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

October 20: Ocean Mysteries on Living Lab

The Arctic Spring expedition sought to discover more about under-ice algal blooms with artists and scientists on board.  Chelsea Clarke, Ben Harden and Bob Pickart join Heather to talk about the trials of Arctic research.

Then we hear about melting sea stars. Sea star wasting syndrome is killing the creatures in great numbers, but the cause of the syndrome remains unidentified.

October 21: Importance of Literature

UMass Dartmouth Professor Robert Waxler joins us to talk about his book The Risk of Reading: How Literature Helps Us to Understand Ourselves and the World, And how the digital revolution is changing our ability to self reflect, and why the reading of literature matters to us as individuals and to our society as a whole. 

Later in the hour Cape and Islands State Senate candidate Ron Beaty.

October 22:Political Debate

Barnstable County Commissioner candidates Mark Forest (Dem) and Leo Cakounes (Rep).

And later in the hour Barnstable County District Attorney Candidates Michael O’Keefe (Rep) and Richard Barry(Dem)

October 23:Political Debate

Candidates for the 5th Barnstable State Rep seat Randy Hunt (Rep) and Matthew Terry (Dem).

October 24: News Roundup

Area journalists discuss the top stories of the week.

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The Point
1:51 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Is the Digital Revolution Affecting How We Look at Ourselves?

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UMass Dartmouth Professor Robert Waxler joins WCAI's Mindy Todd to talk about his book The Risk of Reading: How Literature Helps Us to Understand Ourselves and the World.  Waxler says the digital revolution is changing our ability to self reflect, and that the reading of literature matters to us as individuals and to our society as a whole.

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The Point
11:14 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Birding in Autumn is Thrilling

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This time of year along the coastline of New England you are likely to see the fastest bird in the world migrating. Peregrine falcons have been seen diving at speeds of over 240 miles per hour.  Ornithologist Vernon Laux joins us with some history about these falcons, and lots more bird news.

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The Point
10:52 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Living with Schizophrenia

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On The Point, an interview with Ben Boone, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He’s written a book about his experiences entitled Minority of Mind. The book details the author's descent into darkness as a young man, and the daily struggles to perform as a person, rather than a manifestation of his illness. It addresses how society treats those with serious psychiatric disorders and challenges our definition of "madness".

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The Point
12:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

The Race for the Cape and Islands State Senate Seat

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Dan Wolf, the Cape and Islands Democratic Party candidate for state senate seat, talks with Mindy Todd on The Point about various key issues, such as the economy, energy, transportation, healthcare, arts and culture, and more.  Listeners chime in with questions on the phone and email.  Republican Party candidate Ron Beaty did not join the debate; he called to say h

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The Point
1:03 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

News Roundup: Top Stories of This Week

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In the studio to discuss the week's top news stories, including controversy over tree cutting along Route 6 on the Upper Cape, precautions in Cape Cod hospitals against Ebola, a shark tagging expedition in Chatham, and recommendations about a former military rocket range on Nantucket.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
12:23 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

The Cape Cod Symphony Returns to the Golden Age of Radio

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Jung Ho Pak,  Cape Cod Symphony Artistic Director and Conductor, and Terry Niska, from the quintet Five by Design, talk with Mindy Todd on The Point about the the Golden Age of Radio, and share lots of great music clips.  We also hear from ukulele virtuoso Ja

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The Point
11:06 am
Wed October 8, 2014

How Animal Therapy Helps Special Needs Students

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Animal assisted therapy can help people cope with a variety of health problems. On The Point, Mindy Todd visits the Latham Center’s asinotherapy program where students with Prader-Willi Syndrome are working with miniature donkeys.

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The Point
3:36 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Candidates for 2nd Barnstable State Rep Seat Debate Issues

Candidates in The Point studio (l-r), Adam Chaprales (Republican), Host Mindy Todd, and Brian Mannal (Democrat)
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Candidates for the 2nd Barnstable State Representative seat Brian Mannal  (Democrat) and Adam Chaprales (Republican) discuss various issues on The Point. The candidates debate questions about medical marijuana, casinos, the nuclear power plant, and economic development. Mindy Todd hosts in the studio.

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The Point
1:32 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Cod Stocks Dwindle; Two Skydivers Killed; Disney Comes to Chatham

The New England Fisheries Management Council is crafting plans for how to handle commercial fishing of Atlantic cod now that new numbers show the species is in collapse and not recovering.
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Sean Corcoran, WCAI's news director, hosts a roundup of local and regional news stories. Joining Sean this week is Sean Driscoll, a reporter at The Cape Cod Times and Cape Cod Online; Tim Wood, editor of The Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling, assistant editor of The Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; and Geoff Spillane, a reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
12:36 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

State Rep Candidates for 1st Barnstable Seat Grapple with Issues in Debate

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Candidates for the 1st Barnstable State Representative seat  Elisa Zawadkas,democrat, and Timothy Whelan, republican, face off in a Political Debate live on The Point. Topics include wastewater, homeowners insurance, and medical marijuana. Mindy Todd hosts.

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