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April Fool's: New England Suffers Maple Woes

April Fool's: Maple-syrup maker Ryan Tilley braves a forest aflame with exploded maple to tap his trees.
April Fool's: Maple-syrup maker Ryan Tilley braves a forest aflame with exploded maple to tap his trees.

A downturn in the maple syrup market is having harmful side effects for trees in northern New England. For the first time in decades, the maples are remaining untapped, with sometimes-dangerous results.

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Prior to his retirement, Robert Siegel was the senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered. With 40 years of experience working in radio news, Siegel hosted the country's most-listened-to, afternoon-drive-time news radio program and reported on stories and happenings all over the globe, and reported from a variety of locations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. He signed off in his final broadcast of All Things Considered on January 5, 2018.