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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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This week on The Point
January 15: Early Education
Birth to five is a period of tremendous development. Research has shown if children are given support for growth in language, motor skills and social-emotional skills during this time, the child is more likely to succeed in school and to later contribute to society. We discuss what early education programs should entail, why parental education is a key component and some of the supports and services available for families in our region.
Guests-Christine Johnson-Staub, Senior Policy Analyst, Child Care and Early Education and Mary Pat Messmer, retired CEO of Cape Cod Child Development.
January 16: News Roundup
Area Journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.
January 19: Environmental Justice
Communities of color are disproportionately affected by environmental problems. The disparity in Massachusetts is among the greatest in the nation, and appears to have been worsening. In contrast, a growing body of evidence shows that diversity leads to better, more innovative results - in the tech sector, academic science, and the environmental movement.
Guests: Daniel Faber, Northeastern University; Richard Freeman, Harvard University
January 20: Reducing Rates of Relapse in Addiction Recovery
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse rates in addiction are similar to other chronic diseases- between 40 and 60% of patients will relapse in the first year of recovery. But research has shown the longer you stay clean, the better your chances are for remaining clean. We discuss a pilot program at Gosnold treatment center exploring the use of recovery coaches to help reduce relapse once in-patient treatment is complete.
January 21: Anxiety and Panic Disorder
Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discuss anxiety and panic attacks. About 80% of patients with panic disorder report major life stressors during the previous 12 months. Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese talk about the causes, risk factors and treatment.We’ll also discuss the origins of our emotions.
January 22: Opiate Addiction
In March of 2014 then Governor Patrick declared a public health emergency over opioid addiction and overdose, and outlined a response strategy. We sit down with Cheryl Bartlett, head of the newly formed Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative, and Representative Randy Hunt who sits on the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse to discuss what’s been accomplished in the last 10 months and the next steps we should take to prevent and treat opioid addiction.
January 23: News Roundup