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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:

The Texas Abortion Ban, Vigilante Justice and Frankie Valli's Love for Human Connection

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 08:17


The Texas Abortion Ban, Vigilante Justice and Frankie Valli's Love for Human Connection


-Susan Cook-


"Jersey Boys", the emotionally sensuous, tender musical journey of the 1960's-era Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is now the one remaining 2021 production of Maine State Musical Theater shown to vaccination proving/ masked audiences only.


Opening night coincided with the US Supreme Court 5-4 decision to not review the Texas abortion law which appoints and allows citizens to seek vigilante justice against a medical provider or insurance company who is "suspected" to have supported or enabled a woman to terminate a pregnancy. A Vigilante Justice mindset toward women who support or act on Reproductive Choice is not new. Social media "shaming", "outing" if not outright harassment have become commonplace, fostered by Vigilante Justice -types- those who have seized on anti-abortion stands as a chance to fan the moral crevices of their narcissism through anonymous Facebook or other social media posts. That has yet to become a prosecutable crime so it is not surprising that women's privacy again is seen as fair game for assault if not rape.


The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons was and is a mirror for the moral narcissism of their time. The libido-driven romance of – yes- men and women (adolescents and adults) reckoning with the quest for deep human connection- heterosexually- it seemed- carrying on the myth of "The One" while the fifties and sixties culture around them minimized any of the psychological or physical trauma of the time. The unwanted pregnancies, some terminated by inner city abortionists, the deaths that followed from physical consequences or suicide, the closeted men and women invisible in the cultural edification of heterosexuality, the dismissiveness toward date rape, incest, domestic violence, wife and child battering, the lack of any safe and sound child care options so latch-key children were left as caretakers, 9 years old left to caretake  5 year olds.


The Four Season's second big hit, "Big Girls Don't Cry" perfectly mirrors the time's trivilialzation of deep emotional pain:


"...told my girl we had to break up

...maybe I was cru-you-el...

Shame on you, your Mama said...

Shame on you you're crying in your bed...

Shame on you you told me lies...

Big Girls Do Cry...


Any number of teenage women whose disclosure of an unwanted pregnancy or incest or rape or sexual intercourse were met with (still often are) physical assault, face slapping, shunned exile or abandonment by mothers, fathers, relatives, the circles they might have reached toward. Collectively, the woman's emotional pain became invisible. The shame that Facebook and other social media now profit from in their anonymous posting options allow the Vigilante Justice-types a new means for public shaming through privacy rape. Many Frankie Valli-era teenagers and young women died from the shaming that fueled their drug or alcohol addiction or promiscuity or suicidality. Big girls don't cry.


Shame is precisely the emotion that the Senior Legislative Aide of Texas Right to Life, Rebecca Parma attempts to generate in an NPR interview when she offers the false equivalence that terminating the pregnancy of a zygote, embryo or fetus which is non-viable outside of the mother's uterus is equivalent to killing a child that even rape or incest do not justify.The 30 or 40-something Rebecca Parma now endorsing Privacy rape by forcing providers to disclose private medical information is as exploitive as the Frankie Valli-era exploitation of privacy then dismissing as "private" incest, date rape, domestic violence and in the case of unidentified paternity, fathers whose signatures and names were left off birth certificates of infants born to single mothers, later left and ignored in foster homes, foundling homes or orphanages. Ancestry.com has now filled in many of those blank signatures. Ms. Parma may not know of any suicided pregnant women or backroom abortion recipients or incested or physically assaulted children. The Texas Abortion law renders them as invisible to her as the privacy rape victims the law targets. A case in point is the non-acknowledgement to her Republican colleagues of the profound impact being born into poverty carries. As early as 1980, the Maine Children's Death Study documented the strongest correlate of child death before the age of 18 as the child's household's eligibility for Food Stamps.


