Feb 07, 2014 — A musician and folklorist from Minnesota is researching lumber camp songs and traditional music from Maine, throughout the North Country and to the north woods of the midwest.
Brian Miller grew up in the logging town of Bemidji, Minnesota. "In the shadow of the Paul Bunyan statue," he says. His research into 19th century lumber camp and Irish-American music has included singer Michael Dean, who was born and raised in St. Lawrence County.
Miller recently uncovered some of Dean's recordings (made back in the 1920s at Dean's sister's home in Canton) in the Library of Congress archives. The recordings had been lost for decades.
Todd Moe spoke with Miller about how these lost-and-found traditional songs can connect history, culture and regions. Go to full article
Aug 29, 2002 — New England often blames distant Midwest power plants for the air pollution that blows its way. But a new study shows some of the major air pollution in New England comes from cities a lot closer. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports. Go to full article
Aug 06, 2002 — In December 2000, several Midwest states considered prime sources of the pollution that produced acid rain in the East failed to submit new pollution control rules to the Environmental Protection Agency on time. There were no penalties ? the EPA granted them more time. The Great Lakes Radio Consoritum?s Natalie Walston reports on one state that just beat the new deadline. Go to full article
May 15, 2002 — On Earth Day, President George Bush visited the Adirondacks to talk about acid rain. Each year, power plants and factories in the Midwest spit out tons of pollution. Clouds of sulfur and mercury drift across the north country, sterilizing lakes and killing forests. The President says his new "clear skies" plan would revolutionize environmental law - ending acid rain, without crippling industry. Critics say the plan would allow heavy pollution to continue for decades. In this second of a three-part series on acid rain, Brian Mann looks at how the "clear skies" plan would work. Go to full article
Mar 01, 2001 — Three North Country Congressmen are pushing a new plan to reduce acid rain. The bill would cut sulfur emissions from power plants in the Midwest. Nitrogen oxide and mercury pollution would also be restricted. Similar legislation has failed to win support, but some observers say this may be the year for reform. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article