Mainely Phenology 3/17/18

Producers/Hosts: Hazel Stark and Joe Horn

Skunk Cabbage

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Differences between cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals seem pretty clear: there are those rely on their surroundings to keep them warm enough whereas there are those, like ourselves, that are able to create their own heat through metabolic processes. But what about the living things that aren’t animals? Do they, can they, will they create their own heat? In the case of skunk cabbages, the answer is yes. Not only do they flower early, but also they are so eager to bloom that the tip of their curled shoot can be found melting its way through the last of our slushy hard-packed snow.

Earthwise 3/17/18

Producer/Host: Anu Dudley
Production Assistant: John Welles
St. Patrick

Nature’s Remedies 3/17/18

Producer/Host: Tim Hagney
Urine Therapy

Democracy Forum 3/16/18

Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine  
Engineer: Joel Mann

Gerrymandering: What’s the Big Deal?

How redistricting has changed over the last 50 years
Thee emergence of extreme partisan gerrymandering
Court cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court
Why it matters in Maine.

Matt Dube, Assistant Professor in Computer Information Systems at the University of Maine in Augusta
Elaine Kamark, Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution

To learn more about this topic:
Gerrymandering and how to fix it, from Elaine Kamark at Brookings.
The new front in the gerrymandering wars, from the New York Times Magazine, August, 2017.
We Drew 2,568 Congressional Districts By Hand. Here’s How., from the 538 Gerrymandering Project, January 25, 2018.
Mathematical Characteristics of District Boundary Lines as Indicators of Partisan Gerrymandering in U.S. House Elections, Richard J. Powell, Matthew P. Dube, and Jesse T. Clark, April, 2017.
Assessing the Causes of District Homogeneity in U.S. House Elections, Richard J. Powell, Matthew P. Dube, and Jesse T. Clark, August, 2017

WERU Community SoapBox 3/15/18

Host: Denis Howard
Engineer: John Greenman
An open-mic style call-in show

Sustainable House Sketchbook 3/15/18

Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh
Step Right Up

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 3/15/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

What do fitness trackers and cars have in common? They both provide a treasure trove of information about where their users go, the routes they take, when and how long they are moving, and a whole lot more. Estimates are that 98% of cars sold this year will have modems embedded in them, which could be very convenient – and very revealing about their drivers’ lives. Fitness trackers can sometimes tell even more, as the military recently found out when the data from fitness trackers that soldiers were wearing made secret military bases not so secret any more.

Quiet Fire 3/14/18

Producer/Host: Duncan Newcomer
The Spirit of Honor