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WCAI's Sam Houghton hosts a roundup of the week's top local and regional news.  His guests include WCAI's Eve Zuckoff and Jennette Barnes, Ethan Genter from the Cape Cod Times, George Brennan from the Martha's Vineyard Times; Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle, Noah Asimow from the Vineyard Gazette, and WCAI's statehouse reporter Mike Deehan.

It’s that time of year! Harvest season! Elspeth Hay of the Local Food Report, and Wesley Price of the Cape Cod Mycological Society met with Steve Junker for our Cooking the Harvest event!

Watch the video of the event below, check out and recipes from Elspeth and CAI Members in the slideshow, plus we've included some links to more resources mentioned during the event! If you loved this event, take a moment to support all the work we do at CAI when you click here to donate!

Thank you and Enjoy!

Restoration: One Veteran's Search for Forgiveness

21 hours ago
courtesy of Martha's Vineyard Museum

I’m usually a positive kind of person. I’ve gotten through some pretty rough times with the simple mantra, “It’ll be OK.  It’ll all be OK”. But these days even the most optimistic of us are struggling. I wish I could believe in magic or miracles; a cure for Covid-19, an end to social injustice and hate, salvation for our planet. Heck, I wish I could believe in Santa Claus. The closest I can come up with is Steve Maxner.


Gerald Beetham; Association to Preserve Cape Cod


1. What does a cyanobacteria bloom look like? 

Often, cyanobacteria blooms can look like bright green paint on the water’s surface. They’re also described as looking like pea soup, but colors can range from blue, to brown, to red, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

In Massachusetts, Black and Latino patients get less hospice care, die with more pain, and suffer more early deaths than white and Asian people. And Black and Latino families bury a far greater proportion of their children than in white and Asian families.

Town of Mashpee

Voter turnout across Massachusetts has been brisk so far this election cycle, as CAI has been reporting.

We've been checking in with Town Clerks in our region to hear how things are going. In Mashpee, Town Clerk Deb Dami says she's confident the voting process, whether by mail, early in-person or on election day, will be smooth for residents. 

Elspeth Hay

Dave Scandurra and Marina Matos are landscapers. But they’re not interested in planting your average Cape Cod garden of hydrangeas and beach grass. Instead, they work with people who want to fill their yards with food. Right now Dave’s excited about something called mioga ginger.

Research shows that adolescent's ability to reason is developed, and that they're just as knowledgeable as adults about the danger of engaging in behaviors known to spread the deadly coronavirus. On The Point, we discuss why young adults and teens are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, and practical tips for adults helping teens be safe.



Association to Preserve Cape Cod

 As CAI reported this week, algal blooms in local ponds can be dangerous to humans and animals. They are also a sign of a bigger problem; pollution from human sources like septic systems and more recently, the effects of climate change.  CAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Climate and Environment reporter Eve Zuckoff about some of the key things she learned in reporting about cyanobacteria blooms and how to tackle the problem.  

Eve Zuckoff

Part Three of a three-part series

Biologist Karen Malkus’s laboratory in the Barnstable Town Offices features a marble vanity with a mirror framed by light bulbs.

“It used to be …  the ladies’ room, which is now converted into the lab,” she said recently.  

Mark Faherty

At this birdiest time of year, the savvy birdwatcher knows the most efficient places to maximize their birding time. Places where you are just as likely to find an interesting warbler or sparrow, a rare shorebird, or an offshore seabird. A darting falcon or a furtive rail. These are places of sand, surf, and salt marsh, but also potentially productive patches of trees, fruit-laden thickets, and pocket marshes with fresh water. In fall, the savvy birders head to the big barrier beaches.

Sarah Mizes-Tan

The public panel overseeing the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is asking lawmakers to change the panel’s voting rules.

Members of the 21-seat Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel said it’s been hard to get anything done, because the law requires them to have 11 votes to pass a motion, no matter how many people are present.

On The Point, we continue our series of political debates with candidates for the 9th congressional district seat: William Keating, Helen Brady, and Michael Manley. Mindy Todd hosts.

Eve Zuckoff

Part Two of a three-part series

On a rainy Monday morning in Mashpee, ecologist Kevin Johnson balances on one foot while trying to pull on a pair of waders.

“I'll wade out … around knee- to waist-deep and take my sample there,” he said.

Off Season

Oct 20, 2020
Mary Bergman

The other Friday night, we were driving around. With the heat on, windows down, and (new this year) masks on. I leaned my head out the window a bit, the sky turning from pink to yellow to blue. We headed towards the western end of the island, where the sun lingers the longest. Everyone speeds up as they approach the slight hill on the way to the dump.

Eve Zuckoff

In early August, carpenter Michael Forgione told his mother that he was heading out to go crabbing in the brackish waters of Chilmark Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. Carol Forgione, a 72-year-old nurse practitioner, wished him a good catch.

Poetry Sunday: Justen Ahren

Oct 18, 2020

Justen Ahren reads the poem, "House boats."

Illustration: ©Johan Jarnestad/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

In this edition of Looking Skyward, CAI's John Basile talks with Dr. Regina Jorgenson of the Maria Mitchell Observatory on Nantucket about the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. 

S Junker

Parents launch competing petitions over Barnstable High School’s sidelined principal. Protestors target the proposed machine gun range for Joint Base Cape Cod. And the flu vaccine is demand – but you might not be able to find the high-dose version.

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.

Dementia in the Age of Coronavirus

Oct 16, 2020

The Forgetting: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s

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. Their hope is that people can develop a better understanding and empathy for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia from this shared experience.


Two competing petitions are calling for action on Barnstable High School Principal Patrick Clark’s administrative leave.

One asks the Barnstable School Committee to reinstate Clark, whom Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown placed on leave for undisclosed reasons in September; the other asks Clark to sign a release so Mayo-Brown can make the reasons public.

We continue our election coverage on The Point with a debate between candidates for the 2nd Barnstable District State Representative Seat: incumbent Republican Will Crocker and Democrat Kip Diggs. Mindy Todd hosts.

Elspeth Hay

According to farmer Ron Backer of Brewster, there’s only one fruit meant for salsa. The surprising thing is that it’s not a tomato.

“The tomatillos are what you really make salsa from,” Ron says.

On the November ballot, Massachusetts voters will be asked to weigh in on two questions. Question One is Motor Vehicle Mechanical Data, and Question Two is Ranked Choice Voting. On The Point, we talk with those in opposition and in support of the initiatives, and take listener questions and comments. Mindy Todd hosts.

David Bigelow

Once, there was a famous shark, and a boat that inspired one of the most famous movie lines of all time. The Orca, the fishing boat from Jaws, is long gone, but an effort is underway to bring the vessel back to life.