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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:

Holding Hands With Avengrid, What's That They Put In Your Palm? Lyrics for The Great American Wrongbook !

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:19


"Holding hands with Avengrid, What's That They Put In Your Palm?"


(To the tune from George Gershwin's 1937 tune "Nice Work If You Can Get It..."

In the Dept. Of Poetic Justice (and Reckoning) with lyrics for The Great American Wrongbook.


Holding hands with Avengrid, what's that they put in your palm?

Nice work if you can get it. If you can get it, why not try?"


The SEC reports fill in exactly how much their Board is paid.

Were they thinking we'd forget it? Two hundred thousand for work for seven days?


Just imagine CMP waiting at Avengrid's Board Room door, where they'll make sure they get it, the largest paycheck, hey, maybe more.


In one year Avengrid pays their executives more,

than legislators will be earning until two thousand twenty four.


Vote like those who pay you. Hey, do you think they will bail? Ha!

Say "Hasta Luego" to Avengrid, Iberdrola!


Quebec, Massachusetts, CMP want Maine's forests stripped

so they can drive gas guzzlers offload their greed and guilt.


While all of us lie nights awake, wondering if CMP can again

screw up consumer billing under David Flanagan?


Mainers like to pay up, make sure their employees get paid!

But not six figure paychecks for Board Directors for 7 days pay!


Who among you thinks the Board and Management will kiss off

Multimillion dollar paychecks no matter who picks up the cost?


So bringing CMP under the State of Maine's fiscal roof,

Won't they want those paychecks intact? Before they say "Yes", where's the proof!


Holding hands with Avengrid, what's that they put in your palm?

Nice work if you can get it! If you can get it, why not try?


A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 20.75: Dancing Fingerprint, 4/14/2020

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Dancing Fingerprint

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Underwater Blast -- Groks Science Show 2020-03-25

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 14:43

Grokscience_small The H.L. Hunley was a civil war submarine whose recovery raised more questions than answers.  On this episode, Rachel Lance discussed her investigation of this subject in her new book, In the Waves.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Lazy Susan

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

Lazysusan_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 follows the adventures of an unmotivated middle-aged Midwesterner in Lazy Susan.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

CurrentCast programming for March 2 - March 27, 2020

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., Mar. 2 - Watermarks: Artists are raising water awareness through physical markers.

Tue., Mar. 3 - Climate change in the Great Lakes: Communities in the region are already experiencing many climate change impacts.

Wed., Mar. 4 - Microbes on meds: When traces of human medication end up in the water, microbes at the bottom of the food web are affected.

Thu., Mar. 5 - Getting the drift: When plastic ends up in the Great Lakes, it’s carried away on currents.

Fri., Mar. 6 - Putting down roots: Grass carp, a variety of Asian Carp, have been appearing in the Great Lakes for decades. 

Mon., Mar. 9 - WaterSense Hotel Challenge: Applying best practices can help hotels save water.

Tue., Mar. 10 - The Watershed Approach: Water in the middle of the country enters the watershed and eventually makes its way to the ocean.

Wed., Mar. 11 - Precision Agriculture: Hi-tech instruments go down on the farm.

Thu., Mar. 12 - Gravity and Groundwater: Satellites that measure changes in gravity can alert us to potential floods.

Fri., Mar. 13 - How Deep Are the Great Lakes: How far is it to the bottom of the Great Lakes? 

Mon., Mar. 16 How the Great Lakes Formed: Get the full history of the Great Lakes.  

Tue., Mar. 17 - Clean Water Act: This one law has played an important role in cleaning up America’s rivers, lakes and coasts.

Wed., Mar. 18 - Invasive Round Gobies: These intruders are trying to take over the Great Lakes. 

Thu., Mar. 19 - Wetland Wonderlands: Wetlands provide a number of benefits for humans, plants, and wildlife.  

Fri., Mar. 20 - Mud Puppies: These toothy salamanders can be found at the bottom of lakes and rivers.

Mon., Mar. 23 - Marine debris: Students participate in clean-ups to keep trash from local neighborhoods out of the waters in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

Tue., Mar. 24 - Turtle Creek: When abandoned mines fill up with water, acid mine drainage pollutes nearby waterways. 

