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.
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This week on The Point

October 27: Cleaning up New Bedford

New Bedford’s role in both whaling and electrical manufacturing took a toll that city’s harbor. The history of pollution is recorded in the mud at the bottom of the harbor. Environmental chemist and New Bedford native John Farrington helped reveal that history and get the harbor on the EPA’s cleanup list. 

Guest: John Farrington, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

October 28: Political Debate

Vinny deMacedo (rep) Matt Patrick (dem) Heather Mullins (lib) candidates for the Barnstable and Plymouth state senate seat.

October 29:  Books on Humor

Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times discuss books on humor.

October 30: Political Debate

William Keating (dem) and John Chapman (rep) candidates in the 9th Congressional District.

October 31: News Roundup

Area journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.


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The Point with Mindy Todd
2:06 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

9th Congressional District Candidates Debate Issues

Ninth Congressional District candidates William Keating (Democrat) and John Chapman (Republican) debate issues ranging from jobs to environmental protection, healthcare, gay marriage, drug addiction, education and more.  Mindy Todd hosts on The Point.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
12:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

When Reading Makes You Laugh

When was the last time a book made you laugh out loud? Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times, join Mindy Todd on The Point to discuss books on humor. This is our last show with Melanie: we'll miss you!

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The Point
12:26 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Candidates for Barnstable and Plymouth State Senate Debate, as Election Nears


Three candidates for the Barnstable and Plymouth state senate seat join Mindy Todd on The Point.  Vinny deMacedo (Republican) Matt Patrick (Democrat) and Heather Mullins (Libertarian) debate a variety of issues, from wastewater management to medical marijuana,

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Science & Environment
11:55 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Lighting the World Took a Toll on New Bedford Harbor

More than thirty years after being added to the EPA's National Priorities List of toxic cleanup sites, much of New Bedford Harbor remains off-limits for fishing.
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The mud at the bottom of New Bedford Harbor tells a tale of more than a century of industrial pollution. John Farrington helped reveal that history and get the harbor on the EPA’s cleanup list.

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In This Place
12:45 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Lobster market to close; Maritime Academy president to retire

A Sandwich seafood market will close after the state revokes the owner's license.
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Sean Corcoran, WCAI's news director, hosts a roundup of local and regional news stories. Joining Sean this week is Anne Brennan, digital editor at The Cape Cod Times and Cape Cod Online; Tim Wood, editor of The Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling, assistant editor of The Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Geoff Spillane, a reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
3:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

5th Barnstable State Rep Candidates Debate Issues

Two candidates for the 5th Barnstable State Representative seat, Randy Hunt (Republican) and Matthew Terry (Democrat) join Mindy Todd in The Point studio to debate issues such as employment, housing, transportation, environment, and lots more.

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The Point
12:50 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Candidates Face Off on The Point: Barnstable County Commissioner, District Attorney

Political Debates continue on The Point, with Mindy Todd hosting. Barnstable County Commissioner candidates Mark Forest (Democrat) and Leo Cakounes (Republican) discuss various topics such as housing, drugs, jobs, wastewater, and transportation.  Later in the hour Barnstable County District Attorney Candidates Michael O’Keefe (Republican) and Richard Barry (Democrat) have a turn to give their opinions as well.

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The Point
1:51 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Is the Digital Revolution Affecting How We Look at Ourselves?

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UMass Dartmouth Professor Robert Waxler joins WCAI's Mindy Todd to talk about his book The Risk of Reading: How Literature Helps Us to Understand Ourselves and the World.  Waxler says the digital revolution is changing our ability to self reflect, and that the reading of literature matters to us as individuals and to our society as a whole.

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The Point
11:14 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Birding in Autumn is Thrilling

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This time of year along the coastline of New England you are likely to see the fastest bird in the world migrating. Peregrine falcons have been seen diving at speeds of over 240 miles per hour.  Ornithologist Vernon Laux joins us with some history about these falcons, and lots more bird news.

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The Point
10:52 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Living with Schizophrenia

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On The Point, an interview with Ben Boone, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He’s written a book about his experiences entitled Minority of Mind. The book details the author's descent into darkness as a young man, and the daily struggles to perform as a person, rather than a manifestation of his illness. It addresses how society treats those with serious psychiatric disorders and challenges our definition of "madness".

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