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.

Gardens of Midsummer

Jul 16, 2019
J. Junker

It's time for the monthly garden show, with expert tips from our guest Roberta Clark, horticulturist, taking questions and comments from listeners throughout the region. Groundcover, full shade, hot sun, insect pests, insect helpers, blights and fungus, and much more. Roberta advises us on how to plan for a bloom sequence, to provide color in the garden all summer long. Mindy Todd hosts.

Maybe This Is the Year

Jul 16, 2019
Mary Bergman

Spring is beginning to stretch its legs, the sun is calling to us to get outside and move around. There are moments now, when the sun comes out and decides to stay a while, when the wind is still, where it feels as bright and warm as mid-July.

Dan Gold / unsplash

It's summer and it gets hot but climate change is driving temperatures higher and making heatwaves more extreme, as we've already seen this summer from Europe to Alaska.

Extreme heat is more than just a nuisance. Heat waves actually kill more Americans than any other type of natural disaster. And those deaths are not evenly distributed.

By Afshin Darian / Flickr: NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, CC BY 2.0

Each month, we check in with our colleagues at the journal Nature to review recent science headlines that they have been following. Nick Howe of the Nature multimedia team brought us highlights of some major developments and trends in science.

Sam Valadi/Flickr / CC BY 2.0

“We found that African-Americans were much more likely to die than other racial groups within New York City during heatwave events. We also found that there were particular neighborhoods where people were more likely to die during extreme heat events than other neighborhoods.” – Jaime Madrigano

This week on Living Lab Radio:

Poetry Sunday: Rich Youmans

Jul 14, 2019

Rich Youmans reads his poem, Doane Rock.  

S Junker


WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: the state’s highest court is weighing the legality of license plate readers on the Cape bridges; Vineyard Wind gets pushback from the federal government and the Edgartown Conservation Commission; and some Provincetown art gallery owners are asking for tighter restrictions on who can sell art.

Cape fishermen are getting a summer gift: bonito are showing up 2-to-3 weeks ahead of their typical arrival.