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

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The Point hosts: Mindy Todd, Heather Goldstone, and Sean Corcoran.
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WCAI's Mindy Todd hosts a discussion of the week's top local news.  Her guests include Patrick Cassidy from the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown from the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner.

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WCAI is proud to bring you this coverage from Provincetown of the latest Hawthorne Barn 20 Summers event: WOLF IN THE BARN: Naomi Wolf in Conversation with Megan Marshall. Iconic feminist and activist Naomi Wolf is interviewed by Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Megan Marshall.

Books on Whales

May 25, 2016
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Our book experts sit down in The Point studio to discuss Books on Whales. Guests on the program are:  Jill Erickson, reference librarian at Falmouth Public Library; and Dennis Minsky, field biologist, naturalist, and marine educator aboard the Dolphin Whale Watch Fleet. Mindy Todd hosts.

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 New regulations for professionals in the finance industry have been called “revolutionary” by some. Pam Krueger, host of PBS’s Money Track, explains what the new rules mean for consumers and professionals, and how to vet a financial planner. She also talks about personal finance questions; exactly what works and what doesn’t when it comes to investing.

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A wrap up of our Public Radio exchange experiment with WCAI’s Steve Junker and Marfa Public Radio’s Travis Bubenick, who talk over the experience with the station managers Mindy Todd and Tom Michael

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As a college student, Amy Bower dreamed of becoming an oceanographer, combining her love of physics and the natural world. A devastating diagnosis almost derailed her.

Amy Bower was an undergraduate, studying physics at Tufts University, when she noticed that her vision was getting blurry. Later, as a graduate student at University of Rhode Island, she got the official diagnosis: she was going blind. Macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa would gradually take away her sight.

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 WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with local reporters about the top stories of the week.

 At the Hawthorne Art Barn in Provincetown, the third season of "Twenty Summers" is underway, and recently presented LOVE AND LANDMARKS: Edith Windsor in Conversation with James Lecesne.  WCAI is pleased to bring you this coverage of the event on The Point.

 

On The PointMindy Todd and her guests psychologist and psychiatrist Michael Abruzzese and Marc Whaley discuss prejudice. We consider the role of fear and lack of understanding, and examine how stereotyping can influence social prejudice. 

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Cool rains have made our spring gardens extra lush. Horticulturist and entomologist Roberta Clark joins Mindy Todd in The Point studio to talk over favorite plant varieties, and lots of tips for getting the best results in the garden. Listeners from around the Cape and Islands join in with suggestions, questions and comments.

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