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.
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The internet is so ingrained in our daily lives, that it can be hard to remember life before it. And it changes so quickly it’s equally hard to know what the future might hold. One thing that’s clear is that more and more people will be connected and doing more and different things with this technology.

It’s a bit tricky to pinpoint when the internet began. Was it the first email? The first public network? What we do know is exactly when we started keeping a record of what’s on the web - October 26, 1996.

On The Point, we discuss how the opioid epidemic is impacting children. Sixty percent of those dying from opioid overdose are between the ages of 25 and 44; a demographic that is more likely to have school aged children. Those living and struggling with addiction often can’t fulfill their parental duties and are absent from the lives of their children. What kinds of supports and services do we need to help children and families dealing with addiction, and how are schools, non-profits and the state stepping up to help?

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WCAI’s Kathryn Eident hosts the Friday News Roundup.  Her guests include Cindy McCormick from the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Ryan Bray of the Falmouth Enterprise; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann Wood with the Provincetown Banner; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with the candidates of the 3rd Barnstable State Representative seat. Matt Patrick, Democrat, and David Vieira, Republican, discuss water quality, the drug abuse issue, affordable housing, ferry traffic, and other topics important in our region.  



On The Point, Mindy Todd sits down with psychologist Michael Abbruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley to talk about the psychology of persuasion. They discuss our exposure to persuasive messages in the media, and the various ways marketers and politicians manipulate our perception of reality. 


On The Point, we talk about Personal Finance. Whether you're playing catch up on retirement savings or working to eliminate debt, it pays to be financially savvy. Mindy Todd interviews Pam Kruger, co-host of PBS’s MoneyTrack; and Jason Lily, a certified financial analyst, and managing partner of ARQ Wealth Advisors. They talk about tips and advice to make the most of your money.

The American Burying Beetle is an endangered insect. The only populations east of the Mississippi River are found on Block Island and Nantucket.
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For as long as there has been life on earth, there have been new species arising and others disappearing. A handful of times, the rate of disappearances has temporarily skyrocketed during what scientists call mass extinction events. Scientists say we’re in the midst of the planet’s sixth such event – this one of our own making.

Note: A longer version of this interview originally aired on August 17, 2015.

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On The Point, Mindy Todd hosts a debate with Democrat Aaron S. Kanzer and Republican William L. Crocker, Jr.  The two are running for election in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Second Barnstable District. 

At age 10 William Kellibrew watched the murder of his mother and brother by his mother’s boyfriend. Today he’s a global advocate for children who witness violence.

On The Point, we discuss the role of volunteer mediators in area courts, and the benefits of mediation versus litigation. Mindy Todd hosts Susan Largay, program coordinator for Cape Mediation at the Falmouth Court; Alan Jacobs, volunteer mediator with Cape Mediation; and Edward Teague, Magistrate, Falmouth District Court.