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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 19.234: A Smooth Wake, 11/22/2019

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

Mos-fullcolor-rgb-stacked_small A Smooth Wake

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

Hearing -- Groks Science Show 2019-11-13

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 22:55

Grokscience_small Hearing is one of the basic senses that is often ignored until something goes wrong.  What can we do to protect our hearing and what are the current treatments for hearing problems?  On this episode, David Owen discussed his book, Volume Control.

Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: The Report

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

Thereport_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 digs for the truth with Adam Driver in The Report.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com.

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

CurrentCast programming for November 11, 2019 - December 6, 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., Nov. 11 - Great Lakes Observing System: A system of buoys provides information to boaters. 

Tue., Nov. 12 - On the Road to Cleaner Water: Watershed groups create plans, called TMDLs, to clean up waterways.

Wed., Nov. 13 - Clean, Drain, and Dry: Boaters should follow these three simple steps to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Thu., Nov. 14 - Lake Ontario Drumlins: Gentle slopes that drop off into dramatic cliffs are called drumlins.   

Fri., Nov. 15 - Crayons and Clean Water: Iron oxide sludge recovered from abandoned mine clean-up efforts can be used to create pigment.

Mon.,   Nov. 18 - Native and Invasive Crayfish Square Off: Non-native crayfish upset the natural balance in streams.

Tue., Nov. 19 - A Wealth of Water: There’s a rich resource right in America’s backyard.

Wed., Nov. 20 - Loony for A Diving Bird: There’s nothing common about the common loon.

Thu., Nov. 21 - Multiplying Mussels: These small but mighty invaders are taking over the Great Lakes.

Fri., Nov. 22 - What’s Up with Muck?: This stinky stuff is yucking up Great Lakes beaches.

Mon., Nov. 25 - Muddying the Waters: The surprising cause, pace, and consequences of erosion in the Minnesota River watershed. 

Tue., Nov. 26 - The Devil in Disguise: This beautiful plant has some very ugly effects on many wetland ecosystems. 

Wed., Nov. 27 - Re-envisioning the Rivers: Could a famous lake-front city become known for its rivers instead?  

Thu., Nov. 28 - Permeable Pavement: You won’t believe what happens when water hits this surface!    

Fri., Nov. 29 - Fishy Business: How much fish is sustainably caught in Great Lakes waters each year. 

Mon., Dec. 2               I Brake for Clean Water: Few drivers realize that normal vehicle wear and tear can harm water resources. 

Tue., Dec. 3 - Keyed up About Clean Water: You may be properly caring for your car… but what about water quality? 

Wed., Dec. 4 - In Land We Trust: How protecting the land can help protect water resources.  

Thu., Dec. 5 - Coal Tar Sealants: These sealants may protect your driveway… but they don’t protect water resources. 

Fri., Dec. 6 - The Dirt on Sediment Pollution: When you hear the words ‘water pollution,’ you probably think of chemicals. But soil and silt can harm rivers, too.

Climate Connections (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Climate Connections November 4 - November 29, 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., 11/4 - New York Yankees go to bat on climate change: Their huge platform could encourage a cultural shift.

Tue., 11/5 - ‘Dish Truck’ helps events reduce single-use plastic: Founder Joey Diana Gates of Ithaca, New York, wanted to cut down on ‘mountains and mountains of garbage.’

Wed., 11/6 - How batteries in electric school buses could feed the grid: During the summer, idle school buses could be put to work in energy storage.

Thu., 11/7 - Extreme weather linked to huge health costs: Just 10 extreme events in 2012 cost $1.6 billion in healthcare and lost wages, according to the NRDC.

Fri., 11/8 - Farmers turn degraded land into green pasture: They’d been told their land was unsuitable for agriculture.

Mon., 11/11 - Veteran urges other veterans to join climate fight: He says addressing the problem will take a mobilization on the scale of World War II.

Tue., 11/12 - Harvard research could shed light on geoengineering: ‘We should look at all possible options that we have in our climate change response toolbox.’

Wed., 11/13 - Connecticut town sets up a climate fund: The money could be used for repairing flooded bridges, elevating houses, improving stormwater drainage, and more.

