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J. Junker

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

Ali Berlow

Olivia Pattison, 30, is a bread baker living on Martha’s Vineyard.

“I’m an artist at heart,” she told me. “So I like to mix it up. I sprout things, and I ferment stuff, and I soak other things.”

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. 

Mark Faherty

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.

Fresh Sonic: Make Cannolis

Jun 20, 2018
Woodland Smokehouse & Commissary

Years ago, Lili Ferrara got some advice (or was it an omen?) that she's still following.  

J. Junker

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.

A Muskrat Encounter

Jun 19, 2018
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It was a beautiful afternoon in early June that I first explored the “Historical Society of Old Yarmouth Nature Trails.” These trails are located just behind the Yarmouth Port post office on Rt. 6A. At first glance it looks like a typical mid-Cape conservation area, encompassing some fifty acres of wooded uplands, wetlands, old pasture, and a small pond. But every place has its own individual character and its unique potential for unexpected encounters.

Brian Morris

The Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port is a 23-acre swath of land fronting the marshes near Cape Cod Bay in an area of Yarmouth Port known as Hockanom. Richard and Ruth Taylor first came here from England and began farming the land in 1639. Over the course of a few hundred years, there were seven generations of Taylors.

Poetry Sunday: Brigitte Lent

Jun 17, 2018

Brigitte Lent reads her poem, "Saint Valentine and his Dog."

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You hear plenty of talk about tides, when people ask about fishing. But just as important—maybe more important—is the effect of current. Particularly in shoaling areas, the flow of current over rapidly shallowing bottom creates turbulence—what fishermen call "rips"—that can be just the spot to find stripers, bluefish, and even fluke.

Courtesy Rick Anderson

Nationwide, 2017 was a record year for high tide flooding across the country, according to a new analysis out from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And that trend is projected to continue into 2018. In coastal communities across Massachusetts, people are starting to take notice. 

For Father's Day: Holding on to Memory

Jun 15, 2018
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When I was a little girl I used to lie in front of the kitchen door at five o’clock every afternoon and wait for my father to come home from the shipyard.  Every day, he’d open the door, pretend not to see me and step gently on my stomach before I’d squirm away in laughter, so proud of myself for fooling him again.  Then he’d pick me up in the air and tickle my belly with his bald head until I begged him to let me down.  I remember the faint smell of engine grease on his clothes, the roughness of his hands and the wrinkles on his forehead.   

A conversation from Twenty Summers in Provincetown:  Award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers and longtime foreign correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran talk about the intersection of politics, journalism, and art.

Merrily Cassidy / Cape Cod Times

The weather looks fantastic and there's lots going on this Father's Day Weekend. Here's your Weekend Outlook.