The last weekend of February brings a confluence of good-time opportunities, with the Academy Awards on Sunday, and Mardi Gras next Tuesday.  There's also ice skating on Martha's Vineyard, and the Constitution gets a highlight in Chatham.  Here's your weekend outlook.

Mark Faherty

When it comes to late winter on Cape Cod, and the knowledge that beach weather is still four months away, it’s the little signs of better things to come that keep you going. If you are paying attention to the birds around you every day, you should be brimming with hope, because they clearly are, too.

Speakers at the Stand Up For Science Rally in Boston's Copley Square.
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For decades, scientists have shunned direct involvement in politics. They’ve testified before Congress and provided scientific information to policymakers, of course. But most have avoided weighing in on specific policy moves out of concern that such opining could damage scientists' credibility as the source of objective, factual information. In the wake of the 2016 election, that seems to be changing.

On The Point, our books experts discuss mysteries. From the archetypical classics to the latest new works, we take a tour of the many possibilities for reading mysteries. Jill Erickson and Jennifer Stone Gaines are in the studio with Mindy Todd.

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

Feb 21, 2017
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.

Photo by Michael Ernst.

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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