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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Homeschooling

Apr 18, 2017

It’s becoming more common for families to homeschool their children. What are some of the reasons why? What are the legal rights and obligations of homeschooling families and what can local schools require of homeschoolers?  We’ll talk with the director of the Massachusetts Home Learning Association and hear from students and parents who have embarked on the homeschooling journey.  

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On The Point, filmmaker Matt Mikkelsen talks about his film Being Hear, and the work of acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, who is working to protect the few remaining quiet places on earth from noise pollution. The film is part of the Sea Change Film Series at Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theater, and will be screened on April 22. 

 

 

 

  

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Only 524 North Atlantic right whales remain on the Planet, plus four calves who were born this season. On The Point, we talk with scientists from the Center for Coastal Studies about efforts to monitor and protect the species, including ways to minimize ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. We also discuss the recent spate of dolphin strandings in Cape Cod Bay.

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As the weather warms we’re likely to find ticks on ourselves and our pets. New research indicates that ticks in our region carry four other pathogens in addition to Lyme Disease. On The Point, we talk about the ecology of ticks and ways to prevent being bitten. We also discuss a new testing program for ticks that helps define treatment options for those bitten and betters our understanding of how and when tick borne diseases manifest and spread.

Lots of migrant birds are back, including osprey. They're busy with courtship and nesting and can be found by the observant birder listening for their calls. On The Point, Mark Faherty, ornithologist and science coordinator at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary joins Mindy Todd to share the latest Bird News as spring arrives finally on the Cape, Coast and Islands. 

Tom Dresser

Martha's Vineyard historian and author Tom Dresser has unearthed nearly forgotten and little-known stories that laid the foundations for the community that is now Martha's Vineyard.  He talks to Mindy Todd in the studio about his new book, Hidden History of Martha's Vineyard.

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On The Point, the International Fund for Animal Welfare shares a new report on the correlation between human happiness and animal welfare. It's titled Measuring What Matters: True Wellbeing for Animals and People.  The co-author, Beth Allgood, who is also the US County Director of IFAW, joins host Mindy Todd for this interview.

 

 

 

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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.

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