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Which Chickadee - Black-capped or Carolina?

From BirdNote | 01:45

Of all the birds that turn up at birdfeeders, chickadees are favorites. And they’re instantly recognizable. Yet sometimes we have to ask ourselves: “Which chickadee is it?” In the eastern and central states, there are two species: Black-capped Chickadees pervade the northern half of the region, and Carolina Chickadees, like this one, the southern half. But in some places, they overlap. And while the two look nearly identical, their voices give them away!

Carolina-chickadee-mark-peck-2019-285 Of all the birds that turn up at birdfeeders, chickadees are favorites. And they’re instantly recognizable. Yet sometimes we have to ask ourselves: “Which chickadee is it?” In the eastern and central states, there are two species: Black-capped Chickadees pervade the northern half of the region, and Carolina Chickadees, like this one, the southern half. But in some places, they overlap. And while the two look nearly identical, their voices give them away!

The River Is Wide (Series)

Produced by Susan J. Cook

Most recent piece in this series:

Who Rules the World and Why It Matters, At Age 18

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 07:10



Who Rules The World and Why It Matters, At Age 18.


Maine Public has begun celebrating Maine's 200th anniversary with little short pieces about Maine's history. Closing out the pieces with “Happy Birthday, Maine” is the voice of Charles Beck, the Vice President for Programming.


Charles Beck revoiced coincides with the very disturbing possibility of war with Iran again and renewed conflict with Iraq. There are many who will never have another birthday because of the Iraq War. Forty five hundred Americans have died, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and others.

It also reminds us that as the Iraq War began 14 years ago, Beck fired The humble Farmer- a 30 year jazz program producer for a thinly veiled criticism of Republican President George W. Bush beginning the Iraq War. The first sentence was “I don't care for war.” Beck played no small part in suppressing the anti-Iraq war message on Maine Public radio, along with the Maine Public Board of Trustees, half of whom had donated over $160,000 to Republican candidates.


Right around the time Beck censored the producer, I had the opportunity to swing on a hammock with my two young grandnephews, one five and the other a summer away from turning 4. They had gathered up from the sandpits two or three Power Rangers, two R2-D2s and several 3 inch tall good and bad guys and placed them in the hammock's webbing so we could all ride together.


After a moment or two, the five year old leaned back in the hammock's arch and gazed up at the canopy of oak leaves. He asked "Who rules the world?"


That summer day, with the Power Rangers, the R2-D2s, the good and bad guys up on the hammock with us, I sensed the gravity of his question. I asked, "Well, who do you think rules the world?"


"Queens and kings and presidents and the news," he said.


On a warm day, to listen to the honest musings of a five year old about the world is to be reminded that everyone's opinion matters, that we all have a responsibility to protect this opinion sharing, to protect what matters.


How did he know that already? Did he know how intensely kings, queens, presidents and the "news" go about trying to rule the world? More than all the Power Rangers, R2-D 2s, the good guys and the bad guys combined, let alone what happens when Darth Vader rises out of the sand pile to once more have a go of it?


That day comes to mind now that the real threat of young men and women being sacrificed at the feet of War supporters, the Jared Kushners carrying out Israel's vendetta, the Donald Trumps pursuing re-election. It's why as it did then censorship matters.


The five year old who I have always called “Who Rules the World One” just turned 18. Eligible to be drafted, if there is one. Eligible to sign himself up for the Army Reserves, which he frequently says he'd like to do. The financial incentives for an 18 year old whose knows money is hard to come by is very hard to resist. It makes the kid eligible for the tuition Pot of Gold at the other end of deployment- if there is one- after a deployment.


Back then, many, many Mainers were distressed that an anti-war view would be censored by a Republican-laden Maine Public Board of Trustees. I started a website called “freethehumblefarmer.com” which- everyday until Obama was elected, I updated, wrote new material, got out my sixth grade book reports to post when I was running out of material, sprung for the monthly web server fee. No, I didn't identify myself openly as the website writer, domain holder, refresher. Yes, in this country, at that time, identifying oneself as the critic of public broadcasting censorship of anti-war statements can make you a target too. I still was a little taken back when – ego is also powerful force- the independent producer of 'The humble Farmer," told the writer for another small publication “Discover Maine” that he- the independent producer had written, updated and created the website that I was fully responsible for. I corrected both of them.

