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.
The Point hosts: Mindy Todd, Heather Goldstone, and Sean Corcoran.
Credit Maura Longueil

This week on The Point

April 13: Horseshoe crabs and red knots

What we do and don't (but need to) know about horseshoe crab populations and their interactions with an endangered shorebird, the red knot.  Guests: Mark Faherty, Science Coordinator at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary; Brian Harrington, Emeritus at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

April 14: Bird News

The Osprey’s have returned and the Woodcock’s are displaying.  Mike O'Connor, Owner of Birdwatcher's General Store sits in for Ornithologist Vernon Laux.

April 15: Psychology of Nostalgia

Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discuss the psychology of nostalgia.  Once considered a disorder the term was coined by a Swiss Physician in the 17th century to describe a certain kind of homesickness among soldiers. Now considered a beneficial emotional experience we look those benefits and how advertising cashes in on our memories of the past.

April 16: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Playwright and actor Tom Dugan discusses his one man play, Wiesenthal about the Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal.  Later in the hour Branded on My Arm and In My Soul, A Holocaust Memoir by Abraham Landau. We speak with editors Joseph Thomas and Marsha McCabe.

April 17: News Roundup

Area Journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.

Dan Tritle

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include George Brennan, reporter at The Cape Cod Times; Cape Cod Chronicle editor Tim Wood; Sally Rose, editor of the Provincetown Banner; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; New Bedford Standard-Times editorial page editor Jim DeArruda; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Mindy Todd interviews Tom Duggan, the actor and playwright starring in Weisenthal, a one-man show that unfolds like a spy thriller, telling the story of Simon Wiesenthal, who after cheating death at the hands of Hitler’s dreaded S.S., spent his life bringing justice to the most notorious criminals in war history. The show will be at the Zieterion in New Bedford on Thursday, April 16, at 8PM.

J. Junker

We have all experienced nostaglia: a wistful desire for the happiness of a former place or time. Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discuss the psychology of nostalgia. Once considered a disorder, the term was coined by a Swiss physician in the 17th century to describe a certain kind of homesickness among soldiers. Now considered a beneficial emotional experience, we look those benefits and how advertising cashes in on our memories of the past.

Beaches along Delaware Bay are hotspots for horseshoe crab spawning each spring.
Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

You can't be everything to everybody. The decline of horseshoe crabs is an example of why not.

Horseshoe crabs are bizarre-looking and slow-moving, sometimes called living fossils. In fact, these ancient animals aren't really crabs, at all. More like horseshoe scorpions or horseshoe ticks, if you want to be evolutionarily correct.

Dan Tritle

We talk about ospreys, Carolina wrens, gulls, and other birds of the season on the Point with WCAI's Mindy Todd and Mike O'Connor of the Bird Watcher's General Store in Orleans.  We even talk about squirrels!

Cape Cod Commission

WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran and local journalists review the top regional news stories of the week. Sean's guests this week include Anne Brennan, digital editor at The Cape Cod Times; Cape Cod Chronicle Editor Tim Wood; Sally Rose, editor of the Provincetown Banner; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; New Bedford Standard-Times Editorial Page Editor Jim DeArruda; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Jenny Junker

Do you ever check email compulsively, eat when you’re not hungry, or fixate on the past and the future at the expense of the present? Ever lose your temper unnecessarily? Nightline anchor Dan Harris joins Mindy Todd on The Point to talk about his new book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story. After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A skeptic, he'd always assumed that meditation was either impossible or useless. But after learning about research that suggests meditation can lower your blood pressure and actually make changes to your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using meditation for increased calm, focus, and happiness. Here's information on a talk Dan Harris will give next week, hosted by Calmer Choice.

 

William Apess was a Native American intellectual, author and itinerant preacher who aided the Masphee Wampanoag in their struggle for autonomy  in the early 1800’s.  Philip Gura, author of The Life of William Apess, Pequot joins Mindy Todd for this interview on The Point 

J. J.

On The Point, international mediator, hostage negotiator, and NYPD detective Jeff Thompson examines mistakes that hostage and crisis negotiators make, and offer tools to avoid them. He talks with Mindy Todd about how skilled negotiation can bring peaceful resolutions to conflicts, and how these skills are used by conflict resolution practitioners.

Naomi Oreskes
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Science historian Naomi Oreskes stumbled upon what has become one of the most contentious facts of our time: the nearly unanimous consensus that humans are causing climate change. She subsequently uncovered a small group of scientists who’ve helped sew doubt about climate change, the ozone hole, even the link between smoking and lung cancer.

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