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NPR East Africa correspondent Gregory Warner, one-time NCPR host of "All Before Five." Photo: Pearl Gabel/NPR
NPR East Africa correspondent Gregory Warner, one-time NCPR host of "All Before Five." Photo: Pearl Gabel/NPR

Gregory Warner: there's no word in Russian to describe who he works for

The first story listed in the NCPR archive from Gregory Warner dates to April 2005. He came to the station to help us develop afternoon news, and host All Things Considered. Perhaps you remember his occasional impromptu accordion breaks during ATC? We do! Gregory moved on from NCPR after a couple years and many, many creative, touching, humorous, and vivid stories from across this region.

After freelancing from conflict zones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Congo, and a stint as senior reporter for APM's Marketplace, he's sort of settled down. Gregory's now NPR's East Africa correspondent, based in Kenya, and we hear his reporting from all over a region of the world that's experiencing tremendous economic growth, and a rising threat of global terrorism. His stories are still vivid, touching, and engaging, and he continues to find the surprising, human stories behind the news of the day.

Martha Foley caught up with Gregory this morning at his home base in Nairobi, via Skype. He's just back from assignments in Rwanda, covering the anniversary of the genocide there 20 years ago, and Ukraine, where he was one of the first NPR reporters on the ground as Russia consolidated its control over Crimea.  Go to full article
"From the Top" is heard Sunday at 4pm on NCPR.
"From the Top" is heard Sunday at 4pm on NCPR.

"From the Top" in Potsdam to showcase young musicians

One of the most popular weekly music programs on public radio is coming to Potsdam this Saturday night. For more than ten years, "From the Top" has been the preeminent showcase for America's best young musicians. Hosted by pianist Christopher O'Riley, the show will be recorded live in Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music on Saturday night (7:30). The Potsdam "From the Top" broadcast will feature several of the most talented young performers from across the country. The show is the final Community Performance Series Guest Artist Series event of the season.

These are tough times for classical music -- with recent budget cuts to arts education in public schools and some orchestras going bankrupt. But Christopher O'Riley told Todd Moe that he doesn't think the future of classical music is bleak. He says the next generation of classical musicians are more entrepreneurial than his generation.  Go to full article
Kristen serves breakfast to the crew at Essex Farm (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Kristen serves breakfast to the crew at Essex Farm (Photo: Brian Mann)

Chronicling the Dirty Life of a North Country farm

It's not easy managing a small organic farm in the Adirondack Mountains. It's even more complicated managing that farm while also writing a book about the experience.

Kristen Kimball, author of The Dirty Life, has managed that double feat and her new book is drawing national attention.

Kimball farms in the town of Essex with her husband Mark. This week, she spoke about how farming redefined her life with Melissa Block, host of NPR's All Things Considered.  Go to full article
Melissa Block, co-host of NPR's All Things Considered (Source: NPR)
Melissa Block, co-host of NPR's All Things Considered (Source: NPR)

On assignment: NPR's Melissa Block in Lake Placid

Over the weekend, NPR's Melissa Block was in Lake Placid, gathering interviews for Olympic stories that will air today and tomorrow. The co-host of All Things Considered joined Brian Mann to talk about her work, her visit to the North Country and the future of National Public Radio.  Go to full article

NPR's Carl Kasell retiring from morning newscasts

After 30 years as morning newscaster at NPR, Carl Kasell will give his final newscast tomorrow morning. At 75, his radio career spans more than 50 years, and he's been on the air with NPR since 1975. Kasell will continue as official judge and scorekeeper on NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!". He told Todd Moe that he's just changing jobs. But no more early morning newscasts.  Go to full article

Leading NPR into the future

Martha Foley talks with NPR president Vivian Schiller about public radio, its stations, listeners and future. Tune in at noon to hear Schiller in a news roundtable with NCPR Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann and Station Manager Ellen Rocco, broadcast live from the Cantwell Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library.  Go to full article

20th Congressional race draws national attention

The 20th Congressional special election is giving national observers an indication of how the Obama administration's economic plan is playing with voters. As NPR's Robert Smith reported on "All things Considered" last night, it may be a local race, but the candidates are doing their best to capitalize on the national issues.  Go to full article

NCPR manager on pubradio finances

The economic downturn is affecting the public radio system across the country, but differently at each local station, and at National Public Radio in Washington. As member of NPR's Board of Directors, NCPR Station Manager Ellen Rocco has the view from the top, and from the grass roots. She joined Martha Foley this morning to talk about finances.  Go to full article

Books: Public Radio: Behind the Voices

Lisa Phillips is the author of a new book that digs into the lives of more than 40 of public radio's most cherished personalities. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Kroc Fellow Gets Hands-on Training at NCPR

Martha Foley talks with Douglas Hopper. He's at NCPR for the next two months via a fellowship from National Public Radio.  Go to full article

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