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Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity Readies for New Build [audio]

Bob Groll, President and Michael Hartney, treasurer of the Schuyler County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, discuss their new build.  The home is being constructed in the village of Montour Falls.  They talk about the process of interviewing prospective home owners, soliciting contributions, and lining up volunteers.  For more information, go to This interview…

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Brigid Hubberman, Director of Children’s Reading Connections, Discusses the New Community Read, “30 Million Words”[audio]

Literacy advocate Brigid Hubberman talks about the new “community read”, 30 Million Words, by Dr. Dana Suskind.  She discusses the concept behind the book, which describes the child development research showing the importance of using varied and rich words when talking to newborn babies, continuing into early childhood. For more information, go to (photo:…

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Cornell University Climate Scientist Louis Derry Talks about his Research on Critical Zone Science [audio]

Professor Louis Derry of Cornell University’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences talks about how he decided to apply for French President Macron’s new “Make Our Planet Great Again” research grant program.  He also describes his field of research, which is called critical zone science. This interview was produced by Esther Racoosin and aired on…

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Finger Lakes Land Trust Six Mile Creek Watershed Conservation [audio]

Andy Zepp, the Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, talks about a New York State Grant that will allow the organization to work on preservation of the Six Mile Creek Watershed.  The project is called Six Mile Creek Watershed Conservation Partnership Land Acquisition and Restoration Project.  The watershed is the drinking water source…

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The Artist and Writer Residency at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts [audio]

Lesley Williamson, Executive Director of the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts talks about the artist and writer residency program.  The application deadline for the residency is this coming January 1, 2018.  Williamson discusses how Constance Saltonstall decided to start the foundation, and how the residency came into being. Esther Racoosin conducted this interview, which…

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Climates of Change: A Civic Ensemble Production [audio]

Sarah K. Chalmers of the Civic Ensemble theatre company, and Sara Warner, member of the Cornell University Department of the Performing and Media Arts, talk about the new theatre production, “Climates of Change”. The production is a cooperative effort between Tompkins County community members and Cornell students. It will be performed from December 1 to…

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