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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:

In the Country of Facebook. Hey, Wait a Minute. Facebook Is Not a Country!

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 08:21


In the Country of Facebook- Hey, Wait a Minute- Facebook is Not a Country


Facebook is not a country. The exponential math of the internet that creates its expansive unlimited access to anonymous individuals makes it seem like one at times. It is a corporation, that lives or dies by the money it makes. Just like corporations that made products that later were identified as dangerous like agent Orange, Thalidomide, the Corvair, or DDT, Facebook has been slow to acknowledge the damage of its product. Mark Zuckerberg hinted at that evasion during the 2016 Election season when, as questions arose about deceptive Facebook political messaging, he went Live posting Himself smoking a goat on his patio. Get it?


On the Fresh Air episode, "For Facebook Content Moderators, Traumatizing Material is a Job Hazard", a Silicon Valley journalist plumbed Facebook's nascent acknowledgement of its product's dangers. They have hired $15.00 an hour Quality Analysts to delete unacceptable posts. having noticed that, yes, human beings use words and images to verbally abuse and exploit others and posture power. It is almost like they now enter into Moral Sensibility Media. Of course, limiting abusive content posts is only part of the problem. Passive bystanders who see the post, absorb the image or words, are part of the damage Facebook creates. The passive bystander murderers in Myanmar , remember, were perpetrators Facebook could not control because looking does not create a digital stamp that tells you which individual's awareness was invaded by the post. The boundaries of hearing, receiving are not addressed by merely making decisions about good or bad posts and those analysts are not being veted as "universal moral arbiters". The power of Third Reich that drove the Holocast also came from the proliferation of anti-Jewish messages paraded in front of passive bystanders who when they received it, were effected and/or damaged by it.


Now they play catch-up. Their sea of minimum wage-earning auditors are tasked with - what in another breath- Facebook suggests requires "Supreme Court-like" profound thinking . The journalist said "...While we pay these folks as if the work is low-skill labor.. it [requires] very high-skilled labor because they are making these very nuanced judgemnts about the boundaries of speech in the Internet..." . The journalist said " Not all of [the content] is benign though] because it turns out, "[For the content reviewers] there is something traumatizing about vewing these images. .." "There is no policy that can account for every imaginable variation.. [of a violent, pornographic, and hate-speech laden Facebook posts]. " "My hope is...by devolving some of the power these tech companies have back to the people,,,we can bring some semblance of democracy to what will always remain private companies..." .." And here is the kicker "I think we're really kind of having one of the great reckonings over free speech globally that we've had in a long time. And there isn't one great answer. it's always a question of, how are you going to manage all of the trade-offs?'


Identifying "freedom of speech" as the liberty on the line ignores the abusive impact on the passive bystander. People have suicided after reading Facebook posts targetted at them, not only because they read it but because of awareness that a large bystander group anonymous to them sees it too and they are powerless to shut it down .


Pre-meditation might have led them to use their technology (they have it) to let every user know exactly who the members of the universe are who would see their post and then make an informed choice about whether or not to post. They did this ineffectively- not restricting friends of friends' access to posts let alone public posts. Just as Dow Chemical Company de-emphasized the impact on just one Vietnam veteran of Agent Orange exposure , DDT makers did not pre-meditate how one nesting Bald Eagle could be the perpetrator who crushes the shell of an unhatched nestling, Facebook has minimized "the one person"who sends in a complaint and recieves the "this doesn't reach the level of our standard of abuse" automatic reply and the passive bystander- the Facebook voyeur- replicating that damage. Even while they act to limit the damage of their "unlimited access" product, Facebook still are tries to keep hidden abuses of their product they uncover. Even now, the newly hired content reviewers must sign "non-disclosure agreements."


A marker at a private school I walk by memorializes a 14 year old boy who suicided . It reads, "There should be a way so that everybody could know everybody." Knowing each other and knowing who your posts are reaching might solve some of the damage Facebook's unlimited access creates. It is not one that minimum wage Quality Analyst hiring solves, even as Fresh Air tells us, Facebook is considering a Supreme Court- like Content Advisory Board to make final judgement on content decisions. Remember, even Supreme Court decisions often give weight to one plaintiff in deference to a repeatedly tested document- the Constitution.


So Independence Day in our real country celebrates our measure of democracy which includes everyone, a happenstance of place offering humane protection through a Bill of Rights for every single one of us. One way to assess whether a society is just is see whether those at the top of the social hierarchy are treated with the same dignity and fairness as those at the bottom. Facebook has not figured out how to do that- even as exploitation of anonymity and unlimited access are exploited NOT just by those posting but by the passive unidentified bystanders too who use it to gain power over others.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 19.154: Primate Grooming, 8/2/2019

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Primate Grooming

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Apollo's Legacy -- Groks Science Show 2019-07-10

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 14:07

Grokscience_small The 50th anniversary of the first landings on the moon mark a notable landmark in the technological achievements of humanity.  But, what is the legacy of the Apollo missions?  On this episode, Dr. Roger Launius discussed the legacy of the moon landings.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Into the Ashes

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

Intotheashes_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 tries to outrun the past with Luke Grimes in Into the Ashes.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

CurrentCast programming for July 22, 2019 - August 16, 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., 7/22 - Facts about Lawn Watering: Lawns need less water than most people think.

