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A nature writer living in Wellfleet, Robert Finch has written about Cape Cod for more than forty years. He is the author of nine books of essays. A Cape Cod Notebook airs weekly on WCAI, the NPR station for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the South Coast. In both 2006 and 2013, the series won the New England Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Radio Writing.

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A nature writer living in Wellfleet, Robert Finch has written about Cape Cod for more than forty years. He is the author of nine books of essays. A Cape Cod Notebook airs weekly on WCAI, the NPR station for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the South Coast. In both 2006 and 2013, the series won the New England Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Radio Writing.

    Walt Whitman and the Hermit Thrush

    Walt Whitman and the Hermit Thrush

    Our summer neighbors have not been able to get to the Cape this year, so the other day I walked over to check on their house. There, on the lower deck, I found the body of a small bird, perhaps six inches long. Somehow, even before I picked it up, I knew it was that of a hermit thrush, the possessor of one of the most ethereal, and most moving, of all sounds in nature.

    • 4 min
    Beauty in the Dunes

    Beauty in the Dunes

    Like many of you, I go out every day into the natural world in the good company of a dog. Yesterday-a brilliant day- the oft-written-about Dory and I followed a long narrow trail through the woods that ended abruptly at a steep slope of sand. We floundered up and over and entered the majesty of the Provinceland dunes, spread before us, with the ocean beyond.

    • 3 min
    Missing the Connections a Dog Can Bring

    Missing the Connections a Dog Can Bring

    Like everyone else, I’ve spent a lot of time crossing things off my pre-pandemic calendar: a visit to see the California grandkids; rehearsal for my handbell choir; dinner with a pal at our favorite restaurant.

    • 3 min
    The Ghosts of Summers Past

    The Ghosts of Summers Past

    This spring has been a time without transition. Normally on Nantucket, we are given a few holiday weekends (the Daffodil Festival in April, Memorial Day in May) to acclimatize ourselves to the influx of people who descend come summertime. That is often the hardest part of living in a place so seasonal, to remember the new rhythms that summer brings and adjust yourself accordingly. But there were no sneak previews of summer this year.

    • 3 min
    A Baseball Game, and an Osprey

    A Baseball Game, and an Osprey

    The Cape Cod Baseball League is one of the great joys of summer on the Cape, and the gem of the league is Eldredge Park in Orleans. Given to the town a hundred and five years ago by Lewis (“Win”) Eldredge, the park has been refreshed and improved many times over the decades, and this being the season’s home opener, it was in mint condition.

    • 4 min
    Sketching The Cape's Beauty

    Sketching The Cape's Beauty

    I came to sketching late in life. Even as a child I knew I had no exceptional talent for drawing, so I devoted my creative energies to another craft: that of writing. But I always felt I was missing out on something. In fact, many, if not most of the writers I’ve known, harbor the suspicion that drawing is somehow superior to writing, perhaps that is why so many of us writers take up drawing or painting in our later years.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Moonflowerkl ,

This speaks to my heart

I adore this podcast. And I adore Cape Cod. I don’t use the word “adore” lightly. There is something wild and so very natural about the Cape and these short essays about this wonderful place make me yearn to be there full time. I hope these stories continue. Thank you for this podcast that speaks to my heart.

Pattycaker62 ,

Keeps me in a Cape Cod frame of mind

I so hate leaving the cape each year, and gaze mournfully over my shoulder as we pull away. This podcast keeps me sustained with stories about the wildlife, seashores, happenings and history of the cape. The authors/speakers are wonderful. Thank you.

paper-bag ,

Now with Nantucket

i'm glad the Notebook comes in a podcast now, because i usually miss the airing. But, more than that, i really love the focus on Nantucket now. Mary hits the island sweets spots impeccably.

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