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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:

As American as Apple Pie: Abusing Power to Undermine Women's Credibility

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 09:31


As American As Apple Pie: Abusing Power to Undermine Women's Credibility
-Susan Cook-

The other day on a radio call-in program, Susan Collins, Maine's Senator, justified her vote for Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court because (she said this) even though she thought something awful happened to PhD Holder and Academic Scholar Christine Blasey-Ford, Susan Collins didn't think it was Brett Kavanaugh who did it. In other words, Susan Collins just can't bring herself to grant Dr Ford credibility. Playing both ends against the middle, this time with Dr Ford's credibility, like she has in the US Senate. At the same time, Susan Collins said that to believe Dr. Ford threatens the entire judicial standard of innocent until proven guilty. What she didn't say is that by automatically granting credibility to a Job Applicant over his accusing victim, she replicates an abuse of power that keeps victims silent.

Two of the most agonizing moments for assault victims are when it happens and when the victim discloses. For women, credibility is immediately questioned- with or without professional accomplishment, with or without the scrutiny of a large audience.

On men's side, and on the side of Susan Collins who has gained longevity by playing the middle against both ends, is Power and the fact that men require less Proof to back up their statements than women do. We have seen the backwash from men finally held accountable for their abuse of power in the #Me too movement. Many of those men remain "miffed" or staunch in their refusal to take responsibility for the abuse of that discrepancy - financially, culturally, physically, in professional hierarchies ( 80.7 cents for women for every dollar men make). Indeed, many fall back on their reverence for "Power" to justify the reluctance to continue to fight #Me too.

The Public Radio host whose host public radio organization distanced themselves rapidly finally published his NOT "Mea Culpa" column, advising the reader to "look what happened to me" over a "harmless flirtation". Discrepancy of power places whoever was on the receiving end of the "harmless flirtation", in a subjugated position. Power interferes with saying "No", further undermined when, as the Pubic Radio host said, "she worked for me but it never happened in the office." He called upon his concern for the powerlessness of children in the NOT "Mea Culpa" piece to explain how he has managed to water down his anger toward #Me too which remember "Look what it did" to him. A negligent out not unlike Susan Collins claiming herself the better judge of what happened to Christine Blasey Ford. The magnitude of the discrepancy in physical power of adolescent boys and adolescent girls is not that hard to fathom.

This call-in program precedes the opening of an exhibit called "Finding Our Voices: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Abuse" at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Maine, encouraged by Patrisha Mclean, the ex-wife of the singer Don McLean of "Bye, bye, Miss American Pie". He was convicted 3 years ago of domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal mischief and criminal restraint.

One of the women in the exhibit, the wife of a man named "Charlie" who took out a gun and threatened to shoot her after she told him she had almost suicided, did not speak for years of the domestic abuse in her marriage. She left, still not disclosing until two years after she left, at 65, 43 years into the marriage. Had she disclosed before, her credibility would be on the line.

Many years ago, I was a colleague of the man who physically assaulted his wife for those 43 years. With 3 other Professors, we flew to a northern Maine University to teach graduate students. I taught life span development, always including sections on childhood sexual abuse, abusive relationships and abusive parenting. Those were topics that I had a deep commitment to, and still do. In one of the videos I always showed in the class, the victim said "Sexual abuse is about power. The abuse of power." Thirty three years ago, the reality of incest was not broadly acknowledged. Nor was wife battering or domestic violence. Or child abuse. Or parents who gave themselves license to terrorize or abuse. The college where I taught was sexist. I complained about the job inequities of assigning me to teach 4 courses I had never taught before and The "Dean" clearly made a mental checkmark against me for speaking out about that.

No one would have guessed that this quiet man had his own private target when his power was challenged. His wife. And to this day, abuse of power to keep victims quiet persists. The Edna St Vincent Millay Poetry and Arts Festival began a day or so after Susan Collins' radio appearance. It included a Poetry Slam and reading held at night at a local bar. The organizers felt compelled to include a Caveat to poets and artists taking part.

"Please be advised. As participants will include people of all ages, please be sensitive to content and language that might be of concern, scare children or trigger trauma."

No one wants to scare children or trigger trauma. The accusatory nature of the statement was inflated and not necessary in this context. Even when that was pointed out, the organizer still would not take it off the website.

