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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:

Speaking As If They Know: Legislators and Reproductive Rights

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 07:09


Speaking As If They Know: Legislators and Reproductive Rights

I have watched the Nova Program "The Miracle of Life" at least 25 times. I always showed it when I taught Human Growth and Development ("Erection to Resurrection" as a Republican friend called it), Life Span Development and Child Development (at minimum wage as an adjunct or fixed length professor paid half of what the male Chair of the Business Department at the same university was paid).

All of my viewings of this film did not unteach me what I learned as an intern observer for one year in one of the first Neonatal Intensive Care Units in a research study of neonates of 28 weeks gestational age. The focus was the impact of this intense 24-hour illuminated environment on their physiology, state and responsivity. From the point of conception to the moment after a live birth, independent of the life of a breathing, living mother, very complex medical intervention is required for possible survival of the nenonate. In the 40 years, since I completed that internship, the earliest gestational age at which a neonate can survive outside of the uterus - with the aid of the most sophisticated medical technology in the world- has decreased by about 2 weeks. The 2015 New England Journal of Medicine study of 5000 premature neonates emphasizes that survival outside of the womb after a live birth remains  precarious.

Now here is Maine's State Senator Stacy Guerin commenting after voting against a bill LD 1312 which the Maine Senate passed to allow advanced nurse practioners, physician assistants and midwives to perform some procedures to end a pregnancy.

"Sonograms cleary show a beautiful little human, not just a blob of tissue,"she said.

What Ms. Guerin does not know is that the beautiful human she is referring too- we do not what gestational age she refers to when she makes these statements- may very well not survive outside of the the uterus without a healthy mother's prenatal experience and extremely complex medical intervention. 
We also do not know how well the ethical code is enforced for Ultrasound technicians who may well give factually inaccurate and misleading remarks when sonograms are made about the presence of "heartbeat". The fact remains that survival outside of the womb is only possible-again with complex medical intervention- many gestational weeks after conception or a prenatal sonogram. As the Maine legislature considers the bill to expand which practioners can provide gynecologic intervention, the licensing board that licenses ultrasound technicians must also be rigorous in sanctioning ultrasound technicians who distort information given to pregnant women in the privacy of the examining room.

And here is another Maine legislator State Senator Scott Cyrway (R- Albion) who voted against the bill. "What would be the difference of us voting for a veterinary to do it? I'm saying that we are looking at life and we need to take this more seriously." Again, we confront the lack of knowledge of legislators who have not read the rigourous licensing and educational and professional standards nurse practioners, midwives and physicians assistants must meet for licensure and how they differ from veterinarians.

The debate about terminating a pregnancy frequently excludes any mention about the complete dependence after the point of conception with the mother's life. If the zygote, the embryo or the fetus does not survive during pregnancy, the mother will live. The reverse is very often not true.

You would not know that listening to the debate- largely along partisan lines- about reproductive choice. You also would not know that based on the bills- along partisan lines- in Maine in the last 8 years- to deny workers a living wage, to make sure that food stamp recipients- pregnant mothers too- were not allowed to keep more than $5000 in assets. That amount is a two month security deposit on an apartment, an emergency fund or just enough for a used reliable functioning car. You would not know that based on the refusal- along partisan lines- to expand Medicaid to young child-bearing age youth- who instead- left with no insurance- have no access to reliable birth control, mental health care to prevent suicide or self-harm or self-medication with drugs or alcohol.

