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

September 21: Brain as Machine

Major American and European initiatives have set lofty goals and are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into mapping and modeling the human brain. Some in the neuroscience think these projects are on the wrong track, and that a more hypothesis-driven approach is in order. Guests: Tony Prescott - University of Sheffield, Bristol Robotics Laboratory; John Lisman - Brandeis University; Paul Verschure – Universitat Pompeu Fabra

September 22: Fishing Culture and Shipwrecks

The culture of fishing.  From tattoos to fishing gear, oilskins to fancy knot work each tells a story about the evolution and culture of the working waterfront. Guests: Laura Orleans, Director Working Waterfront Festival and Captain Alan Cass, fisherman, and photographer who has a collection of unusual catches.   Later in the hour Matthew Lawrence, Archaeologist and Maritime Heritage Coordinator a Stellwagon Bank National Marine Sanctuary talks about the book he  co-authored  Shipwrecks of Stellwagon Bank, Disaster in New England’s National Marine Sanctuary

September 23: Ron Lasko and Nils Bockmann

Ronald Lasko talks about his book A Tale of Two Rivers, about the fly fishing on the Quashent and Mashpee Rivers.   He also discusses his new book Bloody Monday- January 26, 2009: A Novel of Corporate Greed Based On Actual Events.  Later in the hour Nils Bockmann discusses his book Peleg Nye: The Jonah of Cape Cod.

September 24: Gabriella Blum

Gabriella Blum, Professor of Human Rights Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Author of The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones – Confronting A New Age of Threat.   From drone warfare in the Middle East to digital spying by the National Security Agency, the U.S. government has harnessed the power of cutting-edge technology to awesome effect. But what happens when ordinary people have the same tools at their fingertips? Advances in cybertechnology, biotechnology, and robotics mean that more people than ever before have access to potentially dangerous technologies—from drones to computer networks and biological agents—which could be used to attack states and private citizens alike.

September 25: News Roundup

Area Journalists discuss the top stories of the week.

Dog parks are places for dogs to socialize, and people too! Mindy Todd talks about the benefits of the dog park with Barbara Schneider, President of Falmouth Dog Parks Inc., and psychologist Michael Abruzzese.


Martha White

E.B. White’s granddaughter Martha White discusses her new book E. B. White on Dogs with Mindy Todd on The Point. The book was compiled from E. B. White's essays, poems, letters and sketches related to dogs.


WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion about the top local news stories of the week. Joining him are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Jim DeArruda at the New Bedford Standard-Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.


Millions of people live with various types of behavioral health issues but identifying and treating them can be a challenge; particularly if poverty, homelessness, or drug abuse are also present. In response, a coalition of Cape Cod health care providers and first responders created the Behavioral Health Summit- an annual gathering to discuss ways to better address the behavioral health needs of the Cape community. This year’s summit convenes tomorrow and the focus is building bridges to recovery.

On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews jazz vocalist Denise Donatelli. The three-time Grammy Nominee will be at the Falmouth Jazz Fest on Saturday, October 3rd to celebrate the release of her latest CD, Find a Heart.

On The Point, our book experts discuss banned books, including a little history of why certain books have been censored. Sean Corcoran hosts with guests author Peter Abrahams and Jill Erickson, librarian at Falmouth Public Library.

In October of 2012 the tall ship HMS Bounty tried to skirt Hurricane Sandy. Instead, she found her way right into the path of the storm. Michael Tougias's book, Rescue of the Bounty, Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy, chronicles the events aboard the HMS Bounty and the ultimate rescue of her crew by the US Coast Guard.

Sean Corcoran

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion about the top local news stories of the week. Joining him are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Jim DeArruda at the New Bedford Standard-Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Cyber technology, biotechnology, robotics, and other advances in technology have clearly made our world better.

New England Historical Society

Peleg Nye was a veteran 19th-century whaler who became a celebrity when, on a disastrous voyage, he fell into a dying whale's mouth.  Nye was seen as the whale slipped beneath the surface, his legs protruding between its teeth. Cape Cod writer Nils Bockmann talks to WCAI's Mindy Todd about his book Peleg Nye: The Jonah of Cape Cod.