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Five offshore wind companies, all with leases to build wind farms off the New England coast in the next ten years, have agreed on a uniform turbine layout. But fishing industry representatives say the turbines will be too closely spaced for safety.

Manipulating Congressional district maps to favor one political party over another is not a new strategy, both parties have been using this tactic for years. Yet over the past decade Congressional district maps across the nation were gerrymandered to favor Republican candidates. We discuss efforts to make maps more reflective of the population, and strategies Massaschuetts can adopt to make publicly elected officials better reflect the diversity of the Commonwealth.

Trying to Love November

23 hours ago
Mary Bergman

I’m trying to love November, or at the very least make peace with it. Each year, I mourn the end of Daylight Savings Time, and grumble about the painfully early sunsets. Only the heartiest few roses remain in the gardens in town, the sidewalks slippery with fallen leaves. Plenty of people have cleared out in search of someplace warmer. But I have nowhere else to go.

Towns across Massachusetts are losing out on tens of thousands of dollars in revenue from outstanding fines each year.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would give towns more authority when collecting fines from non-criminal offenses. The bill would prevent residents from renewing driver's licenses and other RMV permits until outstanding municipal fines are paid.

Nearly 40 people gathered for a conversation about climate change from an indigenous perspective at the Native Land Conservancy’s annual meeting on Sunday.

The event, held at the Waquoit Bay Estuarine Research Reserve, offered a window into how personal climate change is for Wampanoag people.

Nine Transom Story Workshop students have spent nine weeks learning the craft of telling stories with sound. Join us for a public listening event on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 at The Community Hall (68 Water Street) in Woods Hole to celebrate their work and ask them questions.

photo by Rebecca Nolan

Panchita  Peterson has worked most of her adult life addressing racism on Cape Cod. She trained at the National Coalition Building Institute and worked as a Diversity Specialist in schools across the Cape.  Panchita is in her late70's but came out of retirement a few years ago because she felt like she still had work to do. 

A new book by Naomi Oreskes of Harvard University.
Princeton University Press

We don’t tend to acknowledge this, but at the heart of Living Lab Radio lies the belief that science can provide factual information that can help us make better decisions as individuals, as communities, and as societies.

But why should we trust science? How can we be sure that what we hear today won’t be proved wrong in the future?

Naomi Oreskes addresses these questions in her new book Why Trust Science?

Artificial intellegence could assist in making farming more efficient.
Don Graham,

Climate change is complicated. Every part of our daily lives can play a role in causing it, from electricity, to transportation, the homes we live in, the food we eat, even the healthcare services we rely on. And all of those aspects of our lives are also affected by climate change.


We've known for some time that, on average, women are most comfortable at room temperatures that are slightly higher than what men prefer.

Now, for the first time, researchers have looked into how differing preferences play out, that is, how men and women view the decision-making process around setting the thermostat. Interestingly, women in the study tended to see the interactions as conflicts, while men said that there was agreement or compromise. 

Dr. Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, EPA Science Advisor and Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, testified before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
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A proposed rule change at the EPA is back in the news almost a year and a half after it was first proposed – and met with strong pushback from the science community. It’s called the “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science Rule,” and members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee heard testimony on the proposal this week.

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"That's the kind of backdrop for me in terms of thinking about science, is to think about the risks of rejecting science that's true versus the risks of accepting science that's false. And I argue that in our current world, with the threat of climate change bearing down upon us, the risk of ignoring what scientists are telling us is very, very grave indeed." - Naomi Oreskes

Poetry Sunday: Bill Cannon

Nov 17, 2019

Bill Cannon reads his poem, "Frozen Seconds."

S Junker

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: the upcoming 2020 Census could have big implications for the Cape region; the Coast Guardsman found guilty in a 2015 shooting rampage in Bourne is seeking to have his conviction overturned; the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) hold an election that could be a referendum on a planned gaming hall; and the season’s first cold-stunned sea turtles have begun washing ashore.

We’re told to love and accept ourselves, yet we’re bombarded with images of perfect bodies on social media, TV, and in advertising, suggesting that success in life and love aligns with appearance, as though the world were not made up of many types of bodies. We talk with Randy Susan Meyers, author of Waisted, a fictional account of women who go to great lengths to lose weight. Stacey Richmond, a registered dietician and member of the Massachusetts Eating Di