Poetry Sunday: Sophi Cerda

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Sophi Cerda reads her poem, "Corners of the Earth."  


WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner, George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today.

Students across the country are organizing a school walk out to bring attention to gun violence and school safety. We sit down with high school students from across our region to discuss their views on gun control and their concerns following a number of school shootings. We also discuss student ideas for making schools safer and what they hope the school walk out will accomplish locally and nationally.

What is lost when people spend more time online or on their phones and less time reading a book? What do we lose as individuals and a society, when people stop reading? And why should educational curriculums not neglect the arts and humanities in the push to promote STEM?

The Versatile Potato

Mar 15, 2018
Ali Berlow

This past fall I bought fifty pounds of German Butterball potatoes. They’re a hearty, dense, and waxy-fleshed heirloom variety. They don’t get flaky or mealy when cooked. They’re like a Yukon Gold only better, I think, because they have a thick skin that is delicious.

Pub Night: Birds! has been rescheduled to April 5th from 5-7pm at Cape Cod Beer. We are sorry for the inconvenience. 

Backyard Birds

Mar 14, 2018
Mark Faherty

With yet another storm hammering the Cape and trapping us indoors, I suppose we should talk about the underappreciated art of feeder watching.

On The Point, our host Mindy Todd and Mark Faherty, ornithologist and wildlife biologist at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, are on the air with the monthly Bird News, in the middle of a snowstorm. Many callers report birds are eagerly visiting feeding stations all through the region. Early songbird migrants have been showing up already: now they must shelter and wait for the weather to clear before they can forage again.

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Last month, late on Valentine’s Day afternoon, I went out to Chipman’s Cove to see if I could get some oysters. Normally I don’t bother going out so late in the season, since the recreational shellfishing flats are usually pretty well picked over by mid-February. But my son and my daughter were making dinner for us on Sunday and their sole request was to have some Wellfleet oysters, so I decided to try.

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When it comes to artificial intelligence, a lot of attention has been focused on issues of privacy and economics – on what happens if robots makes human workers obsolete.

March is definitely coming in like a lion, as the region receives its third powerful storm of the month and its first blizzard of 2018.   Here are updates. 

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“America the Beautiful” has endured for more than a century as one of our country’s best-loved patriotic songs. It began as a poem written by Katharine Lee Bates, who was born in Falmouth and spent much of her life as a teacher at Wellesley College.

Ione Fine

Scientific journals don’t track the gender of their authors. That made it that much trickier for University of Washington psychology professor Ione Fine and her colleagues to uncover a surprising fact: that women scientists are significantly under-represented among authors of studies published in top-tier journals. 

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For almost a decade, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper slashed science funding and restricted government researchers’ ability to speak to the public. The Trudeau administration has worked to reverse their predecessors’ anti-science policies, but many Canadian scientists still say they don’t feel free to speak to the public. Science librarian and blogger John Dupuis of York University, told Living Lab Radio he isn’t surprised. Rebuilding is slow. 

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Medicine has changed radically in the past century, but one thing that flies under the radar is how much our concept of illness, itself, has changed.