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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: Domestic Violence and The Abuse of Power to Tarnish Victims' Credibility

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


As American as Apple Pie:  Domestic Violence and The Abuse of Power to Tarnish Victims' 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 preceded 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 19.244: The Brain Maps of Foot Painters, 12/6/2019

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small The Brain Maps of Foot Painters

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Planetology -- Groks Science Show 2019-12-04

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 25:53

Grokscience_small The development of the planets and the solar system has continued to intrigue scientists.  Recent advances in planetary science have broadened our perspective on the issue.  On this episode, Dr. Erik Asphaug discussed his book, When the Earth had Two Moons.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: The Two Popes

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

Thetwopopes_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 sits down for pizza with a pair of religious leaders in The Two Popes.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

CurrentCast programming for December 9, 2019 - January 3, 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., 12/9 - Just Add Water: Once drained to make room for agriculture, Hennepin and Hopper Lakes have undergone a dramatic transformation.

Tue., 12/10 - Protecting the Fruit of One’s Labor: By putting their property in a land trust, fruit farmers can help protect water quality.

Wed., 12/11 - A Bird’s-Eye View of Grassland Restoration: Healthy grasslands help protect water quality and support our feathered friends.

Thu., 12/12 - Helping Fish Survive an Urban Gauntlet: Man-made islands provide a place for young fish to rest and eat as they travel through the Milwaukee Estuary.

Fri., 12/13 - Why Didn’t the Fish Cross the Road? A scientist has mapped the dams and road crossings that inhibit fish movement in the Great Lakes region.

Mon., 12/16 - Baby Beluga in the Deep Blue… River? Beluga whales are found in the Saint Lawrence River, but their population is declining.

Tue., 12/17 - Dams: The Good and the Bad: Dams provide many important benefits to society, but the benefits must be balanced with the impact on river ecosystems.

Wed., 12/18 - Prairie Grasses: Prairie grasses native to the Midwest can improve water quality and help prevent erosion during heavy rains.

Thu., 12/19 - Rain Gardens: Rain gardens are an effective way to capture and slow rainwater, allowing it to seep slowly into the ground.

Fri., 12/20 - Teaching Kids to Save Water: There are fun and simple ways to teach children to save water.

Mon., 12/23 - Stream Restoration: When farmers institute measures to improve the health of streams on their property, it also improves the health of their herd.

Tue., 12/24 - Stormwater Pollution in Winter: Shoveling frequently during storms and using just one entrance into your home can reduce the amount of pollution going into local water each winter. 

Wed., 12/25 - Students Break the Ice: Some students are taking a creative approach to collecting water samples from Saginaw Bay.

Thu., 12/26 - The Rain Barrel Barrels Back: The humble rain barrel can help you conserve water while saving money.

Fri., 12/27 - Checking Your Toilet for Leaks: A leaky toilet could waste hundreds of gallons of water a year.

Mon., 12/30 - Nitrates in Rural Wells: If well water is contaminated by fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste, it could put babies at risk.

Tue., 12/31 - Greener Ground, Cleaner Water: Trading grey pipes for green spaces is helping cities control storm-water runoff.

Wed., 1/1 - Caring for the Roads Less Travelled: Over time, dirt roads can get pounded down and worn away, turning into gutters when it rains.

Thu., 1/2 - The Ins and Outs of a Septic System: Proper care and maintenance is key for maintaining private septic systems.

Fri., 1/3 - A Pennsylvania River Reveals its True Colors: Efforts by public and private groups have treated mine drainage and cleared up the water of the Kiski-Conemaugh rivers.

Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections December 2 - December 27, 2019

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

Podcast_thumbnail_yaleblue_smaller_300_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., 12/2 - Advocate: Parents can play a role in youth climate strikes: She says an adult’s presence can help keep strikers safe — and it’s an act of solidarity.

Tue., 12/3 - Professor locks herself to pipeline construction equipment: She was arrested for her actions.

