WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.

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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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Healthy Living is a weekly commentary that brings listeners the latest in health news and biomedical research.

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Living Lab is intelligent conversation at the intersection of science and culture. Host Dr. Heather Goldstone is keenly interested in the connections between science, art, religion, and culture. Living Lab explores those themes with scientists, authors, artists, educators, and, of course, listeners.

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Science at Work brings listeners into the laboratories and minds of the Woods Hole scientific community. The series explores the business of basic research - how and why scientists pose questions about the world, and how they go about answering them.

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duPont-Columbia award winning series on poverty amidst prosperity

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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
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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