From the Basement, Beautiful Fish

May 3, 2013
Emily Hsiao

For decades, Janet Messineo has been exploring the artistic side of taxidermy on Martha's Vineyard, skin-mounting hundreds of fish along the way. For Creative Life, Emily Hsiao reports.

Visit Janet Messineo's website here.

This piece comes from production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.

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Some say that Judy Garland was the greatest entertainer who ever lived.  Despite her professional success, she led a troubled personal life.  On The Point, American music specialist Robert Wyatt talks to Mindy Todd about Garland's life and music.

Elspeth Hay

Most people think of stinging nettles as an obnoxious—and painful—weed. But this week on the Local Food Report, Falmouth resident Fiamma Straneo takes Elspeth foraging for stinging nettles and remembers nettle recipes from her childhood in Italy. 

You can read more about nettles on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.

Spring Bird Migration

May 1, 2013
Vern Laux

Spring bird migration is at its peak.  On the Weekly Bird Report, Nantucket ornithologist Vern Laux says that singing Carolina wrens, pine warblers, and ospreys can be seen throughout the Cape and Islands.

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On The Point with Mindy Todd, singer-songwriter Kami Lyle talks about her Kami Lyle Sit-A-While show, which she describes as a cross between Austin City Limits, Prairie Home Companion and Ellen.

The name of this New Bedford fishing boat expresses what many fishermen love about their jobs, and what many feel they've lost.
Heather Goldstone / WCAI

Today marks the opening of the 2013 groundfish season. It's a year that could go down in history as the end of New England's oldest fishery - cod.

The groundfish industry is no stranger to cutbacks and hard times. The fleet has been shrinking for over a decade. But cod fishermen are facing drastic reductions in catch limits this season - a 77% reduction in Gulf of Maine quotas, and greater than 50% reduction in Georges Bank allotments. And since cod is usually caught in conjunction with other groundfish, such as haddock or pollock, the restrictions on cod catches could curtail the entire groundfish season.

Will Eastham vote for municipal water? At town meeting on May 6th, Eastham voters will be asked to approve a 114 million-dollar municipal water system. Those in favor point to the presence of nitrates from septic systems in private wells and the leaching of a possible carcinogen dioxane from the town dump into the well water of nine homes.  Opponents say there are other effective and less expensive options to ensure safe drinking water in Eastham. Mindy Todd has the story on The Point.

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The high percentage of seniors on Cape Cod can make personal indications of aging easier to ignore. On A Cape Cod Notebook, Robert Finch tallies some of the signposts of aging, including failings of the body, and encounters with professional figures younger than appears seemly. Recently, he was struck by a fresh age-related realization: the newly elected Pope might just be his last.

Audio essay posted above.

Scientists collect fish and plankton to assess the impacts of the Fukushima nuclear crisis on ocean ecosystems.
Ken Kostel / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Gulf oil spill and Fukushima nuclear crisis have faded from the headlines, but research into the environmental impacts of these disasters is still in its early stages and could continue for decades.

In the past three years we’ve seen two of the worst environmental disasters in history.

Gazelle Beetle a Tiny Stowaway and Big Problem

Apr 28, 2013
Lovenholm Skov, Biopix

How much trouble can an unassuming black beetle no bigger than your fingernail be? Plenty, as we learn in this episode of One Species at a Time. Tiny stowaways like the European Gazelle beetle are arriving on container ships and wreaking havoc with native ecosystems. Long-standing pests like the gypsy moth have been joined by new exotic species that are crowding out North American fauna. Ari Daniel Shapiro journeys to the forests of Oregon to meet the beetles.

  

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