Tue., 7/23 - An Iconic Waterway: The Erie Canal introduced a new path to the west by connecting Albany to Buffalo.

Wed., 7/24 - Protecting a Stream’s Comfort Zone: Using a three-zone buffer system around a stream can dramatically improve water quality.

Thu., 7/25 - Too Much and Not Enough Water: Climate change is expected to deal multiple blows to water resources in New York.  

Fri., 7/26 - 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., 7/29 - 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., 7/30 - Milwaukee War Memorial: The parking lot for the Memorial is getting a green facelift.           

Wed., 7/31 - Why migrating birds might backtrack (at least a little ways): 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., 8/1 - Are you rain ready? An online tool helps homeowners estimate, and reduce, their flood risk.

Fri., 8/2 - 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 natural state.

Mon., 8/5 - Protecting birds on the ground and in the air: The western Lake Erie basin is an important stopover site for migrating songbirds, so it’s important to consider them when looking at wind energy.

Tue., 8/6 - Arsenic: This naturally occurring chemical can leach into ground and surface water.

Wed., 8/7 - Mighty Mississippi: This great river is the second longest in the U.S. and flows through 10 states.

Thu., 8/8 - Watersense Certified Products: This label certifies products that use water efficiently, while maintaining peak performance.

Fri., 8/9 - Roadside Ditches: With a few alterations, ditches can reduce flooding and water pollution.

Mon., 8/12 - Water footprint of Biofuels: Burning biofuels may release fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline, but what is their impact on water?

Tue., 8/13 - Fixing Household Leaks: Fixing household leaks is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Wed., 8/14 - Hydroelectric Power: Learn more about the benefits and risks of hydropower.

Thu., 8/15 - Economic Impact of Dam Removal: Sometimes removing a dam is a better option than repairing it.

Fri., 8/16 - Big fish to fry: Some researchers think the best way to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes is to eat them.   

Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections July 15 - August 9, 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., 7/15 - Helping people could endangered species: As people adapt to climate change, they can unintentionally harm wildlife.

Tue., 7/16 - Christian author sees climate change as a moral issue: ‘Caring for God's creation is one of the most important mandates that he gave us as his children.’     

Wed., 7/17 - Could we use sand or concrete as batteries? The low-cost materials could store energy generated by wind and solar farms.   

Thu., 7/18 - States move to regulate HFCs: The heat-trapping gases are used in refrigerators and air conditioners

Fri., 7/19 - A cost-effective zero-energy house: The Connecticut bungalow shows that climate-friendly construction doesn’t require a bigger budget. 

Mon., 7/22 - Pennsylvania farmer puts his pigs to work: His inventions reduce labor and cut carbon pollution.

Tue., 7/23 - Nonprofit builds an army of climate lobbyists: Citizens’ Climate Lobby is teaching volunteers how to influence politicians

Wed., 7/24 - Heat waves are a threat to public health: Low-income people, who often lack AC, may suffer the most.

Thu., 7/25 - Son of coal country now manages wind farms: Lee Van Horn’s father worked as an underground coal miner.

Fri., 7/26 - Polluted neighborhood preserves green space: Now it’s a refuge for birds — and people, too.

Mon., 7/29 - Farming a forest — and helping the climate: Lincoln Smith’s designs provide food, shade, and carbon storage.

Tue., 7/30 - Miami Beach is trying to save its historic buildings: Some buildings may need to be elevated — and that could get expensive.

Wed., 7/31 - National Aquarium teaches climate science to visitors: ‘We’ve made the decision at the National Aquarium to be bold in our messaging.’

Thu., 8/1 - Why small homes can be appealing: If you share amenities with your neighbors, you can live well at a lower cost.

Fri., 8/2 - How ‘resilience hubs’ could help protect communities: The rest of the year, the spaces could serve communities in other ways

Mon., 8/5 - Conservative says climate should be a priority: He says it’s essential to protect future generations

Tue., 8/6 - Critics challenge insurance companies: The industry has invested hundreds of billions of dollars in fossil fuel companies.

Wed., 8/7 - Energy efficiency can help nonprofits serve more people: Efficient light bulbs will enable a medical facility for the homeless to save $100,000.       

Thu., 8/8 - Hurricane clean-up can be hazardous to your health: But people are learning to stay safe through a program funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Fri., 8/9 - How protecting a Pennsylvania stream makes the area more resilient: Protecting a Pennsylvania stream improves resiliency

