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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:

Sonnet for Looking for China

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | :59


Sonnet for Looking for China

(Maine Arts Journal, Spring 2023)

-Susan Cook-

I am in my garden when I fall on

my knees because I remember I can't

find you now. Things that call or that beckon,

what walks toward me, has not been you. It can't

be. So, because I remember behind

everything, there is always something more,

I start to dig. People have tried to find

China this way. You found it, I bet, sure

now, of where it is that loss goes, the fall

it brings. I will find it too and when we're

there, together, we will celebrate small

truths. "Woman burrows to China." We'll cheer

human accomplishment, what cupped hands can

do, know what it is we didn't know then.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 23-123: Global Climate Change and the Greenland Ice Sheet, 6/21/2023

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Global Climate Change and the Greenland Ice Sheet

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Perceptual Style -- Groks Science Show 2023-05-31

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

Grokscience_small The manner in which individuals view the world is determined by the perceptual processes in the brain.  How do variations in perceptual styles affect interactions in the environment?  On this episode, Dr. Gary Jordan discussed his book, Unlock the Power of Your Perception.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Padre Pio

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

Padrepio_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 moves into a tumultuous small Italian town with a saint in the making in Padre Pio.

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 June 12 - July 7, 2023

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


This month on Climate Connections:

Air Date            Title:

Mon., 6/12 - Vienna museum uses tilted paintings to spark climate conversations: The ‘A Few Degrees More’ exhibition at the Leopold Museum shows how disruptive a few degrees can be.

Tue., 6/13 - Ann Arbor community aims to become one of the first carbon-neutral neighborhoods in the U.S.: Grant funding will help pay for updates, weatherization, and electrification of homes in the Bryant neighborhood.

Wed., 6/14 - Fire survivors in Oregon community find hope in resident-owned cooperative: The approach is helping to ensure their housing remains affordable.

Thu., 6/15 - New book celebrates women driving climate action: ‘Love Your Mother’ profiles 50 climate champions, one in each U.S. state.

Fri., 6/16 - A father and son take a bike trip inspired by climate change: A weeklong trek from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Richmond, Virginia, raised $9,000 for the Triangle Land Conservancy.

Mon., 6/19 - Solar trade group helps minority- and women-owned firms grow in the solar industry: The Solar Energy Industries Association created a database of companies owned by minorities, veterans, and women.

Tue., 6/20 - Brooklyn-based company helps buildings become cleaner and greener: To make electric and energy-efficient installations more accessible, BlocPower provides them at little to no upfront cost.

Wed., 6/21 - Most Americans underestimate the popularity of policies to protect the climate: In reality, about two-thirds of Americans support transformative climate policies, like a carbon tax or Green New Deal.

Thu., 6/22 - Conservative nonprofit promotes renewable energy: The Conservative Energy Network supports more diversified and cleaner energy sources — and they say it will be good for the economy and national security.  

Fri., 6/23 - Corn-based ethanol is not as good for the climate as once thought: The environmental repercussions of plowing grasslands and using fertilizer can outweigh the benefits to the climate.

Mon., 6/26 - Many consumers find food labels confusing, contributing to food waste: “Use by.” “Best before.” “Sell by.” What does it all mean, anyway?

Tue., 6/27 - Fort Liberty installs floating solar panels: The Army installation formerly known as Fort Bragg is going solar, enabling it to power essential services during power outages.

Wed., 6/28 - Mosquito that can carry viral infections spreads northward in U.S.: Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can transmit dengue and Zika after biting an infected person, have been documented recently in Nevada, Utah, and Nebraska.

Thu., 6/29 - American Samoa's coastal communities face worsened sea-level rise: Encroaching seas and land subsidence are reshaping ways of life in the U.S. territory in the South Pacific.

Fri., 6/30 - Online marketplace helps companies buy solar energy from underinvested communities: On the Solar Stewards marketplace, companies can purchase solar power generated by community centers, schools, and places of worship.  

Mon., 7/3 - Buyout programs aren’t serving everyone who needs help after a flood, planner warns: The programs offer homeowners financial compensation in exchange for leaving flood-prone areas.

Tue., 7/4 - Tips for keeping your pets safe in a hurricane: Emily Wood, director of Broward County Animal Care and Adoption in Florida, recommends people make a pet-friendly evacuation plan and get their animals microchipped.

Wed., 7/5 - Dust storms are on the rise in the Southwest. That could harm health: Exposure to dust storms can cause eye irritation and in some cases, severe respiratory distress.

Thu., 7/6 - Oregon nonprofit offers incentives for energy efficiency and fire-resistant home improvements: Energy Trust of Oregon encourages residents to incorporate fire-resistant and efficient features into their homes, such as insulation and triple-paned windows.

Fri., 7/7How local-level laws can protect trees during construction: Urban trees offer huge benefits, but they’re often cut down or damaged by development.

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

Pulse of the Planet - June 2023

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 16:01



Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

749-Earth Glow(537)

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

749-earth_glow_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: Hot Pot Murder by Jennifer J. Chow

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

Hotpotmurder_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 a food stand owner and her cousin in Hot Pot Murder by Jennifer J. Chow.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Silvia Pettem’s “In Search of the Blonde Tigress”

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 10:37

5-19-23_blondetigresscover2_small Silvia Pettem’s⁠ ⁠“In Search of the Blonde Tigress. The Untold Story of Eleanor Jarman" dips into the world of sensationalized Chicago newspaper headlines in the 1930s that claimed Eleanor was not only “the blonde tigress,” but also “the most dangerous woman alive.”  But a closer look at her life shows that she was an otherwise ordinary woman who got caught up in a Chicago crime spree, then was convicted as an accomplice to murder, and sent to prison for 199 years. She escaped seven years later and managed to live out her life as America’s longest-running female fugitive. Pettem’s research led to police and prison records, court transcripts, and her theory of where the grave of the “blonde tigress” is today. Listeners might be familiar with some of her other 20 plus books including the recently revised "Someone’s Daughter—In Search Of Justice For Jane Doe," which is also now part of a documentary series available on Hulu.  

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

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Angelina McCall and Matt McCall

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:27

Mccallsquare_small After Angelina McCall left her job at a Tucson ER, she wondered if she was cut out for nursing. Then a volunteer position on the US-Mexico border helped restore her confidence.

World Ocean Radio (Series)

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

RESCUE, part 21: Ecosystem Services Accounting, An Example

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio series | 05:10


This week the multi-part RESCUE series continues with a hypothetical tale of investment, manufacture and accounting, and the financial analyses of both sides of the balance sheet: the initial investments and benefits to investors and the long-term debits of extraction, public health, emissions, downstream effect, and what is left behind. What would project proposal budgets look like if all near and long-term costs were included? Would projects be viable and approvable? How would investments, incentives, and subsidies be recalculated? Would the public approve and would such projects be feasible at all?

RESCUE as an acronym offers a plan for specific action and public participation: Renewal, Environment, Society, Collaboration, Understanding, and Engagement.

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 June 4, 2023

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

H2o_logo_240_small Manufacturers of PFAS compounds took a page from the tobacco playbook and hid the dangers of so-called “forever chemicals.” 

Arizona will limit new housing construction in the Phoenix area, as groundwater supplies shrink.

Cars and trucks contain a hidden source of pollution beyond what's coming from tailpipes.

Weevils are not evil.

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 526

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

Point Puzzle 526

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:

Alash Ensemble

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 Tuvan concert in the back room of a Basque Hotel in rural Nevada.

The Writer's Almanac (Series)

Produced by Prairie Home Productions

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