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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:

Privacy Assault Convictions: Reproductive Rights, Minimizing Violence and Privacy Rape

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 08:49


In my letter to Maine's largest newspaper about a jury's conviction for civil rights violations of an abortion protester outside a Planned Parenthood clinic, the editor removed  my phrase "privacy rape" . 

I wrote to ask that "privacy rape" be returned to the online version.  There was a time , remember, when the words "date rape" were not used to describe sexual assault. There was a time when the words "marital rape" were not used to describe forced sexual acts  by a married partner.  Allegedly, the familiarity between victim and assailant neutralized the perpetrator's assault, leveraged to ignore the victim's injury.  Finally,  in 1975, American feminist Susan Brownmiller in the book "Against our Will: Men, Women and Rape" used the phrase "date rape". Knowing the identity of the assailant does not make the crime less violent. 

Reproductive Rights  are an exercise of women's will  over their own bodies. Planned Parenthood clinics are easily perceived as enemies by those who prefer female subjugation to the will of others or some "higher power" they choose to align themselves with.   Freedom of speech becomes a decoy for Planned Parenthood protesters, a camouflage for their intentional violence toward  women exercising their will. Everybody knows you can say what you want in this country- and where they place themselves as they shout their anti-abortion  statements allegedly neutralizes the invasion of the crime and its intent to subjugate.  Familiarity has always been a decoy for crimes against women, the protesters , like Mr. Ingalls,  making no effort to conceal their identities, despite the aggressive invasion of medical privacy.  That is very similar to the historical leveraging of  "knowing the other person" in date rape or marital rape to minimize the violence; "She knew that could happen", "It was  after all a 'date'"  or "They are -after all -"married". Victims of planned Parenthood abortion protesters- the  intended violence of privacy rape still is minimized.  

Susan Brownmiller's  use of  the words  "date rape"changed  things.  Words that convey the violence of targeting  the medical privacy of abortion still are not widely used.The essential privacy of pregnancy termination, includes the  reasons for the termination, equally protected by the Health Insurance and Portability Privacy Act.  But current billing information for patients who have  Medicaid or United Healthcare insurance,  demands explicit description of the reason the pregnancy is terminated on the electronic billing form - the HCFA-1500 form- every medical practitioner must use to receive payment. The form is approved by the National Uniform Claim Committee.  he form  targets abortion  procedures and childbearing-age women in particular. 

In a dropdown menu, on the electronic HCFA-1500 form,  in Section 10D, a list requires  the billing party to "click on " the circumstance:

"Abortion performed due to rape

Abortion performed due to incest

Abortion performed due to serious fetal genetic, deformity or abnormality

Abortion performed due to a life endangering physical condition that is caused by, arising from or exacerbated by the pregnancy itself

Abortion performed due to physical health of the mother that is not life endangering

Abortion performed due to emotional/psychological health of the mother

Abortion performed due to social or economic reasons 

Elective abortion


If the medical procedure code billed in Section 24D  of the HCFA-1500 is termination of a pregnancy, not filling in Section 10D likely means the bill is rejected. It is not at all clear that the information in  Section 10D is HIPPA- protected  just because it is included on the HCFA-1500.  

On a recent Fresh Air episode, an uninformed New York Times reporter discussed  recent Supreme Court cases potentially effecting Roe V. Wade, one being the Court's decision to let stand a lower court decision overturning a law that said a woman " can't have an abortion if [she's] doing it for a bad reason. And among those reasons were that the fetus has a disability or you wanted to choose the sex of a child. " Terry Gross asked the important question:  "The law that said that a woman can't decide to have an abortion based on choosing what gender she wanted to have or deciding to have an abortion because the fetus was diagnosed as having Down syndrome or another, you know, serious illness or abnormality - if a woman says, I'm having an abortion just 'cause I want to, who's to say that she's having it because she's choosing the gender? Who's to say she's having it because the fetus was diagnosed with Down syndrome? I mean, how can you know what's in a woman's heart when she decides to have an abortion? "

The New York Times reporter replied, about the laws "They're symbolic, in a way. They'd be very, very hard to police. What woman is going to announce that - in the face of such a law, that she's aborting a fetus because of Down syndrome? It's also a curious law that says, sure, you can have an abortion on a whim. You just can't have it for an expressed reason that a lot of people might think was a sound reason. " But clearly,  he had not researched the current reality that "the reason" for the termination of a pregnancy is  already collected and mandatory on the required HCFA-1500 billing electronic form when a termination is performed. No provider gets paid through Medicaid or United Healthcare (or its subsidiaries) without Section 10D and Section 24D completed. That is not argued out in the Supreme Court. It is now determined at the form scanner of a billing specialist. That information ca be subpoenaed, is certainly available to the insurer and Medicaid, and to the government committee designing the form. 

Planned Parenthood protesters, editors who shy away from using the word "privacy rape" or the HCFA-1500 committee isolating reasons for having an abortion,all attempt to subjugate women's will to choose.  An old act of violence, still  minimized, still justified by familiarity.

