The Point

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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.
The Point hosts: Mindy Todd, Heather Goldstone, and Sean Corcoran.
Credit Maura Longueil

This week on The Point

August 3: Science for Solutions

Local researchers are combing more than two decades of data about water quality in Buzzards Bay, with an eye toward practical advice on dealing with nutrient pollution and climate change. Also, an expedition to the Arctic will explore changing ocean chemistry.

Guests: Rachel Jakuba, Coalition for Buzzards Bay; Jennie Rheuban, WHOI; Phoebe Lam, WHOI

August 4: Falmouth Road Race, Sharks and Comedy for a Cause

We look back at the History of the Falmouth Road Race, discuss a novel that combines suspense with shark biology and talk with comedienne Jimmy Tingle about using humor to raise awareness for non-profits.

Guests: Paul Paul Clerici , History of Falmouth Road Race, Amy Adams, Tagged, and Jimmy Tingle

August 5: Community Health Centers

Community Health centers have been in service for 50 years in the US. We look at the history of the centers, the populations they serve in our communities and how the centers are evolving to provide more comprehensive care to patients.  Guests: Heidi Nelson CEO of Duffy Health Center, Karen Gardner CEO of Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Cynthia Mitchell, CEO Island Health, Inc.

August 13: Swimming around the Vineyard for Dyslexia and The Provincetown Jazz Festival

Dean Bragonier is undertaking a 50 mile swim around Martha’s Vineyard to raise funds and awareness for his new non profit that creates experiential learning curricula for middle school students with Dyslexia.  Bart Weisman joins us to discuss the music and musicians in this year’s Provincetown Jazz Festival

August 14: News Roundup

Journalists discuss the top stories of the week.

Courtesy of Buzzards Bay Coalition

Long before crowd-sourcing and citizen science were buzzwords, volunteers for Buzzards Bay Coalition were monitoring water quality along the estuary's edges, from Westport to the Elizabeth Islands. The resulting data set spans twenty four years, and includes information about nutrients, temperatures, oxygen levels, and algral growth at two hundred locations. It's a scientific treasure-trove, but one which has gone relatively un-mined ... until now.

Bill Hoenk/Inquirer and Mirror

Among the big news stories of week: Illegal clam harvest in Provincetown; huge fine for Chatham property owner who bulldozed wetlands; state sides with Orleans over spit-spat; Nantucket selectmen want annual 4th of July party shut down; Cape Cod leads nation in under-employment; Eversource planning new Acushnet facility; and former Dartmouth selectmen sentenced in embezzlement case.

The region of the world known as the Middle East encompasses 17 countries, over twice as many ethnic groups, and is the birthplace of many religious and spiritual groups. Significant stocks of crude oil have resulted in economic and political power for the region, but ethnic and religious diversity has lead to instability. On The Point, Mindy Todd hosts a discussion with two veterans of the US Foreign Service about relations with the Middle East. William Rugh is a former ambassador with nine diplomatic assignments in the Arab world.

Our book experts look into the literary genre Science Fiction and find there's a lot to read! On The Point, Mindy Todd hosts Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Vicky Titcomb from Titcomb’s Bookshop, to discuss works of Science Fiction.

Lisa Genova's most recent book is Inside the O’Briens, which centers on a middle aged man diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease.  The author talks about the disease and its symptoms and about her writing process in this interview on The Point with Mindy Todd.

Ken Kostel / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

In 1998, Ben LeComte swam some 3,700 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, eight hours at a time. It took him seventy three days in total. Now, he's taking on an even bigger challenge - The Longest Swim - a 180-day, 5,500 mile swim across the Pacific Ocean, from Tokyo to San Francisco. His goal is to boost our understanding and awareness of ocean health issues.

WCAI's Brian Morris hosts the Weekly News Roundup, a look at some of the top stories of the week.  With Brian is Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Josh Balling at the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.  Top stories include: a New York developer pulls out of plans to build a casino in New Bedford; continued controversy over plans to turn a community center in Aquinnah into a gambling facility; Joe's Lobster Mart in Sandwich

J. Junker

On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews author Cat Warren about her new book; What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World.  The author  and her German shepherd dog "Solo" have spent the last seven years searching for the dead. Solo is a cadaver dog.

The Woods Hole Film Festival is happening for the 24th summer. Mindy Todd interviews several of this year's participants on The Point. First, director Ron Davis talks about his documentary film Harry & Snowman.


On The Point, our monthly GARDENING conversation with Roberta Clark, horticulturist and entomologist.  Tips on watering, pruning, pest control, fertilizer, and much more, with Mindy Todd hosting.