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.
The Point hosts: Mindy Todd, Heather Goldstone, and Sean Corcoran.
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This week on The Point

June 29: Bacteria

Bacteria in our gut do far more than help digest food.  Research suggest they influence our health, even personality in surprising ways.  Guest: Jack Gilbert, Argonne National Lab.

June 30:

Filmmaker Jay Craven talks his latest film “Peter and John” set on Nantucket.  Later in the hour Ken Gloss, Owner of the Brattle Book Shop and frequent guest appraiser on Antiques Roadshow talks about antiquarian books.

July 1: Wyeth Exhibition

The Wyeth’s are sometimes referred to as the First Family of American Art.  Andrew, his father NC and his son Jamie- three generations of painters. Heritage Museums and Gardens has brought them together in a summer long exhibit titled The Wyeth’s: America Reflected.  Guest: Wanda Corn, the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University.

July 2: Supersurvivors

Tragedy is part of life- from earthquakes and terrorist attacks to sickness and injury humans have dealt with tragedy for millennium.    Some handle it better than others, and some don’t just survive,  they seem to grow in ways not previously imagined before the tragedy.  Seeking to understand why, David Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz interviewed over 100 survivors of tragedies as well as psychologists and psychiatrists.  Their book is Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link between Suffering and Success.

July 3: Capital Steps

“Politics Takes a Holiday!” It’s the most wonderful time of the year when Presidential candidates emerge from their political slumbers and proclaim themselves fit to rule this Nation.  The singing political comedians the Capitol Steps will take on Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and all the other “76 Unknowns” who have thrown their hat (and your money) into the ring.  It’s time to “Mock the Vote” in 2015!

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25 years ago comedienne Paula Poundstone climbed on a bus and traveled across the country, stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.

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David McCullough is often referred to as the master of narrative history and is the recipient of two Pulitzer prizes and two National Book Awards. His previous books include 1776 and John Adams. His latest book brings to vivid life two of the most iconic figures in American History, The Wright Brothers.  He joins Mindy Todd on the phone from New York for an interview on The Point.

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Earnest Everett Just is considered the first African-American marine biologist. Born in Charleston, SC, in 1883, he went on to study at Dartmouth College and University of Chicago. He led the zoology department at Howard University, published more than seventy scientific papers and two books, and made pioneering contributions to our understanding of fertilization and egg development.

But those accomplishments did not come without costs. While many of the challenges Everett faced were unique to his race and time, others are more persistant, and universal.

Unfortunately tragedy is part of life; from earthquakes and terrorist attacks to sickness and injury, humans have dealt with tragedy throughout the ages. Some handle it better than others, and some don’t just survive; they seem to grow in ways not previously imagined before the tragedy. Seeking to understand why, David Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz interviewed over 100 survivors of tragedies as well as psychologists and psychiatrists.

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The Wyeth family is sometimes referred to as the First Family of American Art.  Andrew, his father NC, and his son Jamie- three generations of painters.  Heritage Museums and Gardens has brought them together in a summer long exhibit titled The Wyeths: America Reflected.  Wanda Corn, the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University, joins WCAI's Mindy Todd to discuss the Wyeth family and some of the pieces in

Ken Gloss, Owner of the Brattle Book Shop and frequent guest appraiser on Antiques Roadshow talks about antiquarian books. Maps and documents too! Mindy Todd hosts on The Point.

Filmmaker Jay Craven talks about his latest film Peter and John. Set in 1872 Nantucket, after the demise of the whaling industry, before the rise of tourism, and in the wake of the still-reverberating Civil War, the film is based on a screenplay Craven adapted from Guy de Maupassant's 19th century seaside novel. Mindy Todd hosts this interview on The Point.   

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We like to think we’re in charge of our health, but it increasingly looks like the ones really running the show are the microbes in, on, and around us -  and not just the ones that cause diseases. Bacteria and other microbes on our skin and in our intestines far outnumber our actual human cells, and are responsible for a large fraction of what our bodies do - from digestion to mental health.

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The first full week of summer brings a variety of local news to Cape Cod, the South Coast, and the Islands.  WCAI's Brian Morris hosts the weekly news roundup.  Guests include: George Brennan from the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle; Josh Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Jim DeArruda from the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Nelson Sigelman from the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews four writers about their recent work. Travel writer Perry Garfinkel talks about the connection between creativity and international travel. Tom Dunlop talks about editing Reflections on Martha’s Vineyard: From William A.

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