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6/15/18: Plattsburgh fears a U.S.-Canada trade war

6/14/2018
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(Jun 15, 2018) About 15% of the jobs in Plattsburgh are related in some way to trade with Canada. Canadians shop, use airports and marinas, and set up businesses in the city on Lake Champlain. Local leaders want the relationship back to normal. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:34

6/14/18: U.S.-Canada relations sound more like a divorce than a friendship

6/13/2018
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(Jun 14, 2018) The relationship between the U.S. and Canada has been reliably amiable and collaborative for decades. But President Trump has redefined that relationship, accusing Canada of predatory trade and slapping tariffs on Canadian goods. Canadians are not pleased with this turn of events. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:59

6/13/18: NY-21 candidates debate the spirit of the Democratic Party

6/12/2018
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(Jun 13, 2018) The five Democrats running for the North Country's House seat held their final candidate forum yesterday at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh. Their conversation centered on the state of their own party. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:22

6/12/18: They used to fly nuclear bombs all over the place

6/11/2018
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(Jun 12, 2018) In the 1950s, the Pentagon ended a program that had military planes, loaded with nuclear weapons, in the air 24-7 to deter a Soviet attack. Even though those planes kept having accidents, disaster was averted. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:19

6/11/18: Martz channels anger at Trump into centrist message for Congress

6/10/2018
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(Jun 11, 2018) Saranac lake�??s Emily Martz was among the first liberal activists to protest and organize in the wake of Donald Trump�??s presidential victory. She�??s channeled that activism into a campaign for Congress, one of five candidates seeking the Democratic line in the upcoming primary. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:09:01

6/8/18: Republican candidate for Governor wants term limits

6/7/2018
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(Jun 8, 2018) It's not easy running for statewide office in New York. Democratic voters outnumber Republicans roughly two to one. Republican Marc Molinaro is distinguishing himself with a plan to institute term limits for all state lawmakers, including himself. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:24

6/7/18: "Safety first, fun second." School shooting sports and the gun debate

6/6/2018
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(Jun 7, 2018) After a decline in the 1990s, marksmanship and trap shooting programs are growing at many North Country schools as a way to teach gun safety and have fun. But the programs are getting drawn into the national debate over how to stop school shootings and other gun violence. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:51

6/6/18: A call to put the brakes on road salt use in the Adirondacks

6/5/2018
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(Jun 6, 2018) Heavy salting of roads and highways during the North Country's winters helps people get around quicker and safer. But it pollutes people's wells and contaminates lakes and rivers. Two Adirondack towns are experimenting with lighter road salt use. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:32

6/5/18: Ratigan promises transformation, defends voting record

6/4/2018
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(Jun 5, 2018) We've profiled Tedra Cobb, Katie Wilson, and Patrick Nelson, all candidates in the June 26th Democratic primary for the North Country's seat in Congress. Emily Martz is coming up soon. Today, former MSNBC host and Saranac lake native Dylan Ratigan. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:49

6/4/18: North Country on the front line of a U.S.-Canada trade war

6/3/2018
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(Jun 4, 2018) Last week, President Donald Trump announced stiff tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, and he's threatened to blow up NAFTA. Canada's vowed to retaliate. In the middle are North Country towns that rely on trade across our northern border. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:11:06

6/1/18: Tedra Cobb wants to take her political and public health experience to Washington

5/31/2018
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(Jun 1, 2018) Tedra Cobb, of Canton, was a St. Lawrence County legislator for eight years. She's also been a longtime public health advocate and a strategic planning consultant. She hopes that resume will persuade voters to send her to Congress. The third of our Democratic candidate profiles. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:51

5/31/18: Nursing the "dinosaurs of the Great Lakes" back to health

5/30/2018
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(May 31, 2018) Lake sturgeon can live longer than humans. And they grow to be as big as humans, too. But the giant fish nearly went extinct in the 1900s. We have the story of how scientists are bringing sturgeon populations back to health. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:15

5/30/18: An influential green group departs the Adirondacks

5/29/2018
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(May 30, 2018) The Wildlife Conservation Society, headquartered in the Bronx, is closing its office in Saranac Lake. The group led key research in the Adirondacks over more than two decades. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:04:33

5/29/18: Once polluted, Massena GM site looking for buyers

5/28/2018
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(May 29, 2018) A federal trust has overseen the demolition of General Motors building and water tower, and removed half a million tons of cancer-causing PCBs. The whole cleanup cost $130 million. Now they need to find someone else to do something there. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:35

5/28/18: Dems say Ratigan told them he would have voted for Trump

5/27/2018
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(May 28, 2018) President Donald Trump's administration has engendered fervent opposition and deep hostility among many Democrats in the North Country. So it was surprising that Democratic candidate for Congress Dylan Ratigan apparently told Democrats he would have voted for Trump. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:30

5/25/18: No flooding, but Lake Ontario is still high

5/24/2018
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(May 25, 2018) With the spring melt behind us, it's unlikely Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River will swell like they did last year. But it's not easy to get a body of water as huge as the lake to return to its average levels. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:05:19

5/24/18: Should people have to store their guns safely?

5/23/2018
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(May 24, 2018) The latest piece in the gun debate involves something that goes largely unregulated: how guns are stored once they're purchased. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:07:56

5/23/18: What's the deal with the huge white tent in Saranac Lake?

5/22/2018
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(May 23, 2018) Peter Crowley, the managing editor of the Adirondack Daily-Enterprise, breaks down the Democratic field for Congress and why there's a huge white tent where the Ice Palace is built on the shore of Lake Flower. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:08:21

5/22/18: An easy hike with epic views? Yes, please.

5/21/2018
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(May 22, 2018) With big chunks of the Adirondack High Peaks beset with overcrowding during summer, our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann went in search of the perfect peak less summited. And he found it. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:06:17

5/21/18: Yes, there is a mobile meat canning truck, and it came to Lowville

5/20/2018
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(May 21, 2018) The Mennonite Central Committee sends volunteers all over the country with its mobile meat canning truck. The goal is to can meat where it's plentiful and send it to places where it's scarce. David Sommerstein hosts.

Duration:00:05:00