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This Sunday with Queen Banda

Sunday mornings Queen Banda brings a lively local conversation to the airwaves. They're collected here. If you have a story you'd like to share, send Queen an email at

Finding Beauty Close to Home

Aug 23, 2020

When Joe Freedman retired from the Steamship Authority, he picked up photography for a hobby. He is a self taught photographer who focuses on scenic photos in Falmouth. 

Freedman says he doesn't have to leave Falmouth to take a great picture. On the weekends, he sets up shop at Waterfront Park in Woods Hole to sell  his pictures.   

Fishing Is an Escape

Aug 16, 2020
Queen Banda

I was walking in Woods Hole when I came across Randy Coplin, Joe Peterson, and Vincent Thompson, fishers from Boston. 

They were fishing at Waterfront Park. I was curious about who they were and why they fish. So they casually chatted with me while fishing. 

Sing Your Truth

Aug 9, 2020
Grace Morrison Hartley

Grace Morrison Hartley is a Country Singer/Songwriter born and raised in Wareham. Morrisson fell in love with music at a very early age. And although life as an independent musician can be precarious, nothing compares to being an independent artist during the pandemic. 

Wildlife Care During a Pandemic

Aug 2, 2020
Cape Wildlife Center

When it comes to caring for wildlife, the Cape Wildlife Center has it covered. Speaking with Zack Mertz, the Executive Director at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable about wildlife care during the pandemic.

For over 150  years, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, also known as the People of the First Light, didn't speak their language. They lost it in the mid-19th-century through religious conversion, laws against the use of the language, and mainstream education.

Teagan Lind, 14 years old, of Falmouth, is a recent graduate of Lawrence Junior High School. She'll be a freshman at Falmouth High School this fall. And Alana Mikolazyk, 8 years old, of Falmouth, goes to Waldorf School of Cape Cod. This fall she will be in third grade. 

Farming Hay on 12 Acres in Rochester: Ed Johnson

Jul 5, 2020

Ed Johnson of Rochester has been farming hay his entire life.  In this conversation with Queen Banda, Ed talks about why he loves hay farming and and how it's changed over the years.

Marie Carney, 17, is valedictorian of the Saint John Paul II high school class of 2020.

The pandemic has been stressful for Marie as a student, but she says, the crisis has helped her understand the importance of family and gratitude.

Cather Zhang is a senior at Falmouth Academy and valedictorian of the Class of 2020. She's from Shanghai, China, and moved to the United States three years ago for school.

I sat down with Cather in her backyard in East Falmouth to learn about her experience coming to the United States and what it's like to study abroad. 


While some high schools have closed this year with virtual graduations, some have chosen to postpone the event. Today we hear from Grace Cerrato, 18 years old, Wareham High School Class of 2020 Valedictorian.

Patrick Sweeney, Bourne High School Valedictorian

Jun 7, 2020

High school seniors have had their school careers upended by the pandemic, but not their hopes. I had a chance to speak with one local graduating senior, Patrick Sweeney, 18, Bourne High School class of 2020 valedictorian.


For a student graduating from nursing school, this is a powerful moment to be heading into the world of medicine. Here's my conversation with Lauren Smith.

Victoria Baessa, first time parent, talks about how it is like to raise a new born during the pandemic.


Dunia Furtado talks about what’s is like to be an expectant mother in the middle of a pandemic.