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WCAI 90.1 and WNAN 91.1, the Cape and Islands NPR stations, are listener-supported public radio stations serving Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and the south coast. Founded by local residents, the stations are a service of WGBH Radio. We strive to celebrate the uniqueness of the communities that we serve while discussing common issues.


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Communities of color are disproportionately affected by environmental problems. The disparity in Massachusetts is among the greatest in the nation,...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2015
  • Length: 49:29
Caption: Alan Turing, 1951, Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Alan Turing has been compared Albert Einstein and Leonardo Da Vinci. Turing was a founding father of computer science and an instrumental world war...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2014
  • Length: 49:32
Caption: American Cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon
Can't talk about politics or religion at Thanksgiving dinner? No problem. Talk about cranberries, instead.

  • Added: Dec 02, 2014
  • Length: 48:43
Caption: Erosion at Nauset Light, Cape Cod National Seashore , Credit: Cape Cod Times
This show is all about challenges – coping with sea level rise, weathering tough financial times, and facing New England’s energy crisis.

  • Added: Nov 21, 2014
  • Length: 49:13
Caption: Design and engineering processes, simultaneously... , Credit: www.skoltech.ru/en Karfidov Lab
If you’re not an engineer, you’ve probably never thought about the delicate balancing act they face. Advancing technology requires creativity and a...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2014
  • Length: 48:32
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David Rose has spent his career designing internet-connected technologies, but his recurring nightmare is a future where all our beloved possession...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 48:41
Caption: More than thirty years after being added to the EPA's National Priorities List of toxic cleanup sites, much of New Bedford Harbor remains off-limits for fishing., Credit: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
New Bedford’s role in both whaling and electrical manufacturing took a toll that city’s Harbor. The history of pollution is recorded in the mud at...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2014
  • Length: 48:38
Caption: FoldIt is an online game in which players try to fold proteins into the functional forms., Credit: foldit.wikia.com
Americans spend billions - in both dollars and hours - on video games each year. What if all that time and money produced knowledge that could bene...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2014
  • Length: 48:37
Caption: BEAR, or Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot, is designed to help soldiers in need. But other robots could take on roles as combatants., Credit: Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center
Giving robots morals may sound like a good idea, but it's a pursuit fraught with its own moral dilemmas. Like, whose morals?

  • Added: Sep 26, 2014
  • Length: 49:27
Caption: A sketch of the human brain by sixteenth century anatomist Andreas Vesalius., Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Consciousness is what makes us human, and it remains one of the greatest mysteries. Some say this is the century scientists will finally unravel th...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2014
  • Length: 48:29
Caption: A slightly reduced reproduction of James Prosek's watercolor of a swordfish features in the Ocean Fishes exhibit at Woods Hole Historical Museum through July 31st, 2014., Credit: Jennifer Gaines / Woods Hole Historical Museum
Few will ever see firsthand the true, glorious colors of a giant bluefin tuna as it emerges from the ocean. James Prosek's watercolors come close.

  • Added: Jul 24, 2014
  • Length: 49:27
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A simple mistake can derail the best planned experiments. But sometimes – just sometimes – such an error can lead to an even bigger discovery.

  • Added: Jul 16, 2014
  • Length: 48:39
Caption: Sidhartha Gautama - the Buddha - in meditation., Credit: Wikimedia Commons
The ancient teachings of Buddhism and cutting-edge discoveries in neuroscience lead to the same conclusion: our minds shape our individual realities.

  • Added: Jul 03, 2014
  • Length: 49:28
Caption: Jason Padgett's rendering of how he sees his own hand. , Credit: Jason Padgett
Jason Padgett got hit on the head, and now he’s a math genius. Seriously.

  • Added: Jun 20, 2014
  • Length: 49:17
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Climate change poses a real and present danger to our modern way of life, but modern civilization likely would not have arisen without agriculture ...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2014
  • Length: 48:38
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You can think of groundwater as a big, black box connecting life on land to ocean ecosystems. We have a decent handle on what goes in, but scientis...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2014
  • Length: 49:22
Caption: Citizen scientists documenting invasive plant species on Nantucket., Credit: Sarah Bois / Linda Loring Nature Foundation
Amateur naturalists have played a significant role in environmental research for over a century. The internet makes it possible to organize on a wh...

  • Added: May 20, 2014
  • Length: 49:18
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Every life is full of twists and turns, dead ends and fortuitous opportunities. Scientists are no exception.

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  • Added: May 13, 2014
  • Length: 49:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Writing and drawing came easily for Jill McDermott. Chemistry, on the other hand, presented a challenge. That's why she chose to make it her career.

  • Added: May 13, 2014
  • Length: 49:31
Caption: NOAA Okeanos Explorer
High-speed communications technology is helping scientists explore the deep sea without ever leaving the comfort of home.

  • Added: May 01, 2014
  • Length: 49:28