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Nathan Sterner

Local Host, Morning Edition

"If radio were a two-way visual medium," Nathan would see WYPR listeners every weekday between 5am and 3pm. Weekday mornings, Nathan serves up the latest Maryland news and weather (interspersed with the occasional snarky comment).  Nathan also does continuity breaks through the midday, edits Sheilah Kast's "On The Record," infrequently fills in for Tom Hall on "Midday," and does all sorts of fundraising stuff. When not at WYPR, Nathan teaches a class on audio documentary at Towson University, and spends spare time running around Baltimore's streets and hiking around Maryland's natural areas. Before coming to WYPR, Nathan spent 8 years at WAMU in Washington -- working every job from part-time receptionist to on-air host, gaining experience in promotions, fundraising, audience analysis, and program production. Nathan has also served as a fundraising consultant, and helped dozens of public radio stations nationwide with their on-air fundraisers. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Nathan has called Charm City home since 2005.

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Black bears are making a resurgence in Western Maryland. As late as the 1970s, they have been considered an endangered species in our state. But their population has since bounced back – so significantly, that the state has sanctioned annual black bear hunts since 2004.   Licensed hunts are  conducted in Western Maryland’s Garrett and Allegheny Counties to slow the growth of black bears to manageable levels. 

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WYPR was in the middle of our fall pledge drive when NASA announced it had discovered the existence of water on the planet Mars. Now that our members have figuratively “made it rain,” Nathan's going to focus on that Martian water. And planetary scientist Nathan Bridges of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is here to help. Bridges looks at Mars through the electric eyes of the Curiosity Mars Rover.

There was a protest at last night's Baltimore County Council meeting. About 40 people turned out to express their disapproval with plans to change the shifts at the County's 911 center. WYPR's John Lee was there, and tells Nathan Sterner what the protest was all about.

Giant Reverby Cats In The Sky
Elena Fox

Back in August, Morning Edition featured the sounds of whale song

Elena Fox and her cat Omelet were listening. But what Omelet heard might not be what you'd expect.

David Simpson

We head to Loch Raven Reservoir, just north of Baltimore City, to revisit Nathan’s conversation with photographer David Simpson. We’ll hear about Simpson’s book The Swan at Loch Raven, and the story of how David encountered the majestic bird at the center of the book.

 

Curbing Baltimore's Feral Cat Population

Aug 14, 2015
Elizabeth and Jason Putsché via citylab.com

Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Leana Wen, recently said Baltimore is a city that is “overwhelmed with the overpopulation of animals.” Perhaps no one in the city knows this better than our guest Jennifer Brause, executive director of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, or BARCS. Brause, her 57 employees and 400-plus volunteers, take in around 12,000 animals each year. And if that number isn’t startling enough, BARCS has neutered and returned close to 1700 outdoor cats so far in 2015. In the first ten days of August BARCS has already taken in more than 100 cats that are available for adoption. 

The planet Pluto was discovered in 1930. But until recently, we didn’t know much about it.

Our knowledge of Pluto is expanding exponentially this week as the “New Horizons” spacecraft beams a trove of pictures and data 3 billion miles back to earth.

Hal Weaver is a project scientist for the mission, and joins us from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel for this update. 

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From fuchsia to salmon, azure to aquamarine, the human brain is capable of distinguishing millions of colors. Yet, when it comes to remembering exact hues, our brains fall short.

A Johns Hopkins-led team has published a new paper that says that when remembering a color, our brains drop the specifics. Instead, we retain the “best” version of a color. Nathan talks with Jonathan Flombaum, lead author of the paper. Flombaum is also a cognitive psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins.

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Maryland beekeepers have lost an average of 60% of their honeybees in the past year, according to a survey from the US Department of Agriculture. That’s one of the highest death rates in the country. Honeybees have been mysteriously dying in large numbers for years now and scientists still don’t understand exactly what’s causing the problem. One of the people trying to understand what’s going on is Wayne Esaias, former president of the Maryland State Beekeeper’s Association and a Master Beekeeper. He joins Nathan Sterner by phone to talk about it.

