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

December 15: Playing with STEAM

You’ve probably heard of STEM - the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. But what about STEAM? The added A is for art, and proponents of STEAM say incorporating creativity can boost science learning. On the next Living Lab, you’ll hear from a sculptor and a doctor who’ve teamed up to create a kids game that teaches science with an artistic touch. 

December 16: Gluten Freedom

Dr Alessio Fasano, Founder and Director of the Center for Celiac Research at Mass General and Harvard Medical School discusses his book Gluten Freedom.

December 17: Social groups for special needs children

We are social creatures and when your children have difficulties understanding social cues finding play dates and social skills groups can be a challenge.  Clinical Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discusses those challenges and what options are available in our area.

December 18: Broadways influence on Jazz

We sit down with jazz musicians Fred Fried, Bruce Abbot and Marcelle Gauvin talk about Broadways influence on jazz and music of the season.

December 19: News Roundup

Area journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.

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The Point
12:48 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Helping Kids Connect Socially

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We are social creatures, and when your children have difficulties understanding social cues, helping them find play dates, friendship, and social skills groups can be a real challenge. Clinical Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discusses those challenges and what options are available in our area, with host Mindy Todd on The Point.

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The Point
11:58 am
Tue December 16, 2014

The Truth About Gluten

Wheat has long been a part of the western diet because it is nutritious and has many uses. Yet a growing number of people are being diagnosed with celiac disease, an inability to process gluten-the protein found in wheat. Many others have found that eating gluten free has improved their health.

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Science & Environment
12:33 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Designing Games That Are Educational Works of Art

Designed by a sculptor and a doctor, Ani-Gram-It teaches biological concepts with an artistic touch.
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Artist and designer Alex Wolf believes games can and should be works of art that bring science to life for children.


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The Point
1:51 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Rash of Heroin Overdoses; Jogger Shot by Hunter; Fish Market Back Open

The Cape Cod Times reports a significant jump in heroin overdoses since Thanksgiving. Some officials say there may be a particularly dangerous batch of the drugs being sold on the streets.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local and regional stories. Joining Sean for today's show are Anne Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The Point
2:25 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Live Long, Die Short

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Mindy Todd interviews physician and author Roger Landry on The Point. Landry is interested in building environments that empower older adults to maximize their life, health, and well being. His new book is Live Long, Die Short a Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging.

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The Point
11:13 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Spirituality in the Heart of the Holiday Season

The holiday season is here. On The Point, area religious leaders join Mindy Todd to discuss the meaning, practice and history of the different winter holiday traditions. Given the widespread commercialization of the holidays, what are the teachings that resonate most? We discuss favorite family and community traditions at this time of year.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
9:29 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

The Rescue of the Tall Ship Bounty

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In October of 2012 the tall ship HMS Bounty tried to skirt Hurricane Sandy- instead she found her way right into the path of the storm. Michael Tougias new book Rescue of the Bounty, Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy chronicles the events aboard the HMS Bounty and the ultimate rescue of her crew by the US Coast Guard. Michael Tougias joins Mindy Todd in our Woods Hole Studios.

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Science & Environment
11:46 am
Tue December 9, 2014

The Nation's First Research Ship, Seen from the Crew's Perspective

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A new book provides a glimpse of what life was like for the sailors, rather than scientists, aboard an ocean-going research ship in the mid-twentieth century.

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The Point
12:14 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: No New Natural Gas Hookups; Yarmouth Motel Has Another Drowning

Federal officials are considering significant increases to user and access fees at the Cape Cod National Seashore.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local and regional stories. Joining Sean for today's show are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
10:49 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Writing Can Be Good For You

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On The Point, we talk about the therapeutic value of writing with the leaders of two Cape Cod writing groups, one for people whose lives have been impacted by cancer, and the other for formerly homeless women. Guests are Dr.

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