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One story is rarely the whole story. NCPR News digs deep into matters of regional and national interest in these audio series.

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Canada and the Recession
Brian Mann travels in Ontario, comparing and contrasting that province's economy during the recession with conditions here at home. This series was created in partnership with WBEZ public radio in Chicago.
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Stories from The Crystal
Each month Brockville Storyteller Deb Dunleavy brings NCPR a new story from The Crystal.
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The Hospice Path
Since the 1960s, the hospice movement has been working to give Americans more options and more choices when they reach the end of their lives. Brian Mann profiles one family that has entered the program, the Gallaghers in Saranac Lake.
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The Adirondack Attic
Andy Flynn uses the objects people make, use, and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region.
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A Fresh Start: We ask some big thinkers to make recommendations for president-elect Obama on key issues for the North Country.
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Local Flavors: Todd Moe keeps it homegrown in this series focused on eating locally, and on sustainable agriculture and gardening.
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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder at Fort Drum
According to Army studies, a quarter of returning soldiers will bring home mental problems associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. Their depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, and substance abuse, if not properly treated, can deeply scar themselves, their families, and the communities they live in. David Sommerstein reports.
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Hydo Power in Cree Country
Brian Mann looks at hydro-electric development in Cree country in northern Quebec, where the desire for carbon-neutral energy resources comes into conflict with aboriginal rights, spiritual practice, and wilderness preservation.
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Drinking and Safety on College Campuses: A rash of alcohol-related fatalaties among students at North Country colleges has re-ignited debate about the role of alcohol in campus social life. Brian Mann talks to students, educators, and law enforcement officials in this series.
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Climate Change
NCPR news looks at a warmer future for the North Country and what it means for our environment, economy, and way of life.
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Wind Power in the North Country
NCPR reporter David Sommestein looks at the rise of wind power development in the region and its opponents.
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Hispanic Workers on North Country Farms
Five years ago, just a handful of farmers in the North Country employed Hispanic workers. Now many use workers from Latin America. The transition can be a bumpy one, for farmers and for the people they hire. David Sommerstein tells their stories in this ongoing series.
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Disability Matters
People with disabilities in rural communities face extraordinary challenges to lifelong wellness and well-being. In this Sound Partners project, NCPR and Centers for Independent Living collaborated on radio commentaries, audio diaries and a year-long series of documentaries and features.
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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.
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In the First Person: Photojournalist Bill Putnam in Iraq
Photojournalist Bill Putnam was in the Army when he met David Sommerstein in Kosovo in 2002. He’s been living in the heart of the chaotic, violent world of Baghdad for several years. He is a regular contributor of audio diaries and photos to NCPR.
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Literacy and Illiteracy in the North Country
In this special series, North Country Public Radio examines what literacy is, how it’s achieved, why it isn’t, and the impact illiteracy has on our region and people.
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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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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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Balancing Justice
the award-winning nine-part series exploring the shape of the criminal justice system and its impact upon the residents—voluntary and involuntary—of northern New York.
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Alcohol on Campus
This award-winning series of four pieces examines alcohol abuse among college students: what students say about how and why they drink, how colleges in our region respond, and the latest research and theories on alcohol abuse and prevention.
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Meet the Masters of North Country Folklife
Profiling people who have mastered and conserved a variety of family and community traditions over several generations in the North Country and who actively practice them today. Produced in partnership with Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, this long-running series features winners of the North Country Heritage Awards.
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Farmers Under 40
Younger farmers are taking North Country agriculture in new directions. NCPR looks at the farmers under 40--how they do the work, how they market, and how they keep their heads above water.
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Greening the Afterlife
Compton Fellow Angela Evancie reports on the changing nature of environmentalism in the Champlain Valley. In this series, she looks at applying green values to the way we end life, as well as how we live life.
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A Year of Hard Choices
North Country people talk about the effects of the economic crisis on ordinary lives.
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Story 2.0: NCPR news revisits past stories to bring you up to date on new developments.
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StoryCorps in the North Country: North Country residents have shared their stories with this national oral history project during visits to the region in 2006 and in 2008.
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Moving the World
An occasional series from NCPR news about people making local connections that affect matters of world importance.
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Very Special Places: We partner with Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) to tour North Country landmarks whose historical, cultural and social significance help define North Country life. Joel Hurd and TAUNY's Varick Chittenden show us around.
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Faith Across Barriers
A look at the intersections of science and faith, from evolution to faith healing to religious education.
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Farm to Farm, Family to Family: David Sommerstein travels with NC dairy farmers to a Mexican village many of their migrant workers call home.
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The Biofuel Economy
NCPR reporter Gregory Warner looks at the development of renewable alternative energy fuels from agriculture and other biological sources.
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A Year on the Farm
In this monthly feature series, David Sommerstein follows life in the barn, on the fields, and in the farmhouse through the changing seasons on the Andrews dairy farm near Gouverneur NY. This series won the 2006 "Cap" Creal Journalism Award from the New York Agricultural Society.
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Raise Your Voice: North Country Teens Speak Up
We gave three young women recorders and asked them to document their daily lives. The series is a collaboration with North Country Adolescent Outreach, a peer education program based at SUNY Potsdam.
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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.
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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.
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Diversifying North Country Farms
NCPR reporter David Sommestein's series on diversifying North Country farming won the 2003 “Cap” Creal Journalism Award from the New York State Agricultural Society.
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Dairy Farming in the North Country
The time seemed right to look at the challenges facing dairy in the North Country. In part 1 we look at the price of milk, as seen through the eyes of one mid-size dairy farmer. In part 2 we visit a cheese manufacturer proposing drastic changes in the way North Country farmers do business. David Sommerstein reports.
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10th Mountain Peacekeepers in Kosovo
David Sommerstein spends a week living and patrolling with 10th Mountain Division troops on a peacekeeping mission in the Serbian province of Kosovo.
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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.
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North Country Prisons: Inside and Out
This award-winning special series from Brian Mann looks at life within North Country prisons, from both sides of the bars.
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Green Initiatives
Brian Mann reports on businesses in the Adirondacks that are embracing private sector green initiatives. It's a new kind of management that weds profits with a healthy environment.
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Looking for the North Country
NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, spent October 2000 exploring the place, the people and the culture we call the North Country.
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Home Cooking
From the Fall of 1988 through early 1989, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York and North Country Public Radio looked at food and food traditions throughout the North Countryin a nineteen-part series.