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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On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with author Peter Abrahams and Jill Erickson, Head of Reference and Adult Services at Falmouth Pubic Library about BOOKS... with some relationship to the beach! A wide ranging selection from Proust to pirates to sandcastles: here is the list of all the titles mentioned, including our listener picks.

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The Provincetown Jazz Festival is in its 12th year, and brings jazz musicians and vocalists from around our region and around our world together in two venues.  Joining us to discuss the festival and the jazz scene on the Cape is festival founder and musician Bart Weisman. Here's a link to tickets for the WCAI Jazz Benefit concert.

Dan Tritle

Wellfleet writer Robert Finch has been observing and writing about the people and places of Cape Cod for many years.  On The Point, he talks to Mindy Todd about the essays he writes for WCAI, and about his new book of collected writings based on his work for the radio station.

National Park Service

It’s the National Parks Service centennial this year and parks across the country, including the Cape Cod National Seashore, are celebrating. On The Point, we discuss a newly composed chamber music piece inspired by the Cape Cod National Seashore and how the arts can serve to promote and preserve our National Parks.

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Madagascar is the hottest of biodiversity hot spots. The island is home to approximately five percent of all the species on earth. Four out of five of them are found nowhere else, including dozens of species of tenrecs and lemurs that have evolved over tens of millions of years.

Dan Tritle

WCAI's Brian Morris hosts the Friday News Roundup of local and regional news.  Guests include: Patrick Cassidy from the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown from the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle; Josh Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann Wood from the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda from the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Nelson Sigelman from the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Much has changed in the busy world of movie-making since the Woods Hole Film Festival began a quarter century ago.  On The Point, festival director Judy Laster and assistant director John Gamache talk about what's new and what's old at this year's event.  WCAI's Mindy Todd hosts.

Thomas Bena began questioning whether huge "trophy" mansion houses were appropriate for Martha's Vineyard, or for any coastal community, and he started documenting his search for answers. One of the outcomes is his documentary film One Big Home. Thomas Bena joins Mindy Todd on The Point in our Woods Hole studios.

Filmmaker Beth Murphy traveled to Afghanistan to go inside the very first girl’s school in one small Afghan village. Her documentary is titled What Tomorrow Brings. Ms.

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On The Point, we discuss the terrible problem of opiate addiction in our region. Barnstable County ranks first in the rate of overdose deaths in the state. Costs to society are high, and include crime, medical fees, and child welfare. Mindy Todd hosts psychiatrist Marc Whaley and psychologist Michael Abbruzzese to discuss the psychology and science of  addiction.

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