The complete interdependence of the mother's life during the pregnancy with the developing zygote, embryo or fetus is left out in discussions of the "miracle of life" by people who are uneducated about what happens after conception that 40 weeks later leads to a live breathing birth. Without knowledge, discussion of the termination of a pregnancy is reduced to misleading, distorted information from white men, politicians, unethical ultrasound technicians, anti-abortion and religious groups who are silent after a neonate arrives. There is instead ample room for shaming and humiliation- however they can manage it- toward women who see reproductive choice as a moral responsibility, who know this society is not waiting to sustain after a live birth the breathing infant. In Maine, underfunding of Child Protective Services led to complete negligence in overseeing care of at-risk children and deaths of several foster care children. There was- then- limited concern for pregnant women- similar to Alabama's historic lack of compassion toward people of color, now brought to pregnant women.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 19.125: Blow Drier Flier, 6/24/2019

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Blow Drier Flier

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Walking Life -- Groks Science Show 2019-05-22

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 19:34

Grokscience_small Walking may be one of the unique aspects of humanity is our ability for bipedal walking.  But, how has our modern lifestyle affected this uniquely human ability?  On this episode. Antonia Malchik discussed a Walking Life.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Aladdin

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

Aladdin_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 returns to Agrabah with Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

CurrentCast programming for May 27, 2019 - June 21, 2019

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., 5/27 - Just Add Water: Once drained to make room for agriculture, Hennepin and Hopper Lakes have undergone a dramatic transformation.

Tue., 5/28 - Protecting the Fruit of One’s Labor: By putting their property in a land trust, fruit farmers can help protect water quality.

Wed., 5/29 - A Bird’s-Eye View of Grassland Restoration: Healthy grasslands help protect water quality and support our feathered friends.

Thu., 5/30 - Helping Fish Survive an Urban Gauntlet: Man-made islands provide a place for young fish to rest and eat as they travel through the Milwaukee Estuary.

Fri., 5/31 - Why Didn’t the Fish Cross the Road? A scientist has mapped the dams and road crossings that inhibit fish movement in the Great Lakes region.

Mon., 6/3 - A Biological Gem: The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is more than sand and waves.

Tue., 6/4 - A Villain on the Move: If Asian carp get into Lake Erie, it could take a toll on Ohio’s tourism and travel industries.

Wed., 6/5 - Baby Beluga in the Deep Blue… River? Beluga whales are found in the Saint Lawrence River, but their population is declining.

Thu., 6/6 - Try Not to Get Carried Away: The currents and sandy shores of the Great Lakes can create rip currents as dangerous as those in the ocean.  

Fri., 6/7 - For Pet’s Sake – Avoid the Algae: Not all algae is harmful, but there’s no way to know which is which.

Mon., 6/10 - Swimming in Sewage: Some cities have combined sewer systems that can overflow during heavy storms – sending untreated sewage into rivers and lakes.

Tue., 6/11 - Less Lawn, More Native Landscaping: Lake-front landscaping is key to water quality.

Wed., 6/12 - Climate Woes in Pennsylvania’s Waterways: Climate change is bringing warmer, wetter weather to the Keystone state.

Thu., 6/13 - European Frogbit: This attractive water plant is a ruthless invader.

Fri., 6/14 - Blazing trails in Michigan: Marked water trails in this state make it easy for people to give paddling a try.

Mon., 6/17 - Dams: The Good and the Bad: Dams provide many important benefits to society, but the benefits must be balanced with the impact on river ecosystems.

Tue., 6/18 - Prairie Grasses: Prairie grasses native to the Midwest can improve water quality and help prevent erosion during heavy rains.

Wed., 6/19 - Rain Gardens: Rain gardens are an effective way to capture and slow rainwater, allowing it to seep slowly into the ground.

Thu., 6/20 - Teaching Kids to Save Water: There are fun and simple ways to teach children to save water.

Fri., 6/21 - Stream Restoration: When farmers institute measures to improve the health of streams on their property, it also improves the health of their herd.

Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections May 20 - June 14, 2019

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

Ccyale_240_graybg_small Climate Connections is a 90-second daily (M-F) module that's produced in partnership with the Yale Center for Environmental Communication and hosted by Dr. Tony Leiserowitz. It covers the ways climate change is impacting our lives, and what diverse people and organizations are doing to reduce the associated risks. From energy to public health, from extreme weather to the economy, we’ll connect the dots and bring climate change “down to earth” for your listeners. This 4-week round includes the following pieces:

Air Date - Title

Mon., 5/20 - Climate change threatens hunting and fishing: Warming rivers, worsening pests, and intensifying wildfires are harming fish and game habitat.

