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Islanders Play a Different Game of Rings at the Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs

This season marks the 140th for the Flying Horses, the oldest operating carousel in the country, and a major attraction in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard. The carousel has a special feature that has mesmerized generations of riders: a ring-dispensing arm. As riders go around, they reach out their hands in the hope of catching the legendary "brass ring" and thereby winning a free ride.
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Unlike a number of my friends who grew up here or in similar rural settings, I have no familial history in nature, and that may be one reason that I was hit so hard when I first encountered the beauty of Cape Cod some 53 years ago. My personal roots are urban.

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We like to think we’re in charge of our health, but it increasingly looks like the ones really running the show are the microbes in, on, and around us -  and not just the ones that cause diseases. Bacteria and other microbes on our skin and in our intestines far outnumber our actual human cells, and are responsible for a large fraction of what our bodies do - from digestion to mental health.

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Emotions were high in Provincetown this morning after news broke of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriages.

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Catching a fish, only to return it alive to the water, may seem counter-intuitive. Especially if it's a trophy-size striper. But it's happening more often than you might expect, and becoming increasingly popular.

- Dan Tritle

The first full week of summer brings a variety of local news to Cape Cod, the South Coast, and the Islands.  WCAI's Brian Morris hosts the weekly news roundup.  Guests include: George Brennan from the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle; Josh Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Jim DeArruda from the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Nelson Sigelman from the Martha's Vineyard Times.

J. Junker

On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews four writers about their recent work. Travel writer Perry Garfinkel talks about the connection between creativity and international travel. Tom Dunlop talks about editing Reflections on Martha’s Vineyard: From William A.

Elspeth Hay

It’s obvious that lettuce comes in all sorts of different varieties. Most people know the difference between Romaine and Boston Bibb. But strawberries? In grocery stores, they pretty much all seem the same. That’s not true, though, on local farms. I spoke with local growers to get an idea of the differences and what they really like.

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More solar outbursts on Monday have created the conditions for the Northern Lights to again be visible (maybe!) across the Cape and Islands tonight.

Earlier this week, on Monday night, the Northern Lights were visible from our shores.

Dr. Michael West, astronomer with the Maria Mitchell Observatory on Nantucket, explains what causes the Northern Lights, and has some tips for the getting the best views, in his conversation with Steve Junker on All Things Considered.

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Voters in New Bedford have resoundingly approved a casino referendum, with 8,355 voters in favor of the project, and 3,040 against. The comfortable margin of 73 percent suggested that most voters agree that a casino could bring many new jobs, as well as a boost to the city’s image. 

Plenty of books for your summer reading: Mindy Todd hosts Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Vicky Titcomb from Titcomb’s Bookshop on The Point to talk about their top picks.

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