From the Ashes

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  Kevin King is an artist, and he’s been painting for a long time in his North Falmouth studio. He paints all kinds of things with different styles and techniques, but he uses an unlikely medium.

Visit Kevin King's website.

Clark Myers reads his poem, "Priester's Pond."

Dan Tritle

A busy week of news.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks about the top stories with guests Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times, Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner, Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times, and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Our country has long maintained the importance of an educated citizenry. So how do we ensure all children are getting the most of a public school education, and an opportunity to reach their full potential? 

Ali Berlow

This is one of those stories about a hometown kid who grows up, moves away to go live the world, and then, after a few years of adventures and figuring it all out, the young man returns home to his roots. "Home" in this story is New Bedford, and the kid’s name is Brandon Roderick.

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Residents in several Lower Cape towns will consider upcoming Town Meeting articles similar to the "sanctuary city" declarations in Boston and Somerville. Those declarations discourage local officials and police from enforcing federal immigration laws without a judge’s order.

As WCAI’s Kathryn Eident reports, some Cape residents think the declaration of a so-called "safe community" is vital to protecting immigrants’ rights, while others say the idea has raised more questions than answers.

From little white lies to pathological habits, we explore the tricky realms of deception, and the power of truth. Psychologist Michael Abbruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley join host Mindy Todd in The Point studio. 

And here's a link to a quiz asking you how much you really know about lies.

Mark Faherty

In last week’s report I griped about our typically cold and wet spring weather here on the Cape and Islands. I submit that it was a direct result of this griping that we then enjoyed nearly a week of atypically warm, sunny early spring weather. You’re welcome.

Albert Kok - ma photo, CC BY-SA 3.0, / goo.gl/mLWAcJ

There's a textbook version of evolution that goes something like this: random changes to an individual's DNA are inherited by its offspring. The worst changes are weeded out by natural selection, and the process goes on. Unless you're an octopus or a squid.

New research suggests that cephalopods do something different. They change their RNA. A lot. And that may help explain why they, alone amongst all invertebrates, are so intelligent.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_seal

For conservation biologists, the growing number of gray seals in New England is a success story. For some fishermen and beachgoers, it's another story altogether. Seals can steal fish, damage fishing gear, block beach access, and attract great white sharks. For all these reasons, seals have become a touchy subject in communities across the Cape and Islands - nowhere more so than on Nantucket.

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