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

July 7: Peak Farmland
Modern industrial agriculture has been criticized for many things but there's one undeniable benefit: it leaves more room for nature. Farmers worldwide currently grow more food on less land than they did just half a century ago, and the total amount of land dedicated to agriculture has stopped growing.
Guest: Dr. Jesse Ausubel, Director of the Program for the Human Environment at the Rockefeller University

July 8: Little Bighorn
John Hough Jr. talks about his novel Little Bighorn.  On June 25, 1876 Lt Colonel George Armstrong Custer and 220 men rode into battle against the Sioux and Cheyenne beside the Little Bighorn river in Montana and were never seen alive again.   But what if there had been a survivor?  Hough’s novel explores that scenario and brings to life the soldiers and civilians on their infamous quest to conquer Sitting Bull.

July 9: Homelessness
Greg Bar, NOAH Shelter Manager and Don Jenkins, Volunteer with the Bob Murray Housing with Love Walk discuss efforts to end homelessness including the walk that begins in Provincetown and ends in Falmouth.

July 10: Comedian Kevin Flynn
Producer, Educator and Standup Comedian Kevin Flynn is the creator of the educational program “Standup and Learn” and the founder of the Nantucket Comedy Festival.   We discuss the program that teaches kids how to be funny.

July 11: News Roundup
Area Journalists discuss the top stories of the week.
 

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The Point
11:20 am
Fri July 11, 2014

News Roundup: This Week's Stories

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In this week's News Roundup: Hurricane Arthur winds reach 80 miles an hour on Nantucket, and strand some tourists on Martha's Vineyard. The death of a janitor in a Plymouth elementary school remains a mystery. Questions about the safety of Falmouth water a concern for pregnant women. The Monomoy Refuge master plan to protect nesting shorebirds meets with controversy.  There's a new on-demand Cape Baseball League video service. The Obamas will vacation on the Vineyard.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
4:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Young Musicians Learn by Touring

Curtis on Tour
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What is the future of classical music? You could get a glimpse of it when students from the Curtis Institute of Music visit the Cape and Islands later this month for a series of concerts. The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on a professional level.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
4:10 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Book On Creating Personal Spiritual Styles

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Thomas Moore believes that individuals can fashion a religion of their own, whether one is inside or outside a religious practice, and that we can find a sense of purpose that satisfies us not only spiritually but also intellectually and emotionally. He joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about his latest book, titled A Religion of One’s Own

 

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The Point with Mindy Todd
3:56 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Nantucket Festival Brings Comedy to Schools

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The Nantucket Comedy Festival, under the direction of comedian Kevin Flynn, was developed to bring top comedic performances to Nantucket in support of the local youth community. Proceeds benefit the festival’s associated non-profit, Stand Up & Learn, an educational program that has been implemented in Nantucket-area schools to encourage confidence and comedic self-expression through creative writing.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
4:26 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Walk With Love to Help Homeless

Bob Murray Walkers

Next week launches the 22nd annual Bob Murray Housing With Love Walk.  The Walk brings together people from all over Cape Cod as they walk from Provincetown to Falmouth to raise awareness- and funds- to end homelessness in our region.

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The Point
4:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Book Chronicles Kennedy Family's Passion for Sailing

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The Victura

The Kennedy Family has long had a passion for sailing- James Graham’s new Book Victura- The Kennedys, A Sailboat, and the Sea chronicles four generations of the Kennedy family sailing aboard their small sailboat, Victura.

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The Point with Mindy Todd
12:47 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Author Brings to Life Little Bighorn Saga

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On June 25th 1876 Lt Colonel George Armstrong Custer and 220 men rode into battle against the Sioux and Cheyenne beside the Little Bighorn River in Montana and were never seen alive again. But what if there had been a survivor? John Hough Jr.’s latest novel Little Bighorn explores that “what if” and brings to life the soldiers and civilians on their infamous quest to conquer Sitting Bull.

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The Point
12:37 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

The American Revolution's Bloody History

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The origins of America were complicated.  WCAI's Mindy Todd talks to historian, award-winning author, and Nantucket resident Nathaniel Philbrick about his book Bunker Hill: a City, a Siege, a Revolution. It's an in-depth look at what Philbrick calls the bloodiest battle of the American Revolution, and the blisteringly real origins of America.

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The Point
12:21 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

A Portrait of Desire and Ambition in the Face of Adversity

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Author Amy Brill talks about her novel The Movement of Stars.  The book was inspired by the work of the 19th century Nantucket resident Maria Mitchell, the first professional female astronomer in America.

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The Point
1:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Book Helps Navigate Midlife Changes

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Author Joan Anderson discusses her books about life changes. This author explores how many women, at halfway to a hundred, confront a need for great self- awareness. When the power of youth is gone, the possibility of failure first presents itself: the dreams of earlier times may now seem shallow and pointless. The books examines the tough questions: What am I meant to do now? What really matters? Who am I?

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