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Weekend Outlook
2:51 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Focusing on Good Food, & more: Best Bets for the Weekend

On Saturday the Caleb Nickerson House in Chatham offers a hands on demonstration of Beehive Oven Baking - finishing with a tasting.
Credit Caleb Nickerson House

Don't let your cultural intake be dry and flavorless! There's plenty going on this weekend to enjoy.

On Friday night the Provincetown Art Association and Museum hosts a potluck dinner to celebrate three art new exhibitions.

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The Point
1:34 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Cape Wind's Future Uncertain; More Church Abuse Lawsuits; Ferry Rate Hike

Rates have increased for ferries running between Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and Nantucket, despite an online petition seeking a rollback.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests include Cape Cod Times reporter George Brennan; Cape Cod Chronicle Editor Tim Wood; Mashpee Enterprise reporter Geoff Spillane; Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times; New Bedford Standard Times Editorial Page Editor Jim DeArruda; and Provincetown Banner Editor Sally Rose.

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The Point
9:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Fighting Opiate Addiction

A dangerous problem is afflicting our region. In March of 2014 then Governor Patrick declared a public health emergency over opioid addiction and overdose, and outlined a response strategy.

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Weekly Bird Report
1:37 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Bald Eagles Becoming More Common Across the Cape and Islands, But Still No Nesting Pair

Bald eagles sightings are becoming increasingly more common across the Cape and Islands, but the area has yet to see its first nest pair.
Credit Matt Zaske / flickr

The bird that was chosen as our national bird by the founding fathers gets people’s attention.  In fact, the sight of one of these large, powerful raptors does more than attract attention - it excites people, even those who claim to have no interest in birds. Bald is a derivation of balde, an Old English word meaning white. The eagle was named for its white feathers, instead of a lack of feathers.

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The Local Food Report
7:27 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Falmouth Farmer Grows Ginger in Heated Greenhouse

Credit Elizabeth Pierson

Ginger is native to the tropics. But that doesn't mean we can't grow it on the Cape. Two years ago, Coonamessett Farm Manager Stan Ingram read an article about a farmer in Maine growing ginger, and this year he decided to try it. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Stan about the challenges of growing ginger in our cold climate. The finished crop tastes similar to mature ginger, but looks quite different. 

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The Point with Mindy Todd
10:48 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Dealing With Anxiety and Panic Attacks

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According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S affecting 40 million adults.They are also highly treatable, yet only about one third of those suffering receive treatment. On The Point, Mindy Todd discusses anxiety and panic disorder with Dr. Michael Abruzzese, psychologist, and Dr. Marc Whaley, psychiatrist.

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Cape Cod Notebook
2:16 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Walking the High Tide Line and Asking, "Why?"

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Today I want to talk a bit about the “wrack line,” that more or less continuous line of debris left on the beach by the previous high tide. The content of the wrack line can be meager and ordinary – just a few bits of seaweed – or overwhelming and dramatic, like the 40-foot carcass of a dead humpback whale that washed up at Newcomb Hollow several years ago. But if we only investigate the content of the wrack line, big or small, I think we miss the bigger question. We tend to ask what is this, but not why this now?

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The Point with Mindy Todd
1:30 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Getting Off Drugs, And Not Relapsing

Recovery coaches can help avoid relapse
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  On the point, a discussion about reducing rates of relapse in addiction recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse rates in addiction are similar to other chronic diseases -- between 40 and 60 percent of patients will relapse in the first year of recovery. But research has shown the longer you stay clean, the better your chances are for remaining clean. We hear about a pilot program at the Gosnold treatment center exploring the use of recovery coaches to help reduce relapse once in-patient treatment is complete.

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Science & Environment
12:58 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Massachusetts Has an Environmental Justice Problem

Illustration by: Ricardo Levins Morales

Massachusetts is a blue state with a reputation for green policies. But communities of color aren't seeing the benefits.

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In This Place
2:11 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Tip of the Brush

Greg Vaughan with Patriots Killer Krab
Credit Travis Lux

Billboards, business logos, street signs, window lettering; If you drive down any Main Street you’re surrounded by signs. But how did they get there? And who makes them? Even as recently as the 1980’s, most were produced by hand,  with paint and brush  by commercial artists whose full-time job it was to paint signs. Today the human hand is less evident in signs -  which are usually cut from sticky vinyl and designed with computer software.  But old-school sign painters are still out there – like Greg Vaughan who lives and works in Brewster.

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