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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Kidney Transplants

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Kidney failure is fatal, but fortunately, kidney transplantation can be a successful treatment. On The Point, we talk about the process, what goes into matching donors with recipients, and some ways to shorten the wait list for organ donations. 

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WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local stories with journalists from across the region. Joining Sean this week are Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

The U.S. is a country of immigrants who often re-created a tangible piece of their homeland in the kitchen: Italian sausage, German Schnitzel, Jewish Kugel. On The Point, we talk about the influence of immigrant cuisine on American foods and food traditions. 

On The Point, our books experts discuss mysteries. From the archetypical classics to the latest new works, we take a tour of the many possibilities for reading mysteries. Jill Erickson and Jennifer Stone Gaines are in the studio with Mindy Todd.

In this age of alternative facts and fake news there are new challenges not only for journalists but also for news consumers. How do we decipher credible news sources, what is biased and what’s not? And what is complete fabrication? On The Point, we look at these issues, and also discuss how to best educate the next generation of journalists and media consumers.

Vaughan Turekian is Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State.
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President Trump may not have a science advisor right now, but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson does. His name is Vaughan Turekian, and he was appointed to the post in 2015. It's not a very old job; it was created by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright in 2000. It's also not a very common job; only seven foreign ministers in the world have a science advisor.

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The Friday News Roundup.  WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks to area journalists about the top news stories of the week.  Her guests include Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Cameron Machell of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Ryan Bray of the Falmouth Enterprise.

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Impending sea level rise and the potential for more severe weather, along with the importance of habitat biodiversity, has underscored the need for restoring landscapes in our region altered by humans. On The Point, we discuss several aquatic restoration projects on Cape Cod and how these projects will contribute to coastal resiliency and habitat diversity. 

On The Point we explore the psychology of leadership with Dr. Michael Abbruzzese, psychologist and Dr. Marc Whaley, psychiatrist.  Mindy Todd hosts.

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It's still very much winter around here, but daylight is increasing and some migrating birds are starting to show up! Great horned owls may already be sitting on eggs. On The Point, it's our monthly Bird News program with Mark Faherty, ornithologist and science coordinator at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, hosted by Mindy Todd.

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