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The Point
11:25 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Would You Home School Your Kid?

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Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discuss home schooling. On The Point, the doctors talk with Mindy Todd about the reasons parents homeschool, and how these students stack up academically and socially with their peers who attend conventional schools.

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Part 3 - Home Away From Home: Immigrant Stories
7:36 am
Wed September 17, 2014

First Generation: Torn Between Two Cultures

Mara, a senior at Bridgewater State University, is leery of using her full name and photo because some of her family is in the country illegally. She provided this self portrait.
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Mara, of Falmouth, first came to Cape Cod with her parents when she was ten. These first generation immigrants who arrive when they’re young often are the ones who struggle most, as they have feet in two worlds. But two years ago, things got a little easier for some of them. A new presidential directive called DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – allows children who were in the U.S. before their 16th birthday to get work authorization and to defer deportation. Some opponents say the program amounts to temporary legalization, and they want it repealed.

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A Cape Cod Notebook
6:07 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Swallow Flocks Amid the Dunes Conjure a Spirit of Wonder

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One day last week I took a walk in the Provincelands dunes. I started from the parking area at High Head and walked west through the area known as the “parabolic dunes.” These are wind-shaped formations with distinct contours: wide, smooth, low valleys surrounded by ridges of sand in a bent-bow or parabolic shape. These formations have been shaped by the prevailing northwest winds and they slowly move south-east, burying everything in front of them. 

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Science & Environment
5:06 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Fifteen minutes with the Lobster Boat Blockaders

The blockade
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On a sunny May morning back in 2013, Jay O’Hara and Ken Ward used a 32-foot lobster boat – plus a 200 lb anchor – to prevent a barge from delivering 40,000 tons of coal to New England’s largest fossil-fuel burning power plant – the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts. The two were subsequently arraigned on four criminal charges, including conspiracy and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

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The Point
1:47 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Summer's End in the Garden

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Summer is reaching an end.  Horticulturist Roberta Clark joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk GARDENS one last time, until next spring.  Tips about the fall work in the garden: transplanting, mulch, pruning, bulbs, and lots more.

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Part 2 - Home Away from Home: Immigrant Stories
7:36 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Growing Old in Portuguese New Bedford

Margarida Xavier in her house with her President John F. Kennedy print, which was given to her by her former employer. Xavier worked as a housekeeper with the family in New Bedford for 32 years.
Credit Sarah Reynolds

In a grey duplex on a narrow street in New Bedford, Margarida Xavier fixes a pillow on her living room couch and sits down. She’s 86 years old. She moved to New Bedford from the Azores in Portugal more than 50 years ago, but she still doesn’t speak much English. She’s lived alone since her husband died ten years ago. And it’s been lonely.

But every few weeks she gets a visitor – Lucy Oliveira, the Senior Services Coordinator with the Immigrants’ Assistance Center in New Bedford. Oliveira comes by once or twice a month to visit and to help Xavier read her mail. 

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Science & Environment
11:48 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Farms, Forests, and Smart Growth: A Vision for New England

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A new report says we could grow at least half our own food locally, while keeping 70 percent of the region forested, and still have room to grow ... if we're smart about it.

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Part 1 - Home Away From Home: Immigrant Stories
7:30 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Nantucket, Microcosm of a Changing Region

About 200 people, mostly immigrants, show up every Sunday night at St. Mary, Our Lady of The Isle Catholic Church on Nantucket. The church has seen such an increase that the Catholic Diocese of Fall River sent a Spanish-speaking priest for the community.
Credit Sarah Reynolds

Young immigrants have been crossing the border into the U.S. in record numbers over the past few years.  This summer, Governor Patrick offered Camp Edwards as a temporary place to house the youngest of them. People held rallies around the Cape in response – some opposing the plan and some showing support. The Governor’s plan may have struck a chord with Cape Codders since demographics are in flux here, too.

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Music
5:43 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Chris Isaak: Rocker, Crooner, Sketch Artist

Chris Isaak has had plenty of careers already - moody crooner of the multi-platinum hit Wicked Game, actor in his own TV show, 50's revivalist rocker. So is there a chance one day he'll be publishing a book of his original cartoons? Maybe. When I spoke with him for All Things Considered, I asked Chris what he likes to do while touring.

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Fishing News
3:16 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

A Few Words in Praise of Snapper Blues

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They are not rod-bending behemoths, they are not chrome-plated speedsters. That is, they are not glamour fish like stripers and albies. Snapper blues? They're... well, they're just fun to catch. And they're good eating too.

Think of all the things that make fall a special time of year - you have tomatoes, cucumbers, low humidity, empty beaches - and you have snapper blues. So nice. 

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