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Andrea Taddeo

Mar 5, 2012

Some 200 of Andrea Taddeo's friends came to the Coonamesset Inn in Falmouth last month to sing and tell stories. With their heads hung low they sang the songs Taddeo sang when she was a girl back on Long Island in the 1950s, and into her oldest years living in Falmouth, until she died at home on Feb. 11 from cancer. They sang church songs. "The Hymn of Promise" was one, about new life and resurrection. And "Take My Hand" was another.

  If it has anything to do with the guitar, Arlen Roth has embraced it.  As a solo artist, as a sideman to legendary rock and folk performers, as a guitar designer, as a magazine columnist and teacher, Arlen has left his impact on more than one generation of guitar players. On his way to his home on Martha's Vineyard, Arlen stopped by our studio and spoke with Steve Junker.

Arlen Roth writes a regular blog on guitar playing.  He’s at work on an autobiography, and a children’s book in collaboration with Martha’s Vineyard illustrator Lane Gregory.

Visit Arlen Roth's website.

Below: Listen to Steve Junker's hour-long feature interview with Arlen Roth, including some great in-studio guitar playing, as it aired on Arts and Ideas, Sunday, February 26, 2012.

The Village Library

Feb 22, 2012

While most communities or counties in the United States have a library, Cape Cod has something of a unique structure, with small villages hosting their own libraries, not just the town center. As WCAI's Sean Corcoran reports, from small to large, the Cape and Island libraries often reflect the feelings and values of the geographic area where they exist.  

The Battle Over E-Books

Feb 21, 2012

Librarians are reporting dramatic increases in the numbers of people looking to borrow electronic books. It's not uncommon for a public library to report numbers doubling year-over-year in e-book usage. While libraries are trying to keep up with demand, some publishing houses are rethinking whether they want libraries loaning out e-books at all.

Librarians are reporting dramatic increases in the numbers of people looking to borrow electronic books, commonly called E-books. It's not uncommon for a public library to report numbers doubling year over year in e-book usage. But some publishing houses are rethinking whether they want libraries loaning out e-books at all.

Doing More With Less

Feb 20, 2012

With the economy still in recovery, libraries find themselves doing more with less. Among the challenges they face: reduced budgets, and the technology-driven needs of a growing number of patrons.

In the basement of Sturgis Library in Barnstable, director Lucy Loomis moves some boxes around on the shelves lining a small, climate-controlled room that looks like a bank vault.

She finds what she wants and takes it to a nearby table where she removes a ship's passport from the early days' of American History. Sturgis Library dates back to the 1860s, and like most libraries, for most of its history it focussed on printed materials -- primary documents like the ones in this box, as well as books, magazines and newspapers.

Elspeth Hay

Let's talk beer. Not the kind you buy, but the kind you make at home. In this 3-part episode of the Local Food Report, originally broadcast in February and March of 2012, Elspeth dives into the process of brewing your own beer.  She begins with a little history: 5000 years ago the Sumerians were already at it...

Elspeth has more information about homebrewing, including a recipe and links for brewing resources, on her blog Diary of a Locavore.  

Abel Correia

Feb 6, 2012

(Note: This is not a full transcript of the radio story. The full story can be heard by clicking above.)

In autumn 2003, Scott Price and his son Pat of Nashville, Tennessee, found themselves driving around Hyannis in a rental car looking for good will. The trip was Scott's idea after Pat graduated from college. During the course of a year, they would travel to all 50 states and interview people about the good things in their lives.

Up in the Air

Feb 3, 2012
Whitney Jones

  Snappy, Stretcho, and Criss-Cross are jugglers from Falmouth. They formed "The Suspenders Juggling Troupe" back in 1984 and have been performing ever since.

Visit Suspenders Juggling Troupe's website.

This piece comes from production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.  Find out more.

Blacksmith

Jan 20, 2012
J.P. Davidson

  Bob Jordan has a 3000-degree forge in his garage. He’s a blacksmith with over 40 years of experience – including work with German, Italian and North American Masters. J.P. Davidson visited Bob’s workshop in Orleans for our Creative Life series.

Visit Bob Jordan's website.

This piece comes from production partners Atlantic Public Media, through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.  Find out more.

Creative Invention

Jan 6, 2012
Steve Junker/WCAI

A conversation with inventor Scott Smith, of Osterville. Since 2001, Mr. Smith has owned a company that produces cellular foam products -- things like padding for football helmets, and packaging inserts. Two disasters, four years apart, gave Mr. Smith first the creative inspiration for an invention, and then an opportunity to test it on a world stage.

WCAI's Best of 2011 Local Programming

Dec 25, 2011

On this page you'll find links to some of our favorite pieces we aired during 2011 - all produced at WCAI.

