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Eight O'Clock Hour

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.

Martha Foley Todd Moe

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: 8/24/07

State lawmakers rally for cell phone towers on the Northway... A rally in Toronto meant to show support for Canadian troops in Afghanistan... The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has some issues: A cooling tower recently collapsed and workers may strike this weekend... And we paddle through a birder's paradise, part of which is only open for two weeks a year.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 8/23/07

The head of the Adirondack Park Agency announces he'll step down... Fort Drum's First Brigade Combat Team begins its second deployment to Iraq tomorrow... Low water levels are causing concern in towns rimming the Great Lakes... Fox Island - in the Thousand Islands - goes on the auction block tomorrow... And the rough-and-tumble history of an upstate town is uncovered by a man looking for his own family's history.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 8/22/07

Strange politics: A high-level staffer of the state's top Republican is accused of involvement in a profanity-laced, threatening phone message left on the voice mail of Governor Spitzer's father... War chests of long-retired and deceased politicians are still affecting campaigns... Shipping is down on the St. Lawrence Seaway... Officials get legal precedent for tougher ballast-water regulations on sea-going vessels... And a house boat on Lake Flower is causing a stir over the Adirondack Park Agency's enforcement of building codes.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 8/21/07

Governor Spitzer's vacation plan may bring him to the Adirondacks... Potsdam villagers voice their opposition to Wal Mart's request that the village extend sewage lines to the retailer's Supercenter, now under construction... An endangered species of bat has complicated construction of much-needed housing on Fort Drum. We tag along with biologists studying the bat in hopes of drafting a management plan that will accommodate the bats and soldiers.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 8/20/07

After seven years in moth balls, the Newton Falls Fine Paper mill readies to resume operations... Last year's discovery of an endangered species on Fort Drum has delayed some construction of housing on the base and nearby. We'll hear how the military confronts this and other environmental issues... And New York State's nurses are preparing for a political fight over mandatory over time.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 8/17/07

Governor Spitzer announces New York State will take extra steps to get recalled toys off store shelves... A body found floating in Lake Champlain is identified... The Department of Environmental Conservation offers a reward for birch bark thieves... Potsdam prepares to debate assisting a Wal Mart Supercenter located outside the village... Strong storms and cooler weather: Do they portend an early end of summer?... New rules for politicians' use of state aircraft... And, on Heard Up North, we meet Sam the Bugler - tooting daily at Saratoga.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 8/16/07

A deadly fire in Ticonderoga leaves a young boy dead and several people injured... Potsdam mulls a deal with a Wal Mart Supercenter that would require the village to change its laws - all for the big box store's sewage lines... And an artist's take on disguising cell phone towers.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 8/15/07

A State Trooper is exonerated in the shooting death of a Potsdam man... North Country lawmaker Joe Griffo wants to require every boater in New York State to complete safety courses... Karen DeWitt reports on small business owners who say they're unhappy with Governor Spitzer's upstate economic development programs... Brian Mann looks at the impact of conservation easements on the North Country... And Senator Patrick Leahy is called the 18th most powerful person in Washington... it was a tie.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 8/14/07

Big Sky hopes to add Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh to its list of North Country destinations. This could change current flights from Massena, Ofdensburg and Watertown to Boston... New York State wants to help adults pay their college tuition. It's an attempt to spur economic development in financially stressed areas like the North Country... And on Heard Up North: Donnelly's Ice Cream.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 8/13/07

Governor Spitzer outlines his plan to help the working poor get off welfare... The state legislature debates the use of state aircraft by politicians... The man behind the proposed Big Tupper resort - and its Great Camp-style second homes - changes his stance and says he will now meet with environmentalists... And applications are up at SUNY schools. Despite increased admissions, this means increased standards and - for mediocre students - rejections, as well.  Go to full article

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