Two Cape Cods: Hidden Poverty on the Cape and Islands

Series produced by WCAI / WNAN

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duPont-Columbia award winning series on poverty amidst prosperity

Those who serve Cape Cod's poor are the first to point out that behind the veil of the affluent summer paradise we all recognize, hides a community that continually struggles to make ends meet. This duPont-Columbia Award-winning series examines the unique factors that contribute to persistent and hidden poverty throughout the Cape and Islands region.
Each story is set in one of the fifteen towns on Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.


20 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Meals on Wheels on the Vineyard: Much of the world knows Martha's Vineyard as a rich person's playground, but many locals are struggling to find a...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 05:00
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Stressed Out in Eastham: According to a survey conducted by Barnstable County last year, 80% of the most needy households on the Cape wrestle with ...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 04:04
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The Winter Rental Shuffle in Sandwich: With off-season rental-housing prices skyrocketing, where are the working poor expected to look for shelter?

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 05:03
  • Purchases: 1
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Homeless in Hyannis Part 2: Shelters housed more than 500 homeless people last year. But untold others live on friends' couches, in motel rooms, an...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 04:52
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Homeless in Hyannis Part 1: Shelters housed more than 500 homeless people last year. But untold others live on friends' couches, in motel rooms, an...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 05:05
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Free and reduced lunch program statistics in Dennis indicate that there may be no accurate way to measure poverty.

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 04:35
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Elderly Poor in Harwich: The ever-rising costs of living means that for a growing number of seniors, retirement has not been the life of leisure th...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 05:09
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Wampanoag in Mashpee: Of the 350 Wampanoag living in Mashpee today, 90% live from paycheck to paycheck, undeniably poor.

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 05:07
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Youth Flight in Falmouth: If the next generation of teachers, nurses, and firefighters can't make the Cape their home, then who will serve and take...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 04:52
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Empty Nets in Provincetown: Cape Cod, a land named for its bounty of fish, doesn't have many commercial fishermen left.

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 04:59
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The Road Ahead: If living the American Dream means getting married, buying a house, and raising a family, Cape Cod may not be a viable option for f...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 05:19
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Commuting in Bourne: Increasingly, going to work off-Cape is the only way to escape a low paying, tourist and service-driven economy.

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 05:07
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Uninsured and Underinsured in Brewster: More than 40,000 Cape residents are without health insurance. This vulnerable class may be just one illness...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 04:34
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Lack of Workforce Housing on Nantucket: With a median home price of $1.6 million, many in the Nantucket workforce will never be able to live where ...

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 05:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Habitat for Humanity on the Vineyard: Much of the world knows Martha's Vineyard as a rich person's playground, but many locals are struggling to fi...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 05:38
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Part 5 of the duPont-Columbia award winning series on poverty amidst prosperity.

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 05:23
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Part 4 of the duPont-Columbia award winning series on poverty amidst prosperity.

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 05:11
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Part 3 of the duPont-Columbia award winning series on poverty amidst prosperity.

  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 04:48
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Part 2 of the duPont-Columbia award winning series on poverty amidst prosperity.

Bought by HowSound


  • Added: Feb 16, 2007
  • Length: 05:23
  • Purchases: 1
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Part 1 of the duPont-Columbia award winning series on poverty amidst prosperity.

Bought by WAMC and NPR Station Showcase with PRX


  • Added: Feb 15, 2007
  • Length: 04:59
  • Purchases: 2