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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:

Shaming and Humiliating By Choice: Roe v. Wade and Denying Consequence

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 06:13


Shaming and Humiliating Women By Choice
Shaming and humiliating have always been behind actions made toward females who do something adverse to the (the male- dominated) status quo. Ten year old girls slapped across the face when they disclose for the first time to an adult that they have been repeatedly sexually abused by another person or adult women standing up to defend women's right to make choices about her body  are examples of targets of actions intended to summon these feelings.
At the Planned Parenthood of New England rally I attended,  a man held up his poster of a mutilated face (just enough of face to imply that this photo-shopped image was a baby) . Other protesters went over and held up their signs to block his sign. He eventually put that sign down then held up his picture of a 3 or 4 month old infant. His intention was clear: shame, humiliate and the unsaid about the rally attendees : murderer, torturer with whatever grotesque imagery or distortion he could make.
Zygote, embryo or fetal health- and that of a newborn- are - as reproductive rights insist- fundamentally linked to the physical and mental health of the mother. As Gloria Steinem points out, reproductive rights also protect giving birth to an infant at the same time protecting a woman's right to not be forced to give birth against her will.
Pro-choice exists for the suicidal woman with an unwanted pregnancy, the pregnant woman in an abusive relationship who knows the physical, sexual or emotional abuse from a partner will not end just because a pregnancy is brought to term and will very likely make the newborn a victim of that abuse as well. Pregnancy does not cure physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The ectopic pregnancy of a woman who will die if the pregnancy continues, all of these are the object of the man who showed up to shame and humiliate. Would he be an abusive, shaming and humiliating father too? His intent at the rally was clear.
Shaming and humiliation have always been the back pocket strategy to denigrate women- prostitutes, rape victims (she asked for it), sexually abused children (they're lying), the abused woman who cannot make the abuse end or the woman in a relationship where the cold indifference to her emotional well-being did not succeed in preventing pregnancy. The recourse for women in these situations is limited.

Reproductive choice supporters know each of these circumstances has precipitated many female suicides.
If all else fails to denigrate the authentic pain women experience, when an unwanted pregnancy takes place, Ed Whalen, a prominent anti-choice lawyer on PBS “Firing Line” emphasized another “go-to”. Roe v. Wade should be overturned because, he said “Roe was lying. She made it up.”
There is explicit gender bias in anti-choice laws. Males who've fertilized a female ova have always found ways to avoid parental obligation. “Ignore the pregnant woman” is one which 23andMe and Ancestry.com are rapidly undoing by uncovering actual paternity of children previously unidentified, born to mothers who by threat or force remained silent. A woman recently discovered her half-sister much to the rage of her 90-something mother .
Another way is to present complete indifference to the pregnancy, making it clear that the sole provider of caretaking will be the mother if she carries the pregnancy  to term. Remember women earn 70 cents or so for every dollar men make, a figure which has been much much lower in the past.
Threats to the woman by the male if she brings the pregnancy to term are not unheard of,  literally again, forcing her to terminate a pregnancy is also not unheard of.
And then there are the stories about the women who brought an unwanted pregnancy to term calling the father to announce the birth upon which the male immediately hangs up the phone, these days the text or email deleted.
The man showing up with his grotesque photos carries on that cycle of shaming, humiliating, abusing and precipitating physical and mental illness, if not suicide, with, by the way absolutely no consequence (as there are none for Ed Whalen) for his actions.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 22.125: How Humphrey Davey Discovered Nitrous Oxide, 6/24/2022

From WFIU | Part of the A Moment of Science series | 02:01

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small How Humphrey Davey Discovered Nitrous Oxide

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Restoration -- Groks Science Show 2022-05-25

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

Grokscience_small Although changes to the global environment and climate seem to be increasing, is it possible to restore the climate for a sustainable future?  On this episode, Peter Fiekowsky discussed his new book, Climate Restoration.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: There Are No Saints

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

Therearenosaints_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 an ex-con on a dangerous quest to save his kidnapped son in There Are No Saints.

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

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections May 16 - June 10, 2022

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., 5/16-Disaster cleanup creates risks for workers: Non-profit pushes for better protections for people who are hired to clean up after hurricanes and other natural disasters.

Tue., 5/17-New federal funding helps more low-income households afford energy-efficiency upgrades: The improvements help people save money and protect the climate.

Wed., 5/18-Plants species can migrate to adapt to climate change: But populations of animals that disperse plant seeds are declining.

Thu., 5/19-Climate change is increasing migration to U.S. and making it more dangerous: People crossing into the U.S. from Mexico face extreme heat and dehydration.

Mon., 5/23-Composting with worms, a climate-friendly alternative to sending food scraps to the landfill: Red wiggler worms can turn food scraps into compost.

Tue., 5/24-Iconic Hawaiian bird faces possible extinction: The ‘i’iwi, or scarlet honeycreeper, is threatened by avian malaria.

Wed., 5/25-Individual actions can add up to help the climate: Twenty-five to 30% of the pollution cuts needed to prevent dangerous climate change can happen at the individual and household level.

Thu., 5/26-Army Corps project aims to protect low-lying marsh: Some marshes are at risk of ending up underwater as sea levels rise.

Fri., 5/27-Over 1.7 billion city dwellers face multiple days of dangerous heat each year: High heat and humidity can make people sick.

