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Nathan Sterner

Local Host, Morning Edition

Nathan gets to WYPR before sunrise every weekday morning, to make sure listeners start their days with the news they need. Between 5am to 3pm, Nathan serves up news headlines, weather, and the occasional snarky comment. Nathan also does interviews on Sheilah Kast's On The Record, occasionally fills in for Tom Hall on Midday, and co-hosts the Friday morning Spotlight on Station North. When not at WYPR, Nathan teaches a class on audio documentary at Towson University. Before coming to WYPR in September of 2005, 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. Nathan originally hails from rural Pennsylvania, but has lived in Baltimore since 2005.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says the Baltimore region has the fifth worst traffic congestion in the nation.  On Thursday, Kamenetz told state officials that a comprehensive transit system needs to be developed.  WYPR's John Lee gives Nathan Sterner a closer look at what Kamenetz had to say.

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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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