Ashley Gong reads her poem, "Winter on the Cape."


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: 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, and Barry Stringfellow of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan. This week, Deehan talks about Governor Charlie Baker's testimony in support of his latest bill to combat the opioid epidemic. 

They Don’t Call It a Plunge for Nothing

Jan 19, 2018
Dave Worthington

It was so cold on New Year’s Day that many local polar plunges rescheduled.  But not Provincetown.  

Center for Coastal Studies

"I'd like to stand on a boat and say to them, 'What the hell's going on with you guys?'" said Dr. Charles "Stormy" Mayo, expressing his frustration at the dire situation of the North Atlantic right whales. "If I could stand there and just say: 'Tell me what's going on.' Because it doesn't make a lot of sense."

Cape Cod Times

There are quite a few ways to entertain your senses this weekend: see, taste, hear, and feel (cold!) Here's your Weekend Outlook.

On The Point, actor Ed Asner and playwright Jeff Cohen join Mindy Todd in a discussion about The Soap Myth. The production questions who has the right to write history: those people who have lived it and remember, those who study and protect it, or those who would seek to distort its very existence.  What is our responsibility once we know the truth? A staged reading of the work will be at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford on Saturday January 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Patti Smith is an iconic American artist; songwriter, Rock and roll Hall of Fame inductee, and poet. The hit song “Because the Night," co-written with Bruce Springsteen, is perhaps her best known. In 2010 she won a national book award for her memoir Just Kids. Her latest book is titled Devotion, it's a deeply personal look at her creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections. Patti Smith will read from Devotion at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford on January 26th.



If we are to end homelessness, there are a number of factors that must be addressed. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks through some of the strategies with Philip Mangano, President of the American Roundtable to Abolish Homelessness, and the former Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. 

Max Gibbs

In Chinese Medicine, fresh ginger root has warming properties and helps aid in digestion. Ali Berlow talks with acupuncturist Fae Kontje-Gibbs of Vineyard Haven, about a couple of simple ways to use ginger in the kitchen, to slow down, sooth your belly and be warm.  

Have you stuck to that New Year's resolution? Mindy Todd hosts psychiatrist Marc Whaley in The Point studio to talk about the psychology involved in changing our behavior.

Mathew Schwartz

Normally, this is when we would be settling in for the coldest, darkest depths of winter, and going into our post-holiday cocoons. January and February are the months of snowstorms and of binge-watching Netflix. But having just survived the equivalent of five winters worth of cold over two weeks, temps in the 30s and 40s now feel like shorts weather, and you may be looking to get outside. 

State Senators Vinny deMacedo and Julian Cyr sit down in The Point studio with host Mindy Todd. We hear about their accomplishments this past year, and what the key legislative issues are for the new year. They bring us up to date on the latest in our region's politics.

Scott Pruitt sued the EPA 13 times as Oklahoma's attorney general. Now he runs the EPA.
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It’s been almost a year since President Trump took office. For some, it has been a year spent tallying what they say are attacks by the administration on science – ranging from nominating non-scientists to lead science-heavy agencies, to changing the data and language presented on federal websites. 

Road salt is causing freshwater rivers and streams to become noticably saltier.

A new study highlights a side-effect of winter weather that is, on one hand, totally logical and, on the other hand, rather shocking. The U.S. uses some 19 million tons of salt each year for de-icing roads and other infrastructure. Now, that practice has been linked to widespread changes in the chemistry of American rivers and streams, particularly their salinity and alkalinity.