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North Country families go to DC for Obama's big day

Hundreds of people from northern New York and Vermont are headed to Washington DC this weekend. They plan to watch the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. Brian Mann checked in with three families who are making the trip. They all say they want a front-row seat for a big moment in American history.  Go to full article
Drew Pynchon. Tunaweza - in Kenya, it means "we can."
Drew Pynchon. Tunaweza - in Kenya, it means "we can."

To the inauguration - from Kenya to the Capitol

Hundreds of people in the region are doing their best to be at the Obama Inauguration next week.
The trip will close a circle of sorts for Drew Pynchon. Drew is a recent Canton High School graduate, now at Dickinson College in Carlisle Pennsylvania. He's just back from a semester in Kenya, through a study program at St. Lawrence University. He worked for the Obama campaign during the New Hampshire primary, but shared the Kenyan perspective -- from distant Nairobi -- for the presidential race. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Heather Hitchens
Heather Hitchens

A Fresh Start on the Arts: "Artists have a powerful role in winning the war of ideas"

In our series "A Fresh Start," we're asking leading thinkers to share their thoughts on what Barack Obama's administration should be paying attention to as the president-elect takes office this month. In his public appearances, Obama has been known to quote poetry and harken back to his school music teacher. He likes the works of Stevie Wonder, Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway. Obama formed a national arts committee as part of his presidential campaign, to the delight of Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the New York State Council on the Arts. Not usually a hot-button topic in presidential politics, Obama has issued a comprehensive statement in support of arts and arts education in the U.S. Hitchens says she's hopeful that Obama will be true to his pledge of support for arts education.  Go to full article
Bill Bishop
Bill Bishop

In 2008 rural America shows new political textures

Pundits and politicians are still sorting out the significance of last month's election. One big question is the role of rural voters. Small towns were Republican territory four years ago. But there are signs that some rural counties, especially in the Northeast, are trending Democratic. Brian Mann spoke with journalist and rural policy expert Bill Bishop, who says Democratic-leaning towns tend to have more educated citizens and higher incomes.  Go to full article

McHugh's office releases inauguration tickets

Scoring a ticket to the Obama Inauguration next month has become all the rage, coast to coast. In the North Country, more than a thousand people looked to Congressman John McHugh for help. Each Representative was given nearly 200 tickets to the event. McHugh decided to give them away, but got many more requests than tickets.  Go to full article

Obama pledges to take climate change seriously

President-elect Barack Obama says America will open a new chapter in dealing with climate change. Lester Graham reports the Senator confirmed he will work toward the plan he outlined during the presidential Campaign.  Go to full article

Mchugh offers inauguration tickets via lottery

If you want to see Barack Obama's inauguration up close, and you live in John McHugh's congressional district, you have a pretty good chance of scoring the big ticket. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
J.W. Wiley (Photo: SUNY Plattsburgh)
J.W. Wiley (Photo: SUNY Plattsburgh)

A Fresh Start on Race: "America has evolved and we are evolving."

President-elect Barack Obama takes office on January 20th. We've asking people to think big about what his Administration might accomplish. J.W. Wiley teaches philosophy and interdisciplinary studies at Plattsburgh State and is the Director of the Center for Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion. He's an African American who works as a diversity consultant for major corporations. Wiley says Barack Obama's election has already redefined America's conversation about race and social injustice.  Go to full article
Father George Nagle (Photo provided)
Father George Nagle (Photo provided)

Fresh Start on Faith & Politics: "God is working through people who disagree with us"

North Country Public Radio is airing a new series of interviews called "A Fresh Start." We've asked some of the country's most compelling thinkers to make recommendations for president-elect Barack Obama. One of the thorniest issues facing American society is religious faith. Our nation is a tapestry of different religions and different churches. Episcopal priest and activist George Nagle from Saranac Lake says he thinks religion can play a healthier role in our political debates. Father Nagle told Brian Mann that the faith community should urge Barack Obama to think about a different slate of top issues.  Go to full article
Bill McKibben (Photo:  Nancie Battaglia)
Bill McKibben (Photo: Nancie Battaglia)

A Fresh Start on the Environment: "There's no more going down the road we're on"

This week, we're airing a series of interviews called "A Fresh Start." We've asked some of the country's most compelling thinkers to make recommendations for president-elect Barack Obama. One of the big questions that will face the new administration is the environment and climate change. Back in 1989, author and activist Bill McKibben wrote The End of Nature, one of the first major books about global warming. McKibben spends part of each year in Johnsburg, in the Adirondacks. But he met with Brian Mann yesterday on a suburban street in Rutland, Vermont. With automobiles chugging past and a hailstorm sweeping over the Green Mountains, McKibben said Obama's election offers a chance for real action.  Go to full article

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