WCAI's Mindy Todd talks with Nantucket County Sheriff Jim Perelman, who's running for re-election.

Politics and Books

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This month's books program on The Point is all about politics. Mindy Todd hosts Jill Erickson from the Falmouth Public Library, and political reporter Rosie Gray with Buzzfeed, to talk about their top picks. 

Here's a list of books from this program.

Mark Yokoyama bit.ly/2dTXoC3 / bit.ly/OJZNiI

Though I'm recording this week's bird report from my temporary headquarters on the big island of Hawaii, I know through the magic of the internet that the Cape is currently hosting a very rare visitor. For the first time ever, a Gray Kingbird has made its way to the archipelago, and is now holding court with throngs of local birders.

DataCorp Technology LTD / flickr.com

The internet is so ingrained in our daily lives, that it can be hard to remember life before it. And it changes so quickly it’s equally hard to know what the future might hold. One thing that’s clear is that more and more people will be connected and doing more and different things with this technology.

It’s a bit tricky to pinpoint when the internet began. Was it the first email? The first public network? What we do know is exactly when we started keeping a record of what’s on the web - October 26, 1996.

On The Point, we discuss how the opioid epidemic is impacting children. Sixty percent of those dying from opioid overdose are between the ages of 25 and 44; a demographic that is more likely to have school aged children. Those living and struggling with addiction often can’t fulfill their parental duties and are absent from the lives of their children. What kinds of supports and services do we need to help children and families dealing with addiction, and how are schools, non-profits and the state stepping up to help?


WCAI examines the pros and cons of Ballot Question 4, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts.

NOAA bit.ly/2dJfNkK / bit.ly/2er6W8M

This coming weekend marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of an extraordinary meteorological event that was known variously as “The Halloween Gale” or “The No-Name Storm” of 1991. But perhaps it’s best remembered as “The Perfect Storm” the term used by meteorologists to describe an unusual alignment of three major weather systems along the northeast coast – a “perfect” alignment, if you will, that produced a northeast storm of almost unprecedented length and intensity.

Fresh Sonic: Wooden Links

Oct 24, 2016
Yandle http://bit.ly/2bJlJIm / http://bit.ly/1mhaR6e

Jeff Morris on keeping your hands busy during the winter.

Produced by Ian Gray and Atlantic Public Media.

"The Boat Guy": Forty Years of Craftmanship

Oct 24, 2016

Walter Baron has been making boats in Wellfleet for nearly forty years. Though Walter says he’s added his own touch to the processes he uses for building boats, Walter does not consider himself an artist. He would rather focus on the technical aspects of his boats and his work. But to an outsider, these boats are beautiful, and it’s hard to imagine that the man responsible for creating them would describe them as anything but art. 

Poetry Sunday: Jarita Davis

Oct 23, 2016
Anne O'Brien

Jarita Davis reads her poem "Djiny Describes the Festival of São João."


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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