Heather Goldstone

Science Editor and Host of Living Lab

Heather Goldstone is science editor at WCAI and host of Living Lab on The Point, a weekly show exploring how science gets done and makes its way into our daily lives. Goldstone holds a Ph.D. in ocean science from M.I.T. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and spent a decade as researcher before leaving the lab to pursue journalism. She has reported extensively on Woods Hole’s unique scientific community and key environmental issues on Cape Cod. Her stories have appeared in outlets ranging from Cape Cod Times and Commercial Fishery News to NPR and PBS News Hour. Most recently, Goldstone hosted Climatide.org, an NPR-sponsored blog exploring present-day impacts of climate change on coastal life.

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The National Park Service turns one hundred on August 25. George Price, the superintendent of Cape Cod National Seashore, joins us for a conversation about our own national park.


Lyme disease has reached epidemic proportions, and Cape Cod and the Islands represent a major epicenter of the disease. Between 2010 and 2014, Chilmark and Nantucket had the highest number of cases of Lyme disease per capita of anywhere in the state. 

Roughly 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick. 

Daniel Colon-Ramos is associate professor of cell biology and neuroscience at Yale University.
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Daniel Colón-Ramos got the email just a few hours before he was due to lecture before a class of minority students in neuroscience at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), in Woods Hole. A teaching assistant had been expelled after threatening to burn a cross in front of an African-American student’s home. It’s an incident that might seem shocking to many, but to Colón-Ramos, it was the response that stood out.


Lighting has changed a lot since 1850. New Bedford has been in the thick of things, every step of the way. It began with the moniker “the city that lit the world,” earned with its leading role in the whaling industry. Later, the Whaling City became a hub of electrical manufacturing. Today, New Bedford boasts more solar power per capita than any other city in the continental United States. Still, the city is struggling to move beyond the legacy of pollution and economic challenges left bygone industries.

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Steve Curwood has spent twenty five years reporting on environmental issues. Before that, he was an investigative journalist with a focus on human rights and social justice. Turns out, those issues aren’t as disparate as they may seem.

As a young, African-American man, the son of a single mother, and a Quaker, the issues on Curwood’s mind were civil rights, poverty, women’s rights, and the war in Vietnam.

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Growing up, Sarah Zielinski wanted to be a marine biologist. Six weeks at sea – and miserably sea-sick – as an undergraduate in Sea Education Association's  SEA Semester program made her think otherwise. After college, she got a job at the National Science Foundation and learned another important lesson: there are a lot of things you can do with a science degree. She found her niche in science writing.

Science historian Naomi Oreskes
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Last week, at the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton declared “I believe in science!” In contrast, Donald Trump has called climate science a "hoax." He's far from alone; a deep distrust of science seems to be spreading, particularly within the Republican party. While we expect politicians to disagree on how best to address the issues we face, it now seems that science, itself, has become a wedge issue.

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There aren’t too many good-news stories about the state of rivers in the Pacific Northwest, but a new film tells just such a story. The Memory of Fish, produced by Jennifer Galvin of reelblue LLC, chronicles the life of Dick Goin, who worked for decades to bring down two dams that were slowly squeezing the life out of Elwha River. We watch as he finally succeeds in his lifelong work.

Goin was born in Iowa in 1931 and his family fled the Depression-era Dust Bowl for the lush banks of the Elwha when he was a boy.


Madagascar is the hottest of biodiversity hot spots. The island is home to approximately five percent of all the species on earth. Four out of five of them are found nowhere else, including dozens of species of tenrecs and lemurs that have evolved over tens of millions of years.

Evolutionary biologist Nicole King
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Stories about our origins exert a powerful draw. Who doesn’t want to know where he or she has come from? Who and what came before? For evolutionary biologist Nicole King, of UC Berkeley, those questions just go back a bit further than for most of us.