The Point

9:00am and 7:00pm

WCAI's award-winning public affairs program. 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 News Director Steve Junker speaks with news editors and reporters from around the region.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. This week's guests include: Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times, Sarah Tan of WCAI, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, K.C. Myers of the Provincetown Banner, Brittany Bowker of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of SouthCoast Today. 

Amy Vince

US Coast Guard flight crews stationed on Cape Cod are at the ready 24 / 7 to respond to vessels in distress from New York City to the border of Canada. In this special broadcast, we talk with Coast Guard pilots, flight mechanics and rescue swimmers about their work and tag along on a helicopter training flight to see them in action. We also hear the story of a woman who was rescued 300 miles offshore by a Coast Guard Helicopter crew in Hurricane Grace.

Pat de Groot

Philip Hoare is fascinated by the sea. He swims in it every day, regardless of the season. He studies the creatures who call the sea home: those living and those found dead along the shore. He muses about the relationship humans have with the sea, and he writes about it all, beautifully. We talk with him about his lifelong fascination with the sea and his new book RisingTideFallingStar.

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It’s been five years since the Hawthorne Art Barn in Provincetown was saved: the non profit group Twenty Summers renovated the barn so it could once again serve as a venue and inspiration for art and artists. Next month, we continue our tradition of airing several of the events taking place in the Barn, but today we discuss the expansion of the Twenty Summers program. Joining us is Joshua Prager, one of the program's founders, along with Executive Director Camille Ives-Beck.

 

Art in public spaces is a growing trend and we’ve seen a number of installations across our region. The Mid Cape Cultural Council hopes to bring a new public art initiative to downtown Hyannis. Joining us to discuss the value of public art and the proposed project is Rachel Youngling, the treasurer of the Mid-Cape Cultural Council,  and artist Mary-Ann Agresti.

 

 

cotuitcenterforthearts.org

Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker has performed in opera houses around the world playing title roles in many different productions. She’s returning to the States and Cape Cod with her new program titled Sing Sistah Sing. Find info here on her June 2nd performance coming up at Cotuit Center For The Arts

 

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. This week's guests include: Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Josh Balling of Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner, Jim Kinsella of the Enterprise, and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Eileen Counihan

Diana Di Gioia is a Cape Cod-based singer-songwriter.  Her sound combines blues, rock, and country with lyrics that are poignant, funny and at times, self deprecating. The combination keeps your attention. Her latest album is Nevermore. We talk with Di Gioia about her career and inspirations. 

Cape Conservatory

Children aren’t the typical classical music audience, but there are many wonderful pieces that can engage children and help foster an appreciation for complex and beautiful instrumentation. The Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra will present "Musical Menagerie" with the Cape Conservatory, a concert experience for adults and children alike. 

J. Junker

Have you ever dreamed of taking a dive into the deep aboard a submersible? Michelle Cusolito’s new book Flying Deep takes readers two miles below the sea and introduces them to the creatures and features found there. On The Point, we talk with Michelle Cusolito and Alvin Pilot Bruce Strickrott about the wonders of the Alvin and the deep sea environment. 

 

Dan Tritle

Some of the problems addressed by psychotherapy -- or talk therapy -- include the impact of trauma, specific mental disorders like depression or anxiety, or the death of a loved one.  Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and psychologist Michael Abruzzese share their thoughts on different types of psychotherapy and how human brains have evolved.  WCAI's Mindy Todd hosts.

J. Junker

On The Point's horticultural program for the glorious month of May, when fresh new growth looks perfect, we discuss the season's chief delights and challenges, with Roberta Clark and Mindy Todd. With listeners from around the region, we explore soil quality, insect-friendly garden and landscape practices, favorite plant stars of springtime, how to care for them, and much more.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. This week's guests include: Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, K.C. Myers of the Provincetown Banner, Jim Kinsella of the Enterprise, George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today.

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Humans are fascinated by animals, and we’ve long sought to understand their life cycles and behaviors. Despite our interest, we also have a long history of developing bizarre theories to explain what we don’t understand about animals, misinterpreting animal behaviors, and allowing centuries old myths to influence our thinking about specific species.

Research shows teens are more likely to relapse into substance use when experiencing social pressures than adults. Recovery Build is an alternative peer group for teens with substance use challenges, helping them create a sober lifestyle. The program includes both fun social activities as well as clinical counseling and recovery coaches.

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