Sidsel Overgaard

After taking a semester off from college to intern with Vermont Public Radio in 1999, Sidsel was hooked.  She went on to work as a reporter and producer at WNYC in New York and WAMU in Washington, DC before moving to New Mexico in 2007. 
As KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter, Sidsel covered news from around the state having to do with protection of our earth, air and water.  She also kept up a blog, earth air waves, filled with all the bits that can’t be crammed into the local broadcast of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  When not interviewing inspiring people (or sheep), Sidsel could be found doing underdogs with her daughters at the park.
 
 
 

4:52pm

Wed February 19, 2014
Music

Years After Tragedy, Norwegian Pop Star Returns To World Stage

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 11:36 am

Mo performs in 2011, the year he rose to prominence on Norway's version of The X Factor.
Ernst Vikne Wikimedia Commons

Back in 2011, Mohamed Abdi Farah, who goes by the stage name Mo, seemed to be Norway's next rising pop star. Success on his country's version of The X Factor led to a record deal and the release of several singles, all before his 18th birthday. But then, Mo found himself in the middle of a national nightmare: a mass shooting on the Norwegian island of Utøya.

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6:11am

Thu January 23, 2014
Television

Danish TV Drama Sparks Discussions On Wills

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 8:20 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Wow. For all we know this could be the next European TV program to become a hit in the United States. You've heard of "Downton Abbey," this program goes a little more continental. The program by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation is spreading to other countries, sparking a discussion of the edgy subject of inheritance.

Sidsel Overgaard reports.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SERIES, THE LEGACY)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Foreign language spoken)

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9:55am

Wed January 15, 2014
The Salt

New Nordic Food Gods Loosen Up On Strictly Local Cuisine

The Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen is where chefs and social scientists explore the raw materials and flavors of Scandinavia.
Courtesy of the Nordic Food Lab

This story begins with a lemon. It appeared not long ago on a houseboat-cum-food lab docked outside Scandinavia's temple of local food, the restaurant noma, in Copenhagen.

"Isn't that, like, the forbidden fruit?," I ask. "Are you allowed to have a lemon here?"

"I don't know why that's sitting there," says Ben Reade, the lab's head of culinary research and development, looking perplexed.

An anthropologist, Mark Emil Tholstrup Hermansen, pipes in, "We have an Italian on the boat."

Reade concurs: "He needs a lemon every so often for staff food."

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6:03am

Wed December 25, 2013
The Salt

When Is Cinnamon Spice Not So Nice? The Great Danish Debate

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 11:15 am

Ah, the cinnamon swirl: They're beloved by the Danish, but the traditional recipe for these pastries may be too spice-laden for European Union law.
iStockphoto.com

Who doesn't love a Danish pastry?

And in Denmark, they like their pastries sprinkled with plenty of cinnamon.

But now, Denmark's bakers are being told that their time-honored recipe for the beloved kanelsnegle — or cinnamon swirl — may be unhealthy and against the law. Recent testing by the Danish government found that a large number of the rolls had too much cinnamon — more than the recommended limits set by the European Union.

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5:02pm

Mon December 16, 2013
Parallels

Denmark's 'Fix Rooms' Give Drug Users A Safe Haven

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:06 pm

Inside the drug consumption room in Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city.
Sidsel Overgaard for NPR

Martin Jensen smokes heroin.

In the past, when this gaunt-faced Dane had to hide in elevators and stairwells to feed his addiction, he probably wouldn't have been so willing to advertise that fact. Back then, his days were spent scouring Copenhagen — mostly the notorious Vesterbro neighborhood — for places to smoke, out of sight of the police and children. He says he never felt safe, understandably, given what happened to one of his friends.

"My friend, he [was trying to] get some sleep, when he had smoked," Jensen recalls.

That's when an arsonist stopped by.

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12:36pm

Mon November 18, 2013
Parallels

Too Cool For (Bike) Helmet Head? Here's One Swedish Solution

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 2:45 pm

No more helmet hair: Hovding's "invisible" helmet is an air bag tucked away in a collar that gets fastened around a cyclist's neck. It's aimed at urban cyclists and priced at $535.
Courtesy of Hovding

Hey there, hipster. No bike helmet, huh? Well, we all have our excuses. There are the vanity-driven ones that — let's be honest — explain why the majority of our brain cages sit collecting dust in the dark corners of the garage. Squashed hair, unflattering chin straps, general discomfort, etc.