Mon., 5/30-Rihanna’s nonprofit is giving $15 million to environmental justice groups: One of the Clara Lionel Foundation’s goals is to improve climate resilience in Rihanna’s home region, the Caribbean.       

Tue., 5/31-The U.S. needs more clean energy workers: A labor shortage could disrupt plans to transition to more wind and solar power.                             

Wed., 6/1-Weatherization and efficiency upgrades can help manufactured home residents save money: But many people who live in mobile or manufactured homes are unaware of programs that can help them afford upgrades.

Thu., 6/2-Australia lists koala as an endangered species across most of its range: Bushfires, deforestation, and development have caused koala populations to dwindle.

Fri., 6/3-In silvopasture, cows and sheep coexist with trees: Adding trees to pasture helps keep livestock cool in summer.

Mon., 6/6-Bond program helps nonprofits afford solar: The upfront costs of solar panels are sometimes too high for small organizations.

Tue., 6/7-Massachusetts group works for diversity in the offshore wind industry: ‘We’ve got to make sure that we’re training people up and tooling them up to be ready.’

Wed., 6/8-Projects restore natural water flow to parts of Great Dismal Swamp: European settlers drained portions of the forested wetland in Virginia and North Carolina.

Thu., 6/9-Saving water also saves energy: Utilities and municipalities can cut carbon pollution by fixing leaks and encouraging water conservation.

Fri., 6/10-How a pilot program in Michigan helped people afford energy-efficiency upgrades: It helped customers who made too much to qualify for federal weatherization programs, but not enough to qualify for traditional loans.  

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

Pulse of the Planet Programs June 2002

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 23:34


June 2022 Program Highlights

• Headphones on as we launch our new expanded format with a favorite recording, dawn at Grampians National Park in Australia, a beautiful soundscape, plus and interview with the Cultural Heritage Officer at Grampians (Brambuk) National Park in Australia. We welcome your questions and insights at pulse@igc.org or via the contact link at pulseplanet.com.

Meet sound artist and field recordist Doug Quin, as we embark on an audio journey to the Antarctic.

June 2022  Pulse of the Planet  CUE SHEET

01     Australian Dawn               Hi, I'm         06-Jun-22    (7:33)

02     Singing Ice                      I first           27-Jun-22    (16:01)


Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

695-A Large Visitor(480)

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

695-0612asteroids02_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: Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone

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

Twonightsinlisbon_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 joins a desperate woman’s quest to save her kidnapped husband in the audio edition of Chris Pavone’s Two Nights in Lisbon.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Crime writer Sara Paretsky’s “Overboard” (V.I. Warshawski’s #21)

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 10:14

Overboard_-_jacket_image_small As this book begins V.I. is on her way home from an all-night surveillance job in Chicago and is led by her dogs on a mad chase that ends when they discover a badly injured teen hiding in the rocks along Lake Michigan. Credited with transforming the mystery category of books through the creation of her female private eye 40 years ago, Paretsky's books featuring V.I. Warshawski are international best sellers in 30 countries. She’s also the founder of Sisters in Crime and recipient of numerous awards around the world. She’s advocated for women and the underserved for decades and works closely with literacy and reproductive rights groups.

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 Griot: Betty Thompson

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:47

Thompsonsquare_small Ms. Betty Thompson talks about her work at the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, and what led her there.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

The Money Cycle

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:11


This week on World Ocean Radio we're talking about the latest OUR OCEAN Conference in Palau and the contradiction of mangrove protection and invested monies for environmental protection interests. What happens with all the promises made at OUR OCEAN? Where does the money go? What have past commitments achieved and how are outcomes measured?

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.

World Ocean Radio is produced in association with WERU-FM in Blue Hill, Maine and is distributed worldwide by the Public Radio Exchange and the Pacifica Network.

Available for podcast download wherever you listen to your favorites.

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:

216: Parachuting Beavers

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 05:06

With_podcast_small In 1948, Idaho Fish and Game got the bright idea to transport beavers into the back country with PARACHUTES. It was a wild and wacky compromise to save dwindling beaver populations, promote healthy forests, and keep beavers out of post WWII housing developments.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for May 22, 2022

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:07

H2o_logo_240_small A group of Utah lawmakers voted to study a plan to pump seawater about 700 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Great Salt Lake.

Ship of fuels—two companies are developing vessels that can make hydrogen from ocean plastic.

The Internet of Things is growing exponentially and some researchers want to power it with...algae.

Dolphins queue up to go to this Red Sea spa.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review (Series)

Produced by Daniel Persons

Most recent piece in this series:

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 472

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

Point Puzzle 472

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 and logic puzzles.
Puzzles are generally accessible to a wide audience.

Postcards from The Wind (Series)

Produced by Fil Corbitt

Most recent piece in this series:

Aeolian Harp

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

Aeolian Harp
Fil Corbitt

Postcards_from_the_wind_cover_page_01_small A postcard about the Aeolian Harp featuring a clip from composer John Luther Adams.

The Writer's Almanac (Series)

Produced by Prairie Home Productions

Most recent piece in this series:

The Writer's Almanac for the week of Monday, May 23, 2022

From Prairie Home Productions | Part of the The Writer's Almanac series | 35:00


These are daily 5-minute segments. Pricing is for a package of all seven days of the week, and you may choose to air however many episodes you wish. Episodes are named per the date they should be aired (e.g. 210125 = January 25, 2022).