Alecia Orsini

Special Projects Assistant/Host

Alecia Jean Orsini Lebeda is a award winning independent filmmaker and multi-media professional. She joined the team at WCAI in March of 2012 as a part time host for Weekend Edition. She is now Special Projects Assistant for Development, where she helps coordinate events, sponsor contracts, memberships and volunteers. Alecia also continues to fill in as host for Weekend Edition when needed. 

A lifetime Girl Scout, she found her media making legs while making PSA’s for the scouts at her local cable access studio. Alecia attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she graduated with a B.F.A in Film and Television. In 2012 she was named one of the 40 under 40 by Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine, for her work with Non-Profits and starting her own company Good Natured Dog Productions. Beware, she carries a camera, and isn’t afraid to use it.

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For conservation biologists, the growing number of gray seals in New England is a success story. For some fishermen and beachgoers, it's another story altogether. Seals can steal fish, damage fishing gear, block beach access, and attract great white sharks. For all these reasons, seals have become a touchy subject in communities across the Cape and Islands - nowhere more so than on Nantucket.

Alecia Orsini

While local marches took place on Cape Cod and in Boston, some Cape residents made their way to Washington, D.C., by car, train or bus.

I traveled to Washington as part of a media-gathering project for Women in Film and Video of New England. There I met up with the Cape Cod contingent of marchers.

Credit: Laura Lubelczyk, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in collaboration with Dr. Erica Goetze, University of Hawaii

Marine microbes support the entire ocean food chain, provide the oxygen we breathe, and may even help soften the blow of climate change. They're also gorgeous.

Scott Lebeda

  No, those aren't bananas in those boxes. The New England Aquarium and other organizations who are knee-deep in cold-stunned turtle rescues and have run out of the traditional plastic boxes used to transport the stranded animals. 

The record has nearly doubled from last year with reports of close to 1000 turtles washing up on Cape Cod shores this year. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning more than 190 turtles were packed up with the help of volunteers and shipped off to Florida, North Carolina and other Southern destinations.

There's probably no recipe more famous (or infamous) among NPR listeners than Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish.

This cranberry wild rice salad predates Thanksgiving by, oh, maybe millenia, and could easily replace "traditional" stuffing.


Emergency actions taken by federal fishery regulators essentially amount to a ban on cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine.

Carl Rhodes

Each year, tens of thousands of people from around the country make their way to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for a week-long festival known as Burning Man. It’s a celebration of art and self-expression, but it’s also permeated with science and technology. WCAI on-air host and Living Lab production assistant Alecia Orsini went to Burning Man this year with a mission – to find all the science she could. 

Alecia Orsini

Burning Man is a week long festival in August that takes place in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. It's a harsh environment to live and camp for a week, but Burners (what you call someone who goes to Burning Man) live for the challenge. One of the defining elements of the experience is the Black Rock Playa, the desert itself. Unlike most deserts, it is a dusty alkali flat from an ancient ocean or lake bed.

Two Burners from Medford Massachusetts, upon studying the chemicals that make up the dusty playa, concluded that they should be able to make glass from the dust. 

WCAI Celebrates Its 14th Birthday

Sep 29, 2014
Alecia Orsini

Last Thursday night, WCAI staff, friends, and community members gathered at 3 Water Street in Woods Hole, the home of WCAI, to celebrate 14 years on the air. It was September 25, 2000 that the station went live on the airwaves. Over 150 supporters of WCAI huddled under a tent in the parking lot, laughing and smiling despite the rain. Nearly every person at the event was treated to a guided tour, which dedicated WCAI volunteers generously provided throughout the evening.

Alecia Orsini


The West wins it, led by Chad Gassman of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. The right mix of pitching, the Falmouth Commodores' talent, and the LSU contingent combined to launch the West All-Stars to a 5-0 shutout victory over the East All-Stars at Doran Park. Read more at


The game is under way, but just before the first pitch, our reporter Ginger Poulson chatted with East Division Coach John Schiffner of the Chatham Anglers.

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The Charles W. Morgan is towed through the Cape Cod Canal Wednesday morning on its way to Provincetown, the next stop on its 38th Voyage.

Today is the 50th birthday of the submarine Alvin. But there’s no time for cake.  Alvin is a working sub…and it’s in the Gulf of Mexico right now. This week researchers are using Alvin to study organisms that live near oil seeps in the Gulf.

Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, the unconventional and innovative radio program that’s all about science – although sometimes you may not know it. He’s had a long and varied career in both radio and television, and recently WCAI's Brian Morris sat down with Robert Krulwich for a conversation about his unique brand of storytelling.

People have long come to the Cape and Islands as a place to let their minds wander. Artists and scientists in  particular have built communities here for their ideas. Now the Cape Cod Makers are adding their energy to the region.

You may have heard of the maker movement. Often we hear about maker spaces where individuals can learn to use state-of-the-art technology, gain access to resources they could not otherwise, and exchange ideas with a community of creative-minded people who make all kinds of things.