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:

April 21: Environmental Impact of Research
Scientific research is necessary to understand the impact of our actions on the world around us, but it incurs its own environmental costs. We'll talk with the deads of local research institutions about the environmental footprint of research, and what can be done to reduce it without compromising the science. We'll also preview the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire and talk about trends in maker culture.
Guests:
Michael West, Director of Astronomy at Maria Mitchell
Susan Avery, President and Director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Rich Delaney, Executive Director for Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
Tom Stone, Senior Research Associate at Woods Hole Research Center
Chris Connors, Martha's Vineyard Regional High School
Paula Hersey, Cape Cod Community Media Center

April 22: Gardening
We kick off the gardening season with Horticulturist and Entomologist Roberta Clark, who is always happy to take listeners gardening questions. We’ll talk about how the prolonged winter is impacting the early growing season and hear her picks for favorite vegetable varieties.

April 23: Opiate Epidemic
Opiate addiction- the rising prevalence of opiate addiction and overdose. 
Guests-
Ray Tamasi, Executive Director of Gosnold,
Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings
Representative Randy Hunt, 5th Barnstable District, sits on the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse
 
April 24: Right Whales
We head out into Cape Cod Bay with Charles “Stormy” Mayo,   Director of  Right Whale Habitat Studies at Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and discuss changes in Right Whale behavior and the bay.
We also take a look at the enduring legacy of William Shakespeare, 450 years after his birth.

April 25: News Roundup
Area Journalists discuss the top stories of the week.

April 18: News Roundup
Area journalists join host Sean Corcoran to discuss the regions top stories of the week.
 

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The Point
12:15 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Taking On a Drug Abuse Epidemic

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A discussion on The Point about the rising prevalence of opiate addiction and overdose. 
Guests- Ray Tamasi, Executive Director of Gosnold, Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings, and Representative Randy Hunt, 5th Barnstable District, who sits on the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
 

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The Point
10:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Gardening Season Bursts Out

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We kick off the gardening season with Horticulturist and Entomologist Roberta Clark, who is always happy to take listeners gardening questions. We’ll talk about how the prolonged winter is impacting the early growing season, tips on how to make the most of your plant growing space, and hear her picks for favorite vegetable varieties.

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Science & Environment
9:50 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Psychology and Social Science Reveal Deep Underpinnings of Climate Change Denial

Gastineau Channel. Inside Passage
Anthony Leiserowitz

The vast majority– an estimated 97 percent or more - of climate scientists are in agreement that the planet is warming and it's largely because of human activities. So why aren't Americans buying it?

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The Point
12:01 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Local News Round-up: Fish seller may lose license; Pilgrim will evaulate earthquake threat; and more

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WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts the News Roundup on The Point, when he and other local journalists discuss some of the top stories of the wee. He's joined by Anne Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
1:28 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

2 Serious Musicians Who Make People Laugh

Joo and Igudesman
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At a typical classical music concert you’d be shocked to hear the audience erupt in laughter or spontaneously applause in the middle of the piece. But violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo’s performances are anything but typical and while they are both serious musicians- they’re hardly ever serious.

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The Point
12:02 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

How Do We Define Success?

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Confidence and success: which comes first? What role does perception play? How do we define success? Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discuss the psychology of success with Mindy Todd on The Point. They share what the latest research tells us about how people acquire high levels of skill in science, business, music, the arts and sports.

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The Point
10:35 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Bird News: Spring Activity Heats Up

Robin on a nest
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Spring Bird News: the returning migrants arrive, more each day, along with the first blooms and the spring insects. Nantucket Ornithologist Vern Laux tells of courtship displays and nest building, the First of the Year birds, and much more, with Mindy Todd on The Point.

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Science & Environment
11:48 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Did Neanderthals Make Music?

J. Atema's collection of bone flutes
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Interview with Jelle Atema

Music has been called the universal language and noted as one of the things that make humans distinct. But when did we first make music?

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The Point
11:47 am
Fri April 11, 2014

News Round-up: Pilgrim Reactor Evacuation Plan Won't Change; Gov Patrick Bans New Opiate

Town Neck in Sandwich
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A look at some of the week's top news with local journalists George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
12:02 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

1 in 4 Women a Victim of Domestic Violence at Some Time

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According to the National Coalition for Domestic Violence, one in four women will be the victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.

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