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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In 2008 Woody Tasch coined the term "slow money," a reference to the "slow food" movement, but applied to economies and investment that respect nature and humanity. Ten years and one economic recession later, we talk with him about the success of the slow money movement. We also discuss how nurture capital might support the local food and farming movement in our region.

Americans are increasingly dividing along political racial and gender lines. On The Point, we discuss what is lost when we miss connections with others, and ways we come together around our common humanity. 

Anne Jolles learned to cope with the stress and anxiety in her life, and she is on a mission to share her approach with others. She named it The Grace Trail. On The Point, we hear about how and why reflections on gratitude and hope can restore a sense of well being. Mindy Todd hosts.

Bird News in Fall

Oct 9, 2018
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Migration is much more complex than just flying south for winter. Many of the birds we observe here in our region are responding to the mysterious fluctuations of seed crops all across the boreal belt into Canada. Some birds erupt southwards unpredictably as seeds ripen. Each species has favorite foods: redpoles look for birch catkins, grossbeaks, and pine siskins look for sprucecones and pinecones. Acorn, beechnuts, and hazelnuts attract jays.

A debate with candidates running for State Representative in the 2nd Barnstable District.  Incumbent Will Crocker (Republican) meets challenger Paul Cusack (Democrat) in the Point studio.  Mindy Todd hosts.  Issues include affordable housing and homelessness, safety at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant, traffic and transportation, and more.

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On The Point, Artistic Director and Conductor at the Cape Symphony Jung Ho Pak talks about their upcoming show that takes disco to a new level. Mindy Todd hosts on The Point. 

In 1856 The sailing vessel John Rutledge left Liverpool on a passage to New York. En route the ship encountered large icebergs and sank. While most of the passengers and crew made it to lifeboats, only person survived the ordeal: Thomas Nye from Fairhaven. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with Author Brian Murphy about his new book Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived to Tell About It.     

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Tragedy struck on Saturday September 15th when 26-year old Arthur Medici from Revere was fatally bitten by a white shark off Newcomb Hollow beach in Wellfleet. Medici was the first shark-bite fatality in Massachusetts since 1936 but the second person this summer to be bitten. On Aug. 15 William Lytton from New York was bitten while swimming at Long Nook Beach in Truro. Today on The Point we look at the safety, economic and natural resource management repercussions from the shark bite fatality. 

 

Books on Food

Sep 27, 2018
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This month's Books show topic is FOOD. Mindy Todd hosts the conversation in The Point studio, with guests Kelly Porter of Woods Hole Library, and Jill Erickson of Falmouth Public Library. They make our mouths water with quotes and selections from a huge range of literature relating to the culinary arts. Not just food, these books are also about love, yearning, our connection to the earth and growing things, indeed the fundamental elements of life. 

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Amelia Earhart may be the most famous female aviator, but she was by no means the only or even the most skilled female pilot of her time. A number of other women not only broke through gender barriers but had skills, bravery and drive that surpassed their male counterparts. On The Point, we talk with Keith O’Brien about his book Fly Girls- Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History.

 

 

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Our marine and coastal environments are facing serious challenges: some have been going on for decades while others, such as the rapid increase in the white shark population and the lack of confirmed right whale births, is unprecedented. Sandy McFarlane believes how we address these issues will require an understanding of how we got to this moment, the complexity of the environment, and how we as humans fit into the larger ecosystem. 

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Pirates are part of our popular culture: children dress up as pirates for Halloween, and we see movies or visit theme parks based on the Pirates of the Carribbean franchise. It’s all part of our romanticized version of the rackishly handsome, swashbuckling sailor who plies the high seas in search of treasure. The real story of piracy, particularly the pirates who operated off the coast of North America in the 18th and 19th centuries, is much more complicated. Eric Jay Dolin takes us on a deep dive into Pirates and their influence on the emergence of America in his latest book Black Flags, Blue Waters- The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates. He joins host Mindy Todd on The Point to tell us about it.

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On The Point, a discussion about cults. Why do people get involved in them, and how do they work?  The doctors (Marc Whaley, psychiatrist, Jonathan Schwartz, psychiatrist, and Michael Abruzzese, psychologist)  are in the studio with Mindy Todd to explore this topic. We hear about how people who feel powerless may seek a group that gives them a feeling of safety. Cults often attract people with poor self esteem, who are looking for an identity or sense of purpose. We hear about techinques used for "brainwashing," and how cult leaders are expert at manipulating their followers. 

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On the monthly Gardening program, horticulturist Roberta Clark joins our host Mindy Todd to catch up on everything happening in the world of plants. We hear about crops that did well, and also this season's challenges. We hear some tips about fall cleanup and ways to support the diversity of pollinators and many beneficial creatures that live in the less tended areas. We also discuss rats and other undesirable garden visitors.  We'll hear from Roberta again in the spring! 

Dogs Enjoy Life

Sep 13, 2018

Dr. Alice Weiss is a veterinarian and pet advice columnist who helps people navigate the joys and challenges of pet ownership. She’s also the creator of DOGSENJOYLIFE on Twitter and Instagram. Alice joins us on The Point for a fun and informative hour of dog stories, and takes questions about the health and well being of your animal.

 

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