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The Point with Mindy Todd
3:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

5th Barnstable State Rep Candidates Debate Issues

Two candidates for the 5th Barnstable State Representative seat, Randy Hunt (Republican) and Matthew Terry (Democrat) join Mindy Todd in The Point studio to debate issues such as employment, housing, transportation, environment, and lots more.

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Weekly Bird Report
11:53 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Nantucket Birding Festival Highlights Include Rare View of a Hudsonian Godwit

Hudsonian Godwit
Credit Dave Inman / flickr

What a fabulous weekend we experienced on the Cape and Islands this past weekend. Ideal weather for almost any activity with mild temperatures and lots of sun but little in the way of northwesterly winds to aid in bringing birds to our region. Nonetheless there were birders out all over and Nantucket Island enjoyed its 4th annual Nantucket Birding Festival which saw that island birded extensively. There were lots of birds and lots of happy birders viewing them.

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The Local Food Report
9:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Cape Cod Beer Makers Walk Us Through the Brewing Process

Credit Elspeth Hay

Beer relies on four ingredients: malt, water, hops, and yeast. But as evidenced by the number of beers and breweries around the globe, there are infinite ways to combine these ingredients for a tasty beverage. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with Todd Marcus of Cape Cod Beer about how he makes beer from start to finish. 

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The Point
12:50 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Candidates Face Off on The Point: Barnstable County Commissioner, District Attorney

Political Debates continue on The Point, with Mindy Todd hosting. Barnstable County Commissioner candidates Mark Forest (Democrat) and Leo Cakounes (Republican) discuss various topics such as housing, drugs, jobs, wastewater, and transportation.  Later in the hour Barnstable County District Attorney Candidates Michael O’Keefe (Republican) and Richard Barry (Democrat) have a turn to give their opinions as well.

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A Cape Cod Notebook
3:48 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Beach Roses, Pitch Pines, and Big Dunes are Not So Cape Cod as You Imagine

Ah, the lovely beach rose - quintessential Cape Cod, yes? Think again. Rosa rugosa is an invasive species, native to Asia.
Credit Roger LeJeune / flickr

It’s an old saw that there’s not one square foot on Cape Cod that has not been altered by some human activity over the centuries. Harbors have been dredged, highways have been built, marshes filled in, beaches lined with stone jetties or concrete bulwarks, and woodlands carved up for subdivisions – just to name a few of the more obvious effects.

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The Point
1:51 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Is the Digital Revolution Affecting How We Look at Ourselves?

Credit Alecia Orsini

UMass Dartmouth Professor Robert Waxler joins WCAI's Mindy Todd to talk about his book The Risk of Reading: How Literature Helps Us to Understand Ourselves and the World.  Waxler says the digital revolution is changing our ability to self reflect, and that the reading of literature matters to us as individuals and to our society as a whole.

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Morning Editon on WCAI
7:44 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Fascinating Stories from Nantucket History

The River Queen was a side wheel steamer serving Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in the mid 19th century.
Credit Nantucket Historical Association

On This Day in Nantucket History is a new book by Nantucketer Amy Jenness.  It serves up quirky, fascinating, and informative stores about people and events that have shaped the island's history.  Jenness has written for many island publications, and currently is on the staff of the Nantucket Atheneum.  She talked to WCAI's Dan Tritle about why so many people have found a home on the island.

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Science & Environment
6:11 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Arctic Spring: Chasing an Elusive Algal Bloom

Top: Ken Golden and Chris Polashenski measure the ice core temperature. Bottom: Melosira, an ice algae diatom that lives in the sea ice and forms long chains.
Credit Amanda Kowalski & Chelsea Clarke

Science - like life - doesn't always go according to plan. An Arctic expedition this year met with political and meteorological obstacles, and ended with a Coast Guard rescue.

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The Point
12:49 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Possible 3rd Bridge for Cape Cod; Skydiving Continues in Chatham; & more: A Busy Week of News

Greek technical diver Alexandros Sotiriou discovers an intact lagynos ceramic table jug and a bronze rigging ring on the Antikythera Shipwreck.
Credit WHOI / Brett Seymour / Return to Antikythera 2014

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of the top local stories of the week with several of the region's leading journalists, including George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise.

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Creative Life
8:45 am
Fri October 17, 2014

The Way of a Young Painter

 

28-year-old artist Coleen Gura has a degree in painting and art history. If you’ve spent time in Woods Hole, you’ve probably seen her work in two different places. But getting her work out in public has posed some unique challenges. Annie Costakis reports.

For Coleen Gura’s portfolio, click here

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