Creative Life

Creative Life airs every second Friday at 8:35am and 5:30pm, and that following Sunday evening at 7.

Our series Creative Life offers an audio tour of arts, culture, and inspiration on the Cape and Islands. Our region is rich with creative diversity, and so are the stories we tell.

Creative Life is edited by Jay Allison.

For archives of the Local Food Report, including episodes dating from before November 2012, go to the Creative Life Archives

Creative Life is made possible by The Circle of Ten, ten local businesses and organizations committed to local programming on WCAI.

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Creative Life
10:05 am
Fri August 22, 2014

The Inevitability of Pluto

Greg O'Brien is a journalist with a mission; writing what might be his last story ever. O'Brien has Early Onset Alzheimer's disease, and his cognitive functions are rapidly declining. It was in the face of this scenario that O'Brien wrote On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s. The book is part-memoir, part insider's guide to dealing with Alzheimer's, and part attempt to raise awareness for the disease. The book was released in June.

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Creative Life
11:39 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Bowls that Might Have Never Been

Brian Weir of South Dartmouth earns his living making wooden bowls and furniture.  Although he works alone in his shop, his artistic career is built on a partnership.

This piece is edited by Jay Allison and comes from our production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Jakob Lewis was a student during the Spring Session of 2014

You can get more information about  Brian’s work  here.

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In This Place
9:02 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Character of a Carpenter

Cape Cod was first settled by Europeans almost four hundred years ago; and there are still plenty of original houses around here. But how do you maintain a centuries-old building without interfering with its historic integrity?  Justine Paradis went to Plymouth to speak with Micahael Burrey, for WCAI’s Creative Life.

This piece is edited by Jay Allison and comes from our production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.

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Creative Life
8:42 am
Fri June 27, 2014

There's the Rub! Practicing the Ancient Art of Gyotaku Fish Printing in Chatham

Gyotaku is a 2,000-year-old Japanese art form. Jenny Bovey is one of its few full-time practitioners in the United States. You can find her immersed in paints, ink, fish, fabric, and fine paper in her studio-and-store on Main Street in Chatham. For more information go to her website.

This piece is edited by Jay Allison and comes from our production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.

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Creative Life
9:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

The Quahog Poets

The Quahog Poets in October 2013 at the Gus Canty Community Center on Main Street in Falmouth, where their meetings are held every other Thursday.

The Falmouth Senior Center poetry group hosted a public event to read their work. But it turned out to be less about sharing their artistry and more about the joy of expressing themselves in a whole new way.

The Quahog Poets meet every other Thursday at 1pm at the Gus Canty Community Center on Main Street in Falmouth. All are welcome.     

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Creative Life
9:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

A Quest to Create A Carousel of Light

Rich Sherman

 A herd of carved wild horses has been looking for a home on Cape Cod. Brigitta Greene tells a story, years in the making, of Lance Shinkle's unusual quest.

For more information and an update go to our website.  This piece is edited by Jay Allison and comes from our production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.

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Creative Life
9:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Abracadabra ! Marcus the Magician

Tobin Low

At the Quashnett Elementary School, the Mashpee Recreation Department offers an unusual afterschool activity: magic class, Tobin Low brings  the story of the class’ teacher, Marcus the Magician. 

Tobin was a member of the Fall 2013 Transom Workshop. This piece is edited by Jay Allison and comes from our production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.

Creative Life
9:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

So, You Want to Build a Boat?

Eric Jones

For two years now, people on Martha’s Vineyard have had a front row seat to the building of a large wooden boat. It’s one of the most unusual boat building projects the island has seen in decades. And the builder has invited both locals and visitors to pitch in and help. For WCAI’s Creative Life series, Eric Jones has the story of the ship “Seeker.”  

For more info on Ted Box and his progress on The Seeker 

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Creative Life
9:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Theater Program Helps Students Transcend Disabilities On and Off Stage

The students at Riverview School are in most ways no different to teenagers at any other New England boarding school. They play soccer and run cross country, cram for exams, waste time with friends. But they’re also coping with a range of disabilities. Vanessa Barchfield tells the story of how the school’s theater program is helping students transcend their disabilities on and off stage. 

For more information on the Riverview School http://riverviewschool.org/home

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Creative Life
7:35 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Dartmouth High School Theater Group Competes at Disney World

The cast of "Alice in Wonderland"
Brian Morris/WCAI

Last month, a group of students at Dartmouth High School competed in the National Performing Arts Festival at Disney World. During school vacation week, the students were hard at work in a classroom at the near-empty school, putting the final touches on the play they’d been rehearsing since last September.

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