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The Justice Department in recent months has directed local police to hold detained immigrants until federal immigration officials arrive. But some cities in Massachusetts won’t comply unless the immigrant is wanted for a serious crime. Not everyone agrees on which is the right approach, and the debate has focused new attention on so-called sanctuary cities.

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area in the Repbublic of Kiribati gives some ocean watchers reason for optimism
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What if saving the oceans is a matter of changing our mindset?

That’s the question nagging at Jeff Wescott, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole.

“One thing that really interests me is how the ocean compels us to think about the future,” Wescott told Living Lab Radio. “It’s sort of a medium for thinking about where we are going as a species.”

Woods Hole Historical Museum

Though barely a trace remains today, the Pacific Guano Company operated for 26 years on what is now Penzance Point in Woods Hole, transforming what was a sleepy farming village into a thriving community.

Poetry Sunday: Albert Starkey

May 14, 2017
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Albert Starkey reads his poem, "Whatever Was Lost Was Staring Back."

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran rounds up the top local news stories of the week with several area journalists. Joining Sean this week are Chris Lindahl of the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Summer of Sass

A small group of  gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students will spend the summer living and working in Provincetown. Stand-up comedian Kristen Becker came up with the idea of finding hosts for the teens last winter, after seeing news stories of LGBTQ kids being bullied and harassed in places like her childhood town of Shreveport, Louisiana. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Becker to learn more about what she envisions for the kids in the 'Summer of Sass' program.

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It is not uncommon for gays and lesbians in Uganda and other African countries to be arrested, beaten and suffer discrimination. Many are ostracized from their families and communities and find it difficult to attend school or find employment. We discuss an ongoing project, initiated by a Provincetown video historian, to allow Ugandans to share their stories with one another and create alliances between the gay and straight communities.

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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.

Homeless Prevention Council

A recent survey found that more than 320 Cape Codders have recently been, or are homeless. That number includes young adults and children, a subset that often faces unique dangers and issues when it comes to safe housing.

 Kathryn Eident talked with Homeless Prevention Council director Hadley Luddy. Her organization is conducting a survey aimed at youth age 25-and-under, and is using strategies to reach them where they're most likely to be found: on their laptops and smart phones. 

Click here to go to the survey.

Jerome Kern was one of the most important 20th century American theater composers, creating dozens of Broadway musicals and Hollywood films. Robert Wyatt joins us on The Point to explore the music.

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