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:

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April 15: Bird News
The osprey have returned, woodcocks are courting and other signs of spring are all around us.  Ornithologist Vernon Laux talks about spring migration and the latest bird sightings.

April 16:  Psychology of Success
Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discuss the psychology of success.  How do we define it? Confidence and success, which comes first?  What role does perception play? We’ll also discuss what the latest research tells us about how people acquire high levels of skill in science, business, music, the arts and sports.

April 17: Igudesman & Joo
Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are classical musicians who combine comedy with classical music and popular culture.  They aim to make classical music accessible to a wider and younger audience.

April 18: News Roundup
Area journalists join host Sean Corcoran to discuss the regions top stories of the week.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
1:28 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

2 Serious Musicians Who Make People Laugh

Joo and Igudesman
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At a typical classical music concert you’d be shocked to hear the audience erupt in laughter or spontaneously applause in the middle of the piece. But violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo’s performances are anything but typical and while they are both serious musicians- they’re hardly ever serious.

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The Point
12:02 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

How Do We Define Success?

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Confidence and success: which comes first? What role does perception play? How do we define success? Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discuss the psychology of success with Mindy Todd on The Point. They share what the latest research tells us about how people acquire high levels of skill in science, business, music, the arts and sports.

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The Point
10:35 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Bird News: Spring Activity Heats Up

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Spring Bird News: the returning migrants arrive, more each day, along with the first blooms and the spring insects. Nantucket Ornithologist Vern Laux tells of courtship displays and nest building, the First of the Year birds, and much more, with Mindy Todd on The Point.

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Science & Environment
11:48 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Did Neanderthals Make Music?

J. Atema's collection of bone flutes
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Interview with Jelle Atema

Music has been called the universal language and noted as one of the things that make humans distinct. But when did we first make music?

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The Point
11:47 am
Fri April 11, 2014

News Round-up: Pilgrim Reactor Evacuation Plan Won't Change; Gov Patrick Bans New Opiate

Town Neck in Sandwich
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A look at some of the week's top news with local journalists George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
12:02 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

1 in 4 Women a Victim of Domestic Violence at Some Time

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According to the National Coalition for Domestic Violence, one in four women will be the victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
1:46 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction

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One hundred years ago, the last passenger pigeon, named Martha, died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. Not long before Martha died, passenger pigeons flew in packs so large over the U.S. and Canada they could block out the sun for days. Mindy Todd talks with author and naturalist Joel Greenberg about what lead to the extinction of the passenger pigeon and what it teaches us about the importance of conservation.

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The Point
11:46 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Veterinarian Writes Captivating Stories


Nick Trout, Veterinary Surgeon and Author, talks about his work, his writing, and the animals that have inspired him. His latest book is Dog Gone, Back Soon.


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The Point
11:41 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Mentoring Cape and Islands Youth

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Research into youth mentoring programs has shown that these programs have a positive impact on kids. But some parents are reluctant to enroll their children for fear of stigmatization or because of concerns about safety. Sean Corcoran talks with a parent who enrolled her child in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and we hear about two new site based mentoring programs.

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The Point
2:16 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Week Filled with News

A look at some of the week's top news with local journalists.  Among the stories we talk about: oyster thefts uncovered; an acquittal in a high-profile Falmouth murder trial; new drug policies applauded; Outer Cape Health Services to expand; affordable housing proposed for Harwich Middle School; Provincetown may ban single-use plastic bags; Nantucket's commercial scallop season ends, and the island's marine mammal stranding team left without funding; and town meeting season gets underway.

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