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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

September 2: MV International Film Festival and Tom Dresser

Richard Paradise, founder and director of the MV  Film society and the MV film center and director of the  MV International Film Festival and Tim Miller, Film Critic and Features Editor at the CC Times talk about the films at this years festival.   Thomas Dresser discusses his book Martha’s Vineyard: A History.

September 3: Meera Subramanian

Environmental Writer Meera Subramanian talks about her book A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka.

September 4: News Roundup

September 7: Fashion – from slow to hi-tech

New York's Fall FAshion week kicks off on September 10. We preview an exhibit highlighting sustainable fashion, plus the results of a course at Rhode Island School of Design pushing the limits of both fashion and technology.  Guests: Amy DuFault, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator; Brian Kane, Rhode Island School of Design

September 8: Bird News

Ornithologist Vernon Laux brings us the latest bird news.

September 9: Writing (Rebroadcast)

According to the Journal Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events has been found to result in improvements in both physical and psychological health.  Guests: Natalie Mariano, a physician and leader of a writing class for women who have been touched by cancer and Nancy Jane Woodside, who started a writing group for formerly homeless women.

September 10: Custer’s Last Stand (rebroadcast)

In 1876 Lt. Colonel George Custer and 220 men rode into battle against the Sioux and Cheyenne and were never seen alive again.  What if there had been a survivor?  John Hough Jr. talks about  his novel Little Bighorn, which explores the “what if”.   Later in the hour Jesse Saperstein talks about his book Getting a Life with Asperger’s: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood.

September 11: News Roundup

M. Subramanian

Meera Subramanian is an award winning journalist whose writing illuminates the complexity of modern day faith, culture and environmental issues and the ordinary people working to fix them. She’s written about organic chocolate in Grenada, the aftermath of Hurricanne Sandy, and solar powered huts in Kenya. Her first book is titled A River Runs Again, India’s Natural World in Crisis from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka.

An interview on The Point with author and historian Tom Dresser about his latest book Martha’s Vineyard: A History. The book summarizes early Island history, and focuses on 20th century Island life, including hurricanes, the filming of Jaws, presidential visits, and much more. Mindy Todd hosts.

For the 2015 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival  a selection of films from around the globe by international filmmakers are being screened. The films are drawn from top-notch festivals like Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes, with a few surprises thrown in.

White cross jellyfish on a Maine beach reported using Twitter hashtag #Mainejellies.
Trina Stephenson

Science-based weather forecasting dates back some 150 years, and we've grown used to detailed, daily predictions of temperatures, precipitation, winds, and clouds. But nowhere in all those forecasts is there anything about the arrival of lobsters or jellyfish in nearshore waters, or the number of ticks and mosquitos one might encounter.

J. Junker

With suicide rates for teens on Cape Cod and the Islands more than double than the state average, and that of adults 1 and 1/2 times higher, suicide prevention has become a public health priority. Organizations around our region are working to raise awareness about the prevalence of suicide and resources available to those impacted by it.

Scott Bennett / MBL

Contagious cancer is rare, thankfully. Until recently, there were only three documented examples, none of them in humans (again, thankfully) - a facial tumor in Tasmanian devils, a sexually transmitted cancer in dogs, and a hamster cancer. Earlier this year, researchers added one more to the list: a contagious leukemia that affects soft-shelled clams (a.k.a. steamers).


WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion about the top local news stories of the week. Joining him this week are George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Jim DeArruda at the New Bedford Standard-Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Ann Froschauer/USFWS

White Nose Syndrome is a disease responsible for unprecedented mortality in hibernating bats. Martha’s Vineyard may be one of a few places in the Northeast where White Nose Syndrome hasn't infected bats or the places they hibernate.

A lively discussion of favorite books set on the Cape and Islands.  Jill Erikson of Falmouth Public Library and Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb's Books join Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about their top picks.

J. Junker

Dr. Paul Foxman joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about anxiety in children: how, when and why it develops.  He describes what parents can do to reduce stress. Anxiety in children diminishes their intellectual, emotional and social development as well as their physical health. Children today are exposed to family and school stress, violence in society and media overload.  Dr.