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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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The Mass Shooting Sequence: In Memoriam

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 02:46


The Mass Shooting Sequence 
Somewhere today is not the day their thoughts
imagined. It is draped in the sinewed
muscle of a policeman who daubs
tears from his eyes, seeing slaughter. Renewed
belief in human goodness becomes an
arduous reexamination and
grief, failed human empathy, succumbed and 
suffocated by the self-serving hand
of the NRA and the greed of gun
makers and perpetrators of myths:
the mass shooting, one lone misstep, among
ten uncounted seconds,  or more, dismissed.
Somewhere the day they thought it would be is
drowned in oblivion's self-serving fist.
Now they will be telling the world just who 
the victims are. The lawn chairs blown to bits,
yes, their bodies riddled with bullets, too,
how old they were, if there were little kids
with them who also were ripped apart by
the delirious-looking man's assault
weapon. Now they will tell us the heart's side,
who they leave behind and quickly. The fault
will be placed on the mental illness of
the young man, who found the gun he wanted
the most. Now they photograph the stillness
of it, the NRA speaks, soon, undaunted.
It's like the stillness has dropped from their mind,
like a stone, a drowned body no one finds.
The stillness after the mass shooting is
the time of immobility because
now the people cannot move, they list
to the side each of them fell on. We fall
aimless, when the body becomes lifeless, 
its intent lost to the splay of bullets
from the shooter's weapon. Now the time best
spent, listening, where there's no sound, pull its
last drops from the air, which cannot be breath
now. In the stillness it is clearer, now.
The explosion's detritus has now left
the air, fallen to the ground, nearer now.
After this life is siphoned off, the killed
innocence makes no sound, no blood to spill.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

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AMOS 24-80: Dino Snouts as Air Conditioning, 4/22/2024

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Dino Snouts as Air Conditioning

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

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Space Oddities -- Groks Science Show 2024-04-10

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

Grokscience_small Physical experiments sometimes yield unexpected and anomalous results.  What do these oddities tell us about the nature of the universe?  On this episode, Dr. Harry Cliff discussed his book, Space Oddities.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

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Reel Discovery: Civil War

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

Civilwar_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 rides along with a group of journalists as they travel through a war-torn country in Civil War.

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 April 15 - May 10, 2024

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


This month on Climate Connections:

Air Date           Title:

Mon., 4/15 - How expectant parents can prepare for extreme weather: If extreme weather strikes during labor or soon after you give birth, you’ll need some backup options.

Tue., 4/16 - Schools in coal country are going solar: A project in Wayne County, West Virginia, will save the district enough money to pay for three teachers’ salaries.

Wed., 4/17 - What is a passive house? These ultra-efficient homes use up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling than conventional homes.

Thu., 4/18 - Exchange program make EV ownership more affordable for low-income Colorado residents: The program offers $6,000 rebates for new electric vehicles to qualifying participants.

Fri., 4/19 - A third of U.S. adults are interested in cutting back on meat, report finds: Health and cost are the driving motivations, but plant-rich meals can also help the climate.

Mon., 4/22 - What are virtual power plants? They could help utilities balance electricity supply and demand as more renewables join the grid.

Tue., 4/23 - 44% of Latinos live in U.S. counties with a high flood risk: Compared to just 35% of non-Latinos.

Wed., 4/24 - What are fuel cell EVs? They have several advantages over battery-powered EVs for trucking.   

Thu., 4/25 - ‘Just do it!’ Wisconsin couple built a net zero home: It’s equipped with electric appliances, tight insulation, and 41 solar panels.     

Fri., 4/26 - Some anglers say Rhode Island’s Block Island wind farm has improved fishing: The bases of the turbines attract fish, survey respondents reported.

Mon., 4/29 - Alaska Native community experiments with growing food above the Arctic Circle: Climate change is making some traditional foods harder to find, so community members are looking to new ways to increase food security.

Tue., 4/30 - Former school gets new life as an energy-efficient shopping center: Loan programs in 30 states are helping owners revitalize old, inefficient buildings.

