The Nature of Phenology 12/7/19: Geminids

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

Night in the northern tier comes much earlier in the winter than in the summer. For an added bonus, during our colder months we also happen to have the best shot at getting crystal clear skies thanks to the lower humidity. This week, in fact, you can watch the Geminid meteor shower at a conveniently early time and revel in the abundance of “earthgrazers,” or meteors that barely enter our atmosphere at a very shallow angle and create notably long, bright, colorful tails as a result.

Photos, a full transcript, references, contact information, and more available at

Nature’s Remedies 12/7/19: Aluminum

Producer/Host: Tim Hagney

Earthwise 12/7/19: The Truth About Santa’s Elves

Producer/Host: Anu Dudley
Production Assistance: Joel Mann

Awanadjo Almanack 12/6/19: “Cold and Heat”

Producer/Host: Rob McCall
Production Assistance: Rebecca McCall

Maine Currents 12/5/19: Terry Tempest Williams Speaking in Blue Hill

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by Phelan Gallagher

Award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams, speaking about, and reading from, her new collection, called “Erosion: Essays of Undoing”, on November 16th, 2019 at an event sponsored by Blue Hill Books, the Bay School, and WERU-FM.

Catch the award-winning Maine Currents, independent local news, views and culture, on the 1st Thursday of every month, 10-11 a.m. on WERU-FM and streaming live at

The Sketchbook 12/5/19: Away

Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 12/5/19: AI Thoughts We Aren’t Hearing

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Criticism of the effects of big digital technology outfits in our everyday lives is not new. What is new is criticism coming from people who have helped to create those tech giants and the technology that is, and will continue to, change our everyday world in ways that will significantly disrupt the way we make our livings and interact with one another. Two tech insiders, both venture capitalists, have recently raised their voices to say they are really worried about what they have helped to create. Here’s why.

Healthy Options 12/4/19: Resiliency training in the schools: Changing the landscape of addiction

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

What do we mean when we speak of resilience?
What are some simple techniques that we all can practice to become more resilient?
How do kids respond to these techniques?
How does resiliency training help reduce substance use, misuse, & addiction?
How does resiliency training help reduce incidents of bullying?
What can adults learn from these techniques and why should everyone practice these techniques?
What is positive social development and why is it important to individuals and our communities?

Guest: Tara Young, the Drug Free Communities Program Coordinator for Healthy Acadia, in Hancock and Washington Counties. She is certified as a Prevention Specialist and a Master Resilience Trainer, and conducts trainings to educate youth, parents, professionals and community members about positive social development, and about the physical and behavioral health risks associated with substance use, misuse and addiction. She uses resiliency training in schools to help students learn tools that can reduce the risks of addictive behavior and substance abuse.

Websites of Interest:

Initiatives: Positive Social Development – Healthy Acadia

Initiatives: Preventing Substance Misuse – Healthy Acadia


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