WCAI Series Reporting

WCAI brings you original in-depth reporting on issues facing the Cape, Islands, and South Coast: Wind Turbines, Education, Water Quality, Alzheimer's, and more.

Explore all our special reporting series in our Special Reporting Series Archive.

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Coastal Issues
1:03 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Rough Waters: Homeowners Feel Blindsided

  Homeowners Feel Blindsided by Proposed Flood Insurance Rate Hikes

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Desperate for a Cure, Part 5
7:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

New Study Will Test Possibility of Preventing Alzheimer's

Dr. Samuel Gandy of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine is hopeful that an upcoming drug study in Boston will show that research is moving in the right direction.
Credit Photo by Sean Corcoran

Part 5 of our 5-part series "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments."

BOSTON -- One of the longest and most anticipated Alzheimer drug studies in history is about to begin, and Dr. Reisa Sperling is wondering if people will come. It's called the A4 study, and Sperling is the project leader.

"I sometimes get very worried," she said, "who will we find that wants to come into a 3-year trial on the chance that they might develop Alzheimer's disease dementia?

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Desperate for a Cure, Part 4
7:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Advances in Alzheimer's Diagnosis, But Where Are the New Drug Therapies?

Alzheimer's researcher Bill Klunk, in his lab at the University of Pittsburgh, where he led the development of a new brain scanning compound that can see Alzheimer's-related pathology in the brain.
Credit Photo by Sean Corcoran

Part 4 of our 5-part series "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments."    

Dr. Bill Klunk is a clinician and researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, and he spent much his career finding ways to see Alzheimer's in people's brains.  

Sometimes, he said, he likes to tell people about his dream last day on the job -- that final day before he retires. And in the dream, he meets with Mrs. Smith in the clinic and he says:

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Desperate for a Cure, Part 3
7:30 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Big Alzheimer's Studies and Tiny Mice at Washington University

Dr. David Holtzman stands in his lab at Washington University in St. Louis, one of the leading Alzheimer's research labs in the world.
Credit Photo by Sean Corcoran

Part 3 of our 5-part series "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments."    

As researchers work to find Alzheimer's treatments, they have a small, furry ally at their disposal -- the mouse.  And at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, they live in a lower level of the school, well below the series of labs upstairs where dozens of researchers are looking for ways to stop Alzheimer's disease.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
2:23 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Trials & Hopes in the Search for a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease

Credit J.J.

In a new five-part series, WCAI senior reporter and editor Sean Corcoran looks at some of the most recent innovations related to finding a cure or preventative for Alzheimer's disease. Sean traveled to labs in San Diego, Boston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and New York City.  On The Point he talks with Mindy Todd about reporting the series "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments." Dr.

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Desperate for a Cure, Part 2
6:30 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Alzheimer's Researchers Learning from Past Mistakes

University of California San Diego researcher Dr. Steve Wagner, hold the box that contains different experimental compounds designed to prevent Alzheimer's plaques from building up in the brain.
Credit Photo by Sean Corcoran

Part 2 of our 5-part series "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments."    

At his lab at UC San Diego, Dr. Steve Wagner takes from the lower shelf a clear, plexiglass box filled with small bottles. He needs two hands to carefully lift it.

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Desperate for a Cure, Part 1
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Taking Shots on Goal in the Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments

Harvard-Mass General researcher Rob Moir has a hypothesis that the protein responsible for plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, may actually be an immune response to an infection.
Credit Sean Corcoran

Part One of our 5-part series "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments."  

Harvard-Mass General researcher Dr. Rob Moir has a hypothesis about a small protein, or peptide, that the body makes called amyloid-beta, or Abeta. This is the stuff that's known to clog the brains of Alzheimer's patients with the disease's telltale plaques. But Moir's hypothesis is that Abeta may actually be part of our immune system.

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Reporting on Alzheimer's
10:26 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

"Desperate for a Cure": New Reporting Series on WCAI

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WCAI presents an original reporting series, "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments." In the 5-part series (links below), senior reporter and editor Sean Corcoran looks at some of the most recent innovations related to finding a cure or preventative for the disease, traveling to labs in San Diego, Boston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and New York City.

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Fisheries Coverage
9:31 am
Tue July 23, 2013

The Long Haul: The Future of New England's Fisheries


WCAI takes an in-depth look at the current state and future prospects of New England’s fisheries.

This 10-part original reporting series aired July 8th - 19, 2013. 

Here is a link to the page where we've gathered together all the radio and online reporting.

 

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By The Numbers: Part 2
6:04 am
Thu February 28, 2013

4-year College for the Cape: a Way to Hold On to the Young

The town of Yarmouth has emerged as one of the more progressive communities on Cape Cod when it comes to promoting redevelopment, particularly on Route 28. A proposal to build a 75-unit memory care facility at the former Mill Hill Club, shown here, is presently working its way through the town's review process.
Credit Ron Schloerb/Cape Cod Times

By The Numbers, Part 2, by Sean Corcoran

Without a general studies Bachelor Degree-granting institution on Cape Cod, local high school seniors are forced to seek higher education elsewhere. Part two in our original 3-part series "By The Numbers: Worries About Cape Cod's Workforce," examines efforts to bring a degree-granting 4-year college - with student housing - to the region. Proponents believe such an institution is key to growing the young-adult population.

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