Creative Life


Creative Life airs every second Monday at 8:40am and 5:45pm.

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.

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

Photo by Ciara Gillan

Mick Carlon teaches English to 7th graders. Word is that Mick is the most popular teacher in school - most likely because of his unique approach of bringing literature to life.  

Carlon’s class read books like The Outsiders and The Pigman. Books that tackle complex issues: Racism. Segregation. Class Divisions. Carlon’s challenge is to engage mostly white, 11- and 12-year-olds with books set in a time and place that is far removed from their own. 

photo by Bethel Habte


When most kids grow up, they leave fairy tales behind. Instead, 23-year-old fashion designer Bree Billiter infuses her work with a little bit of storybook magic.  

A Hidden Slice of Jamaica... Just Down the Road

Feb 1, 2016
photo by Jimmy Gutierrez


Imagine trying to cook without the conveniences of electricity, running water, or a stove. Growing up in Jamaica, that’s exactly how Glenroy Solomon Burke, better known as Chef Shrimpy, had to learn. Today he owns a restaurant in South Yarmouth cooking his native cuisine.

photo by Josh Chapman


Bouncing back from addiction takes strong support. Mike Riordan and Josh Chapman find that in skateboarding and the friendship that has ensued. The two celebrate their friendship and stave off addiction by creating skateboarding videos. 

Photosynthesis in Polka Dots

Jan 4, 2016
photo by Devika Bakshi

Molly Bang is a children’s book author and illustrator. She’s written celebrated books like The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher and When Sophie Gets Angry…Really Really Angry. Her modern-day fables have been translated into dozens of languages. But over the past few years, she’s been working on something quite different.

In Dennis, the Pan Man reigns supreme

Dec 14, 2015
Photo by Martine Powers October 2015


 Michael Gabriel has lived on the Cape for decades, but he originally hails from Trinidad — the birthplace of the metal percussion instrument known as the steel pan. Gabriel is a virtuosic pan player, and his gifts allow him to lead a kind of double life.

A Battle Over a Sculpture that Doesn't Exist

Dec 3, 2015
Photo by Sally Helm October 2015

Seattle, Juneau, and Gloucester all have fisherman’s memorials. But Provincetown doesn’t—even though it was one of the first fishing ports in the United States. Local sculptor Romolo Del Deo has a design ready, but not everyone wants to see it built. 

A Revealing Look at the Figure Model

Nov 9, 2015
Andrew Norton

Any given week, the Cape plays host to a surprising number of figure-drawing classes. Each one of these classes needs models. Nude models. Buck Deitz is one of them and countless artists have sketched or painted his likeness around Cape Cod. Reporter Andrew Norton takes a revealing look into the mind of a figure model.

Hatchel and Strand

Alexandra La Paglia collects antiques—specifically, she loves 19th century farm handtools. But she doesn't just leave them lying on the shelf. She takes them apart and rebuilds them into lamps. They're abstract, nostalgic pieces of art. But La Paglia says she never would have followed her creative passion without the support of the Nantucket community.

Earth Housing: an Idea 40 Years Ahead of Its Time

Oct 13, 2015
Kolin Pope

If you looked down on the Cape Cod mall from the sky, you’d see a huge black roof surrounded by hundreds of parked cars. If the late architect Malcolm Wells had his way, all of that would be invisible. Malcolm was an underground architect, and on the leading edge of thinking about passive building design, sustainability, and ecological impact. His buildings aren’t simply covered with green roofs, they’re buried on all sides, or nestled into the sides of hills like Hobbit Holes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.