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On The Point, Mindy Todd hosts a discussion on books about boats. Joining Mindy in the studio are Jill Erickson of Falmouth Public Library, and Viki Titcomb of Titcomb's Bookshop.

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As we pass the midpoint of meteorological summer and start that accelerating roll to Labor Day, it’s time to check in on what’s happening out there in the bird world.

I will admit that I routinely neglect our South Coast friends in my bird reports, but not this time. And that’s because something unusual is afoot (or should I say a-wing?) at the famed Gooseberry Island in Westport.

Photo by Olivia Weitz.

There’s an old joke: the two happiest days in a boat owner’s life are the day they bought the boat and the day it’s sold. But for Rusty Strange, who built a Chinese Junk, by hand, and lived on board for nearly three decades it’s more complicated. 

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On The Point, we hear the music of some of Cape Cod's best jazz musicians.

Town of Acushnet

When someone is injured and needs an ambulance, the only pain medicine first responders have  onboard are narcotics, regardless of the seriousness of the injury. Now, state public health officials are considering allowing lower dosage pain killers, like Tylenol, to be stocked on ambulances, in light of the growing opioid epidemic.

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On March 29, 1984, I went out to Coast Guard Beach with a Boston television crew from Channel 5 to videotape a program about barrier beaches and how they cope with storms and erosion – part of their series on “Survival.” It was a cool, dry day, and the crew had set up on the parking lot overlooking the Eastham barrier beach, still recovering after it was smashed flat six years earlier by the “Great Storm of ’78.” I was interviewed by a friendly man with a boyish face.

"Off The River - Journal Entry" is one of Robert Perkins' multi-media pieces in the "Risk in the Marine Environment" exhibit.
Courtesy of Robert Perkins / Sargent Gallery

Human activities are altering rivers and ocean ecosystems in dramatic ways. Science is one way of knowing this, and of communicating it. But it’s not always the most effective way.

Robert F. Perkins is a multimedia artist who has been solo canoeing in the Arctic for close to thirty years. He’s also canoed the Limpopo River in Africa, and the Connecticut River – right here in our own backyard.

Not surprisingly, he says there's a common theme: more people, more contamination and degradation.

Mud plumes follow Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawlers like con trails follow airplanes.
NASA image by Jesse Allen, data from Univ. Maryland Global Land Cover Facility. / Public Domain

Roughly a fifth of all fish eaten globally are caught using nets towed along the bottom of the ocean. There’s long been concern that this method – known as trawling – destroys or severely damages the ecosystems where it’s used. Now, a new meta-analysis of the science available on this topic offers some quantification of the impacts of different type of trawls.  

Dunk Works opens to a wider group of organizations on August 1.
Elsa Partan

Maker spaces have popped up everywhere, typically outfitted with tools and materials that allow people to try making their prototype dreams a reality. Now, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has just launched a maker space for ocean-related innovations called “Dunk Works,” a play on Lockheed Martin’s legendary Skunk Works lab.

President Trump has nominated former talk radio host and campaign advisor, Sam Clovis, to be chief scientist at USDA.
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President Trump last week nominated Sam Clovis to be chief scientist for the USDA, formally known as the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics.  Clovis is a former economics professor, better known as a conservative talk radio host and Trump campaign advisor. One thing he is not is a scientist, and that has drawn harsh criticism professional organizations of scientists.

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