Dan Tritle

On The Point, a discussion of books about dogs and cats. Our book experts Jill Erikson, reference librarian at the Falmouth Public Library, and Peter Abrahams, author, delve into a great collection of works on this theme.  Mindy Todd hosts.

Here's a list of books from today's show.

Mark Faherty

It’s a late summer afternoon on Lieutenant Island in Wellfleet, and some suspicious characters are hanging around by the bridge. Some are crouching behind the railings, and others are peering through high powered optics.

Help for Teen Addicts

Sep 27, 2016

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, opioid related deaths in Barnstable, Dukes, Plymouth, and Bristol counties are among the highest in the state, and this isn’t an epidemic just affecting adults. Of the 209 young people (aged 15-24) who died in this state between January and June of this year, 41 were confirmed opioid related. Earlier this year Hyannis-based Duffy Health Center announced a 100-thousand-dollar federal grant to begin what’s called a medication assisted treatment program designed for 16- and 17-year-olds with opioid addiction.

A closer look at the needs of Cape and Islands veterans and some of the services and supports available to them and their families.  Mindy Todd's guests in the Woods Hole studio are: Jim Pickering, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Masonic Military Assistance Project; and Greg Quilty, Executive Director of the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center.


Infrared image of the core of the Milky Way Galaxy. Our solar system orbits the galactic center once every 225-250 million years.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech) / Public Domain

Thanks to Galileo, it's common knowledge that the Earth orbits the sun. What's not as commonly known is that the sun - and our entire solar system - is orbiting around a massive black hole at the center of the galaxy. It takes 225 million Earth years to make one loop around the Milky Way.

A small group of science enthusiasts thinks we should all stop and ponder this and other amazing facts about our place in the universe once in a while, and they’ve declared a holiday this Thursday for exactly this purpose. It’s called Galactic Tick Day.

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We are about to enter “northeaster season,” that time of year when ocean storms strafe our exposed peninsula, often rearranging its topography. They also tend to rearrange our image of ourselves, from that of beleaguered residents enduring the onslaught of summer tourists to that of “rugged New Englanders,” enduring our character-building climate of winter gales and occasional blizzards. 

At least ninety percent of household dust contains chemicals that pose a health risk.
Heather Goldstone / WCAI

As if you need one more reason to hate household dust, science increasingly indicates it could be a hazard to your health. A recent review of research, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, finds that the vast majority of household dust contains potentially toxic chemicals.

Kathryn Eident

Despite last week’s rain, the region—and the state—is still in a drought. The dry conditions have local fire officials on heightened alert for the risk of wildfire. As WCAI’s Kathryn Eident reports, officials are staffing fire towers and taking other steps to help prevent dangerous brush fires.

Caine Delacy

Emily Callahan was working at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 when she noticed something strange. The workers said they couldn’t wait to get back to fishing near oil rigs. She thought they were crazy until they told her, “That’s where the fish are.”

That experience started her down the path of promoting a program that lets companies turn old oil rigs into artificial reefs that support a surprising array of sea life.

Fresh Sonic: Closed on Sunday

Sep 26, 2016
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Bill Sharkey shares his philosophy for Sundays.

Produced by Sean Corcoran and Atlantic Public Media.


Local Election Debate Calendar

2016 Local Election Debates on WCAI

WCAI features discussions with the candidates running for election this fall. Join us for The Point with Mindy Todd to hear in-depth discussions of the topics and issues in each local race, and join in the conversation with your questions.
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