Local cranberry growers recently finished harvesting this year’s crop from bogs in Wareham, Carver and other area locations. Witnessing the harvest is a quintessentially New England scene, as millions of the bright red berries are corralled into flooded bogs before being loaded onto waiting trucks. But behind that postcard image is a lot of critical science that growers need to keep up on.
WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran discusses the top news stories of the week with local journalists, including George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.
There are a lot of upsides to plug-in electric vehicles, which is why state and federal officials are pushing hard to bring them into the mainstream. The technology promises to help reduce our reliance on imported petroleum products; the cars can be charged overnight or at times when the electric grid is less taxed; and they produce zero tailpipe emissions.
A couple of years ago, Sam Tarplin was deep in the throes of heroin addiction. To feed his habit, he stole from family and friends. He lived a life of near-total isolation, sometimes in Boston, and sometimes here on the Cape. After a series of overdoses, Sam finally sought help. With the help of a recovery program, he was able to clean up his act by autumn of 2013. But living on the Cape is complicated for a recovering addict. Most of the jobs dry up in the wintertime, and by last winter Sam was worried about the long stretches of time he would have on his hands with nothing to do.
The question that been coming my way since last spring was will the Snowy Owls that spent the winter in larger numbers than ever before in our area last winter return to spend another winter. Simple, straight forward question but not an easy one to answer. This historic incursion points out just how little we know about not only Snowy Owls but pretty much everything else as well.
On The Point, a discussion about underage drinking, and some of the programs in place on the cape and islands designed to prevent teens from drinking. Even though the legal drinking age in the United States is 21, more than a quarter of all alcohol consumed here is drunk by people under the age of 20, according to Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
LISTEN as an NStar spokesperson discusses a customer's electricity bill.
Utility company officials don't usually make house calls. But NStar spokesperson Michael Durand agreed to sit down with an NStar customer and talk about her electric bill. So we introduced Durand to 72-year-old Barbara Meehan of Wareham.
Truro Farmer Brings Back Historic Nantucket Pumpkin, Local Food Report, by Elspeth Hay
Peter Burgess is into local history. Several years ago, he discovered a variety of winter squash called the Long Pie Pumpkin that came to Nantucket in 1832 aboard a whaling ship. Over time the variety was forgotten and almost lost, but Peter is one of a growing number of New England farmers trying to bring it back. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth talks with Peter about how to grow and cook with Long Pie Pumpkin, and why he thinks it's a variety worth saving.
Why do some people seem more predisposed to violence than others? What are some situations that increase the risk of aggression and how can we help foster kindness, gentleness and compassion? Psychologist Michael Abruzzese and Psychiatrist Marc Whaley join Sean Corcoran to discuss the psychology of violence.