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Special Reports: 2001

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Teaching Technology: Just Throw Tomatoes
A class at SUNY Canton gives high school students a chance to grapple with real engineering problems, but with a seasonal twist. Students have to design and build a catapult to launch rotten tomatoes the furthest.
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Living North Country: Essays on Life and Landscapes in Northern New York, edited by Neal Burdick and Natalia Singer at St. Lawrence University, recently became available in bookstores. We invited several of the contributing authors into the NCPR studio to record excerpts in their own voices.
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Shenandoah Shakespeare Express Returns to Canton
The Shenandoah Shakespeare Express returns to Canton each year. They brought their "not your father's Shakespeare" approach to the Bard into the NCPR studio October 22, 2001.
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Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks
People climb looking for adventure and amazing views—and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann climbed Hurricane Crag during the peak of this year's leaf season.
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Senator Schumer: Support the People of Ft. Drum
New York Senator Charles Schumer visited Fort Drum last Friday and kept his message simple: the people of Fort Drum need our support.
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PCB Dredging at Alcoa/Reynolds in Massena
Reports on how Alcoa/Reynolds, the EPA and the Mohawks see the PCB problem at the Superfund sites along the St. Lawrence River near Massena NY.
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Turtle Cove: GM's PCBs on Mohawk Land
The effects of GM's landfill on Turtle Cove and the people who live there. David Sommerstein reports.
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Lake Champlain Maritime History
Wreck diving off Burlington, the Battle of Valcour Island and the Battle of Plattsburgh with Brian Mann.
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Discovering Adirondack Old Growth Forest
The Adirondacks are home to some of the East's largest Old Growth Forests. Martha Foley talks with a naturalist who spent part of this summer finding the towering trees.
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Saving New York's Historic Barns
Some of New York's oldest barns are getting facelifts. Todd Moe visited a Canton family's 1820 English threshing barn slated for restoration.
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Repercussion Theatre of Montreal
plays Twelfth Night in Potsdam

Repercussion Theatre of Montreal was in Potsdam for a performance of Twelfth Night in Ives Park, 7/18/01
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Relicensing the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project
The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project was the largest public works project in the world. The power project's 50-year operation license expires in 2003. A three-part series by David Sommerstein.
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North Country Transportation Study
A new study is looking at ways to improve the transportation infrastructure and help northern New York catch up with the rest of the country. It's analyzing all forms of transportation, but the focus is the automobile, the highway, and the Interstate.
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Free Trade Protests at the Border (Real)
The Free Trade Area of the Americas pact is drawing protestors to talks in Montreal. Crossing the border proved to be difficult for many.
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Aboard the St. Lawrence River Icebreaker Robinson Bay (Flash)
David Sommerstein climbed aboard the Robinson Bay for one of the tugboat's first missions of the season – breaking ice in the canal between Eisenhower and Snell Locks near Massena.
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Globalization: The Borders of Trade
David Sommerstein was on the streets of Ottawa to ask demonstrators how the anti-globalization movement has changed since September 11.
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Arts & Healing: Living Well In the Shadow of Cancer
Brian Mann traveled to a retreat in the Adirondacks for women living with cancer. He found that many of the women still see joy and hope in a world filled with uncertainty.
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Riding the Rails
Todd Moe rides the rails—the first passenger train in 40 years traverses the North Country.
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Ellen in Canyonland
NCPR Station Manager Ellen says there's nothing like fear to get her attention as she reports on what she did on her summer vacation.
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The New Potsdam Co-op Bakery
The Potsdam Food Coop's new wood-fired brick oven is producing crunchy, chewy sourdough and wholewheat breads. Todd Moe talks with the Coop's baker, Chris Affrey.
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Rips: A Novel of the St. Lawrence in the 1750s
Rips, by Peter Owens, is a harrowing adventure novel about the traumas, adventures, and frustrated romances of a St. Lawrence River man and his adopted family as they fight for survival during the French and Indian War.
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37th Annual Clayton Antique Boat Show
Thousands of people visited Clayton for the 37th annual Antique Boat show and auction—a chance to view St. Lawrence skiffs, launches and runabouts.
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Preserving Adirondack Alpine Meadows
Adirondack Nature Conservancy program volunteers haul rocks up into the High Peaks to protect fragile ecosystem from erosion.
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Fort Ticonderoga's Grand Encampment
Fort Ticonderoga, a bottleneck of history—a visit to the annual "grand encampment" where stories of the French and Indian War and the Revolution come to life amid the sounds of fifes, drums and cannon fire.
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A Barn-Raising in Upper Jay (Real 6:23)
These days, most new barns are built quickly with steel frames and sheet-metal siding. But some landowners are taking a little more time, using methods and materials passed down over hundreds of years.
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Five Ponds Wilderness: Oswegatchie Postcard
One of the classic Adirondack canoe routes begins near Tupper Lake and winds through the Five Ponds Wilderness toward Cranberry Lake through some of the most remote forests and rivers in the East. Brian Mann and David Sommerstein, made the trip.
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America’s Largest Superfund Site, the Hudson River
A special, three-part series on the Hudson River. The EPA has a plan for cleaning up toxic PCBs, dumped decades ago by General Electric. The corporation and many locals say the river is cleaning itself. We'll tell you about the public controversy, the health risks, and the impact of PCBs on the wildlife along the Hudson.

Award-Winning News

2000-2001:

Golden Reel, Local Special Event Coverage
Adirondack Canoe Classic, Brian Mann
National Federation of Community Broadcasters

Special Merit, Local Public Affairs Programming
Alcohol on Campus, John Roberts and Martha Foley
National Federation of Community Broadcasters

First Place, Division B, Interview
Kids Talk Drugs, Martha Foley
Public Radio News Directors, Inc.

Second Place, Division B, Interview Program
Teens, Drugs and Community, Martha Foley
Public Radio News Directors, Inc.

Best Radio Human Interest Feature
For Sale: Santa's Workshop, Todd Moe
Syracuse Press Club

Best, Radio Mini-series
Homework: Alternative to Public School, Todd Moe
Syracuse Press Club  

Best, Radio Documentary
Adirondack Canoe Classic, Brian Mann
Syracuse Press Club

Special Mention, Radio News Feature
Leaving the Power Grid, Todd Moe
Syracuse Press Club

Special Mention, Radio Documentary
Camp Good Grief, Brian Mann
Syracuse Press Club