Cape Cod Times


Fall on Cape Cod is always a big time for festivals, and there are several going on this weekend. Here's your Weekend Outlook. 

Sarah Tan / WCAI

The death of 26-year-old Arthur Medici from shark bite wounds is the state’s first shark-related death in over 80 years. Now, researchers and policymakers are looking at ways the Cape could increase beach safety and awareness around the growing great white shark population. 

Hayley Fager

A fatal shark attack in Wellfleet last weekend has left a lot of questions – about preparedness and response protocols –  and also about the sharks themselves and how to stay safe. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Living Lab Radio Heather Goldstone about shark behavior.

Pirates are part of our popular culture: children dress up as pirates for Halloween, and we see movies or visit theme parks based on the Pirates of the Carribbean franchise. It’s all part of our romanticized version of the rackishly handsome, swashbuckling sailor who plies the high seas in search of treasure. The real story of piracy, particularly the pirates who operated off the coast of North America in the 18th and 19th centuries, is much more complicated. Eric Jay Dolin takes us on a deep dive into Pirates and their influence on the emergence of America in his latest book Black Flags, Blue Waters- The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates. He joins host Mindy Todd on The Point to tell us about it.

Elspeth Hay

Peter Burgess is as interested in the history of farming as he is in the practice itself. His farm in Truro is called Sixpence Farm, after a silver coin he found in the soil that dates back to 1689. Burgess focuses almost entirely on fruits and vegetables that would have been found here over a hundred years ago. On the day I visited, he told me about the apple varieties he planted, and why he chose them.

J. Junker

On The Point, a discussion about cults. Why do people get involved in them, and how do they work?  The doctors (Marc Whaley, psychiatrist, Jonathan Schwartz, psychiatrist, and Michael Abruzzese, psychologist)  are in the studio with Mindy Todd to explore this topic. We hear about how people who feel powerless may seek a group that gives them a feeling of safety. Cults often attract people with poor self esteem, who are looking for an identity or sense of purpose. We hear about techinques used for "brainwashing," and how cult leaders are expert at manipulating their followers. 

Mark Faherty


It’s hard to avoid the subject of migration this time of year. Each week, perhaps each day brings new species leaving, arriving, or passing through this avian crossroads of an archipelago we all inhabit. Whether you are a connoisseur of the showy wading birds, an aficionado of the summer seabirds, or a fancier of waterfowl, there is something for everyone in mid-September. Unless of course, you don’t like wildlife, in which case you should probably switch to sports talk radio for a few minutes.

Senza Senso /

"I just looked up how to do it an started practicing."

A. Vince

On the monthly Gardening program, horticulturist Roberta Clark joins our host Mindy Todd to catch up on everything happening in the world of plants. We hear about crops that did well, and also this season's challenges. We hear some tips about fall cleanup and ways to support the diversity of pollinators and many beneficial creatures that live in the less tended areas. We also discuss rats and other undesirable garden visitors.  We'll hear from Roberta again in the spring! 

Our Role with the Swallows

Sep 18, 2018
Lance Asper / unsplash

About a month ago, on the little harbor-side beach we have frequented for over forty years, I noticed a couple of swallows.  Tree Swallows, I thought, or Barn Swallows – the two most commonly seen. But, no, their dingy brown plumage and squared-off tails identified them as Northern Rough-wing Swallows, a species I had never noticed in this particular spot before.


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