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

Vietnam After the War

Mar 29, 2018

What happened to the people who remained in the former South Vietnam after the war ended in April 1975? Quoc Pham was a former South Vietnamese naval officer who was imprisoned in a communist re-education camp. He survived the camp and escaped from Vietnam by boat.

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Plastic is everywhere. Try to think of an item you use regularly that doesn’t contain some bit of plastic. Single use items are increasingly made up of plastic- think shopping bags, water bottles, drinking straws. A downside to plastic is that we end up with an abundance of used plastic items that either can’t be or are not recycled. A great deal of that used plastic ends up as pollution.

What are YOUR top ten books? On our monthly books program, we continue on the topic of "Best Books of All Time."  Our host Mindy Todd sits down in The Point studio to add to the list of favorites, with Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Robert Waxler, retired Professor of English at UMass-Dartmouth. 

Birds are astonishingly smart creatures. Researchers are finding some birds rival primates, and even humans, in their remarkable forms of intelligence. On The Point, we talk with Jennifer Ackerman, who traveled the world to talk with bird researchers. Her book The Genius of Birds not only tells the story of how birds demonstrate their smarts, it delves into the latest findings about the brains of birds and what it means to be intelligent.

Researchers have found that charitable giving improves the donor's self esteem and sense of connection, and makes them happier. Giving creates a pleasurable feedback that people find very rewarding. On The Point, we talk about the balance of giving and receiving, and the many ways these experiences affect our lives. Dr. Marc Whaley, psychiatrist, joins host Mindy Todd in the studio to discuss the topic.

Single-use plastic bottles have become ubiquitous- not only do we use them for soda and sports drinks, it seems as if plastic water bottles can be found at every meeting, event, cafeteria, and even in our homes.

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The debut of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra. We sit down with the founder and conductor of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, Matt Scinto. With a debut performance on April 15, the orchestra hopes to engage younger listeners, musicians, and composers. 

Students across the country are organizing a school walk out to bring attention to gun violence and school safety. We sit down with high school students from across our region to discuss their views on gun control and their concerns following a number of school shootings. We also discuss student ideas for making schools safer and what they hope the school walk out will accomplish locally and nationally.

What is lost when people spend more time online or on their phones and less time reading a book? What do we lose as individuals and a society, when people stop reading? And why should educational curriculums not neglect the arts and humanities in the push to promote STEM?

On The Point, our host Mindy Todd and Mark Faherty, ornithologist and wildlife biologist at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, are on the air with the monthly Bird News, in the middle of a snowstorm. Many callers report birds are eagerly visiting feeding stations all through the region. Early songbird migrants have been showing up already: now they must shelter and wait for the weather to clear before they can forage again.

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Vineyard Wind is among three companies with a federal lease to develop an off shore wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard. While they are still awaiting a federal permit, Vineyard Wind is moving forward with state regulations for the laying of transmission cables and the on shore sub station planned for Barnstable. On The Point, we check in on the status of Vineyard Wind, and discuss concerns Cape residents and fisherman have raised about the location and laying of transmission lines.

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State law mandates that Eversource keep the area beneath the power lines clear. Some Cape and Islands residents are concerned that not enough is known about the adverse effects of the herbicides being proposed, and that these chemicals could find their way into our drinking water. On The Point, we discuss what we know and don’t know about the chemicals, and the pros and cons of different methods to control vegetative growth beneath the power lines.

Martha's Vineyard Outdoors: Fishing, Hunting, and Avoiding Divorce on a Small Island is a collection of columns written by former Martha's Vineyard Times editor Nelson Sigelman. He describes how fishing and hunting traditions have helped shape the island's character, well before a mechanical shark named Bruce and presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attracted media attention to the island.

There are a number of reasons why people don’t make a financial plan: some think they don’t earn enough to save regularly, others think investing is too complicated or too risky. Young adults might think financial planning is only necessary for those looking to retirement. But financial planning is beneficial to people at all ages and income levels. Joining us to discuss financial planning strategies is Jason Lily, Chief Wealth Management Services Officer at Cape Cod Five.  Mindy Todd hosts. 

 

Best Books of All Time

Feb 28, 2018

On this month's book show, our book experts choose their top picks. Across the genres, we explore favorite stories, and why we love them. Guests on the program are Jill Erickson, reference librarian at Falmouth Public Library (click link to see the List of Titles!), and Robert Waxler, retired professor of English at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Mindy Todd hosts.

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