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

Books and Dreams

5 hours ago

Our BOOKS show on The Point this month features the world of dreams. We hear about techniques to enhance dream recall, how dreams are useful in our waking lives, Native American dream lore, and how famous people such as Salvador Dali and Paul McCartney got ideas from dreams. Jill Erickson of Falmouth Public Library and author Peter Abrahams join our host Mindy Todd in the studio.

Great American Music

Apr 24, 2018
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On The Point, an hour of great American music. First, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Jung Ho Pak joins us to discuss American composers whose work is considered groundbreaking. The Symphony’s American Mavericks Concert features Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass and John Adams. 

For parents of children with developmental disabilities a question that haunts many is: what will happen to my child when I’m gone? Who will watch over him or her? Where will my child live? Can he or she hold a job? Today we discuss options for personal, financial and health care decision making as children with developmental disabilities come of age. 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of adults with mental illness in the U.S. do not receive mental healthcare treatment. Psychiatrists Dr. Marc Whaley and Dr. Jonathan Schwartz join host Mindy Todd in The Point studio to discuss the issues.

 

 

On The Point, we kick off another season of gardening with Roberta Clark, horticulturist and entomologist. From tending seedlings to pruning old trees, Mindy Todd and Roberta Clark cover all your garden questions and share advice on plant varieties, how to manage pest invasions, and building your garden soil. 

The 2016 election of Donald Trump brought to the forefront many divides in our country. Almost 18 months after the election, many continue to be anxious or depressed about the direction our country and the world is taking. On The Point, we talk with psychologists Deb Berglin and Jenny Putnam about how the political environment can affect our health, and hear about skills and strategies to manage the stress and anxiety.

Janet Uhlar of Eastham was one of the 12 jurors who decided the guilty verdict on James "Whitey" Bulger’s trial. She’s written a new book about the trial titled The Truth Be Damned. It’s fiction…. Of sorts. 

Communities across Massachusetts are grappling with how to manage the cultivation and sale of cannabis after a state-wide measure for legalizing the adult use and sale of marijuana passed in 2016. 

Truro selectman have placed a warrant on the April 25th town meeting that would temporarily ban cannabis businesses in the town, but farmers hoping to cultivate the crop this year are pushing back.

Spring Birds Get Busy

Apr 10, 2018
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Birds here on the Cape and Islands are very busy: courtship and nesting, and more spring migrants arriving.  On this month's Bird News on The Point, we hear the latest reports on sightings, and all about nests and nest boxes. Also a conversation about the use of chemical pesticides in our yards.  Mark Faherty, ornithologist and wildlife biologist at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, joins host Mindy Todd in the studio.

How many times have we heard “eat your vegetables” or said it ourselves?

Results from a local study reveal that people who increase their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables do see improvements in health and habits.

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AmeriCorps volunteers have contributed countless hours to natural resource management and disaster preparedness in Barnstable County. During the recent storms, volunteers could be found manning the emergency shelters and stacking sand bags to protect against coastal flooding. The program recently lost housing for volunteers on the Upper Cape. On The Point, we discuss what this means for the future of the program. 

 

According to the National Institute of Mental Health nearly one third of adolescents are affected by anxiety disorder. Not only is that number on the rise, the severity of the anxiety is also increasing. 

Statistics on child sexual abuse show that 90 percent of offenders are someone the child knows and trusts. What safeguards should be in place to protect our children at school, home and in the community? On The Point, we talk with Jacob Stapledon, Community Education Coordinator at Children’s Cove which provides services on the Cape and Islands for child victims of sex abuse.

 

There is increasing attention to teen brain development and how it impacts teens behavior and risk taking, such as using alcohol and drugs. Parents and other interested members of the community are working to keep teens safer, healthier, and substance-free through the middle and high school years. Coming up on April 8th in Falmouth is a Community Forum on Addiction & Adolescent Brain. On The Point, we hear about this work and what supports are available for teens and their families.

Vietnam After the War

Mar 29, 2018

What happened to the people who remained in the former South Vietnam after the war ended in April 1975? Quoc Pham was a former South Vietnamese naval officer who was imprisoned in a communist re-education camp. He survived the camp and escaped from Vietnam by boat.

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