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12:51pm

Wed October 16, 2013
Parallels

As Greenland Seeks Economic Development, Is Uranium The Way?

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 6:39 pm

Workers stand inside the gold mine in Greenland's Nulanaq mountain in 2009. The Danish territory's underground wealth was at the forefront of elections in March. Now, Greenland faces another dilemma: whether to end a zero-tolerance policy on uranium extraction.
Adrian Joachim AP

Karen Hanghoj, a scientist with Denmark's Geological Survey, points to the southern tip of Greenland on a colorful map hanging in her office.

"What you can see here in the southern region here is you have a big pink region," she says. "And then within the pink region, you see you have all these little purple dots.

"And what the purple dots are is a later period of rifting. These complexes have these weird chemistries and have these very, very strange minerals in them," she adds.

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3:32pm

Wed September 25, 2013
The Salt

Pork Politics: Why Some Danes Want Pig Meat Required On Menus

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 6:16 pm

In Denmark, pigs outnumber people 2 to 1. No traditional Danish meal would be complete without something wrapped in, wrapped around, or topped with pork.

In 2012, the country exported close to $6 billion in pig meat, a figure that includes "carcasses" — which leads to the question: What does one do with a pig carcass?

All this is by way of explaining the hubbub that erupted following a recent headline: "Day Cares Ban Pork."

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6:34am

Fri August 23, 2013
The Upstate Economy

New York in the World: an old economic engine is new again

Doug Kerr Flickr

Back in the 1930s, when Finger Lakes resident Carl Mortensen was a kid, agriculture was his small town’s link to the rest of the state.

“New York City was full of horses,” Mortensen said. “They used horses for everything. And our big thing then was to put up oats, straw and hay and like that and ship it to New York City.”

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6:34am

Thu August 22, 2013
The Upstate Economy

New York in the World: the home of Kodak tries to reinvent itself

The Kodak plant in Rochester
Onno Kluyt Flickr

As more and more young people flock to the world’s largest cities, smaller cities have had to struggle to keep up. Perhaps nowhere has this played out more dramatically than New York, a state housing one of the world’s most tempting urban centers.  But there are young people who do move to New York City, only to discover - sometimes to their own surprise - that success can be found back home.

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6:34am

Wed August 21, 2013
The Upstate Economy

New York in the World: How one New York City industry refashioned itself

Nanette Lepore Fall 2013 collection
FashionMingle

In 1950, New York City’s garment industry employed 300,000 workers. During the last several decades, those production jobs have all but disappeared. But the story of what happened next in this industry is dramatically different from others in cities elsewhere in the state.

Today, Fashion Week in New York City attracts nearly 250,000 visitors from around the world and has an economic impact on the city of of more than $750 million.

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6:34am

Tue August 20, 2013
The Upstate Economy

New York in the World: How one manufacturing plant survived

A sign greets visitors to the Tonawanda, NY powertrain plant.
Sidsel Overgaard/WRVO

In 1975, the workforce in several major cities in upstate New York had more than 40 percent of their jobs in manufacturing. Today, that number hovers around 10 percent. There are examples of manufacturers and workers in New York state who have found a place in our new global economy, but not without sacrifice.

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9:52am

Mon August 19, 2013
The Upstate Economy

New York in the World: The history behind the state's economy

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, circa 1960; Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York State Archives & governor.ny.org

All this week, we’ll be bringing you  a series of stories from the documentary about the state of the economy in New York state. "New York in the World" with Garrick Utley will air on WRVO Public Media  Sunday, August 25 at 7 p.m.

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6:27am

Wed May 1, 2013
Environment

Pondering the value of landfills in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region is hope to two of the biggest landfills in the state.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via Flickr

Hundreds of Finger Lakes residents gathered in Geneva recently for what’s expected to be the first of several conversations about the region’s landfills.

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1:58pm

Fri April 26, 2013
Environment

Fight to stop proposed gas storage facility continues with activists' release from jail

Supporters gather to celebrate the activists' release from jail
Sidsel Overgaard

Three opponents of a proposed gas storage facility near Seneca Lake were released from jail early Thursday. The activists were sentenced to fifteen days after trespassing on property owned by Inergy Corporation, but were released after about a week. Inergy is seeking approval to store millions of barrels of butane and propane in an old salt cavern near Watkins Glen.

