Mindy Todd

Managing Director of Editorial, "The Point" Host and Producer

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting.  She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN.  Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH.   She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.

In February 2012 Mindy was named Managing Director of Editorial.

Mindy sits on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Sea Grant Marine Outreach Guidance Group, Marine Biological Laboratories Falmouth Forum Fundraising Committee, NOAH Telethon Steering Committee,  the Falmouth Fund, the Turkey Land Cove Foundation on Martha’s Vineyard and is a member of the board of directors at The ARC of Cape Cod.

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As much as we try to prevent or slow it down, aging is a reality of life. Many will find themselves in the position of helping parents through the later stages of life, or being helped by their adult children.

On The point, we talk with Melanie Merriman about some of the challenges, joys and resources available for families who are managing a loved one's later stages of life. Her book is titled Holding the Net, Caring for my mother on the tightrope of aging.

 

 

On The Point, we discuss the impacts of childhood trauma or adverse childhood experiences. Research shows that childhood adversity has short and longterm consequences on physical and behavioral health. Not only does the stress from aversity impact childhood health, but it puts people at risk for heart disease, cancer and other chronic disease later in life. Guests on the program are psychiatrists Dr. Marc Whaley and Dr. Jonathan Schwartz.

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On The Point, horticulturist Roberta Clark joins our host Mindy Todd for our gardening program. Plants are growing very fast in the heat of summer, and so are insects; some beneficial and some that are bothersome to our garden plants. Roberta gives us tips on all garden questions, from watering, weeding, harvesting, and fertilizing, to how to controll powdery mildew and other plant problems.  

Penikese Island Magic

Jul 12, 2018
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Penikese has a rich and varied history. It has been host to marine biologists, ornithologists, a leper colony and a school for troubled youth. There are now opportunities for people to visit the island for the day or overnights. 

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West Falmouth Harbor has been struggling with nitrogen pollution for decades. In 2002 water quality in the harbor was so poor it made it on the federal “dirty waters” list. With changes to the town’s waste water treatment plant, and by giving people thousands of dollars toward updating their septic systems, progress was made in reducing nitrogen levels in the West Falmouth Harbor. But the problem has not been solved: in fact, recent measurements show the nitrogen levels are again rising. On The Point, we discuss some of the reasons for nitrogen level increase, and some potential solutions and takeaways for other coastal regions struggling with nitrogen loading. 

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Thomas Dresser has written a number of books about various aspects of Martha’s Vineyard history- you might call him the Vineyard’s unofficial historian. His latest book tells chronicles the role of Martha’s Vineyard in the history of whaling.  The book is Whaling on Martha's Vineyard.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver is widely known as the founder of Special Olympics and the sister of the famous brothers, Jack, Bobby, and Teddy. She was also a persistent and effective lobbyist, ran the Kennedy family foundation distributing millions of dollars to charity, and was the impetus behind a major civil rights movement: the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities into mainstream society. Why have the accomplishments of Eunice Kennedy Shriver garnered so little attention? Eileen McNamara hopes to change that.

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On the monthly Bird News,  ornithologist / wildlife biologist Mark Faherty of the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary joins our host Mindy Todd to talk about the world of birds, and also other wildlife. Stories and information about skunks, chipmonks, squirrels, and insects are part of the conversation too. We hear about the life cycles of various birds, some of which are already beginning to migrate away again. Listeners join in with calls throughout the hour on The Point.

Mindy Todd talks with Annie Copps, former food editor for Boston and Yankee magazines about her new book A Little Taste of Cape Cod. It’s both a cookbook and a guidebook inspired by the many populations who have lived in the region.

Raw cacao is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, but those beneficial compounds are lost when cacao is processed. The new cookbook Chocolate Every Day has plant-based recipes for cacao treats so you can indulge and be healthy at the same time. Mindy Todd talks with the authors Bennet Coffey and Kyleen Keenan who are also founders of Not Your Sugar Mamas Chocolate on Martha’s Vineyard.

Cape Curiosities

Jul 5, 2018

To the greater world, Cape Cod is known for sand dunes and salty air, but dig a little deeper and a unique and strange history is unearthed. Robin Smith Johnson has done some digging into the Cape’s history and selected some of her most interesting findings for a new book Cape Cod Curiosities- Jeremiah’s Gutter, The Historian Who Flew as Santa, Pukwudgies and More.

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Celebrate the holiday and pick up a few new legal explanations from Rudy Guiliani when the Capitol Steps poke fun at today's news with their brand-new, one-hour 4th of July special. This special promises to be huge, fantastic, tremendous... If there's anything both sides can agree on, it's that we all could use a good laugh.

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Falmouth author and musician Brian Engles talks to Mindy Todd about his first novel Wildball, set on Cape Cod. Here's a Link to Black Rose Writing for more information on the book.

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According to the ALS Association as many as 30,000 Americans suffer from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. There is no known cure for this neurodegenerative disorder. As a result, many of those diagnosed are placed in the frightening position of knowing that they only have a few years left to live. We hear the story of a man facing the illness. We also hear why doctors remain positive about prospects to slow down or reverse the progression of ALS.

On The Point, Mindy Todd hosts this interview with author Lisa Genova about her latest book Every Note Played. It's the story of Richard, an accomplished pianist who now has ALS, and his estranged wife Karina who becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard's muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their pasts before it's too late. This book is inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit, as are the author's previous New York Times bestselling novels Still Alice and Love, Anthony.

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