Brian Morris

Host of All Things Considered, Reporter

Brian Morris began working with WCAI in 2005 as an independent reporter/producer, and joined the staff full time in December, 2013. He has contributed to the station's “Creative Life” series, produced the “Nautical Minutes” series of :60 vignettes about nautical life on the Cape and Islands, reported on South Coast issues, and provided field production support for "The Point." He is host of WCAI's All Things Considered.

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WCAI's Brian Morris hosts a panel of reporters talking about some of the top stories in the news.  His guests: Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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When someone loses the use of their limbs because of a traumatic injury, the emotional healing process can be long and difficult. It’s been shown that physical activity is one of the best ways to help that process along, but it takes the help of trained personnel and specially modified equipment. There’s a new program on Cape Cod that’s providing opportunities for those with severe injuries, helping them get outside on the water and the trails.

  

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Each year, a Cape Cod ham radio club commemorates the role that wireless communication played in rescuing survivors from the Titanic in 1912.

The Club calls itself the Titanic/Marconi Association of Cape Cod. Their call sign is WIMGY, the last 3 letters of which were the same call sign of the Titanic.

Rick Pendleton hails from Braintree, but he comes to the Cape every year to participate in the event.

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May 29th marks the 100th birthday of John F. Kennedy, the nation’s 35th President. Ann Mulligan of Brighton has a family connection to the late president. Her mother spent 49 years as the personal assistant to Cardinal Richard Cushing, who was Archbishop of Boston from 1944 to 1970. Cardinal Cushing was a close friend of the Kennedy family, officiating at JFK’s marriage to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in 1953, and at his funeral Mass 10 years later following the President’s assassination in Dallas.

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The Justice Department in recent months has directed local police to hold detained immigrants until federal immigration officials arrive. But some cities in Massachusetts won’t comply unless the immigrant is wanted for a serious crime. Not everyone agrees on which is the right approach, and the debate has focused new attention on so-called sanctuary cities.

Woods Hole Historical Museum

Though barely a trace remains today, the Pacific Guano Company operated for 26 years on what is now Penzance Point in Woods Hole, transforming what was a sleepy farming village into a thriving community.

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Years before John F. Kennedy became the nation’s 35th President, he spent a brief time as a journalist for Hearst Newspapers, witnessing a number of pivotal moments in U.S. history in the aftermath of World War Two.

The 28-year-old Kennedy kept a diary during this time, in which he recorded his views on world politics, predicted the onset of the Cold War, and shared his thoughts about his decision to run for Congress.

Cape Cod Times

WCAI's Brian Morris hosts the Weekly News Roundup, a look at some of the top stories of the week.

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Carlos Rafael, a New Bedford-based fisherman who owned, operated and controlled much of the region’s fishing fleet, pleaded guilty to dozens of federal fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion charges Thursday. The fishing mogul now faces up to 6-and-a-half years in prison.

Around New Bedford, Rafael is known as the ‘Codfather.’ The 64-year-old Portuguese immigrant built a remarkable business, with more than 40 boats at his disposal. His business was so robust, Rafael was allowed to catch about 25 percent of all of the fish New England’s fishermen may bring ashore each season.

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Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous professions in America. Consider this statistic: in the ten years from 2000 to 2010, 170 commercial fishermen in the U.S. lost their lives by falling overboard. To help reduce the number of fatalities in our region, a safety and survival training program is going on, designed to teach fishermen what to do during emergencies on their vessels. 

Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance

The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance is launching an effort this summer to try to get consumers to develop a taste for two under-appreciated fish species.

Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society

In 1841, a 14-year old Japanese boy named Manjiro and four others set out on a fishing trip. After getting caught in a fierce storm, their boat lost its mast, stranding the boys on a remote island where they survived – barely – for six months.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

The 19th century was a time of numerous rebellions in Ireland, most of them unsuccessful. Many Irish rebels were taken prisoner and sent by their British captors to the notoriously squalid Fremantle Prison in Australia – a fate regarded as essentially a death sentence.

Dan Tritle

WCAI's Brian Morris talks to local journalists about some of the top news stories of the week.  His guests include Cynthia McCormick of the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown with the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ed Miller from the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

The unemployment rate in New Bedford fell dramatically last year – down nearly 3 percentage points from 6.5 to 3.7 percent. It’s the largest unemployment decline among 387 metropolitan areas in the U-S over the past year. 

Morning Edition co-host Brian Morris spoke with New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell to talk about what the new statistic means, and how the city hopes to sustain that momentum going forward.

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