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Nathan Sterner

Local Host, Morning Edition Director/Co-Host, Maryland Morning

You can hear Nathan from 5:18 am to 3 pm on weekdays, giving you news headlines, weather, and interviews. Nathan can be heard on the locally produced Maryland Morning and he also co-hosts WYPR's Friday morning Spotlight on Station North.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.

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. 

Capture Queen // Flickr Creative Commons

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.

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

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.

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

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

Nathan Sterner / WYPR

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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