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Winter isn't over yet. With snow coming down around Central Maryland, some schools are changing their schedules: Baltimore County’s Hereford zone schools are on a two hour delay. Carroll County schools are opening two hours late. Frederick County schools are closed today.

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A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until 10AM Friday 3/6/15. 

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A wintry mix expected later today has prompted several school districts to close early and/or cancel evening activities.  Below are links to school sites.

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A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until noon. The National Weather Service is predicting 1 to 2 inches of snow in Baltimore, with up to an inch more south of the city, and possibly an inch less to the north. Frederick and areas west aren't expected to get a full inch.

Another day of school delays.

Opening TWO HOURS LATE are schools in: Baltimore County

Many public schools are opening late, in the wake of Saturday's winter storm.

Baltimore City schools and Baltimore County schools are on TWO-HOUR DELAYS.

Another bitterly cold morning means another day of school delays and closures.

Icy roads and drifting snow have prompted some school delays this morning.

TWO HOUR DELAYS are in effect for schools in: Caroline County and Prince George's County.

National Weather Service / http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/lwx/winterstorm/

Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 9pm. Less than one inch of accumulation is expected, but falling snow could cause difficult driving conditions.

Then a Wind Chill Advisory takes effect at midnight tonight.

A Code Blue Alert is in effect in Baltimore City.

National Weather Service / http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/events/snowmaps/

The Winter Storm Warning that had been effect for Central Maryland has been rescinded. But the snow that fell during the warning period has prompted multiple schedule changes today.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of the listening area through 9am.

Patchy ice on untreated surfaces could make for dangerous driving conditions this morning.

Some of the region’s public schools are changing their schedules.

Snow and ice on the ground this morning have caused some public schools to stay closed a bit later than usual.

Baltimore City schools and Baltimore County schools are on a 2-hour delay.

The Swan at Loch Raven

Jan 28, 2015
David Simpson

We stroll along the banks of Loch Raven reservoir – one of the three primary sources of drinking water to Baltimore City and Baltimore County, listening to wildlife and author and photographer David Simpson's story of creating a children's book inspired by this place. His book, called The Swan at Loch Raven, is designed for beginning readers.

The book is available at Greetings & Readings, The Ivy Bookshop, and Amazon. David will be reading from the book at a National Reading Month event at Loch Raven United Methodist Church on March 3rd.

National Weather Service / http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/events/snowmaps/

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 10am, with snowfall possible through the morning. Total snow accumulations remain well below what's being seen farther up the East Coast. But the snow is enough to prompt some schedule changes.

National Weather Service / http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/winterstorm/

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 10 tomorrow morning for much of the listening area. Washington County and areas farther west are under a Winter Storm Warning. The total snow accumulation is likely to range between 2 inches and 6 inches for most of the listening area; Baltimore City will likely see 3 to 4 inches of snow.

With freezing fog and scattered snow showers in this morning’s forecast, many schools are changing their schedules.

There’s a 2 hour delay in effect for public schools in Baltimore County.

National Weather Service / http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/winterstorm/

UPDATE: The Winter Weather Advisory that had been issued for this morning is now over.

A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect through 9am, with less than a tenth of an inch of ice possible before temperatures rise and this morning’s mix of rain and freezing rain becomes all rain.

Bitter cold in the forecast this morning... with lows in the single digits and high winds making it feel as cold as 11 below. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect through 8am.

Many public schools in the WYPR listening area will open late.

There’s a 2-hour delay in effect for schools in: Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

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Bitter cold and strong winds are following the Alberta Clipper system that dropped several inches of snow on Maryland yesterday. And the icy roads the storm left behind are prompting many schools to change their schedules.

On a 90 minute delay: schools in Kent CountyQueen Anne's County, and Talbot County.

National Weather Service / http://www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/winterstorm/

Baltimore's first snowstorm of 2015 is upon us -- and prompting schedule changes at some of the region's schools.

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