July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. WCAI’s Brian Morris spoke with Dr. Jennifer Levasseur, curator of the exhibit “50 Years From Tranquility Base” at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She was on Nantucket to give a talk sponsored by the Maria Mitchell Association.

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When a fish ranges from 30lbs to 1000lbs, there's got to be more than one way to fish for it.  

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Shark sightings on the Outer Cape have been keeping beachgoers on edge in recent weeks. To help people better understand what’s out there, and how to swim safely, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy has created a new program, putting what they call “Shark Ambassadors” out on beaches.

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are approximately ten deaths per day from unintentional drownings. More than 50% of those who survive drowning require hospitalization, and could suffer from minor to severe brain damage. On The Point, we discuss what it means to be competent in and around the water, and how to help others who might be in trouble. We also discuss swimmer safety programs and how to stay safe when kayaking or paddle boarding.

Courtesy Melissa Errico


Music is in the air and there are plenty of concerts of all types happening this weekend. Here’s your Weekend Outlook.

Elspeth Hay

I first met Roe Osborn on a cold January evening at a WCAI pub night. Today, it’s hot and rainy, and we’re standing outside looking at a patch of leafy plants in his garden.

The last time that we spoke, he was excited about celery.

J. Junker

People under the age of twenty don’t know a world without the internet. On The Point, our panel of mental health experts talk about "cyberpsychology": the study of the human mind and behavior, and the impact of the culture of technology, like virtual reality and social media. Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, psychologist, and Dr. Marc Whaley, psychiatrist, join host Mindy Todd for this discussion.


Mark Faherty


I hate to bug you, but it’s that time of year when I turn my attention to some of our less appreciated winged neighbors. As with birds, this group includes beautifully colored, long-distance migrants and hard to identify little brown jobs that live their whole life in your neighborhood. Some are rare, others ubiquitous. All are interesting in their own way when you get to know them. These are the butterflies, and other bugs, of the Cape and Islands.

Anaxagoras crater in the north polar region of the Moon. Cropped version of computer generated image by PDS MAP-A-PLANET.
NASA space probe Clementine (USGS PDS MAP-A-PLANET)

July 20th marks fifty years since the Apollo 11 moon landing and those fateful words: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The Apollo missions advanced our understanding of the moon by leaps and bounds, but they were far from the first forays into lunar science.

Sy Montgomery with a cheetah in Namibia.
Nic Bishop / Courtesy of Sy Montgomery

We typically hear what scientists have learned about animals. And Sy Montgomery’s career as an author and naturalist has taught her plenty about animals, from octopuses to moon bears.


The Forgetting