And with it, the perpetrating "Charlies" and the adolescent "Kavanaughs" go about exercising their power. Yet, one more time, those who have experienced trauma will question if they have the power to speak about it or will say it "right" or won't "upset" anyone. Even at a Poetry and Arts Festival. The contributions to the power that diminishes women's credibility are many and varied. From the US Senate, to the dimly lit bar at night, credibility of the victim takes second place to the protective tidings of the powerful. I noticed that a person featured in that video many years ago had signed up for the poetry slam. I made the decision not to take part. I don't know if the person who appeared in the video 33 years ago did.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 19.225: A Rock in a Rowboat, 11/11/2019

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small A Rock in a Rowboat

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Big Book -- Groks Science Show 2019-10-09

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 18:42

Grokscience_small Among all of the self recovery programs, alcoholics anonymous may be the most influential and the foundation for all those that followed.  But, the history of this institution has only recently been explored in scholarly detail.  On this episode, William Schaberg discussed Writing the Big Book: The Creation of A.A.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: First Love

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

Firstlove_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 races through the streets of Tokyo with a boxer, a call girl, and a whole bunch of criminals in Takashi Miike’s First Love.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

CurrentCast programming for October 14, 2019 - November 8, 2019

From ChavoBart Digital Media | Part of the CurrentCast series | 20:00

Cc_square_logo_240_small CurrentCast is a daily, 60-second radio feature that educates the public about water issues, promotes an appreciation for aquatic environments, and encourages an educated discussion about this critical resource. This 4-week round includes the following pieces:

Air Date - Title

Mon., 10/14 - Blazing trails in Michigan: Marked water trails in this state make it easy for people to give paddling a try.

Tue., 10/15 - Algae that is beneficial…until it isn’t:  When a stream’s normal ecosystem is disturbed, the growth of a normally beneficial species can explode and cause problems.

Wed., 10/16 - Trout Stocking: Pennsylvania’s trout stocking program helps support the state’s multi-million-dollar fishing industry.

Thu., 10/17 - Emerald Ash Borer: This tiny green insect is causing major damage to trees, and water quality.

Fri., 10/18 - One solution to Plastic Pollution: One educator says refusing single-use plastic should come before reducing, reusing, and recycling. 

Mon., 10/21 - Cover the Eco-bases with Cover Crops: Farmers can use cover crops to protect their fields from erosion and improve water absorption.
Tue., 10/22 - The Right Time and Right Place: Modern technology can help farmers reduce their use of water and fertilizer.

Wed., 10/23 - Fluctuating Lake Levels: The water levels in the Great Lakes fluctuate naturally throughout the year.

Thu., 10/24 - Climate Woes in Pennsylvania’s Waterways: Climate change is bringing warmer, wetter weather to the Keystone state.

Fri., 10/25 - Hard to Tell the Good Guys from the Bad: There are thousands of different types of blue green algae, and only a few produce harmful toxins.

Mon., 10/28 - A bird lovers’ paradise: Over 250 species of birds are recorded in the western basin of Lake Erie each year.         

Tue., 10/29 - European Frogbit: This attractive water plant is a ruthless invader.

Wed., 10/30 - Reducing Water Use While Traveling: Guests are responsible for a significant portion of a hotel’s total water use.

Thu., 10/31 - Trout in the Classroom: Raising brook trout teaches students about water quality.

Fri., Nov. 1 - Nature’s Engineers: Beavers can provide a lot of benefits to a stream.   

Mon., Nov. 4 - Reducing Water Pollution One Field at a Time: Computer models can help farmers identify which fields would benefit the most from special efforts to reduce pollution.  

Tue., Nov. 5 - A Neighborhood Full of Raingardens: A group of non-profits has started a movement to install raingardens in neighborhoods throughout Detroit.  

Wed., Nov. 6 - Sea-faring Vessels and Invasive Species: Large ocean-going ships pump water into their holds for stability, but this added ballast can carry unwanted guests.  

Thu., Nov. 7 - Invasive Grass Takes Over: An invasive grass called phragmites can grow so dense, turtles can’t get through to lay their eggs.  

Fri., Nov. 8 - Holding the Invaders at Bay: Plants that don’t belong in our waters can interfere with swimming, fishing, and boating.  

Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections October 7 - November 1, 2019

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

Ccyale_240_graybg_small Climate Connections is a 90-second daily (M-F) module that's produced in partnership with the Yale Center for Environmental Communication and hosted by Dr. Tony Leiserowitz. It covers the ways climate change is impacting our lives, and what diverse people and organizations are doing to reduce the associated risks. From energy to public health, from extreme weather to the economy, we’ll connect the dots and bring climate change “down to earth” for your listeners. This 4-week round includes the following pieces:

Air Date - Title

Mon., Oct. 7-Texan Marine finds his calling in the wind industry: Jake Thompson originally planned to follow his dad into the oil business.

