The Point

9:00am and 7:00pm

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.
Credit Maura Longueil

Dan Tritle

WCAI's Brian Morris hosts the Friday News Roundup of local and regional news.  Guests include: Patrick Cassidy from the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown from the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood from the Cape Cod Chronicle; Josh Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann Wood from the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda from the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Nelson Sigelman from the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Much has changed in the busy world of movie-making since the Woods Hole Film Festival began a quarter century ago.  On The Point, festival director Judy Laster and assistant director John Gamache talk about what's new and what's old at this year's event.  WCAI's Mindy Todd hosts.

Thomas Bena began questioning whether huge "trophy" mansion houses were appropriate for Martha's Vineyard, or for any coastal community, and he started documenting his search for answers. One of the outcomes is his documentary film One Big Home. Thomas Bena joins Mindy Todd on The Point in our Woods Hole studios.

Filmmaker Beth Murphy traveled to Afghanistan to go inside the very first girl’s school in one small Afghan village. Her documentary is titled What Tomorrow Brings. Ms.

J. Junker

On The Point, we discuss the terrible problem of opiate addiction in our region. Barnstable County ranks first in the rate of overdose deaths in the state. Costs to society are high, and include crime, medical fees, and child welfare. Mindy Todd hosts psychiatrist Marc Whaley and psychologist Michael Abbruzzese to discuss the psychology and science of  addiction.

Summer in the Garden

Jul 19, 2016
J. Junker

Summer! Sweet scents and colors in the garden, along with plenty of pests and afflictions. Mindy Todd talks with horticulturist and entomologist Roberta Clark about the best and worst of the garden in this season, and we are joined by many listeners from around our region with plant related questions and comments.

Evolutionary biologist Nicole King
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation /

Stories about our origins exert a powerful draw. Who doesn’t want to know where he or she has come from? Who and what came before? For evolutionary biologist Nicole King, of UC Berkeley, those questions just go back a bit further than for most of us.

What do you call a group of older women advocating for land conservation? Great Old Broads for Wilderness, of course. No joke. Although humor - along with knowledge, experience, and passion - is a key ingredient in the organization's work.


WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion about the week's top local news stories with regional journalists. His guests include journalists George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner.

In August of 2005 Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans. How would a city with one of the nation’s highest rates of poverty and crime -- that also suffered from deep racial divides -- recover from one of the most devastating disasters in American history? Mindy Todd talks with former New York Times reporter Gary Rivlin who has followed the recovery of the city since the storm. His book is titled Katrina: After the Flood.