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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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Unfortunately tragedy is part of life; from earthquakes and terrorist attacks to sickness and injury, humans have dealt with tragedy throughout the ages. Some handle it better than others, and some don’t just survive; they seem to grow in ways not previously imagined before the tragedy. Seeking to understand why, David Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz interviewed over 100 survivors of tragedies as well as psychologists and psychiatrists.

Elspeth Hay

Helen Miranda Wilson grows five kinds of mint and each one has a story. The first comes from her mother’s close friend Nina Chavchavadze, who moved a piece of the plant from her garden in South Wellfleet to Helen’s family property in 1946.

Heritage Museums and Gardens

The Wyeth family is sometimes referred to as the First Family of American Art.  Andrew, his father NC, and his son Jamie- three generations of painters.  Heritage Museums and Gardens has brought them together in a summer long exhibit titled The Wyeths: America Reflected.  Wanda Corn, the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University, joins WCAI's Mindy Todd to discuss the Wyeth family and some of the pieces in

Dinah Rothenberg

This summer we have installed a “radio box” in an old phone booth in a coffee shop in Woods Hole. People answer questions or just tell us what’s on their mind. 

The RadioBox is a project of Dinah Rothenberg, the summer intern here at Atlantic Public Media.

Here's the first sample - give it a listen.

In Woods Hole? Come by Coffee O to contribute to the RadioBox.


Vern Laux

With Independence Day falling on Saturday this coming weekend, the exodus to the beaches from the cities and suburbs begins in earnest. It's a perfect start to the summer season and - surprisingly - the beginning of the southward migration of birds. While land birds are finishing up the breeding season on the Cape and Islands or attempting a second brood, the spectacularly fit waders, sandpipers and plovers, are already taking flight on another leg of their staggering annual migration.


The pickup trucks parked at the Brewster Sportsman’s Club have unusually large radio antennas on them. Set up in the field just beyond the trucks are some even larger antennas, big enough to broadcast all over the world.

Ken Gloss, Owner of the Brattle Book Shop and frequent guest appraiser on Antiques Roadshow talks about antiquarian books. Maps and documents too! Mindy Todd hosts on The Point.

Filmmaker Jay Craven talks about his latest film Peter and John. Set in 1872 Nantucket, after the demise of the whaling industry, before the rise of tourism, and in the wake of the still-reverberating Civil War, the film is based on a screenplay Craven adapted from Guy de Maupassant's 19th century seaside novel. Mindy Todd hosts this interview on The Point.   

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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.