Following the Path of Cape Cod's Recycling

Disruptions to international recycling markets have been widely reported, leading many to wonder how well our local recycling is working. 

Our series examines the four major household recycling streams – cans, glass, paper, and plastic – to discover how much of what we toss into the big blue bin is really being recycled, and at what cost.  

The Forgetting: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s is WCAI’s podcast entirely focused on Alzheimer’s disease. The twice-monthly podcast is co-hosted by two well-respected Alzheimer’s experts, David Shenk and Greg O’Brien.

O’Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2009, at age 59. The podcast highlights the friendship of Shenk and O’Brien, while documenting O’Brien’s experience as the disease symptoms become more pronounced.


The first report of a tornado touching down on Cape Cod came shortly after noon on Tuesday, July 23, 2019  – a natural disaster striking with no warning at the height of the summer tourist season.

By 1pm our reporter was on the scene in Yarmouth, where the tornado had torn off a portion of a hotel roof.  

Tisbury School third-graders on Martha's Vineyard wrote Valentines as a library assignment, and we were fortunate to be able to record them. Some of the students also sent us their graphics. See them below. 

L Lerner

As part of WCAI's election coverage, The Point will interview candidates for the Plymouth & Barnstable District state Senate seat vacated by Viriato “Vinny” deMacedo.


The following candidates will be in the studio with Mindy Todd during The Point's 3rd segment which starts at 9:38am. The replay will be at 7:38pm on the same day.  

Poetry Sunday: Kim M. Baker

Jan 19, 2020

Kim Baker reads her poem, "Posers."  

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day we bring you reflections of several King scholars on his life, work, and how his speeches and sermons influenced political and social spheres of America. We also talk with musician Damien Sneed about his musical and spoken tribute to Dr. King titled We Shall Overcome. His national tour of the performance comes to New Bedford on Monday. 

Sarah Mizes-Tan

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth Massachusetts was one of the worst-performing plants in the country before it shut down in May of 2019. The plant was cited numerous times in the years leading up to the shutdown, prompting WCAI to increase its ongoing coverage and follow the shutdown process in a series of spots, two-ways and features with plant and government officials, nuclear watchdogs and others.

Links to WCAI web articles on the closing of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station are below. 

J. Junker

2019 has been a year of climate rising. Youth activists skipped school and took to the streets, the Green New Deal thrust climate equity into the spotlight, and presidential candidates were forced to respond. Democrats are competing on climate policies more than ever before. Even a few Republicans dared to suggest climate is a concern that needs to be addressed.

Has it been a rough year? Did you put all of your savings into Bill De Blasio's presidential campaign? Did you get a haircut from Boris Johnson's barber? Did you take a job as a public relations spokesperson for Rudy Guiliani? What better time to laugh at politics than now, with election season gearing up? After all, the Capitol Steps won't tell you any actual useful information, but they will tell you what rhymes with Pete Buttigieg.




Produce, consume, discard; we all know the routine. Raw materials are extracted, produced into goods, and used, sometimes only once, before turning into waste. Maybe we think that recycling that Starbucks cup or Smartwater bottle is the best we can do for the planet. But that’s only one part of the story. Now, innovative companies are “going circular” by transforming how their products are designed, used, and remade.

J. Junker

The holidays wouldn’t be the same without those cherished Christmas classics—A Christmas Carol (1951), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas… Pour a mug of egg nog and enjoy Christmas at the movies. 


House Impeachment Vote

Dec 17, 2019
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Wednesday, December 18, the House of Representatives debates and votes on articles of impeachment against President Trump. View the live stream here.

Poetry Sunday: Donald Nitchie

Dec 15, 2019

Donald Nitchie reads his poem, "Nomans Community News."


GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that began with a simple idea: encourage people to do good. Today, it’s a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Join us December 3rd for GivingTuesday and help us to kick off the season of giving. Donate on Tuesday, December 3rd and you will double the impact with our matching gift challenge! 


In this special holiday episode, we take a look at the indigenous side of a Thanksgiving table. Minnesota Chef Sean Sherman (the Sioux Chef) gives us a taste of pre-contact American Indian cuisine. 

 Turkeys have a reputation for being big, dumb birds. But are they? And what does it mean for a bird to be smart anyway? We also discuss the role of gratitude in physical and emotional wellness, how much food goes to waste after the Thanksgiving Feast, and what happens in our GI tract when we overeat. THis program is from WHYY's The Pulse.


Poetry Sunday: Millie White

Nov 24, 2019

Millie White reads her poem, "Four Crows and the Chant."

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.

Poetry Sunday: Bill Cannon

Nov 17, 2019

Bill Cannon reads his poem, "Frozen Seconds."

Poetry Sunday: Eric Nelson

Oct 20, 2019

Eric Nelson reads his poem, "Crime Scene."  

Poetry Sunday: Monica Flegg

Sep 22, 2019

Monica reads her poem. "Wonder."

Poetry Sunday: Bette Low

Sep 8, 2019

Bette Low reads her poem, "Poem Parts."  

Poetry Sunday: Linda Steele

Aug 18, 2019

Linda Steele reads her poem, "The Rain."  

Wilderness Sarchild reads her poem, "It Was Like This: You Were Young."