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This week on The Point
November 24: Cranberries
Cranberries are a staple of the modern Thanksgiving table and a superfruit long known to repel infections. Not surprisingly, cranberry cultivation has changed significantly over the past two centuries. Now, the iconic fruit faces its greatest challenge from climate change. The history and future of the cranberry – plus some great recipes.
Guest: Susan Playfair, author "America's Founding Fruit: The Cranberry in a New Environment"
November 25: Bird News
Ornithologist Vernon Laux talks about the latest bird news including the return of snowy and saw whet owls.
November 26: Mystery Books
Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Author Peter Abrahams talk about some of their favorite mystery books.
Link to book list
November 27: Sonar and Marine Mammals
Human caused noise in the ocean is increasing each year and these sounds can drown out the noise that marine mammals rely on for survival. Joshua Horwitz talks about his book War of the Whales, about a mass stranding of beaked whales in the Bahamas and the legal battle that ensued to expose the Navy’s top-secret sonar program.
November 28: Trapped Under the Sea
In 1999 five commercial divers entered a nearly 10 mile long horizontal tunnel designed to discharge Boston’s treated sewage out to sea. Only 3 of the 5 divers returned. Neil Swidy discusses his book Trapped Under The Sea to discuss how very smart people often make very bad decisions and how society calculates human risk in complex and high stakes undertakings.
December 1: Alan Turing
The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch is based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing. Monday of Living Lab we look at the life of Alan Turing whose brilliant team of code-breakers were a vital resource during the darkest days of World War II.
December 2: Captured 1614
In 1614 twenty Wampanoag men were kidnapped by European explorers to be sold as slaves in Spain. Captured: 1614 depicts this event from the perspective of the Wampanoag people Executive Producer Paula Peters talks about the interactive exhibit.
Later in the hour Ramona Peters, Founder of the Native Land Conservancy, a new Native American led land conservancy based in Mashpee joins us to talk about their work protecting and preserving land on the Cape, Islands and beyond.
December 3: Ask the Manager
Your opportunity to talk about the programs you hear on WCAI. We will discuss some of the changes to our on air schedule, our efforts to increase local news coverage and what we hope to accomplish in the coming year. We hope you’ll join us with your comments and questions.
December 4: Therapeutic Writing
First we talk about the therapeutic value of writing with the leaders of two writing groups on the Cape, one for people whose lives have been touched by cancer, and the other for formerly homeless women. Later in the hour, have you ever thought your life could be a book? A literary agent joins us with tips for writing and publishing your memoir.
Natalie Mariano, a physician and leader of a writing class for women who have been touched by cancer. Nancy Jane Woodside, writing group for formerly homeless women at Eve’s House, a home in Hyannis run by Homeless not Hopeless. Sarah Jane Freymann, literary agent and co-author of Your Life is a Book: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir .
December 5: News Roundup
Area Journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.