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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion with area journalists about the top local news stories of the week.


Transportation officials announced this week they had located the data recorder on the cargo ship, El Faro, which sank in some 15-thousand feet of water off the coast of the Bahamas.

Investigators found the recorder using technology built and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Kathryn Eident talked with James Kinsey, an associate scientist at the Institution about the kinds of technology they used.

Dan Tritle

Instilling a love of reading at an early age, and how to identify and help children who are struggling to read.  Host Mindy Todd talks with two guests.  Mary Cronin teaches early childhood education and children’s literature at a number of institutions including Cape Cod Community College and Bridgewater State University.

What's happening this weekend? All Things Considered guest host Travis Bubenik speaks with Kathi Scrizzi-Driscoll of the Cape Cod Times about some of the great things to see and do in our region this weekend.

For example, there's a program happening at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster that draws some links between pollution and frogs. And on Nantucket, it's the 42nd annual Daffodil Festival.

Elspeth Hay

Watercress was introduced to North America hundreds of years ago by European settlers. This week on theLocal Food Report, Elspeth Hay goes foraging for the edible aquatic green in the Herring River in Wellfleet.

You can find a recipe for watercress salad on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore

Visitors to the town dock at Cotuit Bay this spring will notice a new feature between the parking lot and the water.

It's a garden specially-designed to filter metal, tire rubber, hydrocarbons and other pollutants from storm-water runoff. 

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A group of South Coast teens is in St. Louis this morning, prepping their home-made robot to compete in the Super Bowl of high school robotics--the FIRST Robotics Championship.

It's an overnight success story; the group of 14 kids from six high schools formed last fall and are competing this week against teams that have been around for decades.

Kathryn Eident talked with the group's mentor, UMass Dartmouth professor, Alex Fowler, to learn more.

Dan Tritle

Those books that made huge impressions on you when you were younger.  Remember them?  What happens when you read them again?  Mindy Todd hosts a discussion on books you can't forget.  Guests are: Jill Erickson, reference librarian at Falmouth Public Library; and Dr. Janet Gardner, former English professor at U-Mass Dartmouth.

Here's a list of Janet's and Jill's books.

Mass Audubon

It's a busy time in the birding world.  The spring migration is underway.  Mark Faherty tells us more in this week's Bird Report.

Marfa's Big Question

Apr 27, 2016

Here’s the question I get most often as I meet people in Marfa: “Where are you staying?”

At first I thought it was just making conversation. But I’ve come to realize the question carries unusual intensity.  

“Where are you staying?” it turns out, is a fundamental quandary in this town.