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

The education system in America is driven primarily by tests, and teachers have little time to deviate from the mandated curriculum. What is lost when teachers can’t take advantage of those unplanned opportunities to explore outside the lesson plan, and how can we make more room for spontaneous learning moments? On The Point, we talk with Kim Allsup, a former teacher in Waldorf Schools. Her new book is titled A Gift of Wonder, A True Showing of School as it Should Be. 

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Donald Trump was elected on an "America First" platform, and a populist and nationalistic agenda. How has this played out on the international stage since he took office, and what are the implications for human rights protections both at home and abroad? On The Point, we talk with Phil Robertson, Deputy Director of the Asia Division at Human Rights Watch about changes in U.S. policies and human rights protections in the first six months of the Trump Presidency.

 

David McCullough is an honored historian, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Book Awards. His past books include The Wright Brothers1776, and John Adams. On The Point, we hear about McCullough's latest book, a collection of speeches he’s given over his career to Congress, universities and historical societies.

Holly FitzGerald recounts her harrowing honeymoon lost on the river in the desolate jungle of the Amazon in her book Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft.  She talks with Mindy Todd in our Woods Hole studios.

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The 45th running of the Falmouth Road Race is Sunday, August 20th. On The Point, we look back to its beginning with Paul Clerici, author of “A History of the Falmouth Road Race: Running Cape Cod. ”

 

What is Race? Is it skin color? Ethnicity? Religion? And why do some white people not consider themselves to have a race? On The Point, we talk with Jill Gordon, a professor philosophy at Colby College. Later in the hour, Richard Rothstein argues racial segregation in America is the by product of implicit government policy. His new book is titled The Color of Law

Paul Theroux's newest novel is set on Cape Cod.
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On The Point: a new novel by Paul Theroux might feel familiar to people from big families. Motherland is about an elderly matriarch, her seven adult children, and the battles they’re still fighting from childhood. The novel includes several episodes that happened in Theroux’s life, but the book is fiction, he says. At least partly. Elsa Partan sits in for Mindy Todd.  

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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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Most people who aren’t professional gardeners can’t be sustainability purists. With limited time, energy, and budgets, it’s necessary to make compromises. In her new book The Sustainable-Enough Garden, author Rebecca Warner offers an honest account of her struggles to achieve her environmental gardening goals without giving up her day job or breaking the bank.

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Practitioners have long professed the positive impacts of mindfulness and meditation-reduction in stress, improvements in memory and an overall enhancement of well-being.  We’ll talk about the latest research into meditation and mindfulness and how we can benefit. Also, we get an update on the work of Calmer Choice in Cape Schools.

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