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9:22am

Mon April 15, 2013
Politics

Congressional race underway in one district

It may seem like the 2012 elections are barely behind us, but in New York’s 23rd congressional district the race for 2014 is on. 

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4:11am

Thu March 28, 2013
Agriculture

Area wines fare well at Finger Lakes Wine Competition

Dan Klimke Flickr

The results are in from this weekend’s Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in Rochester, and it’s good news for the region. A dozen wines from the Finger Lakes came away with coveted double-gold medals -- twice as many as last year. 

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9:28am

Tue March 19, 2013
Environment

New York's forests in need of healthier regeneration

Deer on the Stackhouse property is a very common sight
Sidsel Overgaard/WRVO

Imagine a New York autumn with almost no red or orange -- just brown, brown, brown. Experts say that could be the scene 50 years from now if people don’t start paying more attention to what’s going on with the shrubs, bushes and saplings in the forest. 

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5:47am

Fri March 15, 2013
Regional Coverage

2013 looking like a better year for maple producers

Sidsel Overgaard/WRVO

Maple producers across New York will throw open their doors to visitors this weekend and next for the state’s 18th annual Maple Weekend. 

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9:06am

Mon February 25, 2013
Energy

Residents prepare for legal fight over proposed gas storage facility

The group Gas Free Seneca met recently to discuss their opposition to a proposed gas storage facility
Sidsel Overgaard/WRVO

Opponents of a proposed underground gas storage facility near Seneca Lake are ramping up for a legal fight as a decision on the project nears.

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10:06am

Fri February 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Village of Dresden without a candidate for mayor for March election

Sidsel Overgaard/WRVO

In March, many places in central and northern New York will hold local elections. Among them is the village of Dresden on Seneca Lake, where residents will vote in a new mayor.  But, there’s just one problem: no one’s running.

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9:16am

Thu February 14, 2013
Regional Coverage

Finger Lakes wines faring well in competitions

Fred Chiang Flickr

It’s wine competition season, a time of year when judges offer their opinions at dozens of events around the world. New York Wine and Grape Foundation’s Jim Trezise was at an event in Sonoma to see how Finger Lakes wines have been faring.

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8:58am

Thu January 31, 2013
Regional Coverage

Penn Yan downtown sees resurgence

Boston Public Library Flickr

Despite the sluggish economy, at least one small town in the Finger Lakes has been seeing some promising signs of life in its downtown corridor.

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3:24am

Mon December 3, 2012
All Tech Considered

In Eye Control, A Promise To Let Your Tablet Go Hands-Free

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 4:57 am

In an image from an Eye Tribe video, a man uses his eyes to play the Fruit Ninja game, slicing fruit in half as it appears on the screen.
The Eye Tribe

Forget touch screens and voice recognition — what if you could control your computer just by looking at it? Gaze-based interaction has been around for 20 years, used mainly by people with disabilities. But the technology could be available to the masses soon, allowing users to move a cursor with their eyes, or turn the pages of an e-book without lifting a finger.

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3:46am

Tue November 13, 2012
The Salt

Danes May Bring Back Butter As Government Rolls Back Fat Tax

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 3:34 pm

Toothbutter, illustrated.
Sidsel Overgaard NPR

Toothbutter: noun. Butter spread so thickly as to reveal teeth marks upon biting.

The fact that this word exists in the Danish language should help to explain what politicians were up against when they introduced the "fat tax" just over a year ago. This is a country that loves it some butter (and meat, and all things dreadful to the arteries).

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2:29pm

Fri November 2, 2012
The Salt

Christmas Comes Early For Denmark's Beer Drinkers

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 3:40 pm

J-Day, the first Friday in November, marks the release of Denmark's Christmas beer, Tuborg's Julebryg. It's practically a national holiday as the beer is promoted tonight in bars throughout the country.
Tuborg

In the U.S., Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start of the race to Christmas (unless you happen to decorate department stores, then it starts in October). But in Denmark, the Christmas race starts tonight.

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2:27pm

Mon October 29, 2012
The Salt

As U.S. States Look To Add Food Labels, Denmark Looks To Subtract Some

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 7:58 pm

Just some of the food labels a Danish government group is evaluating.
forbrug.dk

Wherever you look these days, it seems labels that strive to send a message about our food are on the table. In California, there's a vote coming up on whether genetically modified foods should be labeled. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission updated its guidelines for "green" labeling.

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