The Point

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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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The Point hosts: Mindy Todd, Heather Goldstone, and Sean Corcoran.
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This week on The Point

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion about the top local news stories of the week with area journalists. Joining Sean this week are Anne Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

The first Cape Cod Family & Youth Film Festival is coming! Designed to foster an appreciation of film as an art form and cinema as a social event, in an age where many families turn to television, streaming platforms, and various devices for their entertainment. This festival recognizes the importance of the unique experience of going to the movies, and of sharing that marvelous activity with the next generation.

 A conversation with Alastair Moock, a Grammy-nominated musician and songwriter, who celebrates the roots of American music.

USFWS/Ann Froschauer

White Nose Syndrome is a disease responsible for unprecedented mortality in hibernating bats. Martha’s Vineyard may be one of a few places in the Northeast where White Nose Syndrome hasn't infected bats or the places they hibernate.

Josh Reynolds/AP

The greatest art heist of all time remains unsolved, but in his new book Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist author Steven Kurkjian reveals that a small-time gangster may have masterminded the audacious 1990 robbery of $500 million worth of masterworks from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Kurkjian was an inv

Christin Khan / NOAA

In just a few decades, we’ve gone from hunting whales to protecting them. But many are still endangered, and they face a barrage of potential threats. Now, researchers are developing new ways to study these animals, from facial recognition software to help track whales’ movements, and using baleen to trace the history of stress in whales’ lives.

In 2007 the ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico, was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. A popular tourist destination, this archaeological site once belonged to Edward Herbert Thompson (1857-1935) of West Falmouth, Massachusetts!  Evan Albright has written a book, part biography, which investigates how Thompson, an archaeologist who had owned and explored Chichen Itza for nearly half a century, made one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in North America. Mr.

Composer, pianist, and band leader Duke Ellington was working on what many considered an opera, Queenie Pie, when he died in 1974.  Ellington scholars say the work was to have affectionately parodied and honored opera, as it affectionately parodied and honored Harlem culture.  Reporter Priska Neely has the story.

The Harlem Renaissance is known as the most influential movement in African American literary and creative arts history. From 1918 through the late 1930’s Harlem was a cultural center, drawing black writers, artists, musicians, poets, photographers, and scholars. Many had come from the South to find a place where they could freely express their talents.

NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

How many planets are there in our solar system? It used to be such an easy question. Nine - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. Then Pluto got demoted to a dwarf planet, so eight. But scientists now say they've found evidence of a ninth planet - likely an icy, gaseous planet about 10 times the mass of Earth - far beyond Neptune.