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 News Director Steve Junker speaks with news editors and reporters from around the region.

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On The Point, Mindy Todd sits down with psychiatrist Dr. Marc Whaley and psychologist Dr. Michael Abbruzzese to discuss the psychology of hate.

On The Point, the season's last gardening program with horticulturist Roberta Clark. Fall is a wonderful season for planting! Root growth will continue until the ground is cold. We share tips about seasonal tasks like dividing perennials, when to prune various species, and garden cleanup. Remember to leave a few flower heads to add interest to the winter landscape, as well as providing nutritious food for birds. Mindy Todd hosts.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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Fifteen years ago Abdi Iftin was living in Somalia with his family and his pigeons- birds that he raised, trained and raced.  After escaping the war in Somalia, Abdi eventually ended up in the U.S. and eventually on Cape Cod as a student in the Transom Story Workshop.

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The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is long and fraught.  A part of the story that’s perhaps not very well known is that of Palestinians who have been living as refuges since 1948.

Joining us to talk about that history and life today for Palestinian refugees is Amena Elashkar. She and her parents are Palestinians born as stateless refugees in Lebanon, and have never lived in their own country. Amena is back in the United States on a speaking tour to tell her story and the story of other Palestinian Refugees.

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Joan Burstyn is an educator and poet.  She was in England in 1929 and a child during World War II.  On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with Burstyn about the impacts of war on her and her family.

Linda Greenlaw is a fishing boat captain, and also the author of five bestselling nonfiction books about life as a commercial fisherman. Greenlaw is familiar to many because she was featured in Sebastian Junger’s best selling book The Perfect Storm, where he described her as not just the only female sword fishing captain, but "one of the best captains, period, on the entire East Coast." On The Point, we talk about that storm, and about her latest book Shiver Hitch. Linda Gree

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On The Point, we hear some of the music featured at this year's Working Waterfront Festival about the year-round work of the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Laura Orleans joins us in The Point studio; she’s one of the founders of the Working Waterfront Festival and also the Executive Director of New  Bedford’s Fishing Heritage Center.  Mindy Todd hosts.

 

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On The Point, Mark Faherty, ornithologist and science coordinator at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and host Mindy Todd bring us the monthly bird news. Cooler weather is effecting all local creatures, and migration is well underway for many species. We hear about the great numbers of shearwaters that can now be seen taking advantage of the abundant bait in our waters, and reports form listeners about who's visiting their feeders.

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include Cindy McCormick of the Cape Cod Times; WCAI's Patrick Flanary; Brittany Feldott of the Falmouth Enterprise;Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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