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 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.

December 22: John Holdren

A conversation with Presidential Science & Technology Advisor John Holdren.

December 23: Music on Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard has a rich musical legacy that stretches back to the earliest drumbeats of the Wampanoags and the whaling chanteys of the nineteenth century to the folk music scene where Carly Simon and James Taylor played their first licks.  Authors Thomas Dresser and Jerold Muskin talk about their book Music on Martha’s Vineyard: A History of Harmony.

December 24: Bird News

Ornithologist Vernon Laux discusses the latest bird news including what’s being spotted in area Christmas Bird counts.

December 25: An Unfamiliar Christmas

We present a special program with Charlie Warren who hosts an hour of rarely heard holiday music including music from John Denver, The Trapp Family Singers, the London Cello Sound, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

December 26: News Roundup Year in Review

A discussion of the regions top stories of 2014.

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Science & Environment
12:14 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Advising the President on Science "the Job of a Lifetime"

Dr. John Holdren is President Obama's top science advisor.

Climate action may well be a significant part of President Obama's legacy, and Dr. John Holdren is the man helping him translate science into policy.

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The Point
12:58 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: 21 Miles of New Gas Line to be Installed; Race Comments Spark Controversy

Cape Cod towns are urging Gov. Deval Patrick to restore $100,000 in funding used by communities to purchase shellfish seed.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts local and regional journalists to discuss the news of the week. Joining Sean is reporter George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; and WCAI South Coast reporter Brian Morris.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
10:38 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Under the Influence of Jazz

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The Point studio is jazzed up with musicians Fred Fried, Bruce Abbot and Marcelle Gauvin, who talk with Mindy Todd about Broadway's influence on jazz, and music of the season.

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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.

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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