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.

We welcome your phone calls at 866-999-4626, emails at thepoint@capeandislands.org

Scroll down for audio of programs that have aired recently. Looking for a specific topic? Use the Search box at top right.

The Point hosts: Mindy Todd, Heather Goldstone, and Sean Corcoran.
Credit Maura Longueil

This week on The Point

September 15th: New England Food Vision
Could New England grow half its own food? Should it? And at what cost? An environmental historian at Brandeis University has created a New England Food Vision that calls for producing half our own food, while protecting woodlands. Limiting urban sprawl is a key component.
Also, two men who blocked a coal shipment to New England's largest coal-burning power plant talk about why they did it, and the surprise outcome of their trial that's grabbed national attention.
Guests: Brian Donahue, Brandeis University; Jay O'Hara and Ken Ward, Lobster Boat Blockade

September 16: Gardening
Horticulturist and Entomologist Roberta Clark tells us we need to know as we bring the gardening season to a close.   With a dry summer how much water do our trees and shrubs need as we head into fall?

September 17: Psychology of Homeschooling
Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese  discuss home schooling. We discuss reasons parents homeschool and how these students stack up academically and socially with their peers who attend conventional schools.

September 18: Bird News
Ornithologist Vernon Laux talks about the fall migration and the latest bird news.

September 19: News Roundup
Area Journalists talk about the top stories of the week.

 

 

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
5187efa7e1c869e533d57629|5182725ee1c8dfa5e6f28d23

Pages

The Point
1:47 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Summer's End in the Garden

Credit J. J.

Summer is reaching an end.  Horticulturist Roberta Clark joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk GARDENS one last time, until next spring.  Tips about the fall work in the garden: transplanting, mulch, pruning, bulbs, and lots more.

Read more
The Point with Mindy Todd
10:05 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Looking Back on Martha's Vineyard's African American History and Culture

Kevin Parham
Credit kevinjparham

A look back at the African American Experience on Martha’s Vineyard.  Author Kevin Parham describes his childhood summers in Oak Bluffs during the 1960’s and 70’s.

Read more
The Point with Mindy Todd
11:37 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Making the Most of a Year Between High School and College

Credit globalcitizenyear.org

In years past, a traditional gap year experience entailed students taking a year off between high school and college, donning a backpack and trekking through Europe. Nowadays there’s an industry devoted to creating and selling gap year packages. If you can afford it, there are options to travel almost anywhere on the globe with opportunities to sight-see, party, volunteer or do a combination of all three.Those interested in making the most of a year between high school and college might be interested in Chris Wingard’s choice.

Read more
The Point with Mindy Todd
11:36 am
Thu September 11, 2014

A Long, Long Walk Down Highway 6

Route 6
Credit route6walk.com

Along the Cape and the Coast, Route 6 is known as the thoroughfare that gets us from point A to point B- hopefully without traffic delays. What many don’t realize is that Route 6 is the longest highway created in the US connecting Provincetown to California. In 2004 Joe Hurley set out to walk the length of Route 6, all three thousand six hundred miles. His book Ten Million Steps on Route 6, chronicles his adventures in text and images.

Read more
Science & Environment
2:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Why We Should Be Paying More Attention to Methane

Natural gas often co-occurs with oil and is burned off by oil producers.
Credit Varodrig / Flickr

Methane. It's the other greenhouse gas - less common and shorter-lived than carbon dioxide, but also a much more potent heat trapper.

Read more
The Point with Mindy Todd
12:30 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Talking with 2 Poets on The Point

Credit J. J.

A conversation with two Poets, on The PointJoan Burstyn talks about the intersection of life and art in her work, her collaborations with local teens, and we hear some of her poetry set to music.  Later in the hour poet John Skoyles discusses his new memoir A Moveable Famine, and his path as a working class boy from Queens to the

Read more
The Point
2:31 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

A Busy Week of News

Credit capecod.com

WCAI's Sean Corcoran is joined by colleagues in the print and digital media to discuss some of the top news stories of the week.  Among the stories: a shark takes a bite out of a kayak in Plymouth; a long-time Sandwich fish market owner fights to keep his business; Provincetown's police chief fights to keep his job; a new law intended to protect domestic violence victims will shield alleged abusers; Chatham's harbormaster moves to a new department; Nantucket school buildings aren't keeping up with enrollment; some Martha's Vineyard fishermen regret a legal agreement regardi

Read more
The Point
11:29 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Insurance Investigator Writes Mysteries

mysterious windows
Credit J. J.

Paula Norton wanted to make life a little more interesting. So she started writing novels that turn her insurance job into something entirely different. And for the first time, one of her novels is actually getting some attention. Zach Hirsch has the story. Here's a link to a web post about Paula's Alter Ego from WCAI's Creative Life series .

Read more
The Point with Mindy Todd
10:38 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Does This Have Anything to Do With Lemony Snicket?

Credit lemonysnicketlibrary.com

 

Who are you? Why are you here? What are you looking for? Does this have anything to do with Lemony Snicket? Mindy Todd interviews author Daniel Handler, AKA Lemony Snicket, who has written "far too many" Young Adult books, including the alleged bestsellers A Series of Unfortunate Events, 13 Words, and The Composer Is Dead

Read more
The Point
9:57 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Nantucket Project 2014: The Balance of Art and Commerce

Island landscape
Credit nantucketproject.com

Now in it’s 4th year The Nantucket Project brings together leading thinkers and decision makers to discuss, contemplate and propose ideas. Presenters at the Nantucket Project participate in a variety of formats, which include individual presentations, panels and intimate one-on-one conversations. This year, participants explore how an individual or an organization can maintain and balance Art and Commerce.

Read more

Pages