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.

Ways to Connect

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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.

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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. 

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.

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.

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In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on The Point we discuss the civil rights movement on Cape Cod, and the life and legacy of Cape Cod’s Civil rights icon Eugenia Fortes.

Last year the Cultural Center of Cape Cod hosted a series of monthly Sober Nights, and this year will collaborate with other arts organizations on the Cape to expand the geographic reach of the programs.

In light of the opioid addiction epidemic, discussions about substance abuse tend to focus on this growing public health crisis. It’s justified, given the dramatic rise in the numbers of people becoming addicted and dying from opioids. But when research shows that alcohol is responsible for 71 percent of substance use related deaths in Barnstable County, it's clear that we mustn’t lose sight of the devastating impacts of alcohol dependence and abuse. On The Point, we take a closer look at alcohol abuse in our region and the efforts of the newly formed Cape Cod Alcohol Coalition, created to better educate the public about the potential risks of alcohol use.

January Bird News

Jan 9, 2018

On our monthly Bird News program, we check in with ornithologist Mark Faherty of  the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, about the bird highlights of the season. We hear about how the birds have been coping with the extreme cold. Callers from around the region also join the conversation and report bird and other wildlife sightings. Mindy Todd hosts.

Shortly before Christmas in 1943, five Army aviators left Alaska’s Ladd Field on a routine flight to test their hastily retrofitted B-24 Liberator in harsh winter conditions. The mission ended in a crash that claimed all but one: Leon Crane, a city kid from Philadelphia with no wilderness experience. With little more than a parachute for cover and an old Boy Scout knife in his pocket, Crane found himself alone in subzero temperatures.

Humans have expressed themselves through writing for thousands of years. But for many, writing is a creative outlet and accompanied by a desire to share with a larger audience. We talk with new and seasoned writers about the writing process, how to hone writing skills, and opportunities to share work.

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Ring in the new year with laughter! We join the Capitol Steps, the performance group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy, for their year-end edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday." They dig into the headlines and perform song parodies and skits which convey a special brand of satirical humor. 

 

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In a new hour-long special, "Sexual Harassment: A Moment of Reckoning," Weekend Edition Sunday host Lulu Garcia-Navarro takes a deep dive into a national conversation that is growing louder by the day.

For our monthly book show, our topic is funny books. Jill Erickson of Falmouth Library and Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb's Books  join our host Mindy Todd to talk and laugh about the books on their lists. 

Click here for a list of the books we talked about on the show.

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Twice a year, students converge in Woods Hole to learn the art and craft of radio storytelling. Many arrive having never held a microphone but graduate from the Transom Story Workshop with a ready to air radio piece.

We talk with lead instructor Rob Rosenthal, and hear several of the pieces produced by classes from this past year.

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