In This Place

Living Lab
9:57 am
Mon July 28, 2014

What's That Smell? Whale Odor Lingers for a Century

Barrel, on board the ship
Brian Morris

While aboard the Charles W. Morgan, Heather Goldstone caught a whiff of olden times: the odor of whale that is STILL  detectable in an original oak barrel. The barrel is part of the whale ship's try works, where blubber was rendered into oil. Here's a clip of her conversation with Dave Wiley, Research Coordinator for Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary, about the scent.

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Richard Miner
7:35 am
Mon July 28, 2014

A Life Remembered: T. Richardson Miner, Jr.

We look back at the life of Richard Miner, a much-loved Falmouth resident who was admired for his volunteer work around town. Miner died this past May, but he leaves behind an irreplaceable legacy through his recorded interviews with veterans.

Richard Miner was never one to let the grass grow around his feet. During his retirement, he filled his days volunteering for a number of organizations in Falmouth. One was a food pantry called the Falmouth Service Center, where Brenda Swain is Executive Director.

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame
10:54 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Cape Cod Baseball League All Star Game

Alecia Orsini


The West wins it, led by Chad Gassman of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. The right mix of pitching, the Falmouth Commodores' talent, and the LSU contingent combined to launch the West All-Stars to a 5-0 shutout victory over the East All-Stars at Doran Park. Read more at


The game is under way, but just before the first pitch, our reporter Ginger Poulson chatted with East Division Coach John Schiffner of the Chatham Anglers.

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The Fishing News
6:18 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Use Your Smartphone to Weigh a Striped Bass, and Other Innovations for Fishing

Okay, I know that's not a striped bass. But it's the picture provided by the company that makes the Measure It FishScale. They sell the device, you supply the striper.

The pressures of constant innovation extend even to the timeless pleasure of fishing.  

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The Point
1:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Housing Immigrants Creates Controversy; Market Basket protests

Jim McCabe of Falmouth protests on Sunday the potential arrival of immigrant children to Joint Base Cape Cod.
Credit Photo by WCAI's Brian Morris

WCAI's news director, Sean Corcoran, is joined by regional print and digital media journalists to discuss the news of the week, including Anne Brennan of the Cape Cod Times, Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, and Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times, all discuss the local news.

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The Point
10:31 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Mid Summer Birds

newly built flycatcher nest
Credit J. J.

Ornithologist Vern Laux  joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about the season's highlights for birding. Many species are breeding in our region, and the seabirds are abundant. But don't feed the gulls! Vern explains why, and answers many questions form listeners.

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The Local Food Report
8:53 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Blueberry Season in Full Swing on the Cape

Credit Elspeth Hay

Blueberry season is in full swing on the Cape. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay visits a local pick-your-own farm in Dennis, and talks with pickers from ages 1 to 96 and from all over the east coast about what they're planning to do with all their berries.

You can find links to the recipes people are making on her blog, Diary of a Locavore.

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WCAI Event
2:05 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

WCAI Presents Readings with David Sedaris

Celebrated humorist and writer David Sedaris will be performing on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard for the first time this summer! The popular NPR contributor and bestselling author of Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day will be appearing at three local venues:

Friday, Aug. 1 at 8pm
Town Hall, Provincetown

Saturday, Aug. 2 at 2pm
Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center, Oak Bluffs

Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8pm*
Old Whaling Church, Edgartown

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Cape Cod Notebook
5:41 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Booms, Cracks, and Claps: Listening to the Language of Thunder

Credit joefutrelle / flickr

One night last week a dramatic summer thunderstorm passed over the Outer Cape. It wasn’t a violent storm – not like the giant one that spawned tornados and ravaged the western part of the state several summers ago, but even an “ordinary thunderstorm” – if I can use that phrase – is fascinating.

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WCAI Event
2:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The Moth Comes to the Tabernacle on Martha's Vineyard on Saturday, August 9th

WCAI is proud to host the return of The Moth to Martha's Vineyard this summer. Join us for an evening of true stories told live, on the theme of "Great Expectations." It's Saturday, August 9th, at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. 

Ticket package will be available as a special part of our Summer Fundraiser on Saturday, July 26. Tune in then to find out more!

Our host:

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