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.
Credit Maura Longueil

This week on The Point

July 28: Charles W. Morgan
Heather Goldstone takes a trip on the Charles W. Morgan the last wooden sailing ship she joined the Ship on it’s cruise to Stellwagen Bank with the researchers and artists taking part in it’s 38th Voyage.

July 29: Bourne and the Cape Cod Canal
Bourne is considered the Gateway to Cape Cod, whether one travels across the Bourne or Sagamore Bridge, and like much of the Cape, Bourne includes a number of distinct villages.  We talk with local author Goia Dimock  about her book History Images of America, Bourne.  
Then we revisit an interview with did with Jay North Conway about his book The Cape Cod Canal, Breaking Through the Bared and Bended Arm

July 30: Books
What do a memoir set in Concord, Massachusetts, 1940 mysteries featuring Maud Silver (elderly spinster private detective,) David Hockney, Virginia Woolf's gardens, and playgrounds all have in common? They all will be featured on The Point potluck book show with guests Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times.

July 31: Young Professionals and Cape Harmony
Anne Van Fleck, Cape Cod Young Professionals Executive Director and Barry Bluestone, Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University discuss results of the Shape the Cape survey aimed at raising awareness and developing solutions to reverse the trend of declining population of people 25 to 44 on Cape Cod.  
We also visit with the members of the female a cappella group Cape Harmony.

August 1: News Roundup
Area journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.


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Living Lab
9:57 am
Mon July 28, 2014

What's That Smell? Whale Odor Lingers for a Century

Barrel, on board the ship
Brian Morris

While aboard the Charles W. Morgan, Heather Goldstone caught a whiff of olden times: the odor of whale that is STILL  detectable in an original oak barrel. The barrel is part of the whale ship's try works, where blubber was rendered into oil. Here's a clip of her conversation with Dave Wiley, Research Coordinator for Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary, about the scent.

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The Point
1:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Housing Immigrants Creates Controversy; Market Basket protests

Jim McCabe of Falmouth protests on Sunday the potential arrival of immigrant children to Joint Base Cape Cod.
Credit Photo by WCAI's Brian Morris

WCAI's news director, Sean Corcoran, is joined by regional print and digital media journalists to discuss the news of the week, including Anne Brennan of the Cape Cod Times, Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, and Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times, all discuss the local news.

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The Point
11:33 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Arab-Israeli Conflict: a Long Way to Go Towards Peace

Credit Jonathon Colman, Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Middle East issues

A discussion of the Arab-Israeli conflict and tensions throughout the Middle East, with Mindy Todd on The Point and three guests who know the situation in depth.

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The Point
10:31 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Mid Summer Birds

newly built flycatcher nest
Credit J. J.

Ornithologist Vern Laux  joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about the season's highlights for birding. Many species are breeding in our region, and the seabirds are abundant. But don't feed the gulls! Vern explains why, and answers many questions form listeners.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
12:03 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Woods Hole Film Festival Offers Variety

Credit Woods Hole Film Festival

Mindy Todd talks with three artists from this year's Woods Hole Film Festival about their films.

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Science & Environment
11:22 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Capturing the Essence of a Fish Out of Water

A slightly reduced reproduction of James Prosek's watercolor of a swordfish features in the Ocean Fishes exhibit at Woods Hole Historical Museum through July 31st, 2014.
Credit Jennifer Gaines / Woods Hole Historical Museum

An interview with James Prosek

Few will ever see firsthand the true, glorious colors of a giant bluefin tuna as it emerges from the ocean. James Prosek's watercolors come close.

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The Point
2:08 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Immigrant kids, Cape Wind, Nantucket Real Estate in this Week's News

Credit JJ

A busy week of local and regional news.  WCAI's Brian Morris hosts a discussion with colleagues in the print and digital media.  Among the stories: Cape Cod may take in unaccompanied immigrant kids; Cape Wind looks at options for its staging facilities in both Rhode Island and New Bedford; a new director and manager for Chatham's town band; a booming Nantucket real estate market; Provincetown licensing board denies bid to use the Hawthorne Barn for Tennessee Williams festival performance; and a name for the new Steamship Authority ferry.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
10:32 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Stories of Mandela Live On in Radio Documentary

A young Nelson Mandela

Joe Richman, Founder and Executive Producer of Radio Diaries talks about his five part radio series “Mandela: An Audio History” which tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings and the voice of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him. Joe Richman will give a presentation at Preservation Hall

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The Point
12:59 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

How Do You Unplug on Vacation?

Credit J. J.

For some, getting into vacation mode is easy, others have a difficult time enjoying their time off. Psychologist Michael Abruzzese and Psychiatrist Marc Whaley discuss the psychology of vacations. They offer some tips on how to unplug from the demands of your everyday life,  and talk about the mental and physical benefits of a good vacation.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
5:38 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Gardens in Mid Summer

Credit J. J.

Most everything you need to know about your Cape and Islands garden this season, from pests to bounty. Roberta Clark, horticulturist, gives advice on a wide range of garden related issues such as plant varieties, timing for planting, pruning, and transplanting, solutions to insect problems, and much more. With Mindy Todd, and many callers.

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