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.
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This week on The Point

August 27: Bat Research

White Nose Syndrome is a disease responsible for unprecedented mortality in hibernating bats. Martha’s Vineyard may be one of a few places in the NorthEast where White Nose Syndrome has not infected bats or the places they hibernate. Tom/This morning we talk about the prevalence and implications of White Nosed Syndrome, how scientists and federal agencies are responding and what researchers hope to learn from this uninfected bat population on Martha’s Vineyard.  Guests: Jonathan D. Reichard, National White-Nose Syndrome Assistant Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Luanne Johnson, director and Wildlife Biologist at BioDiversity Works and Liz Baldwin, Assistant Director and Wildlife Biologist at BioDiversity Works

August 28: News Roundup

White Nose Syndrome is a disease responsible for unprecedented mortality in hibernating bats. Martha’s Vineyard may be one of a few places in the Northeast where White Nose Syndrome hasn't infected bats or the places they hibernate.

A lively discussion of favorite books set on the Cape and Islands.  Jill Erikson of Falmouth Public Library and Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb's Books join Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about their top picks.

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Dr. Paul Foxman joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about anxiety in children: how, when and why it develops.  He describes what parents can do to reduce stress. Anxiety in children diminishes their intellectual, emotional and social development as well as their physical health. Children today are exposed to family and school stress, violence in society and media overload.  Dr.

Brewster resident and author Dwight Ritter discusses Growin’ Up White, his fictional account of a white boy coming of age in a racially divided town. Mindy Todd hosts on The Point.

On The Point, an interview with Steve Cadwell about his one man show Wild and Precious, which celebrates gay liberation over the past three decades.  Dr. Cadwell is a senior Boston psychotherapist who brings themes of gender, sexuality, and shame to the stage through poetry, story, costume, song, photos, and dance.

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Cheryl Hayashi loves spiders, so much so that she says being asked to name a favorite is like asking a mother to pick which child she loves most. She challenges even arachnophobes to not crack a smile at jumping spiders' "teddy bear"-like cuteness. But it's not their good looks that attracts Hayashi, professor and vice chair of biology at University of California, Riverside, to spiders. It's their silk.

On The Point, a discussion about human trafficking, exploitation and forced labor. Host Mindy Todd interviews two guests during this program: Phil Robertson, Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch in Asia, and WGBH Senior Reporter Phillip Martin, who traveled from Boston to East Asia for his series

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Psychology can be used to improve athletic performance, and exercise can be used to improve mental well being and lower stress. The Red Sox are among a handful of MLB teams to create a behavioral health program which emphasizes mindfulness to avoid getting overwhelmed or distracted. In The Point studio, psychiatrist Marc Whaley and psychologist Michael Abruzzese join Mindy Todd to talk about these issues. 

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From weed control to hedge shaping, pests to prize blooms, horticulturist Roberta Clark and host Mindy Todd discuss the season's most important gardening topics on The Point.

Piping plovers recovered from hunting, but now face threats from habitat destruction and sea level rise.
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Two hundred and fifty million years ago, close to ninety percent of all life on earth disappeared. Sixty-five million years ago, a wave of extinction wiped out the dinosaurs. Today, many scientists say we are on the verge of another mass extinction event – the sixth in our planet’s history, but the first to be caused by humans.