Wed., 12/4 - How climate change influences immigration to the U.S.: Protracted drought and crop failures are part of why people in Central America are fleeing their homes.

Thu., 12/5 - Electric buses charge up quickly with wireless systems: Protracted drought and crop failures are part of why people in Central America are fleeing their homes.

12/6 - Hockey players plan game at North Pole: The goal is to bring attention to the climate crisis.

Mon., 12/9 - Clam shack lost to rising seas and storms: Liam’s, on Cape Cod’s Nauset beach, was demolished in 2018.   

Tue., 12/10 - New York City targets carbon pollution from buildings: Many large apartment buildings need retrofits to boost their efficiency.

Wed., 12/11 - Flooring manufacturer cuts carbon pollution: Large companies should prioritize climate change, Interface’s chief sustainability officer says.

Thu., 12/12 - Fort Sumter contends with rising seas and storms: The fort was heavily bombarded during the Civil War — and now it faces new threats.

Fri., 12/13 - It’s time for Audubon’s Christmas bird count: Birders across North America are capturing data that helps scientists understand how climate change is altering bird habitats.

Mon., 12/1 - Environmental group plans satellite launch to monitor methane: Methane is a potent global warming pollutant.

Tue., 12/17 - What is carbon removal, and why is it important?: Scientists are working on ways to suck carbon from the air.

Wed., 12/18 - Why hope is critical to addressing climate change: According to conservation psychologist John Fraser.

Thu., 12/19 - Dominica native wants to protect climate migrants: International law offers little protection to people displaced by the impacts of climate change, says Columbia University’s Ama Francis.  

Fri., 12/20 - How buildings stayed cool before AC: Architects used clever techniques to help occupants stay comfortable.

Mon., 12/23 - The case for growing lettuce in New England: Lettuce titans California and Arizona are likely to experience more droughts as the climate warms.

Tue., 12/24 - Man trades his desk chair for a bicycle seat: He biked from British Columbia to New Mexico to gather stories for a film about climate change.

Wed., 12/25 - Santa’s North Pole home is melting: The Arctic has already lost 40% of its summertime ice cover.

Thu., 12/26 - D.C. program trains young people in environmental leadership: Participants work on projects ranging from solar installations to water quality testing.

Fri., 12/27 - Artist uses artificial reefs as canvases: ‘I wanted to really symbolize the human side of the ocean and how we're all connected.’

Pulse of the Planet (Series)

Produced by Jim Metzner

Most recent piece in this series:

Pulse of the Planet December 2019 Programs

From Jim Metzner | Part of the Pulse of the Planet series | 49:59


December 2019  Pulse of the Planet  CUE SHEET

01      Chernoybyl                     A while back      02-Dec-19

02      MIT                               Cambridge         03-Dec-19

03      Taiwan                           If you're            04-Dec-19

04      Kids Sci Destinations       If you're        05-Dec-19

05      Early Warning System      Our research      06-Dec-19

06      Alarm Heard Round World The woods      09-Dec-19

07      Volunteer Tourism           A group             10-Dec-19

08      Promotoras                    Volunteer           11-Dec-19

09      Planes, Trains, Trucks     If you want         12-Dec-19

10      Making a Better Box       It's the season      13-Dec-19

11      Reconstructing Jonkonnu This week       16-Dec-19

12      A Social Safety Valve       In New Bern  17-Dec-19

13      From Jamaica to NC        We're in       18-Dec-19

14      Masquerade at Doorstep  We're listening   19-Dec-19

15      Tourists Meet Bees          In Mexico           20-Dec-19

16      Kwanzaa - Traditions        This week       23-Dec-19

17      Christmas Bonfires           This week     24-Dec-19

18      Wassail                          In centuries        25-Dec-19

19      To Freeze or Not             This week          26-Dec-19

20      Recipe for Rain               Whenever          27-Dec-19

21      Rain - the Missing Link    In order             30-Dec-19

22      Year End Fire Watch        In Tokyo      31-Dec-19

23      Mummers Parade            Recognize     01-Jan-20

24      Mums the Word       What could         02-Jan-20

25      Food Fit For Kings           This week in      03-Jan-20

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

566-October Fest

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

Sm-nasa-asteroids-vega_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: Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

