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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Schools are seeing a significant increase in the number of children with social and emotional challenges, often manifesting in disruptive behavior. Think Kids is a program developed at the Department of Psychiatry at Mass General Hospital to train parents and educators to work cooperatively with children to solve behavior issues. On The Point, we talk with one of the architects of the Think Kids program, and adjustment counselors at local school districts who have initiated the training.

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This month on our books program, we talk about translation. Reference Librarian Jill Erickson and Author Peter Abrahams join Mindy Todd in The Point studio to discuss their favorite examples of translated books, and we hear from callers throughout the region.

Click here for a list of books we talked about on today's program.

What makes a good poem? What role can an editor play in the creative writing process?  Our WCAI Poetry Sunday Advisory Board join us on The Point to discuss writing and answer questions about submitting poetry. They are Lorna Knowles BlakeBarry Hellman, and Justen Ahren. Mindy Todd hosts.

In the tradition of Thoreau’s Walden, Will Dowd wrote Areas of Fog over the course of a year, using the weather as the opening scene. The essays veer off from there, exploring numerous and diverse themes. We talk with Will Dowd about overcoming writers block and, after an MFA and years of editing and critique, staying true to his voice. Mindy Todd hosts.  

On The Point, psychiatrist Dr. Marc Whaley and psychologist Dr. Michael Abbruzzese join host Mindy Todd for a discussion about conspiracy theories.

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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; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and Mike Rausch of the Bourne Enterprise.

2 New Radio Stories By Transom Graduates

Oct 19, 2017

 First, producer Lucy Kang introduces us to some of the Cape’s homeless people. Then, we hear producer Justine Yan's story about why a 75 year old woman came to Cape Cod to pursue her dream of writing and acting. These stories are from Atlantic Public Media's Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole.  APM is WCAI's production partner.

 Who are the people, natives and washashores who make their lives on Cape Cod? On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with author John Whalen about his book I Am Of Cape Cod. Photos for the book are by Kim Rodriguez.


CARE for the Cape and Islands is an organization that engages tourists and visitors contribute to the protection of the Cape’s beauty and natural resources. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with Jill Talladay, Founder and Director of CARE for the Cape and Islands.

On The Point, we discuss efforts to improve relations and open dialogue between the community and police. The high profile police related deaths of unarmed black men in the U.S. has sparked protests and widened a rift between communities of color and the police. The Cape and Islands is not immune to these issues; there are many living here who fear the police because of the color of their skin. There are others who fear police might uncover their immigration status, and some whose struggles with addiction or mental illness make them fearful of police. What can be done to improve the relations with the police in our community? Mindy Todd hosts the discussion.