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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

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A Sonnet for the Quantum Mechanics of Poetry

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 01:03


Sonnet for The Quantum Mechanics of Poetry 
-Susan Cook-
One by one, poetry will save us, from
our lonely point of view, to a wider 
grasp, the one we use when we have quantum
mechanics, undulating,  by our side. Were
there ever times a poem could not ease our
fears, placate rippled surfaces, hold us,
in steady impenetrable waves, its power
invisible, its embrace, enormous,
certain. There is no arguing or lost
attraction. Even bad poems, small ones, mentors
dismissed, the poems you, yourself , world-wide tossed
out, tumble like photons toward our centers.
There, eternally, they forget , with us
this world they’ve  reduced to waves, just for us. 

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 23.50: Wet Weather Means Brighter Colors, 3/10/2023

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Wet Weather Means Brighter Colors

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Path Immunity -- Groks Science Show 2023-02-08

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

Grokscience_small Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be taxing on many fronts, but the psychological and mental health aspects are often not effectively addressed.  On this episode, Dr. Sophia Edwards-Bennett discussed her book, The Path to Soul Immunity.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Stars Fell Again

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

Starsfellagain_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 gets caught up in a last-minute holiday wedding in Stars Fell Again.

To read more, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

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Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

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Climate Connections January 23 - February 17, 2023

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

Podcast_thumbnail_black_2020_240x240_small This month on Climate Connections:

Air Date            Title:

Mon., 1/23 - People build artificial beaver dams in drought-stricken Montana: They’re hoping that the new dams will eventually attract real beavers.  

Tue., 1/24 - Seattle-area agency distributes free air filtration kits to low-income residents: The Seattle and King County Public Health Department is working to ensure that all residents have access to tools for protecting themselves against wildfire smoke.

Wed., 1/25 - Tree thinning in dense forests could bolster Western snowpack, researchers suggest: In a Washington state forest, a research team thinned trees and created small clearings, leading to more snow accumulation on the forest floor.

Thu., 1/26 - Simple energy-saving tips for winter: Reducing energy use during the winter can save money and reduce pollution.

Fri., 1/27 - Can EVs meet the needs of rural drivers? Manufacturers are offering a growing number of electric vehicles with longer ranges and all-wheel drive. 

Mon., 1/30 - Extreme rainfall exacerbates pollution threat from Oklahoma Superfund site: Decades-old abandoned lead and zinc mines in Ottawa County pose lingering health risks to nearby residents — particularly as the threat of flooding increases.

Tue., 1/31 - Study finds disparities in how heat affects Phoenix residents: While some Arizonans can afford to run their AC constantly, many low-income residents struggle to pay high utility bills and suffer in the heat.

Wed., 2/1 - Is climate change affecting the polar vortex? Some researchers link disruptions to the polar vortex to climate change, while others attribute them to natural variability.

Thu., 2/2 - Connecticut program helps 15,000 households a year cut utility bills: The initiative, called Energize Connecticut, provides free or low-cost home energy assessments and recommendations for improving energy efficiency.

Fri., 2/3 - Utility workers are seeing consequences of extreme weather firsthand: Researcher Katerina Gonzales is working with one utility to engage front-line workers in climate adaptation efforts and tap into their on-the-ground knowledge.

Mon., 2/6 - Wildfire evacuation plans can help communities avoid logistical nightmares: ‘It can be horrific… you’re trying to get people and animals out of harm’s way. At the same time, you’re trying to get first responders into those same areas.’

Tue., 2/7 - How teaching kids energy efficiency in schools can benefit families at home: Students' enthusiasm for energy efficiency can ripple outward, making an impact beyond the classroom.

Wed., 2/8 - How listening to women can boost disaster relief efforts: In Puerto Rico, the nonprofit Taller Salud partners with women to provide resources and support during emergencies.

Thu., 2/9 - Ventura County offers wildfire alerts in four languages often spoken by farmworkers: Many Indigenous workers from Mexico don’t speak English, so they miss public health warnings.

Fri., 2/10 - Female solar workers can face prejudice. This woman wants that to change: Loraima Jaramillo of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council offers tips for creating more equitable workplaces.

Mon., 2/13 - Turn your charming old house into an energy-efficient home: Efficiency upgrades are key for cutting energy costs in pre-90s homes.

Tue., 2/14 - Voluntary buyouts could help reduce flooding in six Rhode Island neighborhoods: The effort aims to secure land in the floodplain and create more green space along the Pocasset River.

