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  In 1791 two sailing ships, both flying the American flag, left the Pacific Northwest bound for Japan. This was a daring venture; Japan had been a closed nation for 150 years with a policy to seize foreign ships and imprison crews indefinitely. Japanese citizens who interacted with foreigners were also under threat of severe punishment. Why did these two captains decide to risk the voyage and what was the outcome? Few details were known until recently when the logbook from The Grace, one of the American vessels, was discovered in an old trunk in a Massachusetts home.

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Ryan Mann is the Outreach and Stewardship Coordinator for the Harwich Conservation Trust. This time of year, he spends most days at a dam where the head of the Herring River meets Hinckley Pond.

“Herring are migratory fish,” Mann tells me. “They’re called anadromous fish—meaning that they live most of their lives in sea, and then they come up once a year to spawn.”

Mark Faherty

We should all be jealous of ospreys. They’re way better at fishing than we are. They spend their winters on sun-drenched lagoons in Venezuela and they visit Cuba annually without violating US law. 

Books On Birds

Mar 29, 2017

This month The Point's book show topic is BIRDS. Dennis Minsky and Jill Erickson join Mindy Todd to discuss stacks of bird related books. If you have a favorite bird book, please add a comment to our list! Here's the link: Falmouth Public Library 

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Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous professions in America. Consider this statistic: in the ten years from 2000 to 2010, 170 commercial fishermen in the U.S. lost their lives by falling overboard. To help reduce the number of fatalities in our region, a safety and survival training program is going on, designed to teach fishermen what to do during emergencies on their vessels. 

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With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in Massachusetts and other states, there has been a lot of debate about the risks and benefits of this substance. Is marijuana addictive? Is it a gateway to opioids? Or is it a relatively harmless medicinal herb? We also discuss the effect of marijuana on the developing brain, how to recognize when teens are engaged in substance use, and supports and services for families dealing with addiction. 

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Walking up from the beach, Robert Finch came upon a freshly dead seabird that he initially dismissed as a common gull. But a closer inspection revealed it was a pelagic bird rarely seen inshore: a fulmar. The questions of how it had come there, and how it received the wound that killed it, prompted this week's Cape Cod Notebook.

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The unadorned structure on Provincetown’s Main Street is set back from the galleries, cafes and shops along the popular thoroughfare. For the past century, this nondescript grey-shingled building has been home to the Beachcombers Club – an informal gathering spot for many of the country’s most famous creative types.

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WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local stories with journalists from across the region. Joining Sean this week are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of Enterprise Newspapers; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and Cameron Machell of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

From opportunities to learn more about big issues, to natural science and local food, there's a lot going on this weekend.  Here's your Weekend Outlook.