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Join us as we take a "Second Look" at the pages of history from New York's North Country region. Our weekly podcast digs deeper into the strange, sad and amusing stories from the pages of our more than 150-year-old newspaper in Watertown, New York. Second Look is produced weekly by the Watertown Daily Times with hosts Kelly and Christina. Contact: cknott@wdt.net or kburdick@wdt.net

Join us as we take a "Second Look" at the pages of history from New York's North Country region. Our weekly podcast digs deeper into the strange, sad and amusing stories from the pages of our more than 150-year-old newspaper in Watertown, New York. Second Look is produced weekly by the Watertown Daily Times with hosts Kelly and Christina. Contact: cknott@wdt.net or kburdick@wdt.net
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Join us as we take a "Second Look" at the pages of history from New York's North Country region. Our weekly podcast digs deeper into the strange, sad and amusing stories from the pages of our more than 150-year-old newspaper in Watertown, New York. Second Look is produced weekly by the Watertown Daily Times with hosts Kelly and Christina. Contact: cknott@wdt.net or kburdick@wdt.net

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Episodes

How did the Mets make a miracle happen?

10/13/2019
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Fifty years ago, Mets fans in Watertown predicted what few statisticians would. One of the worst teams in baseball rocketed to the top, reaching and then dominating the 1969 World Series. Dennis O'Brien joins Christina and Kelly to talk about the Miracle Mets and how the 1969 made sports history in a way almost no one saw coming. Contact & credits Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Outro music is "The Papergirl" by The Whole...

Duration:00:37:38

Who was the terror of Coffeen Street?

10/6/2019
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One hundred twenty five years ago, Watertown and the surrounding communities in Northern New York were terrorized by what would be called "the lunatic" of Coffeen Street. This mysterious stranger attacked passersby with rocks, and as residents searched for him in vain with dogs and guns, the man's aim was improving. Kelly and Christina talk about this spooky part of our local history and why he was such a terrifying figure. Contact & credits Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro...

Duration:00:25:38

What happened to all the old buildings 50 years ago?

9/27/2019
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Urban renewal. These words alone are enough to strike fear into the hearts of many history lovers. Did this movement erase our important connection to our past? Or allow us to move forward into the future? Did it destroy communities or revitalize them? Maybe both? Kelly and Christina discuss urban renewal in the U.S. and in Northern New York to talk about the good, the bad and the in-between. It's a lot to unpack, so settle in for our longest episode yet! Contact & credits Episode is...

Duration:00:42:54

What happened when Sacred Heart church went up in flames?

9/22/2019
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Fifty years ago, a devastating fire raged through Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church, destroying the meeting place of a 112-year-old religious community. About 100 firefighters finally brought the church fire under control as temperatures hovered around 0 degrees. But the next morning, only smoldering ruins remained. Stone walls had a layer of ice. The only other thing still standing was the 100-foot high bell tower. Kelly and Christina talk about this fire, its mysterious cause and how the...

Duration:00:22:28

Who was the hermit of Cold River?

9/15/2019
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Noah John Rondeau was an interesting character of contradictions. He loved people but even more loved being alone in the wilderness. He had only an eighth-grade education but developed his own secret code that kept his secrets long after his death. Kelly and Christina discuss this interesting north country man, his life in the woods, his strange fame and the interesting legacy he left behind. Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing....

Duration:00:26:14

Why does Minna Anthony Common have a nature center?

9/8/2019
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The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, celebrating its 50th anniversary today, is one of the largest nature centers in New York’s state park system. It sits on a 600-acre peninsula of Wellesley Island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. It has 8 miles of hiking trails as well as 7 miles of cross-country ski trails during the winter months. The center has been described as a hidden gem, but perhaps even less well known is the namesake of the center and how it got its name. Christina...

Duration:00:18:16

What caused the 1944 food riot in Watertown?

9/1/2019
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“They raided the sugar supply as well as the butter. They opened the store’s large cooler and began pulling butter out of it, disregarding the manager’s warning that only a half pound could be sold to each customer.” We're back! Today we’re looking back to December 1944 to find the answer to the question what caused the 1944 food riot in Watertown? Kelly Burdick and Christina Knott are talking to Watertown Daily Times reporter Chris Brock to learn more about this gem he discovered in our...

Duration:00:24:26

Vacation message

8/4/2019
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It's been quite a(n almost) year, and we have loved bringing our interesting history finds to you since our humble podcast began last August. We've talked about hidden beer caves, the first supermodel (who hailed from Northern New York), unusual medical mysteries and more. We are so thankful to our listeners who have stuck with us as we have figured out podcasting and learn along with us. But ... We do need to take a short break to get some ideas lined up for the next year. We have some...

Duration:00:04:02

The rise and fall of the Northern Brewing Co. in Watertown

7/31/2019
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Special guest Dennis O'Brien joins Kelly and Christina to talk about the history of the Northern Brewing Co. in Watertown, including its famous sports owner, who may have also invented the bounce pass. Listen for more. Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Music is by Podington Bear. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Email us at secondlook@jnc.media.com.