Tue., 5/21 - New England wildflowers slow to catch on to climate change: They’re losing a crucial period of sunlight that occurs before trees put out their leaves.

Wed., 5/22 - Self-driving cars could clog streets with traffic: So we need more electric cars and more ridesharing, says expert Dan Sperling.

Thu., 5/23 - Game demonstrates human consequences of climate policies: ‘Some participants respond rather emotionally.’

Fri., 5/24 - Energy efficiency is paying off in Wisconsin: Every dollar spent by a utility-funded program results in more than $5 in benefits.

Mon., 5/27 - Something’s changed in a Kansas cemetery: Decades ago, the cemetery’s colorful peonies regularly bloomed in time for Memorial Day.

Tue., 5/28 - The ozone hole vs. global warming: They’re actually two distinct problems.

Wed., 5/29 - Church-goers pick up fresh produce on Sundays: ‘It's almost a euphoric feeling for some people just to experience real food again.’

Thu., 5/30 - Empowerment program helps teens heal: Some young people in Monroe, Louisiana, suffered emotionally after a major flood.

Fri., 5/31 - Farmer profits from sustainable choices: The solar panels on his barn have been a good investment, Ted Barbour says.

Mon., 6/3 - How New Orleans’ 7th Ward is fighting floods: Their weapons are rain gardens, rain barrels, and other ‘green’ infrastructure.

Tue., 6/4 - Investors want to allocate more to sustainability: But many struggle to figure out where to put their money.

Wed., 6/5 - Energy efficiency job is a path to financial security: While a student, Richard Quaofio couldn’t even afford dishes. Then a workforce development program changed everything.

Thu., 6/6 - Why are some parts of a city hotter than others? It’s part of a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect

Fri., 6/7 - ‘Bill clinics’ help Illinois residents save money and electricity: They’re helping residents navigate the ever-growing list of renewable incentives, energy efficiency programs, and pricing options.

Mon., 6/10 - Reverend asks Christians to support clean energy: ‘We’re destroying God’s creation.’

Tue., 6/11 - Deploying EVs will require careful planning: Policies to promote them could wind up at odds with other climate initiatives, says a Harvard attorney.

Wed., 6/12 - Material inspired by an ant could cool buildings: It could one day reduce the need for air conditioning.

Thu., 6/13 - Online tool allows Charleston residents to see how sea level rise will affect their homes: Users can also report flooding that the models have missed.

Fri., 6/14 - Arid Phoenix prepares for even drier future: The city is encouraging water conservation, and it’s working.

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

June 2019 Pulse of the Planet Programs

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


                  June 2019  Pulse of the Planet  CUE SHEET

01      Bullfrogs                        Legend has it         03-Jun-19

02      Cicada Saga                   The weather's    04-Jun-19

03      Swarming Bees               We're talking          05-Jun-19

04      Bats -  in Our Hands        Look up        06-Jun-18

05      Timber Wolves Emerge    Throughout       07-Jun-19

06      Sirius rising                    If you happen         10-Jun-19

07      Wild Dogs of Africa          We're listening   11-Jun-19

08      Wild Pups                      Though it           12-Jun-19

09      Wild Dogs on the Edge    Along with          13-Jun-19

10      Wildebeests                   We're in             14-Jun-19

11      Elephants and Orvilles     This month        17-Jun-19

12      A Feast for Voles             On Great Gull          18-Jun-19

13      Refuge                          This month       19-Jun-19

14      Gobi Desert-Wind is Up  The Gobi Desert      20-Jun-19

15      Dia De San Juan             This week marks     21-Jun-19

16      Trance Dancing                Today in        24-Jun-19

17      The Black Saint               On the Dia        25-Jun-19

18      Throat Singing in Siberia  The sound is           26-Jun-19

19      Parallax View                   All summer long     27-Jun-19

20      Black Skimmers              Humans aren't   28-Jun-19

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

541-Most Dangerous in 2018

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

Asteroid-impact-dinosaur-extinction_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: Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid

