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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: 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

All Before Five: 9/17/07

Two committees of the New York State Assembly held a public hearing in Clayton on invasive species... Verizon took a crucial step in closing the cell phone coverage gap on the Northway... The explosive "boom" of military jets on maneuvers over the North Country could become a thing of the past... Subdividing a Christmas tree farm could mar an iconic Adirondack view... Franklin County approves plans to erect dozens of wind turbines on more than 6000 acres... Some environmentalists say developers are misusing funds from the state's brownfield clean up program to build huge projects.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/14/07

A political feud is forming over the creation of a North Country agency that would determine the fate of 20 megawatts and 16-million dollars... Reaction from Vermont's Congressional delegates to President Bush's address on possible troop withdrawals... Opposition to a power upgrade at the Vermont Yankee nuke plant suffers a court defeat... The Adriondack Club and Resort won't break ground until 2009 - that's what the developer calls a "best case" scenario... And a leaf spotter tells Todd Moe we should have good fall foliage this year.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/13/07

A federal subsidy for passenger flights to Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh goest to Big Sky Airlines... North Country Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine says he had a "positive" economic development meeting with New York's Power Authority... Our coverage of invasive species in the region continues... The New York State Scuba Diving Unit celebrates an anniversary in the Adirondacks... And Vermont has a new (sort of) slogan.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/12/07

New York State judges sue Governor Eliot Spitzer and the Legislature over salaries... Vermont wins the right to reduce auto emissions... Invasive species could combine to cause major problems for the North Country... And a good fall foliage season is forecast.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/11/07

Remembrances of 9/11... The second prison brawl in a week near Glens Falls causes a lock down... The director of New York's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation visits the North Country... And a closer look at phosphorous seeping into Lake Champlain as well as efforts to stop it.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 9/10/07

North Country Congressman John McHugh questions General David Petraeus about progress in Iraq... U.S. and Canadian officials delay unveiling their plan to deal with water levels, invasive species and shipping on the St Lawrence River and Great Lakes... Growing concerns over safety on the Crown Point Bridge between New York and Vermont... And NPR goes to Plattsburgh to look at Senator Hilary Clinton's first run for office.  Go to full article

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