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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

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Climate Connections May 15 - June 9, 2023

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

Podcast_thumbnail_black_2020_240x240_small This month on Climate Connections:

Air Date            Title:

Mon., 5/15 - Electric school buses are healthier for kids, but there could be a downside for workers: One advocacy group wants to ensure that as bus fleets go electric, bus manufacturing jobs stay in the U.S. and school district mechanics get the training they need.  

Tue., 5/16 - Louisiana teacher and students examine environmental injustices: Many of her students are affected by flooding and pollution, but some of their parents work in the fossil fuel industry.

Wed., 5/17 - Nonprofit wants Wisconsin to electrify buildings and transportation: Doing so would be a boon to the state’s economy, recent research finds.

Thu., 5/18 - Most teachers support teaching students about climate change: But many feel unprepared to teach the topic, and they worry about pushback from parents.

Fri., 5/19 - Racehorses may need more protection from heat illness in a warming climate: Rising temperatures mean that thoroughbreds are at growing risk, especially if they are not accustomed to warmer, humid temperatures.

Mon., 5/22 - Museum tries to keep history above water in Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Rising seas and extreme storms are putting centuries-old buildings at risk at the Strawbery Banke Museum.

Tue., 5/23 - Baltimore residents get career training in urban forestry: The Baltimore Tree Trust provides professional training for ‘neighborhood forestry technicians’ in how to plant and care for trees.

Wed., 5/24 - Fossil fuel industry donates hundreds of millions to university climate and energy research: Activists express alarm about the potential impact on research topics and framing.

Thu., 5/25 - New way to test for contaminated water takes hours: Heavy rain can wash sewage into bodies of water where people swim.

Fri., 5/26 - Boston-area man finds his calling in the weatherization industry: Energy efficiency jobs are growing rapidly in Massachusetts.

Mon., 5/29 - One pastor's mission to prepare his community for climate change: Hurricanes have caused destructive flooding at Rev. Gerald Godette’s North Carolina churches.

Tue., 5/30 - How EV incentives for gasoline superusers could help the planet: Only about 10% of drivers are responsible for a third of all gasoline consumption in the U.S.

Wed., 5/31 - Wisconsin company uses cow waste to produce energy: Entech Solutions is breaking down waste from 4,000 cows to create renewable energy and reduce methane emissions.

Thu., 6/1 - Winter storms caused losses in western monarch population: This vulnerable butterfly population has seen a drastic decline since the 1980s.

Fri., 6/2 - Community-wide geothermal system provides heating and cooling in new Texas development: The shared system provides clean heating and cooling to hundreds of homes at once.

Mon., 6/5 - Former refugee brings solar to the camp where he once lived: Yves Umuhoza created Assorted Energies International, a refugee-led solar energy program.

Tue., 6/6 - Solar-powered resiliency hubs to be installed in the Bronx: In a neighborhood where it can take days to restore power, one nonprofit hopes that these military-tent-like shelters will provide communities with access to electricity during power outages.

Wed., 6/7 - Cajun Navy Ground Force connects volunteers to communities affected by natural disasters: They’re using social media to help survivors of weather disasters get the assistance they need.

Thu., 6/8 - Former NHL goalie helps community ice rinks reduce energy use: Brightcore Energy, led by former New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter, is making rinks across the country more energy-efficient with LED lighting.

Fri., 6/9 - The sun powers a Syracuse community farm in more ways than one: Refugees from places like Somalia and Bhutan have the opportunity to grow food for themselves and their communities at Salt City Harvest Farm.

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: The Women Who Built Hollywood by Susan Goldman Rubin

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

Thewomenwhobuilthollywood_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 travels back to the early days of movies to meet 12 influential women in The Women Who Built Hollywood by Susan Goldman Rubin.

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

Most recent piece in this series:

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 May 28, 2023

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:09

H2o_logo_240_small Even conservative justice Brett Kavanaugh thinks the Sackett case that sacks wetlands protections went too far.

The recent Colorado River “deal” is short on details and may not be enough to save the iconic river.

The Montreal Protocol had an amazing—and unexpected—side effect.

How seagulls decide what foods to steal from our picnics.

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 525

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

Point Puzzle 525

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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