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Poetry Sunday: Al Starkey

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Al Starkey reads his poem, "What in the World."

Sing Your Truth

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Grace Morrison Hartley

Grace Morrison Hartley is a Country Singer/Songwriter born and raised in Wareham. Morrisson fell in love with music at a very early age. And although life as an independent musician can be precarious, nothing compares to being an independent artist during the pandemic. 

Dan Tritle

Barnstable High School retires its Red Raider mascot. New state travel restrictions mean longer lines at testing sites. And, in the midst of the pandemic, short-term rentals are booming —but some wonder if that’s a good thing.

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Terns, gulls, osprey... to find fish in the water, plenty of fishermen pay keen attention to the activity of birds in the air.

Barnstable High School

The Barnstable High School Red Raiders are no longer.


Facing pressure from local Native American tribes, students, and administrators, the Barnstable School Committee voted 3 - 0 to retire the Indian mascot Wednesday evening.

Most of us can name a major hurricane from the past one hundred years, but what do we know of the storms that pummeled these shores hundreds of years ago? What impact did those storms have on this place and the people of the time? We talk with Eric Jay Dolin about his latest book A Furious Sky that looks at some of the major storms of the past: from those that threatened Columbus’ New World voyages, to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Courtesy David Bergmark

This summer, David Bergmark isn’t coming to the family cottage in Truro. Like many people, he’s staying closer to home, which for him is Prince Edward Island.

But he says rentals of the cottage on Cape Cod are going strong.

“It’s been a completely different experience,” he said. “We could have rented it two or three times for each week period.”

Elspeth Hay

You know that liquid in the compost that you try to avoid? My neighbor Kris Smith is making something like it on purpose. It bubbles, and well, it’s active. It’s alive.

On The Point, we talk with Provincetown Jazz Festival Founder Bart Weisman about some of the performers at this year’s festival, and get a sampling of some of the music. 




Part of a beach combing collection

Lost and Found- Time, Time, Tide and Treasures is a new book showcasing beachcombers who are also artists. On The Point, we talk with authors Amy Heller and Gail Browne and artist Paul Bowen about some of the items they’ve found along Provincetown beaches and how the objects influence their work.



Mark Faherty

In this time of tourists, the whale watch business is in full swing. Or at least half-swing - boat capacity is reduced and masks are required, but people are flocking to the boats, nonetheless. And with good reason – the Cape offers some of the world’s best whale watching, with our close proximity to the perennial whale feeding grounds of Stellwagen Bank.

White supremacy and institutionalized racism perpetuate inequality in both obvious and in subtle ways in the United States. Making changes will take effort, but knowing where to start can be a challenge. On The Point, we talk with diversity educator Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. about his 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge, and resources to help us on the journey toward equity and justice for all. 

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The other day Kathy and I drove over to Ryder Beach Road and parked at the old railroad bed, planning to walk along it and up onto the hill that overlooks Bound Brook Marsh. Suddenly, our dog Sam went crazy in the back seat, yelling and barking, scratching at the windows. Kathy pointed and shouted, “Look – a fox!” And there it was, walking out of Cobb Farm Road and stopping for a moment, as if looking both ways before entering the empty street.

Eve Zuckoff

At the Bourne Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility, everything has its own smell. 

“You get the gas smell, old trash smell, new trash smell, recycling smell,” said Dan Barrett, general manager of the facility. “There's a lot of different smells, and if you've been around long enough, you'll know the difference.” 

Reina Del Taco: A Different Kind of Mother Goose

Aug 3, 2020
Photo by Andrea Betanzos.

Some days, Tim McNerney is just Tim; a Master's degree graduate who delivers UPS packages on Martha’s Vineyard. Other days, Tim transforms into Reina Del Taco, a drag queen as transformative as Barbie. After travels to LA, NYC and Mexico City, Tim has started to settle into a new phase of Reina del Taco’s trajectory: story time at the local library.

Cape Wildlife Center

When it comes to caring for wildlife, the Cape Wildlife Center has it covered. Speaking with Zack Mertz, the Executive Director at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable about wildlife care during the pandemic.

Poetry Sunday: Marian Roth

Aug 2, 2020

Marian Roth reads her poem, "Shelter in Place."

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Local officials are focusing a message on young adults, asking them to take the coronavirus seriously. 96-for-96: a sweeping round of testing on Cuttyhunk Island comes back all negative. And tempers are flaring about regulating short-term rentals. 

You have been hearing about gardening on The Point for years, and now you get to see the actual gardens of Mindy Todd and horticulturalist & entomologist Roberta Clark, up close and virtual!

Check out the gardens of Mindy, Roberta and also Sam Houghton and Kathryn Eident!

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King mackerel have been showing up in Cape Cod waters in numbers for the past four years, joining Spanish mackerel as a seasonal visitor that anglers target. Atlantic mackerel are a perennial local favorite of striped bass. And this year, reports of chub mackerel are coming from just a little south of us.

The number of grandparents raising grandchildren has increased over the past decade, in large part because of the opioid epidemic. Schools and nonprofits have stepped up to help with supports to children and grandparents, but that all changed with the coronavirus. On The Point, we discuss challenges created by the pandemic, how some grandparents are coping, and what supports are currently available. 

John Kempf

John Kempf is a longtime farmer in Ohio. He grew up on a conventional fruit and vegetable farm. His dad was a pesticide distributor and he became a licensed pesticide applicator at age sixteen. But in the early 2000s, no matter what they sprayed, they started losing more than two thirds of their crop every year. I caught up with John in his outdoor home office in the farm field.

Liz Lerner

Clusters of COVID-19 infections tied to parties on Cape Cod are raising concerns that the true number of local cases could be higher than people realize.


The concerns come because test results for non-residents staying here for the summer may not initially be reported as Massachusetts cases.


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More than 300 acres of land on Cuttyhunk Island, nearly half its total acreage, will be protected against future development and preserved as publicly accessible conservation land. 

After two years of land-buying, the town of Gosnold and the Buzzards Bay Coalition have finished acquiring almost all the undeveloped land on the island north of Martha’s Vineyard, much of which had been placed on the market for potential development. 

On The Point's monthly Books Show, we continue with part two of the topic "books set on the Cape and Islands."  Our guests are Naturalist Dennis Minsky, and Reference Librarian Jill Erickson from the Falmouth Public Library. Our host is Mindy Todd. Listeners join in to comment and add their favorites to the list. 

Meanwhile, click here for a list of books we talked about on the show.