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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Three Locals Talk about Raising, Slaughtering, and Butchering their Pigs

Credit Elspeth Hay

These days, we don't often interact with the animals we eat. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with three local people about raising, slaughtering, and butchering pigs. She weaves their voices together to bring the animals from life to death and finally to the table.

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Weekly Bird Report
5:52 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Christmas Bird Counts Underway and Already Yielding Great Surprises

A Yellow-throated Warbler was spotted in this year's Christmas Bird Counts.
Credit Paul Hurtado / flickr

The week just passed had a remarkable assemblage of birds found on the Cape and Islands from across the taxonomic realm of birds found in New England. The first Christmas Bird Counts were conducted with the Outer Cape Count being conducted on December 14. Also on this day was the Newport R.I./Westport, MA. CBC and the Greater Boston Count. All counts enjoyed spectacular weather. The winds were light and variable with periods of sun and partial overcast-ideal and rare conditions for a Christmas Bird Count!

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The Point
12:48 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Helping Kids Connect Socially

Credit J.J.

We are social creatures, and when your children have difficulties understanding social cues, helping them find play dates, friendship, and social skills groups can be a real challenge. Clinical Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discusses those challenges and what options are available in our area, with host Mindy Todd on The Point.

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Making It Work
7:25 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Getting Creative: Managing the High Cost of Living on Nantucket

Newlyweds Rachel and David Shepard built and moved into a "tiny house" as a way to avoid the seasonal housing shuffle and stay on Nantucket, where the median price of a single-family home on Nantucket is just more than $1 million.
Credit Justine Paradis

Newlyweds Rachel and David Shepard were making dinner at home on Nantucket. In many ways, it was a typical house. It had electricity and running water. True to Cape Cod, it was even shingled. But it was also what’s called a ‘Tiny House’.

" A normal house," Rachel said, "except it’s built on a trailer. So it’s mobile, and the trailer limits the size. It’s twenty feet long by eight feet wide."

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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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Science & Environment
12:33 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Designing Games That Are Educational Works of Art

Designed by a sculptor and a doctor, Ani-Gram-It teaches biological concepts with an artistic touch.
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Artist and designer Alex Wolf believes games can and should be works of art that bring science to life for children.


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Power Source: Part 9
7:40 am
Mon December 15, 2014

State Faces Pipeline Quandry as Electricty Costs Spike

About 100 members of the group Mothers Out Front rallied in front of the Massachusetts State House in November to urge officials to invest in renewable energy instead of building new natural gas pipelines.
Credit Rupa Shenoy

On a cold but sunny day last month, about a hundred people rallied in front of the Massachusetts State House, hoisting signs that read “Green the grid,” “Clean energy now” and “No future with fossil fuels.”

“We’re talking about our children’s future,” shouted Kelsey Wirth into a megaphone. Wirth is founder of the group Mothers Out Front, which has one goal:  “To ensure that Massachusetts is making the right energy choices for the sake of our children’s future,” she said, “and that means choosing clean and renewable energy every time there’s a choice to be made.”

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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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The Point
2:25 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Live Long, Die Short

Credit J. Junker

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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