For Father's Day: Holding on to Memory

Jun 15, 2018
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When I was a little girl I used to lie in front of the kitchen door at five o’clock every afternoon and wait for my father to come home from the shipyard.  Every day, he’d open the door, pretend not to see me and step gently on my stomach before I’d squirm away in laughter, so proud of myself for fooling him again.  Then he’d pick me up in the air and tickle my belly with his bald head until I begged him to let me down.  I remember the faint smell of engine grease on his clothes, the roughness of his hands and the wrinkles on his forehead.   

A conversation from Twenty Summers in Provincetown:  Award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers and longtime foreign correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran talk about the intersection of politics, journalism, and art.

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The weather looks fantastic and there's lots going on this Father's Day Weekend. Here's your Weekend Outlook.  

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In the heart of downtown Hyannis, Hy West Elementary School faces a unique set of socioeconomic challenges. Compared to student population averages at school districts and statewide, Hyannis West has a disproportionate number of low-income students: 57 percent of the school’s student body is considered economically disadvantaged, almost double the average statewide. But in addition to that, School Garden Coordinator Sue LaVallee says there’s a wide array of other challenges.

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Massachusetts has chosen energy company Vineyard Wind to build the state’s first offshore wind farm. Now, the company has broken ground for the first time, as it begins testing soil samples at a potential onshore site in Centerville.

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Fred Rogers was the host of the children’s program Mr. Rogers Neighborhood for over 30 years. His message of kindness, love, empathy and wonder were presented in slow and contemplative style. We discuss his impact on generations of children and why it still resonates with us today.

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The daughter of a diplomat, Grace Kennan Warnecke lived in seven countries and spoke five languages before the age of 11.  She married into a newspaper dynasty but eventually found her way out of the shadow of others to forge a dynamic career of her own. She chairs The Board of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and is a fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Grace Kennan Warnecke’s recently published memoir is Daughter of the Cold War.

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Earlier this year, China revamped its policies on how much contamination it would accept from recycling imports, and the changes are already starting to affect the recycling chain here in the U.S.

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Just offshore of Chatham there lies a seasonal village you may not be aware of. The residents arrive promptly and noisily each May, then leave for their winter homes again around October. During their stay, they create chaos, noise, and traffic - well, air traffic at least – in pursuit of beach space and local seafood. And summer wouldn’t be the same without them. Surprise! I’m actually talking about birds. What are the odds?

If you go into the backyard after dusk this time of year, you may get treated to the greenish yellow flashes of the firefly. But what do the flashes mean?

"We are looking at the silent love songs of male fireflies," explained Sara Lewis, Professor of Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology at Tufts University

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Summer is nearly here and it's time to pack your beach reading. We're getting a little help from Jenny Rohn, a cell biologist at University College London, founder of the science advocacy group Science is Vital, editor of, and a novelist in her own right.

Here is her selection of fun summer novels in which scientists are the main characters.

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It’s 5:30 in the afternoon at Newcomb Hollow Beach, and I am sitting on the sand directly in front of the parking lot so as to catch the last fifteen minutes of sun on the beach. The surf is regular and moderate, but only one paddle-boarder pushes leisurely out onto the surface of the sea between swells, stands up on his board, and then, as my granddaughter Coco puts it, he begins to “sweep the ocean.” 

Walk into a wine shop today and you’ll likely find hundreds of brands and vintages, but most of them will be made from a handful of grape varieties grown in a handful of wine-making hot spots, like France, Italy, California, and Australia. 

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