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

This week on The Point

April 27: Contaminants of emerging concern

Medicines and household cleaners are making their way down our drains, into the environment, and back into our bodies. Local researchers are tracking these chemicals and share their perspectives on how concerned we should be, and what we still need to know.

Guests: Laurel Schaider, Silent Spring Institute; Amy Costa, Center for Coastal Studies

April 28: Deborah Cramer

Red Knots are tiny shorebirds that fly 9000 miles from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic and back.   The story of the Red Knot is inextricably tied to the story of the horseshoe crabs that come ashore once a year to lay millions of pinhead sized eggs, that nourish and fatten starving knots before the final leg of their trip.   Deborah Cramer follows that journey in her book The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, and Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey.

April 29: Books on Paris

April in Paris is our theme for this months book discussion.

Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Vicky Uminowicz, Titcomb’s Bookshop Manager talk books with a Paris connection.

April 30: Arab Films and Glory, Hallelujah

John Yankee, Falmouth Chorale Artistic Director and Jacqueline Schwab, composer/pianist discuss their collaboration for  the Glory, Hallelujah concert series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.  Later in the hour Rebecca Alvin, Founder and Programmer for the Cape Cod Festival of Arab and Middle Eastern Cinema discuss the upcoming film festival.    We also talk with Nitin Sawhney, Director and Co-producer of Flying Paper,  and Bahman Tavoosi his documentary is A Dress Rehearsal for an Execution.

May 1: News Roundup

Area Journalists discuss the top stories of the week.

WCAI's Brian Morris hosts a discussion of the week's top stories with several local journalists, including reporter Sean Driscoll from the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood, editor of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sally Rose, editor of the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda, editorial page editor of the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Nelson Sigelman, editor of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Philip Hoare

The relationship between humans and cetaceans has long been something of a paradox. We are drawn to their mystery and intelligence, in awe of their size and grace, yet we hunted many whales to near extinction, and use dolphins for military maneuvers and entertainment. Philip Hoare has been exploring the human interaction with cetaceans for the better part of his life.

On The Point, we discuss the work of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom also known as WILPF. It's mission envisions a transformed world at peace, where there is racial, social, and economic justice for all people everywhere, and human societies are designed and organized for sustainable existence. Now celebrating its centennial, five of the organizations past national presidents are from Cape Cod.


British adventurer Sarah Outen set out to transverse the globe using only human power, in April 2011. Her mode of transportation would be limited to an ocean rowing boat, a bike and a kayak. She expected the trip to take 2 and a half years, but various weather events intervened, and 4 years later she’s about to embark on the final leg of her trip: rowing from Chatham to England. 

In honor of Earth Day, our theme on The Point is sustainability. A new film series titled Sustainable Vineyard is highlighting people and organizations on Martha’s Vineyard working towards a sustainable environment. Filmmaker Liz Witham joins Mindy Todd by phone. 


Spring is here; it's time to sit down with Horticulturist Roberta Clark to talk about the garden. This month features the awakening of the plants, and plenty of garden chores to enjoy. We hear from listeners with various questions about plants.

Hibernating black bear mother and cubs.
National Park Service

Hibernation is far more than a long winter's nap. It's more akin to a coma, with heart rate, breathing, metabolism, and consciousness all dramatically reduced, if not suspended. Steve Swoap is among those who think understanding hibernation could help doctors treat victims of trauma or stroke.

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.