In This Place


Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and David Purdy have been active in the civil rights movement on multiple fronts since the 1960’s. They are parents of a racially mixed family and have written a new book titled Icons of the Civil Rights Movement: Dispelling White Privilege.  The book intertwines their story with the stories of others in the civil rights movement and features Pam’s original artwork.

Sophie Abrams

Nationwide, household food waste accounts for 27 million tons a year, and businesses like restaurants and grocers add another 25 million tons.

And another one million tons of food waste comes from manufacturing plants, like from a soup company, for example – the peelings and trimmings or a batch gone wrong – all that also gets thrown into the landfills.

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They’ve been on the planet for over a hundred million years, but nearly all of the seven sea turtle species are now on the brink of extinction due to human causes. Their numbers have dwindled to historic lows. Each fall, cold stunned sea turtles wash up on Cape Cod, many of them critically endangered Kemps Ridley turtles. Volunteers coordinated by Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary patrol the beaches day and night to rescue them. 

Chloe Shelford

About 30 protesters gathered in the bitter cold outside the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Monday, January 9. With hand-made signs and shouted slogans, they welcomed a team of special investigators from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC workers are on hand for their third and final week of intensive inspections at the troubled plant.

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Early last month, on my way home from a dentist appointment, I stopped at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham at the end of the day. I have a long history with this barrier beach, going back to the 1960s, when there were still a dozen or so beach shacks strung along its length. 

J. Junker

This month the birds of our region are dealing with winter in its greatest intensity. Some flocks are living on the remaining local fruit such as rose hips, berries and crab apples. At this time of year water fowl can be seen in abundance. Mark Faherty, ornithologist and science coordinator at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about birds, and also other creatures such as fishers and turtles. 

Fado Singing Might Make You a Better Social Worker

Jan 9, 2017
Photo by Barbara Paulsen 2016

Catarina Avelar spends her days as a social worker in Fall River. At night, she sings fado, a style of Portuguese music known for its tragic lyrics and haunting melodies. And even though she once dreamed of becoming a full-time fado singer, there’s an unintended benefit to Catarina’s double life. The sadness she feels as she helps families struggling with poverty and addiction infuses her singing with emotion. Ironically the job that led her to give up her dream has made her a better singer. 

Here's Our First Big Snow of 2017

Jan 7, 2017

5:25pm - Our snow continues coming down, as we continue to operate under a Blizzard Warning from the National Weather Service. The Blizzard Warning stays in effect until 3am tonight. The NWS now forecasts 12 to 16 inches of accumulation across the region, with locally higher amounts possible. Snow will fall moderate to heavy at times into this evening then taper off to snow showers by midnight. Winds will increase substantially early this evening, and blizzard conditions are most likely between 5pm and 10pm.

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WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local news stories with several area journalists. His guests this week include Cindy McCormick of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; and Bill Chaisson of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Bronx teen Judith Rudge turns to poetry to express her experience as an outsider, in this piece from Radio Rookies: for teens, by teens, about the challenges of teen life. Next, as part of the series titled Ocean Gazing, host Ari Daniel spoke with John Delaney, a professor of oceanography at the University of Washington, about on how he blends science and poetry to achieve a deeper understanding of our planet.