The Point

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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.
The Point hosts: Mindy Todd, Heather Goldstone, and Sean Corcoran.
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This week on The Point

May 4th: Ticks and disease

Researchers at University of Massachusetts are crowdsourcing efforts to better understand tick populations and the diseases they carry.  Guest: Stephen Rich, U Mass

May 5th- The Health Benefits of a Plant Based Diet

guest:  Dr. Kumara Sidhartha   

 May 6th- Rodgers and Hart 

The songwriting partnership between composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart produced 28 stage musicals and more than 500 songs from 1919 until Hart’s death in 1943.  Guest: Robert Wyatt, Director of Music at Highfield Hall, Steinway Artist, Smithsonian Institution Lecturer and Specialist in American Music

May 7th – Art & Music 

30 Years of Provincetown Artist Jay Critchley’s work and the Music of Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary.

May 8: News Roundup

Area Journalists discuss the top stories of the week.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include Patrick Cassidy, news editor at The Cape Cod Times; New Bedford Standard-Times Editorial Page Editor Jim DeArruda; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

We note the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War by hearing some of the music from that era with pianist Jacqueline Schwab from Chatham, and John Yankee of the Falmouth Chorale.  Sean Corcoran hosts.

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April in Paris is our theme for this month's book discussion. Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Vicky Titcomb, Manager of Titcomb’s Bookshop, talk books with a Paris connection.  Sean Corcoran hosts.

Pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and household chemicals can be found widely in the environment and drinking water.
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Modern American life is full of synthetic chemicals - medicines, cosmetics, soaps and shampoos, household cleaners, non-stick cookware, and stain-resistant furniture. Most of us don't give much thought to where those chemicals go when we're done with them, but some researchers are tracking them in wastewater, the environment, and even drinking water.

Jing Wei

Red Knots are tiny shorebirds that fly 9000 miles from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic and back. The story of the Red Knot is inextricably tied to the story of the horseshoe crabs that come ashore once a year to lay millions of pinhead sized eggs, that nourish and fatten starving knots before the final leg of their trip.   Deborah Cramer follows that journey in her book The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, and Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey.

WCAI's Brian Morris hosts a discussion of the week's top stories with several local journalists, including reporter Sean Driscoll from the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood, editor of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sally Rose, editor of the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda, editorial page editor of the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Philip Hoare

The relationship between humans and cetaceans has long been something of a paradox. We are drawn to their mystery and intelligence, in awe of their size and grace, yet we hunted many whales to near extinction, and use dolphins for military maneuvers and entertainment. Philip Hoare has been exploring the human interaction with cetaceans for the better part of his life.

On The Point, we discuss the work of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom also known as WILPF. It's mission envisions a transformed world at peace, where there is racial, social, and economic justice for all people everywhere, and human societies are designed and organized for sustainable existence. Now celebrating its centennial, five of the organizations past national presidents are from Cape Cod.


British adventurer Sarah Outen set out to transverse the globe using only human power, in April 2011. Her mode of transportation would be limited to an ocean rowing boat, a bike and a kayak. She expected the trip to take 2 and a half years, but various weather events intervened, and 4 years later she’s about to embark on the final leg of her trip: rowing from Chatham to England.