‘How America’s Prison Boom Changed the Adirondacks’

Brian Mann will present “How America’s Prison Boom changed the Adirondacks” at the Library Lunch Series at noon, Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Cantwell Community Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library

For more than 20 years, Mann, Adirondack bureau chief for North Country Public Radio, has covered rural America from Alaska to New York.

He grew up in Alaska, where he fell in love with public radio. In 1999, Brian moved to the Adirondacks and helped launch NCPR’s news bureau. “I love the chemistry of water and mountains,” Brian says. “But I’m also pretty crazy about village life in the North Country. It’s the kind of place where you know your neighbors.”

Brian lives in Saranac Lake with wife Susan. Their son Nicholas is a freshman at Clarkson University in Potsdam. Brian is a frequent contributor to NPR, writes regularly for regional magazines, including Adirondack Life and the Adirondack Explorer and in 2006, authored the book, Welcome to the Homeland.

Mann and Natasha Haverty are wrapping up “The Prison Time Media Project,” a year-long series of programs about the North Country prison culture and its effect on the region. He will present the results of their in-depth research on this subject.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy dessert and coffee provided by the Hospitality Committee.

For more information, call 518-891-4190.