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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:

"Me for You, Don't Make Mine Two!" The Iowa Caucus App in Dept of Poetic Justice

From Susan J. Cook | Part of the The River Is Wide series | 04:34


Department Of Poetic Justice (and Reckoning) with
lyrics for The Great American Wrongbook

In Honor of The Iowa Caucus App Developer

"Me for You, Don't Make Mine Two!"

(To the tune from "Tea for Two"
from the 1924 musical "No, No, Nanette"


Me for You! Don't Make Mine Two!
Computer Apps for counting. Who
knew when caucuses met, to vote so positive?


Hiding underneath the stairs

Wizards? No one like that there

Computer techies picked by lottery?


Iowa is pretty big.

Use your cell phone for the pick

for leaders of the Western hemisphere!


Only problem- bandwidth means

might not work when there's fifteen

thousand maybe more sending in!


Nothing worked. The Democrats! 

No Plan B! They's take their chance.

Keep their fingers crossed that things go well!


Didn;t happen. One phone line

busy for a long long time

Fifteen hundred caucus chairs calling in!


Harry Potter Under stairs 

Not that kind of magic there

Hiding just like you might have feared.


Phone app guy no longer there.

Guy we said, maybe a girl.

No one seems to know exactly where.


Now in Iowa, they're back

Pencil, papers can't be hacked

Counting out the hopeful candidates!

For President not residents

of Iowa. The world now wonders:

 how did they screw up? 


Let's be clear. Right here

in Maine. Two thousand four

the Caucus was a little more

like Iowa than not!



Caucus Chair, his counter too 

applying formulas. Who knew

simple math still room for arrogance!


Howard Dean and John Kerry 

Kucinich, the others very

hopeful, caucus votes were counted right!


Oh well, didn;t happen then!

Gave Kucinichway to man-

yee votes and Howard Dean a tiny spot!


Triangles, I guess you'd say

wouldn't give the time of day

to people saying that the math is wrong!


Triangles, by that I mean,

Caucus chair, vote counter there,

Important people, do not forget that!


I was there. Said I'd email

the Democratic State Party Chair

to find out how to fix the problem math!


"Do not contact anyone

about a thing." The caucus done.

The caucus chair replied in the email back!


Statewide Howard Dean thus tanked,

a few more vote counters thanked

Now President Howard Dean will not be!


Triangled, they wouldn't say!

Hey, we'll recount  votes  anyway.

Then they'll be accurate no matter what!


That's how caucuses come down.

Human error, Arrogance.

Still a problem. Maine to Iowa.


Someday, Dems will get it right.

Learn the proper way to fight.

No more Trollers, Snarks their favorite hires.


Tea for Two. And Me for You!

Votes for President are true

and Yes, we're hoping they'll still turn blue!


A Moment of Science (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

AMOS 20.38: Eating More with Friends and Family, 2/21/2020

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small Eating More with Friends and Family

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Sex Matters -- Groks Science Show 2020-02-05

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 26:08

Grokscience_small Our emotional health is intimately related to the proper operations of evolutionarily ancient parts of our brain.  How can our sex lives be a window into these critical aspects of our brains?  On this episode, Dr. Nan Wise discussed her book, Why Good Sex Matters.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: The Rest of Us

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

Therestofus_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 deals with grief and relationship with two sets of mothers and daughters in The Rest of Us.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

CurrentCast programming for February 3 - February 28, 2020

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., 2/3 - Protecting birds on the ground and in the air: The western Lake Erie basin is an important stopover site for migrating songbirds, so it’s important to consider them when looking at wind energy.

Tue., 2/4 - Arsenic: This naturally occurring chemical can leach into ground and surface water.

 Wed., 2/5 - Mighty Mississippi: This great river is the second longest in the U.S. and flows through 10 states.

Thu., 2/6 - Watersense Certified Products: This label certifies products that use water efficiently, while maintaining peak performance.

Fri., 2/7 - Roadside Ditches: With a few alterations, ditches can reduce flooding and water pollution.

Mon., 2/10 - Water footprint of Biofuels: Burning biofuels may release fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline, but what is their impact on water?

Tue., 2/11 - Fixing Household Leaks: Fixing household leaks is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Wed., 2/12 - Hydroelectric Power: Learn more about the benefits and risks of hydropower.

Thu., 2/13 - Economic Impact of Dam Removal: Sometimes removing a dam is a better option than repairing it.

Fri., 2/14 - Big fish to fry: Some researchers think the best way to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes is to eat them.   

Mon., 2/17 - Mapping what lies beneath: One graduate student is using sonar to map the Milwaukee harbor.

