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WCAI's award-winning public affairs program. Every Monday The Point features Living Lab with Heather Goldstone, examining the stories behind science headlines. Tuesday through Thursday, Mindy Todd hosts a lively and informative discussion on critical issues for Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Coast. Every Friday is the News Roundup, as WCAI Senior Reporter Sean Corcoran speaks with news editors and reporters from around the region.
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This week on The Point:
March 3: Message in a Bottle
In the 1950s and 60s, oceanographer Dean Bumpus released hundreds of thousands of bottles into the ocean, each containing a message asking the finder to report back to him. It was an attempt to learn more about ocean currents and interest kids in ocean science. One of Bumpus’ bottles was recently found on a Canadian beach, bringing this real life message in a bottle story back to light. We also talk with Scott Expedition leader Ben Saunders about his trek to the South Pole and back
March 4: Bird News
Spring is just around the corner and as we expect the return of the Osprey in a couple of weeks. We still have Snowy Owls hanging around sometimes in the Osprey nests. Ornithologist Vernon Laux anticipates we could see some skirmishes between the two.
March 5: Infrastructure and Philosophy
Author and Journalist Dan McNichol talks about his 11 thousand mile road trip in his 1949 Hudson to bring attention to America’s failing infrastructure. We also talk to author and philosopher Tom Cathcart about his new book “The Trolley Problem or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?”
March 6: The Music of Burt Bacharach
We look at the music of American singer-songwriter Burt Bacharach. Known for his popular hit songs and compositions from the late 1950’s through the 1990’s. We pop in on a rehearsal of What the World Needs Now: A Musical Tribute to Burt Bacharach opening this weekend at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.
March 7: News Roundup
Editors discuss the top stories of the week.