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Thirteen research groups and government agencies have formed a consortium to share information about white sharks in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, and Cape Cod organizations are among them.

On The Point, we discuss the status of businesses owned by people of color locally, and across Massachusetts. What are the issues they face, and how can policy makers and the community support these businesses now, and pave the way for more to prosper in the future? Owning a business can lead to economic stability and prosperity, but people of color have faced historical discrimination and racism when trying to start and sustain businesses.

Liz Lerner

If you’re breaking out your Christmas lights early this year, you may find that some have lost their twinkle. That’s why Barnstable County is launching its annual holiday light recycling program in all 15 Cape towns. 

Mark Faherty

On Thanksgiving morning, there was just one large, meaty bird on the minds of Cape Cod birders. I am of course referring to the rare Pink-footed Goose discovered that morning in Wellfleet. With just two prior records for the Cape and Islands, this was a bird to see. So it was that I loaded my son and all his toddlery accoutrements into the family car and headed to Wellfleet on Thanksgiving morning, leaving my poor wife behind with the baby, the parade on TV, and several side-dishes still to make.

On The Point, historian and author Ian Saxine talks about "The Story of the 'First Encounter' At Nauset", his new book about events before, during, and after colonists and indigenous people meet in 1620. Joining him in a discussion about what shapes historical narratives and how myths are created and perpetuated are Paula Peters, a member of the Wampanoag Tribe, and Tom Ryan, vice chair of the Town of Eastham's 400 Commemoration Committee. Mindy Todd hosts.

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On this week's episode of New England News Colaborative's podcast NEXT, the story of Bami Farm in Rhode Island. A group of immigrants started a community farm in a Yankee farming town; their presence was complicated by race and rural American identity. Plus, how the pandemic has accelerated the debate over driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts. And journalist Maria Hinojosa talks about what’s at stake if public media fails to become more diverse.

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This is the time of year when friends and acquaintances boast about late-season swimming in the local ponds – or even occasionally the bay itself. Most of us go for a dip two or three times in September before calling it a season. Then there are the hardy folk who swim into October as far as Oyster Fest or even Halloween. A rare few, consumed with ambition, make it out into November, perhaps even Thanksgiving, and take pains to let you know it.

Liz Lerner

Students were dismissed from Falmouth High School on Monday after a member of the community tested positive for COVID-19. All learning will be remote until Friday.

There is just about a month left for parents to get their child a flu shot to comply with Governor Charlie Baker's mandate that all public school children be immunized against the flu this year.

CAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Dr. Greg Parkinson, a pediatrician in Falmouth, about the mandate, and what he tells parents who may be wary of getting the flu shot for their children this year.

Poetry Sunday: Nancy Aronie

Nov 29, 2020

Nancy Aronie reads the poem, "The Odyssey."

McCarthy's Long Shadow

Nov 27, 2020

On The Point, a rebroadcast of our conversation with Larry Tye about his book Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy. Tye poured through McCarthy’s personal papers, medical and military records along with recently unsealed transcripts of his closed door congressional hearings. We discuss McCarthy’s influence on America and how it compares with that of President Trump.

On The Point, we continue our conversation with Susan Hockfield, former president of MIT and author of The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build The Next Technology Revolution. We discuss advances in prothesis, how nanoparticles could help combat climate change, and much more.

Elspeth Hay

People don’t typically think about eating nuts that grow in our local woods. Before Europeans arrived, the forests of Cape Cod were more diverse. Stands of nut-bearing hickories, walnuts, beeches, chestnuts, and hazelnuts—all rich food sources—were much more common. Mashpee Wampanoag food activist Danielle Hill says that her people still use and remember these foods.

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As millions of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, many Native Americans and their supporters will commemorate the National Day of Mourning.

Held in Plymouth since 1970, the annual event is both solemn and political. It remembers the murder and oppression of Native Americans — and the theft of their land — by European settlers. It also serves as a protest of modern-day racism.

Kisha James, granddaughter of the founder and a senior at Wellesley College, said attendance has grown to more than 1,000 people a year.

Books on Magic

Nov 25, 2020
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On The Point, our monthly books show features books on or about magic. Our guests are Jill Erickson of Falmouth Public Library and Caitlin Doggart of Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore in Chatham. Mindy Todd hosts. 

On a sunny day in October, an excavator is digging into a layer of sand and cranberry plants along the Child’s River, near the border of Falmouth and Mashpee. Tree stumps are scattered about, and channels of water are diverted around up-turned dirt piles.

"Sometimes mother nature needs a helping hand, and that’s what we’re doing here,” said Gary Anderson, surveying a scene that resembled a construction site. 

Mark Faherty

You might have missed it, but the floodgates recently opened. The conditions must have set up just right, with east winds over the weekend, followed by very strong northwest winds through Tuesday morning. This brought big numbers of everyone’s favorite little winter seabird ever so briefly within reach of our binoculars. Thousands of Dovekies passed classic seabirding spots over the last few days, including over 1000 at Race Point and more than 4000 at First Encounter Beach in Eastham. Most birders are excited to see just one Dovekie, so this was hitting the jackpot.

Dozens of artists share their vision about the inter relatedness of the climate emergency, racial, and social justice. We talk with the organizers of the Earth Justice show and some of the participating artists. The show was featured at the Higgins Gallery at Cape Cod Community College and is available for virtual viewing.

Julia Marden

November is Native American Heritage Month. On The Point, we hear about a  new gallery featuring Wampanoag artists, and some of the films and activities offered through the gallery space. Our guest is Paula Peters of

Eve Zuckoff

Every week, more than a dozen student activists from around Massachusetts call into a Zoom meeting. Behind them are glimpses into their lives – superhero posters and hot pink bedroom walls.

“OK. So do we want to start off today's meeting with an agenda?” asked Nico Gentile, the 17-year-old climate organizer running today's meeting.

Finding Solace in an Early Morning Walk

Nov 24, 2020
Liz Lerner

I have officially crossed the Rubicon into old age.

I have a pair of reading glasses in every room.

I lecture the clerk at Home Depot on how to do his job.

I worry if the house is clean enough for the rescue squad.

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Local school districts selected for the state’s COVID-19 testing program are making plans to roll out their testing protocol, which could vary substantially from one district to the next.

At Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Harwich, students will get the nasal swab right in the nurse’s office. Results are ready in 15 minutes with no special equipment.

Poetry Sunday: KT Herr

Nov 22, 2020

KT Herr reads the poem, "Sea Sonnets."

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This Thanksgiving comes with its own list of dos and don'ts, in the effort to stop the current spike of coronavirus cases. Dismantling is under way at Pilgrim Nuclear power station. And a traditional holiday display in Provincetown comes under new scrutiny.

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.

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State money for COVID-19 testing is starting to arrive in Barnstable County from legislative earmarks.

The county Department of Health and Environment plans to establish its own testing sites.

Department director Sean O’Brien said the first batch of funding is $300,000 secured by Rep. Dylan Fernandes in the supplemental budget in July, and it must be used in Falmouth, which is in Fernandes’ district.