Kathryn Eident

The Cape’s unique geography is a draw for visitors and tourists, but it can also make the region especially vulnerable when a severe storm strikes.

So local authorities have assembled a one-of-a-kind local network, complete with its own radio system, that stands at the ready to help us weather storms more safely.

A Rare Moment of Weightlessness

Aug 7, 2018
Mary Bergman

Lately I have taken to floating—lying on my back in the bay and letting the water cradle me. It can be hard to make it to the beach, even in the heat of summer, as so many other stressors pull on our time. There are a lot who live on Nantucket that hardly ever get to the beach. As one neighbor said to me: “I live on an island—--the beach will always be there.”


Later this week, NASA is expected to launch the Parker Solar Probe on a mission to touch the sun. Well, almost touch the sun.


The words "knitting" and "high-tech" may not sound like they go together, but the latest generation of knitting machines is enabling some pretty futuristic stuff. It’s a new world of wearable technology that we might actually want to wear.

Fires burning in Sweden can be seen from space, as in this NASA photo from July 20, 2018.

This summer has brought intense heat to much of the Northern Hemisphere and severe wildfires – not only to the American West, but to places like Sweden. Heat waves, droughts and wildfires are all events that climate scientists say are becoming more frequent and severe as a result of human-caused global warming.


Each month, we speak to our colleagues at the Journal Nature to hear about the stories they are following. Our guide this time around is Adam Levy, multi-media editor and host of the Nature Podcast.

Over the past decade, as climate change has been driving increasingly extreme weather around the globe, the political debate in Washington has also grown more extreme.

Republicans, in general, have moved further from the scientific consensus and in their opposition to curbing greenhouse gas emissions. But a growing number of conservatives are moving back in the opposite direction, embracing the science of climate change and proposing free-market solutions.

Courtesy Jeff Donnelly, WHOI

It’s been 27 years since a hurricane last hit Cape Cod.

And though that storm, Hurricane Bob, caused a substantial amount of damage, it was “not much of a test, because it was only a fairly minor category 2 storm,” said Jeff Donnelly, who studies hurricanes at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Courtesy of Lydia Hicks

Artist Lydia Hicks has always loved to swim. But when she was growing up, she was told that black people like herself can’t float because they have denser bones. She knew that wasn’t true. 

Steve Heaslip/Cape Cod Times

Our week-long series, “Are We Ready?,” examines hurricane preparedness on Cape Cod and the Islands. It’s a collaboration between WCAI and the Cape Cod Times.

Today, Times reporter Christine Legere examines the strengths and limitations of flood insurance for our region, and Cynthia McCormick looks at the new Nantucket Cottage Hospital, which is being built to the more stringent building code of Florida, hardening it to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.  

Poetry Sunday: Alison Baker

Aug 5, 2018

Alison Baker reads her poem, "Above Wright's Field, In Winter."

Steve Heaslip/Cape Cod Times

Our week-long series, “Are We Ready?,” examines hurricane preparedness on Cape Cod and the Islands. It’s a collaboration between WCAI and the Cape Cod Times. On Day One, Times reporters Doug Fraser and Geoff Spillane examine the potential for catastrophic devastation, particularly from storm surge, and why the moderate hurricane outlook this year should not be a reason for complacency.  

S Junker

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: two Falmouth Police officers are shot, and the suspect is arraigned in his hospital room; the owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant wants to sell it for decommissioning; and Vineyard Wind submits its proposed rates for electricity.

Hunterdon County, NJ Solid Waste and Recycling Services

When it comes to recycling, people often think of the big three: paper, plastic and metal. But there's another, and Cape officials want residents to start thinking of it, too: latex paint.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Phil Goddard, from the Town of Bourne Integrated Solid Waste Management Department, about a new Cape-wide grant aimed at saving unwanted latex paint from the landfill, and a paint take-back day, Saturday, August 4, 2018 in Dennis.

N. Carolina DNR

Last year king mackerel showed up in our waters, to the surprise of many anglers. Now, it looks like we're seeing them again this year. If you’ve got your sights set on catching a “smoker,” here’s a simple how-to.