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

August 2019 Pulse of the Planet Programs

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


August 2019  Pulse of the Planet  CUE SHEET

01      Saddle at Saratoga                  It's dangerous  05-Aug-19

02      Hornbills and Humans      Sometimes the 06-Aug-19

03      Like Going to Camelot      f you live          07-Aug-19

04      The Erie County Fair                 It's county      08-Aug-19

05      Sealing our Fate, Like Birds       In our           09-Aug-19

06      Finding Meteorites            We're listening  12-Aug-19

07      The Perseid Meteor Shower       Look up toward  13-Aug-19

08      A Subtle, Distant Boom     Scientists have  14-Aug-19

09      Texas Hill Country Rodeo          This month, the  15-Aug-19

10      Rodeo Bullriders              It's an eight      16-Aug-19

11      Sound and Silence           For the Ga         19-Aug-19

12      For a Nation of Immigrants       We are a nation  20-Aug-19

13      Blood Meal                      On some   21-Aug-19

14      Meteorite Mysteries                  We're listening  22-Aug-19

15      The Big One - From the Sky      Many scientists   23-Aug-19

16      Selling With a Song                  This month    26-Aug-19

17      Tobacco  Auction              We're listening  27-Aug-19

18      Loons - Stay or Go?                  In the next     28-Aug-19

19      Calling All Loons              According to a   29-Aug-19

20      Loons and Mercury          Loons have       30-Aug-19

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

547-Impact Mars

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

547-Impact Mars
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Smmars-impact-crater_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: Puddin' by Julie Murphy

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

Puddin_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 follows a girl as she follows her dreams in the audio edition of Puddin’ by author Julie Murphy.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Booktalk: Martin Walker’s “The Body in the Castle Well”

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 09:49

9780525519980_small A former foreign correspondent, Martin Walker is the author of "The Body in the Castle Well." This is the 12th installment of Walker’s "Bruno: Chief of Police” series set in the fictional town of St. Denis in the foodie paradise of the Perigord region of rural France. It’s home to truffles and foie gras, wines and cheeses, and Bruno is one of his town’s finest cooks. The newest book in the series features art, opioids, the American singer Josephine Baker and, of course, murder and memories from World War II and the Resistance that always live on in Walker’s Bruno books.

Beer Notes (Series)

Produced by Delmarva Public Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Craft Beer Months in Your State

From Delmarva Public Radio | Part of the Beer Notes series | 01:59


What do North Carolina, Idaho, and Maine have in common?  All three states have chosen to market April as their craft beer month.   This week on Beer Notes, we are discussing state’s that have craft beer months and encourage beercations!


In late 2014, Shore Craft Beer along with Maryland’s Tourism Department, and the Brewers Association of Maryland identified the importance of craft beer to our state’s economy and to tourism by designating FeBREWary as Craft Beer Month. 


Most states with months dedicated to local craft beer and to the breweries and businesses that promote it have chosen months with traditionally low tourism. Beercations lend themselves well to shoulder and off-season travel because hotel rates are low, crowds are light and breweries are open for business. 


Beer goes well with travel any time of the year, and when more than half of all travelers would like to visit a brewery while traveling, the states that cater to these travelers will benefit most.


Oregon and Virginia bucked the off-season trend by designating their craft beer months as July and August, respectively.


What can you expect when you travel to a state during their craft beer month? Lots of craft beer-centric food, trails, vacation packages and even spa treatments, not to mention unique festivals.   


So, if you are ready to experience a beercation and want a special focus on the craft beers made in the region you want to visit, look online for special content and activities related to craft beer months in each state.  Download the apps in each state or locale to get the best deals and even win prizes just for drinking beer. Happy traveling! For Beer Notes, this is Ann McGinnis Hillyer.

StoryCorps (Series)

Produced by StoryCorps

Most recent piece in this series:

StoryCorps Griot: Kathleen Payne and Corinthia Isom

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

Isomsquare_small Corinthia Isom and Kathleen Payne remember Corinthia’s mother, DeSeane Isom, and how Kathleen took Corinthia in after DeSeane died from an AIDS-related illness in the mid-90s.

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

Produced by World Ocean Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Hearts in the Ice: A Citizen Science Adventure of a Lifetime

From World Ocean Radio | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 04:28


With the Hearts in the Ice expedition set to begin one month from now, World Ocean Radio is revisiting a special episode dedicated to the upcoming 270-day exploration of the Arctic at the Bamsebu trapper’s cabin in the high north. Hearts in the Ice is a citizen science initiative that Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Falun Strom will undertake next month as a means to create a global dialogue around changes in the Polar regions that impact us all.

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.

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Hearts in the Ice

2 Women – Polar Ambassadors

1 Trapper’s Hut – No Electricity or Running Water

9 Months – 270 Days, 90 Days of Complete Darkness

140 KM Away From Civilization

6 Science Projects

Hundreds of Classrooms Connected Globally

1 Mission – To engage a global community in the dialogue around climate change


Want to know how you can you get involved?
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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-0 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:

68: Seasonal Depression

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 04:29

Brain_junk_words_orange_lightbulb_logo_small Sending a little love to our listeners in the Southern Hemisphere. It might be summer here, but it's the middle of winter down south. Turn on some lights, friends, and get to feeling better.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for July 14, 2019

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:29

H2o_logo_240_small The heavy rains brought by Hurricane Barry can be directly connected to manmade climate change.

Several countries are making travel plans to go to the moon—and one reason is water.

new cruise ship is heading to the Arctic—and is akin to a Prius.

Prospectors are digging up ancient woolly mammoths for their tusks as the permafrost melts in Russia. 

These mules had live fish in their saddlebags.