Brian Morris

South Coast Reporter

Brian Morris is the South Coast Reporter for WCAI. He began working with the station in 2005 as an independent reporter/producer, and joined the staff full time in December, 2013. He has contributed to the station's “Creative Life” series, and produced the “Nautical Minutes” series of :60 vignettes about nautical life on the Cape and Islands. Brian also is a fill-in Host for "All Things Considered," and provides field production support for "The Point." 

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Almost two weeks ahead of schedule, the Gay Head Lighthouse began its ultra-slow-motion journey to a new location 134 feet from its former site --  and well back from the eroding cliff-side. Amid the din of heavy construction equipment – and a news helicopter and drone overhead – spectators watched as the first stages of the three-day move unfolded. 

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The move of the iconic Gay Head lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard got underway late this morning, about two weeks ahead of schedule. The 400-ton brick structure, which had stood just 46 feet from the eroding cliffs, is expected to reach its new foundation, 134 feet away, by Saturday.

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No passport needed: Canada to California, Paris to Provincetown . . .  Michael Cunningham and Adam Gopnik are the tour guides. 20 Summers at the Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown brought these two authors, a Pulitzer prize–winning novelist and a New Yorker writer, together on stage for the first time.

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Nantucket might be the last place many people would associate with manufacturing. But the island does have a rich manufacturing past -- a history largely unknown to people who come here on vacation. Specialty manufacturing is alive and well on Nantucket, and two of these homegrown operations welcome seasonal visitors as a way to spread the word about their products. 

    

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After months of preparation, workers are ready to move the Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard away from its spot above the picturesque cliffs of Aquinnah. The lighthouse has been in the same location since 1856, serving as a crucial navigation aid for local mariners. But the cliffs are eroding, leaving the lighthouse a mere 46 feet from the edge. On Thursday the Gay Head Light begins a slow-motion journey to a new, safer home.

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The South Coast has a much longer and more robust history of making products than Cape Cod or the Islands. Two South Coast manufacturers in particular make very different types of products, but both employ specially-trained local talent to produce them.   

Davico Manufacturing in New Bedford has spent 28 years making just one thing - replacement catalytic converters. But within that one product category, there’s a huge amount of variety: 1,700 different sku’s, or part numbers, according to Davico Business Development Manager Glen Hamblet,

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Opponents of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station took their concerns to Boston recently, where they met with a Homeland Security official and key players from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Since the plant lost off-site power and experienced an unplanned shutdown in January’s blizzard, there have been renewed calls for a better evacuation plan for Cape Cod in the event of an emergency.

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It’s a dream of  many young people to fly in a plane, and perhaps one day become professional pilots. Recently, a number of South Coast kids got a chance to take a free flight at the New Bedford Regional Airport. – some even handling the controls for a few minutes. Event organizers say that the objective is simple: give kids a taste of being up in the sky, and it just might spark a lifelong interest in aviation. 

Singer, songwriter, and activist Peter Yarrow was a third of the legendary folk group Peter, Paul and Mary.  He talks to WCAI's Brian Morris about the trio, his activism on various social causes, and the story behind some of the group's best-known songs.  Yarrow is scheduled to perform at the Harwich Cranberry Festival Friday night, May 8th.

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30 Years of Provincetown artist Jay Critchley’s work.  WCAI's Brian Morris does a walk-though of an upcoming exhibit of Critchley’s work in P-Town.  Critchley tackles the big issues of our time, always with a sense of humor, seriousness, and timing: from global pathogens to plastics and the car culture, from climate change to corporate domination. What is the American Dream? He asks.

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