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.
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This week on The Point

September 1: Back to school
We'll hear about the summer science exploits of high school students in a new Falmouth Academy program, get a sneak peak of Sandwich's new STEM Academy for middle schoolers, and check in with those harbingers of fall – cicadas.
Guests: Jill Reves, Falmouth Academy; Gil Newton, Sandwich STEM Academy

September 2: MV International Film Festival
Richard Paradise,  Film Festival Founder and Executive Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society and Tim Miller, Features Editor at the Cape Cod Times talk about this years films.    Later in the hour Deborah Forman talks about her book Contemporary Artists of Cape Cod: People and Places.

September 3: War of the Whales
 When dozens of whales strand themselves in the Bahamas in 2000, marine biologists concluded that one of the US Navy’s best kept secrets was to blame. Joshua Horowitz discusses what happens when national security is pitted against the need to safe guard the environment, his book is War of the Whales. Later in the hour Jesse Saperstein talks about his new book Getting a Life with Asperger’s: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood.

September 4: The Nantucket Project
Bringing together leading thinkers and decision makers to discuss, contemplate and propose ideas, the Nantucket project aims to spark dialogue about important issues of the day. Guests are Tom Scott and Kate Brosnan, cofounders of the Nantucket Project. Later in the Hour young adult author Daniel Handler, AKA Lemony Snicket.

September 5: News Roundup
Area journalists discuss the top stories of the week.



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In This Place
12:49 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Local News Roundup: Sandwich Town Clerk Apologizes; Concerns About Nuclear Waste; More Tick Trouble

Some residents near the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station are concerned about their property values as spent fuel from the reactor is moved to long-term, dry-cask storage units like these.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of the top stories of the week in the Cape, Islands and Coast region.

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The Point
2:49 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Democratic Candidates Debate on The Point

State House Chambers

Democratic Candidates for the 1st Barnstable District State Representative seat discuss the issues, live on The Point with Mindy Todd. The candidates are Ian Ryan, Alexander Morash, and Elisa Zawadzkas.

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The Point
12:21 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Young Adult Books Enjoyed By Grownups, Too

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Should adults be embarrassed to read books written for young adults, or is a good read a good read no matter what audience it was intended for?  Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times weigh in on the debate, and bring along their favorite young adult books. With Mindy Todd on The Point.

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The Point
11:15 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Facing Alzheimer's Disease

Greg O'Brien
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 Without a cure or a preventative, in the next 15 years Alzheimer’s is expected to exceed heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death, and could bankrupt Medicare.

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In This Place
11:26 am
Fri August 22, 2014

WCAI'S Local News Roundup: Repairs to Pilgrim Nuclear Plant; Can Rte. 6 be fixed?; No Pirate Museum

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran discusses the region's top news stories of the week with print and digital media journalists. Joining Sean this week are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Nelson Siegelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
10:54 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cape Senate Reoublican Candidates Debate Political Issues

Allen Waters and Ron Beaty are Republican candidates for the Cape and Islands State Senate seat. They discuss various issues with Mindy Todd on The Point.

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The Point
2:02 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Coping with Life's Transitions

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Life provides plenty of transitions. Psychologist Michael Abruzzese and Psychiatrist Marc Whaley talk with Mindy Todd about many of them, including becoming a parent, and going off to college.

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The Point
11:32 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Abundance in the Garden as Summer Nears End

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On The Point, questions and answers about the garden with horticulturalist Roberta ClarkMindy Todd hosts.

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The Point
12:20 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

WCAI's Local News Roundup: Coolant problem at Pilgrim; Nantucket gets nonprofit funeral home

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is undergoing repairs for a faulty monitor. If it can't be repaired within the next two weeks, the plant would have to shut down until it's fixed.
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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran reviews the news of the week with several local journalists. This week, Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times joins Sean at the WCAI studios in Woods Hole. Also part of the discussion is Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The Point
5:12 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Film Documents Teens Struggling with Prescription Drug Addiction

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