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 1: Scientific theory of God

Nancy Ellen Abrams is an historian and philosopher of science who describes herself as a lifelong atheist, but an eating disorder forced her to reexamine her beliefs. She shares her radical new take on God in "A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of our Planet.” 

June 2: Balance and The Brain

As we age the risk of falls increases. While physical decline is a factor, scientists have found links between cognitive function, balance and falls. Dr. Brad Manor joins us to discuss his research into cognition and mobility, ways to improve balance and why cognitive fitness and training may become just as important as physical fitness as we age.  Brad Manor, Director of the Mobility and Falls Program at Hebrew Senior Life Institute for Aging Research and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

June 3: The Transom Story Workshop

Twice a year beginning radio producers come together in Woods Hole for an eight-week intensive training. By the end each student has produced a radio ready piece about the people, places and stories of our region. Transom Story Workshop lead instructor Rob Rosenthal joins us to discuss teaching “radio” and shares some of the students radio pieces.

June 4: New Roles for Open Space

Protecting open space is expensive- but in light of climate change, wastewater management challenges and the importance of protecting drinking water many believe it’s value far exceeds the expense. We discuss three parcels of land Cape conservation leaders hope to preserve and the role this open space will play in the environmental and economic future of our region.   Guests: Jaci Barton of the Barnstable Land Trust, Wendi Buessler of Oyster Pond Environmental Trust, and Kat Garafoli of the Dennis Conservation Trust

June 5: News Roundup

Area Journalists discuss the top stories of the week.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion of the week's top local news stories.  Guests are WCAI's Brian Morris, Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times, Tim Wood with the Cape Cod Chronicle, Andy Tomolonis at the New Bedford Standard-Times, Sally Rose at the Provincetown Banner, Josh Balling at the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, and Nelson Sigelman with the Martha's Vineyard Times.


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No passport needed: Canada to California, Paris to Provincetown . . .  Michael Cunningham and Adam Gopnik are the tour guides. 20 Summers at the Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown brought these two authors, a Pulitzer prize–winning novelist and a New Yorker writer, together on stage for the first time.

On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews Jill Erickson, reference librarian at Falmouth Public Library and author Peter Abrahams about books on baseball and why baseball has such a great literary history.  Even Virginia Woolf had a favorite baseball novel.

On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews John Murelle and William Merrill about the music of two seminal figures in the history of Broadway, George Gershwin and Vernon Duke.

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Parents love. Parents worry. Parenthood is a joy, and it is difficult and stressful as well. How can you maximize the joy and minimize the stress? Pediatrician Greg Parkinson talks about his book Giggle More, Worry Less, a Pediatricians Thoughts for New Parents. Mindy Todd hosts.


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Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: climate change is happening, we’re largely to blame, and the effects are not as far off as you might think. What effects, you ask? Well, there's increasingly frequent and intense heat waves, drought, torrential rains. There's melting glaciers and rising sea level. Now, new research add some less intuitive climate change impacts.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top local and regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include Geoff Spillane, a reporter at The Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence shows statistics that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. On The Point, we talk about signs of abuse, resources available in our region for survivors, and how men are joining the conversation and taking action against domestic violence.


On The Point, we discuss learning disabilities with psychologist Dr. Michael Abruzzese and Psychiatrist Dr. Marc Whaley. What constitutes a learning disability? How are they diagnosed? There are many many factors that play into learning disabilities, and they can be found in people of all intelligence levels. Mindy Todd hosts.

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Antibiotics revolutionized 20th century medicine, reigning in common infectious killers, like tuberculosis and influenza. Decades later, though, a growing number of antibiotics are losing effectiveness. In 2013, nearly half a million people worldwide contracted multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

The World Health Organization warns that “without urgent, coordinated action, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable for decades, can once again kill.”