Wed., 5/1 - Climate change threatens Africa’s rhinos: Extreme heat, poaching, and habitat loss are pushing the animals closer to extinction.

Thu., 5/2 - Mom fights air pollution in North Denver: Denver has some of the highest levels of ground-level ozone in the U.S.

Fri., 5/3 - Startup mimics nature to produce zero-carbon cement: Prometheus Materials is creating a cement made from algae. 

Mon., 5/6 - A chef’s kiss for induction stoves: Induction stoves are one chef’s preferred way to serve up delicious food.

Tue., 5/7 - Prescribed burning can reduce wildfire damage: Low-intensity fires help clear out dead wood and vegetation, reducing the fuel available when a wildfire comes along.

Wed., 5/8 - Why switching to an EV is good for the climate: Over its lifetime, an electric vehicle produces much less climate-warming pollution than a similar gas-powered car.

Thu., 5/9 - Field workers, farm owners, and buyers band together to protect workers from heat: Heat-related illnesses are a growing risk as the climate warms.

Fri., 5/10 - In praise of shade trees: Urban areas with trees can be as much as 15 degrees cooler Fahrenheit than areas with less foliage.

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

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Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Albert Grauer

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793-Close Space Rock

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

793-539173-credit-pixabay_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

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Shelf Discovery: Bless Your Heart by Lindy Ryan

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

Blessyourheart_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 family of women as they fight to protect their small town from the undead in the audio edition of Bless Your Heart by Lindy Ryan.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

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Crime Writer Don Winslow's CITY IN RUINS

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 10:16

Cityinruins_hc_small Host Diana Korte speaks with Don Winslow, bestselling author of CITY IN RUINS, the last book in a trilogy featuring crime boss Danny Ryan. The lesson for him is as hard as it is true: sometimes you must become what you hate to protect what you love. Now a billionaire gambling mogul, he builds an empire of glittering mega-hotels and casinos along the Las Vegas Strip. Battles of money, influence, and bribery soon follow. After 26 books this is Winslow’s last book as he’s taking his talents to a new patriotic pursuit. But his books and numerous movies made from them live on. Austin Butler, in his first starring role since his Oscar nominated turn as Elvis Presley, will star as crime boss Danny Ryan in “City On Fire,” an earlier book in this trilogy.

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: Judd Esty-Kendall and Jud Esty-Kendall

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 03:43

Esty-kendallsquare_small Judd Esty-Kendall tells his son, also named Jud, about his father, Henry Kendall and the special bond he developed with a full-blooded wolf named Peter.

World Ocean Radio (Series)

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

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From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio series | 04:48


What are the five areas of our collective existence on earth where the ocean matters most? If we are looking for a context to drive motivation and action, we have in our view the necessary clear focus through these absolutes--water, energy, food, health, and exchange--that can guide us toward a sustainable future, with the ocean at our center.

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.

World Ocean Radio
14 Years, 700+ Episodes
Ocean is climate
Climate is ocean
The sea connects all things

EcoReport (Series)

Produced by WFHB

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Eco Report - April 12, 2024

From WFHB | Part of the EcoReport series | 28:54


In this edition of Eco Report, Maggie Sullivan, Watershed Coordinator for the Friends of Lake Monroe, shares how healthy the lake is and how long it will survive.

Over the past few segments of EcoReport, we have been teaching you about the kinds of plastic and what they are used for. Many think that plastic can be recycled. Today, you are going to learn the reasons plastic recycling fails. Single-use plastics can be thought of as trillions of pieces of plastic confetti spewed from retail and fast-food stores. Collecting the vast quantity of small pieces of plastic sold to U.S. consumers annually is impossible. In this edition of Eco Report, Maggie Sullivan, Watershed Coordinator for the Friends of Lake Monroe, shares how healthy the lake is and how long it will survive.
Spending billions of consumer and taxpayer dollars to increase collection is a waste of money. Mixed plastic waste cannot be recycled together, and it would be functionally impossible to sort the trillions of pieces of consumer plastic waste produced each year. The reprocessing of plastic also makes toxic waste, and it’s been shown to be hazardous to workers. Plastic is highly flammable, so plastic recycling can be dangerous to neighboring communities due to the risk of fires at the recycling facilities, which can release toxins into the air.
Plastics are not inert like metal and glass. Plastic products may contain toxic additives or absorb contaminants like pesticides or motor oil. Plastic has always been expensive to collect, sort, truck, and safely reprocess. New plastic directly competes with recycled plastic, and it’s far cheaper to produce, and the expanding petrochemical industry is lowering the cost of new plastic even further. So, now we are at a decision point on single-use plastics and their packaging.

