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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WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local stories with journalists from across the region. Joining Sean this week are Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Protest music has been the soundtrack for some of America's most significant struggles.  These days more Americans are taking to the streets.  Protesting has become popular once again.  But what about music?  Is there a corresponding interest in music that speaks to the struggle?

Alecia Orsini

Last summer on Martha’s Vineyard, a 19-year old visitor to the Island lost part of her leg in a moped accident. The incident renewed calls for a closer look at the safety and licensing of moped rentals on the Island. Leading the call is a group called MADAC, an acronym for “Mopeds Are Dangerous Action Committee.”   In the studio, Mindy Todd's guests are Nicole Friedler Brisson, one of the founders of MADAC; and Tim Rich, acting police chief of Chilmark, and also a member of MADAC,

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Members of the Cape and Islands legislative delegation visit our Woods Hole studios to talk about issues affecting the region.  Mindy Todd's guests include State Sen. Julian Cyr, Rep. Will Crocker, and Rep. Dylan Fernandes.

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Ten years ago this week agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided a leather factory in New Bedford.  That event still resonates with the immigrant community.  We talk about the raid, and the current climate that it generated.  We also look at how changes to foreign worker visa programs are expected to affect local businesses.

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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 Cynthia McCormick of the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Stepping outside our comfort zone is not easy. What are some of the reasons we hesitate? How can we build up the confidence to overcome challenges, and what rewards await on the other side?  On The Point, we talk with Andy Molinsky, professor of psychology and organizational behavior at Brandeis University. His new book is titled Reach, A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence.  Mindy Todd hosts.

On The Point, we talk about the challenges that come with starting a new life after the loss of a loved one. Pamela Hull, author of  Say Yes, Flying Solo after Sixtyjoins Mindy Todd for this interview.

Cyber technology, biotechnology, robotics, and other advances in technology have clearly made our world better. But technology is power, and in the wrong hands it has the potential to wreck havoc on individuals and societies. How do you govern a world in which anyone can attack anyone from anywhere? 

Kidney Transplants

Feb 28, 2017
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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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