Tue., Oct. 8-Biologist wants to protect a bird as seas rise: MacGillivray's seaside sparrow nests are flooding as seas rise.

Wed., Oct. 9-A young person’s journey from fear to action: As a child, he covered his ears when he heard the words ‘global warming.’

Thu., Oct. 10-Local offsets program funds energy efficiency projects: The program has paid for weatherization, energy-efficient heating systems, and other projects in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Fri., Oct. 11-The energy efficiency industry is growing: ‘They are well-paid domestic jobs … and they are jobs that are not going to go away.’

Mon., Oct. 14-What are power purchase agreements?: They’re critical tools for transitioning to a clean energy economy.

Tue., Oct. 15-Researchers turn algae into strong, lightweight material: The material has two major benefits for the climate.

Wed., Oct. 16-Carbon pollution from thermal energy: ‘We haven’t done very much yet to address that large bucket of emissions.’

Thu., Oct. 17-Farm shows benefits of silvopasture: At Dickinson College Farm in Pennsylvania, native trees are growing in cattle pastures.

Fri., Oct. 18-There’s still hope for corals, study finds: But as the climate warms, reefs need protection from threats such as overfishing and pollution.

Mon., Oct. 21-Women bring clean energy to sub-Saharan Africa: They’re ambassadors for solar technology.  

Tue., Oct. 22-Nonprofit encourages Latinos to spend time in nature: ‘There is a gap, definitely, between communities of color — Latino communities — and access to these green spaces.’

Wed., Oct. 23-Marginalized Louisiana residents learn to lead on climate: Low-income communities of color face some of the worst threats from rising seas.

Thu., Oct. 24-Farmer experiments with more climate-friendly rice cultivation: Conventional rice paddies emit a lot of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas.

Fri., Oct. 25-Gas driller becomes climate-conscious farmer: ‘I’m doing my bit to make food better, make soil better.’

Mon., Oct. 28-Why climate change is a property rights issue: Law professor Jonathan Adler says framing the issue this way could inspire more support for climate action.

Tue., Oct. 29-Baltimore converts vacant lots into usable green space: Hundreds of lots have been transformed.

Wed., Oct. 30-Energy-efficient homes can improve quality of life: They can be quieter, more comfortable, and have better air quality.

Thu., Oct. 31-Climate change could bring vampire bats to the U.S.: Researchers modeled where the bats might move as the climate warms.

Fri., Nov. 1 -Berkeley bans natural gas from some buildings: Natural gas is a significant source of carbon pollution.



Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

Pulse of the Planet, November 2019 Programs

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 36:21


November 2019  Pulse of the Planet  CUE SHEET

01      Like a Waking Sleep                         This time of year    04-Nov-19

02      Snoozing Through Birth              It's common           05-Nov-19

03      Tracking Grizzlies                      Really make sure    06-Nov-19

04      Scat, Hair and Other Signs                 Is that scat            07-Nov-19

05      Okefenokee - Sandhill Migration         The migratory birds  08-Nov-19

06      Taking the A Train Underwater    Typically you can     11-Nov-19

07      The Subway Car Reef                What's 9 feet wide 12-Nov-19

08      A New Home for Sea Bass                  We're listening to    13-Nov-19

09      Ecuador's Cloud Forest               Well there's a     14-Nov-19

10      Scorpion Venom                        Scorpions sting       15-Nov-19

11      A Life-Saving Charade                 Listen carefully       18-Nov-19

12      Poison Ivy - Discovery               We certainly           19-Nov-19

13      Best Tasting Water?                          Water               20-Nov-19

14      Coal Ash and Water                          When you          21-Nov-19

15      Arsenic on Tap                          The sounds            22-Nov-19

16      Sinterklaas -  Community Calls   We start                25-Nov-19

17      Sinterklaas - Origins                     That's the             26-Nov-19

18      Inflation Day                                    Inflation Day     27-Nov-19

19      Thanksgiving Parade Balloons    The big stars       28-Nov-19

20      Alarm Calls                              Monkeys              29-Nov-19

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

559-Farming On Mars

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

Veg_ponds_02_-christina_koch_small On Earth plants provide us with medicines, food to eat, and oxygen to breathe. In the future, in addition to providing treats like strawberries it turns out that tending to the needs vegetables and watching them grow can help space travelers cope with the psychological stresses produced by the confinement experienced on long space missions.