To this day, censorship of anti-war statements on public radio remains fiercely relevant. Censorship means five year olds and three year olds grow up with no reminders that the price of war is death and devastation. No message that war has and always will put an end to birthdays for those “anonymous” nobodies somewhere. But then there's Maine Public, still appointing Charles Beck to offer “Happy Birthday” wishes to Maine or maybe he appointed himself with no audible protest to be heard.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 20.18: How Far South Can You See the Aurora Borealis?, 1/24/2020

From WFIU | Part of the A Moment of Science series | 02:00

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small How Far South Can You See the Aurora Borealis?

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Exercise Medicine -- Groks Science Show 2020-01-15

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 19:13

Grokscience_small Aging may seem like an inevitable deterioration of our bodies, but is there a routine way to prevent it?  Can exercise help?  On this episode, Judy Foreman discussed her book, Exercise is Medicine.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Dolittle

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the Reel Discovery series | 03:00

Dolittle_small Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin talks to the animals with Robert Downey, Jr. in Dolittle.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

CurrentCast programming for January 6 - January 31, 2020

From ChavoBart Digital Media | Part of the CurrentCast series | 20:00

Cc_square_logo_240_small CurrentCast is a daily, 60-second radio feature that educates the public about water issues, promotes an appreciation for aquatic environments, and encourages an educated discussion about this critical resource. This 4-week round includes the following pieces:

Air Date - Title

Mon., 1/6 - iTree Hydro: A new tool can help city and regional planners see the benefits of planting trees

Tue., 1/7 - Fish Talk: Scientists listen in on a world of underwater sound.

Wed., 1/8 - Stormwater Fountain: A fountain in Milwaukee provides beauty and cleaner water.

Thu., 1/9 - What Goes In Must Come Out: Drinking wastewater… it’s not as far-fetched as you might think.

Fri., 1/10 - Too Little Phosphorus: In some areas, invasive mussels are removing too much phosphorus from the water.

Mon., 1/13 - A Salamander Hell-bent on Clean Water: Hellbender salamander populations are declining because of poor water quality. 

Tues., 1/14 - Less is More…When it Comes to Runoff: Cities are using green infrastructure to meet EPA clean water standards.

Wed., 1/15 - Urban Rivers Floating Islands: Floating gardens in the Chicago River provide new habitat for wildlife.

Thu., 1/16 - Trees as Stormwater Managers: The link between trees and clean water.

Fri., 1/17 - Bioacoustics in the Great Lakes: By recording underwater sounds in the Great Lakes, researchers can learn more about fish habits and distribution.

Mon., 1/20 - The Tale of the Lackawanna River: A community’s perception of their river had to be changed before they believed it was worth the effort to clean it up.

Tue., 1/21 - An Iconic Waterway: The Erie Canal introduced a new path to the west by connecting Albany to Buffalo.

Wed., 1/22 - Protecting a Stream’s Comfort Zone: Using a three-zone buffer system around a stream can dramatically improve water quality.

Thu., 1/23 - Too Much and Not Enough Water: Climate change is expected to deal multiple blows to water resources in New York.  

Fri., 1/24 - A Super Highway for Aquatic Invaders: The system of locks and canals that allowed ships to bypass Niagara Falls suddenly created a path for invasive species.

Mon., 1/27 - Lake trout stocking: Overfishing and predatory sea lampreys almost wiped out lake trout in the Great Lakes, but after years of stocking, lake trout are reproducing and are self-sustaining in Lake Superior.

Tue., 1/28 - Milwaukee War Memorial: The parking lot for the Memorial is getting a green facelift.           

Wed., 1/29 - Why migrating birds might backtrack (at least a little): When birds that migrate at night find themselves over water when the sun comes up, they head for the nearest shoreline – even if it means backtracking.

Thu., 1/30 - Are you rain ready? An online tool helps homeowners estimate, and reduce, their flood risk.


Fri., 1/31 - A conservation effort that’s all it’s quacked up to be: A group of organizations are helping one landowner revert some of his property back to its former state.

Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections December 30 - January 24, 2019

From ChavoBart Digital Media | Part of the Climate Connections series | 30:00


Mon., 12/30 - New York City spends billions on flood protection: Storm surge from Superstorm Sandy badly damaged the city’s transportation system

Tue., 12/31 - HVAC manufacturers could play big role in cutting carbon pollution: Ingersoll Rand has pledged to cut its customers’ carbon footprint by one gigaton by 2030.

Wed., 1/1 - Tucson-based programs help residents harvest rainwater: Collecting rainwater reduces the burden on the city’s water supply.

Thu., 1/2 - Few countries on track to meet Paris climate goals: Meeting the targets is still possible, but it will take ambitious climate action.

1/3 - Cancun businesses insure a coral reef: A healthy reef helps protect Cancun’s hotels and resorts from storm damage.

