It's known as the world's friendliest border. Five thousand miles of unfenced, un-walled international coexistence and a symbol of neighborly goodwill between two great nations: the United States and Canada. But just how friendly is it really? In War Plan Red, the secret "cold war" between the United States and Canada is revealed by Kevin Lippert.

From the "Pork and Beans War" between Maine and Newfoundland lumberjacks, to the "Pig War" of the San Juan Islands, culminating with excerpts from actual declassified invasion plans the Canadian and U.S. militaries drew up in the 1920s and 1930s – Lippert looks at the ever-evolving history of North American continental relations.

Kevin Lippert is the founder of the Princeton Architectural Press, which he has run for the past 34-years.

Building a fence between the U.S. and Mexico is a familiar topic in our presidential politics. But what about the Canadian border?
On Meet the Press this weekend, Republican candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made comments that raised concerns among northern border interests.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, people near the border say the comments are evidence of general lack of knowledge about our northern neighbor.

  In his memoir, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend, Martin Short writes about his early years in Toronto as a member of Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies.

He also writes about the creation of his lasting characters - and about his personal life which includes the loss of both of his parents before the age of 20.

From cross-border trade to security, New York’s northernmost communities strive for close ties with our neighbors to the north. The Consul General of Canada in New York delivered the Distinguished Canadian Address last night for the Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The U.S. senators from New York are urging Canada to raise a threshold for duty-free purchases by its citizens to boost shopping excursions to places like Buffalo, Watertown, Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh.

In a letter to the Canadian ambassador, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say raising Canada's threshold from $20 per shipment up to the U.S. level of $200 for imported goods shipped home would have "a significant and positive impact" on U.S.- Canada trade.

9/23/14 Panel

Sep 23, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
WH Intruder
Afghan Officers - Canada Border
Companies Tax Dodge
Religion in Politics Poll

WAMC/Pat Bradley

  New York’s border with Canada is a major issue for the 21st Congressional district.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican candidate Elise Stefanik tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock retiring Congressman Bill Owens deserves credit for his attention to border issues.

    Shocking new revelations about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, his family and associates by the Toronto Star reporter who has closely covered Ford’s career.

Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, by Robyn Doolittle, will chronicle Ford’s ascent from a flamboyant city councillor to a mayor embroiled in controversy.

    After two acclaimed historical novels, one of Canada’s most celebrated writers now gives us the contemporary story of a man studying the suddenly confusing shape his life has taken, and why, and what his responsibilities—as a husband, a father, a brother, and an uncle—truly are.

Dennis Bock’s new novel is Going Home Again.

Tim Chaisson

Apr 17, 2013

    Tim Chaisson's U.S debut The Other Side was released on February 26, of this year and was called "a handsomely crafted piece of work" by The Guardian. The album won the East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year.

A few weeks ago, the native of Prince Edward Island, Canada, was scheduled to come play live and record an interview with me - but on that day - I all-but-lost my voice. Not wanting to subject Tim (or listeners) to an aggravated croak of an interview - we asked if he’d come in and just play.

What we have to share with you now, is the 4 song set Tim played at The Linda with his cousin, Cody Chaisson, joining him on mandolin.