Tue., 2/18 - 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., 2/19 - Invasive Eurasian ruffe: This aggressive little fish is causing trouble in Lake Superior. 

Thu., 2/20 - Bridging the divide: One specialist says urban and rural stakeholders must work together to ensure clean water for all.

Fri., 2/21 - Breakwalls: Breakwalls can do more than protect a harbor from waves.

Mon., 2/24 - Loads of Litter: A significant amount of the trash tossed in coastal communities ends up in the water. 

Tue., 2/25 - Good algae: Algae that looks like matted, green hair might look like a swamp monster, but it can be beneficial to the ecosystem.  

Wed., 2/26 - Clean water is good for business: Members of the Great Lakes Business Network work to protect the Great Lakes.

Thu., 2/27 - Good fences-good water: Fencing their cattle out of streams and ponds is one thing farmers can do to protect local water.

Fri., 2/28 - Leaky pipes: Aging pipes in Milwaukee are leaking wastewater into the ground before it reaches the treatment plant.   

Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections February 24 - March 20, 2020

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

Tony_pic_small This month on Climate Connections:

Air Date Title

Mon., 2/24 - Goats, a climate-friendly option for clearing brush: ‘It's not just a novelty. It actually works.’

Tue., 2/25 - Ice skaters help scientists monitor winter weather: The skaters are witnessing the consequences of warming winters firsthand.

Wed., 2/26 - Cities set up shelters to protect residents from wildfire smoke: Breathing wildfire smoke is harmful, especially for people with heart conditions or lung diseases such as asthma.

Thu., 2/27 - Climate change is making some hurricanes more severe: Hotter oceans are providing more fuel for the storms.

Fri., 2/28 -  Skiers, snowboarders send snow data to scientists: Thousands of volunteers from around the world have submitted observations to the Community Snow Observations project.

Mon., 3/2 - Teens convince their city to act on climate: They also went door-to-door to help residents go solar.        

Tue., 3/3 - New York Olympic region earns LEED gold: The coveted certification has long been offered for buildings, but now communities can earn it, too.

Wed., 3/4 - Oregon’s coastal high marshes likely to shrink as sea levels rise: The wetlands buffer coastal communities from waves and flooding during storms.

Thu., 3/5 - A confrontational new musical piece about climate change: Composer Steven Bryant says the music expresses his psychological journey of wrestling with the problem.

Fri., 3/6 - App helps restaurants reduce food waste: Instead of discarding food at the end of the day, restaurants connect with customers looking for discounted meals.

Mon., 3/9 - Northwest climate may support almond crops by 2050: Today, about 80% of the global supply is grown in California.

Tue., 3/10 - Tool helps Indiana towns prepare for climate change: The Hoosier Resilience Index offers projections for precipitation and heat.

Wed., 3/11 - EPA encourages manufacturers to save energy: More than 1,000 plants have signed up for the Energy Star Challenge for Industry. 

Thu., 3/12 - Fort Collins cuts carbon from city operations by 20%: The community’s carbon emissions are falling at a similar pace.

Fri., 3/13 - Solutions journalism covers more than bad news: Under this approach, journalists rigorously report on potential solutions to society’s problems.

Mon., 3/16 - To design a more climate-friendly building, borrow from nature: Buildings that take advantage of natural light and ventilation require much less energy.

Tue., 3/17 - Nonprofit helps low-income people go solar: Staffer Juan Parra wants clean, renewable energy to reach the people who need it most.

Wed., 3/18 - Iowa city has clever solution for flooding problem: Heavy rains have been ‘wreaking havoc’ downtown.

Thu., 3/19 - Fish swim away from warming waters: It’s creating a ‘massive issue’ for the fishing industry.

Fri., 3/20 - Chicago house was designed to send a message: The home’s owner wanted to invest in green design. 

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

Pulse of the Planet April 2019 Programs

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 40:01


April 2020  Pulse of the Planet  CUE SHEET

01      Eco-Clues                       Couple things    06-Apr-20

02      Nail Knowledge                Cutting the         07-Apr-20

03      A Deadly Legacy              Mercury was        08-Apr-20

04      Antlers                           They're the        09-Apr-20

05      Easter AM in Germany      Easter                10-Apr-20

06      Rara                               We're listening   13-Apr-20

07      Surprise!                         When something    14-Apr-20

08      Surveys - Argh!                This radio          15-Apr-20

09      Blueprinting                     Human beings   16-Apr-20

10      Urban Soil                      Transforming          17-Apr-20

11      A Cooler City               A street         20-Apr-20

12      Trees Not in Brooklyn       Maples, oaks          21-Apr-20

13      Trees of the Future       Of course               22-Apr-20

14      Any Tool You Imagine      Picture                   23-Apr-20

15      When Algae Blooms       There are               24-Apr-20

16      HighTech Meets Cholera   After an             27-Apr-20

17      Electric Bacteria               These bacteria          28-Apr-20

18      Silent Flyers                    An owl's             29-Apr-20

19      Secrets of Sediments        Catalina        30-Apr-20

20      HABs                              Under certain          01-May-20

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

577-Comet Fuls

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

577-Comet Fuls
Al Grauer

2019cometfuls_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: Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

