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

August 18: Living Lab

August 19:  Gardening
Horticulturist and Entomologist joins us to talk about the summer garden.

August 20: Transition to College
Psychologist Michael Abruzzese and Psychiatrist Marc Whaley talk about making the transition from high school to college, both for students and parents.

August 21: Political Debate
Allen Waters and Ron Beaty, Republican candidates for the Cape and Islands State Senate discuss the issues.

August 22: News Roundup
Area journalists discuss the top stories of the week.



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The Point
11:32 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Abundance in the Garden as Summer Nears End

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On The Point, questions and answers about the garden with horticulturalist Roberta ClarkMindy Todd hosts.

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The Point
12:20 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Coolant problem at Pilgrim; Nantucket gets nonprofit funeral home

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is undergoing repairs for a faulty monitor. If it can't be repaired within the next two weeks, the plant would have to shut down until it's fixed.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran reviews the news of the week with several local journalists. This week, Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times joins Sean at the WCAI studios in Woods Hole. Also part of the discussion is Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The Point
5:12 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Film Documents Teens Struggling with Prescription Drug Addiction

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The Point
10:51 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Run! For Health and Fun

Falmouth Road Race at the 1 mile mark, Nobska lighthouse

What do people find so alluring about running? On The PointSean Corcoran talks to Dr. Julie Sieben about her new book Six Weeks to Love Running and her approach to running and fitness.

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The Point
11:58 am
Wed August 13, 2014

As the Days Get Shorter, Birds Prepare for What's Next

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Nesting season is over, and as the days get shorter birds are preparing for what's to come.  On The Point, Nantucket Ornithologist Vernon Laux talks to WCAI's Mindy Todd about the birds that migrate, and also how the birds that stick around get ready for the winter.  Vern is Senior Naturalist at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation on Nantucket.

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The Point
1:04 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Tools and Techniques for Essential Barbeque

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Barbeque expert Steven Raichlen shares a few tips and tricks a man needs to achieve competence and confidence in the kitchen. He talks with WCAI's Mindy Todd about his book Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys. 

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The Point
12:35 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Cape Cod Becoming Jazz Destination

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Musician Bart Weisman talks about the annual Provincetown Jazz Festival, taking place this month both in Provincetown and Cotuit.  He speaks with WCAI's Mindy Todd about the growing popularity of jazz on Cape Cod.

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Science & Environment
1:01 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Your Bacteria May Be Running Your Life

The bacteria E. coli (here magnified 10,000-fold) are one of the best known inhabitants of the human gut.
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The human microbiome. You may never have heard of it before now, but once you know about it, you’ll be hard pressed to stop thinking about it.

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The Point
1:26 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: An Oyster Thief Goes to Jail; Beachgoer Stuck By Needle; Obamas go to MV

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts local and journalists to discuss the news of the week. Joining Sean in our Woods Hole studio is reporter George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The Point
5:17 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Book Tells Story of WW1 Uboat Attack on Cape Cod

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On the warm morning of July 21, 1918, during the last year of the First World War, a German submarine surfaced three miles off the coast of Cape Cod and attacked an unarmed towboat and her four barges. A handful of the shells fired by the U-boat’s two deck guns struck Nauset Beach, giving the modest town of Orleans the distinction of being the first and only spot in the United States to receive fire from the enemy during the entire World War.

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