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World's Largest Collection of Whale Sounds Now Available to Public

No one has hunted whales in American waters for decades, but scientists continue to chase them in pursuit of data and understanding. Now, the New Bedford Whaling Museum is adding this distinctly modern chapter to their repertoire with the world's most comprehensive collection of whale sounds. Dr. William Watkins' story is was an anthropologist by training. Born and raised in Africa, he spoke some thirty African languages, plus French and English. But he had a knack for electronics, and found...
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The North Atlantic Right Whale is typically one of the first returning migrants we see in the waters surrounding the Cape and Islands, often as early as January. But this year, the right whales have been slow to return.

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One evening a little before seven o’clock I pulled into the vast empty parking lot at Marconi Beach in South Wellfleet. I had just come from Russ’s Marconi Beach Restaurant, a place I like to go two or three times a year for ribs. I always enjoy Russ’s Shakespearian innkeeper banter, the way he seems to know every customer personally, his hearty and infectious good humor that seems to rub off on everyone there. I had ordered my usual: the half-slab barbecued ribs dinner with coleslaw, baked beans, and smashed potatoes with gravy.

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Chickens are fun, and Melissa Caughey, author of the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest, provides all the information kids need to enjoy raising healthy chickens in her new book A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. Caughey advises on what kind of housing, food, equipment, and care that chickens will need to thrive.

Suzan Bellincampi, director of Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and author of the new book titled Martha’s Vineyard, A Field Guide to Island Nature, sits down with Mindy Todd on The Point. Her book takes you on the favorite Island trails, and provides tips about what you can see along the way.

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Recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth, and benefit kids’ cognitive, emotional, and social development. The average North American child spends about seven hours a day looking at screens, and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, a dramatic transformation within the past generation.

In the Unlikeliest of Places

Mar 30, 2015
Mary Decker

Cape Cod was once home to a thriving punk scene. But, in recent years younger generations have fled to greener pastures for more affordable lifestyles and other young people. There is however one relic from the Cape’s punk heyday.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include Sean Driscoll, a reporter at The Cape Cod Times; Cape Cod Chronicle Editor Tim Wood; Sally Rose, editor of the Provincetown Banner; Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; and New Bedford Standard-Times Editorial Page Editor Jim DeArruda.

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The film "Race to Nowhere" is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children's lives.

Ralph Alswang

Selective breeding is not a new thing in the food world; humans have been selecting for desirable traits in plants and animals for thousands of years. But it is getting more sophisticated. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a Wellfleet oysterman who's growing oysters with three sets of chromosomes instead of the normal two. 

You can read more about "triploid" oysters on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore, and ask questions in the comments section below.

From magnificent trees to opulent oceans, join us for a nature tour with diarists, photographers, novelists, poets, painters, and essayists. Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Library, and Field Biologist Dennis Minsky discuss books on nature. Mindy Todd hosts.

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