Wed., 2/15 - Climate change takes toll on traditional Ojibwe wild rice harvest: Extreme weather events, including droughts and heavy rain, are making it more difficult to carry out wild rice harvests in the Upper Midwest.

Thu., 2/16 - Free program helps Gulf Coast communities assess climate risk: Many small towns don't have the resources to respond to the consequences of climate change, like sea level rise and extreme weather, on their own.

Fri., 2/17 - Mycelium Youth Network aims to empower young people on climate change: The Bay Area nonprofit brings lessons about global warming and Indigenous approaches to schools.

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

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Pulse of the Planet February 2023

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 15:03


Toni Hoeta is a Science Engagement Coordinator at the Otago Museum in Dunedin, New Zealand. She uses traditional Maori stories to help students open to the world of science. For many years, the Maori, the indigenous inhabitants of NZ, had their language, their music and their traditions suppressed by European settlers who ruled the country. Now, in a period of reconciliation, Maori culture is reemerging and finding its place in Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand.

The music music heard in the podcast is from the CD book, “Singing Treasures” by Brian Flintoff, featuring musicians Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns. You can hear more of their music on the album Te Ku Te Whe, 1994,  Rattle Records, New Zealand, number RAT- D0004. 

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

731-Greg's Comet(519)

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

731-nasa-halley_s_comet_small Please see the transcript.

Science Update (Series)

Produced by Science Update

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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: Feel the Bern by Andrew Shaffer

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

Feelthebern_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 searches for a killer with Bernie Sanders and his intern in Feel the Bern.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Crime novelist Jennifer Herrera's THE HUNTER

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 09:40

Image002-3_small Jennifer Herrera’s debut thriller and first in a series is THE HUNTER. After reckless behavior costs NYPD detective Leigh O’Donnell her job and her marriage, she returns with her four-year-old daughter to her beautiful hometown of Copper Falls, Ohio in this richly atmospheric novel. Three men in town have drowned in what Leigh suspects to be a triple homicide. She hopes that by finding out who killed them, she just might get her life back on course. Tune in for her explanation of why fictional murder victims are usually women, yet statistics say 80% of homicide victims are men. Jennifer Herrera is a former philosophy grad student turned literary agent (her day job), whose first task in the publishing world was ghost writing.

Beer Notes (Series)

Produced by Delmarva Public Media

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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

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StoryCorps: Margot Moinester and Susan Moinester

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

Moinestersquare_small Susan Moinester tells her daughter, Margot, about how her parents met during the liberation of the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1945, and what it means to the family.

World Ocean Radio (Series)

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

RESCUE, part 5: Policy

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio series | 05:17


This week we continue the multi-part RESCUE series with a discussion about ocean policy and the myriad organizations and initiatives around the world developing guidelines that inform decisions, rules and laws for the ocean future. RESCUE as an acronym offers a plan for specific action and public participation: Renewal, Environment, Society, Collaboration, Understanding, and Engagement.

About World Ocean Radio
5-minute weekly insights dive into ocean science, advocacy and education hosted by Peter Neill, lifelong ocean advocate and maritime expert. Episodes offer perspectives on global ocean issues and viable solutions, and celebrate exemplary projects. Available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide.

EcoReport (Series)

Produced by WFHB

Most recent piece in this series:

Eco Report – April 21, 2022

From WFHB | Part of the EcoReport series | 29:00



In April, not only do we get to celebrate Earth Day, but we also get to celebrate Arbor Day on April 25th.  This will mark the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day.  It all began back in 1855 with a man named J. Sterling Morton, who was an early settler in the Nebraska Territory

—Julianna Dailey

 A solar farm at Shakamak High School is going to save the school over $1 million in the next 12 years. That is guaranteed money after it connects to the Duke Energy power grid.

—Norm Holy

Over a thousand scientists from around the world who are deeply concerned about the climate crisis and about governments’ and corporations’ inaction on it committed acts of civil disobedience on April 6th in protest.

—Linda Greene

The elusive  Ivory-billed Woodpecker had apparently last been seen in the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas in 2004, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported, but it was still determined to be extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last year.

—Norm Holy

Cancer Alley is an area that ranges from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is so called because it contains over a hundred chemical plants and oil refineries, and the residents are diagnosed with cancer at rates almost fifty times the national average, according to the EPA.

