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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:

An Inaugural Farewell: "Epilogue: To a Fire Gone" from "Breathing: American Sonnets" (Bookshop.org)

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:42


From "Breathing: American Sonnets" Susan Cook (on Bookshop.org)




To a Fire Gone


After "Reluctance: by Robert Frost

Ah, when to the heart of man

Was it ever less than treason

To go with the drift of things,

To yield with a grace to reason

And bow and accept the end

Of a love or a season?



When was it less than treason? But what do

you mean, Mr. Frost? That’s for countries to

feel short-changed by. Loss happens to those who

see the passing on of days, years, one blue

time in life, one breaking, undoing a

treacherous rope they have been tied onto,

its deep burn. In the coldest time of day

or night, fires started that you thought grew

larger instead were, licked back into their

own intensity, remained confined on

one small patch of earth. You did not see where

the fire, some time later, died. You were gone.

Big difference, see, between countries resigned

to losing, small unfed fires, gone in time.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 21.21: Whale Migration Molting, 1/29/2021

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Whale Migration Molting

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Homelessness Cures -- Groks Science Show 2021-01-20

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

Grokscience_small The problem of homelessness may seem insurmountable, but there are possible solutions requiring the will to implement them.  On this episode, Dr. Marybeth Shinn discussed her new book, In the Midst of Plenty.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: MLK/FBI

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

Mlkfbi_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 explores the relationship between J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and the civil rights movement of the ‘60s in MLK/FBI.

 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 January 25 - February 19, 2021

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

Tony_pic_small This month on Climate Connections: 

Air Date  Title 

Mon., 1/25 - Century-old Michigan home produces more energy than it uses: Even an old building can help slow global warming.

Tue., 1/26 - Lockdowns led to huge drop in global warming pollution: But global emissions rose again as shelter-in-place orders lifted, recent research shows.

Wed., 1/27 - Climate change adds pressures to degraded Everglades: That makes restoration efforts more urgent, says one scientist at the South Florida Water Management District.

Thu., 1/28 - Warmer winters create new risks for cherished Minnesota pastime: Thin, unstable lake ice makes ice fishing more dangerous.

Fri., 1/29 - How solar panels are making Puerto Rico communities more resilient: During a blackout, solar-powered community centers can provide power for equipment and storing medicine.

Mon., 2/1 - Fleas and ticks become year-round nuisance for pets: Warmer weather is helping fleas to stay active and some ticks to move northward.

Tue., 2/2 - Eastern black rail imperiled by habitat loss, sea-level rise: It was recently listed as ‘threatened’ under the Endangered Species Act.

Wed., 2/3 - Some Florida homes could lose 15% in value by 2030: Sea-level rise is causing increasing danger from tidal flooding and storm surge.

Thu., 2/4 - Dynamic glass helps keep offices cool without blocking the view: A micro-thin coating on the glass can tint to reduce glare and heat.

Fri., 2/5 - NFL restores a coral reef near Miami: The reef is close to the site of last year’s Super Bowl.

Mon., 2/8 - Ultrarunner Clare Gallagher speaks up about climate change: ‘Clean air, I think, should just be a way of life.’

Tue., 2/9 - Sea-level rise could threaten coastal nuclear waste facilities: A recent study identified vulnerable sites along the U.S. coast.

Wed., 2/10 - Proposed Indiana park will turn floodwaters into an attraction: The nearby Ohio River is expected to flood more often as a result of climate change.

Thu., 2/11 - Montana fly-fishing lodge copes with warming rivers: Warm water contains less oxygen, which stresses fish.  

Fri., 2/12 - Data center gives new life to site of a former coal plant: The coal plant had been the biggest taxpayer for the city of Hammond, Indiana.

Mon., 2/15 - Flooding problems at D.C. landmarks likely to worsen: Global warming is driving intensifying rainstorms and rising seas.

Tue., 2/16 - Crab speeds up destruction of coastal salt marshes: The marshes help buffer Eastern U.S. coastlines from storms.

Wed., 2/17 - Arkansas school district goes solar, boosts teacher pay: New panels and efficiency measures are saving the district more than $300,000 a year.