Mon., 1/6 - Glaciers in the Olympic Mountains could vanish this century: The glaciers shrank 40% between 1981 and 2015, largely because of human-caused global warming.  

Tue., 1/7 - Detroit Zoo turns poo into electricity: The zoo is harnessing energy from food waste and herbivore manure.

Wed., 1/8 - Interactive tool shows climate threats to backyard birds: It displays information by ZIP code.

Thu., 1/9 - Lawyers take a stand for renewable energy: A new initiative at Columbia University provides free help to people facing legal obstacles to renewable energy projects.

Fri., 1/10 - Knox College students build campus rain gardens: The gardens help the campus drainage system during heavy rains.

Mon., 1/13 - Midlothian, Illinois, residents fight ‘terrifying’ floods: The region is experiencing more intense downpours as the climate changes.

Tue., 1/14 - Cleaning up the air in China could save lives: Air pollution, largely caused by burning coal, leads to more than one million early deaths in China each year.                  

Wed., 1/15 - Theater project helps people visualize flood scenarios: It enables people to connect with climate data in a visceral way.

Thu., 1/16 - California’s housing prices drive development in high-risk fire zones: More high-density residential construction in urban areas could help alleviate the problem.

Fri., 1/17 - EVs likely to be as cheap as conventional cars by 2025: The price of vehicle batteries is falling rapidly.

Mon., 1/20 - Solar systems power up South African shacks: A project in the !Kheis municipality has brought electricity to more than 500 homes.

Tue., 1/21 - Solar projects to help New Yorkers stay safe during disasters: Solar and battery systems will power a few ambulance stations and community buildings.

Wed., 1/22 - Cities can’t solve climate change on their own: They can make progress, but they need state and federal help, too, says sustainability manager Carol Davis of Blacksburg, Virginia.

Thu., 1/23 - Calif. carbon trading program helps disadvantaged communities: Fresno is receiving $66 million for walking trails, sidewalks, bike lanes, and more.

Fri., 1/24 - How a Chicago suburb made solar simple for residents: Now panels are going up across town.

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

Pulse of the Planet February 2020 Programs

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 40:00


Coming next month, a special program: The Dark Side of Ireland's Fairy Folk.

 February 2020  Pulse of the Planet  CUE SHEET

01      Clay - Useful                   Clay is             03-Feb-20

02      Many Guises           Wherever     04-Feb-20

03      A Trojan Horse        It may          05-Feb-20

04      Window to the Past          If you're            06-Feb-20

05      Needles of Yore      Across Japan  07-Feb-20

06      Fullerenes              Fullerenes    10-Feb-20

07      Science Destinations        Continuing         11-Feb-20

08      A Drop in the Bucket        This month        12-Feb-20

09      Setsubun               While            13-Feb-20

10      Manatee Migration Save the       14-Feb-20

11      Nesting Albatross    The bird       17-Feb-20

12      Prairie Dogs Mate    Underneath   18-Feb-20

13      Nature's Engineers We're listening  19-Feb-20

14      Saimaa Seals                 That heavy         20-Feb-20

15      Peacocks Mate        That's a          21-Feb-20

16      Nile Crocodiles        In the          24-Feb-20

17      Unwanted Guest      The Flu         25-Feb-20

18      Mountain Lions       Mountain      26-Feb-20

19      A Place to Pounce   We're listening 27-Feb-20

20      Humans on Menu? Every once     28-Feb-20

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

573-Sweet Asteroid

From Al Grauer | Part of the Travelers In The Night series | 02:00

Smmeteors-impact-earth-nasa_small Please see the transcript.

Science Update (Series)

Produced by Science Update

Most recent piece in this series:

Giraffe Spot Inheritance

From Science Update | Part of the Science Update series | 01:00

Sciupdate_sm2_small Scientists discover that giraffes inherit their spots.

Shelf Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Shelf Discovery: Holly Banks Full of Angst by Julie Valerie

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the Shelf Discovery series | 03:00

Hollybanks_small Each week on Shelf Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kamer offers listeners a brief look inside the pages of a new book. From mysteries to memoirs, classics to chick lit, busy readers are sure to find plenty of picks to add to their shelves. On this week's show, Kristin moves to a perfect town with an imperfect mom in Julie Valerie's Holly Banks Full of Angst.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Booktalk: Christopher McDougall’s “Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero”

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 09:57

Mcdougall_bk_jkt_sherman_small Chris McDougall’s “Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero” introduces us to a small farm in rural Pennsylvania and the McDougall family and their menagerie (donkeys, rams, chickens, fainting goats) who live there. The author’s new book about Sherman is part scientific exploration of the lost art of connecting with animals, part vivid telling of what life’s like in the southern part of Amish country, part radical rehabilitation story, part deep dive into the crazy sport that is burro racing (and the insane training required to run 15 miles with a donkey in tow in Colorado’s high altitude), and part road trip that cuts through the best of Americana. Along the way impossibly, improbably, Sherman who starts out as a rescue donkey in this story learns to run. Perhaps that’s not a giant surprise as Chris is perhaps best known, especially among runners, as the author of “Born to Run”, a book that recounts his travels through Mexico’s Copper Canyons to meet and live with the Tarahumara Indians, the world’s greatest distance runners.