—Linda Greene

This month, the world’s largest wildlife overpass — the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing — will begin construction across a multi-lane highway at Liberty Canyon in the Santa Monica mountains.

—Norm Holy

Scientists recently detected microplastics in human blood for the first time. More recently, scientists found that the roots of crops can harbor microplastics, which can move up in the parts of the plants we eat.

—Linda Greene

Responding to both the climate crisis and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Germany unveiled a major package recently to speed its transition to renewable energy. The goal of the new plan is for Germany to get at least 80 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and achieve almost 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

—Norm Holy

Carrying a banner that proclaimed “Manchin: Stop Burning Our Future for Profit,” on April 9th hundreds of protestors in Grant Town, West Virginia, blockaded a coal plant that burns coal waste from a company that right-wing Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s family owns.

—Linda Greene


The 37th Annual Spring Wildflower Foray is scheduled at Monroe Lake, Brown County State Park and other locations beginning on Friday, April 22nd, at 9 am and running through Sunday, April 24th, at 5 pm.  Almost all of the programs require advance registration.  For a full event schedule, go to the Indiana DNR website.
Celebrate Earth Day at Spring Mill State Park on Saturday, April 23rd, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Meet Wyatt Williams at the Spring Mill Inn for a one-mile hike through the Donaldson Cave Preserve.  All kinds of activities, such as making bird feeders, fishing, learning about recycling and much more, will take place all day.
During Earth Week there will be a debris clean-up along the Jackson Creek Trail and in Sherwood Oaks Park on Sunday, April 24th, from 2 to 4 pm.  Trash bags and gloves will be provided.  Sign up at bloomington.in.gov/parks.
The Sassafras Audubon Society is hosting a bird feeder cleaning fundraiser on Saturday, April 30th, at Bloomington Hardware in Bloomington from 9 am to 2 pm.  Keeping your bird feeders clean is one way of preventing the spread of disease.
The Daisy Days Native Plant Sale will be held at the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead on Saturday, April 30th, from 11 am to 4 pm and on Sunday, May 1st, from 1 to 4 pm.  The sale specializes in native perennials.

Brain Junk (Series)

Produced by Trace Kerr

Most recent piece in this series:

227: Whatever...Mom

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 05:17

With_podcast_small Why won't your teenager listen to you? Their brain. For real. Insert teenage eye roll here.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for February 5, 2023

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:00

H2o_logo_240_small California refuses to agree with other basin states about Colorado River reductions.

The Great Lakes have a way to stop drought-stricken Western states that might be eyeing their water.

When life imitates art—minus the zombies.

The debate over straws...sucks, but there might be a way to sip sustainably.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review (Series)

Produced by Daniel Persons

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Indie on Demand Reviews FIGHTVILLE

From Daniel Persons | Part of the The Indie on Demand Movie Review series | 01:59

Fightville_prx_image_v01_small Film critic Dan Persons reviews FIGHTVILLE, an intense and intimate documentary focusing on the brutal sport of mixed martial arts.

THE INDIE ON DEMAND MOVIE REVIEW is a short, weekly, module-style review show dedicated to highlighting independent films available via on-demand platforms. Produced and hosted by film journalist and critic Dan Persons (The Huffington Post, IFC, Air America), each 2-minute episode will feature a review of an independent film that has recently debuted on-demand, incorporating cleared audio clips and Dan's detailed analysis to provide listeners with an entertaining and insightful glimpse into the exciting and innovative world of independent film, with all titles available immediately for viewing at home.

The Point Puzzle (Series)

Produced by KPOV

Most recent piece in this series:

Point Puzzle 509

From KPOV | Part of the The Point Puzzle series | 02:00

Point Puzzle 509

Kpov-the-point-puzzle_small The Point Puzzle is a 2:00 minute weekly puzzle. Every week a winner from the last week will be selected from emailed answers and announced on air and a new puzzle will be posed. 
The puzzles include word puzzles, math, and logic puzzles.
Puzzles are generally accessible to a wide audience, and are often tied to the season, holidays, or current events.

Postcards from The Wind (Series)

Produced by Fil Corbitt

Most recent piece in this series:

Jarbidge, Nevada • Aspen

From Fil Corbitt | Part of the Postcards from The Wind series | 02:00

Postcards_from_the_wind_cover_page_01_small A postcard from a remote corner of Nevada.

The Writer's Almanac (Series)

Produced by Prairie Home Productions

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