Wed., Mar. 25 - Getting to the Root of the Matter: Trees and shrubs help filter pollution before it gets into waterways.

Thu., Mar. 26 - Stream Girls: This Girl Scout program inspires girls to explore and protect streams.

Fri., Mar. 27 - An Eerie Amount of Fish: About half of all the fish in the Great Lakes are in Lake Erie.   

Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections March 23 - April 17, 2020

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

Ccyale_240_graybg_small This month on Climate Connections:

Air Date Title

Mon., 3/23 - Citizen science project is changing the climate conversation: It’s ‘a way to start a conversation that wasn’t politicized right from the beginning.’

Tue., 3/24 - Global warming shortens Arctic ice road season: Isolated communities depend on a network of roads on frozen rivers and lakes.

Wed., 3/25 - Remotely managed farms help amateur farmers grow food indoors: An app alerts customers when it’s time to harvest.

Thu., 3/26 - Current oil and gas projects will warm Earth past 1.5°C: Holding warming to only 1.5 degrees Celsius would greatly reduce the consequences of climate change.

Fri., 3/27 -  Designer cuts carbon from her clothing line: She strives to produce low-waste clothing that will last a long time.

Mon., 3/30 -  Amateur team builds ultra-efficient electric car in a barn: Their futuristic car was a serious contender at the Automotive X Prize competition.      

Tue., 3/31 - Global warming fuels tree-killing bark beetles: The beetles have killed more than 5% of the forested area in the Western U.S.

Wed., 4/1 - Tennessee encourages organizations, businesses to cut food waste: More than a third of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten.

Thu., 4/2 - Preserving farmland could help the climate, advocate says: If managed well, farmland can soak up heat-trapping carbon pollution.

Fri., 4/3 - Global warming could devastate Mexican fisheries: But with proper management, the fishing industry can continue to thrive.

Mon., 4/6 - Cookbook offers meatless, climate-friendly recipes: ‘Decolonize Your Diet’ includes recipes for pumpkin empanadas, sweet potato tacos, and more.  

Tue., 4/7 - Arctic warming puts ringed seals in peril: ‘They’re likely to become endangered.’

Wed., 4/8 - Dubuque, Iowa, helps residents recover from floods: A comprehensive program aims to address residents’ social and economic needs.

Thu., 4/9 - Monitoring project helps Colorado communities prepare for water shortages: Nine stations in the Roaring Fork Valley are gathering information about the moisture stored in soil.

Fri., 4/10 - Tool helps people choose correct plants for rain gardens: It’s designed for users in the Milwaukee area.

Mon., 4/13 - Catholic institutions divest from fossil fuels: So far, more than 150 Catholic banks, universities, foundations, and others have pledged to end their investments in fossil fuels.

Tue., 4/14 - A horrific drought in the 1870s offers a warning: During the ‘Great Drought,’ crop failures led to famine that killed about 50 million people.

Wed., 4/15 - Toolkit helps developers design affordable, climate-friendly residences: One new solar-powered development in L.A. houses formerly homeless and disabled veterans.

Thu., 4/16 - Training program teaches laborers how to launch sustainable farms: Participants learn how to write business plans, care for chickens, and more.

Fri., 4/17 - New England art project draws attention to global warming: Artist Thomas Starr’s ‘Remembrance of Climate Futures’ project imagines how towns might be affected in the future.

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

Pulse of the Planet April 2019 Programs

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


April 2020  Pulse of the Planet  CUE SHEET

01      Eco-Clues                       Couple things    06-Apr-20

02      Nail Knowledge                Cutting the         07-Apr-20

03      A Deadly Legacy              Mercury was        08-Apr-20

04      Antlers                           They're the        09-Apr-20

05      Easter AM in Germany      Easter                10-Apr-20

06      Rara                               We're listening   13-Apr-20

07      Surprise!                         When something    14-Apr-20

08      Surveys - Argh!                This radio          15-Apr-20

09      Blueprinting                     Human beings   16-Apr-20

10      Urban Soil                      Transforming          17-Apr-20

11      A Cooler City               A street         20-Apr-20

12      Trees Not in Brooklyn       Maples, oaks          21-Apr-20

13      Trees of the Future       Of course               22-Apr-20

14      Any Tool You Imagine      Picture                   23-Apr-20

15      When Algae Blooms       There are               24-Apr-20

16      HighTech Meets Cholera   After an             27-Apr-20

17      Electric Bacteria               These bacteria          28-Apr-20

18      Silent Flyers                    An owl's             29-Apr-20

19      Secrets of Sediments        Catalina        30-Apr-20

20      HABs                              Under certain          01-May-20

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

584-Pop Up Comets

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

Nasa-comet-warming_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: A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

