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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:

Re-purposing Good:Sustaining Heart, Finding Truth During the Pandemic

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 07:32


Re-purposing Goodness-Sustaining Heart 

I read today that Donald Trump is coming to Maine to repurpose the Goodness of the Guilford factory churning out 1 million nasal swabs a week. Repurposing their goodness for his own public relations camouflage. All those workers have set aside their fears of illness and contamination during the Lockdown and gone to work anyway. Trump, meanwhile, minmized the pandemic during February. His appointed CDC Director minimized. Nancy Messonier, director of the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in February fully a month after the SARS-Covid19 genome was sent to the CDC was quoted in the Washington Post as "frustrated" about problems with the test kits. The CDC hoped to send out a new version to state and local health departments soon. The article said problems with the first test kits sent were created by a failure of the CDC to follow its own protocal for test development: conducting creation of the test kits in 3 different facilities so that no contamination of the components could happen. The trial test kits sent out showed contamination when test sites used the tests on purified sterile water samples which inaccurately indicated presence of Covid-19 in the sterile water.



Nancy Messonier is the sister of Trump-fired former Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who suggested his co-workers tape record Trump as documentation of Trump's mental status. The Trump administration was not above threatening defunding or some other vendetta against this Rosenstein relative Nancy Messonier, as early as January and February we know now.


"Trump," the Washington Post said on April 23, "ignored 70 days of warnings about the Coronavirus beginning in early January. He kept insisting as he did on March 10, that "it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away." Even the Wall Street Journal stepped up and reported that "Trump was 'furious' after Nancy Messonier warned finally on February 25 that the coronavirus was rapidly spreading and that 'the disruption to everyday life might be severe.' Trump called Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and threatened to fire Messonier. " Vice President Pence the next day was declared "in charge" of the pandemic. Azar too was telling Trump exactly what Trump wanted to hear. 


When we consider the heart Mainers bring to fighting Covid19 spread, Trump's actions to – as ever- repurpose any situation to his own self-serving myopia- borders on sinister. His government has worked against Mainers who in their own good way, like the Guilford folk going to work despite fears, did their part.


I went to "Big Al's Super Values" recently the first time since March 21 when Maine began closing almost all of its doors and the electronic sign outside changed from "We Have Toilet Paper"

to "Closed. Saturday March 21 6 PM" to "Reopen?" Big Al has bent with the times, compliance with CDC recommendations required for entry.


The items they sell, "Odd Lot Outlet" all seem slightly more luminous now- not just because the clerks said they have been sanitizing everything. I know they have. Us all in our face masks and face shields, every cookware item, automobile repair assistance tool, toy and coloring book and the fire sale paper and office products from a nationwide retailer who I won't mention by name, all of it seemed brighter.


Yes, a little, just because it was there, even the canary yellow legal size paper. I noticed that because as Maine closed its doors, me running out of paper loomed large. I knew I would soon run out of the 6 for $1.00 small metal clip binders I place around hard copies of my PRX series submissions. For some reason, I thought I'd have enough until the store re-opened. I did run out. I knew I was set with my collapsible portable blanket storage box which serves as my sound and echo-proof recording studio, barring additional disaster.


And yes, far greater loss has merged into American lives, our country, too, a repository of stunned grief like that of refugees or other trauma survivors. Our roots are newly veined with heart breaking events that have become commonplace. The high school seniors with their drive-thru graduations. Many, many members of this disparate society finding a mask to wear, one a friend made, a relative passed on, or something re-purposed to protect.


There are the dancers in their apartment hallways now using the confines of their sequestered freedom to roam, as props in choreography. And the children with their crooked elbows resting their chins on hands. The sadness in their eyes while they gaze into computer screens not photo-shopped out.


We all lose track of time in upending moments, even the usual reliability of time  has changed. Three months in the life of an 8 year old does not have the same duration as that of a ninety year old in an entire life span lived. And the delineation of time, in the stores we visit, in retail, of all things, keeps us from losing hope in an ending. This pandemic gives us a taste of just how debilitating the timelessness anti-aging drugs tantalize us with.