Thu., 11/14 - Colombia’s carbon tax could help protect the Amazon: The tax also aims to reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Fri., 11/15 - Therapist collects dreams about climate change: Sometimes, climate change is a literal nightmare.

Mon., 11/18 - NASA scientist injects humor into the climate conversation: Oceanographer Josh Willis is also known as ‘Climate Elvis.’

Tue., 11/19 - One reason why cities keep building in coastal areas: It has to do with property taxes.

Wed., 11/20 - Solar industry lacks diversity, report finds: But a growing number of companies are working to increase representation of women and people of color, the report says.

Thu., 11/21 - Many farmers feel unprepared for extreme weather: Fruit and vegetable growers in the Northeast say they lack the skills and money to cope with drought and record rainfall.

Fri., 11/22 - Why a motorcyclist decided to go electric: ‘I would unquestionably say that if you’re a motorcyclist you should at least try out an electric motorcycle.’

Mon., 11/25 - Energy efficiency jobs grow in the Midwest: Regional investments in efficiency have soared to $1.5 billion annually.

Tue., 11/26 - Wind energy on the rise in the Great Plains: A U.S. grid operator in the region briefly generated more than 65% of its power from wind last April.

Wed., 11/27 - Energy costs burden low-income families: Weatherization programs can help.

Thu., 11/28 - How Cornell is adapting to extreme weather: A rain garden, porous asphalt, and other features help the campus cope with heavier downpours.

Fri., 11/29 - How heat pumps can shrink CO2 footprints: These efficient devices work even in cold climates.

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:

564-Heavy Traffic

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

Nasa-artist-2-neos_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: Raven Lane by Amber Cowie

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

Ravenlane_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 finds trouble in a tight-knit community in author Amber Cowie’s Raven Lane.

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:

Fresh Hops

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


Last week, we explored what hops are, this week on Beer Notes, we will learn how hops are used in the brewing process. 


Most beer is made with dried hops.  The flowers of the hop plant are collected and dried and then processed  to create a highly concentrated version of hops that look like rabbit food pellets and are very consistent in flavor and brewing properties.   These pelletized hops have the longest shelf life and can last up to three years.


Fresh hops are becoming increasingly popular despite their short shelf life.  The hops flowers are collected and used whole.   If used within 24 hours of collection without any drying, the hops are known as wet.  The beer is very fragile and must be consumed fairly quickly.  If the whole hops flowers are kiln dried, they can last up to one year.  When a brewer uses this whole hop cone, unpelletized, the hops are known as “fresh.”   Many of the beers using wet and fresh hops are only available in the Fall - after the hops harvests in August through October.


Most brewers add hops during the boil, whether they are using pelletized or fresh hops.  This process breaks down the aromatic oils to create your signature bitter flavors. 


Dry hopped beer does not define the type of hops used, but when the hops are added.  Usually, this is after the boil and the hops used for “dry-hopping”  add the hoppy aromas many of us have grown to love


When Fall rolls around, look for beers made with fresh or wet hops at your local brewery.  The fleeting availability of this new beer style will make hop heads around the world look forward to the season. 

StoryCorps (Series)

Produced by StoryCorps

Most recent piece in this series:

StoryCorps: Lebronze and Arguster Davis

From StoryCorps | Part of the StoryCorps series | 03:01

Davis_square_small Lebronze and Arguster Davis grew up on their family’s farm in Wetumpka, Alabama. As two of 17 siblings, they had little time for anything outside of school and work.

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

Produced by World Ocean Observatory

Most recent piece in this series:

An Ode to the Fish Markets of the World

From World Ocean Observatory | Part of the World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things series | 05:23


Fish markets are the noisy, colorful, exiting, authentic and lively centers of any coastal city, the place where mongers and customers, tourists and workers, auctioneers and bidders go to trade in the bounty of the sea. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we celebrate the allure of such places of commerce and connection, and their place in history and modern life.

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:

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 November 17, 2019

From H2O Radio | Part of the This Week in Water series | 06:38

H2o_logo_240_small Coal mines are releasing millions of tons of methane.

High pressure "blocking events" are on the increase because of climate change. That could mean more deadly heat waves.

There's an increased risk of wild weather whiplashing the planet.

Smart toilets are on the horizon, and that could benefit your health.

Three cows survived a hurricane by swimming miles to safety.