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Today's Top Stories from NCPR

 
"YOU NEVER QUITE KNOW WHAT'S COMING NEXT"
 
One of the sweetest traditions this time of year is Hobofest in Saranac Lake, now in its eighth year. Increasingly, it's a must-see-must-hear experience, pulling together some of the best roots music in the region. Here's a sampler of some of the sights (and sounds) of one of the loveliest village music festivals in New York. From Brian Mann

Mike Simpson, owner and chef at the Clipper Inn in Clayton, whips up a batch of traditional Thousand Island dressing. Photo: Julia Botero
"A BILLIONAIRE, TRUE LOVE, AN ISLAND CASTLE AND A STEAM YACHT," OR NOT.
 
Among the condiments: Thousand Island dressing
 
At the turn of the 20th century, the Thousand Islands was a summer destination for the nation's elite. It was the Gilded Age and a creamy pink salad dressing was all the rage among cooks at the hotels and resorts dotting the St. Lawrence River. Two competing legends on who first came up with Thousand Island dressing. From Julia Botero
 
"BREAKING ALL SORTS OF GLASS CEILINGS"
 
In celebration of Labor Day, a look at women in the U.S. workforce

There are now more women serving in public office than ever before, but the U.S. still ranks 97th in the world for for women in legislative positions. There are currently more women enrolling in college than men, particularly Hispanic and black women, but in 2016, women earned 81.8 percent of what men earned. NPR Politics breaks down how women fare in the workplace and why.     
 
Harun Mehmedinovic at Skyglow shares his new video, "Hades Exhales," a time-lapse montage of Yellowstone geysers and the night sky. Sitting atop one of the most powerful supervolcanoes on the planet, Yellowstone serves as reminder that some of the most beautiful parts of nature are often the most dangerous. From EarthSky
 
"SUBTLE PRECISION WITH STARK GRIT"
 
Watch: Quiles and Cloud, "Hero's Crown"

After two fan-funded studio recordings and nearly four years touring the U.S., on Quiles & Cloud's latest album, "Beyond the Rain," human emotion and world strife play out as central themes. Filmed and multi-tracked by Beehive Productions in Saranac Lake, NY

 
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We hear about commercial sturgeon fishing for the NYC market in Hammond, and Dick's Country Store in Churubusco, an "oasis" of guns and guitars. Gardening maven Amy Ivy has tips on saving seeds and self-seeding plants in the garden.
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