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

Hamsterprincess_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 battles monsters and fairy tale curses with an unlikely hero in Ursula Vernon’s Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Booktalk: Christopher McDougall’s “Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero”

From Diana Korte | Part of the Booktalk series | 09:57

Mcdougall_bk_jkt_sherman_small Chris McDougall’s “Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero” introduces us to a small farm in rural Pennsylvania and the McDougall family and their menagerie (donkeys, rams, chickens, fainting goats) who live there. The author’s new book about Sherman is part scientific exploration of the lost art of connecting with animals, part vivid telling of what life’s like in the southern part of Amish country, part radical rehabilitation story, part deep dive into the crazy sport that is burro racing (and the insane training required to run 15 miles with a donkey in tow in Colorado’s high altitude), and part road trip that cuts through the best of Americana. Along the way impossibly, improbably, Sherman who starts out as a rescue donkey in this story learns to run. Perhaps that’s not a giant surprise as Chris is perhaps best known, especially among runners, as the author of “Born to Run”, a book that recounts his travels through Mexico’s Copper Canyons to meet and live with the Tarahumara Indians, the world’s greatest distance runners.

Beer Notes (Series)

Produced by Delmarva Public Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Environmental Sustainability and Craft Beer

From Delmarva Public Radio | Part of the Beer Notes series | 02:00


Environmental sustainability is becoming increasingly important throughout all industries, and craft beer is no exception. Today on Beer Notes, we examine efficiency and ecological responsibility in the craft brewing industry.


Small craft beer breweries are well known for revitalizing old buildings in downtowns.  They are also at the forefront of environmental sustainability.  From water usage and wastewater treatment,  through the disposal of spent grains, to packaging and recycling options, breweries are working harder.   As demand for a greener society grows, brewers must meet the needs for a greener beer.


Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is Virginia’s first 100% renewable energy-fueled brewery and all their packaging stems from recycled material.


The Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii, has minimized its impact on the environment by, among other things, transforming spent grain from the brewery into housemade pizza crust.


Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing in Upstate New York donate spent grain to local dairy farmers.


Burley Oak Brewing in Berlin Md use local materials and craftsmen.  Their tap handles are still, after 9 years, made locally by hand, and they use local malted barley grown by Maryland malthouse Dark Cloud Malthouse. 


Are consumers willing to pay more for sustainably produce beer? Our survey say yes! US beer drinkers surveyed in 2018 said they are willing to pay on average $1.30 more per 6 pack for sustainably-produced beer, according to a survey done by Indiana University Bloomington's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Good news for Breweries and the environment alike!

StoryCorps (Series)

Produced by StoryCorps

Most recent piece in this series:

StoryCorps Griot: Drew Lanham and John Lane

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 03:02

Lanham_square_small Drew Lanham tells his friend John Lane about his lifelong passion for birds and nature.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

Oceanic Feeling

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:52


In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill reflects on a landscape of special importance to him on the coast of Iceland, and the ways that the experience of visiting it for the first time shaped his future and his dedication to sharing the meaning of the ocean with others, and to its contributions for the health and welfare of us all.

Do you prefer the written word? Visit Medium.com/@TheW2O.

About World Ocean Radio
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 is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide.

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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:

97: The 6888th All WOC Postal Battalion

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 04:25

Use_on_prx_small On Feb 3rd, 1945, The all women of color, Six-Triple-Eight, was sent overseas to clear a two year backlog of mail. They were told it would take six months to a year to get every letter and package sorted and delivered. The Six-Triple-Eight did the entire job in three months. We salute you, women of the 6888th. This episode is a small part of their story.

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for February 16, 2019

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

H2o_logo_240_small Groundwater is drying up all across the U.S.—and the East may take it the hardest.

This is your captain speaking. We are changing altitude to save the planet.” 

The loss of nature will have a huge global economic price tag.

Boris's Brexit bridge could bomb—literally.

How you wash your dishes might affect climate change.