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So Much Joy and Spirit

Apr 6, 2012
Celeste Evans

  Tara Murphy has studied and performed just about every type of dance - from ballet to flamenco to Indian. For the past 20 years, Tara has focused on African dance. She says it helps her feel connected to her roots and she's sharing it with the community here on the Cape. For our Creative Life series, Katie Klocksin brought back this portrait from her class in Brewster.

Visit Cape Cod African Dance & Drum's website.

This piece comes from production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.  Find out more.

Nathan Crowell

Apr 2, 2012

Audio Pending...

Nobody knows how long a life will be, but at a young age, Nathan Crowell of Sandwich and Mashpee knew his certainly would be shorter than his peers. And that knowledge affected how he lived.


Andrea Taddeo

Mar 5, 2012

Some 200 of Andrea Taddeo's friends came to the Coonamesset Inn in Falmouth last month to sing and tell stories. With their heads hung low they sang the songs Taddeo sang when she was a girl back on Long Island in the 1950s, and into her oldest years living in Falmouth, until she died at home on Feb. 11 from cancer. They sang church songs. "The Hymn of Promise" was one, about new life and resurrection. And "Take My Hand" was another.

  If it has anything to do with the guitar, Arlen Roth has embraced it.  As a solo artist, as a sideman to legendary rock and folk performers, as a guitar designer, as a magazine columnist and teacher, Arlen has left his impact on more than one generation of guitar players. On his way to his home on Martha's Vineyard, Arlen stopped by our studio and spoke with Steve Junker.

Arlen Roth writes a regular blog on guitar playing.  He’s at work on an autobiography, and a children’s book in collaboration with Martha’s Vineyard illustrator Lane Gregory.

Visit Arlen Roth's website.

Below: Listen to Steve Junker's hour-long feature interview with Arlen Roth, including some great in-studio guitar playing, as it aired on Arts and Ideas, Sunday, February 26, 2012.

The Village Library

Feb 22, 2012

While most communities or counties in the United States have a library, Cape Cod has something of a unique structure, with small villages hosting their own libraries, not just the town center. As WCAI's Sean Corcoran reports, from small to large, the Cape and Island libraries often reflect the feelings and values of the geographic area where they exist.  

The Battle Over E-Books

Feb 21, 2012

Librarians are reporting dramatic increases in the numbers of people looking to borrow electronic books. It's not uncommon for a public library to report numbers doubling year-over-year in e-book usage. While libraries are trying to keep up with demand, some publishing houses are rethinking whether they want libraries loaning out e-books at all.

Librarians are reporting dramatic increases in the numbers of people looking to borrow electronic books, commonly called E-books. It's not uncommon for a public library to report numbers doubling year over year in e-book usage. But some publishing houses are rethinking whether they want libraries loaning out e-books at all.

Doing More With Less

Feb 20, 2012

With the economy still in recovery, libraries find themselves doing more with less. Among the challenges they face: reduced budgets, and the technology-driven needs of a growing number of patrons.

In the basement of Sturgis Library in Barnstable, director Lucy Loomis moves some boxes around on the shelves lining a small, climate-controlled room that looks like a bank vault.

She finds what she wants and takes it to a nearby table where she removes a ship's passport from the early days' of American History. Sturgis Library dates back to the 1860s, and like most libraries, for most of its history it focussed on printed materials -- primary documents like the ones in this box, as well as books, magazines and newspapers.

Elspeth Hay

Let's talk beer. Not the kind you buy, but the kind you make at home. In this 3-part episode of the Local Food Report, originally broadcast in February and March of 2012, Elspeth dives into the process of brewing your own beer.  She begins with a little history: 5000 years ago the Sumerians were already at it...

Elspeth has more information about homebrewing, including a recipe and links for brewing resources, on her blog Diary of a Locavore.  

Abel Correia

Feb 6, 2012

(Note: This is not a full transcript of the radio story. The full story can be heard by clicking above.)

In autumn 2003, Scott Price and his son Pat of Nashville, Tennessee, found themselves driving around Hyannis in a rental car looking for good will. The trip was Scott's idea after Pat graduated from college. During the course of a year, they would travel to all 50 states and interview people about the good things in their lives.

Up in the Air

Feb 3, 2012
Whitney Jones

  Snappy, Stretcho, and Criss-Cross are jugglers from Falmouth. They formed "The Suspenders Juggling Troupe" back in 1984 and have been performing ever since.

Visit Suspenders Juggling Troupe's website.

This piece comes from production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.  Find out more.

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