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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 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

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 24-50: Escaping Alive from a Frog's Stomach, 3/11/2024

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Escaping Alive from a Frog's Stomach

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Robot Literati -- Groks Science Show 2024-02-21

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

Grokscience_small Advances in artificial intelligence are now affecting areas such as writing and literature.  How can computers learn to write?  On this episode, Dr. Dennis Yi Tenen discussed his book, Literacy Theory for Robots.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Drugstore June

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

Drugstorejune_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 joins an aspiring influencer in an amateur investigation in Drugstore June.

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 February 19 - March 15, 2024

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., 2/19 - Company gives retired wind turbine blades new life: Turbine blades are made of a composite material that can be tricky to recycle, but a company called Carbon Rivers has found a way.

Tue., 2/20 - Why it’s so important to stay out of floodwaters: They can be dangerous and even deadly — and climate change is making flooding more frequent and severe.

Wed., 2/21 - Company manufactures skis from algae oil: They’re an alternative to skis made from fossil-fuel-based plastic.

Thu., 2/22 - The Western snowpack is changing. That’s a problem for water management: Millions rely on meltwater during the spring and summer.

Fri., 2/23 - Young people push for a Green New Deal for schools across the U.S.: As a result of student activism, a school district in Colorado will include climate change in the curriculum and implement clean energy initiatives.

Mon., 2/26 - Converting vacant offices to apartments would be a win for the climate: Repurposing a building reduces the need for new concrete and steel, which create a lot of carbon pollution during manufacturing.

Tue., 2/27 - What you need to know before you buy garden perennials this spring: In the USDA’s updated plant hardiness map, some places have shifted to a warmer zone.  

Wed., 2/28 - High schoolers helped develop Tuscon’s climate action plan: They may not be able to vote yet, but they’re already having an influence.

Thu., 2/29 - Climate change could shorten the life span of U.S. bridges: Rising seas, heavy precipitation, and extreme heat are causing corrosion, buckling, and cracking.

Fri., 3/1 - Is marijuana bad for the climate? Indoor cannabis farms consume lots of electricity, boosting their carbon footprints.

Mon., 3/4 - As seas rise, task force recommends new bridges for Outer Banks island: Storms have repeatedly isolated North Carolina’s Hatteras Island from the mainland.

Tue., 3/5 - What is ‘embodied carbon’? It’s a little-known but major factor in the carbon footprint of our buildings.

Wed., 3/6 - Heat pumps are keeping homes warm in Maine: Even in below-zero temperatures, electric heat pumps can be an effective and cost-effective heating option.

Thu., 3/7 - Video game teaches teens to stay calm in a weather emergency: The game prepares them for extreme events like wildfires, flooding, and blizzards.

Fri., 3/8 - Solar project at Fort Lauderdale park keeps basketball players cool: Solar panels shade an open-air pavilion and supply clean power to the nearby African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.

Mon., 3/11 - Why more CO2 could be bad news for crops: Carbon dioxide can boost photosynthesis, but that benefit can be outweighed by an increased risk of damage from extreme weather.

Tue., 3/12 - Volcanoes emit carbon dioxide, but not nearly as much as humans: Humanity produces an amount roughly equivalent to the eruption of Mount St. Helens every 2.5 hours.

Wed., 3/13 - Archaeological sites in North Carolina under threat from sea level rise and storms: The state’s Hammocks Beach State Park includes areas that have been used by humans for more than 2,000 years.

Thu., 3/14 - Sheep are living their best life at Susquehanna University: They’re eating the grass and weeds that grow around the Pennsylvania college’s solar array.

Fri., 3/15 - Which actions benefit the climate the most? This tool can show you: The online tool called En-ROADS helps communities understand which policies will help the most.

