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Official poster from the March for Science

Last April, tens – if not hundreds – of thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts took to the streets in the first March for Science. This year, there will again be marches. But the March for Science has changed – from a volunteer-led protest to a global network of science advocacy groups. 

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With the approach of Patriot’s Day, seven Provincetown men will be honored nearly 240 years after they had served in the Revolutionary War. The seven men are interred at the Winthrop Street cemetery – the oldest in town - and their service was discovered almost by accident, as part of an effort to identify notable people buried there.

Poetry Sunday: Mary Ellen Redmond

Apr 8, 2018

 

Mary Ellen Redmond reads her poem, "Mistaken Identity."   

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include: Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times, Jim Kinsella of the Enterprise, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, K.C. Myers of the Provincetown Banner, Brittany Bowker of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today.

How many times have we heard “eat your vegetables” or said it ourselves?

Results from a local study reveal that people who increase their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables do see improvements in health and habits.

Weekend Outlook: Appreciate the Arts

Apr 5, 2018
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

The right side of your brain is sure to be engaged during this lineup of events in the next few days. Here's your Weekend Outlook. 

Elspeth Hay

Around 2006, beekeepers and scientists started talking about something called colony collapse disorder. CCD at that time was a new phenomenon; suddenly whole hives of worker bees started disappearing, leaving behind a queen, plenty of food, and a few nurse bees. Ever since, scientists have been trying to figure out why.    

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AmeriCorps volunteers have contributed countless hours to natural resource management and disaster preparedness in Barnstable County. During the recent storms, volunteers could be found manning the emergency shelters and stacking sand bags to protect against coastal flooding. The program recently lost housing for volunteers on the Upper Cape. On The Point, we discuss what this means for the future of the program. 

 

According to the National Institute of Mental Health nearly one third of adolescents are affected by anxiety disorder. Not only is that number on the rise, the severity of the anxiety is also increasing. 

Migrant Birds Trickling In

Apr 4, 2018
Mark Faherty

As I gazed forlornly upon the flock of winter juncos lingering in my snow-covered yard on Monday, May felt very far away. Here on the Cape, Old Man Winter has been like that in-law who keeps changing their flight so they can stay at your house “just a few more days”. But despite this snowy little setback, there has been a significant pulse of new spring birds as March has turned to April, so take heart.

Nelson Sigelman

In the past few weeks, the Steamship Authority has struggled to maintain ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard. Its two large boats have suffered repeated mechanical issues, while another large ferry was undergoing a winter overhaul. A fast ferry was brought in to provide service in the meantime—and it’s gotten plenty of attention from ferry riders. 

Statistics on child sexual abuse show that 90 percent of offenders are someone the child knows and trusts. What safeguards should be in place to protect our children at school, home and in the community? On The Point, we talk with Jacob Stapledon, Community Education Coordinator at Children’s Cove which provides services on the Cape and Islands for child victims of sex abuse.

 

There is increasing attention to teen brain development and how it impacts teens behavior and risk taking, such as using alcohol and drugs. Parents and other interested members of the community are working to keep teens safer, healthier, and substance-free through the middle and high school years. Coming up on April 8th in Falmouth is a Community Forum on Addiction & Adolescent Brain. On The Point, we hear about this work and what supports are available for teens and their families.

Robert Finch

Several years ago I did a radio program about a bronze plaque that was bolted to a large glacial boulder on the tidal flats of Nauset Harbor in Orleans. The plaque commemorated the departure point of the first successful row across the Atlantic Ocean, completed by two Englishmen, John Ridgeway and Chay Blyth, in the summer of 1966.

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State House lawmakers passed a bill late last month that would add a tax to short-term rentals such as those listed on Air BnB. Cape lawmakers pushed for an amendment that would let their towns add a surcharge specifically designed to help pay for the region's looming wastewater pollution crisis.

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