Teen depression rates jumped thirty three percent between 2010 and 2015, while suicide attempts rose by almost a quarter. Psychologist Jean Twenge of San Diego State University has sifted through the various possible explanations and says only one factor explains the abrupt shift in American teens’ mental health – smart phones.

Meteorological winter is upon us, and if you’re wondering what the next few months have in store weather-wise, you have a few options. There’s always the Farmer’s Almanac which – by the way – is predicting a cold, snowy winter here in New England. If you want something more scientific, there’s the The National Weather Service's winter weather outlook, which is calling for warmer than average winter temperatures in the northeast.

Scientists are working to expand the genetic code.
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Deer hunting season is open across the state. On Martha's Vineyard, thanks to a unique three-way partnership, hunters aren't the only ones showing up with expectations at the island's weigh-in station. 

Poetry Sunday: Charles Wright

Dec 3, 2017
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Charles Wright reads his poem, “Sitting Outside at the End of Autumn.”

Provincetown Remembers: The AIDS Epidemic

Dec 1, 2017


When the AIDS epidemic hit in the United States in the 1980s, Provincetown was hit especially hard. In the first fifteen years of the crisis, 10% of the town’s year-round population died. The events of those years still reverberate. Now, the Provincetown Cultural Council is moving forward with an AIDS memorial that’s been in the works for years. Survivors remember what they lost, what they built, and the impact of AIDS on this small, close-knit beach community. Sophie Kazis brings us the story.  

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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; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror.


On The Point, Larry Tye joins host Mindy Todd to talk about his new book Bobby Kennedy, the Making of Liberal Icon. Known as a civil rights leader and advocate for the poor, the lesser known Bobby Kennedy worked for Joe McCarthy and employed questionable tactics to help his brother get elected. We talk about the transformation of a privileged young man, ill qualified for his early positions in government, into the principled, articulate and passionate candidate for president.


From the design features in a passive solar house to new technologies in building materials and appliances, there are numerous ways for buildings to become more energy efficient.

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One of my younger daughter’s first words was “turkey.” We see the wild birds everywhere on the Outer Cape: in the woods near her daycare, along Route 6, out in our backyard. And we all know the Thanksgiving story—nearly four hundred years ago, wild turkeys fed the Pilgrims and Native Americans in Plymouth for their three day feast.


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