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.
Credit Maura Longueil

This week on The Point

July 28: Charles W. Morgan
Heather Goldstone takes a trip on the Charles W. Morgan the last wooden sailing ship she joined the Ship on it’s cruise to Stellwagen Bank with the researchers and artists taking part in it’s 38th Voyage.

July 29: Bourne and the Cape Cod Canal
Bourne is considered the Gateway to Cape Cod, whether one travels across the Bourne or Sagamore Bridge, and like much of the Cape, Bourne includes a number of distinct villages.  We talk with local author Goia Dimock  about her book History Images of America, Bourne.  
Then we revisit an interview with did with Jay North Conway about his book The Cape Cod Canal, Breaking Through the Bared and Bended Arm

July 30: Books
What do a memoir set in Concord, Massachusetts, 1940 mysteries featuring Maud Silver (elderly spinster private detective,) David Hockney, Virginia Woolf's gardens, and playgrounds all have in common? They all will be featured on The Point potluck book show with guests Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times.
link to the book list http://www.falmouthpubliclibrary.org/?/blog/entries/potluck-on-the-point-with-mindy-todd/

July 31: Young Professionals and Cape Harmony
Anne Van Fleck, Cape Cod Young Professionals Executive Director and Barry Bluestone, Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University discuss results of the Shape the Cape survey aimed at raising awareness and developing solutions to reverse the trend of declining population of people 25 to 44 on Cape Cod.  
We also visit with the members of the female a cappella group Cape Harmony.

August 1: News Roundup
Area journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.

 

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The Point
12:26 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Acapella Harmony on Cape Cod

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We hear from Cape Harmony, a group of young women from all over the nation who come to Cape Cod in the summer to make their music.

The Camera was rolling for their sound check in the studio. Watch as they perform Bonnie Raitt's "Something to Talk About".

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The Point
12:18 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Shaping The Future of Cape Cod

Credit J. J.

According to the US Census, the population in Barnstable County is declining and the fastest losses are in the 25 to 44-age category.  Between 2000 and 2010 nearly fifteen Thousand young adults left the Cape, a decrease of 26.8%.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
1:13 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Books on The Point: Try Some Pot Luck

Books in the Studio
Credit J.J.

What do a memoir set in Concord, Massachusetts, 1940 mysteries featuring Maud Silver (elderly spinster private detective,) David Hockney, Virginia Woolf's gardens, and playgrounds all have in common? They are all featured on The Point potluck book show with guests Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times. 

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The Point with Mindy Todd
10:06 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Two Books Explore the Upper Cape

The Cape Cod Canal, looking West toward the train bridge fro the Bourne bridge, in winter
Credit J. J.

Bourne is considered the Gateway to Cape Cod, whether one travels across the Bourne or Sagamore Bridge, and like much of the Cape, Bourne includes a number of distinct villages. Mindy Todd talks with local author Goia Dimock about her book History Images of America, Bourne. Then we revisit an interview with Jay North Conway about his book The Cape Cod Canal, Breaking Through the Bared and Bended Arm

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Living Lab
9:57 am
Mon July 28, 2014

What's That Smell? Whale Odor Lingers for a Century

Barrel, on board the ship
Brian Morris

While aboard the Charles W. Morgan, Heather Goldstone caught a whiff of olden times: the odor of whale that is STILL  detectable in an original oak barrel. The barrel is part of the whale ship's try works, where blubber was rendered into oil. Here's a clip of her conversation with Dave Wiley, Research Coordinator for Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary, about the scent.

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The Point
1:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Housing Immigrants Creates Controversy; Market Basket protests

Jim McCabe of Falmouth protests on Sunday the potential arrival of immigrant children to Joint Base Cape Cod.
Credit Photo by WCAI's Brian Morris

WCAI's news director, Sean Corcoran, is joined by regional print and digital media journalists to discuss the news of the week, including Anne Brennan of the Cape Cod Times, Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, and Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times, all discuss the local news.

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The Point
11:33 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Arab-Israeli Conflict: a Long Way to Go Towards Peace

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Middle East issues

A discussion of the Arab-Israeli conflict and tensions throughout the Middle East, with Mindy Todd on The Point and three guests who know the situation in depth.

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The Point
10:31 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Mid Summer Birds

newly built flycatcher nest
Credit J. J.

Ornithologist Vern Laux  joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about the season's highlights for birding. Many species are breeding in our region, and the seabirds are abundant. But don't feed the gulls! Vern explains why, and answers many questions form listeners.

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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.
Credit Jennifer Gaines / Woods Hole Historical Museum

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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