In this age of alternative facts and fake news there are new challenges not only for journalists but also for news consumers. How do we decipher credible news sources, what is biased and what’s not? And what is complete fabrication? On The Point, we look at these issues, and also discuss how to best educate the next generation of journalists and media consumers.

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At a recent dinner with old friends, someone brought up the topic of the “Target Ship.” For over a half a century, the target ship was a familiar and legendary sight in Cape Cod Bay for those of us who lived near the elbow of the Cape. 

Cape Students to Sing at the Vatican

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Kathryn Eident

A group of middle and high school choir students have spent the last year getting ready for what may be the biggest concert of their lives: An appearance at the Vatican in Rome.

Vaughan Turekian is Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State.
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President Trump may not have a science advisor right now, but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson does. His name is Vaughan Turekian, and he was appointed to the post in 2015. It's not a very old job; it was created by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright in 2000. It's also not a very common job; only seven foreign ministers in the world have a science advisor.

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When Christine Ernst  was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 34, she never expected that it would one day spark her own one-woman show.

Poetry Sunday: Aline Dolinh

Feb 19, 2017

Aline Dolinh reads her poem, "Address to Teenage Martys."

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A sharp drop in the birth rate of rare North Atlantic right whales has scientists worried. So far this year, only three calves have been identified. A more typical season might bring between ten and fifteen newborn calves.  

"It's a frighteningly low number," says Dr. Charles "Stormy" Mayo, a Senior Scientist at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown. 

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The Friday News Roundup.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks to area journalists about the top news stories of the week.  Her guests include Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Cameron Machell of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Ryan Bray of the Falmouth Enterprise.

Lawrence Brown

What to do with the kids next week? Don't worry, we've got suggestions - and also plenty to do this weekend.  Here's your Weekend Outlook.

Coonamessett River Trust

Impending sea level rise and the potential for more severe weather, along with the importance of habitat biodiversity, has underscored the need for restoring landscapes in our region altered by humans. On The Point, we discuss several aquatic restoration projects on Cape Cod and how these projects will contribute to coastal resiliency and habitat diversity. 

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