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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This week on The Point

July 21: Fish Art
Artist, author, and naturalist James Prosek has made a career out of drawing, painting, sculpting and now making videos about fish. His Ocean Fishes exhibit is at the Woods Hole Historical Museum this summer.
Guest: James Prose

July 22: Woods Hole Film Festival
We discuss three films that will be screened in the Woods Hole Film Festival.
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin.   The Perfect 46 is about a geneticist who creates a website that pairs an individual with their ideal genetic partner for children.  Cotton Road uncovers the transnational movement of cotton and tells the stories of worker's lives in a conventional cotton supply chain.

July 23: Bird News
Ornithologist Vernon Laux talks about the latest bird news.

July 24: Arab-Israeli Conflict
We discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict and tensions throughout the Middle East.
Robert Pelletreau, Diplomat and former United States Ambassador to Bahrain, Tunisia, and Egypt, as well as the former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.
William Rugh, former Ambassador who served as a U.S. Foreign service officer in the Middle east for over thirty years.  He is a Board Member of the Middle East Policy Council, the Public Diplomacy Council and Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C.  Shilbey Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor of Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and author of Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East.

July 25: News Roundup
Area Journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.


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The Point with Mindy Todd
12:03 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Woods Hole Film Festival Offers Variety

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Mindy Todd talks with three artists from this year's Woods Hole Film Festival about their films.

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Science & Environment
11:22 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Capturing the Essence of a Fish Out of Water

A slightly reduced reproduction of James Prosek's watercolor of a swordfish features in the Ocean Fishes exhibit at Woods Hole Historical Museum through July 31st, 2014.
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An interview with James Prosek

Few will ever see firsthand the true, glorious colors of a giant bluefin tuna as it emerges from the ocean. James Prosek's watercolors come close.

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The Point
2:08 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Immigrant kids, Cape Wind, Nantucket Real Estate in this Week's News

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A busy week of local and regional news.  WCAI's Brian Morris hosts a discussion with colleagues in the print and digital media.  Among the stories: Cape Cod may take in unaccompanied immigrant kids; Cape Wind looks at options for its staging facilities in both Rhode Island and New Bedford; a new director and manager for Chatham's town band; a booming Nantucket real estate market; Provincetown licensing board denies bid to use the Hawthorne Barn for Tennessee Williams festival performance; and a name for the new Steamship Authority ferry.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
10:32 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Stories of Mandela Live On in Radio Documentary

A young Nelson Mandela

Joe Richman, Founder and Executive Producer of Radio Diaries talks about his five part radio series “Mandela: An Audio History” which tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings and the voice of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him. Joe Richman will give a presentation at Preservation Hall

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The Point
12:59 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

How Do You Unplug on Vacation?

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For some, getting into vacation mode is easy, others have a difficult time enjoying their time off. Psychologist Michael Abruzzese and Psychiatrist Marc Whaley discuss the psychology of vacations. They offer some tips on how to unplug from the demands of your everyday life,  and talk about the mental and physical benefits of a good vacation.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
5:38 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Gardens in Mid Summer

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Most everything you need to know about your Cape and Islands garden this season, from pests to bounty. Roberta Clark, horticulturist, gives advice on a wide range of garden related issues such as plant varieties, timing for planting, pruning, and transplanting, solutions to insect problems, and much more. With Mindy Todd, and many callers.

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Science & Environment
1:19 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

What Plastic Baby Bottles and Climate Change Have in Common

Dr. Patricia Hunt was among the first to raise concern about the possible health risks of plastic baby bottles.

An interview with Dr. Patricia Hunt

A simple mistake can derail the best planned experiments. But sometimes – just sometimes – such an error can lead to an even bigger discovery.

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The Point
11:20 am
Fri July 11, 2014

News Roundup: This Week's Stories

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In this week's News Roundup: Hurricane Arthur winds reach 80 miles an hour on Nantucket, and strand some tourists on Martha's Vineyard. The death of a janitor in a Plymouth elementary school remains a mystery. Questions about the safety of Falmouth water a concern for pregnant women. The Monomoy Refuge master plan to protect nesting shorebirds meets with controversy.  There's a new on-demand Cape Baseball League video service. The Obamas will vacation on the Vineyard.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
4:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Young Musicians Learn by Touring

Curtis on Tour

What is the future of classical music? You could get a glimpse of it when students from the Curtis Institute of Music visit the Cape and Islands later this month for a series of concerts. The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on a professional level.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
4:10 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Book On Creating Personal Spiritual Styles

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Thomas Moore believes that individuals can fashion a religion of their own, whether one is inside or outside a religious practice, and that we can find a sense of purpose that satisfies us not only spiritually but also intellectually and emotionally. He joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about his latest book, titled A Religion of One’s Own


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