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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: St. Lawrence University Celebrates the Gullah/Geechee Culture

The focus of this year's Festival of the Arts at St. Lawrence University is on the people of African descent whose ancestors were brought by their captors to the sea islands off the southern coast of what is now the United States. The theme for next week's festival is, The Gullah Connection: From West Africa to the Islands of the Americas. Todd Moe talks with Margaret Kent Bass, one of the organizers of the Festival, about the Gullah culture. She says it's unlike any other in the world. It's a manner of living, working, storytelling and beliefs that trace roots back to the first slaves arriving in the Carolinas in the early 17th century.  Go to full article

Farm-to-School: Improving Farm Income and School Lunches

Cornell Cooperative Extension officials in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence county say the time is ripe to start serving more North Country-grown produce in local schools. Cooperative Extension started its first farm-to-school pilot programs last summer in Canton, Massena and at SUNY-Potsdam. The aim this year is to get more farmers and schools involved. Request program information. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Preview: Northern Blend Chorus Open House in Watertown

Women who like to sing are invited to a special program of music Monday night in Watertown. The Northern Blend Chorus' Open House will feature a performance by the women's barbershop quartet For Heaven's Sake. Todd Moe talks with Northern Blend Chorus assistant director Katie Taylor about the joy of singing.  Go to full article

Uncovering Hidden History

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton is sponsoring a local history essay contest with a goal of unearthing hidden history in the North Country. Todd Moe talks with Bart Harloe, one of the coordinators of the writing contest that looks into history "from the bottom up".  Go to full article

Music With a Mission

A group of church musicians has released a CD of Christmas carols, to share a love of music and as a fundraiser. Rejoice contains music for the season, recorded earlier this fall at the Ecumenical Choir Festival 2002. Proceeds will benefit people in need. Todd Moe talks with Ted Tate about "Ministries in the North Country", or MINC, one of the groups behind the idea for Rejoice.

You can order Rejoice from Jan Fife, 505 Anthony St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Cost per copy is $15--half the proceeds support MINC, half the church of your choice.  Go to full article

Preview: Adk Center for Writing's Holiday Block Party this Sunday

The Adirondack Center for Writing is hosting a party and silent auction this Sunday at 2 pm at the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake. ACW Executive Director Nathalie Thill tells Todd Moe that the gathering is for writers and readers interested in being a part of the Adirondack literary scene.  Go to full article

Preview: Potsdam Food Co-op Holiday Baking Contest

'Tis the season for baking, and the Potsdam Food Co-op is sponsoring its annual Holiday Baking Contest this Sunday. Co-op General Manager Scott Miller tells Todd Moe, the contest and Silent Auction of baked goods, will benefit the Potsdam Neighborhood Center.  Go to full article

Tug Hill Inspires Essences of the North Country

The music of Cape Vincent composer Augusta Cecconi-Bates explores the textures and seasons of the North Country and the Tug Hill in particular. Todd Moe talks with Cecconi-Bates about her latest cd, Essences of the North Country.  Go to full article

A Washtub Bass Revival in Potsdam: Good, Clean, Musical Fun

Take a bucket, some string, a stick and what have you got? A homemade musical instrument! Todd Moe visits a washtub bass building workshop.  Go to full article

Holiday Sweets: TAUNY's Gingerbread Contest and Display

Just in time for the Holiday baking season, Jill Breit tells us about TAUNY's Gingerbread Contest and Display. Gingerbreaders from around the region are invited to show off their best efforts at the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York gallery in Canton in December.  Go to full article

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