Notes from the Electronic Cottage 6/13/19: Summer Redux Panopticon Online

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Have you ever noticed that you behave a bit differently if you think you’re being watched? If so, you aren’t alone. What does that human tendency mean for the web? Well, it turns out, it may mean dollars and cents, and, as we know, if economics is involved, that tends to get the attention of legislators and businesses. Here’s some empirical evidence that people’s concern about being watched can have economic consequences.

Quiet Fire 6/12/19: Channeling Lincoln

Producer/Host: Duncan Newcomer

“Connecting Our Struggles: Corporations or Communities?” – full, unedited recording

On 5/29/19, a panel of Maine-based activists spoke in Belfast at an event called “Connecting Our Struggles: Corporations or Communities?” Panelists Nickie Sekera of Community Water Justice; Matt Wagner of No to NECEC; Ellie Daniels of Local Citizens for SMART Growth; and John Banks, Natural Resources Director for the Penobscot Nation, talked about tensions between corporate interests and efforts to protect and preserve communities. This is a full, unedited recording recorded by Meredith DeFrancesco.

Part 1 aired on Maine Currents and is available here
Part 2 aired on RadioActive and is available here

Outside the Box 6/11/19: Uncivilized

Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger

Esoterica 6/11/19: All Is Well

CJ Kenna | Producer + Writer/Performer

Pet Sounds 6/9/19: Vitamin D Toxicity – A New Source

Producer/Host: Dr. John Hunt

The Nature of Phenology 6/8/19: Phoebes

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

Photos, a full transcript, references, contact information, and more available at thenatureofphenology.wordpress.com.

It seems like nearly everyone who lives in Maine has had a phoebe nest on or very near their home. They are easy to identify by ear because phoebes yell their own name. But they are also quite easy to identify by sight due to their habit of bobbing their tail up and down when perched and their characteristic short flights to snatch their insect prey with their small bills adapted perfectly for the job.

The Nature of Phenology 6/8/19: Nutrient Cycling

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

Photos, a full transcript, references, contact information, and more available at thenatureofphenology.wordpress.com.

At one point in time the matter that makes up the coffee you are drinking right now was probably a blade of grass, or a cow, or even a dinosaur. This process is intimately familiar to the organic farmer who spends their time worrying about composting food as much as they do about growing it. I find this nutrient cycling to be profoundly comforting because it is so tangible. I can sink my hands into a pile of well-rotted compost, feel the warmth, and apply it to a bed of carrots and know that this year’s carrots will grow from last year’s scraps.