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A butter clam is just a juvenile surf clam.

Surf clams are the big, wide clams Cape Cod cooks chop up and use for chowder or clam strips. In Asia people use the tongues for sushi, and lots of beachcombers collect the shells to use as soap dishes or ashtrays. But those are full-grown surf clams and they all come from a wild fishery. 

What is Race? Is it skin color? Ethnicity? Religion? And why do some white people not consider themselves to have a race? On The Point, we talk with Jill Gordon, a professor philosophy at Colby College. Later in the hour, Richard Rothstein argues racial segregation in America is the by product of implicit government policy. His new book is titled The Color of Law

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Are there monsters in your barn? For property owners on the Outer Cape, the answer in recent years has increasingly been “yes.” I’m talking about categorically ugly, hissing, projectile vomiting monsters. But don’t call the Ghostbusters just yet, because these monsters have an important role to play in our ecosystem. They are Turkey Vultures, and they are nature’s morticians.

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On The Point, we hear about the highlights of the season in the world of birds. From hummingbird feeders to  the night calls of migrating songbirds, Mark Faherty, ornithologist and science coordinator at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, gives us the monthly update. Heather Goldstone hosts.

After the Storm

Aug 8, 2017
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When, along with hundreds of others, I arrived at a barricaded Coast Guard Beach the morning after the storm, the air was full of metaphors of war. The beach, people said, looked as though it had been strafed and bombed.

Some of the bills under consideration in Mass. would encourage electric vehicle use.
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When the U.S. withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord in June, it marked a pause in federal action on clean energy. But individual states have already been taking the lead in this area for some time.

The Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) has just put together a wrap-up of legislation that has come out of the 2017 sessions in the six New England States.

In Massachusetts, about 100 energy-related bills were filed in the last legislative session.  

One line in a budget proposal would move NOAA to a new department.
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Budgetary negotiations in Congress are tedious affairs, but can also be enlightening.

We’ve been following the Congressional reporters at E&E News and caught this line in a recent report about the House budget proposal:

“The budget also calls for unspecified savings from a Commerce Department reorganization, which would include moving NOAA into the Interior Department.”

Exomoons have become a hot topic for research using the Hubble telescope.
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Living Lab Radio talks regularly with reporters at the journal Nature to get an update on the stories they've been following. Here's our latest roundup of news with London-based reporter Davide Castelvecchi.

·      CRISPR gene editing scores a major success in human embryos 

·      How a satellite snafu masked the true extent of sea-level rise

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Spiritualism has been part of the history of Onset village for well over 100 years. The spiritualist movement first took hold there in the late 19th century, enjoyed a heyday in the early 1900’s, and continues to survive today.

It began with groups of people coming together to communicate with the afterlife. The first group of spiritualists began holding camp meetings on the shores of Onset Bay.

Photo by Phil Mello.

Phil Mello has been photographing New Bedford’s working waterfront for over 40 years. He started as an amateur, documenting the inner world of the fishing industry in which he worked. His photography has become part of a major Library of Congress project to capture and preserve the faces of New Bedford’s fishing industry.   

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