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

March 2: International Trade & Environmental Attitudes

We track the prices of everything from crude oil to milk for clues about the state of the economy. But what could they tell us about the environment?    Guest: Environmental historian Dr. Ted Melillo, associate professor at Amherst College

March 3: Chronic Pain

Many people live with day- to-day pain from sports injuries, back injuries, car accidents or health conditions.  We will talk about medications but also the many other treatments pain doctors are using including acupuncture, yoga, massage and much more.  Also the psychiatric approaches to pain and suffering and the role spirituality can play.   Guests: Dr. John Bete, who specializes in pain medicine at Cape Cod Healthcare and Dr. Michael Abruzzese, clinical psychologist.

March 4: Gardens

The snow is still piled high but spring is just a couple of weeks away.  We catch a preview of the Boston Flower and Garden show with local designers Paul Miskovsky, Miskovsky Landscaping and David Haskel, Haskel Nurseries.   Jen Irving, Jenny’s Edibles and Blooms talks about seeding your own flowers and vegetables.  In the third segment we discuss bees with Marte Ayers, Barnstable County Beekeepers Association.  Their role as pollinators in the garden, how our local populations of bees are faring and what it takes to start your own hives. 

March 5:  Standardized Testing

More than half of the state’s school districts have switched from the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exams to PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.  Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester and MTA (Massachsuetts Teachers Association) President Barbara Madeloni discuss the pros and cons and what the differences are.

March 6: News Roundup

Area journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.

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The Point
1:03 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Cape Wind Cancels Lease; Records Unsealed in Bourne Shooting

Officer Jared MacDonald returned home to a hero's welcome after nearly 4 weeks in the hospital. MacDonald was shot while responding to a murder scene on Feb. 5.

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

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The Point
2:45 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing

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More than half of the state’s school districts have switched from the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exams to PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).

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The Point
12:49 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Bees, Pollination, and the Garden

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Pollination is an essential part of the growing process for plants. Bees, along with butterflies, birds, beetles, and even bats are pollinators. Joining Mindy Todd to talk about bees, pollination and the local bee population is Marte Ayers, former president of the Barnstable County Beekeepers Association and current board member.

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The Point
12:39 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Sowing the Seeds for the New Garden Season

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While many of us won’t think about planting for at least a month, others have already started sowing the seeds for this season’s flower and vegetable crops. Joining WCAI's Mindy Todd to discuss indoor seed germination is Jen Irving from Jenny’s Edibles and Blooms.

Other tips from Cape Cod Cooperative Extension.

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The Point
12:19 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Spring is on the way: Tips for Garden Designs and Plantings

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The official start of spring is March 20th but it could be another month before we can start getting our hands dirty in our own gardens. Despite the snow on the ground there are ways for us to get a jump on spring.  Host Mindy Todd talks to landscaper and gardener Paul Miskovsky about tips for your garden, and they also preview the Boston Flower and Garden show.

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The Point
12:48 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Dealing with Chronic Pain

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An estimated 50 million Americans live with day to day pain from sports injuries, back injuries, car accidents, or health conditions. We talk about medications but also the many other treatments pain doctors are using including acupuncture, yoga, massage and much more.  Also discussed: the psychiatric approaches to pain and suffering, and the role spirituality can play.  Mindy Todd's guests include Dr. John Bete; who specializes in pain medicine at Cape Cod Healthcare; clinical psychologist Dr.

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Science & Environment
12:23 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Why Commodities Are More Than Economic Indicators

Cacao, as a commodity, reveals much about social and religious differences between Europe and Mesoamerica.

We track the prices of everything from crude oil to milk for clues about the state of the economy. But what could they tell us about the environment?

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The Point with Mindy Todd
11:04 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Chandler Travis Debuts a New Album

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Mindy Todd sits down with Chandler Travis to talk about his new album "Bocce & Bourbon: The Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger", coming in March.
It's a compilation of 19 examples of Chandler's best work with Greenberger, his favorite lyricist. The lyrics share compassion, warmth, and inventive imagery, echoed in music that is gently but firmly idiosyncratic.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
10:46 am
Thu February 26, 2015

True Story Theater: The Power of Storytelling

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The Point with Mindy Todd
3:31 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Classic Books Keep On Pleasing Readers

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On The Point, a discussion of great classics in literature. Mindy Todd hosts Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Janet GardnerCape Cod Writers Workshop Business Manager and former English Professor and Director of the Honors program at UMass Dartmouth.

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