The Point

9:00am and 7:00pm

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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State law mandates that Eversource keep the area beneath the power lines clear. Some Cape and Islands residents are concerned that not enough is known about the adverse effects of the herbicides being proposed, and that these chemicals could find their way into our drinking water. On The Point, we discuss what we know and don’t know about the chemicals, and the pros and cons of different methods to control vegetative growth beneath the power lines.

Martha's Vineyard Outdoors: Fishing, Hunting, and Avoiding Divorce on a Small Island is a collection of columns written by former Martha's Vineyard Times editor Nelson Sigelman. He describes how fishing and hunting traditions have helped shape the island's character, well before a mechanical shark named Bruce and presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attracted media attention to the island.

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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: Gwenn Friss 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.

There are a number of reasons why people don’t make a financial plan: some think they don’t earn enough to save regularly, others think investing is too complicated or too risky. Young adults might think financial planning is only necessary for those looking to retirement. But financial planning is beneficial to people at all ages and income levels. Joining us to discuss financial planning strategies is Jason Lily, Chief Wealth Management Services Officer at Cape Cod Five.  Mindy Todd hosts. 

 

Best Books of All Time

Feb 28, 2018

On this month's book show, our book experts choose their top picks. Across the genres, we explore favorite stories, and why we love them. Guests on the program are Jill Erickson, reference librarian at Falmouth Public Library (click link to see the List of Titles!), and Robert Waxler, retired professor of English at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Mindy Todd hosts.

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Driving is dangerous for everyone, but statistically teens and older drivers are involved in more crashes and highway fatalities than any other age group. On The Point, we talk about the reasons why, and explore ways we can make the driving safer for everyone. 

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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: Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times, K.C. Myers of the Provincetown Banner, Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today.

Today’s students are pressured to have a career focus as they leave high school, but without real world experience, it's tough for teens to make informed, realistic career choices. On The Point, we talk about some of the various internship programs being offered in our region, and how they benefit students as they embark on the start of higher education. 

Why Words Matter

Feb 21, 2018

On The Point, we talk about the practice of non-violent communication, and why the words we choose make a real difference.  There are a number of issues dividing our nation, and much of the dialogue around those issues serves to divide us even further.

It used to be that age was an advantage when seeking a leadership position: it meant more experience, resources and money. But that’s changing. Individuals in their 20’s and 30’s are seen as more in the in tune with the dynamic, entrepreneurial and digital world, and they are stepping up to take the reins. We talk with young leaders from the public, private, and non profit sectors about their motivations, challenges and goals for themselves and our world.

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, Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner, George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today.

Opioid addiction and overdose are national public health emergencies that touch people from every walk of life. On the point, we discuss the diverse and evolving array of drugs that are now driving the addiction crisis, and some of the next steps we must take to prevent more people from becoming addicted and dying.

We talk about what contributed to the start of the epidemic, and if changes to opioid prescribing guidelines have had an impact.

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Each year students from all across the Cape convene to identify human rights injustices. Students then return to their communities to develop and implement ways to address the injustice. On The Point, we talk with students about their experiences in the Academy and some of the projects and events they’ve organized in response to human rights injustice here and around the world. 

Birds of February

Feb 13, 2018
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Red-winged blackbirds are already singing their courtship calls in marshes on Cape Cod and on the islands. Their song (kon-kareeee!) reminds us that spring is getting nearer! On The Point, we hear the latest highlights from the world of birds, including facts about bird love, for Valentine's Day. Mark Faherty, Ornithologist and Science Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, joins Mindy Todd in the studio.

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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, Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, K.C. Myers of the Provincetown Banner, George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times, and Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today.

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