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The Point
12:50 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Political Candidates Face Off on The Point

WCAI Election Coverage
Credit Alecia Orsini

Political Debates continue on The Point, with Mindy Todd hosting. Barnstable County Commissioner candidates Mark Forest (Democrat) and Leo Cakounes (Republican) discuss various topics such as housing, drugs, jobs, wastewater, and transportation.  Later in the hour Barnstable County District Attorney Candidates Michael O’Keefe (Republican) and Richard Barry (Democrat) have a turn to give their opinions as well.

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A Cape Cod Notebook
3:48 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Beach Roses, Pitch Pines, and Big Dunes are Not So Cape Cod as You Imagine

Ah, the lovely beach rose - quintessential Cape Cod, yes? Think again. Rosa rugosa is an invasive species, native to Asia.
Credit Roger LeJeune / flickr

It’s an old saw that there’s not one square foot on Cape Cod that has not been altered by some human activity over the centuries. Harbors have been dredged, highways have been built, marshes filled in, beaches lined with stone jetties or concrete bulwarks, and woodlands carved up for subdivisions – just to name a few of the more obvious effects.

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The Point
1:51 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Is the Digital Revolution Affecting How We Look at Ourselves?

Credit Alecia Orsini

UMass Dartmouth Professor Robert Waxler joins WCAI's Mindy Todd to talk about his book The Risk of Reading: How Literature Helps Us to Understand Ourselves and the World.  Waxler says the digital revolution is changing our ability to self reflect, and that the reading of literature matters to us as individuals and to our society as a whole.

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Morning Editon on WCAI
7:44 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Fascinating Stories from Nantucket History

The River Queen was a side wheel steamer serving Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in the mid 19th century.
Credit Nantucket Historical Association

On This Day in Nantucket History is a new book by Nantucketer Amy Jenness.  It serves up quirky, fascinating, and informative stores about people and events that have shaped the island's history.  Jenness has written for many island publications, and currently is on the staff of the Nantucket Atheneum.  She talked to WCAI's Dan Tritle about why so many people have found a home on the island.

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Weekend Outlook
11:12 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Wellfleet Celebrates All Things Oyster, & more: Best Bets for the Weekend

Wellfleet hosts the annual Oysterfest this weekend.
Credit Steve Heaslip / / Cape Cod Times

Feeling the stirrings of hunger? Head to the Outer Cape to join the multitudes who love to eat and talk about that delicious - slurp! - bivalve whose name is just about synonymous with Wellfleet - it's Wellfleet Oysterfest weekend.

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The Point
12:49 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Possible 3rd Bridge for Cape Cod; Skydiving Continues in Chatham; & more: A Busy Week of News

Greek technical diver Alexandros Sotiriou discovers an intact lagynos ceramic table jug and a bronze rigging ring on the Antikythera Shipwreck.
Credit WHOI / Brett Seymour / Return to Antikythera 2014

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of the top local stories of the week with several of the region's leading journalists, including George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise.

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Creative Life
8:45 am
Fri October 17, 2014

The Way of a Young Painter


28-year-old artist Coleen Gura has a degree in painting and art history. If you’ve spent time in Woods Hole, you’ve probably seen her work in two different places. But getting her work out in public has posed some unique challenges. Annie Costakis reports.

For Coleen Gura’s portfolio, click here

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The Point
11:14 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Birding in Autumn is Thrilling

Credit Audubon

This time of year along the coastline of New England you are likely to see the fastest bird in the world migrating. Peregrine falcons have been seen diving at speeds of over 240 miles per hour.  Ornithologist Vernon Laux joins us with some history about these falcons, and lots more bird news.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Wellfleet Chef Brings Back Ancient Fermented Fish Sauce

Credit Elspeth Hay

Today, most people throw away the skeletons and innards of our fish. But in Ancient Rome, these parts weren't trash—they were food. This week on The Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with a chef from Wellfleet who's using the fermented skeletons and innards of small, oily local fish to make a popular sauce from Roman times. 

You can learn more about this sauce, called garum, on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore

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Weekly Bird Report
2:27 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Back from Brink of Extinction, World's Fastest Bird Continues to Awe Watchers

Peregrine falcon and its recently acquired next meal.
Credit Don Sutherland / flickr

A momentous thing happened in August of 1999. The fastest bird in the world - a bird that has been seen plummeting in a dive at over 240 miles per hour - the peregrine falcon was taken off the endangered species list. The ceremony was held out in Boise, Idaho on the 22nd August of that year. It is a wonderful and altogether rare success story.

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