Who was Katharine Lee Bates? Much more than the author of America The Beautiful. Born on Cape Cod in the town of Falmouth, Katharine Lee Bates was also an accomplished writer, a professor of English at Wellesley College, and a social activist. A new book, Katharine Lee Bates From Sea to Shining Sea, has just come out, and author Melinda Ponder joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about it.

Most of us remember Driving Miss Daisy from the 1989 film staring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman; the story follows the decades long relationship between a southern Jewish matriarch and her African American chauffeur. Driving Miss Daisy originated as a 1987 Off Broadway play and it returns to the stage this fall at The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. Joining host Mindy Todd in The Point studio are MJ Bruder Munafo, Artistic and Executive Director of the Vineyard Playhouse, and actor Rob K

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Fermenting Ginger Beer can eat up the sugar and leave behind theat dry unmistakable tang of ginger. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay heads to Truro to talk with the founders of Farmer Willie's Craft Ginger Beer, Nico Enriquez and Willie Fenichel, about why they got into making fermented beer and how the process works. 

National Weather Service,

Tropical Storm Jose drew nearer to the Cape and Islands on Wednesday, bringing with it periods of heavy rain, blustery winds and a one- to three-foot storm surge in some areas.  The National Weather Service said the storm would also cause significant beach erosion around the region possibly into Saturday, as the storm system hovered more than 100 miles offshore.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checked in with Science Correspondent Dr. Heather Goldstone to learn more.

The Psychology of Hate

Sep 20, 2017

On The Point, Mindy Todd sits down with psychiatrist Dr. Marc Whaley and psychologist Dr. Michael Abbruzzese to discuss the psychology of hate.

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With a few days of stormy weather ahead of us, it’s time to talk about birds and hurricanes. Here in the northeast, hurricanes originating in the Caribbean typically weaken into tropical storm before we see them, sparing us most of the destruction, and setting up potentially exciting times for birders on the Cape.

On The Point, the season's last gardening program with horticulturist Roberta Clark. Fall is a wonderful season for planting! Root growth will continue until the ground is cold. We share tips about seasonal tasks like dividing perennials, when to prune various species, and garden cleanup. Remember to leave a few flower heads to add interest to the winter landscape, as well as providing nutritious food for birds. Mindy Todd hosts.

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It’s been a nearly perfect week of early September weather, temperatures in the 70s, southwest and northwest breezes, clear or scattered clouds. Yesterday I stopped to have lunch at Gull Pond. It was warm and calm, and the only other people at the public beach were an elderly couple with metals detectors and those long flour-scoop sieves with holes slightly smaller than dimes.

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I don’t know about you, but my phone feels like an extension of my brain. I can’t commit to an appointment without checking my calendar. There are to-do lists and voice memos to make sure I don’t lose an idea. And, of course, there’s Google to instantaneously answer any question.

What Wild Bees Can Teach Us

Sep 18, 2017
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Since honeybees are the original “hive mind,” what can we learn from these social insects?

Thomas Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology at Cornell University. He is based in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, where he teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the behavior and social life of honey bees. He is the author of Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995), and Honeybee Democracy (2010).