In This Place

A Cape Cod Notebook
5:46 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

What's In a Pond's Name

1908 U.S. Geological Survey Map
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The names of our local ponds, like those of our roads, were not always fixed. In fact, a certain ambivalence attaches to some of them today. On the Wellfleet-Truro border, for instance, there is a pond known to some local residents as “Ryder Pond,” but to others it is “Aunt Mary’s Pond.” The Ryder family was the first to build a house on that pond, so I suppose they have historical precedence for their name, though I have no idea who Aunt Mary was, and for all I know she has perhaps the better claim.

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The Point
11:58 am
Tue December 16, 2014

The Truth About Gluten

Wheat has long been a part of the western diet because it is nutritious and has many uses. Yet a growing number of people are being diagnosed with celiac disease, an inability to process gluten-the protein found in wheat. Many others have found that eating gluten free has improved their health.

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The Point
1:51 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Rash of Heroin Overdoses; Jogger Shot by Hunter; Fish Market Back Open

The Cape Cod Times reports a significant jump in heroin overdoses since Thanksgiving. Some officials say there may be a particularly dangerous batch of the drugs being sold on the streets.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local and regional stories. Joining Sean for today's show are Anne Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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Weekend Outlook
9:51 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Anticipating the Holidays with Weekend Events Celebrating Food and Music

The Cape Cod Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless continues in Orleans this weekend.
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Food and music top the list of this weekend's Holiday offerings - that's nice, eh?

On Sunday, musician Chandler Travis brings back the Cape Cod Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless for the 11th year in Orleans - and this "cavalcade" is much more than a concert.

Most other concerts this weekend are all about holiday music, but the Outer Cape Chorale is taking its listeners to Africa.

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The Point
2:25 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Live Long, Die Short

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Mindy Todd interviews physician and author Roger Landry on The Point. Landry is interested in building environments that empower older adults to maximize their life, health, and well being. His new book is Live Long, Die Short a Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging.

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Seal Release
7:30 am
Thu December 11, 2014

"Scout" The Seal Pup Heads Back To The Wild

Marine mammal strandings are common along the shores of Cape Cod. The National Marine Life Center in Bourne is one of several local organizations who care for stranded marine mammals, recently taking in 30 of the hundreds of cold-stunned turtles that stranded this year along Cape Cod beaches. And yesterday, volunteers from the Center also released a rehabilitated seal pup named Scout at Scusset Beach in Sandwich. Our Reporter Brian Morris was there, and has this report.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Wellfleet Cook Shares Holiday Recipe for Local Lemon Curd

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Three years ago, Elspeth Hay brought home a Meyer lemon tree to keep outside in the summer and in front of a sunny window all winter. This year, it's bearing fruit for the first time, just in time for the holidays. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Kim Shkapich of Lola's Local Food Lab in Wellfleet about her recipe for lemon curd and the science behind it.

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The Point
11:13 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Spirituality in the Heart of the Holiday Season

The holiday season is here. On The Point, area religious leaders join Mindy Todd to discuss the meaning, practice and history of the different winter holiday traditions. Given the widespread commercialization of the holidays, what are the teachings that resonate most? We discuss favorite family and community traditions at this time of year.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
9:29 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

The Rescue of the Tall Ship Bounty

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In October of 2012 the tall ship HMS Bounty tried to skirt Hurricane Sandy- instead she found her way right into the path of the storm. Michael Tougias new book Rescue of the Bounty, Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy chronicles the events aboard the HMS Bounty and the ultimate rescue of her crew by the US Coast Guard. Michael Tougias joins Mindy Todd in our Woods Hole Studios.

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The Point
12:14 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: No New Natural Gas Hookups; Yarmouth Motel Has Another Drowning

Federal officials are considering significant increases to user and access fees at the Cape Cod National Seashore.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local and regional stories. Joining Sean for today's show are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror.

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