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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:

A Citizen's Guide to Passion and Political Gamesmanship in Democracies

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 06:47


A Citizen's Guide to Passion and Political Gamesmanship
-Susan Cook-
In 2011, a Congressional Re-districting hearing was held in Maine. The public was asked to testify about a proposed plan to shift 350,000 voters from one Congressional District to another, a plan clearly intended to create a majority of registered Republican voters in one district.
And this is what I said:
The plan to shift 350,000 citizens from one Congressional district to another represents a disregard for constituents right to participate in this Democracy and indeed disregard for democracy itself. This is more of a disturbing trend we have seen of inflated partisanship at the cost of fairness and balance, more disregard for the voice of citizens.
Other examples are the recent passage to eliminate same day voter registration making it far more difficult for citizens to vote, a concern  I have heard throughout the collection of signatures to give participants in our democracy a chance to be heard on their desire for same day registration.
The most disturbing example is the fact that the [then] President of the Maine Senate records constituents' phone calls- without their consent and indeed without even announcing... that the call will be recorded. The consequence? Intimidation of constituents so they dare not call.
This re-districting proposal is yet another effort to intimidate  voters, to say, we don't like how you vote so we are going to force you to vote for someone else.
Sound familiar? Sound like democracy disregarded? You bet. Like Ukraine, like any other country where democracy is not respected- where the consequence of voting is imposition of all possible obstacles- like the elimination of Congressional districts to suit the party in power.
Do I have to say it? Shame on you for trying to move 350,000 voters because you don't like the way they voted. Shame on lawmakers who record constituents' phone calls to intimidate them and make them fearful of voicing their views. Democracy deserves our best not manipulation. The people here who speak against moving 350,000 citizens to accommodate your manufactured district deserve far, far better.
Fast forward to February of 2014. Upwards of 200 protesters have been killed by Ukrainian police at the Independence Square protest site in Kiev because of their ongoing protest of President Victor Yanokovitch and his efforts to ally Ukraine with Vladimir Putin’s Russia . Yanokovitch has steadfastly refused to follow his promise to ally Ukraine with the European Union.  Upwards of 200 protesters have been killed, protesters who- yes - with passion- no vast political tactics and gamesmanship- who have  very clearly rejected the Putin alliance Yanokovitch proposes.
It is not very often we see passion taking the lead over political gamesmanship or rather the two working hand-in-hand. It is not very often that democratic protest is thwarted on the world stage- in such a public way.  More often, another country’s problem with maintaining democracy is their problem. Political gamesmanship is chosen over principle, ethics and values.
We  have arrived at the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” question in this very brief commentary. Here it is, a multiple choice:
which statement in my 2011 testimony grew cries of “scurrilous”,  “a personal attack“, “what planet is she on?”,  demands of “Proof! Proof!“, “A Tactic without strategy” and indeed a petition sent to the local newspaper editor by our party go-alongs demanding my resignation from volunteer political office?  Was it- renunciation of efforts to make it harder for voters to register? Was it- disregard for constituents’ right to participate in democracy? Was it  the statement that in Ukraine  if they don’t like who you vote for they will give you someone else to vote fo- that a plan moving 350,000 voters in a state with only 2 congressional districts is kind of like that? 
Give up?  The statement that was called scurrilous, a “personal attack” was the criticism of the elected public official not his private life- his approach to public duties. The protesters in Ukraine are showing us on a very public stage that criticism  free from harassment and ridicule of the actions of public elected officials is  or should be what a democracy allows. The protesters in Ukraine, those who we memorialize for their passion and those  who stand and testify through their actions remind us that what we have in this country is always up for grabs- if not  from foreign threat but from each other. We really do not know how democracy sustains itself here. Speaking up is  dismissed as  “passion”. Passion is the code word for somebody who doesn’t know that the preferred approach is Political gamesmanship even as it erodes- day in, day out, as we see in Congress and state governments the democracy we live in. 

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 20.200: Speaking with Tongues, 10/6/2020

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Speaking with Tongues

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Modern Madness -- Groks Science Show 2020-09-16

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

Grokscience_small Mental health issues often hides in the darkness, but what can we be done to increase understanding and awareness of mental health?  On this episode, Terri Cheney discussed her book, Modern Madness: An Owner's Manual.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Blackbird

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

Blackbird_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 a family on their farewell weekend in Blackbird.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections September 7 - October 2, 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., 9/7 - One woman’s story of living through California’s recent wildfires: ‘We've never seen one like this in my lifetime here.’

Tue., 9/8 - Tech startup aims to connect small farms with local consumers: Founder Janelle Maiocco says people are hungry for convenient, sustainable options.

Wed., 9/9 - NYC residents document sea-level rise in coastal neighborhoods: The Community Flood Watch Project is collecting resident reports of flooding in Jamaica Bay.

Thu., 9/10 - Are buses an overlooked climate solution? Unlike hyperloops or self-driving cars, bus systems are here and now.

Fri., 9/11 - Evangelical author encourages Christians to care for the Earth: Many scriptures describe people as caretakers of creation, Lindsay Linsky says.

Mon., 9/14 - Obstacles remain to getting electric trucks on the road: Consultant David Gardiner says offering government incentives and adding more charging stations could help. 

Tue., 9/15 - Risk of gender-based violence grows after weather disasters: It’s important for emergency planners to consider as the weather grows more extreme.

