With the median house price at $340,000 on the Cape, and significantly higher on the Islands, finding affordable housing in our region isn’t just a problem for the working poor. On The Point, we talk about different ways to create more affordable housing stock, how to help middle income families afford market rate housing, and new ideas to help the homeless. The program is in three segments: first, Affordable Housing Trusts and other funding options for middle income residents.

Mark Faherty

Last week we talked about Black Skimmers, one of the southern waterbird species that seem to be on the rise in Massachusetts, as evidenced by an all-time high count recently recorded on the Vineyard. But there’s a second bird of more southerly affinities that has been quietly on the increase in these parts – the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. 

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Migratory birds historically have been difficult for scientists to study. Where they go, how they get there and how long it takes them have been mysteries for many species including the willet, a shorebird that nests along the Atlantic Coast.

Now, new technology is allowing scientist to track the birds -- but first, they need to catch them.

J. Bernier

Willets are shorebirds that arrive each spring along the Atlantic Coast and Martha’s Vineyard. Until recently, where they go in the fall and winter has been a mystery. On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews Luanne Johnson and Liz Baldwin, biologists at BioDiveristy Works: they've been on the Vineyard fitting willet with tracking devices to find out where these the birds have been. The information will be used help better protect the species.

E2 Solar Cape Cod

Kate Wing might be the only person you’ll ever meet who smiles when she talks about her utility bill. 

“We don’t have to buy oil, we don’t have to worry about gas,” she said. “Everything in our house is electric because we have a heat pump that will heat our house and actually also cool our house, which has been helpful this summer.”

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When I pulled into Newcomb Hollow, the beach was curiously empty. There were only three cars in the parking lot, and two of those left almost immediately. The waves were low and quiet, silently tossing massive logs and bright flags of sea lettuce about in the surf.

National Park Service

The National Park Service turns one hundred on August 25. George Price, the superintendent of Cape Cod National Seashore, joins us for a conversation about our own national park.


Lyme disease has reached epidemic proportions, and Cape Cod and the Islands represent a major epicenter of the disease. Between 2010 and 2014, Chilmark and Nantucket had the highest number of cases of Lyme disease per capita of anywhere in the state. 

Roughly 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick. 

Mosquito-borne illnesses such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus are not that common on the Cape, but officials conduct regular tests to monitor their potential spread. 

The state Department of Public Health recently upgraded Falmouth's risk for West Nile Virus to "moderate" on a statewide map. Kathryn Eident talked with Gabrielle Sakolsky, of the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project, about what that means.

Fresh Sonic: Challenge of Curling

Aug 22, 2016
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Eight year-old Nicholas on curling.

Produced by Eric Drachman and Atlantic Public Media


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