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An event for the history books

Governor Paterson was in Washington for the Inauguration. He spoke with reporters about the historic nature of yesterday's Inaugural and that of past presidents. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
JW Wiley, Bob Grady & Mark Barie (Photo:  Brian Mann)
JW Wiley, Bob Grady & Mark Barie (Photo: Brian Mann)

Debating race in the era of Barack Obama

Yesterday, we reported on the dozens of North Country families that are traveling to Washington DC for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. But there's a debate underway over what Obama's victory means. Are we a post-racial society now that we have our first black president? What does it mean that blacks and whites still lead very different lives in this country? On Tuesday, that conversation spilled over into a surprising venue: a Rotary club luncheon in Plattsburgh. As Brian Mann reports, two prominent civic leaders wrestled for an hour with some of the thorniest and most controversial issues in our society.  Go to full article

Complete audio: A debate on race in Plattsburgh

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
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
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

SLU plans teach-in marking MLK Day

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
The Rev. William Sinkford
The Rev. William Sinkford

U-U president hopes for tolerance

The Rev. William Sinkford, preseident of the Untarian-Universalist Association, brought a message of pluralism, tolerance and justice to Canton this week. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Commentary: Georgia on My Mind

Commentator Betsy Kepes and her family are taking a year off from their regular jobs in northern New York. They're traveling and doing volunteer work. Their first adventure brought them to the Deep South.  Go to full article
Plattsburgh Paper Focuses Attention on Race In Schools (Source:  Press-Republican)
Plattsburgh Paper Focuses Attention on Race In Schools (Source: Press-Republican)

Exploring the "Color Bind" in North Country Schools

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

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