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.
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This week on The Point

Playing the Blues on Cape Cod

12 hours ago

The local blues band, Steve Morgan and the Kingfish, has qualified for the International Blues Challenge, held in Memphis each year.  The event is considered by many music fans to be the nation's biggest and best showcase for blues musicians.

Iconic 60s Rock Drummer Reflects on Music and Love

13 hours ago

Victor Moulton lost his hand in a freak accident when he was 14.  But he got a hook, modifying the prosthesis to hold a drumstick, and he learned how to play the drums.  "Moulty" formed the 60s rock band The Barbarians, and wrote a number of their songs.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' landmark album RUBBER SOUL, producer Paul Ingles presents another in his acclaimed series of specials on Beatles' history. Over a dozen musicians, music writers and Beatles fans comment on the significance of this 1965 release by the band along with song-by-song notes on the writing and performances of each track.

On The Point, we talk about favorite books; the ones we like so much we buy them to give our friends and loved ones as presents. Mindy Todd hosts, with our book experts Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb's Books, and Jill Erickson, librarian at Falmouth Library. We also hear from listeners about their picks.

Ask The Manager

Nov 24, 2015
J. Junker

On our Ask The Manager edition of The Point, listeners get a chance to ask questions, and make comments and suggestions. Our hosts in The Point studio are Mindy Todd, host, producer and managing director of editorial, and Sean Corcoran, managing editor of news. They bring us up to date on all the latest changes in programing, including highly-anticipated new features.

Buttonwood Park Zoo

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion with journalists about the top local news stories of the week. Joining him this week are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Andy Tomolonis of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Caitlyn Russell of The Register (Dennis-Yarmouth); Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle.

J. Junker

On The Point, we discuss the challenges of balancing the needs of the homeless with the economic and social needs of the larger community. Hyannis, with a homeless shelter located close to Main Street, is faced with long running concerns about this balance.  That's according to downtown business owners and community leaders.

Dan Tritle

On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with psychologist Dr. Michael Abbruzzese and psychiatrist Dr. Marc Whaley about strategies for coping with those unpleasant situations we all may run into, at work and at home. The docs give some practical tips.


It might be the family of one of your child’s classmates, or your elderly neighbor down the street, but there is a good chance someone you know or interact with is struggling to make ends meet. We talk about some of the resources available to help those in need, plus the different ways those more fortunate can help.

Heat and minerals from hydrothermal vents fuel abundant microbial and animal life, as well as intense scientific research.

It’s known as the deep biosphere, or the dark energy biosphere. What is it? Microbes - bacteria, archaea, even fungi - living not at the bottom of the ocean, but in the bottom of the ocean. We aren't just talking about the ocean version of soil bacteria, living in the seafloor mud (although that is part of the story). No, we're talking about microbes living in cracks in the rocks deep below that mud, in the most extreme case to date, a mile and a half below the seafloor.