WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include: Cindy McCormick of the Cape Cod Times, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner, George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today.

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There are lots of opportunities to be inspired this weekend: a concert that helps others, the opportunity to try out an Olympic sport, an exhibit with both poetry and art, and theatre that's produced really, really quickly. Here's your Weekend Outlook. 

Opioid addiction and overdose are national public health emergencies that touch people from every walk of life. On the point, we discuss the diverse and evolving array of drugs that are now driving the addiction crisis, and some of the next steps we must take to prevent more people from becoming addicted and dying.

We talk about what contributed to the start of the epidemic, and if changes to opioid prescribing guidelines have had an impact.

Ali Berlow

Households in America account for 27 million tons of food waste a year. That's at an annual cost between $1,500 - $2,500 for an average family of four. Another one million tons a year of organic waste, like food scraps, also ends up in landfills.

According to WCAI’s science editor, Heather Goldstone, food waste is the single largest component of our trash and a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Like methane.

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Each year students from all across the Cape convene to identify human rights injustices. Students then return to their communities to develop and implement ways to address the injustice. On The Point, we talk with students about their experiences in the Academy and some of the projects and events they’ve organized in response to human rights injustice here and around the world. 

Valentine Greetings from Tisbury School Students

Feb 14, 2018

Third graders at the Tisbury School on Martha's Vineyard wrote Valentine's Day poems, which they recorded in the school library with WCAI producer Dan Tritle.  Special thanks going out to Whitney Burke, Kathryn Harcourt, Anne Williamson, Mollee Lewis, Nicole Shirley, Maria Metters, Amy Custer, and Natalie Krauthamer.

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So, it’s Valentine’s Day. Do you have a plan? Hopefully by now you have secured reservations at the finest bistro and obtained the heart-meltingest card money can buy. If not, you may need some help.

Birds of February

Feb 13, 2018
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Red-winged blackbirds are already singing their courtship calls in marshes on Cape Cod and on the islands. Their song (kon-kareeee!) reminds us that spring is getting nearer! On The Point, we hear the latest highlights from the world of birds, including facts about bird love, for Valentine's Day. Mark Faherty, Ornithologist and Science Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, joins Mindy Todd in the studio.

Roads on My Mind

Feb 13, 2018
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For the past several days I’ve been mapping a small area of woods in the southern part of our town known informally as “The Maze.” The area is about a half square mile in extent, or something over 300 acres. 

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Forensics laboratories have featured in hit TV shows and attained a level of mainstream familiarity and fame that few other sciences can claim. But a new investigation, which appears as the cover story of the February 26 edition of The Nation, finds that much of forensics may not be scientific at all.

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