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Malawi youth choir begins tour

Thirteen members of the Mzuzu Youth Choir from Malawi begin a month-long tour of the North Country this week. Their visit is sponsored by the Presbytery of Northern New York. They stopped by NCPR for music and conversation.  Go to full article

Local Relief Effort Gains Momentum

Over a week after an earthquake and tsunamis devastated areas of South Asia, India and Africa, the international relief effort is massive. Martha Foley talks with Cynthia Walton-Leavitt, pastor of the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor, about a local project that combines symbolism with small-scale practicality.  Go to full article

Churches, Agencies Mobilize for Tsunami Relief Effort

North Country churches and relief agencies are mobilizing their resources for both short- and long-term aid for the countries in South Asia and East Africa devastated by Sunday's tsunami and earthquake. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The Reverend Maurice and Thandi Munthali. Maurice is pastor of Saint Andrews CCAP Church in Malawi, Livingstonia Synod. (photo: Presbyterian Church USA)
The Reverend Maurice and Thandi Munthali. Maurice is pastor of Saint Andrews CCAP Church in Malawi, Livingstonia Synod. (photo: Presbyterian Church USA)

Malawi Pastor Shares Stories of AIDS Pandemic

AIDS is out of control in most of Africa. Almost 30 million people are infected in the countries of southern Africa alone. About one fifth of Malawi's adults have HIV/AIDS. A staggering 2.5 million of the country's 12.5 million people are infected. AIDS is the single biggest factor that keeps Malawi one of the poorest countries in the world. It robs its economy of its most productive workers. After losing three of his own brothers and their wives to the AIDS pandemic, the Reverend Maurice Munthali and his wife, Thandie, with three of their own children, adopted his brothers' 12 children. Pastor Munthalie toured the North Country earlier this month, visiting church and community leaders from Watertown to Plattsburgh, with a message of grace and hope. He spoke by phone with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: The Lion's Mane

Ever wonder why male lions wear all that extra fur, given their winter-free range? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss this unlikely anatomical accessory. Sudies on the Serengeti show it's all about the look. Lionesses, it seems, are wild for big hair.  Go to full article

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

Gorilla Experts

Brian Mann talks with Amy Vedder and Bill Weber. The pair spend part of the year at their home in North Creek, but they also work in central Africa studying mountain gorillas.  Go to full article

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