Duration:00:18:48

July 28-Aug. 3 History Highlights

7/28/2019
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Special guest host Dennis O'Brien joins Christina for a look back at north country happenings this week, from renovations of a 100-year-old Civil War monument, a loose local connection to a major murder trial and a stern edict from our favorite past Chief of Police, E.J. Singleton. Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Music is by Podington Bear. Look for us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for more. Visit nny360.com for the best news from Northern New York.

Duration:00:09:10

Encephalitis lethargica: In the north country and around the world

7/24/2019
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Encephalitis lethargica, sleeping sickness or "sleep-death" This often forgotten epidemic remains the largest medical mystery of the 20th century. It struck a million people or more around the world, killing about a third immediately and leaving a third more trapped immobile, alive but imprisoned inside their body. A century later, we still don't know what causes it, how it is transmitted, how to cure it or whether it may happen again. Kelly and Christina discuss how this sickness affected...

Duration:00:32:40

July 21-27 History Highlights

7/21/2019
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New drivers are encouraged to advertise their inexperience, near beer is a miss and some domestic disputes hit the newspapers of the past. Kelly and Christina discuss. Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Music is "Rubber Robot" by Poddinton Bear. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for fun extras and to learn more about Northern New York history. Let us know if you have any highlights or history to share at secondlook@jnc.media and visit our news site online at nny360.com.

Duration:00:14:52

Who was John Nill?

7/17/2019
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He died 100 years ago, with his obituary promising his works would never be forgotten, but who was John Nill? Learn more about the German immigrant to Watertown, N.Y., who became a baker, caker, ice cream creator and cigar maker. But that's not all; he was also elected mayor of Watertown, and has one of the most interesting grave sites in the region. Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Music is "Boop" by Podington Bear. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and check out our news website at...

Duration:00:13:34

July 14-20 History Highlights

7/14/2019
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This special episode of History Highlights, we follow the local coverage of the NASA moon landing 50 years ago in 1969. We talk about local reactions, thoughts from foreign visitors in the U.S. that week, controversy and protests and the new frontier of exploration. Contact us at secondlook@jnc.media or follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Music is by Poddington Bear. Other audio can from the JFK Presidential Library and from NASA. Listen to the end...

Duration:00:15:16

Vintage lawn games in the north country

7/10/2019
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During the short summer months in the north country, everyone is out to soak up as much sun as possible before the winter returns -- and that's true not just today. A century ago, these games kept families, friends and strangers entertained. Kelly and Christina talk about the interesting history of these outdoor games and how locals here participated in them through the years. Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Music is "Starday" by Podington Bear. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and...

Duration:00:20:38

July 7-13 History Highlights

7/7/2019
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Christina and Kelly talk about north country historical events, and we go out of Watertown a bit to talk about the surrounding communities. We talk about Ives Park in Potsdam, a road rage incident in Malone, giant strawberries brought into the Watertown Daily Times, the return of War of 1812 Ale out of Sacketts Harbor, prisoners of war in Pine Camp (Fort Drum) and more. Podcast is edited by Christina Knott. Music is by Podington Bear. Search for us on Instagram and Facebook. Support local...

Duration:00:21:08

The Thirsty First and the Fourth of July

7/3/2019
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What was the Fourth of July like in the early 1900s? In a word, raucous. Injuries, destruction and even death were not uncommon. An article in the Watertown Daily Times on July 13, 1903 reported 52 killed and 3,665 injured in 200 cities, including a 10-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy in Kingston, who were shot in the hand with toy pistols and developed Lockjaw. A n article in the paper from June 10, 1910, pleaded with readers to stay "safe and sane" on the Fourth. But Independence Day...

Duration:00:17:46

June 30 to July 6 History Highlights

6/30/2019
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Kelly and Christina discuss take a second look at history highlights from the Watertown Daily Times for the week of June 30 to July 6. 50 years ago July 2, 1969: The Watertown City Council Monday threw out all bids for the projected Children’s Zoo in Thompson park which, among other things would remove the stone pavilion from public use in favor of a children’s playground and spray pool and eliminate the present paved roadway through the zoo sector. Corporation Council Kenneth W. Brett...

Duration:00:17:20

The north country's first skyscraper

6/26/2019
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In the 19th century, most north country residents had never seen a tall “skyscraper” building. The few that had were likely to have seen it in New York City, where the first skyscraper reached seven stories in 1870 with the Equitable Life Building, considered by many to be the first skyscraper. For residents in Watertown, plans would soon be in place for a building of their own to brag about. Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Music is by Podington Bear. Visit us on Facebook or...

Duration:00:21:56

June 23-29 History Highlights

6/23/2019
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Kelly and Christina take a look back at this week in north country history for June 23-29. Follow along online or in print. Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Music is "Boop" by Podington Bear. Contact us at secondlook@jnc.media and follow us on Facebook or Instagram. And check out our new website, NNY360.com as well for the latest Northern New York news.

Duration:00:17:56