Tragedy came Frankie Valli's way, too. His 22 year old daughter Francie died of a drug overdose, alcoholism ended his marriage , likely more human suffering than Jersey Boys reveals. But his lyricists and songwriters brought their creative longings to the moral underpinnings of true love: that it could be good, whole and true. In 1967 "You're Just Too Good to Be True" came just six years before Roe Vs. Wade began to unpack the cultural truth around him, in all its human suffering, walkup abortionists and suiciding 20- somethings. Roe vs. Wade began to prevent what had always belonged to women to bear: the ignored suffering of children after birth . Frankie Valli's devoted musical reverence for the deep nourishment of a healthy life-enhancing human connection did not and could not succeed in bringing those to fruition in the ways that Roe vs. Wade has- in far far more ways than Ms. Parma could ever know, despite the Texas license giving her and anyone else permission to invade privacy at whatever cost.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 21.192: Butterfly Speciation, 9/27/2021

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Butterfly Speciation

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Talking Science -- Groks Science Show 2021-09-15

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

Grokscience_small Science is continually under attack from science deniers.  What is the best way to talk about science with a science denier?  On this episode, Dr. Lee McIntyre discussed his book, How to Talk to a Science Denier.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: TIFF '21 Recap

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

Tiff_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 takes a look back on a week of attending the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival from home.

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 September 6 - October 1, 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., 9/6 - Rabbi calls on Jews to commit to climate action: She says the Jewish New Year offers an opportunity for renewal and change.

Tue., 9/7 - A young activist is working to shut down oil drilling across Los Angeles: Nearly 600,000 people in L.A. County live within a quarter mile of an active oil or gas well.

Wed., 9/8 - Low-income people more likely to be denied federal loans after Hurricane Harvey: The people who may need the most help after a disaster are less likely to get it, a recent study found.

Thu., 9/9 - Some crops can thrive in shade of solar panels, experiments suggest: Farmers in hot, dry climates might be able to produce food and electricity on the same plot of land.

Fri., 9/10 - Climate change isn’t just a natural cycle: Here’s how we know that.

Mon., 9/13 - Minority communities often lack access to safe biking infrastructure: Charles Brown, CEO of Equitable Cities, wants to make clean, two-wheeled transportation available to everyone.

Tue., 9/14 - More than a million people in drought-stricken Madagascar face food shortages: Climate change could bring more frequent droughts.

Wed., 9/15 - Santa Fe group home to go solar, save money: Casa Milagro, which supports people who have experienced homelessness and mental illness, will soon be powered by a 23-kilowatt solar array.

Thu., 9/16 - Emory to update med school curriculum to include climate risks: Medical students successfully pushed for the change.

Fri., 9/17 - Indie musician’s new album reckons with extreme weather: The album’s lyrical images of floods and storms explore broader themes of fear and helplessness.

Mon., 9/20 - Initiative aims to create fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty: It was inspired by the nuclear non-proliferation treaty negotiated in the 1960s.

Tue., 9/21 - Psychiatrist helps people cope with mental health toll of extreme weather: She assisted people in her native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.  

Wed., 9/22 - Electric cars can cost 40% less to maintain than gasoline cars: Electric vehicles have fewer parts to service, so they’re generally less expensive to repair and maintain than conventional cars.

Thu., 9/23 - Minneapolis project demonstrates a way to make solar arrays affordable: The program is installing solar on 24 properties in North Minneapolis, a primarily low-income, Black community.

Fri., 9/24 - New fund aims to bring more people into the climate conversation: The Ohio Climate Justice Fund wants to ensure that the voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of color are heard. 

Mon., 9/27 - Rikers Island could become renewable energy hub: The notorious jail on the island is slated to close by 2027.

Tue., 9/28 - Fungus found in Yellowstone is key ingredient in new meat substitute: Chicago-based startup Nature's Fynd is using the fungus to develop products from chicken nuggets to yogurt.

Wed., 9/29 - Explorers hope to inspire new generations to protect the Arctic: Hilde Fålun Strøm and Sunniva Sorby spent much of the last two years living on a remote island in Norway.

Thu., 9/30 - Should ‘ecocide’ become an international crime? It involves causing widespread, severe, or longstanding damage to the environment.  

Fri., 10/1 - Pittsburgh’s climate-friendly plan for condemned homes: In a pilot program, the city is salvaging construction materials from the buildings instead of demolishing them.  

