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.
The Point hosts: Mindy Todd, Heather Goldstone, and Sean Corcoran.
Credit Maura Longueil

This week on The Point

March 23: Economics of Ideas

The more we know, the harder it is to be groundbreaking. And our focus on young tech geniuses may be distracting us from the true innovators – baby boomers.

Guest: Ben Jones, Northwestern University

March 24: Wine and Song

Natalie Berkowitz discusses her book The Winemakers Hand; Conversations on Talent, Technique, and Terroir.  The book is a collection of conversations with vintners across the globe.  Later in the hour we discuss the local music scene and the music of singer songwriters Catie Flynn and Diana Di Gioia.

March 25: Books on Nature

Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth and Field Biologist Dennis Minsky discuss books on nature.  From magnificent trees to opulent oceans join us for a nature tour with diarists, photographers, novelists, poets, painters, and essayists.

link to book list:

http://www.falmouthpubliclibrary.org/?/blog/entries/nature-books-on-the-point-with-mindy-todd/

March 26: Race to Nowhere

Documentary film Race to Nowhere; Transforming Education from the Ground Up challenges current thinking about how we prepare our children for success.  Guests: Vicki Abeles,  Producer and Co-Director and Mary Gans, Principal Lawrence School

March 27: News Roundup

Area Journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.

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Chickens are fun, and Melissa Caughey, author of the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest, provides all the information kids need to enjoy raising healthy chickens in her new book A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. Caughey advises on what kind of housing, food, equipment, and care that chickens will need to thrive.

Suzan Bellincampi, director of Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and author of the new book titled Martha’s Vineyard, A Field Guide to Island Nature, sits down with Mindy Todd on The Point. Her book takes you on the favorite Island trails, and provides tips about what you can see along the way.

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Recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth, and benefit kids’ cognitive, emotional, and social development. The average North American child spends about seven hours a day looking at screens, and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, a dramatic transformation within the past generation.

A mother sperm whale and her calf.
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No one has hunted whales in American waters for decades, but scientists continue to chase them in pursuit of data and understanding. Now, the New Bedford Whaling Museum is adding this distinctly modern chapter to their repertoire with the world's most comprehensive collection of whale sounds.

Photo by Sean Corcoran

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include Sean Driscoll, a reporter at The Cape Cod Times; Cape Cod Chronicle Editor Tim Wood; Sally Rose, editor of the Provincetown Banner; Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; and New Bedford Standard-Times Editorial Page Editor Jim DeArruda.

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The film "Race to Nowhere" is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children's lives.

From magnificent trees to opulent oceans, join us for a nature tour with diarists, photographers, novelists, poets, painters, and essayists. Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Library, and Field Biologist Dennis Minsky discuss books on nature. Mindy Todd hosts.

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On The Point, Mindy Todd discusses the local music scene and the music of Catie Flynn and Diana Di Gioia, two of the Cape's outstanding singers and songwriters. They will perform at Wellfleet Preservation Hall on March 28, at 7:30 pm.

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Natalie Berkowitz discusses her book The Winemakers Hand; Conversations on Talent, Technique, and Terroir. The book is a collection of conversations with vintners across the globe. The winemakers explain the complex process of converting grapes into wine: a combination of talent, passion, and experience shapes the outcome of the individual wines. Mindy Todd hosts the interview on The Point

Andreas Cellarius, illustration of the Copernican system, from the "Harmonia Macrocosmica" (1660).
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The more we know, the harder it is to be groundbreaking. The burden of knowledge is changing the way we work, and who drives innovation.

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