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.
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.
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.
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. MichaelAbruzzese, psychologist, and Dr. Marc Whaley, psychiatrist.
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?
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.
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.