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

August 25: Environmental impact of research
Scientific research is key to our understanding of ecological issues, but research activities take their own toll on the environment. For example, a typical lab uses 3-4 times as much energy as an equal-sized office. Increasingly, scientific institutions are working to bring their environmental footprint in line with their values and public message.
Guests: Graham Shiffield and Marty Getrich, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences; Susan Avery, Woods Hole Oceanographic Insitution; Michael West, Mariah Mitchell Foundation

August 26: Alzheimer’s Disease
Journalist Greg O’Brien discusses his memoir “On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s".  He was diagnosed four years ago with early -onset Alzheimer’s disease.   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.   Later in the hour Rudy Tanzi, Joseph and Rose Kennedy Professor of Neurology, at Harvard Medical School; Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at
Massachusetts General Hospital and Chairman of the research consortium at Cure Alzheimer’s Fund talks about the latest research .

August 27:  Young Adult Books
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 debate and bring along their favorite young adult books.

link to the book list: http://www.falmouthpubliclibrary.org/?/blog/entries/young-adult-novels-for-adults-on-the-point-with-mindy-todd/

August 28: Political Debate
Ian Ryan, Alexander Morash, and Elisa Zawadzkas Democratic Candidates for the 1st Barnstable District State Representative seat discuss the issues.

August 29: News Roundup
Area journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.

 

 

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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
10:54 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cape Senate 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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The Point
10:51 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Run! For Health and Fun

Falmouth Road Race at the 1 mile mark, Nobska lighthouse
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What do people find so alluring about running? On The PointSean Corcoran talks to Dr. Julie Sieben about her new book Six Weeks to Love Running and her approach to running and fitness.

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The Point
11:58 am
Wed August 13, 2014

As the Days Get Shorter, Birds Prepare for What's Next

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Nesting season is over, and as the days get shorter birds are preparing for what's to come.  On The Point, Nantucket Ornithologist Vernon Laux talks to WCAI's Mindy Todd about the birds that migrate, and also how the birds that stick around get ready for the winter.  Vern is Senior Naturalist at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation on Nantucket.

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