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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Dan Tritle

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; Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

On The Point, a conversation between author Jessica Shattuck, whose grandparents were members of the Nazi party, and Rachel Kadish, whose grandparents survived the Holocaust.

What can descendants of perpetrators and victims learn from each other, and from the past? How can the lessons from WWII help us address the nationalism, racism and anti-semitism we see today? 

On The Point, we talk with Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City. It's the true story of the top-secret World War II town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the young women brought there unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb. Mindy Todd hosts.

 

 

Every 66 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 5.5 million Americans are living with this disease, which steals memories and changes personalities. By 2050 that number could be as high as 16 million. On The Point, we talk about the hopes raised by promising new research, and about some innovative programs being offered on Cape Cod.

Birds of October

Oct 10, 2017

For October's bird program, Mark Faherty, ornithologist and science coordinator at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, joins our host Mindy Todd to talk about the season's birding highlights.

WCAI's Brian Morris hosts a roundup of the week's top news.  His guests include Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Michael Bonner of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; Tao Wolfe of the Sandwich Enterprise; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Nitrogen loading of bays, estuaries and freshwater ponds is an ongoing problem, and one we’ve been addressing for decades. Are we making progress? What are the new technologies or options for preventing nitrogen loading and restoring habitats?  Host Mindy Todd talks with the Cape Cod Commission and leaders of non-profits tackling the issue of water quality.

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?

Jill Neubauer Architect

We live in a beautiful part of the world that attracts tourists and second home owners. While these individuals contribute greatly to our economy, they’re also driving up the price of real estate and reducing the availability of year round housing. It’s not just low income wage earners who are affected; workers in the middle income bracket also struggle to find and afford housing in our region. Two nonprofits have teamed up to help boost affordable housing production; they're calling it the Cape Housing Institute. On The Point,  Mindy Todd hosts a discussion on affordable housing and potential solutions.

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; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Tao Woolfe of the Sandwich Enterprise; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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