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How are students, parents, and teachers faring, and what students are at greatest risk for falling behind?  What are the updated guidelines from the Department of Education around teaching, curriculum, and testing, and what tips can we take from those who already teach their children at home?  We also discuss strategies to keep stress and anxiety in check as parents and children adjust to this new way of learning.

The Forgetting, A Special Edition: Dementia In The Age of Coronavirus

Recorded March 27, 2020

The world is getting a sense of the isolation, frustration and fear that Alzheimer patients and the people who care for them live with every day. David and Greg discuss how everyone’s lives have changed during this pandemic in this Special Edition of The Forgetting. Their hope is that people can develop a better understanding and empathy for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia from this shared experience.

Liz Lerner

Last Wednesday there took place a national ritual as venerable and significant as our national elections. –April 1 was the official National Census Day, the reference date for the 2020 national census, an event mandated by the U.S. Constitution to take place every ten years. It would be significant enough if only because the census determines the number of Congressional representatives each state has and also where most of the federal grant money goes.

Bob Seay

A local radio DJ in his 70s has died of COVID-19.

 

John Perrone, of Provincetown, succumbed to the virus over the weekend at Cape Cod Hospital, according to WOMR, a local community radio station, based on information from Perrone’s cousin.

 

The Navy-veteran-turned-volunteer-DJ is remembered for his love of Motown and soul music, which he played on WOMR Tuesday nights for the last 20 years. 

Liz Lerner

Organizations that serve people with disabilities are working hard to help them adapt to social distancing and protect them from COVID-19.

Thankful for Newspapers

Apr 6, 2020
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In these days of the once unimaginable, imagine for a moment that social media and press releases posted to websites were the only sources of local news and information that is vital to everyday life lived under self-quarantine.

Poetry Sunday: Maggie Cleveland

Apr 5, 2020

Maggie Cleveland reads her poem, "All of the birds in Vermont."

Liz Lerner

We look at the latest on COVID-19 on the Cape, Coast, and Islands, and the effect the pandemic is having on our region.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks to local reporters and editors about the issue.  Her guests include: WCAI’s Sam Houghton, Eve Zuckoff, and Jennette Barnes; Tim Wood at the Cape Cod Chronicle; Noah Asimow from the Vineyard Gazette; Geoff Spillane from the Cape Cod Times; Ed Miller from the Provincetown Banner; Josh Balling at the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; George Brennan at the Martha’s Vineyard Times; and WCAI’s Mike Deehan at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

WCAI Is Here For You

Apr 3, 2020

Our audience can catch a rare glimpse of WCAI radio staff in this homemade video designed to reach our fans with these three timely messages.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

As the world around us reels, 57-year-old Susan McLaughlin bakes cookies. 

“Cookies, breads,” she said. “I will experiment because in sober living, even without the pandemic, these girls will eat anything.”

McLaughlin’s been staying in a sober living house in Mashpee for almost two years after alcohol nearly took her life. 

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