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How do you study the diet and eating habits of seals? As they hunt in the open water, it’s almost impossible to see what they’re putting into their mouths. 

But there is another way.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion about the top local news stories of the week with area journalists. Joining Sean this week are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Ryan Bray of the Falmouth Enterprise; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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We’ve had a relatively mild winter, but there are still a few events this weekend geared toward ignoring the cold weather.

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In 2007 the ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico, was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. A popular tourist destination, this archaeological site once belonged to Edward Herbert Thompson (1857-1935) of West Falmouth, Massachusetts!  Evan Albright has written a book, part biography, which investigates how Thompson, an archaeologist who had owned and explored Chichen Itza for nearly half a century, made one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in North America. Mr.

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They are hairy on the outside. Blood spills out when you open them. On The Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay investigates the often off-putting blood clam. And she discovers them - once you get past the blood and the visceral appearance - hearty and delicious.

 

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For my first edition of the Bird Report that's exclusively about birds, I figured I needed a slam dunk. A topic no one could argue with. So that's why I've gone with that species that defines “majestic”: the Bald Eagle.

One day last fall I led a group of students from Pennsylvania State University on a walk through the Provincelands. The students were members of Bob Burkholder’s class on Cape Cod Literature, and each year he brings the class here for a week-long stay at the Wellfleet Bay Audubon Sanctuary.

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Composer, pianist, and band leader Duke Ellington was working on what many considered an opera, Queenie Pie, when he died in 1974.  Ellington scholars say the work was to have affectionately parodied and honored opera, as it affectionately parodied and honored Harlem culture.  Reporter Priska Neely has the story.

The Harlem Renaissance is known as the most influential movement in African American literary and creative arts history. From 1918 through the late 1930’s Harlem was a cultural center, drawing black writers, artists, musicians, poets, photographers, and scholars. Many had come from the South to find a place where they could freely express their talents.

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Livestock farmers on the South Coast will break ground on a new slaughterhouse in Westport in the coming weeks. The USDA-approved 10-thousand-square foot facility will be able to process cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and other livestock when it tentatively comes online later this year.   

The Southeastern Massachusetts Livestock Association is spearheading the $5 million project. Kathryn Eident spoke with association president Andy Burns to learn more.

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