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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.
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.