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With A Bright Orange Bill, American Oystercatchers Reward Close Observation

For the past few years I have been lucky enough to work with one of my favorite birds, the American Oystercatcher. Many of you most likely have seen one of these birds on a beach, or in a marsh, here on the Cape, the Islands, or on the South Coast. These black-and-white birds sport a bright orange carrot-like bill. Often you will hear one of their raucous calls even before you see it! I belong to the American Oystercatcher Working Group which is a coalition of folks from Texas, along the Gulf...
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When I arrived at Le Count Hollow, the slope had been cut several feet up from the bottom by recent storm waves. It was an hour past high tide, and the waves, all foam and milk for several hundred yards out, had the hollow, grinding roar of a receding storm surf.

Along the upper beach there was a nearly continuous ribbon, or river, of rockweed and kelp, from a few feet to several yards wide. Rockweed, as its name implies, grows on submerged rocks. Where does so much rockweed grow off our sandy shore? Where was it all ripped from?

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Bryson Alexander is a Contemporary Classical music composer.  He’s composed nearly 40 pieces of music…and all by the age of 16 - without knowing how to read or write music.  For our Creative Life Series, Mary Quintas brings us his story from North Truro.

Bryson is also a self-taught accordion player and composer.  You might find him busking in Provincetown, or playing with the band Johnny and the Washashores.


Arlen Roth, guitarist extraordinaire and longtime part-time resident of Martha's Vineyard, came by the WCAI studios to talk about his new album, "Slide Guitar Summit." It features nine guest virtuoso slide guitarists, including David Lindley, Sonny Landreth, Cindy Cashdollar, and the last recorded session of the legendary Johnny Winter.


Turn to the person on your left, shake hands, and offer warm congratulations - we've made it to May. Now let the springtime celebration continue! Brewster shows off this weekend with its annual celebration of daffodils and all things spring: it's Brewster in Bloom.

The Cape Cod Festival of Arab & Middle Eastern Cinema is extending itself this year, both in the number of towns in which it takes place, and the number of films it offers.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include Patrick Cassidy, news editor at The Cape Cod Times; New Bedford Standard-Times Editorial Page Editor Jim DeArruda; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.


Reverberations from the earthquake in Nepal are being felt across the world. From Nantucket, Justine Paradise tells us how the island’s Nepalese community is responding to the disaster.

We note the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War by hearing some of the music from that era with pianist Jacqueline Schwab from Chatham, and John Yankee of the Falmouth Chorale.  Sean Corcoran hosts.

For a long time, skate has been considered trash fish. But with local groundfish like haddock and cod increasingly off the menu, home cooks and local chefs are turning more and more to this tasty shark relative. 

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April in Paris is our theme for this month's book discussion. Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Vicky Titcomb, Manager of Titcomb’s Bookshop, talk books with a Paris connection.  Sean Corcoran hosts.