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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This week on The Point

August 27: Bat Research

White Nose Syndrome is a disease responsible for unprecedented mortality in hibernating bats. Martha’s Vineyard may be one of a few places in the NorthEast where White Nose Syndrome has not infected bats or the places they hibernate. Tom/This morning we talk about the prevalence and implications of White Nosed Syndrome, how scientists and federal agencies are responding and what researchers hope to learn from this uninfected bat population on Martha’s Vineyard.  Guests: Jonathan D. Reichard, National White-Nose Syndrome Assistant Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Luanne Johnson, director and Wildlife Biologist at BioDiversity Works and Liz Baldwin, Assistant Director and Wildlife Biologist at BioDiversity Works

August 28: News Roundup

White cross jellyfish on a Maine beach reported using Twitter hashtag #Mainejellies.
Trina Stephenson

Science-based weather forecasting dates back some 150 years, and we've grown used to detailed, daily predictions of temperatures, precipitation, winds, and clouds. But nowhere in all those forecasts is there anything about the arrival of lobsters or jellyfish in nearshore waters, or the number of ticks and mosquitos one might encounter.

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With suicide rates for teens on Cape Cod and the Islands more than double than the state average, and that of adults 1 and 1/2 times higher, suicide prevention has become a public health priority. Organizations around our region are working to raise awareness about the prevalence of suicide and resources available to those impacted by it.

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Contagious cancer is rare, thankfully. Until recently, there were only three documented examples, none of them in humans (again, thankfully) - a facial tumor in Tasmanian devils, a sexually transmitted cancer in dogs, and a hamster cancer. Earlier this year, researchers added one more to the list: a contagious leukemia that affects soft-shelled clams (a.k.a. steamers).

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion about the top local news stories of the week. Joining him this week are George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Jim DeArruda at the New Bedford Standard-Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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White Nose Syndrome is a disease responsible for unprecedented mortality in hibernating bats. Martha’s Vineyard may be one of a few places in the Northeast where White Nose Syndrome hasn't infected bats or the places they hibernate.

A lively discussion of favorite books set on the Cape and Islands.  Jill Erikson of Falmouth Public Library and Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb's Books join Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about their top picks.

J. Junker

Dr. Paul Foxman joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about anxiety in children: how, when and why it develops.  He describes what parents can do to reduce stress. Anxiety in children diminishes their intellectual, emotional and social development as well as their physical health. Children today are exposed to family and school stress, violence in society and media overload.  Dr.

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Brewster resident and author Dwight Ritter discusses Growin’ Up White, his fictional account of a white boy coming of age in a racially divided town. Mindy Todd hosts on The Point.

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On The Point, an interview with Steve Cadwell about his one man show Wild and Precious, which celebrates gay liberation over the past three decades.  Dr. Cadwell is a senior Boston psychotherapist who brings themes of gender, sexuality, and shame to the stage through poetry, story, costume, song, photos, and dance.

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Cheryl Hayashi loves spiders, so much so that she says being asked to name a favorite is like asking a mother to pick which child she loves most. She challenges even arachnophobes to not crack a smile at jumping spiders' "teddy bear"-like cuteness. But it's not their good looks that attracts Hayashi, professor and vice chair of biology at University of California, Riverside, to spiders. It's their silk.

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