Most people who aren’t professional gardeners can’t be sustainability purists. With limited time, energy, and budgets, it’s necessary to make compromises. In her new book The Sustainable-Enough Garden , author Rebecca Warner offers an honest account of her struggles to achieve her environmental gardening goals without giving up her day job or breaking the bank. In doing so, she offers...

Duck Eggs - That's More Eggage to a Dozen

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Photo by Ali Berlow

Duck eggs are an underutilized, often unrecognized and an underestimated local food. But they're mighty! Just as wonderful as fresh-from-the-farm chicken eggs, and especially good in baking. Meet Jefferson Munroe, a farmer on Martha's Vineyard, who is raising a flock of ducks specifically for their eggs and...for fun.

Come along as we tour the battleship USS Massachusetts at Battleship Cove in Fall River. The Massachusetts was known as "Big Mamie" to her crewmembers during World War II. Initially assigned to duty in the Atlantic Fleet, and later transferred to the Pacific, the vessel was decommissioned in 1947. It was later towed to Fall River and opened as a museum in 1965.

Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence traces author Paul Levy ’s search for his Uncle Phil, killed 70 years earlier in World War II. Phil was a young tank platoon commander who braved the frigid winter of 1944-45 as allied troops advanced against an increasingly desperate Hitler, and died in France only months before the war ended. At once a mystery, a love story, a soldier’s tale, and a reflection, Finding Phil ponders family silences,...

In the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbo r 20 Naval ships, including eight enormous battleships, and 300 airplanes were destroyed. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died, and another 1,000 were wounded. There were also numerous civilians killed and wounded. Craig Nelson has written a detailed account of the events leading up to the attack, the chaos and carnage that ensued, and how the US ultimately triumphed when the Japanese were defeated at the end...

Mark Faherty

From the time we are children, we know that birds fly south for the winter. Think of hummingbirds that disappear before the first frost, skeins of honking geese cutting through the crisp autumn air, or warblers and tanagers abandoning northern forests and beating it for food-rich Central American jungles.

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Cold weather is really here, and the birds of our region are coping as they always do: perfectly insulated in their down feathers, and feasting on berries, bait, and other local abundance. On The Point , this month's Bird News program is hosted by Mindy Todd . Mark Faherty , ornithologist and science coordinator at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary , is our guest in the studio.

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this week on a massive health bill that aims to accelerate cancer, brain, and biomedical research by providing funding for academic institutions, and by loosening some federal regulations aimed at pharmaceutical companies. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack supports the so-called 21st Century Cures Act, in particular, the $1 billion marked to combat the opioid epidemic. He spoke to WCAI's Kathryn Eident about the bill, and some of the bill's critics.

U.S. Geological Survey

Sea level rise is typically mentioned in the context of erosion, coastal flooding, storm damage at the coasts. All of those are issues, to be sure. But rising ocean levels can have other effects – on septic systems and drinking water supplies farther inland. Potential impacts on groundwater are the subject of a new report from US Geological Survey’s New England Water Science Center. Melting glaciers and warming oceans are causing sea levels to rise around the globe. Tides already reach nearly...

We come into contact with countless chemicals everyday. In fact, we're made of chemicals. But the number of human-made, synthetic chemicals in our lives has skyrocketed, and many common household and personal care products actually contain chemicals that may be bad for our health. Scientists can measure the amounts of these chemicals in retail products and the home environment, and they can study what they do to animals in laboratory. But that leaves one big, unanswered question: Just how...