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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On The Point, Director of Editorial Mindy Todd and News Director Steve Junker check in with our listening audience, to get feedback about WCAI's programming. We hear praise and complaints, along with requests and suggestions about the schedule and content of our broadcasts.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include: Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner, and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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On The Point, actor Ed Asner and playwright Jeff Cohen join Mindy Todd in a discussion about The Soap Myth. The production questions who has the right to write history: those people who have lived it and remember, those who study and protect it, or those who would seek to distort its very existence.  What is our responsibility once we know the truth? A staged reading of the work will be at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford on Saturday January 27 at 7:00 p.m.

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Patti Smith is an iconic American artist; songwriter, Rock and roll Hall of Fame inductee, and poet. The hit song “Because the Night," co-written with Bruce Springsteen, is perhaps her best known. In 2010 she won a national book award for her memoir Just Kids. Her latest book is titled Devotion, it's a deeply personal look at her creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections. Patti Smith will read from Devotion at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford on January 26th.

 

 

If we are to end homelessness, there are a number of factors that must be addressed. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks through some of the strategies with Philip Mangano, President of the American Roundtable to Abolish Homelessness, and the former Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. 

Have you stuck to that New Year's resolution? Mindy Todd hosts psychiatrist Marc Whaley in The Point studio to talk about the psychology involved in changing our behavior.

State Senators Vinny deMacedo and Julian Cyr sit down in The Point studio with host Mindy Todd. We hear about their accomplishments this past year, and what the key legislative issues are for the new year. They bring us up to date on the latest in our region's politics.

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

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In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on The Point we discuss the civil rights movement on Cape Cod, and the life and legacy of Cape Cod’s Civil rights icon Eugenia Fortes.

Last year the Cultural Center of Cape Cod hosted a series of monthly Sober Nights, and this year will collaborate with other arts organizations on the Cape to expand the geographic reach of the programs.

In light of the opioid addiction epidemic, discussions about substance abuse tend to focus on this growing public health crisis. It’s justified, given the dramatic rise in the numbers of people becoming addicted and dying from opioids. But when research shows that alcohol is responsible for 71 percent of substance use related deaths in Barnstable County, it's clear that we mustn’t lose sight of the devastating impacts of alcohol dependence and abuse. On The Point, we take a closer look at alcohol abuse in our region and the efforts of the newly formed Cape Cod Alcohol Coalition, created to better educate the public about the potential risks of alcohol use.

January Bird News

Jan 9, 2018

On our monthly Bird News program, we check in with ornithologist Mark Faherty of  the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, about the bird highlights of the season. We hear about how the birds have been coping with the extreme cold. Callers from around the region also join the conversation and report bird and other wildlife sightings. Mindy Todd hosts.

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

Shortly before Christmas in 1943, five Army aviators left Alaska’s Ladd Field on a routine flight to test their hastily retrofitted B-24 Liberator in harsh winter conditions. The mission ended in a crash that claimed all but one: Leon Crane, a city kid from Philadelphia with no wilderness experience. With little more than a parachute for cover and an old Boy Scout knife in his pocket, Crane found himself alone in subzero temperatures.

Humans have expressed themselves through writing for thousands of years. But for many, writing is a creative outlet and accompanied by a desire to share with a larger audience. We talk with new and seasoned writers about the writing process, how to hone writing skills, and opportunities to share work.

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