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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: 7/24/07

We hear from Albany on the repercussions of the state Attorney General's finding that two staffers in the Governor's office were mounting a smear campaign at a political opponent... We hear Betty Little's reaction. The Republican state Senator in the Adirondacks says the scandal in Spitzer's office could derail major agreements reached last week in Albany... A health scare for Lieutenant Governor David Paterson... And on Heard Up North: The Italian American Club in Massena - another site on the Register of Very Special Places.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/23/07

An investigation by the New York State Attorney General finds unethical, partisan actions by high-level staffers in the Governor's office... An explosion causes an evacuation after runaway rail cars collide with a railroad service car near Watertown... Former Congressman John Sweeney's wife accuses him of verbal and physical abuse... Federal subsidies could make or break family farms that produce milk.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/20/07

A Fort Drum soldier is killed in Iraq... Senator Hilary Clinton confronts a Pentagon official who said her questions about U.S. troops withdrawing from Iraq reinforced enemy propaganda... An update on the Steelworkers strike at Climax Manufacturing in Lowville... Dog and cat overpopulation strains shelters and stresses police... And on Heard Up North: Thunder and lightning.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/19/07

Governor Eliot Spitzer and legislative leaders announce breakthroughs on some big issues in Albany: Campaign finance reform, congestion pricing, capitol improvements, and even pay raises for lawmakers and judges... Brian reports on the increase across the country of dogfighting... And tax rebates for New york State property owners.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/18/07

Hilary Clinton says it's time to think of the troops and bring them home from Iraq. We'll hear from the Senator's comments made last night during all-night debate in Washington... New York State's economic development programs are "broken and unfixable" according to a new study commissioned by Governor Eliot Spitzer... Despite this, state officials unveil a development grant for the Adirondacks... And we hear about a community owned department store proposed for Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/17/07

Vermont assesses flood damage... Illinois Senator and Presidential candidate Barack Obama has raised more campaign cash than all other candidates combined in Vermont... We hear from an election expert on how rural voters could decide who wins the White House next year... Some ursine summer visitors in Saranac Lake are causing a nuisance and could endanger people in the Adirondacks... And on Heard Up North, a taffy stand that's been in the same place for more than 100 years.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/16/07

A missing swimmer in Lake Ontario... Joe Martens wins approval of his nomination to head of the Olympic Regional Development Authority... The former president of SUNY Potsdam is fired over allegations he covered up a student's rape and murder... And a conversation with North Country Congresswoman Kirstin Gillibrand on Iraq.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/13/07

North Congresswoman Kirstin Gillibrand voted to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq. We hear her reasons why... We look at the maneuverings of Governor Spitzer and state Senate majority leader Joe Bruno, and how they're playing in Albany and across New York... And Saranac Lake homeowners take their town to court over increased property taxes.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/12/07

After severe weather tore through the area, some New Yorkers question whether National grid mishandled power outages... Sandy Treadwell's campaign to unseat Democrat Kirstin Gillibrand is picking up momentum and cash... Governor Spitzer touts reform of Workers Comp... And the Coast Guard wants YOU to keep an eye on everybody else on the St Lawrence River.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/11/07

Talks have resumed between New York State and Alcoa over the future of two aluminum plants in Massena - and the more than 1,000 people who work there... Governor Spitzer strikes a conciliatory tone after tensions and accusations flew around Albany... And $35,000 for catching carp.  Go to full article

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