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.
Credit Maura Longueil

This week on The Point

February 23: Hunting Ancient Hurricanes

Guest: Jeff Donnelly, WHOI

February 24: Mindfulness

We discuss mindfulness for school aged children.    Calmer Choice began at Barnstable High five years ago.  They have since reached 5000 children across the Cape.  We’ll talk about the mission to teach young people how to manage stress and resolve conflict and the latest research showing the positive impact mindfulness has on the brain.

Guests: Fiona Jensen- President and Founder of Calmer Choice, Adria Kennedy, Calmer Choice Program Director, psychiatric nurse practitioner,  Allison Graham, health teacher at Cape Cod Light House Charter School and Elen Flanagan, Vice Principal Ezra Baker Elementary.

February 25:  Classic Books

Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Janet Gardner,  Cape Cod Writers Workshop Business Manager and former English Professor and Director of the Honors program at UMass Dartmouth talk about their favorite classics.

Link to the book list 

http://www.falmouthpubliclibrary.org/?/blog/entries/classics-on-the-point-with-mindy-todd/

February 26: True Story Theatre/Chandler Travis

First the healing power of storytelling.  Christopher Elinger,  True Story Theatre Director and Regina Yaroch Cape Cod Community College Faculty Advisor discuss this improvisational theatre that brings recovery out of the closet. 

Later in the hour we sit down with Chandler Travis to talk about his new album Bocce & Bourbon.

February 27: News Roundup

Area Journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
11:04 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Chandler Travis Debuts a New Album

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Mindy Todd sits down with Chandler Travis to talk about his new album "Bocce & Bourbon: The Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger", coming in March.
It's a compilation of 19 examples of Chandler's best work with Greenberger, his favorite lyricist. The lyrics share compassion, warmth, and inventive imagery, echoed in music that is gently but firmly idiosyncratic.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
10:46 am
Thu February 26, 2015

True Story Theater: The Power of Storytelling

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The Point with Mindy Todd
3:31 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Classic Books Keep On Pleasing Readers

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On The Point, a discussion of great classics in literature. Mindy Todd hosts Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Janet GardnerCape Cod Writers Workshop Business Manager and former English Professor and Director of the Honors program at UMass Dartmouth.

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The Point
12:27 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Mindfulness Practice Helps Cape Kids

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Educators and students are learning the benefits of mindfulness. Calmer Choice, a program who's mission is to help young people lead lives of kindness and compassion towards themselves and others, began at Barnstable High School five years ago. They have since reached 5000 children across the Cape.

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Science & Environment
11:06 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Study Reveals Cape Cod's Surprisingly Stormy Past

Scientists collect a sediment core from Salt Pond in Falmouth, MA.
Credit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Extinct species left fossils, ancient humans left cave paintings and tools. What did the storms of centuries past leave behind? Sand.

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The Point
12:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Second Blizzard Hits Region; State Releases Opiate Numbers

A second winter blizzard hit Cape Cod, the South Coast and the Islands this past weekend, bringing up to 2 feet of snow in some areas.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include Gwenn Friss, an editor at The Cape Cod Times; Cape Cod Chronicle Editor Tim Wood; Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times; Sally Rose, editor of the Provincetown Banner; and New Bedford Standard-Times Editorial Page Editor Jim DeArruda.

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The Point
11:22 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Enjoying Sports, Despite Disability

Wheel Chair Basketball
Credit Brian Morris

Exercise and activity have many beneficial components, and modifications to sports gear is enabling more and more people to participate. For those living with disabilities after illness or injury, sports like wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, horseback riding, or skiing can help improve strength and a sense of independence while also building self-confidence, new life skills, and social connections.

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The Point
11:24 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Coping with Winter Conditions

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Have you been hunkered down so long you have cabin fever? Are the kids starting to fray on your nerves? Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discuss coping strategies and what research tells us about uncertainty.

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The Point
11:56 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Exploring Diversity of Religion on the Cape

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A discussion of different faiths on The Point: the role of religion and spirituality in people's lives, thoughts on the afterlife, and some of the common threads that cut across all faiths, including music. Where do the different faiths converge and diverge?

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Science & Environment
9:06 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Eavesdropping on the Private Lives of Cod

Cod fishing - for research - aboard the Barbara K. Peters of Scituate, MA.
Credit Heather Goldstone / WCAI

If you want to protect New England's most iconic fish and still allow fishermen to catch them, it’s critical to know when and where they reproduce. The trouble is, we don't.

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