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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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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

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AMOS 22-130: Tasteless Penguins, 7/1/2022

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Tasteless Penguins

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

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Expressly Human -- Groks Science Show 2022-06-22

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

Grokscience_small Although emotional expression through language is often viewed as supplemental to rational thoughts, the actual organization may be reversed.  On this episode, Dr. Mark Changizi discussed his book, Expressly Human.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

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Reel Discovery: Rise

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

Rise_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 a family’s battle from working on the streets to battling on the courts in Disney+’s Rise.

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 June 13 - July 8, 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., 6/13 - A new climate-friendly housing development will be all-electric: The mixed-income development will include community gardens and homes with heat pumps and solar panels.

Tue., 6/14 - Company helps incentivize forest protection in Ecuador: Whole Forest wants to make it economically viable to preserve the forest.

Wed., 6/15 - As electric cars gain popularity, states will need to make up gas-tax revenue: Oregon already offers drivers an option to pay a per-mile charge instead of a gas tax. 

Thu., 6/16 - Climate change could dry up ideal Northern Plains duck habitat: So wetland conservation is more important than ever.

Fri., 6/17 - Solar power keeps some Puerto Rico fire stations running during blackouts: The stations can continue providing services even when the electricity grid goes down.

Mon., 6/20 - Some people prepare for climate change with survival training: The Mountain Scout Survival school teaches primitive survival skills and urban emergency preparedness courses.

Tue., 6/21 - How Georgia’s undeveloped barrier islands are adapting to sea-level rise: With few roads or buildings, the islands move naturally in response to storms and rising seas.

Wed., 6/22 - Chicago’s vintage homes become more energy-efficient: Homeowners typically see a 30% reduction on their electric bill and a 50% reduction on their gas bill.

Thu., 6/23 - Dams, climate change threaten Missouri River cottonwood forests: Young cottonwoods survive only when the river is allowed to shift its path over time.

Fri., 6/24 - Free environmental justice courses available to middle, high school students: Course creator Sierra Generette says she hopes the trainings inspire students to become a voice for change.

Mon., 6/27 - Oak pollen concentrations are increasing 5% a year in Atlanta: Climate change is contributing to longer and more severe allergy seasons.

Tue., 6/28 - New manufacturing process stores carbon pollution in concrete: It can cut the carbon footprint of concrete by more than half.

Wed., 6/29 - Minnesotans help trees migrate north: People are gathering seeds from southern and central Minnesota and planting the saplings in the state’s northern forests.   

Thu., 6/30 - Poet Sophia Naz grieves after a wildfire took her home: She processes the loss in her new book, “Open Zero.”

Fri., 7/1 - Outdoor workers in South Florida campaign for heat safety: WeCount! advocates for access to cool water, shade and more rest breaks.

Mon., 7/4 - Climate change complicates a precarious relationship between birds and farmers: New England songbirds often nest in farm fields, where they’re threatened by mowing and other farm equipment.

Tue., 7/5 - Electricity grids aren’t making the most of wind power: Contracts often guarantee coal plants a minimum level of production.

Wed., 7/6 - The downside of corporate reforestation pledges: Poorly planned reforestation efforts could displace farms and rural communities.

Thu., 7/7 - Army Corps invests in natural solutions to reduce flooding: Recent projects include reestablishing dunes, giving rivers more room to flood, and more.

Fri., 7/8 - Apprenticeship program trains people for clean energy jobs: ReVision Energy, a New England-based solar company, wants to make it easier for people to become licensed electricians.

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

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Pulse of the Planet July 2022

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 16:25

Potp-logo-200x200_small_small We join sound recordist Doug Quin for in depth exploration of the challenges and rewards of sound recording in a dense rainforest. Headphones on!!

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

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700-Martian Storms(486)

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

700-martian_dust_storm_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: Half Sisters by Virginia Franken

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

Halfsisters_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 reconnects with long-lost family in Virginia Franken’s Half Sisters.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

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Booktalk: White House Adviser David Gergen’s “Hearts Touched with Fire. How Great Leaders Are Made”

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 09:54

Gergen_hearts_touched_headshot_credit_thomas_fitzsimmons__harvard_kennedy_school_small David Gergen has been a White House adviser to four presidents (Nixon, Ford, Reagan & Clinton) of different parties, CNN senior political analyst, and founder of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. In his newest book, “Hearts Touched with Fire. How Great Leaders Are Made,” he presents his ideas about leadership using numerous examples from the past and present. He traces the journeys of historic icons like Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, and Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, as well as contemporary game changers like Greta Thunberg, the Parkland students, and the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s time, he says, to pass the torch to younger leaders.

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 Historias: Charlee Rios, Jennifer Hidrogo, and LilyRose Hidrogo-Booth

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:32

Hidrogosquare_small Jennifer Hidrogo talks with her children about their family’s journey, and the promise she made to her neighbor.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

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Billion Oyster Project

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:03


This summer we are revisiting some of our favorite World Ocean episodes that highlight optimism in ocean news, science and advocacy. In this episode we're talking about the history of oysters, New York Harbor, and the Harbor School—an innovative high school on Governor’s Island in New York City, highlighting their Billion Oyster Project, designed to revive the defunct oyster populations through an ambitious goal of restoring no less than one billion oysters to New York harbor. Harbor School's restorative ecosystem service activities are reconnecting the harbor to the 30 million people living within its vast urban watershed.

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 is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide.

Billion Oyster Project

Clean Air Act (1975)

Clean Water Act (1948 w/sweeping amendments in 1972)

Image Credit
from the Billion Oyster Project 2021 Annual Report
visit billionoysterproject.org/financials

EcoReport (Series)

Produced by WFHB

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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

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221: Harriet the Tortoise

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 04:59

With_podcast_small Harriet lived from around 1835 to 2006! She is believed to be one of the Earth's longest lived creatures ever recorded.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

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This Week in Water for June 19, 2022

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 05:53

H2o_logo_240_small Western states must agree on cuts to their allocations of Colorado River water by mid-August—or it will be decided for them.

So-called “forever” chemicals are far more dangerous to humans than previously thought, according to the EPA.

How do elephant seals see in the dark? They use their whiskers. 

war you’ve likely never heard of has come to an end.

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 476

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

Point Puzzle 476

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

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Reno, Reno, Reno

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

Postcards_from_the_wind_cover_page_01_small Reno in music - a postcard about the lyrical representation of the biggest city in the world.

The Writer's Almanac (Series)

Produced by Prairie Home Productions

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