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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.
The Point hosts: Mindy Todd, Heather Goldstone, and Sean Corcoran.
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This week on The Point

May 25: Unintuitive impacts of climate change

Our greenhouse gas emissions appear to be slowing down the Gulf Stream, and may be making some environmental pollutants even more dangerous for wildlife.Guests:  Scott Rutherford, Roger Williams University; Fred Pinckney, USFWS

May 26: Parenting and the music of George Gershwin and Vernon Duke

Pediatrician Greg Parkinson talks about his book Giggle More, Worry Less: A Pediatricians Thoughts for New Parents.   Then the music of two seminal figures in the history of broadway, George Gershwin and Vernon Duke.   John  talk about the upcoming performanceAmericans in Paris, Russians on Broadway,“ a program of songs and piano solos of two of America’s finest songwriters.  Guests: Vocalist John Murelle and Pianist William Merrill

May 27: Books on Baseball

Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Author Peter Abrahams talk about books on baseball and  why baseball has such a great literary history. Even Virginia Woolf had a favorite baseball novel.

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May 28: Michael Cunningham and Adam Gopnik

A conversation between Michael Cunningham and Adam Gopnik. 20 Summers brought together Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and New Yorker Writer Adam Gopnik on stage for the first time as part of a series of events at the Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown. We sat in on their discussion that spanned the gamut from newsworthy to intimate, lofty to lowbrow, factual to imaginary- no topic was off limits

May 29: News Roundup

Area Journalists discuss the weeks top stories.

No passport needed: Canada to California, Paris to Provincetown . . .  Michael Cunningham and Adam Gopnik are the tour guides. 20 Summers at the Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown brought these two authors, a Pulitzer prize–winning novelist and a New Yorker writer, together on stage for the first time.

On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews Jill Erickson, reference librarian at Falmouth Public Library and author Peter Abrahams about books on baseball and why baseball has such a great literary history.  Even Virginia Woolf had a favorite baseball novel.

On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews John Murelle and William Merrill about the music of two seminal figures in the history of Broadway, George Gershwin and Vernon Duke.

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Parents love. Parents worry. Parenthood is a joy, and it is difficult and stressful as well. How can you maximize the joy and minimize the stress? Pediatrician Greg Parkinson talks about his book Giggle More, Worry Less, a Pediatricians Thoughts for New Parents. Mindy Todd hosts.


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Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: climate change is happening, we’re largely to blame, and the effects are not as far off as you might think. What effects, you ask? Well, there's increasingly frequent and intense heat waves, drought, torrential rains. There's melting glaciers and rising sea level. Now, new research add some less intuitive climate change impacts.

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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.

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.


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.”

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.