The Point

9:00am and 7:00pm

WCAI's award-winning public affairs program. Every Monday The Point features Living Lab with Heather Goldstone, examining the stories behind science headlines. Tuesday through Thursday, Mindy Todd hosts a lively and informative discussion on critical issues for Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Coast. Every Friday is the News Roundup, as WCAI Senior Reporter Sean Corcoran speaks with news editors and reporters from around the region.

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The Point hosts: Mindy Todd, Heather Goldstone, and Sean Corcoran.
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The Friday News Roundup.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks to area journalists about the top news stories of the week.  Her guests include Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Cameron Machell of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Ryan Bray of the Falmouth Enterprise.

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Impending sea level rise and the potential for more severe weather, along with the importance of habitat biodiversity, has underscored the need for restoring landscapes in our region altered by humans. On The Point, we discuss several aquatic restoration projects on Cape Cod and how these projects will contribute to coastal resiliency and habitat diversity. 

On The Point we explore the psychology of leadership with Dr. Michael Abbruzzese, psychologist and Dr. Marc Whaley, psychiatrist.  Mindy Todd hosts.

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It's still very much winter around here, but daylight is increasing and some migrating birds are starting to show up! Great horned owls may already be sitting on eggs. On The Point, it's our monthly Bird News program with Mark Faherty, ornithologist and science coordinator at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, hosted by Mindy Todd.

John Holdren, science advisor and director of OSTP under President Obama.
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President Donald Trump has yet to name a science advisor, a position that dates back to the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. It wouldn't be the first time that a president has decided he's better off without one. 

President Nixon wasn’t happy with the advice he was getting from his Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  He fired his science advisor and he dissolved the office of science and technology. But in 1976, Congress decided the executive branch really needed such an office and so it restored it by law.

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Here's something you don't see everyday: two thirds of a legislative body not only supporting a bill, but actually co-sponsoring it. One hundred thirty-four Massachusetts state Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of legislation intended to help bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

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On The Point, Larry Tye joins host Mindy Todd to talk about his new book Bobby Kennedy, the Making of Liberal Icon. Known as a civil rights leader and advocate for the poor, the lesser known Bobby Kennedy worked for Joe McCarthy and employed questionable tactics to help his brother get elected.

A Way with Words

Feb 8, 2017
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The new weekend radio program A Way with Words  has recently debuted on WCAI’s airwaves. It’s an upbeat and lively hour-long show about language examined through history, culture, and family. Joining us on The Point to talk about the show and answer some language questions are the show's co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett. Mindy Todd hosts.

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Leon Logothetis has visited more than 90 countries and traveled to every continent. While he’s filmed television series and written books about his experiences, traveling is not his job, it’s his life. His focus is kindness and harnessing the power of human connection. On The Point, we talk about his latest book: Live, Love Explore, Discover the Way of The Traveler, A Road Map to the Life You Were Meant to Live. Mindy Todd hosts.

 

 

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No longer a rarity in this region, white sharks are frequently spotted off Cape Cod beaches each summer. While scientists welcome the opportunity to learn more about the species, there is a safety risk for humans recreating in the water.  On The Point, we discuss a collaboration with scientists, towns, and the Cape Cod National Seashore, for public safety and education about white sharks.

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