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Poetry Sunday: Justen Ahren

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Justen Ahren reads his poem, "Solstice." 

Jennifer Junker

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: community outcry continues to build in Falmouth over a proposal to locate a rehab facility next to a school; local towns are increasingly communicating through social media; and a prince comes to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.

Weekend Outlook: The Dog Days of Summer

Jul 13, 2018
Cape Cod Times

Summer is well under way, and so are the local events. Here's your Weekend Outlook.

Andy Nabreski

In the last few years, offshore fishermen from the Cape have started to adopt a technique more commonly used in southern waters. It's called deep dropping, and it means fishing more than a quarter-mile deep, using electric reels and as much as eight pounds of sinker weight.

Penikese Island Magic

Jul 12, 2018
Jenny Junker

Penikese has a rich and varied history. It has been host to marine biologists, ornithologists, a leper colony and a school for troubled youth. There are now opportunities for people to visit the island for the day or overnights. 

savebuzzardsbay.org

West Falmouth Harbor has been struggling with nitrogen pollution for decades. In 2002 water quality in the harbor was so poor it made it on the federal “dirty waters” list. With changes to the town’s waste water treatment plant, and by giving people thousands of dollars toward updating their septic systems, progress was made in reducing nitrogen levels in the West Falmouth Harbor. But the problem has not been solved: in fact, recent measurements show the nitrogen levels are again rising. On The Point, we discuss some of the reasons for nitrogen level increase, and some potential solutions and takeaways for other coastal regions struggling with nitrogen loading. 

Elspeth Hay

Have you ever noticed how some blueberries are light blue and others are dark navy? How some are tart and some are sweet? Some tiny and some huge? This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with the owner of a pick-your-own blueberry farm in Dennis about what varieties he grows and why. 

Tales to Tails: Reading to Dogs in the Library

Jul 12, 2018
Companion Animal Program

It can be hard to get kids to read, especially today, when books compete with screens, but libraries across the Cape are offering a unique, tech-free way to encourage young readers. 

Samantha Fields

Visitors to the Cape Cod National Seashore this summer will likely notice changes at some of the beaches. At Nauset Light in Eastham, there is now a long path down to the beach, instead of a staircase. And at Marconi in Wellfleet, there’s a brand new staircase for the second year in a row.

Both beaches seem to be hotspots for erosion right now. And the Seashore is trying to adapt. 

Dan Tritle

Thomas Dresser has written a number of books about various aspects of Martha’s Vineyard history- you might call him the Vineyard’s unofficial historian. His latest book tells chronicles the role of Martha’s Vineyard in the history of whaling.  The book is Whaling on Martha's Vineyard.

jfkhyannismuseum.org

Eunice Kennedy Shriver is widely known as the founder of Special Olympics and the sister of the famous brothers, Jack, Bobby, and Teddy. She was also a persistent and effective lobbyist, ran the Kennedy family foundation distributing millions of dollars to charity, and was the impetus behind a major civil rights movement: the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities into mainstream society. Why have the accomplishments of Eunice Kennedy Shriver garnered so little attention? Eileen McNamara hopes to change that.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Some Cape business owners were caught off guard earlier this year when they got a sudden, unexpected bill from the state—a penalty for employees who qualify for Mass Health or the Health Connector, instead of employer-offered plans.

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Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge includes a network of ever-shifting barrier beaches and islands dangling from the elbow of Cape Cod. Once home to a 19th-century fishing community complete with a school and, of course, a tavern, the island is now mostly designated as a federal wilderness area, so most of the eating and drinking is done by the wildlife these days. 

J. Junker

On the monthly Bird News,  ornithologist / wildlife biologist Mark Faherty of the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary joins our host Mindy Todd to talk about the world of birds, and also other wildlife. Stories and information about skunks, chipmonks, squirrels, and insects are part of the conversation too. We hear about the life cycles of various birds, some of which are already beginning to migrate away again. Listeners join in with calls throughout the hour on The Point.

Grappling With Eating Clams and Being Vegetarian

Jul 10, 2018
L. Lerner

During this week's A Cape Cod Notebook, we hear from Provincetown resident Dennis Minsky, who talks about his struggle with being a vegetarian and eating clams.

 

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