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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:

Dice God -- Groks Science Show 2019-09-18

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 27:29

Grokscience_small The universe is filled with uncertainty, from the fundamental to the uncalculable.  But, how can we deal with uncertainty in our predictions of the future.  On this episode, Prof. Ian Stewart discussed Do Dice Play God?

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Downton Abbey

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

Downtonabbey_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 catches up with the Crawleys and their staff in Downton Abbey.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

CurrentCast programming for September 16, 2019 - October 11, 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., 9/16 - How the Great Lakes Formed: Get the full history of the Great Lakes.  

Tue., 9/17 - Clean Water Act: This one law has played an important role in cleaning up America’s rivers, lakes and coasts.

Wed., 9/18 - Invasive Round Gobies: These intruders are trying to take over the Great Lakes. 

Thu., 9/19 - Wetland Wonderlands: Wetlands provide a number of benefits for humans, plants, and wildlife.  

Fri., 9/20 - Mud Puppies: These toothy salamanders can be found at the bottom of lakes and rivers.

Mon., 9/23 - Marine debris: Students participate in clean-ups to keep trash from local neighborhoods out of the waters in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

Tue., 9/24 - Turtle Creek: When abandoned mines fill up with water, acid mine drainage pollutes nearby waterways. 

Wed., 9/25 - Getting to the Root of the Matter: Trees and shrubs help filter pollution before it gets into waterways.

Thu., 9/26 - Stream Girls: This Girl Scout program inspires girls to explore and protect streams.

Fri., 9/27 - An Eerie Amount of Fish: About half of all the fish in the Great Lakes are in Lake Erie.   

Mon., 9/30 - Butterflies and Bogs: Tiny brown butterflies known as bog coppers live in wetlands and feed on wild cranberry flowers. phone: 301.689.7

Tue., 10/1 - Take Me Home, Country Roads: Many municipalities spray a mixture of wastewater from gas and oil wells on their dirt and gravel roads.

Wed., 10/2 - Coal Ash Goes to Court: Recent changes to federal regulations help protect ground and surface water from toxic pollutants.  

Thu., 10/3 - Stormwater and Sewage: Rain gardens help reduce the amount of untreated sewage that is dumped directly into rivers during heavy rains.

Fri., 10/4 - An Enduring Legacy: When coal is mined, other minerals and metals are left behind.

Mon., 10/7 - Thunder Bay: The only National Marine Sanctuary found in the Great Lakes, Thunder Bay offers plenty of sights to see.

Tue., 10/8 - When Sharing is Not Caring: The governors of the Great Lakes states limit the amount of water that can be removed from the Great Lakes Basin.

Wed., 10/9 - Lake Ontario’s Best-Kept Secret - Sand Dunes: Eastern Lake Ontario has some of the most majestic dunes in the Northeast.

Thu., 10/10 - Legacy of the Johnstown Flood: This tragedy inspired legal changes that still protect us today      

Fri., 10/11 - Long-Lived Turtles: It’s important to consider the lifespan of red-eared slider turtles when considering them for a pet.  

Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections September 9 - October 4, 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., Sep. 9 - How to protect high school athletes from heat: The risks are growing as the climate warms.

Tue., Sep. 10 - Pastured poultry is vulnerable to climate change: The birds need protection from extreme weather.

Wed., Sep. 11 - Colorado woman sounds the climate alarm by ringing a bell: She’s inspired others to join her.

Thu., Sep. 12 - Study: Countries with more female politicians pass more rigorous climate policies: ‘We found that female representation in national parliaments does lead countries to adopt more stringent climate change policies.’

Sep. 13 - Farm teaches students how to harvest energy: Dickinson College Farm in Pennsylvania doubles as a solar education facility.

Mon., Sep. 16 - Nonprofit helps research labs go green: Cutting-edge science doesn’t need to come at the expense of the planet, according to My Green Lab. 

Tue., Sep. 17 - 9 states and D.C. work to cut pollution from transportation: Almost 30% of U.S. carbon pollution comes from transportation.

Wed., Sep. 18 - Will fossil fuels replace shut-down nuclear plants?: Nuclear plants are the largest source of low-carbon electricity in the U.S.

Thu., Sep. 19 - Water filters help Guatemalans cut carbon pollution: And provide access to clean water, too.

Fri., Sep. 20 - Circus performer changes careers after learning about climate change: ‘It’s one of those things you can’t unlearn.’

Mon., Sep. 23 - Clean energy events bring together GOP and Dems: At a time when bipartisan collaboration sometimes seems impossible.

Tue., Sep. 24 - Communities repurpose retired coal plant sites: One now houses a Hard Rock Cafe.

Wed., Sep. 25 - Rhode Island prepares for flooding: The state’s coastline, streams, and rivers are vulnerable to sea-level rise and extreme storms. 

Thu., Sep. 26 - As soils warm, microbes pump more CO2 into the air: It’s a dangerous feedback loop.

Fri., Sep. 27 - YouTube star showcases future of electric vehicles: His channel, “Fully Charged,” has racked up more than 70 million views.

Mon., Sep. 30 - City uses abandoned industrial sites to capture floodwater: Camden, New Jersey, is converting an old landfill site into a waterfront park with restored wetlands.

Tue., Oct. 1 - Climate change could undo progress in educating girls: So it could be life-altering for girls around the world.

Wed., Oct. 2 - Water utility collaborates with farmers to clean up pollution: New Water, a utility in northwest Wisconsin, wanted to stop phosphorus pollution at its source.

Thu., Oct. 3 - Advocate: Include disabled people in climate solutions: Alex Ghenis of the World Institute on Disability says disabled people — 12 to 20% of the U.S. population — are too often overlooked.

Fri., Oct. 4 - NYC plan will fight traffic and climate change: Congestion pricing will reduce trips into the busiest areas — and generate revenue for the subway system.  

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

Pulse of the Planet, October 2019

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 40:00

Potp-logo-small_letterhead_small October 2019 Program Highlights • The Sound of Death • Scorpions! • Bathing the Gods • The Language of Landscape

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

556-Earthly Moon Rock

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

Hi-res-earth-from-moon_small Please see the transript.

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: Life's Journeys According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers

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

Lifesjourneys_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 learns life lessons from a legend with Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers.

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: Ian Bennett and Connie Mehmel

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 01:56

Bennett_square_small Connie Mehmel speaks with her son, Ian Bennett, about their shared calling for fighting fires.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

The Outlaw Ocean, Part Two

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


The outlaw ocean, a space apart, hidden from view, a place of rampant criminality and exploitation. This week on World Ocean Radio we offer part one of a four-part series devoted to "The Outlaw Ocean," a new book by award-winning New York Times investigative journalist Ian Urbina. In this episode we read select excerpts from this remarkable journalistic endeavor that begin to shine a light on just some of the dark side of life on the world ocean of which most of us are completely unaware.

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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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-1 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 September 22, 2019

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:36

H2o_logo_240_small Slow-moving tropical cyclones like Imelda are becoming more frequent.

A surprising result in the latest report card that describes how well countries are doing in meeting their Paris Agreement targets.

New research suggests that global warming will put human brains at risk.

A relatively common soil bacterium might degrade the strong chemical bonds of PFAS compounds.

It's probably risky to wash your hands with this water.