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.

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Astronaut and Cape Codder Daniel Burbank talks about space travel and his experience of life at the International Space Station. Burbank, of Yarmouth Port, has logged a total of 188 days in space, and 7 hours 11 minutes of space walk time. He’ll be giving a public talk Wednesday April 5th at 3pm at Cape Cod Community College.

  

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Welcoming spring with the first of this year's monthly garden show on The Point. Roberta Clark and Mindy Todd dig right into the new season: transplant, sow, prune, mulch, here we go! Many questions explored, and tips for an exciting new season. 

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  In 1791 two sailing ships, both flying the American flag, left the Pacific Northwest bound for Japan. This was a daring venture; Japan had been a closed nation for 150 years with a policy to seize foreign ships and imprison crews indefinitely. Japanese citizens who interacted with foreigners were also under threat of severe punishment. Why did these two captains decide to risk the voyage and what was the outcome? Few details were known until recently when the logbook from The Grace, one of the American vessels, was discovered in an old trunk in a Massachusetts home.

Books On Birds

Mar 29, 2017

This month The Point's book show topic is BIRDS. Dennis Minsky and Jill Erickson join Mindy Todd to discuss stacks of bird related books. If you have a favorite bird book, please add a comment to our list! Here's the link: Falmouth Public Library 

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With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in Massachusetts and other states, there has been a lot of debate about the risks and benefits of this substance. Is marijuana addictive? Is it a gateway to opioids? Or is it a relatively harmless medicinal herb? We also discuss the effect of marijuana on the developing brain, how to recognize when teens are engaged in substance use, and supports and services for families dealing with addiction. 

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What if you had the freedom TO work rather than the freedom FROM working? What kind of work would you do? Many approaching retirement age are considering a second career focused more on their passions and interests. On The Point, we talk with the founder of Encore, an organization supporting the pursuit of second careers for the greater good, and also with John Kerr, who retired from a career in public broadcasting and became a park ranger in Yellowstone. 

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Driving is dangerous for everyone, but statistically teens and older drivers are involved in more crashes and highway fatalities than any other age group. On The Point, we talk about the reasons why, and explore ways we can make the driving safer for everyone. 

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On The Point, we discuss a new book: Trauma and the Golden Lady, The Life and Death of Sylvia Plath.  It explores Plath’s struggle with depression, how trauma in her early and adult life may have contributed to her suicide, and the mental health system during the 1950’s and 60’s. Our guest in the studio is clinical psychologist Bob Fournier, who specializes in suicide counseling. Mindy Todd hosts.

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On The Point, we discuss the new documentary ScreenAgers that sheds light on the impact of increased screen time on the developing brain and explores coping strategies for families.  Guests on the program are Shelia House, Harwich Youth Service Coordinator; Sharon Stark, Chatham Youth Services Coordinator; and Dr. Michael Abbruzzese, psychologist.

The emotion and beauty of religious music touches many audiences, even individuals of different faiths or those who don't identify as religious.  PsalmSensation is a collaborative effort between the Falmouth Chorale and the Zamir Chorale of Boston that incorporates texts from the Hebrew Bible and works from Handel, Mendelssohn, and others.  Mindy Todd speaks with Falmouth Chorale Artistic Director John Yankee and  Zamir Chorale founder and Artistic Director Joshua Jacobsen,

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