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

Abaddayforsunshine_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 takes the case with the new sheriff in town with A Bad Day for Sunshine, the first book in the new Sunshine Vicram series by Darynda Jones.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Booktalk: Luke Geddes’s “Heart of Junk”

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


Debut novelist Luke Geddes’s Heart of Junk takes us to the Heart of American Antique Mall in Wichita, Kansas. Vacant booths and dwindling shoppers foreshadow a bleak fate for this mall. But an upcoming visit from the famed television show Pickin’ Fortunes stars Mark and Grant could turn everything around.

Meanwhile, the dealers are too preoccupied by their eBay bidding wars, Barbie collections, and the new rule-breakers in booth #1-146 to notice the citywide panic over the abduction of toddler pageant princess Lindy BoboLuke Geddes, who has a PhD in comparative literature and creative writing, is a professor in Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s also a collector and argues that “junk” can have great value—connecting us not only to our personal pasts but to our shared human history.

Follow Geddes on twitter: @neurosescatalog.

Beer Notes (Series)

Produced by Delmarva Public Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

All Together

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


Another good news story in today’s environment comes from the Other Half Brewing Company in Brooklyn, New York.  Today, on Beer Notes we are discussing “All Together” IPA.


If you go to altogether.beer, you will find a love letter from Other Half Brewing Co.   This is a letter to the hospitality industry from one brewing company in an area hard hit by coronavirus.  It is addressed to the breweries of the world and it encourages every one of them to join in an “quote” open-ended beer collaboration created to raise support for the industry we love so much.” “end quote”


“The recipe is open source, the artwork is public, the name is yours to use. “ So goes the invitation to all breweries to make a beer and sell it so that a portion of the proceeds can go to supporting hospitality professionals in each brewery’s community. The rest should go to keeping each brewery in business during this age of social distancing.


Other Half Brewing is donating proceeds to the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping those in the hospitality industry who are struggling.


Altogether.beer also has a letter to beer drinkers of the world asking for support for all breweries and this new All Together beer.  The recipe is online.  The labels are downloadable.  As of this writing, 448 breweries in 40 states and 29 countries have signed on to participate. 


Hopefully in a few weeks, we can all access this beer, a product of a community love story.  Cheers to All Together, the people behind this effort , and to the hospitality workers it supports.  For Beer Notes, this is Ann McGinnis Hillyer

StoryCorps (Series)

Produced by StoryCorps

Most recent piece in this series:

StoryCorps Griot: Drew Lanham and John Lane

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 03:02

Lanham_square_small Drew Lanham tells his friend John Lane about his lifelong passion for birds and nature.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

All in the Same Boat

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 02:02


This week we bring you an abbreviated special edition of World Ocean Radio in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. In this edition we'll reiterate the words of Jacques Cousteau, reminding us that we're all in this together and that, as a unified world community, we are now more than ever connected by the sea.

About World Ocean Radio
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. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide.

You can support World Ocean Radio with a tax-deductible contribution.
Thank you.

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:

103: Mysterious Duck Feet

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 04:37

Use_on_prx_small It's freezing but that flock of ducks is standing barefoot on an icy pond. Why don't they have frostbite? Turns out, ducks (any many other birds) have something in their legs humans don't, rete mirabile.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for April 5, 2020

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:46

H2o_logo_240_small Wet markets are known for selling dead and living animals—and are ripe for infection that can jump to humans.

How coronavirus spreads may depend not only on social distancing but also on our indoor environments.

"Blue energy" has increased tenfold in the last decade and is set to go higher.

There’s an ancient underwater forest off the coast of Alabama that could hold a treasure trove of new medicines.

Social distancing will slow the spread of the coronavirus if lobsters are any guide.