While Big Al's, his staff, we were all doing our part, good was being repurposed for bad by an administration set on deception. In many countries, lying to please the Fuhrer has been commonplace. There is a way in which leaders repurposing good for bad is timeless. In our masks, staying 6 feet away, we need to recognize it when it decides to visit us where we live.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 20.150: Really Tiny Thermometers, 7/28/2020

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Really Tiny Thermometers

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Writing Wild -- Groks Science Show 2020-07-08

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 28:30

Grokscience_small Our appreciation for the natural world is influenced by great nature writing.  However, the contribution of women to this genre has often been unappreciated.  On this episode, Kathryn Aalto discussed these writers in her new book, Writing Wild.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Never Too Late

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

Nevertoolate_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 joins four men in a daring escape in Never Too Late.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

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Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections July 13 - August 7, 2020

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

Tony_pic_small This month on Climate Connections:

Air Date Title

Mon., 7/13 - The sounds of melting glaciers: Monitoring their pops and crackles could help scientists track the speed of glacial melt.

Tue., 7/14 - New York City paints rooftops white: It’s one of several steps the city is taking to protect vulnerable people from heat waves.

Wed., 7/15 - California, Washington, and British Columbia work together on forest health: Government agencies are sharing data and strategies to protect forests as the climate changes.

Thu., 7/16 - Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver on the benefits of energy efficiency: He says prioritizing efficiency could drive economic growth.

Fri., 7/17 - Company creates climate-friendlier bricks: Called K-Briqs, they’re made from construction and demolition waste.

Mon., 7/20 - Canadian company recycles minerals from old lithium ion batteries: ‘There's opportunity there to reuse those materials, make them as good as new.’           

Tue., 7/21 - Why cutting meat consumption can help the climate: University of British Columbia researcher Seth Wynes offers guidance.

Wed., 7/22 - Idaho farmers jointly cut water consumption: They rely on the dwindling Eastern Snake River Plain aquifer.

Thu., 7/23 - Heat waves can be dangerous: And in Portland, Oregon, people of color and those with less education live in the hottest parts of the city.

Fri., 7/24 - Town protects economy after coal-plant closure: The plant had been the town’s biggest taxpayer.  

Mon., 7/27 - Reducing bat fatalities from wind turbines: The turbines kill more than 500,000 bats each year, scientists estimate.

Tue., 7/28 - Deliberate flooding could recharge an Idaho river: It’s a promising way to store water for summer use.

Wed., 7/29 - What is ocean acidification?: It’s a problem that threatens entire ecosystems.

Thu., 7/30 - Erosion along Lake Michigan worsens: Winter storms destroyed more than 40 feet of beach in Beverly Shores, Indiana.

Fri., 7/31 - Farmers earn income by leasing land for solar: It’s one way for them to continue making money from their land post-retirement.

Mon., 8/3 - Port of Virginia cuts carbon dioxide emissions with hybrid cargo carriers: The cost of the new carriers is offset by fuel savings.

Tue., 8/4 - Rising heat could disproportionately harm African-American communities: Extreme heat is growing more common because of global warming.

Wed., 8/5 - Existing solutions could prevent catastrophic climate change: The nonprofit Project Drawdown analyzed the potential impact of a range of technologies and practices.   

Thu., 8/6 - Scientist’s work to protect fish could be undone by climate change: Andrew Rosenberg helped write regulations to address overfishing in New England and the mid-Atlantic.

Fri., 8/7 - What happens when livestock escape after big storms?: In Sarasota County, Florida, a trained team responds to agricultural emergencies. 

