Jody Tosti, former NCPR announcer and reporter, current host of Community Connection on B99.3FM, invites you the listener into the conversations of our North Country neighbors and friends as we explore the topics that matter to us in an intimate and relaxed setting.
North Country Bound is a play that explores the impact of prisons in the North Country from the viewpoint of retired New York State Corrections Officers and staff. Written by SUNY Potsdam Professor Rivka Rocchio, the staged reading tonight on ZOOM will include a Q&A and is free to the public. Rocchio has taught Theatre and English in prisons, high schools, and middle schools and joins Jody Tosti today on “Community Connection.” Rivka does amazing work and I look forward to a longer conversation with her when we're all vaccinated and can sit down at my kitchen table.
Mountain Lake PBS will air the short film, Tree House tomorrow at 2 PM. It’s one of three films featured in the half-hour special Festival Films: Spotlight on New York Shorts. Producer and co-director of Tree House, Claire Kinnen joined me to talk about this movie that was shot in DeKalb, NY in a week with a very small budget.
It’s International Women’s Day, March 8th, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. All this week on “Community Connection” we’ll hear from teachers, artists, and grassroots organizers starting with Dr. Jessica Rogers, assistant professor of Environmental Studies at SUNY Potsdam about her work that has taken her across the world.
David Penepent has been on the frontlines of COVID 19 for nearly a year now helping with relief efforts in New York City and starting a grassroots program he calls “Hands With a Heart.” The SUNY Canton funeral services director has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, Univision and interviewed by filmmaker Spike Lee. He joins Jody Tosti along with some of his students who’ve been with him throughout this journey.
Beverly King survived the 2017 mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas. The Malone-native spoke with me about the harrowing, life-changing experience and the work she now does with a non-profit group called Comfort Cubs, which sends teddy bears to help victims heal from trauma and loss.
This is my conversation with Potsdam-native, Jason Sutter, whose drumming journey started as a North Country kid honing his skills with the help of The Crane School of Music and a happening bar scene in St. Lawrence County.