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.
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This week on The Point

May 18: Drug discovery and innovation

May 19: Gardening

We talk about gardening with horticulturist and entomologist Roberta Clark.

May 20: Special Education

We discuss special education with psychologist Michael Abruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley.

May 21: Domestic Violence

May 22: News Roundup

Area Journalists discuss the top stories of the week.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top local and regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include Geoff Spillane, a reporter at The Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times.

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The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence shows statistics that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. On The Point, we talk about signs of abuse, resources available in our region for survivors, and how men are joining the conversation and taking action against domestic violence.

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On The Point, we discuss learning disabilities with psychologist Dr. Michael Abruzzese and Psychiatrist Dr. Marc Whaley. What constitutes a learning disability? How are they diagnosed? There are many many factors that play into learning disabilities, and they can be found in people of all intelligence levels. Mindy Todd hosts.

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Antibiotics revolutionized 20th century medicine, reigning in common infectious killers, like tuberculosis and influenza. Decades later, though, a growing number of antibiotics are losing effectiveness. In 2013, nearly half a million people worldwide contracted multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

The World Health Organization warns that “without urgent, coordinated action, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable for decades, can once again kill.”

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You may never have heard of MassBiologics, but if you’ve ever gotten a tetanus booster shot in Massachusetts, you’ve gotten one of their medicines. MassBiologics is the only non-profit in the country that is FDA-licensed to manufacture vaccines and biological medications. In its 120 year history, it has delivered more than 100 million doses of medicines globally.

"We started out in 1894, as a collaboration between the Department of Public health and Harvard University," explains Executive Vice Chancellor Mark Klempner.

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In May, gardens are looking glorious in their fresh new growth before the various pests, blights, and fungus get to them. Horticulturist Roberta Clark gives us tips on how to keep the garden looking great, and we hear from listeners about their favorite plant varieties, and share lots of detailed advice on techniques to try, for a beautiful healthy landscape.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top local and regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include Anne Brennan, an editor at The Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror.

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Anxiety reduction, improved physical comfort and quality of life: these are well-known benefits of integrative therapies like yoga, acupuncture and massage. Cape Wellness Collaborative is a new nonprofit dedicated to improving access to integrative therapies for those facing cancer on Cape Cod and the Islands.

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Educators sit down to discuss a more ambitious vision of student achievement, one that goes beyond academic challenge to include vital skills like responsibility, critical thinking, and an ethic of contribution and community connectedness.

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Great physical and mental health benefits are proven results of yoga practice. A local non-profit, Yoga Neighborhood, aims to make yoga accessible to all, regardless of age or income level. Sean Corcoran talks with Virginia Hoeck, director of Yoga Neighborhood, about the project.

  

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