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Celebrate local food, local history, and lively music this weekend on the Cape. Learn more on today's Weekend Outlook.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: State fisheries officials back the Covell Beach site for a power transmission cable; the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe holds a march to emphasize sovereign lands; Falmouth residents object to the design of the Steamship Authority’s new ferry terminal.

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In 2008 Woody Tasch coined the term "slow money," a reference to the "slow food" movement, but applied to economies and investment that respect nature and humanity. Ten years and one economic recession later, we talk with him about the success of the slow money movement. We also discuss how nurture capital might support the local food and farming movement in our region.

Elspeth Hay

On the Local Food Report we’re still thinking a lot about why we make this show every week. It turns out a big part of it is love—a love of food and tradition. Today Elspeth Hay and Ali Berlow talk about putting up the harvest, and how their passions for this work have nurtured all kinds of different relationships and ways for honoring the bounty.

Americans are increasingly dividing along political racial and gender lines. On The Point, we discuss what is lost when we miss connections with others, and ways we come together around our common humanity. 

Anne Jolles learned to cope with the stress and anxiety in her life, and she is on a mission to share her approach with others. She named it The Grace Trail. On The Point, we hear about how and why reflections on gratitude and hope can restore a sense of well being. Mindy Todd hosts.

Mark Faherty

The incredible hit-parade of off-course birds from the Western US continued this week, with sightings of Western Kingbirds from High Head in Truro and Lark Sparrow and Bell’s Vireo at Fort Hill in Eastham. But instead of these actual birds, I’m more in the mood to talk about theoretical birds – the predicted influx of the so-called “winter finches." How do I know they’re coming? Because I read the Winter Finch Report, of course.

Fresh Sonic: Stranger Things

Oct 10, 2018
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Joerg Dressler could speak English when he moved here from Germany, but some things just don't translate. 

Bird News in Fall

Oct 9, 2018
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Migration is much more complex than just flying south for winter. Many of the birds we observe here in our region are responding to the mysterious fluctuations of seed crops all across the boreal belt into Canada. Some birds erupt southwards unpredictably as seeds ripen. Each species has favorite foods: redpoles look for birch catkins, grossbeaks, and pine siskins look for sprucecones and pinecones. Acorn, beechnuts, and hazelnuts attract jays.

The Peregrine Falcon and the Snowy Owl

Oct 9, 2018
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The Snowy Owl flew before me, out of the dunes and onto the outer beach, and landed in all its softness.  I had barely a minute to admire the wonder of its plumage, its squat white body, somewhat incongruous on a sandy beach, its large yellow blinking eyes, when out of nowhere a Peregrine Falcon appeared, and, screaming, plunged from the sky to surge and swipe at the owl, again and again and again.  

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For at least two decades, scientists have been working to understand what our world would be like if it were – on average – two degrees Celsius warmer than before the industrial revolution. It’s a somewhat arbitrary number – that two degrees - but it came from analyses suggesting it might be a feasible target that would avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

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Nobel Week for scientists -- it's like the World Series and Super Bowl Sunday all wrapped into one. In recent years the excitement has been surrounded by controversy: about who does and who doesn't end up on the winner's list.

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Meditation is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years. In its original form, it requires nothing more than a place to sit.

But meditation and mindfulness have gained newfound popularity in recent years. And, as with everything else in our lives, technology seems to be creeping in -- from meditation apps to experiments with brain-stimulating electronic signals.  

Fall is a beautiful time of year. But it is – unfortunately – also the start of cold and flu season. 

Hayley Fager

Mike Martin has been playing flute on Surf Drive beach for years. He's become a fixture for visitors and regulars, probably because he's usually surrounded by ducks. Mike has gotten to know the birds pretty well over time. But his favorite fans still haven't learned how to clap. 

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