchey says besides the economic and cultural aspects of these events, they're a chance a reconnect with neighbors during the cold, dark season.  Go to full article

Facing the Cold & Snow: Winter in Ottawa

Todd Moe talks with Ottawa reporter Karen Kelly about winter activities in Canada's capitol. From the urban Rideau Canal to skiing in the Gatineau Hills, just north of the capitol district, Canadians know how to embrace winter.  Go to full article

2nd Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Fest Opens Thursday

The North Country's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender free film festival opens tomorrow night at St. Lawrence University in Canton. "Out at the Movies" was organized by a consortium of local LGBT groups and friends. The films cover a broad range of issues that include coming out, the lives of LGBT people in the developing world and activism. The festival includes a reception Saturday night in Potsdam and concludes Monday night with a special showing in the Cinema Ten series at the Roxy. Todd Moe talks with Nick Wright, a student at SUNY-Potsdam and one of the organizers of the film festival. NCPR is Media Sponsor for this event.  Go to full article

Theatre Advocates Take Vermont's Dramatic Pulse

In the tradition of Vermont's famous Town Meeting Day, actors, directors, producers and theatre designers will gather March 6th in Burlington to discuss the state of theatre in Vermont. It's part of the 16th annual State Audition and Interview Day. Coordinator Veronica Lopez invites creative brainstorming on strengthening the viability of theatre in Vermont. She spoke with Todd Moe. For more information, call 802-862-2287, or email catalyst@gmavt.net.  Go to full article

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