Politics & Issues

The Point
11:33 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Arab-Israeli Conflict: a Long Way to Go Towards Peace

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Middle East issues

A discussion of the Arab-Israeli conflict and tensions throughout the Middle East, with Mindy Todd on The Point and three guests who know the situation in depth.

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Politics & Issues
3:14 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Rwandan Orphan Tells of Terror and Healing

Still from the film trailer

Recovering from genocide

Emmamuel Habimana, filmmaker and genocide orphan from Kigali, Rwanda discusses his documentary Komora: to heal with Heather Goldstone on the Point.  The film is about the orphan survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda.


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Civil Rights
3:24 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Cameras that Record License Plate Data are Raising Alarms

Some are questioning whether data collection by police license plate scanners violates civil rights.
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Small cameras that record and store our license plate information are popping up almost everywhere, raising alarms around the country. In Massachusetts, privacy advocates are urging the state Legislature to regulate the data. But others say there's something standing in the way – the U.S. Constitution.

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The Point
1:46 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

New Canal Bridge, Frozen Hydrants, and Familiar Whales: News Roundup

Railroad bridge, seen from Bourne bridge, over the Cape Cod Canal
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Here's a round-up of the week's top news stories. State Senate president Therese Murray won't seek a 12th term. A drug overdose spike across the Cape proves deadly.  A familiar whale "Wart" shows up again in Cape Cod Bay. New rules for oysters are going in place, because of problems with bacteria. An artificial reef may incorporates some of the debris from the demolition of Harwich High School. We check in about the Pilgrim nuclear plant and questions about evacuation plans for those on the Cape. And discussions about another bridge across Cape Cod Canal, for about $320 million.

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The Point
8:43 am
Sat January 25, 2014

News Roundup: Ups and Downs for Wind and Solar Power, again

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Sean Corcoran covers the top news stories of the week with our region's leading journalists. Opponents of the Cape Wind proposal had an up and down week. And a solar company is going out of business, leaving local solar projects in limbo. We also hear how the region faired with this week's storm.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
12:30 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind

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Kirk Johnson talks about his book To Be a Friend is Fatal: The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind. Kirk worked for USAID in Iraq, and soon discovered that many of his Iraqi friends and colleagues employed by the US coalition were subject to kidnapping, torture, and assassination. He began compiling a list of their names and working with a team of lawyers to get them out of harm’s way.

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Politics & Issues
1:12 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Understanding Climate Change Through Poetry

At first glance, science and poetry may seem like an odd pairing. But appreciation of the potential synergy is growing among scientists, poets, and readers.

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Year-End News Roundup
12:49 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Pilgrim Power shutdowns; Wampanoag Tribes Try for Casinos; & more: Year-end News Wrap

Our year-end wrap of the region's top news stories includes: Pilgrim Nuclear Power station made headlines several times this year with shutdowns, the two Wampanoag tribes continued efforts for casinos, and voters in Falmouth overwhelmingly rejected an initiative to take down two town-owned turbines. Senior reporter Sean Corcoran speaks with journalists from around Cape Cod and the Islands.

Audio posted above.

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Wind Power
10:40 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Judge Orders Limits on Falmouth Wind Turbines

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A Barnstable Superior Court judge has ordered the town of Falmouth to limit the operation of two, town-owned wind turbines, including shutting them down completely on Sundays and holidays.

The order comes as Judge Christopher Muse considers complaints from some neighbors that noise from the turbines at the town's wastewater treatment plant causes health affects, including insomnia, headaches and vertigo.

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The Point
2:57 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

News Roundup: The Cape and Islands Remember JFK, and NSTAR Resumes Herbicide Use

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This week on the Friday News Roundup: After a self-imposed moratorium, the utility NStar resumes spraying herbicides to kill plants beneath its power lines, despite local opposition. People are paying close attention to the casino prospects of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), after a tribal election there.  And the Audubon Society puts aside a proposal to install a wind turbine in Wellfleet.

WCAI Senior Reporter and Editor Sean Corcoran discusses these stories and more with some of the region's top journalists. 

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