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a World Class Irish Storyteller

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 20:00

P9090830_eddie_lenihan_web_small A few years back on a trip to Ireland, my wife and I had the good fortune to spend the afternoon with a remarkable storyteller. Eddie Lenihan's stories were colorful, scary and believable.  The program features a few of Eddie's stories, plus music by Packie Manus Byrne and a rousing session recorded at the Corner House Pub in Ardara, County Donegal.
Jim Metzner, Producer
Pulse of the Planet 

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Albert Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

787-Far Out

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

787-Far Out
Albert Grauer

787-cosmic_campground_small Please see the transcript.

Science Update (Series)

Produced by Science Update

Most recent piece in this series:

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: This Disaster Loves You by Richard Roper

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

Thisdisasterlovesyou_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 joins a pub owner’s quest to find his missing wife in This Disaster Loves You by Richard Roper.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Crime Novelist Tracy Clark’s FALL (2nd in Harriet Foster Series)

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 10:35

Fall_cover_small Tracy Clark⁠ is an award-winning author of 6 crime novels including the Cass Raines Chicago Mystery series. ⁠ FALL⁠ is her newest book and second in the Detective Harriett Foster thriller series.   In this page-turner of a book, the Chicago PD is on high alert when two city aldermen are found dead: one by apparent suicide, one brutally stabbed in his office, and both with thirty dimes left on their bodies—a betrayer’s payment. With no other clues, the question is, Who else has a debt to pay? Detective Harriet Foster is on the case before the killer can strike again. But even with the help of her partner, Detective Vera Li, and the rest of their team, Harriet has little to go on and a lot at risk. There’s no telling who the killer’s next target is or how many will come next.   TUNE IN for why she writes crime novels, what she likes best about Harriett Foster. and her advice for new writers. 

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 American Pathways: Sohaib Sultan and Arshe Ahmed

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:48

Sultansquare_small Imam Sohaib Sultan and his wife, Arshe Ahmed, came to StoryCorps to talk about becoming parents, and what it means to live “a blessed life.”

World Ocean Radio (Series)

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

Ecological Overshoot, part one

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio series | 04:51


In this episode and the next, World Ocean Radio reports on the status quo, business-as-usual, tunnel vision conclusions at COP28 in Dubai, hosted by the United Arab Emirates, December 2023. While many millions of dollars and intentions were pledged toward solutions, the focus and associated response was too narrow and inadequate to address the deficit consumption of our world's natural and ecological resources.

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

Most recent piece in this series:

Eco Report – February 16, 2024

From WFHB | Part of the EcoReport series | 29:41


Coming up in this edition of Eco Report, Agrivoltaics and Climate Resilience as Environmental Correspondent Zyro Roze brings us Part Three of his discussion with Sam Carpenter on bills opposed and backed by the Hoosier Environmental Council in the 2024 Legislative Session. The full four-part interview will be available online after the show as an E.R.X Eco Report EXTRA, to be found at WFHB.org.


This week’s headlines were written by Norm Holy and Cynthia Roberts.

Today’s news feature was produced Zyro Roze and edited by Kade Young.

Julianna Dailey assembled the script which was edited by the Eco Report team.

Julianna Dailey compiled our events calendar.

Kade Young and Noelle Herhusky-Schneider produced today’s show.

Branden Blewett is our engineer.

Anchors are Julianna Dailey and Frank Marshalek.

Are you looking for a way to make a difference on environmental issues? Here at Eco Report we are currently looking for reporters, engineers, and segment producers. Our goal is to report 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.

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 February 25, 2024

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:08

H2o_logo_240_small Despite Russia’s destroying half of its electricity infrastructure, Ukraine is building a lot of renewable energy.

Botanic gardens are among the best ways to cool cities during heat waves.

To tackle space junk, Japan is making satellites out of...trees.

cure for snoring—that’s also good for the planet.

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 564

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

Point Puzzle 564

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:

Islay Night 01

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 remote eastern shore of Islay, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.

The Writer's Almanac (Series)

Produced by Prairie Home Productions

Most recent piece in this series: