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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What do Jingle bells, Frosty the Snowman, and Winter Wonderland have in common? And how about this: Find out why Irving Berlin tried to ban Elvis's recording of White Christmas! For Christmas, we present a rebroadcast of a favorite episode of The Point with Mindy Todd. Mindy speaks with Robert Wyatt, Director of Music at Highfield Hall, Steinway Artist, Smithsonian Institution Lecturer and Specialist in American Music, about music of the season.

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On the News Roundup, this week on The Point with Mindy Todd: In the wake of last week's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, local law enforcement authorities consider safety measures at local schools.  The panel overseeing the state's casino gambling law has delayed a vote to open the licensing process to bids from commercial developers in southeastern Massachusetts. And: Dogs return to Drummer Boy Park.  Mindy Todd discusses the issues with news editors.

Has society’s lack of knowledge or understanding of mental health issues contributed to the rise of mass murders? On The Point, the tragic shooting in a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school last week has sparked national debate about gun control, increased security measures, and how American culture might have influenced these events. Psychologist Michael Abruzzese and Psychiatrist Marc Whaley join Mindy Todd to talk about mass murder, how to speak to children about these events, and whether society’s attitudes toward mental health issues has fueled the problem.

On The Point, Kathy Moser, musician and songwriter, talks about conducting workshops at rehabilitation centers around the country. She finds similarities in the processes of songwriting and recovery, and believes sobriety and creativity go hand in hand.

This week's top stories from WCAI news partner, The Cape Cod Times:

Gov. Deval Patrick to announce cabinet shake-up - Gov. Patrick is expected to announce that he will replace at least four long-time cabinet members as he heads into the final two years of his term.

Town of Aquinnah aims to stay free of casinos - The town of Aquinnah has joined the Wampanoag tribes of Mashpee and Gay Head (Aquinnah) in seeking to intervene in a lawsuit brought against the Commonwealth by a private casino developer who alleges the state law giving federally recognized tribes the first shot at a casino license is unfairly discriminatory.

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The Audubon's 113th annual Christmas Bird Count officially gets underway tomorrow, December 14th, and runs through January 5th. For ornithologist Vern Laux, it's a whirlwind few weeks, but also an anticipated holiday tradition and a chance to catch up with friends. Of course, it's also an invaluable source of data that scientists use to study everything from evolution to climate change. There are counts all over Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. Find a Christmas Bird Count near you ... then tell us what you saw!

Charley Parkhurst was a legend among 19th century Wells-Fargo stagecoach drivers, known as one of the best. He chewed tobacco, smoked cigars, played cards, drank and cussed with the best of them. He died in 1879. Then, and only then, was Parkhursts' lifelong secret revealed - he was a she.

Although the subject of much speculation, few facts are known about the life of Charley Parkhurst, also known as One-Eyed Charlie or Six-Horse Charlie:

The mission of Massachusetts Community Colleges’ is to provide affordable education that serves the needs of their individual regions. This means providing the appropriate coursework, training and skills students require now, while looking ahead to be prepared for how community needs will evolve in the future.

This week's top stories from WCAI news partner, The Cape Cod Times:

An apology to Times readers - An internal review has found that Karen Jeffrey, a writer for the Cape Cod Times since 1981, fabricated people included in nearly three dozen stories since 1998, when electronic archiving began.

Analysis: Mashpee tribe poised to lose certain bet - The Mashpee Wampanoag’s plan for a casino in Taunton is in jeopardy following a rejection by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs in October which has led to a review by the gaming commission.

"Grade A Baby Eggs" is a personal account of infertility, IVF and egg donation.
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In July 1983, doctors at UCLA transplanted a fertilized egg from one woman into the womb of another. Nine months later, the world's first egg donation baby was born.

It's been nearly thirty years since that breakthrough, and egg or embryo donation is estimated to have brought more than 47,000 babies into the world. But the process is far from perfect.

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