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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Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky and poet Monica Youn share recent work and exchange ideas, along with moderator Elizabeth Bradfield, local poet and naturalist in this event recorded at the Hawthorne Art Barn and presented by Twenty Summers

With the recent deaths of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, mental health professionals are concerned there could be an increased risk of contagion suicide. On the flip side, bringing suicide into the national dialogue could encourage those contemplating suicide to seek help. On The Point, we talk with psychologist Michael Abbruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley about the science behind suicide contagion, as well as treatment and prevention strategies. Mindy Todd hosts. 

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After a cool, wet spring, gardeners are enjoying luxurious if slightly slower growth of their favorite perennials. Horticulturalist Roberta Clark joins our host Mindy Todd in The Point studio to cover the highlights of this season. We hear lots of tips for garden joy: from dividing and transplanting to safeguarding  treasured cultivars from various pests, while encouraging beneficial species to thrive. Listeners from around the region join the discussion by calling in with questions and comments.

A conversation from Twenty Summers in Provincetown:  Award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers and longtime foreign correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran talk about the intersection of politics, journalism, and art.

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Fred Rogers was the host of the children’s program Mr. Rogers Neighborhood for over 30 years. His message of kindness, love, empathy and wonder were presented in slow and contemplative style. We discuss his impact on generations of children and why it still resonates with us today.

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The daughter of a diplomat, Grace Kennan Warnecke lived in seven countries and spoke five languages before the age of 11.  She married into a newspaper dynasty but eventually found her way out of the shadow of others to forge a dynamic career of her own. She chairs The Board of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and is a fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Grace Kennan Warnecke’s recently published memoir is Daughter of the Cold War.

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In June, the birds are busy raising young, and food is abundant. Insects and other creatures also feature on this program; they are all interconnected. Mark Faherty, ornithologist and naturalist at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, joins Mindy Todd and listeners from across the Cape, Coast, and Islands to bring us the latest bird (and other creature) news for our region. We also hear about a story of young ospreys, based on real life.

In collaboration with Twenty Summers, we air the first in our series of recorded conversations at the Hawthorne Art Barn in Provincetown.  Inspired by Mendelsohn's acclaimed memoir An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, and Cunningham's fictional works that have paid homage to Woolf, Whitman, and even classic fairy tales, the two authors discuss how writers turn consciously to literature itself as a way of broadening their own horizons.

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The Nantucket Book Festival returns this month with a host of authors, events, and presentations.  On The Point, we speak with three authors from this year's event.

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On The Point, Larry Tye joins host Mindy Todd to talk about his book Bobby Kennedy, the Making of Liberal Icon. Known as a civil rights leader and advocate for the poor, the lesser-known Bobby Kennedy worked for Joe McCarthy and employed questionable tactics to help his brother Jack get elected. We talk about the transformation of a privileged young man, ill-qualified for his early positions in government, into the principled, articulate and passionate candidate for President.

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In October of 2015 the El Faro, a U.S. flagged cargo ship, sank in Hurricane Joaquin northeast of the Bahamas.  Despite a seasoned crew, state of the art navigation systems, and advance warning of the storm, the ship went down with without sending out a Mayday and without launching lifeboats.

Summer Reading

May 30, 2018
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A number of studies show that students who don’t read during their summer break see their reading abilities stagnate or decline! Jill Erickson, reference librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Mary Fran Buckley from Eight Cousins bookstore in Falmouth,  join us on The Point with thoughts on summer reading and suggestions for all ages.

 

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There have been numerous books written about the Cuban Missile Crisis by both historians and those who had first-hand knowledge of the people and events that took place. One aspect of the events leading up to the crisis that hasn’t gotten much attention is the story of the U-2 pilots who were performing top secret surveillance flights of Cuba.

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US Coast Guard flight crews stationed on Cape Cod are at the ready 24 / 7 to respond to vessels in distress from New York City to the border of Canada. In this special broadcast, we talk with Coast Guard pilots, flight mechanics and rescue swimmers about their work and tag along on a helicopter training flight to see them in action. We also hear the story of a woman who was rescued 300 miles offshore by a Coast Guard Helicopter crew in Hurricane Grace.

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Philip Hoare is fascinated by the sea. He swims in it every day, regardless of the season. He studies the creatures who call the sea home: those living and those found dead along the shore. He muses about the relationship humans have with the sea, and he writes about it all, beautifully. We talk with him about his lifelong fascination with the sea and his new book RisingTideFallingStar.

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