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Hibernating black bear mother and cubs.
National Park Service

Understanding Hibernation Could Help Trauma Patients

Hibernation is far more than a long winter's nap. It's more akin to a coma, with heart rate, breathing, metabolism, and consciousness all dramatically reduced, if not suspended. Steve Swoap is among those who think understanding hibernation could help doctors treat victims of trauma or stroke. Steve Swoap didn't set out to study hibernation. He's a cardiac biologist by training. About fifteen years ago, he was conducting experiments on the link between obesity and blood pressure (in mice)....
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Dan Tritle

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include George Brennan, reporter at The Cape Cod Times; Cape Cod Chronicle editor Tim Wood; Sally Rose, editor of the Provincetown Banner; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; New Bedford Standard-Times editorial page editor Jim DeArruda; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Mindy Todd interviews Tom Duggan, the actor and playwright starring in Weisenthal, a one-man show that unfolds like a spy thriller, telling the story of Simon Wiesenthal, who after cheating death at the hands of Hitler’s dreaded S.S., spent his life bringing justice to the most notorious criminals in war history. The show will be at the Zieterion in New Bedford on Thursday, April 16, at 8PM.

J. Junker

We have all experienced nostaglia: a wistful desire for the happiness of a former place or time. Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discuss the psychology of nostalgia. Once considered a disorder, the term was coined by a Swiss physician in the 17th century to describe a certain kind of homesickness among soldiers. Now considered a beneficial emotional experience, we look those benefits and how advertising cashes in on our memories of the past.

Beaches along Delaware Bay are hotspots for horseshoe crab spawning each spring.
Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

You can't be everything to everybody. The decline of horseshoe crabs is an example of why not.

Horseshoe crabs are bizarre-looking and slow-moving, sometimes called living fossils. In fact, these ancient animals aren't really crabs, at all. More like horseshoe scorpions or horseshoe ticks, if you want to be evolutionarily correct.

Cape Cod Commission

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include Anne Brennan, digital editor at The Cape Cod Times; Cape Cod Chronicle Editor Tim Wood; Sally Rose, editor of the Provincetown Banner; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; New Bedford Standard-Times Editorial Page Editor Jim DeArruda; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

In The Abandoned Barn
Courtesy of Jennifer Morgan

You've heard of being snowed in. For that matter, you've probably experienced it more than once in recent months. Well, artist Jennifer Morgan got snowed out of her studio this winter. She took the opportunity to try something new, and the result is In The Abandoned Barn, a beautiful, new children's nature book.

Jenny Junker

Do you ever check email compulsively, eat when you’re not hungry, or fixate on the past and the future at the expense of the present? Ever lose your temper unnecessarily? Nightline anchor Dan Harris joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about his new book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story. After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A skeptic, he'd always assumed that meditation was either impossible or useless. But after learning about research that suggests meditation can lower your blood pressure and actually make changes to your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using meditation for increased calm, focus, and happiness. Here's information on a talk Dan Harris will give next week, hosted by Calmer Choice.

Elspeth Hay

In the mid 1800s, Cayuga ducks were one of the most popular meat birds in New England. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Rebecca Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark about why the breed fell out of favor, and why she thinks it's worth bringing back.

You can learn more about Cayuga ducks on the Slow Food website, as part of their "Ark of Taste."

 

William Apess was a Native American intellectual, author and itinerant preacher who aided the Masphee Wampanoag in their struggle for autonomy  in the early 1800’s.  Philip Gura, author of The Life of William Apess, Pequot joins Mindy Todd for this interview on The Point 

Naomi Oreskes' work as a science historian has pulled back the curtain on a small group of scientists and others who have deliberately worked to obscure the true risks of tobacco smoke, CFCs (remember the ozone hole?), and greenhouse gas emissions. Now, she and co-author Erik Conway have turned to science fiction to spread their message about the urgent need to address climate change. Living Lab had a few questions about that choice.

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