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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What if you had the freedom TO work rather than the freedom FROM working? What kind of work would you do? Many approaching retirement age are considering a second career focused more on their passions and interests. On The Point, we talk with the founder of Encore, an organization supporting the pursuit of second careers for the greater good, and also with John Kerr, who retired from a career in public broadcasting and became a park ranger in Yellowstone. 

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Driving is dangerous for everyone, but statistically teens and older drivers are involved in more crashes and highway fatalities than any other age group. On The Point, we talk about the reasons why, and explore ways we can make the driving safer for everyone. 

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On The Point, we discuss a new book: Trauma and the Golden Lady, The Life and Death of Sylvia Plath.  It explores Plath’s struggle with depression, how trauma in her early and adult life may have contributed to her suicide, and the mental health system during the 1950’s and 60’s. Our guest in the studio is clinical psychologist Bob Fournier, who specializes in suicide counseling. Mindy Todd hosts.

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On The Point, we discuss the new documentary ScreenAgers that sheds light on the impact of increased screen time on the developing brain and explores coping strategies for families.  Guests on the program are Shelia House, Harwich Youth Service Coordinator; Sharon Stark, Chatham Youth Services Coordinator; and Dr. Michael Abbruzzese, psychologist.

The FlavoRx pilot study provided at-risk patients with prescriptions worth $30 at a farmer's market.
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We all know that we’d be healthier if we ate more fruits and vegetables. Your doctor may have suggested that. But few of us actually do anything about it. But would that change if you actually got a prescription that covered the cost of fresh, locally-grown produce? That was the question at the heart of a recent pilot project on Cape Cod, called FlavoRx.

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WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local stories with journalists from across the region. Joining Sean this week are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

The emotion and beauty of religious music touches many audiences, even individuals of different faiths or those who don't identify as religious.  PsalmSensation is a collaborative effort between the Falmouth Chorale and the Zamir Chorale of Boston that incorporates texts from the Hebrew Bible and works from Handel, Mendelssohn, and others.  Mindy Todd speaks with Falmouth Chorale Artistic Director John Yankee and  Zamir Chorale founder and Artistic Director Joshua Jacobsen,

Over the last hundred years, musical theater artists have developed a form that corresponds to the Americanization of the increasingly Jewish New York audience. Boston University Professor Stuart Hecht looks at the relationship between Jews, assimilation, and the changing face of the American musical in his book Transposing Broadway: Jews, Assimilation, and the American Musical.  Mindy Todd talks to Hecht on The Point.

On The Point, we talk about the psychology of gender and how it effects various aspects of life.  What's the differences between the female and male brain?   We also take a look at the various influences on gender identities.  Mindy Todd hosts psychiatrist Marc Whaley and psychologist Michael Abbruzzese for a discussion live in the studio.

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We’ve all heard stories of medical miracles; cases where patients defy the odds and survive or recover from trauma or illness. Dr. Harley Rotbart has compiled stories of medical miracles in the words of the physicians who witnessed the events. The book is titled Miracles We Have Seen, America’s Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can’t Forget. Dr. Rotbart and Dr.

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