Who are the people, natives and washashores who make their lives on Cape Cod? On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with author John Whalen about his book I Am Of Cape Cod. Photos for the book are by Kim Rodriguez.

 

CARE for the Cape and Islands is an organization that engages tourists and visitors contribute to the protection of the Cape’s beauty and natural resources. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with Jill Talladay, Founder and Director of CARE for the Cape and Islands.

 

Next year, Amazon will select a location for its second headquarters, promising to invest $5 billion dollars and create up to 50,000 jobs for the winning city.

Across the country, cities large and small are pulling out all the stops to attract the giant online retailer, and Fall River is joining the fray. The South Coast city already has an Amazon fulfillment center, and they’re hoping that might give them a leg up in the competition.

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Ben Chung is obsessed with garlic. He lives in East Orleans with his wife, six kids, and uncle, and he works as a dentist. But when he’s not cleaning teeth, he’s outside working in his garden, where he grows over fifty kinds of garlic.

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I had decided last week that this week’s bird report would be about how farms and community gardens are among the best places for October birding. As if to bolster my case, a stunning male Painted Bunting decided to show up at Cape Cod Organic Farm in Barnstable this past Sunday. Sporting Day-Glo colors that look downright obscene against our classic, understated fall color palette, this bird is both visually and geographically out of place for October in New England.

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On The Point, we discuss efforts to improve relations and open dialogue between the community and police. The high profile police related deaths of unarmed black men in the U.S. has sparked protests and widened a rift between communities of color and the police. The Cape and Islands is not immune to these issues; there are many living here who fear the police because of the color of their skin. There are others who fear police might uncover their immigration status, and some whose struggles with addiction or mental illness make them fearful of police. What can be done to improve the relations with the police in our community? Mindy Todd hosts the discussion.

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Last week, talking about the Clay Pounds, I mentioned that, despite their dramatic appearance and the significant part they played in the Cape’s maritime history, relatively few people visit the Clay Pounds today.  The problem is one of access. 

NASA shows how the ozone hole has recovered and how its recovery is expected to continue.
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Most of the time, the headlines are full of bad news. That’s especially true of environmental headlines. But Susan Solomon of MIT says we have a track record of environmental success stories that deserve more attention. 

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Social media doesn't work perfectly. And sometimes it gets things really wrong. 

In recent years, greenhouse gas emissions have actually dropped in developed countries. Europe and China are setting more abitious goals for the future.
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The EPA has released its four-year plan and there’s no mention of climate change. Plus, they’ve officially begun the process of rescinding the Clean Power Plan. It’s the latest step in the Trump administration’s efforts to undo Obama-era climate policies. 

The Clean Power Plan was the Obama administration’s approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the face a GOP-controlled Congress opposed to climate legislation. So, is its rollback the end of U.S. action to address climate change? 

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