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

Wouldliketomeet_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 attempts to turn life into a rom-com with Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

Booktalk (Series)

Produced by Diana Korte

Most recent piece in this series:

Booktalk: Pollster Stan Greenberg’s “R.I.P. GOP: How The New America is Dooming the Republicans”

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

Rip_gop_cover_art_small Pollster Stan Greenberg’s latest title about politics is his tenth book, "R.I.P. G.O.P. How The New America Is Dooming The Republicans." Greenberg argues that the 2016 election hurried the Republican party’s imminent demise, and the 2018 election accelerated the process. Using insights from his focus groups with real people and consistent revelations from his own polls, Greenberg shows why the GOP is losing its defining battle. And if you find his election prediction for 2020 hard to believe, listen in for his advice for you. The author is the CEO of Greenberg Research and co-founder with James Carville of Democracy Corps. Over the years he’s been an adviser to presidents, prime ministers and leaders around the world.

Beer Notes (Series)

Produced by Delmarva Public Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Beer at the Smithsonian

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

Beernoteslogo_small When you think of the Smithsonian Institution, most people think of the Hope Diamond, or African American history, or the Air & Space Museum.  Some think of sculpture and others think of art.  Not many think of craft beer.  Today on Beer Notes, we highlight the new “Brewing a Revolution” exhibition at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex.  Within the larger Smithsonian Complex, The National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. 

And since 2016, the Smithsonian has been collecting information for their new exhibit, “Brewing a Revolution.”  This exhibit is funded in part by the Brewers Association and is one of four major new sections in the FOOD: Transforming the American Table permanent exhibit..  In November, the Smithsonian gathered the craft beer pioneers and hosted “Last Call” to speak and learn about the last 50 years of beer and to launch the new exhibit.

The museum explains their interest in craft beer this way, “The history of brewing in the US is a story of immigration, urban change, technological innovation and evolving consumer tastes.”

And the story laid out for visitors to “Brewing a Revolution” is rich and varied.   Visitors will see artifacts, archival materials and photographs that originated in the homebrewing and microbrewing movements of California and Colorado in the 1960s through 1980s—the beginning of the craft beer “revolution.”

This new exhibit is one more reason to plan your beercation to Maryland and the Eastern Shore, stopping by DC for some craft beer education. We hope to see you there.   For Beer Notes, this is Anne Neely.

StoryCorps (Series)

Produced by StoryCorps

Most recent piece in this series:

StoryCorps: Ashley Baker and Sandy Baker

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 02:18

Baker_square_small Sandy Baker and her daughter, Ashley Baker, recall the two and a half years without permanent housing and the love that helped them make it through it all.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

Tale of Two Ocean Cities

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:22


This week on World Ocean Radio we tell a tale of two cities--Newtok, Alaska (pop. 380) and Jakarta, Indonesia (pop. 30 mil)--6,000 miles apart yet facing similar realities of turmoil and social uncertainty due to fresh water stress and the myriad disruptive consequences of climate change.

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.

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:

88: Get Smart, Dogs vs Cats

From Trace Kerr | Part of the Brain Junk series | 04:44

Brain_junk_words_orange_lightbulb_logo_small Who is the brightest, the most likely to crush the SAT, the one pet who has the brains to out think them all? Is it your cat or your dog?

This Week in Water (Series)

Produced by H2O Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

This Week in Water for December 1, 2019

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:37

H2o_logo_240_small COP 25 begins following a year of severe weather and wildfires—and a year in which CO2 emissions increased.

Facing dire predictions on climate, rock bands and sports associations are stepping up.

Pumas are being poisoned by a surprising source.

Fish are leaving Iceland because the water isn't icy enough.

"Acoustic enrichment" is not guitar lessons—but may be music to the ears of these vital creatures.