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

whalingmuseum.org

Log books and journals from whaling voyages are often filled with weather and sea observations and can make for dry reading. Around the World in Search of Whales, A Journal of the Lucy Ann Voyage 1841-1844 by John F. Martin is an exception. This droll narrative with vivid watercolors are a literary and visual feast.

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Evidence of the positive impacts of youth mentoring programs is overwhelming. Students engaged in these programs are more likely to stay in school, have a better chance of enrolling in higher education and are less likely to engage in risky behavior. On The Point, we discuss different student mentoring programs and hear from both mentors and mentees about why they participate. 

Books About Money

Jan 25, 2017

On The Point, we talk about books with a theme of money. Mindy Todd sits down with book experts Jill Erickson of Falmouth Public library and  author Jacqueline Mitchard to discuss their top picks, and we hear from listeners.

Click here for a list of books that we talked about on the show.

Homeless Youth

Jan 24, 2017
H.A.C.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Education, the number of homeless students has steadily risen over the past 6 years. Being homeless isn’t just about a place to sleep; there are implications on physical and mental health, academic success, and risk behavior. On The Point, we hear the stories of several homeless children and talk with those involved with supports and services for homeless children and their families. 

Nationally, one in four homeless individuals are women, yet there has been little funding for supports and services aimed at this population. On The Point, we check in with local organizations that support and serve the homeless about trends and needs in our region. We hear about the latest data, the successful Housing First model, and how public/private partnerships can leverage more funding for housing creation. 

Research has determined that the immune system directly affects and even controls social behavior. Scientists are looking at how problems with the immune system may effect social interactions. Recent findings could have implications for neurological diseases such as autism and schizophrenia. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with psychologist Michael Abbruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley.

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The Falmouth Service Center helps ease stress, reduce hunger and improve the quality of life in our community, particularly during the cold winter months. The Service Center has teamed up with the Woods Hole Film Festival for a fundraiser, with a screening of the film Landfill Harmonic. It's about a Paraguayan student musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. Musicians from the Cape Symphony and the Cape Cod Conservatory will play at the event.

As wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest serving First Lady. She was also a leader in her own right, championing humanitarian and social reform issues. Much has been written about Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and activism, but the new book Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady sheds light on another aspect of her life; the 30-year relationship she had with journalist Lorena Hickok. Author  Susan Quinn joins Mindy Todd in The Point studio for this interview.

When we think of slavery in the United States, images of southern plantations most likely come to mind. But northern states, including New England, played a substantial role in the slave trade. Starting in the seventeen hundreds more than half of the slaving voyages left the US from ports in Rhode Island, including Providence, Bristol, and Newport.  Rhode Island is beginning to confront that history with the creation of The Center for Reconciliation at the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island in Providence. 

 

Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and David Purdy have been active in the civil rights movement on multiple fronts since the 1960’s. They are parents of a racially mixed family and have written a new book titled Icons of the Civil Rights Movement: Dispelling White Privilege.  The book intertwines their story with the stories of others in the civil rights movement and features Pam’s original artwork.

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