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Combing Beaches and Dictionaries for a Word with Multiple Histories

The nomenclature of the beach is a rich and sometimes confusing one. Take, for instance, the word “comber” – C-O-M-B-E-R. It can be applied to both “a breaking wave,” as in “the foam-flecked combers raced toward the shore,” and to one who scours the beach for found treasure, as in “beachcomber.” Both uses refer to something that is found on the beach, and so one would think the linguistic connection between the two words would be obvious. But, in fact, it’s not. Bear with me, then, while I...
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Twice a year beginning radio producers come together in Woods Hole for an eight-week intensive training. By the end each student has produced a radio ready piece about the people, places and stories of our region. Transom Story Workshop lead instructor Rob Rosenthal joins us to discuss teaching “radio” and shares some of the students radio pieces.  

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Baby birds require from their parents near-constant feeding. But cleaning up after them isn't so hard. Most land birds have developed a technique for ridding waste that make diapers look antiquated. Bird nestlings magically dispose of their excrement in little fecal sacks. The waste is packaged in a little white balloon for disposal, which the adults efficiently remove.

J. Junker

As we age the risk of falling increases. While physical decline is a factor, scientists have found links between cognitive function, balance and falls. Dr. Brad Manor joins Mindy Todd on The Point to discuss his research into cognition and mobility, ways to improve balance, and why cognitive fitness and training may become just as important as physical fitness as we age.

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The nomenclature of the beach is a rich and sometimes confusing one. Take, for instance, the word “comber” – C-O-M-B-E-R. It can be applied to both “a breaking wave,” as in “the foam-flecked combers raced toward the shore,” and to one who scours the beach for found treasure, as in “beachcomber.” Both uses refer to something that is found on the beach, and so one would think the linguistic connection between the two words would be obvious. But, in fact, it’s not. Bear with me, then, while I do a little etymological sleuthing.

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Nancy Ellen Abrams' search for God has been driven by personal need, and guided by our most advanced scientific understanding of our universe. In her new book, A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet, Abrams reveals her theory of a God that arises from humanity's aspirations.

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The relocation of the iconic Gay Head Lighthouse moved ahead much faster and more smoothly than anyone expected. Although much more work remains to be done at the site, the hard part – moving the 400-ton brick structure to its new location – is now complete. And a number of people were on hand to witness the event.

By Saturday morning, the lighthouse already was within a few yards of its new home – a cement foundation 134 feet from its previous location, where it sat dangerously close to the edge of a cliff. Rick Pomroy is Project Manager for the move.  

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion of the week's top local news stories.  Guests are WCAI's Brian Morris, Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times, Tim Wood with the Cape Cod Chronicle, Andy Tomolonis at the New Bedford Standard-Times, Sally Rose at the Provincetown Banner, Josh Balling at the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, and Nelson Sigelman with the Martha's Vineyard Times.

 

At Jenni Bick Bookbinding in Vineyard Haven, Juliette Bittner and Lauren Clark are sewing books together, punching holes through the leather covers and sticking pages in. The papers are all different colors and textures. Some are lined, others are printed.

"They have a variance of pages that you can write on and draw on and glue things into," said Bittner, who has worked here since she moved to the island five years ago.

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So what's an eager spring fisherman to do?

Those busy southwest winds kept up most of this past week. For recreational anglers edgy to get out on the water searching for newly arrived striped bass, it has been a bit of a torment. Those 20mph+ gusts can take a lot of the fun out of small craft and kayak fishing. It's not so easy to cast and reel when you're being pitched from gunwale to gunwale, never mind trying to hold your boat's position up close to those big rocks.

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Almost two weeks ahead of schedule, the Gay Head Lighthouse began its ultra-slow-motion journey to a new location 134 feet from its former site --  and well back from the eroding cliff-side. Amid the din of heavy construction equipment – and a news helicopter and drone overhead – spectators watched as the first stages of the three-day move unfolded. 

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