Massachusetts shellfish growers and oyster aficionados have suffered a string of unusual closures in recent weeks. Large swaths of New England waters have been closed to shellfishing because of a harmful algal bloom that could cause amnesic shellfish poisoning, while officials closed Wellfleet Harbor after an outbreak of the stomach bug, norovirus. While the two events are unrelated, they have one thing in common – the closures are likely to last weeks.

In the case of Wellfleet Harbor, the minimum required closure for norovirus is twenty one days.

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On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with the candidates of the 3rd Barnstable State Representative seat. Matt Patrick, Democrat, and David Vieira, Republican, discuss water quality, the drug abuse issue, affordable housing, ferry traffic, and other topics important in our region.  


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The elderberry has long been used in the kitchen as well as in the medicine cabinet. Dried elderberries give all year round in taste; the many things you can cook them with and for their health benefits. Ali Berlow speaks with Holly Bellebuono, an herbalist, educator and author, living in West Tisbury.

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Many Halloween attractions launch this weekend, but it's not all spooky stuff. Here's your rundown of events to look out for this weekend.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate tonight at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.


On The Point, Mindy Todd sits down with psychologist Michael Abbruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley to talk about the psychology of persuasion. They discuss our exposure to persuasive messages in the media, and the various ways marketers and politicians manipulate our perception of reality. 


This week, the manatee originally spotted in waters of Cape Cod was placed aboard a Coast Guard plane bound for Sea World in Orlando, Florida. Officials there will continue to care for the animal, and will eventually release it back to its natural habitat.

Shortly after the plane took off, Morning Edition’s Brian Morris spoke with Kristin Patchett, Stranding Coordinator with IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

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Already one of the great seabird watching locations in the world, Cape Cod recently produced yet another staggering record. Following last weekend’s storm, a Yellow-nosed Albatross was spotted doing what albatrosses do, casually gliding around in the wicked winds off First Encounter Beach in Eastham.


On The Point, we talk about Personal Finance. Whether you're playing catch up on retirement savings or working to eliminate debt, it pays to be financially savvy. Mindy Todd interviews Pam Kruger, co-host of PBS’s MoneyTrack; and Jason Lily, a certified financial analyst, and managing partner of ARQ Wealth Advisors. They talk about tips and advice to make the most of your money.

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The other day I drove down to the Nauset Light Beach parking lot in North Eastham for the first time since Labor Day. Somehow, in its off-season emptiness, I was struck even more than usual at how extensive and labyrinthine a maze the entrance to this beach has become over time.


Local Election Debate Calendar

2016 Local Election Debates on WCAI

WCAI features discussions with the candidates running for election this fall. Join us for The Point with Mindy Todd to hear in-depth discussions of the topics and issues in each local race, and join in the conversation with your questions.
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