Ed Jerome, Educator, Fisherman, Gentleman

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Nelson Sigelman

If a community is lucky, it has an Ed Jerome. A “go to” person.

Ed Jerome of Edgartown died suddenly Tuesday, September 18. The news rippled across Martha’s Vineyard in small Island waves: word-of-mouth, Facebook posts, conversation in coffee shops.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: a 26-year-old man boogie-boarding in Wellfleet becomes the state’s first shark bite fatality in more than 80 years, Cape responders head to North Carolina to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, and the nursing program at 4Cs is under scrutiny.

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Last week the state Division of Marine Fisheries announced it would be expanding the commercial striped bass season for the remainder of the fishing year. It's a decision that's provoked a lot of conversation within the recreational and commercial fishing communities.

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. 

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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.

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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.


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