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.
Credit Maura Longueil

Dan Tritle

A busy week of news.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks about the top stories with guests Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times, Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner, Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times, and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Our country has long maintained the importance of an educated citizenry. So how do we ensure all children are getting the most of a public school education, and an opportunity to reach their full potential? 

From little white lies to pathological habits, we explore the tricky realms of deception, and the power of truth. Psychologist Michael Abbruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley join host Mindy Todd in The Point studio. 

And here's a link to a quiz asking you how much you really know about lies.

Albert Kok - ma photo, CC BY-SA 3.0, / goo.gl/mLWAcJ

There's a textbook version of evolution that goes something like this: random changes to an individual's DNA are inherited by its offspring. The worst changes are weeded out by natural selection, and the process goes on. Unless you're an octopus or a squid.

New research suggests that cephalopods do something different. They change their RNA. A lot. And that may help explain why they, alone amongst all invertebrates, are so intelligent.

Homeschooling

Apr 18, 2017

It’s becoming more common for families to homeschool their children. What are some of the reasons why? What are the legal rights and obligations of homeschooling families and what can local schools require of homeschoolers?  We’ll talk with the director of the Massachusetts Home Learning Association and hear from students and parents who have embarked on the homeschooling journey.  

Meredith Nierman

More than 20 million Americans run regularly. Half of them get injured. Adam Tenforde, M.D., joins Living Lab Radio to talk tips for healthy running at any age.

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WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local and regional news with a cadre of area journalists. Guests include: Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

beinghear.com

On The Point, filmmaker Matt Mikkelsen talks about his film Being Hear, and the work of acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, who is working to protect the few remaining quiet places on earth from noise pollution. The film is part of the Sea Change Film Series at Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theater, and will be screened on April 22. 

 

 

 

  

coastalstudies.org

Only 524 North Atlantic right whales remain on the Planet, plus four calves who were born this season. On The Point, we talk with scientists from the Center for Coastal Studies about efforts to monitor and protect the species, including ways to minimize ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. We also discuss the recent spate of dolphin strandings in Cape Cod Bay.

caryinstitute.org

As the weather warms we’re likely to find ticks on ourselves and our pets. New research indicates that ticks in our region carry four other pathogens in addition to Lyme Disease. On The Point, we talk about the ecology of ticks and ways to prevent being bitten. We also discuss a new testing program for ticks that helps define treatment options for those bitten and betters our understanding of how and when tick borne diseases manifest and spread.

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