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On The Point, we discuss the new documentary ScreenAgers that sheds light on the impact of increased screen time on the developing brain and explores coping strategies for families.  Guests on the program are Shelia House, Harwich Youth Service Coordinator; Sharon Stark, Chatham Youth Services Coordinator; and Dr. Michael Abbruzzese, psychologist.

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Old stone walls are one of the emblems of the New England landscape.  They're the legacy of the glaciers that sculpted the land. Robert Finch reflects on the effort it takes to build a stone wall, and on the messages that stone walls seem to convey to us over time, in this week's Cape Cod Notebook.

Crocuses sprang up with February's warmth, but got frozen in March.
Elsa Partan

For the start of spring, we thought we’d look back at the wacky weather we’ve been having over the past two months. Like the 71-degree Fahrenheit day in Boston on February 24, which set the record for the warmest day for that city for the month of February. Or the February 27th tornado in Western Massachusetts. Or the radical swing to arctic temperatures in March.

The FlavoRx pilot study provided at-risk patients with prescriptions worth $30 at a farmer's market.
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We all know that we’d be healthier if we ate more fruits and vegetables. Your doctor may have suggested that. But few of us actually do anything about it. But would that change if you actually got a prescription that covered the cost of fresh, locally-grown produce? That was the question at the heart of a recent pilot project on Cape Cod, called FlavoRx.

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Brianna LePage always wanted to study two things:  music and medicine.  It may seem that these two fields oppose each other and yet she has combined them for nearly twenty years. 

Poetry Sunday: Sharisse Naomi Zeroonian

Mar 19, 2017

Sharisse Naomi Zeroonian reads her poem, "Breakfast."

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In the last 10 years, the population of Northern Long-eared bats has been decimated by a disease called white-nose syndrome. Until recently, Martha’s Vineyard was one of just a few spots believed to be free of the disease. Now researchers on the island have confirmed a bat with this fungal disease.

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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; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

The emotion and beauty of religious music touches many audiences, even individuals of different faiths or those who don't identify as religious.  PsalmSensation is a collaborative effort between the Falmouth Chorale and the Zamir Chorale of Boston that incorporates texts from the Hebrew Bible and works from Handel, Mendelssohn, and others.  Mindy Todd speaks with Falmouth Chorale Artistic Director John Yankee and  Zamir Chorale founder and Artistic Director Joshua Jacobsen,

Over the last hundred years, musical theater artists have developed a form that corresponds to the Americanization of the increasingly Jewish New York audience. Boston University Professor Stuart Hecht looks at the relationship between Jews, assimilation, and the changing face of the American musical in his book Transposing Broadway: Jews, Assimilation, and the American Musical.  Mindy Todd talks to Hecht on The Point.

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