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In The Abandoned Barn
Courtesy of Jennifer Morgan

You've heard of being snowed in. For that matter, you've probably experienced it more than once in recent months. Well, artist Jennifer Morgan got snowed out of her studio this winter. She took the opportunity to try something new, and the result is In The Abandoned Barn, a beautiful, new children's nature book.

Naomi Oreskes
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Science historian Naomi Oreskes stumbled upon what has become one of the most contentious facts of our time: the nearly unanimous consensus that humans are causing climate change. She subsequently uncovered a small group of scientists who’ve helped sew doubt about climate change, the ozone hole, even the link between smoking and lung cancer.

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There are books about cops, and books about doctors. John Grisham made his name writing about lawyers. So where are all the scientists?

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A new book provides a glimpse of what life was like for the sailors, rather than scientists, aboard an ocean-going research ship in the mid-twentieth century.

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Sea level rise and erosion have become defining features of coastal living in New England. Islands are particularly vulnerable.

Lab lit? What’s that? Not to be confused with science fiction, lab lit refers to novels with scientists as central characters.

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One hundred years ago, the last passenger pigeon, named Martha, died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. Not long before Martha died, passenger pigeons flew in packs so large over the U.S. and Canada they could block out the sun for days. Mindy Todd talks with author and naturalist Joel Greenberg about what lead to the extinction of the passenger pigeon and what it teaches us about the importance of conservation.

The Andromeda galaxy is our largest galactic neighbor, measuring 260,000 light-years across.
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We’ve long thought of our universe as all-encompassing, the only one. But modern physics suggests ours may be just one of many.

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It’s been a long winter and now our thoughts turn eagerly to spring. Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times talk about books relating to spring with Mindy Todd on The Point. Just when we really need it!

Stephen Robert Lovell Farrar and the Barnstable Historical Society

Two new picture books show a history of life in the town of Barnstable. We find images from when this region was mostly farming country; ponds, gristmills and grazing cows, and we learn about cranberry harvests and people going off to sea.

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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. On The PointMindy Todd talks with independent booksellers on the Cape and Islands about the challenges and rewards of uniting readers with good books.

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Screenwriter and Author David Schickler talks about his memoir “The Dark Path.” Growing up in a family of staunch Catholics in upstate New York, Schickler senses God along what he calls “the dark path”—a shadowy trail that winds through the woods behind his childhood home. On this path he begins his ongoing talks with God, and his quest to reconcile religion, sex, love, and family.

Nicole Galland talks with host Mindy Todd about her new novel, Godiva. Everyone knows the legend of Lady Godiva -- the woman who famously rode naked on horseback through Coventry to relieve her people from unfair taxation. But why would a lady of the court take it all off and risk everything, including husband, home, and well-being?

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With high demand for predator species like tuna and salmon, wealthy nations like the U.S. convert "reduction" species such as anchovies, mackerel, and sardines into feed for salmon and other farmed animals – even though these overlooked fish are packed with health-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids and could feed millions.

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Great summer reading picks on The Point: Mindy Todd talks BOOKS with Jill Erickson, reference librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Melanie Lauwers, books editor at the Cape Cod Times.

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