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Over the years that I’ve lived in the North Country, I’ve come to be good friends with Dr. JW Wiley, an expert on race and diversity issues in Plattsburgh who also blogs for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican. A couple of years ago, while...
The comedian Stephen Colbert has a regular bit where he pretends to be so incredibly fair and unbiased that he no longer sees race. White guy? Black guy? Who knows? In the era of the Barack Obama presidency, a similar kind of silliness often...
As the modern conservative movement continues to define itself, and expand its power, one of the great moral challenges of the Right is the devastating question of slavery, Jim Crow and racism. First a bit of history. The Civil War was fought and...
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by NCPR News
Plattsburgh, NY, Jan 15, 2009 — The Plattsburgh Press-Republican and the Plattsburgh Rotary organized a public debate between two prominent civic leaders: JW Wiley, who teaches at SUNY Plattsburgh, and businessman Mark Barie. Their conversation on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 followed an exchange of opinion pieces in the newspaper. Go to full article
Dec 16, 2008 — 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
Nov 18, 2008 — 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
Nov 12, 2008 — 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
by Todd Moe
Jan 18, 2008 — The spring semester starts Monday on many college campuses across the region. It's also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national holiday. Across the country, millions will honor King's legacy by taking part in a variety of community service projects and remembrances. St. Lawrence University will hold a day-long "teach-in" that will include music, films, lectures and a special evening service in the chapel. Todd Moe has more. Go to full article
Dec 12, 2005 — Like many rural regions across the U.S., the north country has far fewer African Americans and Hispanics than the national average. This week the Plattsburgh Press Republican is examining the issue of race as it affects our schools. The paper's reporters found that many of the region's kids have little opportunity to interact with racial minorities. The lack of experience may leave some children unprepared for the complex diversity that defines American life. Brian Mann spoke with reporter Ned Rauch. Go to full article
May 03, 2005 — The U.S. Border Patrol has dramatically increased the use of road checkpoints inside the U.S.- Canada border. One on the Adirondack Northway grabbed headlines last year after 4 people died and more than 50 were seriously injured in accidents there. But there are also dozens of border patrol checkpoints on smaller roads across the North Country. The Border Patrol says they're a critical second line of defense for stopping terrorism. But some citizens and civil liberties groups say they're an invasion of privacy and may not be very effective. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Apr 20, 2004 — Hate speech and hate crimes are on the rise on college campuses across the country. St. Lawrence University is coping with several recent cases of violence, threats of violence, and discrimination. The incidents range from racial and homophobic slurs to a phoned death threat and a physical assault on a campus running trail. As David Sommerstein reports, the incidents have sparked a debate over how to confront a very persistent problem. Go to full article