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Poetry Sunday: Mary Wagley Copp

Sep 27, 2020

Mary Wagley Copp reads her poem, "Freddie Gray, Jr."

Three world-renowned science institutions in Woods Hole are preparing their ocean-front facilities for the threats of climate change and will soon release an adaptation plan. 

S Junker

Local schools are navigating the uncertain waters of starting up in a pandemic, including the region’s first reported student coronavirus case. The governor says bar service can return for some restaurants. And, is this last call for the 2020 census?

We have those stories and more on the local news roundup, as CAI News Director Steve Junker speaks with some of the region’s leading journalists.

S Junker

These days of blustery north winds are tough on Cape Cod anglers. But we've got tips for not letting the weather get you down, as you're thinking about those albies and stripers you know are out there.

Jennette Barnes / WCAI

Local restaurants are greeting Gov. Baker’s loosening of coronavirus restrictions with careful optimism.

Starting Monday, the rules allow patrons to sit directly at a restaurant’s bar — instead of just at high-top tables near the bar — provided they order food.

We continue our political debates on The Point, with three of the candidates for Barnstable County Commissioner: Mark ForestSheila Lyons and Abraham Kasparian. Mindy Todd hosts.

Elspeth Hay

Ken Mason is an avid cook. His son Morgan is a fisherman, and he often shares extra bluefin tuna with Ken. This summer, Ken’s been experimenting with smoking the belly, or Toro, of the tuna.


"As you can see have different kinds of toro here; there is otoro, which is the fattiest and the firmest and then this is chu toro, it’s got more connective tissue and it’s a little tougher and it’s a little flakier.” 

As part of our ongoing conversation about racial injustice and white privilege, we discuss the importance of recruiting and retaining teachers of color. In Massachusetts forty percent of students identify as people of color; this is true of only eight percent of teaching staff. On The Point, Host Kathryn Eident talks with our guests about the growing body of evidence showing the positive impacts of teachers of color on all students, and reasons why we have so few. We also discuss concrete steps to take in recruiting, training and retaining people of color as educators.  

Jennette Barnes / WCAI

With a week to go to finish the 2020 Census, workers are knocking on doors to find people who haven’t replied.


Some are reluctant to answer because they live in an illegal apartment, or because someone in the home is in the country illegally. Others don’t fill out the Census for their seasonal home — which they’re supposed to do.


And some people just aren’t going to troubleshoot if there’s a problem.

Winter's Coming

Sep 23, 2020
Mark Faherty

Just like that, summer on the Cape is over - astronomically, meteorologically, economically, and emotionally. In my weirdly cold part of East Harwich, I’ve already had overnight temps in the 40s, and these relentless north winds seem to be blowing away the remains of this strange season. At the same time, they seem to be blowing in some early and ominous harbingers of winter in feathered form.


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