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: The Furies by Katie Lowe

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

Thefuries_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 makes friends with a group of fiercely loyal outsiders in author Katie Lowe’s The Furies.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Booktalk: Salman Rushdie’s “Quichotte: A Novel”

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 09:55

Quichotte_-_high_res_cover_small Salman Rushdie’s 19th book and newest novel of contemporary times, "Quichotte," takes readers on a journey across America in a Chevy Cruze. Rushdie’s road traveler, Quichotte, is a simple man who has watched too much television. Perhaps because of that, it’s an anything-can-happen sort of trip sprinkled with cyber-spies, opioids, science fiction, racism of course, all mixed in with heavy doses of family ties real or imagined. Born in India, mostly educated in England and a current resident of New York, Rushdie’s published work includes novels, books of non-fiction, a memoir and children’s books.

Beer Notes (Series)

Produced by Delmarva Public Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

IPAs in 2019

From Delmarva Public Radio | Part of the Beer Notes series | 01:51


If the acronym IPA means something to you; if your mouth begins to water and you are thinking it’s five o’clock somewhere, you are not alone.  This week on Beer notes, we are looking at the most popular styles of craft beer based on the first half of 2019 data.


As reported by the Brewers Association, IPAs were again the fastest growing style of beer during the first half of 2019, up 16%.  They represent almost ⅓ of all craft volume sold. We believe that’s because new IPA styles attracted new IPA drinkers.


The hazy and New England style IPAs added options to the category that aren’t as bitter and attracted craft beer drinkers who love the flowery aromas  and citrus flavors of hops but dislike the bitterness of the more traditional IPAs.


Craft beer has always been associated with high alcohol and most of us know that is not always true.  It is even less true as the interest in health and wellness of huge numbers of craft beer drinkers is affecting innovation in brewing.  Lower alcohol and lighter beers did show growth, 


However, the statistics from the first half of 2019 show that the highest growth in craft beer sales is actually in the 7+% alcohol by volume category.  96% of craft consumers said that “flavor” was important when choosing a craft beer to purchase.  


So you will continue to find the high alcohol beers on the shelves in your favorite beer store or on tap in your favorite brewery.  As we move through summer and into autumn, become a statistic and reach for an imperial version of your favorite beer style, or a barrel aged stout.  Maybe even a Belgian tripel.   


I think I am going to go for the Sandstorm on the Shore Craft Beer Cruise this evening, a 9% ABV Belgian tripel made by 3rd Wave brewing company, a woman owned brewery in Delmar, Delaware.  Not a bad way to enjoy a two hour boat cruise in the Bays behind Ocean City and Assateague, Maryland.  


For Beer Notes, this is Anne Neely.

StoryCorps (Series)

Produced by StoryCorps

Most recent piece in this series:

StoryCorps: Willie Ito and Vince Ito

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 03:15

Storycorps_small Willie Ito tells his son, Vince Ito, about his dreams of becoming an animator.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

Stakeholders of Nature

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:27


How do we describe the relationship between human society and nature? This week on World Ocean Radio we discuss what it means to be a stakeholder, and how the word itself has evolved from one of business, ownership and investment to that the larger context of environmentalism and ecological connection. We argue that we must understand the interactions between humanity and natural systems, using collaboration, partnership and integration if we are to invent a new way forward toward a sustainable future.

Do you prefer the written word? Head on over to Medium.com/@TheW2O.

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.

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Ko Phi Phi, Thailand courtesy of Reiseuhu

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-0 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:

75: Worm Charming

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 05:58

Brain_junk_words_orange_lightbulb_logo_small This episode will have you outside with a sharpened stake, a hammer, a slab of metal and an empty coffee can. That's right, we're going to be talking about charming worms right out of the ground and explaining the science behind how it works. 'Cause it DOES work and you're going to want to try.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for October 13, 2019

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:34

H2o_logo_240_small Getting the lead out? Environmental groups say new EPA rule does not go far enough.

Former EPA officials are asking for an investigation into whether the agency has abused its authority.

A new study shows that fast-food packaging is harmful.

Artificial grass may eliminate the need for watering, mowing, and pesticides—but could pose risks.

How to keep your cool in a blackout.