Presidential candidates polar opposites on climate change

Oct 24, 2016

 Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could not disagree more on climate change. Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, sees it as a real threat while Trump, the Republican, dismisses it as a hoax.

And because climate change can lead to rising sea level, among other things, their views on the subject are important to those who live and work on the Chesapeake Bay.

Bringing up baby oysters in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Oct 11, 2016
John Lee / WYPR

LISTEN (Bringing up baby oysters in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor)

Oysters are nature’s filtration machines, and there used to be enough of them in the Chesapeake Bay to filter and clean all that water in three days. Now, there are so few oysters it takes more than a year.

Without the she crab, there'd be no he crab

Oct 3, 2016
Pamela D'Angelo

The Atlantic blue crab, Chesapeake Bay’s signature crustacean, has been through tough times in the last 20 years. Some recent improvement has been credited to restrictions on harvesting females. Yet Virginia still allows the harvest of egg-bearing females, something Maryland banned back in 1917. The reasons why seem to be wrapped up in economics.

The invasion of the blue catfish

Sep 20, 2016
Joel McCord

A few years ago, scientists began worrying that blue catfish, the much larger cousins of those squirmy, yellowish bottom feeders, might take over in Chesapeake Bay. They’re big—better than 100 pounds in some cases--voracious eaters and they’re prolific. So, at least one seafood wholesaler appropriated a slogan applied to other invasive fish--eat ‘em to beat ‘em—and began aggressively marketing them. And local watermen have found a new market and seemingly endless supply. 


OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — If you're heading to Ocean City this weekend, consider getting your Greek on.

The Ocean City Greek Festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

The city's tourism bureau website says the event run by the St. George Greek Orthodox Church is the area's largest Greek festival.

The schedule includes music, dancing, a marketplace and, of course, food, available for dining in or carryout.

Our Spring Pledge Drive is underway this week! WESM-FM is on a mission to change the way you hear the world. It's made possible through the generous financial support from listeners like you.

This time around, our aim is to keep the program interruptions as brief as possible. We want you to enjoy the programs we offer to the fullest! But to do that, we need everyone to support this public radio station! The more pledges we receive, the less we have to interrupt programming.

WESM asks listeners to 'make a difference'

Dec 1, 2015

The important news, the thoughtful conversations, the deep dive into people, places and ideas, the top quality jazz, blues, folk and world music – you tune in because you truly value and understand the power of fresh ideas, enriching music and the search for greater understanding through information and sound.  But none of this is possible without your support.

WESM’s Fall 2015 Membership Campaign is November 30 – December 6, 2015, and it’s a great way to show your support for this programming, and this station. 

Last-minute tips for Thanksgiving from 'America's Test Kitchen'

Nov 20, 2015
America's Test Kitchen

  This Sunday at 5 pm, America's Test Kitchen host Christopher Kimball chats with the turkey experts who man Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line, providing answers to more than 100,000 holiday cooking questions each November and December.

This UMES car uses no petrol

Jul 10, 2015
UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. –– UMES’ eco-friendly portfolio now includes a solar-powered Cruise Car.

Gabriel J. Christian, a Washington-area attorney, donated the vehicle as a gift for the university’s Department of Technology to support instruction in the expanding field of alternative energy.

“Our goal is to build a course around this vehicle,” department chairman Derrek Dunn said.

New schedule changes and branding


PRINCESS ANNE, MD. -- WESM 91.3 FM will begin a new weekly schedule Monday, June 29 in a move to deliver programming that has a broader global focus and coverage of issues that affect the state.