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

J. Junker

On The Point, host Mindy Todd sits down with Dr. Michael Abbruzzese, psychologist, and Dr. Marc Whaley, psychiatrist, to talk about the mysterious world of memory.

J. Junker

On The Point, horticulturist Roberta Clark joins our host Mindy Todd in the studio to talk about garden delights at summers' peak, and also the challenges such as pests, weeds, and correct watering practices.

Steve Heaslip / Cape Cod Times

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week.  His guests include Sean Driscoll of the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Wikipedia

George Bernard Shaw was a well-known playwright at the turn of the 20th century, but he was also a journalist whose advocacy on behalf of the press helped shape modern journalism. On The Point, Kathryn Eident talks with Shaw scholar and Massachusetts Maritime Academy professor Nelson Ritschel about his new book, "Bernard Shaw, W.T. Stead, and the New Journalism." 

Bird News in July

Jul 11, 2017
J. Junker

Summer on the Cape and Island is a busy time for our bird population. Mark Faherty, ornithologist and science coordinator at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, sits down in The Point studio with our host Mindy Todd to catch up on the latest Bird News.

Dan Tritle

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week.  His guests include Chris Lindahl of the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Andy Tomolonis with South Coast Today; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

The Genius of Birds

Jul 6, 2017
Elsa Loissel

Birds are astonishingly smart creatures. Researchers are finding some birds rival primates, and even humans, in their remarkable forms of intelligence. On The Point, we talk with Jennifer Ackerman, who traveled the world to talk with bird researchers. Her book The Genius of Birds not only tells the story of how birds demonstrate their smarts, it delves into the latest findings about the brains of birds and what it means to be intelligent.
 

Saving Sea Turtles

Jul 5, 2017
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

This time of year several species of sea turtles can be found in the waters off the Cape and Islands, all of whom are endangered. On The Point, we discuss research using TurtleCams to learn more about sea turtle behavior and movements, and a new website to help boaters avoid sea turtles in our waters. To report a  seat turtle sighting, or to find out where sea turtles have been seen, link to seaturtlesightings.org

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Actor and playwright John Cariani's off Broadway production Almost Maine was developed at the Cape Cod Theatre Project. It went on to become one of the most produced plays of the past decade. He’s back on the Cape again with another production, Cul de Sac. Mindy Todd hosts this interview on The Point. 

Capitol Steps

You think you don't have any plans for July 4th? WRONG! SAD! Celebrate the holiday and pick up a few classified secrets by listening to the Capitol Steps as the popular satirical group pokes fun at today's news with this brand new, one-hour 4th of July romp. This special promises to be huge, fantastic, tremendous... at least according to leaks heard coming from White House!

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