A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 19.175: Assassin Bugs, 9/2/2019

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Assassin Bugs

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Strange Harvests -- Groks Science Show 2019-08-14

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 16:19

Grokscience_small The natural world is filled with resources that are harvested without thought for the long term consequences.  Can we live sustainably with the environment?  On this episode, Edward Posnett discussed strange harvests.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Give Me Liberty

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

Givemeliberty_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 ventures out into the streets with a distracted driver and a van full of unlikely characters in Give Me Liberty.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

CurrentCast programming for August 19, 2019 - September 13, 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., Aug. 19 - Mapping what lies beneath: One graduate student is using sonar to map the Milwaukee harbor.

Tue., Aug. 20 - The softer side of the Muskegon lake shoreline: Muskegon used to be known as the Lumber Queen of the Midwest. Now conservationists are replacing the industrial shoreline with meadows.

Wed., Aug. 21 - Invasive Eurasian ruffe: This aggressive little fish is causing trouble in Lake Superior.

Thu., Aug. 22 - Bridging the divide: One specialist says urban and rural stakeholders must work together to ensure clean water for all.

Fri., Aug. 23 - Breakwalls: Breakwalls can do more than protect a harbor from waves.

Mon., Aug. 26 - Loads of Litter: A significant amount of the trash tossed in coastal communities ends up in the water.

Tue., Aug. 27 - Good algae: Algae that looks like matted, green hair might look like a swamp monster, but it can be beneficial to the ecosystem. 

Wed., Aug. 28 - Clean water is good for business: Members of the Great Lakes Business Network work to protect the Great Lakes. 

Thu., Aug. 29 - Good fences-good water: Fencing their cattle out of streams and ponds is one thing farmers can do to protect local water.

Fri., Aug. 30 - Leaky pipes: Aging pipes in Milwaukee are leaking wastewater into the ground before it reaches the treatment plant.

Mon., Sep. 2 - Watermarks: Artists are raising water awareness through physical markers.

Tue., Sep. 3 - Climate change in the Great Lakes: Communities in the region are already experiencing many climate change impacts.

Wed., Sep. 4 - Microbes on meds: When traces of human medication end up in the water, microbes at the bottom of the food web are affected.

Thu., Sep. 5 - Getting the drift: When plastic ends up in the Great Lakes, it’s carried away on currents.

Fri., Sep. 6 - Putting down roots: Grass carp, a variety of Asian Carp, have been appearing in the Great Lakes for decades.

Mon., Sep. 9 -  WaterSense Hotel Challenge: Applying best practices can help hotels save water.

Tue., Sep. 10 - The Watershed Approach: Water in the middle of the country enters the watershed and eventually makes its way to the ocean.

Wed., Sep. 11 - Precision Agriculture: Hi-tech instruments go down on the farm.

Thu., Sep. 12 - Gravity and Groundwater: Satellites that measure changes in gravity can alert us to potential floods.

Fri., Sep. 13 - How Deep Are the Great Lakes: How far is it to the bottom of the Great Lakes?


Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections August 12 - September 6, 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., 8/12 - Military bases prepare for more extreme weather: Fort Hood is developing a renewable-powered microgrid system that could provide electricity even if the local grid goes down.

Tue., 8/13 - Yard signs show risks of sea-level rise: Artist Xavier Cortada wanted to get people talking about the problem.

Wed., 8/14 - East Coast vineyards face new climate challenges: Insect pests and increased rainfall are growing threats.

Thu., 8/15 - Young birds threatened as the Great Basin’s freshwater dries up: Millions of water birds migrate through the Western region every year.

Army Corps uses nature to help protect communities: Islands and reefs decrease the energy of waves, and wetlands can hold floodwater.

Mon., 8/19 - Friars start a sustainable farm: Their goal is to feed the poor and nurture the Earth.

Tue., 8/20 - Simple change to your thermostat saves energy: An agency in New York significantly cut its energy use with this strategy.

Wed., 8/21 - Rush for Arctic resources could pollute region: Shipping, fishing, and drilling opportunities are opening up as the ice melts.

Thu., 8/22 - U.S.-China Green Fund wants China to go green: And link Western green-tech startups to the country’s enormous market.


Fri., 8/23 - The soil scientist who paints with dirt: She wants people to understand that healthy soil is as important as clean air and water.

Mon., 8/26 - Some Texas residents are still recovering from Harvey: “You still have those communities in Southeast Texas that are hurting and are in desperate need of support.”

Tue., 8/27 - Daughter inspires family business to go solar: Today, solar powers the press at the printing business.

Wed., 8/28 - New Mexico could be the Saudi Arabia of wind: It could produce a huge amount of cheap electricity. But there’s a catch.

Thu., 8/29 - Tackling climate requires more than cutting carbon: Effective climate action also addresses social and economic inequality, says ICLEI USA director Angie Fyfe.

