Brian Morris

co-Host Morning Edition, Reporter

Brian Morris began working with WCAI 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, produced the “Nautical Minutes” series of :60 vignettes about nautical life on the Cape and Islands, reported on South Coast issues, and provided field production support for "The Point." He is co-host of WCAI's Morning Edition.

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Nathan and Polly Johnson were two of New Bedford’s leading abolitionists in the mid-1800s. It was in their house that a 20-year-old Frederick Douglass found refuge after fleeing slavery on a Maryland plantation.

Next year, Amazon will select a location for its second headquarters, promising to invest $5 billion dollars and create up to 50,000 jobs for the winning city.

Across the country, cities large and small are pulling out all the stops to attract the giant online retailer, and Fall River is joining the fray. The South Coast city already has an Amazon fulfillment center, and they’re hoping that might give them a leg up in the competition.

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The mural at the Cape Cinema movie theater is one of the Cape’s largest, most unusual works of art.

The Cape Cinema opened in June, 1930. It was built by Raymond Moore, who had established the Cape Playhouse in 1926, then decided to build a movie theater nearby.

WCAI's Brian Morris hosts a roundup of the week's top news.  His guests include Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Michael Bonner of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; Tao Wolfe of the Sandwich Enterprise; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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In Woods Hole, just outside the village, a futuristic-looking dome stands on a hill behind a clump of trees. It's a geodesic dome designed in 1953 by Buckminster Fuller, the progressive architect known for conceiving structures using fewer materials—doing more with less. He was hired to create an eye-catching addition to a restaurant on the site, which was owned by Gunnar Peterson.

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is creating new uncertainty for a number of area high school and college students. WCAI's Morning Edition hosts Brian Morris and Kathryn Eident have reaction to the decision from Dr. John Cox, President of Cape Cod Community College, and Helena Da Silva-Hughes of the Immigrants Assistance Center in New Bedford.

Nantucket Historical Association

Annie Nahar was born in 1844. Records of her life are spotty, but the little information available reveals a woman of remarkable courage.

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Spiritualism has been part of the history of Onset village for well over 100 years. The spiritualist movement first took hold there in the late 19th century, enjoyed a heyday in the early 1900’s, and continues to survive today.

It began with groups of people coming together to communicate with the afterlife. The first group of spiritualists began holding camp meetings on the shores of Onset Bay.

Brewster Historical Society

Hellen Keller spent time in Brewster during several summers as a child. She was born in Alabama, and became deaf and blind at 19 months old. Keller’s connection to Brewster was through a local woman named Sophia Crocker-Hopkins, who ran a boarding house for summer visitors. 

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The Cape Cod Coliseum is a former entertainment venue in South Yarmouth that once hosted ice hockey games, professional wrestling matches, as well as some of most legendary acts in rock music.

The Coliseum opened in 1972. It was initially built as an arena for youth and amateur ice hockey matches, and was home to the Cape Cod Cubs of the Eastern Hockey League.

Nantucket Historical Association

In the 1830s, silk was all the rage in fashion. And Nantucket decided to get in on the action.

“There was a lot of speculation along the eastern seaboard about establishing silk in the United States,” said Nantucket resident and historian Barbara White.

So, two Nantucket entrepreneurs planted 4,000 mulberry trees in the Polpis area of the island.

“The trees got established, and in 1832, they opened a silk factory,” said White.

It was thought that the mulberry trees and the silk that they fed would thrive on Nantucket.

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WCAI's Brian Morris hosts a panel of reporters talking about some of the top stories in the news.  His guests: Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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When someone loses the use of their limbs because of a traumatic injury, the emotional healing process can be long and difficult. It’s been shown that physical activity is one of the best ways to help that process along, but it takes the help of trained personnel and specially modified equipment. There’s a new program on Cape Cod that’s providing opportunities for those with severe injuries, helping them get outside on the water and the trails.

  

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Each year, a Cape Cod ham radio club commemorates the role that wireless communication played in rescuing survivors from the Titanic in 1912.

The Club calls itself the Titanic/Marconi Association of Cape Cod. Their call sign is WIMGY, the last 3 letters of which were the same call sign of the Titanic.

Rick Pendleton hails from Braintree, but he comes to the Cape every year to participate in the event.

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May 29th marks the 100th birthday of John F. Kennedy, the nation’s 35th President. Ann Mulligan of Brighton has a family connection to the late president. Her mother spent 49 years as the personal assistant to Cardinal Richard Cushing, who was Archbishop of Boston from 1944 to 1970. Cardinal Cushing was a close friend of the Kennedy family, officiating at JFK’s marriage to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in 1953, and at his funeral Mass 10 years later following the President’s assassination in Dallas.

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