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Neutrinos, cosmic rays, and Oumuamua - learn more about what's going on in the world of astronomy as WCAI's "All Things Considered" host Brian Morris speaks with Regina Jorgenson, Director of Astronomy at the Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket.

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There's family friendly fun in every corner of the peninsula in the next few days. Here's your Weekend Outlook.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: Yarmouth residents raise concerns about plans to bring a power line ashore through Lewis Bay; Gosnold will look for a new site for its proposed drug rehab facility—one that’s not next to a school; and Cape Cod sees a decline in opioid prescription rates.

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It's seven miles long and offers some of the best shore fishing anywhere. Welcome to the Cape Cod Canal. 

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Habitat for Humanity unveiled its newest affordable housing community in Brewster that is also environmentally friendly. The six homes off of Tubman Road are all equipped with solar panels which power the homes, making them nearly net zero, meaning they make as much energy as they use.

Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito visited the homes on Thursday and said they addressed both a need for affordable housing, and a need to use alternate sources of energy. 

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As much as we try to prevent or slow it down, aging is a reality of life. Many will find themselves in the position of helping parents through the later stages of life, or being helped by their adult children.

On The point, we talk with Melanie Merriman about some of the challenges, joys and resources available for families who are managing a loved one's later stages of life. Her book is titled Holding the Net, Caring for my mother on the tightrope of aging.

 

 

Your Local Woods Can Be a Veritable Smorgasbord

Jul 19, 2018
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A green twiggy thicket in a Mashpee forest may look unremarkable to the untrained eye, but to Elise Leduc it's an endless feast of wild edible plants.

On The Point, we discuss the impacts of childhood trauma or adverse childhood experiences. Research shows that childhood adversity has short and longterm consequences on physical and behavioral health. Not only does the stress from aversity impact childhood health, but it puts people at risk for heart disease, cancer and other chronic disease later in life. Guests on the program are psychiatrists Dr. Marc Whaley and Dr. Jonathan Schwartz.

 

There’s a sneaky bird in our midst. A bird so devious, so duplicitous that even this bird guy was recently fooled. To make matters worse, the tragedy I will now describe happened in my own backyard, just a few feet from my door. The innocent victims in this story are a pair of Carolina Wrens. The villain is a bird obscure to most but infamous to some: the Brown-headed Cowbird.

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Robert Martin & Mark S. Petteruti work together -- quite a lot. 

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On The Point, horticulturist Roberta Clark joins our host Mindy Todd for our gardening program. Plants are growing very fast in the heat of summer, and so are insects; some beneficial and some that are bothersome to our garden plants. Roberta gives us tips on all garden questions, from watering, weeding, harvesting, and fertilizing, to how to controll powdery mildew and other plant problems.  

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If  you were to ask how many year-round residents live on Nantucket, the answer would depend on whom you talk to. 

When the Fish Aren't Biting

Jul 17, 2018

 

I cleaned the rain gutters on my house this weekend. Which is another way of saying the fishing is slow.

  

A few weeks ago, we spoke with a young ocean researcher who was struck by the lack of diversity among her colleagues and decided to dig deeper. Emily Cooperdock and a colleague got their hands on four decades worth of data and found that years of talk and diversity initiatives have done little to actually increase the representation of women and minorities in earth and ocean sciences.

It used to be that fat was fat, and fat was bad. Then, we learned about different kinds of fats – some worse for us than others – and then some other fats – the omega-3 fatty acids – that are actually good for us. 

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