Beer Notes (Series)

Produced by Delmarva Public Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Valentines Beers - what’s in a name?

From Delmarva Public Radio | Part of the Beer Notes series | 02:00


Beer Notes:  Valentines Beers - what’s in a name?


Is Valentine’s Day synonymous with local craft beer for you?   This week on Beer Notes, we are looking at how local craft beer becomes part of your celebration.


Here in Ocean City, we are gearing up for Maryland’s month long celebration of craft beer lovers.  For ShoreCraftBeer.com, February becomes FeBREWary, and our breweries, bars and restaurants start serving some outrageous beers.  We have Love on Tap specials and at the end the month, we offer a waterfront Shore Craft Beer Fest with many love and heartbreak themed beers. Many of our businesses also celebrate Valentines Day with special menus, brewing classes and more.


Locally, Dogfish Head’s Romantic Chemistry, an India Pale Ale with mango, apricots and ginger.


Tall Tales offers a firkin of Sasquatch Kisses for the Love on Tap festival, their Sasquatch stout brewed with Hershey’s kisses.


Backshore, an oceanfront brewery on Ocean City’s Boardwalk is brewing the Sofa King Sexy Stout, a delicious stout with Hershey’s Dark Chocolate, strawberries and cocoa nibs.


If your celebration of Valentine’s isn’t quite so sweet, try Williamsburg Alewerks’ Bitter Valentine Double IPA which has high numbers for both ABV and IBU.  Valentines Day can’t escape the popularity of sours and The Bruery introduced their “Tart of Darkness” oak-aged sour stout.  AleSmith’s out of San Diego has a beer called, “My Bloody Valentine”.  It is actually a deep red and can satisfy the vampire urges in you.


Whatever your mood, celebrate Valentine’s Day and FeBREWary with your favorite themed local craft beer or activity.

StoryCorps (Series)

Produced by StoryCorps

Most recent piece in this series:

StoryCorps: Josh Weiner and Sylvia Grosvold

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:43

Grosvold_square_small Sylvia Grosvold was 5 and half years old when she lost her mother to suicide. A decade later, she came to StoryCorps with her dad Josh Weiner to talk about that day.

World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things (Series)

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

Moken: People of the Water

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:32


Moken is a Thai word meaning sea people, people of water, sea nomads or sea gypsies. The Moken are a group of Austronesian people of an archipelago claimed by both Myanmar and Thailand. Their way of life is under pressure by assimilation, subversion, suppression, climate change, and corporate greed. This week on World Ocean Radio we discuss their way of life, the challenges the Moken face, and the ways that some in Western civilizations are seeking a similar, simpler way of life, opting out of consumerism and seeking a deeper engagement with nature, land and sea as a means to achieve sustainability and community connection.

Do you prefer the written word? Head on over to Medium.com/@TheW2O.

About World Ocean Radio
World Ocean Radio is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide. Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects.

EcoReport (Series)

Produced by WFHB

Most recent piece in this series:

Eco Report - June 13, 2019

From WFHB | Part of the EcoReport series | 28:58

Default-piece-image-1 WFHB's environmental watchdog brings you news and events in the listening area and throughout the world.

Brain Junk (Series)

Produced by Trace Kerr

Most recent piece in this series:

93: Farting Herring

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 04:37

Use_on_prx_small Welcome to our funniest episode yet. Scientists avert international tension between Sweden and Russia, learn something we didn't know about herring, and win an Ig Nobel. GO SCIENCE!

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for January 12, 2020

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:36

H2o_logo_240_small Fires in Australia have created pyrocumulonimbus clouds that can rise up to ten miles but contain little rain and in some cases spawn tornadoes.

The Trump administration proposed that climate change no longer needs to be considered when evaluating new infrastructure projects like pipelines.

Recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico have left 300,000 customers without access to potable water.

The House passed a bill to protect Americans from dangerous PFAS chemicals, but Trump plans to veto it if it passes the GOP-led Senate.

Berries bitten by bugs are better for you.