Cary Institute and WAMC debut new environment radio show

December 30, 2011

Millbrook, N.Y. -- On January 2nd, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will debut a new radio show called Earth Wise: A look at our changing environment. The collaboration was formed to increase ecological literacy among radio listeners, with a focus on raising awareness about the science that underpins environmental issues.

The two-minute segments will air Monday through Friday at 11:10 AM and 4:04 PM on WAMC. With the Earth as its subject, Earth Wise content will be globally relevant. New topics will be featured daily, with coverage on climate change, energy, sustainable living, agriculture, and threats to air, water, and wildlife. Each segment will also highlight how individuals can make a difference.

Cary Institute President and noted scientist Dr. Bill Schlesinger will act as the narrator for Earth Wise. Using accessible language, and drawing on commentary from national experts, he will guide listeners through the science and policy of leading environmental concerns. "Our goal is to inspire listeners to make informed decisions about environmental issues facing society," notes Dr. Schlesinger. Adding, "Each listener has the capacity to be a positive change in the world."

"All of us at WAMC are incredibly happy with Earth Wise," says WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock. "Our listeners have been asking for even more environmental programming and now they've got it. Dr. Bill Schlesinger is a brilliant scientist with a great voice, just made for radio. The Cary Institute is the gold standard for environmental research and we are grateful to them for making this happen."

Earth Wise will debut Monday, January 2nd and is available for syndication to other radio stations. In addition to WAMC, Earth Wise can be heard on WRFA in Jamestown. You can also listen online at, keep updated on Twitter @earthwiseradio, or join the conversation at
About WAMC Northeast Public Radio:

WAMC Northeast Public Radio is a regional public radio network headquartered in Albany, N.Y. serving parts of seven northeastern states. These include New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. WAMC is a member of National Public Radio and an affiliate of Public Radio International.

About the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies:

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is a world-renowned leader in applying the ecosystem approach to some of society's most pressing problems, from the quantity and quality of freshwater resources to the health of our forests. The unbiased scientific information produced by our scientists is essential to sound environmental policy, management decisions, and education curricula. The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is headquartered in Millbrook, N.Y.

About Dr. Bill Schlesinger:

Dr. Schlesinger is the President of the Cary Institute. Before coming to the Institute, he was Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke. He has a PhD from Cornell and has been investigating global climate change for more than 30 years. An elected member of The National Academy of Sciences, his research has been featured on NOVA, CNN, NPR, and on the pages of Discover, National Geographic, the New York Times, and Scientific American.

About The Sim Redmond Band:

Our theme music is by the Sim Redmond Band from Ithaca, New York. For more than a decade, SRB has blended Roots-Rock, African, and Jamaican sounds to create a unique musical experience. Our theme, Good Dreams is off of the band's second album, "Good Thoughts".

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

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