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Over the past several years, climate change has gained a reputation as a liberal agenda item. It wasn't always that way; it was President George H. W. Bush who brought the U.S. into international climate negotiations in 1992. Today, many GOP legislators reject the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change. But that science is clear – human activities are disrupting the global climate system, and that poses risks to people and institutions of all political persuasions.

Poetry Sunday: Chastity Hale

Jan 15, 2017

Chastity Hale reads her poem, "What It Means To Be Black In America."

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a weekly roundup of regional news with several local journalists. Joining Sean this week are Sean Driscoll of the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Ed Miller 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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It's the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend. There are plenty of events to enjoy, including those celebrating the civil rights leader. Here's your Weekend Outlook. 

The unemployment rate in New Bedford fell dramatically last year – down nearly 3 percentage points from 6.5 to 3.7 percent. It’s the largest unemployment decline among 387 metropolitan areas in the U-S over the past year. 

Morning Edition co-host Brian Morris spoke with New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell to talk about what the new statistic means, and how the city hopes to sustain that momentum going forward.

When we think of slavery in the United States, images of southern plantations most likely come to mind. But northern states, including New England, played a substantial role in the slave trade. Starting in the seventeen hundreds more than half of the slaving voyages left the US from ports in Rhode Island, including Providence, Bristol, and Newport.  Rhode Island is beginning to confront that history with the creation of The Center for Reconciliation at the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island in Providence. 

 

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.

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A new study this week finds that a regional carbon cap and trade system has saved hundreds of lives and billions of dollars for New Englanders. Officials from the nine participating states are currently working out the future of the program.

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Several new lawmakers representing the Cape and Islands are at work on Beacon Hill after being sworn in last week. They're learning how things work at the state capital, while also scrambling to get new bills ready for the legislative pipeline.  

State Senator Julian Cyr is one of those freshmen legislators. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with him to hear how things are going so far.

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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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