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Ben Linhoff hauled 800 pounds of gear in ten 2-mile trips from his field camp to a river crossing at the end of the nearest road.
Courtesy of Ben Linhoff

I've read my fair share of science books and field blogs and talked to more than a few scientists. In most cases, I hear their stories and think "Cool! I want to do that!" In a few other cases, I think "That's hardcore, but I could probably handle it." As I read Ben Linhoff's Following the Ice blog this summer (and re-read it last night), all I could think is "That guy is crazy. I never want to camp next to a glacier in Greenland for three months." I'll moderate that a bit now that I've met Ben. He isn't crazy. But I still never want to camp next to a glacier in Greenland for 3 straight months. I'm certainly glad Ben is willing to, though, because his research is important.

Lions

Sep 25, 2012
H. Vannoy Davis, CalPhotos, California Academy of Sciences. CC BY-NC-SA.

Does the mane really make the lion? Certainly, luxurious locks are the feature that sets Panthera leo apart from the other large cats. But surprisingly, not all male lions have manes.

Dancing in Capoeira

Sep 21, 2012
Jenna-Weiss Berman

Martha’s Vineyard is home to three thousand immigrants from Brazil. Some of them have found community in the centuries-old Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira, which has become popular on the island in recent years

Visit the website of the MV YMCA.

This piece came to us from our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.

 

It's A Crime

Sep 14, 2012


John Boyd

Sep 10, 2012

When Nancy Boyd Lennon was a teenager, she used to hide when a certain young man came to visit her father, John Boyd.
 
Lennon said she and her two sisters were young and immature, and they didn't want to interact with this boy, who was something of a social outcast. He certainly wasn't one of the self-assured, athletic guys her father typically coached at the nearby high school. But this young man would ride his one-speed bicycle some 10 miles to sit with Boyd and listen to old 78 records of the Big Bands of the 30s and 40s.

Hot Knife

Sep 7, 2012
Erica Kramer

George Rebello has been making knives in his workshop in New Bedford for fifteen years. Normally it takes him two weeks to make a custom creation. The knife he is working on now--the knife he is obsessed with--has taken two years and counting. It's a memorial to his fiancé whose ashes are mixed into the steel of the blade. Erica Kramer reports.  

Tick Control

Aug 17, 2012

Ticks — and tick-borne diseases — have become a part of life on the Cape and Islands, and across the Northeast. To address the problem and fill a need, private companies are creating new products designed to help keep ticks off us so we can avoid their dangerous bites. At the same time, researchers are developing and testing innovative ways to reduce tick populations and take the fight directly to the tick.

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Lyme Epicenter

Aug 16, 2012

For decades, Massachusetts has held the unfortunate distinction of having some of the highest rates of Lyme Disease in the country. And Cape Cod and the Islands is at the epicenter of the problem. In the fourth installment of our series, WCAI's Sean Corcoran reports on the debate surrounding treatment and diagnosis of Lyme disease.

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The Things They Carry

Aug 15, 2012

Lyme disease has persisted on the Cape and Islands for decades. But in recent years other tick-borne diseases have taken hold, too. In the third installment of our series, Sean Corcoran reports on the remarkable increase in tick-borne infections, and what could be happening in the ecosystem to account for it.

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On the Move

Aug 14, 2012
James Gathany, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The ticks are out in Wellfleet this year. At the Sven Bed and Breakfast, innkeeper Alexandra Grabbe says that collectively, her and her husband have been bitten five times.

"I've seen them on laundry that I've washed because we line dry the sheets," she said. "Just the other day, in a room where a child had been sleeping, I found a tick on his sheet and immediately contacted his parents and said, 'You need to keep an eye out in case he was bitten.' They're like indestructible. They're horrible."

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It Takes an Ecosystem

Aug 13, 2012

In the first installment of our series, Sean Corcoran reports on researchers' newest understanding of tick ecology -- how they travel, how they live, and how they survive.

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A Capella Summer

Aug 10, 2012
Steve Junker

Every summer for nineteen years, young men from around the country have come to Cape Cod to sing a capella in The Hyannis Sound. The group is a creative collaborative. Not only do they create music and perform together - they all live in the same house. Steve Junker reports.

Visit the website of The Hyannis Sound

Daniel Gould

Aug 5, 2012

Daniel Gould built boats. He built telescopes and bicycles. He carved signs and bird decoys. And he crafted musical instruments of all kinds. But mostly he built boats in Arey's Pond boat yard near Pleasant Bay in Orleans.

Plant Tapestry

Jul 13, 2012

Say the word “weaving,” and most people think of warm blankets, comfortable sweaters and other items created by hand with a needle and thread, or with a loom and its spinning wheel. But a Dennis woman has adopted a very different method of weaving - using plants - to create unusual works of art.

Visit Shannon Goheen's website.

Rita Killory

Jul 2, 2012

When Judge Robert Terry needed guidance – when he was on the bench at probate and family court in Barnstable, and he needed counsel – he would go to his friends’ Rita and Joe Killory's house, his neighbors in Sandwich. He wouldn’t call; he’d just go. And he’d sit in their living room and ask for their perspective.

“Of course I wouldn’t discuss names or anything like that nature," Terry said, "but especially when it related to issues related to children, I would discuss these things in depth with Rita and Joe, and get their feedback on it, so to speak, which was very helpful to me, you know?”

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