Fri., 8/30 - Garden aims to reduce food insecurity: Population growth and climate change could lead to more food insecurity around the world.

Mon., 9/2 - Algae could provide climate-friendly food and fuel: The newest farm bill offers support for algae growers.

Tue., 9/3 - Climate-friendly buildings can improve your health: Well-sealed buildings with natural light bolster health, performance, and profitability.

Wed., 9/4 - Don’t underestimate storm surge risk: It’s becoming a bigger danger with sea-level rise.     

Thu., 9/5 - Prof urges you to cut your lawn area in half: Adding plants, shrubs, and trees will store carbon and reduce mowing time.


Fri., 9/6 - Why climate change is a disability rights issue: Emergency plans don’t always account for everyone’s needs.

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

September 2019 Pulse of the Planet

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 49:58


September 2019  Pulse of the Planet  CUE SHEET

01      Statues of Wonderland                       02-Sep-19   The thing

02      Slot Machines to Geiger Counters              03-Sep-19    If you're

03      Watch a  Launch at the Cape               04-Sep-19   Two, one

04      Festival of St. Lazarus                        05-Sep-19   This time of year

05      A Ritual of Endurance                         06-Sep-19   From early spring

06      Honoring Young Women                     09-Sep-19   We're listening

07      Black Gold                                         10-Sep-19   It's the harvest 

08      Time Capsule of an Ancient Practice     11-Sep-19   This week, members 

09      Marriage, Berber Style                        12-Sep-19   Every September in 

10      Stellar Sea Lions Prepare                    13-Sep-19   Autumn is often

11      Recipe for a Hurriane                               16-Sep-19  Along the eastern

12      Predicting the Big Ones                       17-Sep-19   Forecasting hurricanes

13      A Look Inside the Eye                         18-Sep-19   Ever thought about

14      Cider Time                                        19-Sep-19   A glass of fresh  

15      A Tradition of Listening                       20-Sep-19   Autumn in Japan

16      If a Jewel of Dew Could Sing..              23-Sep-19   One of the unique

17      Slow Down and Open Your Windows      24-Sep-19   For centuries

18      Insect Palaces                                        25-Sep-19   In Japan

19      Care and Feeding of a Pet Cricket             26-Sep-19   This week

20      Red Tailed Hawks on the Move            27-Sep-19   We're listening

21      High Holy Days                                  30-Sep-19   This week marks

22      The Ram's Horn of New Year's             01-Oct-19    We're listening to

23      Casting Off Our Misdeeds                        02-Oct-19    This week, as the

24      And You Thought Your Wedding Was Huge 03-Oct-19    This week, in a

25      Legendary Lovers                               04-Oct-19    We're listening to

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

552-Night Sky Surprise

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

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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: Spill the Beans by Sarah Mlynowski

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

Spillthebeans_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 pair of adventurous young siblings as the climb the beanstalk in Spill the Beans by Sarah Mlynowski.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Booktalk: Martin Walker’s “The Body in the Castle Well”

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 09:49

9780525519980_small A former foreign correspondent, Martin Walker is the author of "The Body in the Castle Well." This is the 12th installment of Walker’s "Bruno: Chief of Police” series set in the fictional town of St. Denis in the foodie paradise of the Perigord region of rural France. It’s home to truffles and foie gras, wines and cheeses, and Bruno is one of his town’s finest cooks. The newest book in the series features art, opioids, the American singer Josephine Baker and, of course, murder and memories from World War II and the Resistance that always live on in Walker’s Bruno 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 MVI: Sarah and Gilbert Seltzer

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:59

Seltzernpr_small 104-year-old Gil Seltzer speaks with his granddaughter, Sarah Seltzer, about what it was like to be part of a top-secret deception unit in World War II.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

Project Drawdown

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:32


This week on World Ocean Radio we introduce listeners to Project Drawdown, a collective of scholars and innovators assembled to address the challenges of climate change and social confusion around the issue. In this episode we discuss Paul Hawken's book, "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming", now in its tenth printing, and the steps required to recapture the political and social agenda for an equitable ecosystem for the 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.

Image Credit and Resources from this Episode
- Project Drawdown
- Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed
   to Reverse Global
Warming by Paul Hawken and Tom Steyer
   (April, 2017) 

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:

71: Ants on Stilts

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 08:50

Ombre_purple_logo_with_orange_lightbulb_600_by_600_small Ants hunt for food, but how do they know how to get back? Content warning: Science is messy. Some ants were harmed and we talk about it. Not in great detail, but we thought you should know.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for August 18, 2019

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:39

H2o_logo_240_small The EPA ordered Newark, New Jersey, to begin distributing bottled water to residents facing high levels of lead in their tap water.

Dogs are dying across the U.S. from these warm weather toxins.

Tidal wetlands along the coast of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California are disappearing.

The African forest elephant is an endangered species—and its extinction could worsen the climate crisis.

On your next trip to Paris, don't miss the "aeroponics."