Thu., 2/18 - What COVID lockdowns show about a future with electric vehicles: With fewer gas-powered cars on the road, the air could get a lot cleaner.


Fri., 2/19 - Leadership academy to teach Phoenix residents how to reduce urban heat: Planting trees can cool neighborhoods, but people don’t always know where to start. 

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

February 2021 Pulse of the Planet Programs

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



Jim's sound archive has been acquired by the Library of Congress. In celebration, we're cherry-picking highlights from the collection. This month – the sounds of Istanbul.

Jim Metzner has written a new novel, Sacred Mounds!

"This is a rollicking, thought-provoking, rollercoaster of a novel.  It's time traveling on steroids, but it asks big questions.  Bravo." Ken Burns, filmmaker              sacredmoundsnovel.com  For interviews, contact Jim pulse@igc.org 


February 2021  Pulse of the Planet  CUE SHEET

01      Istanbul - Bazaar                     This week             01-Feb-21

02      Istanbul - Gypsy Music              In 1999                02-Feb-21

03      Istanbul - 2 Acoustical Marvels   This week             03-Feb-21

04      Istanbul - Topkapi Palace           One of                  04-Feb-21

05      Istanbul -  Music, Istaklal          Istaklal                 05-Feb-21

06      The Festival of Broken Needles  We're listening       08-Feb-21

07      Fossils – Touchstones               When I                  09-Feb-21

08      Fossils – Where to Look            Fossils                   10-Feb-21

09      Fossils – Drive-By Outcrops      Fossils                   11-Feb-21

10      Chinese New Year in Malaysia    We're in Penang    12-Feb-21

11      Feast Before Fast                     All this week         15-Feb-21

12      The Biggest Day                      Coming around      16-Feb-21

13      Donnez-moi Un Petit Sou          In south               17-Feb-21

14      As Long as There's Been          This week in           18-Feb-21

15      Tickling Society                        Say Mardi Gras      19-Feb-21

16      Fossils – the Art of Seeing         It's a little             22-Feb-21

17      Modeling Disease                     One way               23-Feb-21

18      Mystery of Maple Syrup             This season           24-Feb-21

19      Nature's Sweet Treat                 We're listening      25-Feb-21

20      Istanbul - Blue Mosque             Istanbul's             26-Feb-21

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

625-Record Year

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

625-Record Year
Al Grauer

Nasa-pia17016-cut_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: Shipped by Angie Hockman

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

Shipped_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 sets sail with a couple of competing coworkers in Angie Hockman’s Shipped.

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 Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Summer Beers

From Delmarva Public Media | 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: Cohen

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:54

Cohen16x9_small Time now for StoryCorps, As the end of year approaches, we’re taking time to remember those we’ve lost. This week, we honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with a story about her first appearance before the Supreme Court. The case... ”Frontiero v. Richardson.” Recently the plaintiff, Sharron Frontiero...now Sharron Cohen, came to StoryCorps with her son Nathan to remember.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

Mapping the Ocean: Physical Cartography

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:19


This week on World Ocean Radio: part twenty-one of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we introduce listeners to the concept of ocean mapping and the GEBCO Seabed 2030 project which promises to develop a high res 3d bathymetric map of the entire world ocean. And we share some new and exciting oceanographic research discoveries made by the Schmidt Ocean Institute in the waters off Australia.

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.

Resources from this episode
- Schmidt Ocean Insitute Scientists Discover 500m Tall Coral Reef, Great Barrier Reef
- United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
- GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project: Nippon Foundation

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:

144: The Tree that Owned Itself

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

With_podcast_small Col. William H Jackson had a favorite tree. So, somewhere around 1832, Colonel Jackson gave the white oak tree to itself (and the city of Athens, GA played along). As of this broadcast, that tree's offspring still grows on the same spot. We have so many questions.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for January 17, 2021

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:50

H2o_logo_240_small Could these two trends tip the climate in a good direction?

Insects are suffering from death by a thousand cuts."

The Navajo Nation has settled with mining companies regarding a 2015 spill that polluted rivers in three western states.

These sea plants not only capture plastic but also punt it from the water.

There may be a culinary silver lining in climate change.