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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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15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox at his hot-dog vending cart on Prescott's waterfront. Photo: Todd Moe
15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox at his hot-dog vending cart on Prescott's waterfront. Photo: Todd Moe

Heard Up North: a summer of hot-dogs at Prescott's harbor

For some teenagers it's been a summer of camp counseling, babysitting, or mowing lawns. An Ontario teen is finding out food can be a direct path to some extra spending money. Uninterested in the typical summer jobs, 15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox, of Prescott, says he and a friend tossed around ideas for employment and decided to pool their savings to buy a hot-dog vending cart.

He's spent the last few months selling hot-dogs and sausages along Prescott's waterfront to passing boaters, tourists, and a hungry theater crowd before a show at the nearby St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.

Burton-Fox told Todd Moe he wants to join the Royal Canadian Air Force after high school. But even so, he says spending this summer outside socializing at the marina and selling sausages has been worth it.  Go to full article
Farmers, cooks, and food lovers will gather in Saranac Lake's Riverside Park on Saturday. Photo: Farm 2 Fork Festival
Farmers, cooks, and food lovers will gather in Saranac Lake's Riverside Park on Saturday. Photo: Farm 2 Fork Festival

All things local at "Farm 2 Fork" Festival in Saranac Lake

It's peak harvest season in the garden and Saranac Lake is celebrating fresh food and local farm abundance with its annual "Farm 2 Fork" Festival in Riverside Park this Saturday.

The event is a collaboration of the Adirondack Green Circle and the Ausable Valley Grange, with a mission to expand the support of local foods and local farms.

Todd Moe spoke with one of the organizers, Gail Brill, about what's new at the annual event. She says a bounty of locally produced food and drink is on the menu.  Go to full article
With the help of first year students, Aquil Virani created this year's triptych that includes an iconic view of St. Regis Mountain.
With the help of first year students, Aquil Virani created this year's triptych that includes an iconic view of St. Regis Mountain.

Paul Smiths College students collaborate on new art

Canadian artist Aquil Virani is on a mission to empower first year college students to feel confident and comfortable in their adopted campus homes.

Virani is back at Paul Smiths College again this week working on new art that was inspired by input from the college's new students. He helped create a collaborative triptych design last August. This year's community art project will be unveiled this afternoon.

Todd Moe talks with Montreal artist and graphic designer Aquil Virani, founder of the "We Are All Artists" Project, about revealing the artist in everyone and how art can bring people together.  Go to full article
Stars and constellations looking south. <a href="http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/pdfs/140826nightsky.pdf">Larger views</a>. Illustrations: Aileen O'Donoghue
Stars and constellations looking south. Larger views. Illustrations: Aileen O'Donoghue

The night sky in late summer

Late summer is a great time, on a clear night, to look into the middle of the Milky Way.

Todd Moe talks with St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue for a tour of other celestial delights in the late summer sky -- Mars and Saturn at night, and Venus and Jupiter in the early morning hours.  Go to full article
Bounty at the Canton Farmers' Market. Photo: David Sommerstein
Bounty at the Canton Farmers' Market. Photo: David Sommerstein

Farmstands, CSAs, farmers' markets bursting with flavor

It's the peak of the harvest season in gardens around the region. Amy Ivy joins Todd Moe for an update on what's coming out of the garden, on late blight and some tips for buying large quantities of produce from growers. Also, it's time to celebrate the harvest with market and local food festivals.

Amy Ivy is a horticulturist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex Counties, and talks about gardening each Monday on NCPR.  Go to full article
Built by Frederick Bourne, Singer Castle on Dark Island was completed in the fall of 1905. Photo: Todd Moe
Built by Frederick Bourne, Singer Castle on Dark Island was completed in the fall of 1905. Photo: Todd Moe

What's it like to manage a real castle?

One of the must-see historic landmarks on the St. Lawrence River celebrates its tenth anniversary as a tourist destination this summer. Singer Castle on Dark Island was built by Frederick Bourne during the Gilded Age in the early twentieth century.

Over the decades it has been a hunting lodge, private home, and religious retreat before being restored and opened for tours in 2004. Todd Moe stopped by for a visit this summer and had a chat with the general manager of the castle. Tom Weldon oversees all 30,000 square feet of Singer Castle including its 28 rooms, 10 fireplaces, eight bathrooms, towers, turrets, and secret passageways.  Go to full article
Hardee T Lineham and Alex Poch-Goldin in a scene from "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.
Hardee T Lineham and Alex Poch-Goldin in a scene from "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.

Preview: "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse

The summer theater season continues at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario with the dark comedy, "The Ugly One". Todd Moe talks with Ashlie Corcoran, artistic director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario, for a preview of the play. The show, about society's obsession with beauty and image, opened this week and continues into September.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Discussion: oil tanker train traffic through the North Country

Tonight at the Whallonsburg Grange, community leaders and members of the public from the Champlain Valley will gather to talk about oil train traffic and new concerns about public safety.

Moriah town supervisor Tom Scozzafava will be there, along with Rachelle Armstrong, a city councilor from Plattsburgh. And NCPR Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann, who has been covering the oil train controversy, will also take part in the conversation.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/reway2007/1021562555/">reway2007</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: reway2007, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Prepping the summer flower garden for more color

There's lots of activity in the vegetable garden this month, but horticulturist Amy Ivy turns her attention to flower beds this week.

She told Todd Moe a summer cleanup in the annual and perennial gardens means more color later in the season. Amy shares tips on what to prune and how to encourage new blooms on some of the cooler season flowers.  Go to full article
Answer the Muse will perform a music workshop on Thursday (5-7 pm) and a concert on Friday (8 pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
Answer the Muse will perform a music workshop on Thursday (5-7 pm) and a concert on Friday (8 pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Preview: "Answer the Muse" in Lake Placid

An Ithaca-based group will bring its brand of indie rock with a yoga twist to the Adirondacks this weekend. Answer the Muse's visit to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts will include a music workshop and concert.

One of the founders of the group, Susan Murphy, says Answer the Muse is an "out of the box" fusion of spiritually inspired alternative rock that includes original music, vocal harmonies, and familiar pop/rock. She spoke with Todd Moe for this preview.  Go to full article

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