Kathryn Eident hosts this week's installment of the Weekly News Roundup on The Point, as we sail into summertime. Stories include: ongoing troubles at the Steamship Authority, accounting errors that led to Brewster's Town Administrator's resignation, and celebrating the Martha's Vineyard High School Girls' tennis team, which just won its fourth state championship in a row.
Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky and poet Monica Youn share recent work and exchange ideas, along with moderator Elizabeth Bradfield, local poet and naturalist in this event recorded at the Hawthorne Art Barn and presented by Twenty Summers.
With the recent deaths of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, mental health professionals are concerned there could be an increased risk of contagion suicide. On the flip side, bringing suicide into the national dialogue could encourage those contemplating suicide to seek help. On The Point, we talk with psychologist Michael Abbruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley about the science behind suicide contagion, as well as treatment and prevention strategies. Mindy Todd hosts.
It’s June on Cape Cod, which means that it’s time for people to start squawking a little louder about Piping Plovers. These small, sand-colored local residents have been nesting on our beaches for eons, but in modern times they have come into conflict with certain forms of human recreation, and as a result have become “fauna non grata” among some people. And for those us who work to monitor and protect these federally Threatened birds, this negative perception of plovers can make for some bad days at work.
After a cool, wet spring, gardeners are enjoying luxurious if slightly slower growth of their favorite perennials. Horticulturalist Roberta Clark joins our host Mindy Todd in The Point studio to cover the highlights of this season. We hear lots of tips for garden joy: from dividing and transplanting to safeguarding treasured cultivars from various pests, while encouraging beneficial species to thrive. Listeners from around the region join the discussion by calling in with questions and comments.