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The Eight O'Clock Hour, NCPR's morning regional newsmagazine, gives listeners a complete update on the day's news and weather along with top regional stories, plus special segments including Natural Selections with Curt Stager, Weekly Gardening Conversations with Amy Ivy, the Adirondack Almanack with John Warren, the Community Calendar, and the Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor. The NCPR News team.

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NCPR News Director Martha Foley and our arts and culture editor Todd Moe host The Eight O'Clock Hour each weekday morning.


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Natural Selections explores the natural world each Thursday with Dr. Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College.

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Each Monday Martha Foley explores the world of gardens and gardening with Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy.

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 Recent items from The Eight O'Clock Hour podcast

All Before Five: 10/2/07

Vermont's U.S. Senators say they didn't vote to condemn Iran last week because they feared President Bush would use the condemnation to wage war... New York State voices its disapproval of a federal plan to run power lines through up to 47 of the state's 61 counties - including several in the North Country... State and local officials look at the obstacles to securing our northern border... And home foreclosures are on the rise in the North Country.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/1/07

The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a case between New York State and religious conservatives over regulations requiring coverage of contraception in employees health insurance plans... The state's top Ag official voices opposition to a federal crackdown on migrant farmworkers... State Republican lawmakers slam Governor Spitzer's plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants... And we hear the Governor's response to those critics.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/28/07

Feds admit they're having problems securing the U.S.-Canada border... State Republicans are fuming over Governor Spitzer's plan to issue drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants with valid foreign passports... State ag officials look to support New York's organic farmers... Moose numbers are up in a big way across the state, but so are the car accidents they cause.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/27/07

E-coli contamination of store-bought hamburger patties in New York State prompted a recall... Burn bans are still in effect in St Lawrence and Jefferson Counties... Health concerns over water from Lake Champlain... New York apples could be the sweetest ever... And we hear the memories of a 97-year-old North Country man who fought with the 10th Mountain Division when the unit stormed Nazi strongholds in the Alps.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/26/07

Rain came through the North Country - but not enough for farmers and others affected by the recent dry spell... Flight delays on Big Sky Airlines are keeping police in the Massena airport where they have to provide security... The growing strength of the Canadian dollar is bringing shoppers across the border... And on Heard Up North: carving sweet potatoes.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/25/07

We talk with people on the picket line outside the General Motors engine plant... Small wild fires are burning in the Adirondacks... Park residents look to maintain their political influence as their numbers start to thin... And Republicans in the state Senate subpoena the acting director of the State Police.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/21/07

Albany's District Attorney says Governor Spitzer had no involvement in "Troopergate" and actually tried to keep his staff members from releasing potentially damaging information about his political foe, state Senator Joe Bruno... New York State refuses millions of dollars - and restrictions on teaching students about contraception - from the federal government... The Nature Conservancy puts 15,000 Adirondack acres up for sale... And David Sommerstein goes bass fishing - but not much bass catching.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/20/07

The Canadian dollar now equals the U.S. Greenback... It's helped tourism in Northern New York. Now, those relying on tourist dollars say snow will determine how long they'll stay in business... Governor Spitzer is railing against Senate Republicans who announced they'll spend up to $500,000 from taxpayers on investigating him and his administration... The water levels on the Erie Canal are so low, state officials are considering taking more water from reservoirs in the Tug Hill and southern Adirondacks... And tonight the three men vying to be Ontario's premiere will debate the increasingly thorny issue of public funds going to Catholic schools.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/19/07

Fort Drum remembers two of its own during this week's POW-MIA commemoration... The prosecutor investigating Joe Bruno, New York's top Republican, has been nominated to a federal court... Picketing in Lake Placid... New York's State Education Commissioner responds to questions about declining public school enrollment in the North Country... Enrollment is up - however - at colleges in the area... Another indictment for a St Lawrence County woman charged with the death of a 2-year-old Pierrepont boy... Foreclosure for the Oak Mountain Ski Center in Indian Lake... Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland suffered a defeat in primary elections... And salvaging American Revolution arifacts in Lake Champlain.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/18/07

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says he wants answers to questions over the Bush Administration's wiretapping and interrogation or he'll delay hearings on President Bush's nominee to head the U.S. Justice Dept... A new poll of New Yorkers finds a majority want Governor Spitzer to tell the public all he knows about the scandal that's come to be called "Troopergate"... Almost a million dollars will go to clean up Lake Champlain... North Country residents voice their concerns about invasive species and diseases... And who's delaying development of the Adirondack Club and Resort?  Go to full article

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