The Point

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WCAI's award-winning public affairs program. 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 News Director Steve Junker speaks with news editors and reporters from around the region.

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It's been a busy week in local news.

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner, George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today.

Vietnam After the War

Mar 29, 2018

What happened to the people who remained in the former South Vietnam after the war ended in April 1975? Quoc Pham was a former South Vietnamese naval officer who was imprisoned in a communist re-education camp. He survived the camp and escaped from Vietnam by boat.

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Plastic is everywhere. Try to think of an item you use regularly that doesn’t contain some bit of plastic. Single use items are increasingly made up of plastic- think shopping bags, water bottles, drinking straws. A downside to plastic is that we end up with an abundance of used plastic items that either can’t be or are not recycled. A great deal of that used plastic ends up as pollution.

What are YOUR top ten books? On our monthly books program, we continue on the topic of "Best Books of All Time."  Our host Mindy Todd sits down in The Point studio to add to the list of favorites, with Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Robert Waxler, retired Professor of English at UMass-Dartmouth. 

Birds are astonishingly smart creatures. Researchers are finding some birds rival primates, and even humans, in their remarkable forms of intelligence. On The Point, we talk with Jennifer Ackerman, who traveled the world to talk with bird researchers. Her book The Genius of Birds not only tells the story of how birds demonstrate their smarts, it delves into the latest findings about the brains of birds and what it means to be intelligent.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include: Cindy McCormick of the Cape Cod Times, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, K.C. Myers of the Provincetown Banner, George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today.

Researchers have found that charitable giving improves the donor's self esteem and sense of connection, and makes them happier. Giving creates a pleasurable feedback that people find very rewarding. On The Point, we talk about the balance of giving and receiving, and the many ways these experiences affect our lives. Dr. Marc Whaley, psychiatrist, joins host Mindy Todd in the studio to discuss the topic.

Single-use plastic bottles have become ubiquitous- not only do we use them for soda and sports drinks, it seems as if plastic water bottles can be found at every meeting, event, cafeteria, and even in our homes.

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra

The debut of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra. We sit down with the founder and conductor of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, Matt Scinto. With a debut performance on April 15, the orchestra hopes to engage younger listeners, musicians, and composers. 

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner, George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today.

Students across the country are organizing a school walk out to bring attention to gun violence and school safety. We sit down with high school students from across our region to discuss their views on gun control and their concerns following a number of school shootings. We also discuss student ideas for making schools safer and what they hope the school walk out will accomplish locally and nationally.

What is lost when people spend more time online or on their phones and less time reading a book? What do we lose as individuals and a society, when people stop reading? And why should educational curriculums not neglect the arts and humanities in the push to promote STEM?

On The Point, our host Mindy Todd and Mark Faherty, ornithologist and wildlife biologist at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, are on the air with the monthly Bird News, in the middle of a snowstorm. Many callers report birds are eagerly visiting feeding stations all through the region. Early songbird migrants have been showing up already: now they must shelter and wait for the weather to clear before they can forage again.

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include: Cindy McCormick of the Cape Cod Times, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, K.C. Myers of the Provincetown Banner, George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today.

Photo credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Vineyard Wind is among three companies with a federal lease to develop an off shore wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard. While they are still awaiting a federal permit, Vineyard Wind is moving forward with state regulations for the laying of transmission cables and the on shore sub station planned for Barnstable. On The Point, we check in on the status of Vineyard Wind, and discuss concerns Cape residents and fisherman have raised about the location and laying of transmission lines.

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