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Four Decades to Nail Down Contagious Clam Cancer

Contagious cancer is rare, thankfully. Until recently, there were only three documented examples, none of them in humans (again, thankfully) - a facial tumor in Tasmanian devils, a sexually transmitted cancer in dogs, and a hamster cancer. Earlier this year, researchers added one more to the list: a contagious leukemia that affects soft-shelled clams (a.k.a. steamers). It was an announcement born of four decades of research. The disease, which fills the blood with "cannonballs" of cancer...
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Great fish but not good eating...

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Captain Mike Orbe sells more oversized fish each year than many fisherman will catch in a lifetime. But his fish won't be winding up on the dinner table. Mike’s fish are wooden carvings, ranging between two and eight feet long. His most popular carving? The white sperm whale. 

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If you walk down by the water right now along almost any dock or jetty, it's likely you’ll see schools of tiny fish swimming around. Seems like they’re everywhere this time of year. As a category, they're called baitfish, and they have a big impact on our late-summer fishing.


WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion about the top local news stories of the week. Joining him this week are George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Jim DeArruda at the New Bedford Standard-Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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White Nose Syndrome is a disease responsible for unprecedented mortality in hibernating bats. Martha’s Vineyard may be one of a few places in the Northeast where White Nose Syndrome hasn't infected bats or the places they hibernate.

A lively discussion of favorite books set on the Cape and Islands.  Jill Erikson of Falmouth Public Library and Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb's Books join Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about their top picks.

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Marmelada, if you've never had it, is nothing like marmalade. It is made of quince, not oranges, and although it is a kind of fruit preserve, it is much more firm than the citrus stuff. It's so hard that the Portuguese eat it in slices, alongside a piece of banana maybe or plain or with a hunk of cheese.

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A dedicated pelagic birding trip that left Hyannis on August 22 and returned on the evening of August 23 with about 60 birders aboard saw and photographed so many unusual birds that it raised the bar, so to speak, for future expeditions. There had never been a trip even close to this, and to say it was beyond all expectations would still be a very large understatement.

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Dr. Paul Foxman joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about anxiety in children: how, when and why it develops.  He describes what parents can do to reduce stress. Anxiety in children diminishes their intellectual, emotional and social development as well as their physical health. Children today are exposed to family and school stress, violence in society and media overload.  Dr.


Brewster resident and author Dwight Ritter discusses Growin’ Up White, his fictional account of a white boy coming of age in a racially divided town. Mindy Todd hosts on The Point.


On The Point, an interview with Steve Cadwell about his one man show Wild and Precious, which celebrates gay liberation over the past three decades.  Dr. Cadwell is a senior Boston psychotherapist who brings themes of gender, sexuality, and shame to the stage through poetry, story, costume, song, photos, and dance.