WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include:  Cindy McCormick of the Cape Cod Times, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner, and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

The Trump administration recently announced it was canceling Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for some 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador. The program has allowed those people to live and work legally in the US.

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on The Point we discuss the civil rights movement on Cape Cod, and the life and legacy of Cape Cod’s Civil rights icon Eugenia Fortes.

Last year the Cultural Center of Cape Cod hosted a series of monthly Sober Nights, and this year will collaborate with other arts organizations on the Cape to expand the geographic reach of the programs.

In light of the opioid addiction epidemic, discussions about substance abuse tend to focus on this growing public health crisis. It’s justified, given the dramatic rise in the numbers of people becoming addicted and dying from opioids. But when research shows that alcohol is responsible for 71 percent of substance use related deaths in Barnstable County, it's clear that we mustn’t lose sight of the devastating impacts of alcohol dependence and abuse. On The Point, we take a closer look at alcohol abuse in our region and the efforts of the newly formed Cape Cod Alcohol Coalition, created to better educate the public about the potential risks of alcohol use.

Birds and Deep Freezes

Jan 10, 2018
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The Truro Christmas Bird Count was held on a frigid January 2, when more than 30 hardy birders braved subzero wind chills to find even hardier birds among the thickets, fields, beaches, and marshes of Wellfleet and Truro. A handful of us were foolish enough to venture out in the deepest predawn cold in search of owls, finding a bare minimum of Northern Saw-whet, Eastern Screech, and Great Horned Owls, barely audible above the wind gusts at times. 


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The other day my dog Sam and I went for a walk along a stretch of the old railroad bed in South Wellfleet. At one point Sam went snuffling through the brush that bordered the bed and drew my attention to a pile of feathers there. 

January Bird News

Jan 9, 2018

On our monthly Bird News program, we check in with ornithologist Mark Faherty of  the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, about the bird highlights of the season. We hear about how the birds have been coping with the extreme cold. Callers from around the region also join the conversation and report bird and other wildlife sightings. Mindy Todd hosts.

Poetry Sunday: Aline Dolinh

Jan 9, 2018

Aline Dolinh reads her poem, "Transformation Sequence."

Aline is currently a second-year student at the University of Virginia, hoping to major in some combination of English, medieval studies, and art history. Aside from poetry, she also loves to write about the late medieval world, science fiction, and pop culture (though usually not all at once).

December 31, 2017. The University of Maine's Climate Reanalyzer shows the global temperature and temperature anonmalies.
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First came the cold.

The last week of December and the first week of January brought a prolonged stretch of unusually cold temperatures across the northeast. Looking at the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer, it looks like the Arctic spilled all its cold down onto the eastern side of North America. 


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