Cathy O'Neil's book looks at the algorithms that impact our lives
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Last week, we learned that President Trump thinks that Google searches are biased against him and perhaps should be regulated.

A new model finds it will take a lot of changes to fix the opioid addiction crisis.
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There are computer models that help gauge the likely outcomes of any number of decisions – whether it’s the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, a new climate policy, or even what you choose to eat for breakfast.

That hasn't been the case for the opioid epidemic. Now, researchers at Stanford University have developed a computer model of the epidemic that they hope can help point policymakers toward effective strategies.

 

By now, we all know that the food we eat has a huge impact on our health. But producing food requires land, water, nutrients – and in our globalized world – packaging and transportation. And that means that our dietary choices also have a big environmental impact. 

Thoreau’s Cape Cod: Live at Home Like a Traveler

Sep 3, 2018

The writer Henry David Thoreau may have gone to the woods to live deliberately, but he came to Cape Cod to walk deliberately. Hundreds of miles.  To mark the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth, radio producer Rob Rosenthal followed Thoreau’s footsteps across the Cape using Thoreau's classic book Cape Cod as his guide and a way to reconnect to the Cape after three decades away.

Poetry Sunday: Gregg Russo

Sep 2, 2018

Gregg Russo reads his poem, "Harvey Cedars - 1962."

S Junker

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: two reviews conclude the Mashpee police chase that ended in 3 fatalities should have been stopped; the victim of the mid-August shark attack in Truro speaks about the experience; some schools delay the start of the academic year because of the heat; and opponents of an offshore power line through Lewis Bay are mobilizing.  

S Junker

Just one month ago, a lot of local fishermen were scratching their heads and wondering where the bluefish were. We had gone deep into the season without seeing these voracious fish in any numbers. Well, guess what. If you're heading out this weekend, you may be lucky if you don't run into bluefish. Now they seem to be everywhere. 

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It’s just after midnight, and there’s almost no one on the streets of Orleans. But at a strip mall, a group of J-1 students are emerging from their shifts at the local grocery store to catch a special late night bus.

This is part of a three-part series called Cape Cod's Hidden Student Workforce. All of the pieces can be heard here. 

https://j1visa.state.gov/

Foreign students in the U.S. on a J-1 Visa often have to pay several thousand dollars just to get into the country and find a job.  And if they run into trouble when they're here, their only recourse is to turn to a sponsor, who often manages several hundred students at a time. 

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with Sarah Tan to learn more about sponsors in the J-1 program, and about a non-profit that’s interested in changing the program’s designation so that it could be better regulated. 

The Black Iris Project

Aug 30, 2018
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 The Black Iris Project is a ballet collaborative creating new ballet works celebrating diversity and black history. They’ll be performing on the Vineyard as part of the Vineyard Arts Project. On The Point, we talk with Jeremy McQueen, choreographer with The Black Iris Project. Mindy Todd hosts.

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