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

Pulse of the Planet August 2020 Programs

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 50:03

Potp-logo-1400x1400_small August 2020 Program Highlights • Honeybees • Big Horn Sheep • China's Bigfoot • E.O. Wilson on Ants

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

598-Illusive Asteroids

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

Nasaasteroid_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: The New One by Mike Birbiglia

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

Thenewone_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 explores parenthood with a comic and a poet in Mike Birbiglia’s The New One.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Booktalk: Dan Buettner's "The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100"

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 09:46

Blue_zones_cvr_small The Blue Zones are five small areas in the world where people outlive the American and western European average life span by about a decade. The 100 plant-based recipes in this cookbook are equally divided among these five blue zones—Japan’s Okinawa, Italy’s Sardinia, Costa Rica’s Nicoya, Icaria in Greece, and the Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California. This beautifully photographed cookbook also describes why each recipe is important to their culture as well as to you the reader. These include Sicilian Minestrone Soup, Okinawan Tofu, Costa Rican Hearts of Palm Ceviche, Cornmeal Waffles from Loma Linda, California; and Icaria’s celebrated Greek specialty, Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves).

Beer Notes (Series)

Produced by Delmarva Public Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Summer Beers

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

Beernoteslogo_small The days are longer, the beaches are open again, and summer approaches.  This week on Beer Notes, we are highlighting the summer beers produced here on the Shore.

Craft beers full of flavor and lighter in color are popular as warm weather approaches.  Sours and fruited beers including the milkshake IPAs come into their own.  Porters and stouts are taking a back seat to pilsners, wit biers, and IPAs of all varieties.

Here on the Shore where local politicians say the sun kisses Ocean City first each morning, the ocean dominates our environment and our psyche, and so does summer. 

EVO craft brewing in Salisbury Maryland has the Delmarva Pure Pils, A supremely sessionable Eastern Shore take on a Czech-style pilsner.

Fin City, started in a crab house in West Ocean City, still serves crabs in working boats permanently docked at their pier all summer.  They take their location and fishing seriously.  With names like Angler Ale, White Marlin Pale Ale, Blackfin Black IPA, Catch of the Day IPA, and Backfin Blue Crab Stout to Marga Wheat A and  Marina Colada.  They even made a beer to support the creation and maintenance of artificial reefs off the coast of Ocean City for fishing habitat, OC Reef Red. 

3rd Wave-, a woman owned brewery in Delmar, a small village that sits astride the state border between Delaware and Maryland produces the SandStorm Belgian Tripel, BeachBreak Apricot Wheat, and ShoreBreak Pale Ale.

Crooked Hammock, nestled in among the beach resort towns of Coastal Delaware- produces BEACH ESCAPE and Hammock Easy.  Their neighbor in Lewes, Big Oyster Brewing has the Hammerhead IPA, a traditional west coast style that competes with the best  IPAs on the market.

As summer crests the horizon, make sure that your vision includes locally made craft beer with names and flavors that bring to mind all the places and activities you love about the season.

StoryCorps (Series)

Produced by StoryCorps

Most recent piece in this series:

StoryCorps: Hadiyah-Nicole Green-Argieard and Tenika Floyd

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:48

Green-argieardsquare_small Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green speaks with her cousin Tenika Floyd about being raised by her Auntie and Uncle, and how their separate battles with cancer inspired her to spend her life fighting the disease.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

The Slave Route

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:10


In this episode of World Ocean Radio, part two of the four-part Slavery: Heritage and Identity series, we discuss trans-Atlantic slavery in the context of the UNESCO Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage that was established to break the silence and liberate the history surrounding slavery and the slave trade.

About World Ocean Radio
A weekly 5-minute podcast covering a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory is available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide. Contact director@thew2o.net if you are interested in becoming an affiliate or know of a radio station that should be broadcasting these episodes each week.

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UNESCO Slave Route: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage

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:

117: Space Bubbles

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 04:39

With_podcast_small The science of how bubbles work changes a bit when they go into space. Amy explains why.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for July 12, 2020

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:35

H2o_logo_240_small Despite decent winter snowfall, runoff in the Colorado and Rio Grande River Basins is not looking very good.

The number of dust storms in the Southwest has doubled in recent decades—a situation that could strain ICU units already dealing with COVID-19.

Beavers might make the Arctic melt even faster.

NOAA may not being doing right by the North Atlantic right whale.

Your favorite type of beer could reveal something about your personality.