Mark Faherty

It’s June on Cape Cod, which means that it’s time for people to start squawking a little louder about Piping Plovers. These small, sand-colored local residents have been nesting on our beaches for eons, but in modern times they have come into conflict with certain forms of human recreation, and as a result have become “fauna non grata” among some people. And for those us who work to monitor and protect these federally Threatened birds, this negative perception of plovers can make for some bad days at work.

On The Point, our host Mindy Todd and horticulturist Roberta Clark talk about gardening. Lots of tips for getting the best results with all your favorite plants. We also hear questions and comments from listeners throughout our region, about everything from lawns to fruit trees and peonies.

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When someone loses the use of their limbs because of a traumatic injury, the emotional healing process can be long and difficult. It’s been shown that physical activity is one of the best ways to help that process along, but it takes the help of trained personnel and specially modified equipment. There’s a new program on Cape Cod that’s providing opportunities for those with severe injuries, helping them get outside on the water and the trails.


On Grief Delayed

Jun 20, 2017
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My father was a quiet man. He rarely asserted himself in a conversation. He was a quiet man, but he was a decisive one, who hardly ever consulted anyone else in making decisions. I remember as a child that every few years he would go out on a Saturday morning. When he came back he would toss a set of keys to my mother, his way of announcing to all of us that he had just bought a new car.

World Climate Simulation pairs mock U.N. negotiations with a climate model that shows participants the likely result of their actions.
Courtesy of John Sterman / Climate Interactive

In the two and a half weeks since President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, there’s been a lot of speculation about how the rest of the world will respond, and whether they can address climate change without the U.S. on board. An MIT researcher plans to test exactly this idea with a simulation this Thursday.

Most Android smartphone apps are sharing personal data with third party services, without permission from users. / CC0 Public Domain

The last time you downloaded a new app for your phone, you probably gave it permission to access some of your personal data, like photos, contacts, or your location. After all, what good is a mapping app that doesn't know where you are? But what you likely didn't know is that an estimated seven out of ten Android apps are sharing personal data with third party services, like Google Analytics.

Incorporating renewable energy and improving grid performance are some of the challenges before ARPA-E, a federal agency tasked with revolutionizing our energy system.
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Eight years ago, ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy) was founded to be the DARPA of energy research – a place where the best and brightest could find funding for high risk, high reward ideas with the potential to revolutionize our energy system. President Trump has said this is a job for the private sector, and has proposed zeroing out the agency. Now, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences weighs in on whether ARPA-E is living up to expectations.

Does your dog know what you're feeling? Or do you just think he does? / CC0 Public Domain

How many times have you been in a conversation and found yourself trying to figure out what the other person is thinking? It’s quintessentially human, but is thinking about others’ minds uniquely human? And, if not, what can other animals teach us about this phenomenon?

Our ability to think about what’s going on inside other people’s heads is called theory of mind.

Photo by Abby Madan April 2017

In more ways than one, Mwalim sees himself reflected in blues music. Mwalim is a musician in Mashpee who has a mixed Black and Native heritage. He’s part of a growing number of people who share a curious theory of the origins of the blues—that the genre has both Black and Native musical roots. Through his music, Mwalim is on a mission to share this idea. 

Poetry Sunday: Lorna Knowles Blake

Jun 18, 2017

Lorna Knowles Blake reads her poem "Desert Island Disc."