Our award-winning local programming is made possible by the generous support of contributing listeners. Thank you!

Tattoo Psychology

Dec 9, 2011

As the popularity of tattooing reaches new heights, more people of all ages and types are getting tattoos. In this week's installment of Creative Life, Alex Crowley visits the studio of tattoo artist Angel Quinonez in Oak Bluffs.

Stealing from Plates

Nov 25, 2011
Steve Junker/WCAI

For this week’s Creative Life, Steve Junker spent an afternoon with Martha's Vineyard artist Jenifer Strachan in her West Tisbury studio, which is a small tree house, just ten feet by twelve. Seated at her work table, looking out into the surrounding woods, she pieces together mosaics - detailed images of animals, and of women - that she usually mounts in antique frames.

Visit Jenifer Strachan's website to see images of her mosaics.

The Emergency Plan

Nov 23, 2011

Part 3 of 3 - Power Struggle: The Future of Pilgrim Nuclear Plant

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — On a Saturday morning in October, volunteer John Lamb greeted cars at the Eddy Elementary School in Brewster. One of those cars held Al and Kathy Wyman, who came to get their potassium iodine.
 

Burning Out on Fuel Rods

Nov 22, 2011

Part 2 of 3 - Power Struggle: The Future of Pilgrim Nuclear Plant

PLYMOUTH — Mary Lampert stepped down from the dais at Harvard Medical School and reacted to an audience member's assertion that within 5 years there would be a federal repository for spent nuclear fuel.
 
“Well, I now believe in Santa Claus because the whole thing is going to be resolved in 5 years,” she said. “And maybe the Easter bunny too.”

Relicensing Pilgrim Nuclear

Nov 21, 2011

Part 1 of 3 - Power Struggle: The Future of Pilgrim Nuclear Plant

 

PLYMOUTH — Scott Allen, 54, set down his drink at the Seaside Club in Plymouth and picked up a letter to the editor

A Dancing Life

Nov 11, 2011

 Margaret Rogers, of Falmouth, started teaching dance in the 1930s. She's taught all kinds of dance over the years, and she still teaches tap dancing.

This Creative Life story comes from our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. The workshop will present many of the local stories they've produced over the past two months at a free public event on Friday November 18th, at 7pm at the Woods Hole Community Hall.

Visit Transom.org

Nantucket 24

Oct 28, 2011
Brian Morris/WCAI

  For the community event "Nantucket 24," Nantucketers were asked to capture the island on film over a 24-hour period. For Creative Life, Brian Morris spoke with filmmaker Kit Noble about his role organizing and shooting for the event.

Visit the Nantucket 24 Facebook page

Salley Mavor

Oct 14, 2011

  While some people search their entire lives for their passion, others are lucky enough to find it in childhood. Alex Crowley talks with children's book illustrator Salley Mavor from Falmouth about her passion for sewing and bringing books to life.

Visit Salley Mavor's Wee Folk Studio online

  The 19th annual Nantucket Arts Festival runs from September 30th to October 9th. It’s an island-wide event, featuring music, theater, poetry readings, and of course the visual arts too. And in at least one exhibition space, the aim is to provoke artists to work in uncomfortable ways, and to take risks. Nantucket photographer D. Clyde Meyer, artists Danny Henkle and Matt Oates, and co-curator Christie Cure all speak about their involvement in the show, "Jettisoning the Safe, Delving into the Uncertain." The show is at Sherburne Hall, 11 Centre Street.

Click here for the full Festival Calender and more information.

Randall Darwall

Sep 2, 2011
Alex Crowley/WCAI

  Knitting Mills and factories continue to churn out clothes at a rapid pace. But there are some designers who make clothes the old-fashioned way. Alex Crowley talks with Randall Darwall, of Harwich, about his hand-woven clothing and design collection.

Visit Randall's website to see more images >

Black Brook Singers

Aug 19, 2011

Members of the Black Brook singers infuse traditional Aquinnah Wampanoag drumming with their own inspiration and original material. For Creative Life, Steve Junker talks with the members of the "drum" about their unique musical tradition.

Robert Rindler

Jul 22, 2011
Brian Morris

A profile of Robert Rindler of Wellfleet, who makes art from what most people would throw away. Reported by Brian Morris for Creative Life.

Alfred Glover

Jul 8, 2011

Alex Crowley talks with Alfred Glover, a woods sculptor from Cataumet, whose work can be seen at the Cove Gallery in Welfleet. 

Visit Alfred Glover's website here.

The Anatomy of Allure

Jun 10, 2011
George Christman

Dr. George Christman creates handmage plugs -- fishing lures -- using insights gleaned from his collection of rare and vintage lures, some of which he has x-rayed. Reported by Steve Junker.

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