Wed., 9/16 - Apple-growing is getting more difficult in many areas: One Midwest grower says his industry will need to adapt to a wetter climate.

Thu., 9/17 - Sen. Debbie Stabenow calls Great Lakes’ rapid warming ‘incredibly alarming’: Warming waters are a threat to Michigan’s economy and way of life, she says.

Fri., 9/18 - Scientist seeks old vacation photos from Acadia National Park: Stephanie Spera is studying the potential impact of climate change on fall foliage in the park.

Mon., 9/21 - Why Miami is vulnerable to sea-level rise: Miami resident Mario Alejandro Ariza, who wrote a book on the topic, explains.

Tue., 9/22 - Clean energy transition will strengthen national security, Navy veteran says: Dan Misch says it will reduce U.S. reliance on foreign fuels and reduce the worst impacts of climate change.

Wed., 9/23 - Why a farmer is nurturing his soil: He’s decreasing the need for synthetic fertilizers and helping store carbon in the ground.  

Thu., 9/24 - Low-income communities of color must be included climate action, activist says: ‘If we don't have a total effort in this country to deal with the reduction in our greenhouse gas, we’re just spinning our wheels in mud.'

Fri., 9/25 - Renewables could help Caribbean become more hurricane-resilient: Solar panels connected to microgrids can come back online quickly after a storm.

Mon., 9/28 - Savannah residents nurture young trees in vacant lots: The trees will help replace those lost to storms and development.

Tue., 9/29 - Global demand for U.S. military assistance grows: The military often provides aid when a weather disaster or humanitarian crisis strikes.

Wed., 9/30 - What is ‘intersectional environmentalism’? Activist Leah Thomas is calling on environmentalists to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Thu., 10/1 - How green banks drive investment in renewable energy: Collectively, efforts by members of the American Green Bank Consortium have led to over $5 billion in new clean energy investments.


Fri., 10/2 - Vail Resorts invests in massive Nebraska wind farm: The ski resort company has committed to buying 310,000 megawatt hours of electricity each year.

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

October 2020 Pulse of the Planet Programs

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 40:01


October 2020  Pulse of the Planet  CUE SHEET

         01      Fish and Floods                       If a storm     05-Oct-20

         02      Storm Clouds/Silver Lining?      Tropical        06-Oct-20

         03      Trickle Down Storm                 You've heard    07-Oct-20

         04      'Shroom Quest                        We're in        08-Oct-20

         05      Frontiers of the Brain               There is no   09-Oct-20

         06      Howlers                                   It's one of     12-Oct-20

         07      Doing the Brain Wave               When we       13-Oct-20

         08      Parasite Bees                           The sound    14-Oct-20
         09      Bug Havens                             Birds and      15-Oct-20

         10      Junk Land into Bee Habitats      We've all      16-Oct-20

         11      Giants of Jazz Piano                  Lately           19-Oct-20

         12      Native Bees                             Honeybees    20-Oct-20

         13      Weddell Seals Mate                   Weddell seals   21-Oct-20

         14      Seal Pup Calls                           Atop the       22-Oct-20

         15      A Prehistoric Soundscape         You're really 23-Oct-20

         16      Cryptic Koalas                          And it just     26-Oct-20

         17      Shipwrecks and Goats               The goats     27-Oct-20

         18      Tracking Koalas                       In about       28-Oct-20

         19      Punkie Night                            The fourth     29-Oct-20    

         20      Legends of the Mandrake          This weekend   30-Oct-20

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

607-Good Night

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

607-Good Night
Al Grauer

180621-asteroid-al-0944_86cf5df24376424d68d010417591b109 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: Abby in Oz by Sarah Mlynowski

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

Abbyinoz_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 journeys to Oz with a group of mystified 10-year-olds on a mission to save the day in the audio edition of Sarah Mlynowski’s Abby in Oz.

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: T. Chick McClure and Chas McClure

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:55

Mccluresquare_small T. Chick McClure speaks with their father, Chas McClure, about the hard times in their relationship, and the road trip that brought them together after thirty years of distance.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

Equity Challenges

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:28


This week on World Ocean Radio: part five of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode–Equity Challenges–we discuss the lopsided outcomes born out by government subsidies and other tax-payer incentives that have, over time, driven consumption toward depletion, the outcomes of which we are dealing with today. Global industry on land, driven by unlimited growth, is now playing out similarly on the ocean through oil and gas exploration, deep sea mining, lack of fisheries catch limits, coastal development, and much more–leaving us poised to repeat the demonstrated failures of our past. The "BLUEprint Series: How the Ocean Will Save Civilization" outlines a new and sustainable path forward, with the ocean leading the way.


About World Ocean Radio
Since 2009, 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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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-2 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:

128: Get Off My Lawn!

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 04:42

With_podcast_small How did we go from no green spaces in city neighborhoods to the perfectly manicured lawn that defines American suburbia? It all comes down to Frederick Law Olmsted and properties in a housing development in 1860's Illinois.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for September 13, 2020

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:27

H2o_logo_240_small About 100 fires are burning in the West, and experts are alarmed at the speed at which they’ve spread.

Understanding how much clouds will affect global warming is up in the air.

Climate change is throwing the water cycle for a loop.

There’s a source of plastic pollution in the oceans that’s not received a lot of attention.

Some good news—the avocado apocalypse has been avoided.