Next week, let’s figure out what we can do in our lives to cut down on the use of plastic.

Inside Climate News  reports that the ocean is a major industry hub, acting as a marine highway for shipping vessels, a connector for transport ships and cruise lines, and a critical food and economic resource for the world’s fishing fleets. However, this sprawling marine ecosystem, which covers more than 70 percent of the planet, also provides a perfect place for unregulated human activities to hide in plain sight, experts say.
A recent study revealed just how much fishing activity is slipping under the radar, finding that roughly three-quarters of the world’s industrial fishing ships are not publicly tracked. "The reason this matters is because it’s getting more crowded at sea and it’s getting more used and suddenly you have to decide how we’re going to manage this giant global commons," David Kroodsma, director of research and innovation at the nonprofit Global Fishing Watch and co-lead author of the study, told the Verge. It can’t be the Wild West. And that’s the way it’s been historically.
According to the New York Times, heat waves are moving slower and staying longer, a new study finds. Climate change is making heat waves linger for longer stretches of time, exacerbating the effects of extreme temperatures. When heat waves swept across large parts of the planet last summer, in many places the oppressive temperatures loitered for days or weeks at a time. As climate change warms the planet, heat waves are increasingly moving sluggishly and lasting longer. 
Each decade between 1979 and 2020, the rate at which heat waves travel, pushed along by air circulation, slowed by about 5 miles per day, the study found. Heat waves also now last about four days longer on average. This really has strong impacts on public health, said Wei Zhang, a climate scientist at Utah State University and one of the authors of the study, which appeared in the journal Science Advances. The longer heat waves stick around in one place, the longer people are exposed to life-threatening temperatures. As workers slow down during extreme heat, so does economic productivity. 
Heat waves also dry out soil and vegetation, harming crops and raising the risk of wildfires.This study is a further example of the consequences of a slowing jet stream. Thus, heat waves and storms linger. Expect the same this summer.
The following story, based upon an article n the New York Times, serves as a reminder to Hoosiers to be careful about what goes into the water. It’s a reminder to us because there are many rivers and streams in the state that if a person decided to swim, it’s likely the person will become sick. Most of the contamination comes from agricultural runoff. A fertilizer spill in Iowa this month wiped out much of the aquatic life across a 60-mile stretch of rivers in two states, officials said, leaving an estimated 789,000 fish dead in one of the region’s most ecologically devastating chemical spills in recent years.
A Missouri official who surveyed the damage said that the banks of the Nishnabotna (Nish-na-bot-to-na) River had been lined with fish carcasses, and that dead fish were visible through the water. "I refer to this one as ‘the big one," said the official, Matt Combes, an ecological health unit science supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation. He added: Calling something a near-total fish kill for 60 miles of a river is astounding and disheartening.
While fish kills on that scale are unusual, smaller kills are common. Comparing the scope of fish kills across different states is difficult because of limited data and tracking, experts said. The latest die-off started, Iowa officials said, when a valve was left open over a weekend on a storage tank at NEW Cooperative, an agricultural business in Red Oak, in southwestern Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which learned of the spill on March 11, said this week that 265,000 gallons of liquid nitrogen fertilizer spilled into a drainage ditch and into the Nishnabotna River, which flows into the Missouri River.
Iowa officials estimated that more than 749,000 fish died in that state. Most of them were small species, such as minnows and shiners, but thousands of larger fish, including catfish and carp, also perished. Mr. Combes, the Missouri official, estimated that around 40,000 fish died in his state. He said he saw large catfish dead, as well as shovelnose sturgeon.

