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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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The Point
11:14 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Birding in Autumn is Thrilling

Credit Audubon

This time of year along the coastline of New England you are likely to see the fastest bird in the world migrating. Peregrine falcons have been seen diving at speeds of over 240 miles per hour.  Ornithologist Vernon Laux joins us with some history about these falcons, and lots more bird news.

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The Local Food Report
7:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Wellfleet Chef Brings Back Ancient Fermented Fish Sauce

Credit Elspeth Hay

Today, most people throw away the skeletons and innards of our fish. But in Ancient Rome, these parts weren't trash—they were food. This week on The Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with a chef from Wellfleet who's using the fermented skeletons and innards of small, oily local fish to make a popular sauce from Roman times. 

You can learn more about this sauce, called garum, on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore

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Weekly Bird Report
2:27 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Back from Brink of Extinction, World's Fastest Bird Continues to Awe Watchers

Peregrine falcon and its recently acquired next meal.
Credit Don Sutherland / flickr

A momentous thing happened in August of 1999. The fastest bird in the world - a bird that has been seen plummeting in a dive at over 240 miles per hour - the peregrine falcon was taken off the endangered species list. The ceremony was held out in Boise, Idaho on the 22nd August of that year. It is a wonderful and altogether rare success story.

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A Cape Cod Notebook
1:56 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Mysterious Tower in North Truro Entwined with a Legend of Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind Tower in North Truro.
Credit Ktr101 / Wikimedia Commons

One of the oddest juxtapositions of architecture on Cape Cod can be found in North Truro at the boundary of the old air force base and the Highland Links Golf Course immediately to its north. During most of the Cold War, the North Truro Air Force Base was part of the DEWLINE, or Distant Early Warning system.

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The Point
10:52 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Living with Schizophrenia

Credit J.J.

On The Point, an interview with Ben Boone, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He’s written a book about his experiences entitled Minority of Mind. The book details the author's descent into darkness as a young man, and the daily struggles to perform as a person, rather than a manifestation of his illness. It addresses how society treats those with serious psychiatric disorders and challenges our definition of "madness".

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The Point
12:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

The Race for the Cape and Islands State Senate Seat

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Dan Wolf, the Cape and Islands Democratic Party candidate for state senate seat, talks with Mindy Todd on The Point about various key issues, such as the economy, energy, transportation, healthcare, arts and culture, and more.  Listeners chime in with questions on the phone and email.  Republican Party candidate Ron Beaty did not join the debate; he called to say h

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Science & Environment
9:57 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Science at Burning Man

Alecia looks at a Circuit Tree out on the Playa
Carl Rhodes

Each year, tens of thousands of people from around the country make their way to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for a week-long festival known as Burning Man. It’s a celebration of art and self-expression, but it’s also permeated with science and technology. WCAI on-air host and Living Lab production assistant Alecia Orsini went to Burning Man this year with a mission – to find all the science she could. 

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Science & Environment
8:52 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Breaking Down the Dust

What is Playa Dust made of?
Alecia Orsini

Burning Man is a week long festival in August that takes place in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. It's a harsh environment to live and camp for a week, but Burners (what you call someone who goes to Burning Man) live for the challenge. One of the defining elements of the experience is the Black Rock Playa, the desert itself. Unlike most deserts, it is a dusty alkali flat from an ancient ocean or lake bed.

Two Burners from Medford Massachusetts, upon studying the chemicals that make up the dusty playa, concluded that they should be able to make glass from the dust. 

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