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

January 15:  Early Education

Birth to five is a period of tremendous development. Research has shown if children are given support for growth in language, motor skills and social-emotional skills during this time, the child is more likely to succeed in school and to later contribute to society.  We discuss what early education programs should entail, why parental education is a key component and some of the supports and services available for families in our region.

Guests-Christine Johnson-Staub, Senior Policy Analyst, Child Care and Early Education and Mary Pat Messmer, retired CEO of Cape Cod Child Development.

January 16: News Roundup

Area Journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.

January 19: Environmental Justice

Communities of color are disproportionately affected by environmental problems. The disparity in Massachusetts is among the greatest in the nation, and appears to have been worsening. In contrast, a growing body of evidence shows that diversity leads to better, more innovative results - in the tech sector, academic science, and the environmental movement. 

Guests: Daniel Faber, Northeastern University; Richard Freeman, Harvard University

January 20: Reducing Rates of Relapse in Addiction Recovery

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse rates in addiction are similar to other chronic diseases- between 40 and 60% of patients will relapse in the first year of recovery. But research has shown the longer you stay clean, the better your chances are for remaining clean.   We discuss a pilot program at Gosnold treatment center exploring the use of recovery coaches to help reduce relapse once in-patient treatment is complete.

January 21: Anxiety and Panic Disorder

Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discuss anxiety and panic attacks. About 80% of patients with panic disorder report major life stressors during the previous 12 months.  Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese talk about the causes, risk factors and treatment.We’ll also discuss the origins of our emotions.

January 22: Opiate Addiction

In March of 2014 then Governor Patrick declared a public health emergency over opioid addiction and overdose,  and outlined a response strategy.  We sit down with Cheryl Bartlett, head of the newly formed Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative, and Representative Randy Hunt who sits on the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse to discuss what’s been accomplished in the last 10 months and the next steps we should take to prevent and treat opioid addiction.   

January 23: News Roundup

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The Point
1:34 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Cape Wind's Future Uncertain; More Church Abuse Lawsuits; Ferry Rate Hike

Rates have increased for ferries running between Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and Nantucket, despite an online petition seeking a rollback.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests include Cape Cod Times reporter George Brennan; Cape Cod Chronicle Editor Tim Wood; Mashpee Enterprise reporter Geoff Spillane; Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times; New Bedford Standard Times Editorial Page Editor Jim DeArruda; and Provincetown Banner Editor Sally Rose.

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The Point
9:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Fighting Opiate Addiction

A dangerous problem is afflicting our region. In March of 2014 then Governor Patrick declared a public health emergency over opioid addiction and overdose, and outlined a response strategy.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
10:48 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Dealing With Anxiety and Panic Attacks

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According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S affecting 40 million adults.They are also highly treatable, yet only about one third of those suffering receive treatment. On The Point, Mindy Todd discusses anxiety and panic disorder with Dr. Michael Abruzzese, psychologist, and Dr. Marc Whaley, psychiatrist.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
1:30 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Getting Off Drugs, And Not Relapsing

Recovery coaches can help avoid relapse
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  On the point, a discussion about reducing rates of relapse in addiction recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse rates in addiction are similar to other chronic diseases -- between 40 and 60 percent of patients will relapse in the first year of recovery. But research has shown the longer you stay clean, the better your chances are for remaining clean. We hear about a pilot program at the Gosnold treatment center exploring the use of recovery coaches to help reduce relapse once in-patient treatment is complete.

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The Point
1:09 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Local News Roundup: a New Bridge for the Cape?; Controversial Clamming; Falmouth's Eyes in the Sky

The Falmouth Police Department is purchasing a portable video surveillance trailer similar to this one, which will allow police to monitor and record crowds during events like the Falmouth Road Race, among other uses.

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top local and regional news stories of the week.  Sean's guests include Cape Cod Times digital editor Anne Brennan; Cape Cod Chronicle editor Tim Wood; Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror assistant editor Josh Balling; Mashpee Enterprise reporter Geoff Spillane; and Provincetown Banner editor Sally Rose.

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The Point
12:36 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Early Education Has Big Impact

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From birth to age five is a time of tremendous development. Research has shown that if children are given support for growth in language, motor skills, and social-emotional skills during this time, they are more likely to succeed in school, and to later contribute to society. On The Point, we discuss what early education programs should entail, why parental education is a key component, and some of the supports and services available for families in our region.

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The Point
1:32 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Book Sparks Creativity in Young Writers

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On The Point, a discussion about the importance of storytelling and creative writing for kids. Producer Amy Vince talks with Wicked Weird Story Starters author T. M. Murphy and illustrator Mark Penta, along with elementary school teacher Jill Meserve, who is using the book in her classroom.

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The Point
11:10 am
Tue January 13, 2015

How Do Birds Cope With Harsh Winter Weather?

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Ornithologist Vernon Laux brings us the latest bird news. He explains how birds get by in freezing weather; how they find fresh water and food and stay warm. We share stories, bird feeder tips, and hear from our listeners with their questions and comments. Mindy Todd hosts.

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The Point
11:24 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Why Corals Are Losing the War Against Sponges

Most Caribbean coral reefs are now covered with more algae and sponges then coral.
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Coral reefs may look benign but, really, they're war zones. Pollution and climate change have tipped the scales against corals, in favor of sponges.

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The Point
11:59 am
Fri January 9, 2015

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Cape Wind Hits Major Setback

Will Nantucket Sound soon be dotted with 130 wind turbines? Even some supporters of the Cape Wind project are not optimistic.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top local and regional news stories of the week.  Sean's guests include Cape Cod Times news editor Patrick Cassidy; Cape Cod Chronicle editor Tim Wood; New Bedford Standard-Times editorial page editor Jim DeArruda; Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror assistant editor Josh Balling; Mashpee Enterprise reporter Geoff Spillane; Provincetown Banner editor Sally Rose;

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