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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On Route 28 in Yarmouth -- a Cape Cod thoroughfare lined with taffy shops and seafood-themed restaurants -- is a large hulk of a building long past its heyday that most everyone agrees needs to go away. But not so long ago, this eyesore was known as the Mill Hill Club. It was an entertainment venue, and back during the 1970s and ‘80s, the club was as good a reason to come to Cape Cod as the beaches. But this Tuesday morning, town officials and representatives from the business community began smashing at it with sledgehammers. And then the bulldozer took over.

Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, the unconventional and innovative radio program that’s all about science – although sometimes you may not know it. He’s had a long and varied career in both radio and television, and recently WCAI's Brian Morris sat down with Robert Krulwich for a conversation about his unique brand of storytelling.

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About 150 people packed a Plymouth hotel function room, including numerous Pilgrim workers who wore buttons saying “I support Pilgrim Station – safe and secure.” Barbara Gaedke, an Administrative Assistant at Pilgrim for 34 years, said the plant is safe.

“And I think a lot of people are fearful of nuclear, and so they hear ‘accident’ or anything that’s out of the ordinary and they become afraid. But I think if you knew the people that work there, and if you knew how safe it is, it’s less fearful,” Gaedke said.

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At dusk on a recent Saturday, Professor Alan Hirschfeld and one of his grad students calibrate the large telescope inside the UMass/Dartmouth observatory. They’re setting up for a public astronomy night, a monthly event the University co-hosts with the Astronomical Society of Southern New England, or ASSNE. Hirschfeld said the telescope was designed and built by UMass students in the 1980’s, and went online in the early 90’s. It has a 16-inch diameter, or aperture.

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 After several difficult budget years, many communities are finding that finances are easing a bit. As things become less dire, some towns are even beginning to add staff again  -- but not every town.

In Wareham, officials are wrestling with serious shortfalls as they look ahead to 2015. The future of the Council on Aging and the town's senior center are in jeopardy, and the folks who rely on those services are venting their frustration.

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  It seems like winter is determined to stick around. We'll bring you all the details as the blizzard develops, along with lists of resources and important links.

NOTE: The meeting for tonight has been postponed due to the storm. A new date has yet to be selected.

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The Cape Wind project has been ongoing for more than a decade, and the developer says the first of the 130 wind turbines could he installed in Nantucket Sound by early 2015. Outside Massachusetts and along the entire East Coast, interest in offshore wind continues, as projects enter the planning stages in states such as Maine, Rhode Island, and Delaware. But these offshore turbines are massive in scale, hundreds of feet high with footings that go deep into the seabed. They require complex port facilities to assemble, transport and install the enormous blades and towers.

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Edward Gorey was an American author, illustrator, playwright, set and costume designer who had an avid following around the world.

In 1979 Gorey bought a 200-year-old sea captain's house in Yarmouthport. After his death in 2000, the house became a museum dedicated to his life and work, as well as his devotion to animal welfare. WCAI's Mindy Todd paid a visit in June of 2009, and Brian Morris produced this virtual tour.

Flood Insurance Maps: Homeowners, Towns in a Bind

Staggering increases in flood insurance rates are about to hit homeowners, especially on the Cape Islands and South Coast. The Federal Emergency Management Agency – or FEMA – has re-drawn its flood maps. So thousands of homeowners on Cape Cod, the Islands and South Coast will pay thousands of dollars more each year for flood insurance. 

Homeowners Weigh Options As Lawmakers Try To Delay Flood Insurance Rate Increases

  Homeowners Feel Blindsided by Proposed Flood Insurance Rate Hikes

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Martha’s Vineyard gets electric power through a cable that crosses from the mainland to the island. The cable also supplies fiber-optic communications for things like cable TV and cell phone service. In recent years, the cable has failed numerous times, and now Nstar and Comcast are teaming up to install a new one. It’s a complex process that took two years to win approval from various town, state and Federal officials.

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Four years ago, New York-based writer Joshua Prager was looking to buy a small cottage in the Provincetown area. During his search, he came upon an ad with a barn for sale in Provincetown, so he decided to have a look.

“I came upon this remarkable barn that was dilapidated but beautiful,” Prager said.

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The Art Reach Program at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum was honored Friday with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Art Reach was one of 12 winners for after-school and out-of-school youth programs, and will receive a $10,000 prize and a year of communication assistance.

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