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.
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This week on The Point

J Junker

Author and Nantucket visitor John Vanderslice has written eleven poignant tales set on Nantucket in a collection called Island Fog.  Spanning the years 1795 to 2005, the short stories include bank robbers, whaling widows, Native Americans, carpenters, and more.  WCAI's Mindy Todd talks to Vanderslice about his writing and island inspirations.

October is a great month for birding. Lots of bait fish in the water are providing feasts for jaegers, shearwaters, terns and many other sea birds this month. Weedy lots, community gardens, and municipal wastelands are full of seed plants and thus also species such as migrating sparrows and warblers, and raptors too... And it's time to get the bird feeders ready!

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As the Navy continues to search for the doomed cargo ship El Faro, the loss has an eerie resemblance to the Derbyshire disaster some three decades before. 

The Derbyshire was a British ship carrying a load of iron ore from Canada when it sank off the coast of Japan in a typhoon in 1980, killing all 44 people aboard. 

The Derbyshire was built in 1976. El Faro was built in 1975. The Derbyshire was about 1,000 feet long, El Faro was about 800 feet long. Both went down in big tropical storms.

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion about the top local news stories of the week. Joining him are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Jim DeArruda at the New Bedford Standard-Times; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Eighty percent of adults with autism live at home once they “age out” of special education programs at age 22.  That often means there is little opportunity for social involvement, and a lack of a clear plan for a future when parents can no longer care for them.

The Cape Symphony conductor Jung-Ho Pak and singer Sarah Uriarte Berry join Mindy Todd in The Point studio to talk about the upcoming performances of Just Judy, a tribute to the beloved Broadway star Judy Garland. This superstar’s songbook is full of memories of the legendary movies and stars that made Judy’s story as unforgettable as her music.

Community Leadership Institute

Since 1992, the Community Leadership Institute has been helping local leaders in learning more about the issues facing Cape Cod and the Islands, and how they can become more involved in providing needed leadership.  WCAI's Mindy Todd talks with the Institute's past president, Sean Randall.

Pamela Chatterton-Purdy

The struggles and achievements of people of color on Cape Cod are many.  A new film, “Journeys in the Light: Untold Stories of Cape Cod," recounts some of the stories.  On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews documentary filmmaker Janet Murphy Robertson

The film is scheduled to show Saturday October 10th during an open house at the Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis.

Dog parks are places for dogs to socialize, and people too! Mindy Todd talks about the benefits of the dog park with Barbara Schneider, President of Falmouth Dog Parks Inc., and psychologist Michael Abruzzese.


Martha White

E.B. White’s granddaughter Martha White discusses her new book E. B. White on Dogs with Mindy Todd on The Point. The book was compiled from E. B. White's essays, poems, letters and sketches related to dogs.