Ways of Life

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

Our series Ways of Life is A collection of stories about people who live down the street... our neighbors:  Fishermen, scientists, craftspeople, recovering addicts, surgeons, dog rescuers, motorcycle gang members, nursing home residents, musicians, the homeless, kid athletes, social activists, and all the others who share this place.

Each portrait becomes part of the surprising, interwoven tapestry of our lives together here on the Cape, Coast and Islands. 

Ways of Life is edited by Jay Allison and produced by our production partners at Atlantic Public Media 

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

Art and Motorcycles: Alternative painkillers

Jan 22, 2018
photo by Rachel Ishigawa

Fall off your bike, get a band aid. Have a headache, take an ibuprofen. Pain is often fleeting…and there’s a cure. But what happens when pain is constant with no quick fix?  Fibromyalgia is talked about a lot more lately and that's thanks to celebrities like Lady Gaga  Morgan Freeman and Sinead O’Connor  sharing their stories. North Falmouth based artist, Terie Michon is also trying to get the word out. She’s developed her own pain relieving routine that’s anything but the norm.

Looking for Something? Try Listening...to the Birds

Jan 8, 2018
Photo by Caleb Kardell

In a busy world, everyone's looking for a place for peace.  Ask Skyler Kardell and he'll show you somewhere right in front of your nose.  All you need to do is...listen.  Skyler is a competitive birder on Nantucket who tries to see as many species as he can every year.  He uses his eyes, his ears, and his smartphone to spot all kinds of migrants in the trees.  Despite the birding community on Nantucket being small, he does what he can to draw people into the watch. 

Photos by Sam Kimball. September 2017.

In a smokey shop in Barnstable, Norah Bourbon is doing her best to hold on to the ancient craft of blacksmithing in its simplest form, with hammer, anvil, and a coal-fired furnace. Learning the craft directly with master blacksmiths, she aims to carry on the art for new generations on the Cape who might want to take up hammer.

Photo by Tom Burns

When he was a child, Tom Burns read a book on a very famous breed of animal. And he fell in love.

While his days are spent treating the sick and injured pets of South Yarmouth, his free time and holidays are devoted to finding and photographing something far more toothy: Sharks.

Photo by Hayley Fager

Matt Hayden spent the last year teaching himself how to make pelts from road kill animals. Now, he's perfecting his raccoon stew recipe. He wants to survive on local resources found in nature. Not an outlandish idea  for a guy who lives on Martha's Vineyard, an island that gets a lot of its supplies shipped in on ferry boats.

 

Photo by Mitch Borden.

Eric Kaiser started wood carving for a simple reason: he wanted a creative challenge. He  decided to focus on one subject only, over and over. Birds. This fascination gave Eric a career and a passion that has lasted him over thirty seven years.