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

Briefchronicle_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 lives through a summer of anticipation and loss with a struggling teen writer in Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Novelist Lisa See's “The Island of Sea Women”

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 09:44


Beer Notes (Series)

Produced by Delmarva Public Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Diversity in Craft Brewers

From Delmarva Public Radio | Part of the Beer Notes series | 01:54


Shaun Harris, one of three owners of Harris Family Brewery in Philadelphia, represents the first black-owned brewery in Pennsylvania. The brewery opened in 2014. He told Philly.com, “We want to make sure we take care of the beer culture while at the same time taking care of our culture, and responsibly introduce our community to craft beer.”  Shaun is a pioneer.


This week on Beer Notes, we're discussing diversity in brewers and brewery ownership.


Mike Potter, co-founder the country’s first black beer festival, told NPR that the number of black-owned breweries in the U.S. could be as low as 50 but some industry leaders are trying to change that.


Dominion City Brewing in Ottawa, Canada is partnering with Niagara College to provide scholarship money to a student in the college’s brewmaster program from, quote, “a background presently underrepresented in the industry.”


The Pink Boots Society targets women. Founded in 2007 and now with approximately 2,000 members all over the world, the Pink Boots provide mentorship, networking opportunities, scholarships and other educational resources to female brewers.


Expanding the demographics of craft beer drinkers and brewers is good for business.


Thanks to the initiatives of organizations and breweries, diversity in the love of craft beer is growing, slowly. For Beer Notes, this is Anne Neely.

StoryCorps (Series)

Produced by StoryCorps

Most recent piece in this series:


From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:44

Morehead_square_small Sada Jackson learns about her late-mother through her mom’s best friend, Angela Morehead-Mugita.

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

Produced by World Ocean Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

International Maritime Film Festival

From World Ocean Radio | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:04


The World Ocean Observatory is partnering with Main Street Bucksport this year for the 4th annual International Maritime Film Festival, a celebration of maritime heritage, spirit of adventure, concern for the environment, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. In this week's episode of World Ocean Radio we discuss the upcoming festival and call for submissions, and reflect on the importance and power of the written word, photographs and film to make us aware of issues and to act toward change with new conviction.

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.

IMFF, Bucksport, Maine

Our intent is to package this year's films with winners from the prior year’s festivals into a national tour for showings by maritime museums, environmental groups, educational institutions, and conservation organizations with interest in maritime affairs. If your organization would like to sponsor such an event locally, please contact us

EcoReport (Series)

Produced by WFHB

Most recent piece in this series:

Eco Report - May 2, 2019

From WFHB | Part of the EcoReport series | 28:59

Badge-wo-tagline_small The City of Bloomington is making plans for another deer cull, at Griffy Lake Nature preserve; Bloomington is looking to create more energy self-reliance by converting composted waste to compressed natural gas; Extending security contracts at the former Griffy Lake water treatment plant has passed $1 million; Most K-12 teachers don't teach climate change, but four in five parents wish they did.

Brain Junk (Series)

Produced by Trace Kerr

Most recent piece in this series:

60: You Swallowed What?

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 05:50

Brain_junk_words_orange_lightbulb_logo_small It's our one year podcast-aversary! We thank you for listening with an episode on accidental swallowings and some...not so accidental. Trace also remembers the time when she had an ice cube stuck in her throat.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for May 19, 2019

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

H2o_logo_240_small The spring flooding of 2019—already the most damaging in 25 years—is not like your grandfather's floods—or even your father's.

What happened to all the material that made up the city of Hiroshima, after the atomic bomb was dropped?

The Marshall Islands has a kind of coffin built in the 1970s—and it's leaking.

Plastic pollution in the oceans may have an effect on the air we breathe.

Jumping in a pool without first showering affects its chemistry—and not in a good way.

You can clean up the Chicago River—from the comfort of your couch.