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

It’s estimated that one in ten Cape Cod and Islands residents lack funds to purchase food for all household members. Local schools are reporting an increase in the number of children who qualify for federally subsidized student lunches, and we know seniors living on fixed incomes are also vulnerable to food insecurity. The good news is that there are a number of regional organizations on a mission to provide food and clothing, as well as assistance with shelter and other household expenses. On The Point, we talk about the resources available, and ways we can all pitch in for those in need.

93-year-old Joann “Fifi” Burton of Falmouth enlisted as a Navy WAVE or Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service during the second World War.  Mindy Todd talks with her about the experience of being among the first women enlisted in the armed services.

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We hear about women secretly recruited to work as code breakers for the U-S government during World War II.  Author Liza Mundy joins host Mindy Todd to talk about her newly-published book Code Girls: the Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.

On The Point, psychologist and psychiatrist (Michael Abbruzzese and Marc Whaley respectively) discuss sexual misconduct, harassment and abuse. We hear about about different types of perpetrators, the #metoo campaign, and advice about how to be an upstander instead of a bystander. We discuss strategies and skills to defend ourselves against sexual harassment, and how to change the culture in our workplaces and elsewhere to create a safe and fair environment for all.

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Colder weather is here! Birds have amazing adaptations to deal with winter temperatures. Migrations are still happening in November, but birders here on the Cape and Islands are also turning up some warblers that should have migrated, but got caught up in a northerly air flow coming up off of Florida, a reverse migration. If these birds can find enough insects and get fat enough, they might still make it to warm places like Columbia and Brazil.

Battle Lines is a presentation created by Gregory Williams and pianist Jacqueline Schwab. It features World War I poetry by the flower of England’s soldier-poets, including Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, and Isaac Rosenberg. Jacqueline Schwab augments the poems with period music: classical, music-hall, and the soldier’s own “trench songs.” Included are such pieces as Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem, the well-known Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, and Smile, Smile, Smile, and the traditional Scottish lament The Flowers of the Forest. Through passionate music and poetry, the program invites meditation on the horrors of World War I and beyond, to our times. 

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As part of the American Homefront Project, we bring you three stories of present day Veterans. First, the story of veterans fighting deportation, then why homeless female veterans are a growing and underserved population, and finally, the role of service dogs for veterans with PTSD.

 

 

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The 26th Yankee Division of the National Guard was comprised of men from New England, including a handful from Cape Cod. On The Point, we talk with Brigadier General Len Kondratiuk, Director of Historical Services for the Massachusetts National Guard, about the division and their experiences on the front during the war. 

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Singer songwriter Chuck McDermott’s career has spanned 40 years, touring with his own band, Wheatstraw, and with the legendary folk artist John Stewart. In addition to a career as a musician, he spent three decades in politics and is a self-described environmentalist. 

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On The Point, we talk with filmmaker Robbie Leppzer about his movie Power Struggle, a documentary about nuclear power and democracy. 

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