David Sommerstein

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Cryptocurrency Miners Make Big Promises In Small Towns

Monday, May 28, 2018

Massena, N.Y., has hemorrhaged factory jobs over the past decade. Now, digital currency mining firms have come to town, promising jobs and investment.


Meet The Former USA Luger Who's Making Sleds For Many Teams At The 2018 Games

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

One of the fastest Olympic events is the luge. Lying down, feet first and traveling at speeds faster than 90 mph. The difference between winning and losing is tiny and a man from New York is doing his part to help athletes win gold.


Partnership Between Drug Giant And Native American Tribe May Affect Patent Challenges

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A drug company and a native tribe in upstate New York have struck a deal to use the tribe's sovereign status to enhance the patent protection for the drug company's products.


Thousands Of Haitians Enter Canada Amid Fears Of Deportation From U.S.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

They emigrated after the Trump administration said it might end the temporary protected status granted after Haiti's massive 2010 earthquake. The influx has led to some soul-searching in Canada.


With Caviar, Clay, and Turkey Feathers, Saving Lake Sturgeon From Extinction

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lake sturgeon have been around since the dinosaurs, and they can live as long as humans, or longer. Overfishing and pollution has decimated populations, but biologists are learning to help them breed.


As Obama Clean Power Plan Fades, States Craft Strategies To Move Beyond It

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The plan is on hold while a legal battle plays out. Even if it's upheld, the Trump administration is likely to appeal to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, states are looking at energy alternatives.


Is Burning Trees Still Green? Some Experts Now Question Biomass

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Biomass was rising a decade ago as a carbon-neutral energy. But the industry is sputtering as oil and natural gas booms, and some scientists are questioning if it's actually good for the environment.


Fashionable Prosthetics Trade Realistic Color For Personal Pizzazz

Saturday, April 02, 2016

A firm in New York is making brightly colored, personalized covers for prosthetic legs that each wearer helps design — sort of like a tattoo.


Low Energy Prices Force More Northeast Nuclear Power Plants To Shut Down

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The actions raise questions about nuclear's future in the U.S., including its role in reducing climate change. It's left the rural community that's home to one of the plants reeling.


Iroquois Play Host To 11 Countries At Lacrosse World Championships

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Onondaga Nation, a Native American tribe in New York, is hosting the world indoor lacrosse championship. It's the first time an indigenous sovereign territory has hosted a major sports tournament.


Advocates Fight To Keep Sheltered Workshops For Workers With Disabilities

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Such workshops are being closed across the U.S., more than 15 years after the Supreme Court said separate work settings constitute discrimination. But advocates say clients have nowhere else to go.


As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Against Racism

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He faced vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence, he is talking about it now.


Hey, College Kids: You Really Can Minor In Craft Beer Studies

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

You've heard it before — that quip to describe crazy college days: "I minored in beer studies."

Well, now you can.

Paul Smith's College, a small, isolated campus in the northernmost reaches of upstate New York's Adirondack Mountains, is among a handful of higher education institutions tapping the ever ...


Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Why The 'Invasivores' Haven't Pounced On Bear Meat

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The fight against nuisance critters is increasingly being fought at the dinner table. We've reported on so-called invasivores eating everything from Asian carp (battered and fried!) to wild pigs (Russian boar carpaccio, anyone?) as a means of reducing pesky populations. Heck, invasivores are even getting stoked ...


Freshly Baked Art: Cookies That Are A Feast For The Eyes

Monday, March 10, 2014

For an online community of crafty bakers, a cookie is more than just a crumbly delight. They're taking cookie decorating to new heights of intricacy, from carnival carousels to beach-themed treats.


Olympian Gets Parade In Remsen, Where Ticker Tape Is Made Of Snow

Friday, February 28, 2014

The small town of Remsen held an Olympic-sized party for the first U.S. woman to medal in luge. North Country Public Radio's David Sommerstein reports that Erin Hamlin was welcomed home with a parade.


Hip-Hop's Aboriginal Connection

Saturday, January 04, 2014

At the entrance of a new exhibit at Montreal's Musée d'Art Contemporain, visitors are greeted with a red neon glow and a ping-pong of sounds. A dubstep groove thumps. A high-hat skitters. A pow-wow chant echoes from another room.

Beat Nation: Hip Hop as Indigenous Culture has become something of ...


New York's Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Greek Yogurt Boom

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Upstate New York has lugged around the Rust Belt identity for decades now.
But today, the region is trying on a new reputation as the king of yogurt — especially the high-protein Greek yogurt that consumers crave.

Greek yogurt leaders Chobani and Fage started the boom in 2007 and ...