Have you stuck to that New Year's resolution? Mindy Todd hosts psychiatrist Marc Whaley in The Point studio to talk about the psychology involved in changing our behavior.

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Normally, this is when we would be settling in for the coldest, darkest depths of winter, and going into our post-holiday cocoons. January and February are the months of snowstorms and of binge-watching Netflix. But having just survived the equivalent of five winters worth of cold over two weeks, temps in the 30s and 40s now feel like shorts weather, and you may be looking to get outside. 

State Senators Vinny deMacedo and Julian Cyr sit down in The Point studio with host Mindy Todd. We hear about their accomplishments this past year, and what the key legislative issues are for the new year. They bring us up to date on the latest in our region's politics.

Scott Pruitt sued the EPA 13 times as Oklahoma's attorney general. Now he runs the EPA.
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It’s been almost a year since President Trump took office. For some, it has been a year spent tallying what they say are attacks by the administration on science – ranging from nominating non-scientists to lead science-heavy agencies, to changing the data and language presented on federal websites. 

Road salt is causing freshwater rivers and streams to become noticably saltier.
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A new study highlights a side-effect of winter weather that is, on one hand, totally logical and, on the other hand, rather shocking. The U.S. uses some 19 million tons of salt each year for de-icing roads and other infrastructure. Now, that practice has been linked to widespread changes in the chemistry of American rivers and streams, particularly their salinity and alkalinity. 

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One of the things that holds the fabric of a community together, especially in a small town like mine, is what I like to call Public Gathering Places, or PGPs. These are places where we can have informal contact and conversation with people we might otherwise never meet. With the rise of social networking, which allows us increasingly to isolate ourselves with a wall of digital connections, such public gathering places have become even more important.  

 

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 During the summer of 2012, a raft of newly formed volcanic rock one and a half times the size of Boston appeared in the Pacific Ocean near New Zealand. It was scientists’ clue that a volcano was erupting deep below the sea surface. Five years later, scientists have released their first in-depth analysis of what appears to have been the largest eruption of its kind in the past century.

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Allegations of sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct rocked one industry after another in recent months. It usually doesn’t garner the same headlines as Hollywood stars or federal legislators, but several high profile scientists have been the subject of these kinds of accusations. And sexual abuse and harassment appear to be prevalent in academia.

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On the frigid first weekend in January, crowds gathered inside the large gallery at the New Bedford Whaling Museum for the 22nd annual Moby Dick Marathon. Over a 24-hour period, more than 200 narrators took turns reading excerpts from the novel “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville.

The Marathon celebrates what many consider to be one of the finest works in American literature – and Melville’s connection to New Bedford in creating it.

Melville first showed up in New Bedford, broke and unemployed, in December of 1840.

Poetry Sunday: West Clark

Jan 14, 2018

West Clark reads his poem "A Synesthesiac Goes to the Symphony" 

West Clark completed his year of service with the National Student Poets Program in the fall of 2015. Now, as an alumni, he delights in meeting the new classes of poets, reconnecting with old freinds from the program, and continuing to aid in the growth of his service project (which has bloomed beautifully into a yearly program known as the Red River Valley Writing Project). West is a freshman at Oberlin College in Ohio, and he hopes to continue his studies with a focus on music, writing and history. 

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