Center for Coastal Studies

To the casual observer it may seem as though humpback whales have suddenly appeared in numbers in local waters. This is another sign of June, as these seasonal migrants have returned from their breeding grounds in the Caribbean with new calves in tow.

On The Point, Mindy Todd talks about kids books with our book experts in the studio: Jill Erickson, librarian at Falmouth Public Library; and Mary Cronin, early childhood educator. We hear about the reading without walls challenge, a fun way to stretch the summer reading experience into new zones.

Angela Scionti

More than 100 people assembled at Tisbury Wharf Tuesday afternoon to watch the arrival of the Hokule’a, a replica of a traditional Polynesian sailing ship. The ship has traveled the world since 1975, and it's credited with revitalizing Hawaiian culture.

Winning a war takes more than guns. The need to keep soldiers safe and healthy have prompted researchers to explore everything from Kevlar underwear to laundry-free uniforms and shark repellents (no luck, yet, on that front). In her new book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Mary Roach goes behind the scenes with the scientists trying to make life a bit better for soldiers.

Most seniors agree they want to live as independently as possible for as long a possible. On The Point, we discuss the Neighborhood Village model that provides resources and services to seniors living at home.

Fresh Sonic: Spiders and Cobwebs

Jun 27, 2016
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Precious Noble Smith on spiders in Cape Cod houses.

Produced by Brenna Daldorph and Atlantic Public Media

Poetry Sunday: Anca Vlasopolos

Jun 26, 2016

Anca Vlasopolos reads her poem, "November in Eastern Standard Time."

Contagious leukemia was first documented in soft-shell steamer clams.
Michael J. Metzger / Columbia University

Researchers at Columbia University reported this week that they’ve found transmissible leukemia in mussels, cockles, and golden carpet shell clams, doubling the number of known contagious cancers. Soft-shelled clams also get the disease. The other two examples of contagious cancer are a facial tumor in Tasmanian devils, and a venereal cancer in dogs.

WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion of the week's top local news.  His guests include Geoff Spillane from the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Sara Brown of the Martha's Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner.

Antikythera team members Nikolas Giannoulakis, Theotokis Theodoulou, and Brendan Foley inspect small finds from the Shipwreck while decompressing after a dive to 50 m (265 feet).
Brett Seymour / EUA/WHOI/ARGO

Archeologists have discovered a second shipwreck at the site of the Greek wreck known as the Antikythera. That site became famous for the oldest-known computer, dating back to 65 B.C. But underwater archeologist Brendan Foley of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution suspected the wreck had more to offer.