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Audio Series
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.
Audio Series
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.
Country Schoolhouse
Audio Play:
No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
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Audio Slideshow:
Finding the North Country
A new exhibit at TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) tells the story of North Country life with pictures. Finding the North Country: Stories of Local Life Through Photographs revisits the theme of North Country identity explored in the 2000 radio collaboration "Looking for the North Country." The photographs will remain on display through November 25, 2006.
Multimedia Series
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. Together, they exemplify a living history of our North Country and a way of life otherwise often difficult to explain. An ongoing project of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY).
Audio Series
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.
Writing Contest
The Writing Contest for Young and Adult Writers
The Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio offer a literature award to regional writers. The Writing Contest is held biennially. We will offer prizes in two genres per session; this year (2005-2006) the genres are nature writing and memoir.
Audio Novel
Eben Holden: A Tale of the North Country
This three-hour NCPR production of Irving Bacheller's timeless tale of the North Country, the 1900 bestseller Eben Holden, features many local voices and talents.
The tap...
The tap...

Listen: In Canton, tapping trees for syrup

The immediate forecast isn't ideal for making maple syrup, but it's coming: that combination of cold nights, warm days and sunshine. Chickadees get busy, and the sap rises.

Whether your operation includes a bulk holding tank and miles of plastic tubing, or just a few buckets hanging off the trees in the backyard, it all starts the same way, with a strategically placed hole in a sugar maple.


Today's Heard Up North was first broadcast in March 2010.  Go to full article
The Ontario men's curling championships in Smiths Falls, Ont. Photo: Sarah Harris

Listen: curling, a love story

The Ontario curling championships were held in Smiths Falls last week.

For the uninitiated, curling (also known as "chess on ice") is a sport where players slide stones across a sheet of ice toward a target area.

It's said to have been invented in medieval Scotland; today, it's an Olympic sport.  Go to full article
Canton superintendent Bill Gregory explains the how and why of a potential merger. Photo: Sarah Harris

Canton-Potsdam school merger: what's happening now?

School districts across the state are being pressured to consolidate or share services. If you live in Canton or Potsdam, you've probably heard the rumblings about a possible merger of the two school districts. But where are the schools in the process? And how will the decision to merge ultimately be made?  Go to full article
Art Sennett, holding a sculpture. Photo: Sarah Harris

Art Sennett: Making magic with clay

For 35 years, Art Sennett taught ceramics at SUNY Potsdam. He inspired generations of students to work with clay and create art. And he made a lot of his own pottery from raw...  Go to full article
Sarah Rivers, 10th grader and student representative to the merger committee. She liked Potsdam's sugar shack, but has concerns about the auditorium size and a divided middle and high school. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Inside school: to merge or not to merge?

Canton and Potsdam school districts are considering a merger.
The idea is to save money and offer more opportunities to students.

A 28-person committee of...  Go to full article
Signposts along the way. Photo: Sarah Harris

Defining the Champlain Valley

During the holidays we're listening back to some of our favorite stories from 2013. Some are newsy, others are just fun. A taste of summer in this story.

Lake...  Go to full article
Chimney Point Historic Site, VT, the final stop for the progressive mixer. Photo: Sarah Harris

Across the bridge: a mixer in VT and NY

During the holidays we're listening back to some of our favorite stories from 2013. Some are newsy, others are just fun. We'll return to Sarah Harris' drive around Lake...  Go to full article
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris

Amish farmers partner with Agri-Mark

Most of the North Country is losing population, and losing farms. But there's one group that keeps growing: Old Order Amish. They're drawn to the St. Lawrence Valley by the...  Go to full article
The Lois McClure on Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris

Sailing through history in Vermont, NYS, Canada

During the holidays we're listening back to some of our favorite stories from 2013. Some are newsy, others are just fun.

The Lois McClure is a replica of an 1862...  Go to full article
The finished product. Photo: Sarah Harris

Inside school: making gingerbread houses

Canton first graders are having fun before the holidays making gingerbread houses. There's a trick: they use a milk carton for the base and plaster it with graham crackers,...  Go to full article

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