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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:
December 9: Solar Power
Solar power in Massachusetts has increased 80-fold in just six years, and proponents say there’s room for even more expansion. But manufacturing solar panels has its own environmental costs, and solar isn’t right for every situation. We’ll explore the economics, politics, and environmental footprint of solar power.
Megan Amsler, executive director of Cape and Islands Self Reliance, Michael Stone, policy and regulations manager for My Generation Energy and Paul Gasek, independent writer and producer living in Brewster.
December 10: Thorton Burgess & Wampanoag Language
In the first half of the show we talk about the legacy of Thornton Burgess a Cape Cod native and one of the most prolific 20th century children’s writers. Burgess introduced many children to both books and nature. Christie Palmer Lowrance has written a new Biography of Thornton Burgess Nature’s Ambassador, the Legacy of Thornton Burgess.
Then we sit down with Jennifer Weston, the charter coordinator for the Wampanoag Language Reclamation project which is a proposed Wampanoag language Immersion charter school. The school plans to imbed Native American culture within the state curriculum standards.
December 11: Contemporary Cape Cod Artists and the Cape Cod Symphony’s version of Handel’s Messiah
In the first half of the show Deborah Forman joins us to talk about 50 contemporary Cape Cod artists profiled in her new book Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Images of Land and Sea. The theme of the book is Land and Sea, yet the style, subject matter and mediums used by these artists are surprisingly varied and give us new perspectives of the Cape. In the second half of the show Jung-Ho Pak, artistic director and conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony joins us to describe how he hopes to capture the original intimacy of Handel’s Messiah.
December 12: Independent Bookstores
It wasn’t long ago that many feared the demise of the independent bookstore. Large chain stores like Borders and Barnes and Noble were ubiquitous, and online retailers like Amazon offered discounts and a seemingly unlimited list of titles. But Independent bookstores have held on despite the competition. This morning we talk with independent booksellers on the Cape and Islands about the challenges and rewards of uniting readers with good books.
December 13: News Roundup
Editors discuss the news of the week with host Sean Corcoran.