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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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This week on The Point:
March 10: Louis Agassiz's Life and Legacy
Louis Agassiz is a complicated historical figure – an unparalleled celebrity scientist who founded some of the great institutions of American science, but who opposed the theory of evolution and professed staunch racist views. Christoph Irmscher's new biography "Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science" explores Agassiz's life and legacy in all its complexity.
Guest: Christoph Irmscher, Professor of English at Indiana University and author of "Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science"
March 11: Spirituality in Everyday Life
A magnificent sunset, a line of poetry, an unexpected kindness – things that make us stop and think a little deeper about life and ourselves. We continue our discussion with area religious leaders about finding spirituality, and the place for religion in issues of social justice.
Ann Fox, Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fairhaven, Bruce Epperly, Pastor at the South Congregational Church in Centerville, Deborah Warner, Minister at the Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole and Caryn Broitman, Rabbi at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center.
March 12: Healthcare Reform
In 2006 Massachusetts initiated major health care reforms. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation report Massachusetts now has the lowest rate of uninsured residents in the country and a greater percentage of adults receiving preventative care. The Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 aims to increase coverage and affordability of medical insurance to all Americans. But the question remains- why are we paying more for health care than other industrialized nations but not any healthier?
Guests: Jim Purcell, former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Professor Renee Landers, Director of Suffolk University Law School’s Health & Biomedical Law Concentration
March 13: Smart Travel and a STEM pre-school
Christopher Elliot, National Geographic Traveler Magazine Editor, Consumer Advocate and author of How to be the World’s Smartest Traveler talks about common problems and how to avoid problems when you travel.
Later in the hour we discuss a pre-school program coming to Heritage Museum and Gardens that will focus on a STEM based curriculum.
Guests: Ellen Spear, President & CEO at Heritage Museum and Gardens and Melissa Russell, Preschool Director of The Hundred Acre School at Heritage
March 14: News Roundup
Editors discuss the top stories of the week.