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

Pulse of the Planet September 2021 Programs

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


September 2021  Pulse of the Planet  CUE SHEET

01      Bullfrogs - Reducing        Leopard frogs        06-Sep-21

02      High Holy Days               This week             07-Sep-21

03      A Blast of the Ram's Horn We're listening      08-Sep-21

04      Casting Off Our Misdeeds   This week           09-Sep-21

05      Kuarup- Reunion             This month           10-Sep-21

06      Kuarup- Ritual                We're listening      13-Sep-21

07      Kuarup- Remembrance    In a ceremony       14-Sep-21

08      Gabra - Night Music         Picture                  15-Sep-21

09      Gabra - Small Dry           On a rocky            16-Sep-21

10      Gabra - Order and Disorder In one of            17-Sep-21

11      Gabra - Out is Out          In Eastern             20-Sep-21

12      Gabra - Dikhir                 We're listening      21-Sep-21

13      Gabra - Well Songs          The Gabra are       22-Sep-21

14      Statues of Wonderland    The thing               23-Sep-21

15      Vegas Was a Blast          If you're                 24-Sep-21

16      Launch at the Cape         Two, one               27-Sep-21

17      Festival of St. Lazarus     This time               28-Sep-21

18      Ancient Time Capsule      This week             29-Sep-21

19      Marriage, Berber Style     Every September    30-Sep-21

20      Stellar Sea Lions Prepare  Autumn is             01-Oct-21


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Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

660-Double Comet (403)

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

Comet-neat-kpno-nasa_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: Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar

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

Chasingtheboogeyman_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 gets caught up in a small-town mystery with author Richard Chizmar’s Chasing the Boogeyman.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Ever wonder why some parents don’t get their kids vaccinated? How reliable are childhood and Covid-19 vaccines anyway? Tune in…

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 09:53

Head_shot_bm_day_small It's not often that a book published five years ago is more pertinent today. But University of Colorado Denver Professor Jennifer Reich’s “Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines” is that book because of the Covid-19 pandemic. For over a decade, Jennifer Reich has been studying the phenomenon of vaccine refusal from the perspectives of parents who distrust vaccines and the corporations that make them, as well as the health care providers and policy makers who see them as essential to ensuring community health. Reich reveals how parents who opt out of vaccinations see their decision: what they fear, what they hope to control, and what they believe is in their child’s best interest. Based on interviews with parents who fully reject vaccines as well as those who believe in “slow vax,” or altering the number of and time between vaccinations, the author provides a fascinating account of these parents’ points of view.

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: Jason Thomas and Jason Christian Thomas

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 03:26

Thomassquare_small For the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Former Marine Sergeant Jason Thomas opens up to his youngest son, Jason Christian Thomas, about the search and rescue efforts he did at Ground Zero.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

The Spilhaus World Ocean Map

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:16


Visualization is a powerful tool for understanding beyond data, opening our minds and enabling transformative change through a new way of seeing. This week we're discussing the Spilhaus World Ocean Map, a projection of earth centered on Antarctica that makes the ocean the focus of an astonishing worldview, pushing the land to the outer edges of the square and re-organizing our global geography around the true natural systems of the world ocean.

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.

The Spilhaus Projection World Ocean Map. A world ocean map based on the Spilhaus projection. The Spilhaus map projection was developed in 1942 by Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus. Centered in Antarctica, the world oceans come together to form a singular, connected, contiguous body of water. Photo credit: StoryMaps ArcGIS

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:

183: Telling the Bees

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 04:56

With_podcast_small The last episode of 4 with wonky sound. We got all the bugs out. (get it...bugs- cause its an episode about bees. *nudges in dad joke* Many cultures have long believed the humble honeybee was more than just a honey-making factory. It was thought those little bees might also be messengers to the Gods. The bee's important position in society as providers of food and medicine made them more than mere livestock. It became tradition to tell them when important life events occurred.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for September 19, 2021

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 05:36

H2o_logo_240_small The relationship between China and the U.S. is growing colder as the earth warms.

The "black summer" in Australia had an enormous impact on a distant ocean.

The Stay Lit initiative will turn neighborhood restaurants into community power hubs during disasters.

Udderly amazing—cows can be potty trained to save the planet.