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Special Reports: 2004

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Letters Home
Becky McCluskey, Taking the North Country to Northern India
Potsdam HS graduate Becky McCluskey, age 18, writes home from Leap Year Program semester in northern India, including New Delhi, Mcleod Ganj, home of the Tibetan government in exile, Rishikesh, and Varanasi.
Audio Slideshow
On Great Sacandaga Lake, State Land For Lease Cheap
Adirondack real estate prices have soared in recent years, thanks to a boom in vacation homes. Small lake front parcels sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. But along Great Sacandaga Lake, in the southern Adirondacks, people can lease 100-foot sections of shoreline property from the state for just $56/yr. Brian Mann reports.
Audio Slideshow
Iraq Diary: A Raid on an Insurgent Suspect
Army photojournalist Corporal Bill Putnam is stationed in Baghdad with the 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. Troops frequently conduct raids to find insurgent leaders. Putnam went on one raid last month in the Al-Rashid neighborhood of Baghdad. Soldiers were looking for a suspected cell leader of Sunni insurgents.
Audio Slideshow
Iraq Diary: Chatting at a Baghdad Bakery
Corporal Bill Putnam is a photojournalist with the Army's 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment at Camp Ferrin-Huggin in southern Baghdad. A few days ago he was with a unit patrolling through a run-down neighborhood of Baghdad near the airport. They came upon a bakery, a hotspot for conversation and gossip, and stopped to chat.
Audio Slideshow
On A Wild Ontario River, North To James Bay
The Kesagami River flows north through some of the wildest country in Ontario, before draining into James Bay. Earlier this month, a group led by St. Lawrence University's outdoor program paddled the river. NCPR's Brian Mann accompanied the 10-day expedition.
Audio Series
Close to Homeless
People who are homeless in rural regions like Northern New York are likely to be married, working, female, with children. They move from place to place, staying with friends and relatives, or in a series of substandard apartments and trailers. They are our invisible neighbors. NCPR talks with some of them, and with some of their advocates.
UpNorth Forum
Freedom to Marry Forum in Canton
Nearly 100 people gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton for the "Freedom to Marry" forum in April 2004. St. Lawrence County gay and lesbian couples, supporters of same-sex marriage and clergy shared their experiences.
UpNorth Forum
Crossing Borders Festival at SUNY Potsdam
In the Crossing Borders Festival at SUNY Potsdam, world-class scholars, policymakers, journalists, artists and performers address globalization issues in over 100 events.
Photo/Audio Diary
An Iraq Diary
Maj. Eric Olsen is chaplain to a battalion of the New York Army National Guard stationed in the Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad. His thirty-part audio diary begins in 2004. He and his family live in Saranac Lake.
Audio Slideshow
Chestertown's Downhill Derby: The Bottom of the Hill or Bust
Every February the folks in north Warren county show off their colorful, comical homemade sleds at a downhill derby in Chestertown. It's part of an annual gathering at Dynamite Hill that includes a broomball tournament and lots of late-winter socializing. Todd Moe has this audio postcard.
Animated Film Videos & Audio Slideshow
Art Without Borders: Carmen D'Avino
Carmen D’Avino began his career as a painter in the 1930s. He’s been a World War II military filmmaker, a sculptor, and an avant-guarde animator in New York City. For many years he lived in an old farmhouse in Hammond. David Sommerstein stopped by for a visit. This special report features nine videos of D'Avino's film work, most unavailable anywhere for decades. The artist died later in 2004.
Audio Slideshow
Hauling Radio Gear Up Blue Mountain
For North Country Public Radio, and especially for our intrepid engineer Radio Bob Sauter, fall is the time to batten down the hatches on our network of 21 radio transmitters. It’s an equipment-hauling, mountain-climbing job. David Sommerstein joined Radio Bob for a special radio expedition up Blue Mountain.
Audio Slideshow
Kayaking: The Blackwater Challenge
The U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Team trials in preparation for the world championships this winter in Australia, was held on the "Route 3 Wave" on the Black River near Watertown. Kayakers have 45 seconds to add up points for each trick they make. If the whitewater flushes them downriver, they can paddle their way back to the wave until time runs out. David Sommerstein reports.
Audio Slideshow
Red, White and Blue: SLCHA Summer Quilt Show
Stars and stripes, flags and fireworks are part of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association's "Red, White and Blue" summer quilt exhibit. The show continues through the end of August at the Silas Wright House and Red Barn Addition in Canton. Todd Moe chats with exhibit organizer Randy Merrill about quilts and quilting.
Audio Slideshow
Historic Hyde House Reopens in Glens Falls
After 18 months of expansion, renovation and restoration, the Hyde House in Glens Falls has reopened to the public. Built in 1912 by Charlotte and Louis Hyde, the home has been a centerpiece of the Hyde Collection of fine art and antiques for decades. Todd Moe tours the restored home with Museum Director Randall Suffolk. 
Audio Slideshow
March for Women's Lives 4/25/04
If last Sunday’s March for Women’s Lives is any indication, student activism is alive and well. Throngs of college students with backpacks and homemade signs gathered in the national Mall in Washington DC. They came from as far away as Alaska and California to form a collective voice of concern about the future of reproductive rights in America. They also came from Potsdam. About 30 SUNY students left late Saturday night on a bus headed for the Capitol. Jody Tosti was along for the ride.
Audio Slideshow
Celebrating Buddha's Birthday
Roko Sherry Chayat, Abbot of the Zen Center of Syracuse, came to Canton to lead a celebration of the Buddha's birth.
UpNorth Forum
Local Sustainability: The Burt Symposium
Community planners, educators, business owners and engaged residents from all over the North Country gathered at St. Lawrence University to explore models of sustainable development that flow from and preserve the character of distinct localities.
Audio Series
Heroin Addiction in the North Country
Heroin abuse is making a comeback in New York State. In many parts of the North Country, its popularity has eclipsed cocaine and crack. Briann makes looks at heroin's resurgence in a four-part audio series.
Audio Slideshow
Essex County Comic Book Artist Sid Couchey
Essex illustrator Sid Couchey worked for decades from his studio just above Lake Champlain, penciling characters like Richie Rich and Little Lotta for Harvey Comics. Brian Mann visited Couchey recently, to talk about his work.

Award-Winning News

2003-2004:

The Eight O'Clock Hour, Martha Foley
Golden Reel, Live Local Public Affairs Programming: National Federation of Community Broadcasters

The Case of Ansar Mahmood, Brian Mann
Golden Reel, Local Public Affairs Feature: National Federation of Community Broadcasters

Root, Root, Root for the Rutabagas!, David Sommerstein
Silver Reel, Local Public Affairs Feature: National Federation of Community Broadcasters