Steve Junker

All Things Considered Host, Producer

Steve is a regular host of All Things Considered and Weekend Edition Saturday. He came to WCAI in 2007. In addition to hosting, he also produces The Fishing News, Weekend Outlook, and contributes to Creative Life. And he manages the website, too.

A writer, a fisherman, an occasional boat builder, a recovering musician, a longtime chicken rancher, a beekeeper... Steve keeps busy in Woods Hole, where he lives with his wife and two children.


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Heritage Museums and Gardens

Right after Thanksgiving, we jump into the holiday season. This weekend there are some annual traditions starting up. One of those is the Gardens Aglow exhibit at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich.

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The accepted method for assessing fish stocks involves catching samples in a net, hauling them up, and counting. Nearly everyone agrees it's a method with drawbacks. The sample size is necessarily limited, and the most of fish do not survive. But now there may be a better way.  

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For the last few  years Owen Nichols has been studying marine life in Pleasant Bay. Particularly amazing, he says, is the abundance of juvenile diversity within the bay, marking the area as a kind of sealife nursery. He's found juvenile lobsters, mussels, scallops, whelk, and winter flounder, to name just a handful of species.

How many things can you do with a turnip? There’s one good way to find out. Saturday is the 12th annual Turnip Festival in Eastham. 

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has its own way to give thanks at this time of year and will hold that event on Saturday. More info.

In October representatives for fifty-four nations gathered in Chile to commit resources to protecting the oceans. Next month in Paris, many of those same officials will gather at the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change.

Rich Delaney, president of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, and a founder and board member of Global Ocean Forum, was in Chile for the Ocean Conference, and he heads soon to the Paris Conference. He is not a negotiator, but will be in Paris with colleagues to conduct a side event, highlighting the impact of climate change on oceans.

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Cat's Eyes, Taws, Bumboozers, and Clambroths - the vocabulary of marbles is almost as varied as the glass balls themselves. You can knuckledown (prepare to shoot your marble) at Marble Mania at the Sandwich Glass Museum, which opens its annual Glassblowers Christmas exhibit this weekend. 


"People on Cape Cod are extremely spoiled when it comes to the North Atlantic Right Whale," says Scott Landry, Director of the Marine Animal Entanglement Response Team for the Center for Coastal Studies. "Most folks know that by April you can head up to Herring Cove in Provincetown and watch a huge number of Right Whales from the beach."

Right Whales are the rarest of all the large whale species.  They’re so rare that our North Atlantic population is individually numbered, with around 500 known to exist.

Pease Boatworks

Most boats these days are made of fiberglass, but wooden boats have their enthusiasts, and some Chatham organizations are joining together to celebrate them on Saturday.

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There are plenty of activities for children this Halloween weekend - but what about costume events for adults? Plenty of organizations are throwing a party, and here's a listing.

Heritage Museum and Gardens

With Halloween coming up on a Saturday next week, and some organizations not wanting to get in the way of trick-or-treaters, this turns out to be the big weekend for many Halloween-related events.