For this next story, we go all the way back to 1967. Israel had just defeated its Arab neighbors in the Six-Day War and captured land from Jordan, Egypt and Syria. Few people realized it at the time, but this short-lived war put the young state of Israel on an entirely new trajectory. Some see the war’s outcome as a historic triumph and almost messianic return of the Jews to their ancestral lands. Others view it as the start of an oppressive occupation, political fragmentation and a downward spiral. Either way, it almost ended very differently.

Yousef Bashir is a Palestinian, born and raised in Gaza on his family’s farm. He’s devoted his life to building respect, dignity and humanity between Israelis and Palestinians, which may not sound all that remarkable, until you hear his story. We talk with him about his book “The Words of My Father.”


Michael Holt’s rosehip obsession started with an apricot mousse. When he had it for the first time it quickly became one of his favorite desserts.

J. Junker

On The Point, we discuss childhood trauma and how it impacts a person's mental and physical health throughout their lives.

A research study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and the American health maintenance organization Kaiser Permanente demonstrated an association of adverse childhood experiences (childhood trauma or ACEs) with health and social problems across the lifespan.

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As you might expect, I religiously check the eBird rare bird alerts for the three Cape and Islands counties – Barnstable, Nantucket, and Dukes. This week, the Nantucket alert was blowing up with rare seabirds from faraway lands.
Katalyst Koncepts

Justin Risk has an important announcement for people in all walks of life. 

Gardens in August

Aug 20, 2019
J. Junker

The fruits of our garden work abound in August (as well as pests and diseases)! Roberta Clark, horticulturist and entomologist, joins our host Mindy Todd on The Point to discuss the highlights of the season, and lots of gardening tips. We hear from callers from around the region with questions and comments. 

A Pathway Less Traveled

Aug 20, 2019
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Who is not a fan of nature trails?  They provide an opportunity to connect with the natural world, to see, hear, smell and touch the glories of nature, and be surrounded by them.  Thoreau famously said, “In wildness is the preservation of mankind.” 

NASA/Kathryn Hansen

There’s record low Arctic sea ice. There’s record melting of Greenland’s glaciers. There’s unprecedented permafrost melting. And more than a million acres has been burned by wildfires in Alaska.

Each of these stories has garnered headlines this summer, but they have tended to be presented as separate events. In actuality, they are all part of the broader phenomenon of extreme Arctic warming, and they are intimately linked to each other.

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) near Tucson, Arizona.
Courtesy DESI

It’s time for our monthly tour of science headlines from our friends at the Journal Nature and the Nature podcast. 


The Forgetting

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