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Weekend Outlook: Stroll in a Number of Ways

21 hours ago
George Scharr

Stroll for haunts or stroll for music, the choice is yours on the Cape this weekend. Here's your Weekend Outlook.   

S Junker

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: Falmouth hopes to turn a profit out of one of its beleaguered wind turbines; Hyannis is looking at big changes in its retail landscape; and towns prepare for the opportunity, and administrative headache, that is early voting.

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The Orionid meteor shower carries debris from the comet Halley, four gigantic planets detected around a very young star, and new moons that may have their own moons. Learn more about what's going on in the world of astronomy as WCAI's "All Things Considered" host Brian Morris speaks with Dr. Regina Jorgenson, Director of Astronomy at the Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket.  

Republican Governor Charlie Baker and his Democratic opponent, Jay Gonzalez, got a little tense with each other at their second debate Wednesday night at the WGBH-TV studios in Brighton.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House reporter, Mike Deehan, about the highlights of the debate. 

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The candidates for State Representative in the Barnstable County 5th District are incumbent Randy Hunt,  Republican, and Jack Stanton, Democrat. They join Mindy Todd in The Point studio to debate the key issues in our region. 

Elspeth Hay

Roughly every five years, the house and the senate work together to pass a new farm bill. The most recent farm bill expired on September 30th, but Congress still hasn’t negotiated a new version. Francie Randolph of the Truro Farmers Market and the non-profit Sustainable Cape says which bill passes could have big implications for Cape Cod consumers and farmers. That’s because roughly 75 cents of every dollar in the farm bill goes to SNAP and other nutrition incentive programs.

Microaggression is a term used for brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative prejudicial slights and insults toward any group. On The Point, we hear from psychologist and psychiatrists Michael Abruzzese, Jonathan Schwartz and Marc Whaley on how to deal with microaggression and how to know one's own bias. Mindy Todd hosts.

Sean Williams

While birding Cuttyhunk Island recently, Lakeville birder Mike Sylvia saw something that gave him quite a “start” – a Painted Redstart, that is, representing only the second state record for this stunning warbler from Mexico. Of all the western U.S. rarities that have turned up on the Cape, Islands, and South Coast in recent weeks, this bird is the crown jewel. 

Fresh Sonic: The Light

Oct 17, 2018
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Oh goly, the light.

Jenny Junker

There are approximately 1.5 million people in the US with autism spectrum disorder. Much of the focus has been on diagnosing and providing services for children with the disorder. But as these children become adults, finding work that is both meaningful and provides financial security becomes important. Many individuals on the autism spectrum have difficulty finding a job that matches their skills and interests. Not only is this frustrating for them, it denies employers access to a pool of talented, skilled and loyal employees. 

October Days and Slowing Down

Oct 16, 2018
Mary Bergman

I can’t help it--I always bring the car to a crawl when I drive down Shore Road in North Truro. Something about all those cottage colonies, all those motels, the scene of hundreds of thousands of summer vacations compels me to drive a little slower. I want to look in every window.

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Minke whales may not be New England's best known or most charismatic whales, but some Massachusetts residents have gotten an up close look at them in recent months as several dead minkes have washed up on shore. 

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On the heels of the U.N. report released last weekend, Hurricane Michael rekindled the conversation about hurricanes and climate change – transforming in two days from a tropical storm to the strongest hurricane to hit Florida since 1851. There is no question that such rapid intensification is fed by warm ocean temperatures, and that the ocean is warmer now, and will continue to get warmer as a result of our greenhouse gas emissions.  

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The latest report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that we could cross the threshold of one point five degrees Celsius of global warming as soon as 2030 – just twelve years from now – and besides the devastating impacts of heat waves, droughts, and extreme precipitation, that much warming could trigger irreversible and escalating changes in Artic permafrost and Antarctic ice sheets.

On August 13, 2018, NASA published this mosaic of photos taken by Cassini.
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The Cassini space probe spent 13 years circling Saturn, sending back data and stunning images of the planet and its moons.

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