David Sommerstein

David Sommerstein appears in the following:

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

Paul Smith's College, in upstate New York, is among a handful of higher ed institutions offering coursework in craft beer. Be forewarned: The classes are heavier on the science than the partying.


Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

Saturday, November 22, 2014

While snowed-in Buffalo, N.Y. digs out, some Buffaloans are trying to figure out how to get home for Thanksgiving. That includes college students preparing for a difficult drive.


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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bear is traditional American grub, and hunting bear for meat can help control overpopulation. But bear meat isn't going to make its way into restaurants or onto the average dinner table anytime soon.


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

Beat Nation is a traveling art exhibition that mines the similarities between hip-hop and indigenous culture. It's made a big splash in Canada, where indigenous protest movements have recently captured headlines.


New York's Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Greek Yogurt Boom

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The state's yogurt production has tripled since 2008, thanks to Greek yogurt's popularity. But the fixed price for milk means farmers aren't necessarily benefiting from the boom.


Dairy Workers Have Much At Stake In Immigration Bill

Sunday, June 30, 2013

In upstate New York, dairy workers are anxiously watching the immigration debate on Capitol Hill. Nearly two-thirds of them are undocumented.


Researchers Don't 'Wine' About The Cold, Their Grapes Thrive

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A dozen universities are collaborating on a sort of extreme winemaking project: How cold a climate can a grape survive and still make good wine? The Northern Grapes Project is inventi...


Counting Prisoners: Upstate New York Seeks Political Boost

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

If someone is behind bars in a jail far away from home, how should they be counted by the state? The controversial prisoner census issue splits largely along an urban and rural divide. New York City politicians are pushing to end the practice of counting ...


NY is Northeast's Wind Capital

Friday, October 10, 2008

America’s wind energy boom has largely bypassed the densely populated Northeast. But the region’s trying to catch up. Recently, Maine issued more wind project permits than the rest of New England combined. Rhode Island’s getting in the game with a vow to generate 15 percent ...