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Books and Dreams

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Our BOOKS show on The Point this month features the world of dreams. We hear about techniques to enhance dream recall, how dreams are useful in our waking lives, Native American dream lore, and how famous people such as Salvador Dali and Paul McCartney got ideas from dreams. Jill Erickson of Falmouth Public Library and author Peter Abrahams join our host Mindy Todd in the studio.

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Birds do what they want. They have no time for “the man” and his rules about where and when they should be found. I never would have predicted that this would be a year we would see our migrant songbirds back early from the tropics, but that’s what makes birding so compelling – they always keep you guessing, and I guessed wrong on this one.

Kathryn Eident

They’re hard to miss when you walk into the New Bedford Whaling Museum: four enormous whale skeletons suspended from the ceiling, nearly filling the 2-story space. There’s a humpback whale and a blue whale, but what catches most peoples’ eye is a pair of whales: a female North Atlantic Right Whale, and her calf—also a female.

Great American Music

Apr 24, 2018
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On The Point, an hour of great American music. First, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Jung Ho Pak joins us to discuss American composers whose work is considered groundbreaking. The Symphony’s American Mavericks Concert features Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass and John Adams. 

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Oyster farming has become a popular local industry—so much so, that Cape Cod may be running out of space for more, as wait lists are growing in many towns.

Robert Finch

Last week I discussed a couple of recent examples of a forced or strategic retreat from our beaches due to accelerated erosion, namely the closing of the public parking lot at Wellfleet’s Cahoon Hollow Beach, and the closing of foot access to the beach at Eastham’s Nauset Light parking lot.

SpaceX

On Wednesday, April 18th, NASA launched a science satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for the first time.  After the launch, SpaceX managed to pull off its signature move, landing the first stage of the rocket booster on a barge.

Mike Eklund / American Museum of Natural History

 

A fossil found in Kansas seventy years ago has been identified as a large cartilaginous fish, like a shark or a ray. That wouldn’t be so noteworthy if the same fossil hadn’t already been identified, twice – first as a green alga, and then as a squid or cuttlefish.

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Forty thousand years ago, a massive volcanic eruption in southern Italy devastated what today is Europe. And yet, the culture of the early humans who lived there persisted. Now, archeologists say the key was long-distance trade and social networking.

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Japanese scientists announced this past week that they had not only discovered bacteria that naturally digest the PET plastic used to make many water bottles, they had also genetically modified them to make them better at breaking down plastic. Headlines made it seem like our plastic pollution woes were over.

Brian Morris WCAI

The First Baptist Church in New Bedford is one of the city’s most important landmarks. The church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 to commemorate an event that occurred there over 150 years ago. 

Poetry Sunday: Albert Starkey

Apr 22, 2018

Albert W. Starkey reads his poem, "This Old House."

S. Junker

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week.

Cape Cod Times

It's not supposed to rain for the next few days! Celebrate with flowers, art, music and a stroll through downtown Hyannis. Here's your Weekend Outlook.

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The offshore wind company Vineyard Wind held an open forum with the public to hear concerns and questions about their proposed 800-megawatt turbine facility. The company is looking to place over a hundred turbines in federal waters about 15 miles south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. At a meeting in Hyannis, members of the public were invited to voice any issues they might have around the new project. 

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