The Point

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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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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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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.

- Dan Tritle

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.

Plenty of books for your summer reading: Mindy Todd hosts Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Vicky Titcomb from Titcomb’s Bookshop on The Point to talk about their top picks.

Author Steven Levitt hit the big time with his book, Freakonomics, authored with Stephen Dubner.  Their new book is When to Rob a Bank... and 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-intended Rants.   Levitt talks to WCAI's Mindy Todd.

Who Gets What and Why?

Jun 23, 2015
St. Lawrence University

Alvin Roth, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, talks with WCAI's Mindy Todd about his book Who Gets What and Why.

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Humans are unique for, among other things, our ability to drive other species extinct at an unprecedented rate. Stephen Kress is among a growing number of conservation biologists who counter that we also have the power - and responsibility - to restore what we've damaged. Project Puffin is Kress's legacy.

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts the Friday News Roundup, talking to local journalists about some of the week's top news.  Guests include Patrick Cassidy from the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood at the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sally Rose from the Provincetown Banner; 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.

Dan Tritle

We sit down with three authors participating in this weekend's Nantucket Book Festival.   Sarah Leah Chase talks about her new book New England Open House Cookbook, Nathaniel Philbrick discusses his research and writing American history, and Ann Hood talks

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On The Point, we talk about stigma in our society. How does stigma impact people's lives, how can we overcome it, and what are the underlying causes of it?  Mindy Todd hosts Dr. Michael Abbruzzese, psychologist, and Dr. Marc Whaley, psychiatrist, for this discussion.