Dan Tritle

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week.

Nile Scott

You can plan yourself a busy few days around the Cape this weekend. Here's your Weekend Outlook.

The 2016 election of Donald Trump brought to the forefront many divides in our country. Almost 18 months after the election, many continue to be anxious or depressed about the direction our country and the world is taking. On The Point, we talk with psychologists Deb Berglin and Jenny Putnam about how the political environment can affect our health, and hear about skills and strategies to manage the stress and anxiety.

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John Portnoy of Wellfleet raises his own bees. He has one Russian colony headed by a Russian queen that he purchased. His other hives are headed by queens that are survivors, so he bred from his best queens every year in the hopes that his bees will get better and more locally adapted. 

Janet Uhlar of Eastham was one of the 12 jurors who decided the guilty verdict on James "Whitey" Bulger’s trial. She’s written a new book about the trial titled The Truth Be Damned. It’s fiction…. Of sorts. 

Communities across Massachusetts are grappling with how to manage the cultivation and sale of cannabis after a state-wide measure for legalizing the adult use and sale of marijuana passed in 2016. 

Truro selectman have placed a warrant on the April 25th town meeting that would temporarily ban cannabis businesses in the town, but farmers hoping to cultivate the crop this year are pushing back.

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As I’m sure you’ve noticed, bird song in your neighborhood has been steadily picking up over the last several weeks. Bird hormones are surging in response to the lengthening days, producing a variety of behavioral and physiological changes to prepare them for breeding season, including ever lustier singing. So I want to take this opportunity to offer an early spring tune-up for your birding ears, because once the long distance songbird migrants come flooding back next month, the degree of difficulty will be much higher.

Most brain scientists will never know what it feels like to live with the mental illnesses they study. Barbara Lipska is the exception; brain tumors caused her to lose track of her left hand, forget where she lived, go running with hair dye dripping from her head, and accuse a familiar pest exterminator of trying to kill her family. 

Spring Birds Get Busy

Apr 10, 2018
J. Junker

Birds here on the Cape and Islands are very busy: courtship and nesting, and more spring migrants arriving.  On this month's Bird News on The Point, we hear the latest reports on sightings, and all about nests and nest boxes. Also a conversation about the use of chemical pesticides in our yards.  Mark Faherty, ornithologist and wildlife biologist at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, joins host Mindy Todd in the studio.

Robert Finch

I was walking in the backwoods with a friend the other day.  He was waxing philosophical about trees, drawing lessons from life about them. “Look at the circle of life here,” he said. “Here you have healthy trees standing tall, others dying and dead all around them. But look, on the ground, are new shoots, just beginning to grow, and actually nurtured by the old dead trunks.” 

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