In This Place

Photo Courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the New Bedford Free Public Library.

Brooklawn Park in New Bedford has a soccer field, a playground, and asphalt paths winding around a small, grassy hill. It also contains the buried foundations of several buildings, remnants of an estate that no longer exists there. With the help of some friends, a professional archaeologist, and the city government, a local artist named Carl Simmons uncovered these remains. And he’s shared the findings in some unexpected ways.

Bourne Historical Society

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a weekly roundup of regional news with several local journalists. Joining Sean this week are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; and Bill Chaisson of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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On this Inauguration Day, many people are looking to the future, considering their hopes and expectations under the Trump administration. WCAI sent reporters out across our region, asking people for their feelings about the upcoming four years. Here are some responses. Other answers will air throughout the day on WCAI, as we bring you live coverage of the inauguration from 10am-2pm.

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Whether you're in the mood to challenge your taste buds, wonder at magic tricks, or listen to a million dollar violin, there's plenty to do.  Here's your Weekend Outlook. 

Nationally, one in four homeless individuals are women, yet there has been little funding for supports and services aimed at this population. On The Point, we check in with local organizations that support and serve the homeless about trends and needs in our region. We hear about the latest data, the successful Housing First model, and how public/private partnerships can leverage more funding for housing creation. 

Elspeth Hay

Gleaning is an ancient practice, as old as the Torah. It means to gather leftover grain or other produce from farm fields after a harvest, and traditionally was a form of charity. In most places, the tradition has died out. But today on Martha's Vineyard thanks to a program called Island Grown Gleaning, it's alive and well.

Research has determined that the immune system directly affects and even controls social behavior. Scientists are looking at how problems with the immune system may effect social interactions. Recent findings could have implications for neurological diseases such as autism and schizophrenia. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with psychologist Michael Abbruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley.

The Falmouth Service Center helps ease stress, reduce hunger and improve the quality of life in our community, particularly during the cold winter months. The Service Center has teamed up with the Woods Hole Film Festival for a fundraiser, with a screening of the film Landfill Harmonic. It's about a Paraguayan student musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. Musicians from the Cape Symphony and the Cape Cod Conservatory will play at the event.

As wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest serving First Lady. She was also a leader in her own right, championing humanitarian and social reform issues. Much has been written about Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and activism, but the new book Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady sheds light on another aspect of her life; the 30-year relationship she had with journalist Lorena Hickok. Author  Susan Quinn joins Mindy Todd in The Point studio for this interview.

Becky Dalzell

If there’s anything than interests me more than local history, it's unrecorded local history – that is, events, stories, characters and places that live only in the memories of long-time residents – and sometimes not even there, sometimes only in the shapes of certain landscapes, or in the presence of mute but evocative objects that require the beholder to shape and piece together a tentative narrative about their history.