Mindy Todd

Managing Director of Editorial, "The Point" Host and Producer

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting.  She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN.  Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH.   She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.

In February 2012 Mindy was named Managing Director of Editorial.

Mindy sits on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Sea Grant Marine Outreach Guidance Group, Marine Biological Laboratories Falmouth Forum Fundraising Committee, NOAH Telethon Steering Committee,  the Falmouth Fund, the Turkey Land Cove Foundation on Martha’s Vineyard and is a member of the board of directors at The ARC of Cape Cod.

Ways to Connect

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Each year students from all across the Cape convene to identify human rights injustices. Students then return to their communities to develop and implement ways to address the injustice. On The Point, we talk with students about their experiences in the Academy and some of the projects and events they’ve organized in response to human rights injustice here and around the world. 

Birds of February

Feb 13, 2018
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Red-winged blackbirds are already singing their courtship calls in marshes on Cape Cod and on the islands. Their song (kon-kareeee!) reminds us that spring is getting nearer! On The Point, we hear the latest highlights from the world of birds, including facts about bird love, for Valentine's Day. Mark Faherty, Ornithologist and Science Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, joins Mindy Todd in the studio.

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On The Point, a conversation with New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell. He talks with host Mindy Todd about the agenda for the next two years, including an update on goals for the public school system, the future of New Bedford as a leading fishing port, and ways to support business development and the arts community. Mitchell has started his fourth term in office.

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Vocal harmony is very much alive on Cape Cod; the a cappella groups Hyannis Sound and Cape Harmony bring college-age singers together for summer performances. One group keeps singing all year round: the Cape Cod Surftones, known for their "Barbershop" style of harmony.

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One of the many things that make the Cape, Coast, and Islands so special is our wildlife: we have a variety of mammals, birds and amphibians. Unfortunately human activities can injure and sicken wildlife; fortunately there is a place that will care for these animals.

WildCare in Eastham has a mission to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.  Stephanie Ellis is a wildlife rehabilitator and the Executive Director of WildCare.

Statistics from the World Health Organization show 35 percent of women globally will experience violence or sexual abuse in their lifetime. One in ten individuals over the age of 60 will also experience some sort of abuse. While the causes and forms of abuse can be different for women and seniors, abuse of anyone is a grave violation of human rights.

What are some of the factors that put a person at high risk for suicide, and how can we identify these people and help them? 2012 Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds white men age 85 and older are 5 times more likely to commit suicide than Americans in any other age group. The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands offers both a senior outreach program and an elder suicide prevention training.

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On The Point, a conversation with Hedwig Rose, who survived the holocaust hiding in an Amsterdam cellar. Of the 140,000 Jews who lived in the Netherlands before 1940, only 30,000 survived the war. Hedwig “Hedy” Rose was one of those survivors who, at age 5, hid in a cellar with her mother and older sister. Mindy Todd hosts.

Our monthly books program on The Point is dedicated to "Trees and Forests." From history to poetry, we explore the many ways these organisms have figured in literature and in life. Our guests in the studio are Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Dennis Minsky, Naturalist on the Dolphin Whale Watch and member of the Provincetown Tree Advisory Group. Mindy Todd hosts.

A growing body of evidence shows links between childhood adversity and illness, both physical and psychological. Research also shows adults who experienced toxic stress as children are at greater risk for chronic disease. Mindy Todd speaks with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician and the founder and CEO of the Center for Wellness. She’s pioneering efforts to determine how toxic stress impacts children and how to identify and treat children before lasting damage is done.

 

Hoarding Disorder

Jan 25, 2018
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Many people enjoy collecting items or keeping things that have sentimental meaning. But taken to the extreme, collecting can impact physical and emotional well being. We hear the story of a woman whose own hoarding tendencies prompted her to found Clutter’s Anonymous on the Cape, and we talk with members of the Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force about the identifying and supporting those with hoarding tendencies.

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What are some of the reasons athletes use drugs? How is doping different from other technological advances we see being adopted in sport? What impact does doping have on young athletes? On The Point, Thomas Murray joins us to discuss these and related topics. His new book is titled Good Sport: Why our Games Matter and How Doping Undermines Them. Also see the U.S. Anti Doping Agency website. Mr.

On The Point, Director of Editorial Mindy Todd and News Director Steve Junker check in with our listening audience, to get feedback about WCAI's programming. We hear praise and complaints, along with requests and suggestions about the schedule and content of our broadcasts.

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On The Point, actor Ed Asner and playwright Jeff Cohen join Mindy Todd in a discussion about The Soap Myth. The production questions who has the right to write history: those people who have lived it and remember, those who study and protect it, or those who would seek to distort its very existence.  What is our responsibility once we know the truth? A staged reading of the work will be at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford on Saturday January 27 at 7:00 p.m.

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Patti Smith is an iconic American artist; songwriter, Rock and roll Hall of Fame inductee, and poet. The hit song “Because the Night," co-written with Bruce Springsteen, is perhaps her best known. In 2010 she won a national book award for her memoir Just Kids. Her latest book is titled Devotion, it's a deeply personal look at her creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections. Patti Smith will read from Devotion at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford on January 26th.

 

 

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