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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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Sea level rise is typically mentioned in the context of erosion, coastal flooding, storm damage at the coasts. All of those are issues, to be sure. But rising ocean levels can have other effects – on septic systems and drinking water supplies farther inland. Potential impacts on groundwater are the subject of a new report from US Geological Survey’s New England Water Science Center.

We come into contact with countless chemicals everyday. In fact, we're made of chemicals. But the number of human-made, synthetic chemicals in our lives has skyrocketed, and many common household and personal care products actually contain chemicals that may be bad for our health.

Scientists can measure the amounts of these chemicals in retail products and the home environment, and they can study what they do to animals in laboratory. But that leaves one big, unanswered question:

From the design features in a passive solar house to new technologies in building materials and appliances, there are numerous ways for buildings to become more energy efficient.

On The Point, we talk about books with a winter theme. Mindy Todd hosts book experts Jill Erickson, of the Falmouth Public Library, and Jennifer Gaines, of the Woods Hole Library.  

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Pilgrim Nuclear is slated to close in the spring of 2019. What are the steps involved with decommissioning the plant, and what will be left behind once the plant closes? On The Point, we talk with editors and reporters at The Cape Cod Times about their upcoming series exploring the long and short-term impacts of closing nuclear power plants, and what we can learn from other communities who have gone through the process.

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When Marie Curie discovered radioactivity, she kick-started the field of atomic physics and inspired two other female physicists whose work gave rise to the atomic age. Her daughter, Irene (and son-in-law, Frederic) Joliot-Curie, discovered a method of inducing artificial radioactivity. And Austrian-born Lise Meitner figured out nuclear fission.

On this special edition of The Point, the story of Massasoit's Peace Pact with the Pilgrims. Peace Talks Radio presents a conversation with American Indian scholars who fill in the details of Massasoit's attempt to make peace for his people and with the new strangers.

On this special edition of The Point, we examine Turkeys and Thanksgiving from several perspectives. First, the subject of the BBC documentary My Life as Turkey shares how she became a wild turkey mother in the hammocks of Florida. We’ll also hear about the comeback of the once scorned bronze feathered turkey, get a taste of pre-contact American Indian Cuisine and hear how one native family gives thanks.


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Get ready to cook and eat your Thanksgiving feast! On this special broadcast of The Point, Annie Corrigan, host of Earth Eats, invites us into the kitchen of renowned chef Daniel Orr as he prepares the Thanksgiving meal. Turkey, vegetarian options, and side dishes are cooked up along with some foody music.

Speaking American

Nov 22, 2016
Excerpted from SPEAKING AMERICAN: How Y’all, Youse , and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide by Josh Katz. Copyright © 2016 by Josh Katz. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

The words we use and our pronunciation varies regionally across our country. Josh Katz, graphics editor at the New York Times, uses linguistics data and a map of the US to illustrate where those differences arise. In an interview on The Point, Katz talks with host Mindy Todd about the intersections of language, culture and geography, and his new book titled Speaking American.