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Special Reports: 2005

bombing victim
Audio Slideshow:
Covering the Al-Hamra Hotel Bombing
Photojournalist Bill Putnam was too close to Baghdad's Al-Hamra Hotel on November 18, when two truck bombs detonated, laying waste to the neighborhood.
Mosque in Rabat
Letters Home:
Kelly Benvenuto in Morocco
Kelly Benvenuto of Potsdam is a Colby College junior studying in Morocco this semester under the auspices of the School for International Training.
La Duchesse
Audio Slideshow:
Aboad La Duchesse in Clayton
La Duchesse is a 110-foot Gilded Age treasure that's become the crown jewel of the Antique Boat Museum's collection in Clayton. Todd Moe tours the historic houseboat.
La Duchesse
Audio Slideshow:
At a Grindstone Island Square Dance
Only 11 people live on Grindstone all winter, but when the weather changes, families who’ve spent generations of summers there return. On Saturday nights, the place to be is the big dance at Dodge Hall, especially when some fiddlers and callers get together for an old-fashioned square dance.
Audio Slideshow
Preserving the Indian River Lakes
Between the high profile destinations of the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks, there's a hidden gem of a region. It's called the Indian River Lakes. David SOmmerstein sends an audio postcard.
St. Williams photo
Audio Slideshow
St. William's on Long Point
In the late 1800s, St. William's was the parish church for Raquette Lake and served many of the Irish and French-Canadian Catholics who were the early pioneers on the Lake. Today, it's a seasonal camp and cultural center, accessible only by boat. Todd Moe visited during restoration work.
The King and Queen
Cape Vincent French Festival 2005
In the early 1600s, French settlers came to the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Much of northern Jefferson County traces descent from them and Cape Vincent holds an annual French Festival to celebrate the heritage. David Sommerstein was on hand and sends this audio postcard.
House of Healing
Audio Slideshow
Saving Sackets Harbor's Historic House of Healing
A group of history buffs wants to restore the old Stone Hospital at Madison Barracks as a military heritage center and cornerstone for restoration work. Todd Moe has more.
Stoddard photo
Audio Slideshow
Following Photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard
In the late 1800s, photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard captured some of the most iconic scenes in north country Now another Glens Falls native, Mark Bowie, has spent two years photographing the exact same scenes.
Audio Slideshow
Iraq Through a Camera Lens: Watertown Daily Times Photojournalist Mark Dye
Mark Dye, a photojournalist with the Watertown Daily Times, spent a month in Baghdad earlier this winter. He was embedded with troops from Fort Drum, and sent daily photos and stories documenting the lives of soldiers and civilians in Iraq.
Audio Slideshow
Mandala Dismantling Ceremony: All Things Transitory
Visitors to St. Lawrence University's Brush Art Gallery have had an opportunity for quiet reflection while viewing a sand mandala constructed by Tenzin Yignyen, a Tibetan Buddhist monk. But, like life, it isn't permanent.Tenzin returns to lead a dismantling ceremony..
Audio Slideshow
Inside the Aging Eisenhower Lock
The locks and channels of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system are getting old. Some were built more than 75 years ago. While the Seaway is closed in winter, workers empty the locks of their water for annual maintenance. David Sommerstein climbed eight stories down to the bottom of the Eisenhower Lock on the St. Lawrence River near Massena to see how it's aging.
trail runner
Audio Slideshow:
Running the Northville-Lake Placid Trail
Vermont photographer Tim Seaver describes his experience this summer running the entire length of the Northville-Placid trail. The 122-mile super-marathon took 37 hours and 31 minutes.
Naj Wikoff
Letters Home:
Naj Wikoff in Ulan Ude, Russia
Naj Wikoff of Keene Valley is on an extended Fulbright Scholarship to the Russian Repubic of Buryatia, working out of Ulan Ude, near Lake Baikal. Naj's visit is a follow-up to the Siberian-Adirondack exchanges sponsored by the Totem Peoples project.
farnham sculpture
Audio Slideshow:
Ogdensburg Celebrates Sculptor Sally James Farnham's Art
The Frederic Remington Art Museum celebrates the life and art of Sally James Farnham, Ogdensburg's other prominent sculptor. Todd Moe has more.
Audio Slideshow
King's Garden at Ft. Ticonderoga
1920s landscape architect Marion Coffin designed a pleasure garden for the Pell family's summer home, the Pavillion, at Fort Ticonderoga. It was neglected and almost forgotten until, about ten years ago, workers began to restore the garden to Coffin's plan. Todd Moe takes a tour.
torah cover
A Look Inside Temple Beth Joseph, Tupper Lake
Beth Joseph Synagogue in Tupper Lake is the oldest synagogue in the Adirondacks. Built in 1905, its origins stem from the late 1800s, when Jewish immigrants from Russia and eastern Europe arrived in America. It had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure.
William Hutt as Prospero
The Stratford Festival of Canada 2005
The Shakespeare Festival in Stratford Ontario was in full swing when resident theatre critic Connie Meng went to five plays in three days. Here are photos from the five productions.
trophy fish
Fishing on the St. Lawrence
Walleye and northern pike season opened the first Saturday in May. David Sommerstein spent a morning with two veteran guides.
Farm equipment repair
The School of Agriculture, Canton NY
SUNY Canton started life as The School of Agriculture in 1906. This slideshow is part of a display from the school archives presented at the Third Annual Symposium on Education, Environment and Economic Vitality in April 2005.
Jeffrey Dvorkin
Audio Slideshow
Special Call-in with NPR Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin
Jeffrey Dvorkin, NPR Ombudsman, takes questions from NCPR listeners on issues of media accountability, the independence of NPR News, quality of service, editorial guidelines, business practices and more.
Audio Slideshow
Christo's Gates in NYC's Central Park
The Gates, an enormous pattern of orange archways and banners, created by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, has attracted millions of visitors from around the world. Some fifty art-lovers from around the North Country made a one-day bus pilgrimage to New York City, to see the installation.
Audio Slideshow
Iraq Diary: A Soldier Goes Home
Earlier this month, Army photojournalist Cpl. Bill Putnam completed his tour of duty in Iraq. He flew out of the country on a Blackhawk helicopter and sent one last audio diary.
Audio Slideshow
Skiing The Route of the Seven Carries
Over the weekend, temperatures in the Adirondacks topped sixty degrees. There's not much snow in the backcountry, but many lakes still have a solid layer of ice—and people are still getting outdoors. Brian Mann skied the Route of the Seven Carries—a traditional canoe route north of Saranac Lake.

Award-Winning News


Mohawk Skills and Pride at Ironworker Festival, David Sommerstein
First Place: Best Feature Story by a Non-Native, Native American Journalism Awards

Tribal Elections Test Mohawk Politics, David Sommerstein
Second Place: Best News Story by a Non-Native, Native American Journalism Awards

Agriculture in the North Country, David Sommerstein
First Place, Continuing Coverage, Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Refugee Crisis at the Border, Brian Mann
2nd place, Continuing Coverage, Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Snowmobile Safety, Brian Mann
1st place, Series, Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Diversification of North Country Farms Series, David Sommerstein
Cap Creal Award, Meritorious Journalism in Agriculture
New York State Agricultural Society