In this week's Eco Report feature, Maggie Sullivan, Watershed Coordinator for the Friends of Lake Monroe, shares how healthy the lake is and how long it will survive.
  • Take a Lake Ogle Hike at Brown County State Park on Saturday, April 13th, from 2 to 3:30 pm. Enjoy a guided hike on Trail 7 and hear the history of the lake and learn about the flora and fauna around the lake
  • Enjoy a Birdwatching for Beginners hike at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve on Saturday, April 13th, from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Birdwatching is a low-cost, relaxing and fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Register at bloomington.IN.gov/parks
  • One of the best locations to see spring wildflowers in bloom is at Monroe. Enjoy a Salt Creek Wildflowers Hike on Wednesday, April 17th, from Noon to 2 pm. You will get to see the rare white-blooming Virginia Bluebells along with other species. Sign up at bit.ly/saltcreekflowers2024
  • A Global Climate Strike is taking place on Sunday, April 21st, from 4 to 4:30 pm at the Monroe County Courthouse. Come with signs and support!
  • Learn all about skulls at the Who’s Skull Is That program at McCormick’s Creek State Park on Friday, April 19th, from 10 to 10:45 am. You can learn a lot about an animal from its skull. Meet at the Nature Center


Environmental Report was written by Norm Holy and Julianna Dailey

Eco Report Feature was produced and edited by Kade Young

Julianna Dailey compiled the events calendar

Kade Young and Noelle Herhusky-Schneider produce Eco Report

Branden Blewett engineers Eco Report

Julianna Dailey and Frank Marshalek  hosted this week's Eco Report

Are you looking for a way to make a difference on environmental issues? Eco Report is looking for reporters, engineers, and segment producers who are passionate about reporting facts on how we’re all affected by global climate disruption and the ongoing assaults on our air, land and water. We also celebrate ecologists, tree huggers, soil builders and an assortment of champions who actively protect and restore our natural world, particularly those who are active in south central Indiana.  All levels of experience and all ages are welcome, and we provide the training you’ll need. WFHB also offers internships. To volunteer for Eco Report, give us a call at (812) 323-1200, or e-mail us at: earth@wfhb.org. 
Are you one of those people who believes our Mother Earth is getting dirtier and dirtier from all our trash? Here are a few tips to help keep the Earth cleaner.
  • Stop buying Styrofoam items. Styrofoam is forever. It is not biodegradable, so instead invest in some reusable mugs that you can take with you.
  • Do you like to eat salmon? Several studies have found that PCB’s, which is a class of toxic chemicals, and other environmental toxins are present at higher levels in farm raised salmon than wild salmon. Look for safe seafood when shopping for salmon.
  • What about those coffee filters? Are you a coffee drinker? Dioxins, chemicals formed during the chlorine bleaching process, contaminate groundwater and air and are linked to cancer. Start buying unbleached paper filters or use reusable filters.
  • We all love to go to picnics, especially when the weather is nice. The next time you host or attend a picnic, bring your own utensils and food containers. Plastic forks, spoons, straws, and all that plastic stuff you see at a picnic are not biodegradable and not recyclable.
  • One more thing you might want to stop using is paper towels. Regular paper towels are bleached, and waste forest resources and landfill space. Look for recycled, non-bleached paper towels or better yet, buy dishtowels or rags to wash and reuse.
Thank you for protecting Mother Earth. Keep looking for ways you can make a difference!

Brain Junk (Series)

Produced by Trace Kerr

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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

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This Week in Water for March 31, 2024

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 05:19


Women make up half the population, so the cars they choose to drive matters—especially if they’re electric vehicles that can wean us off fossil fuels. Moms could help save the planet from climate change. Is anyone listening?

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

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Point Puzzle 570

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

Point Puzzle 570

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

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Slide Mountain, Nevada

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

Postcards_from_the_wind_cover_page_01_small A postcard from the peak where the radio comes from

The Writer's Almanac (Series)

Produced by Prairie Home Productions

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