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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In October of 2015 the El Faro, a U.S. flagged cargo ship, sank in Hurricane Joaquin northeast of the Bahamas. Despite a seasoned crew, state of the art navigation systems, and advance warning of the storm, the ship went down with without sending out a Mayday and without launching lifeboats.

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Aug 30, 2018
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 The Black Iris Project is a ballet collaborative creating new ballet works celebrating diversity and black history. They’ll be performing on the Vineyard as part of the Vineyard Arts Project. On The Point, we talk with Jeremy McQueen, choreographer with The Black Iris Project. Mindy Todd hosts.

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  The US Coast Guard flight crews stationed on Cape Cod are at the ready 24 / 7 to respond to vessels in distress from New York City to the border of Canada. In this special re-broadcast, we talk with Coast Guard pilots, flight mechanics and rescue swimmers about their work, and tag along on a helicopter training flight to see them in action. We also hear the story of a woman who was rescued 300 miles offshore by a Coast Guard Helicopter crew in Hurricane Grace.

 

Cape Cod and the Islands are hot spots for Lyme disease. 2017 data from the State Department of Public Health showed Dukes County leading the state in Lyme disease, followed by Berkshire and Plymouth counties, Nantucket 4th, and Barnstable ranked 6th. On The Point, we discuss how Lyme disease affects the body, why it can be difficult to diagnose, and the toll chronic Lyme takes on psychological and physical health. We’ll also talk with researchers about their work tracking the spread of the disease. 

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What are some of the reasons athletes use drugs? How is doping different from other technological advances we see being adopted in sport? What impact does doping have on young athletes? On The Point, Thomas Murray joins us to discuss these and related topics. His new book is titled Good Sport: Why our Games Matter and How Doping Undermines Them.Mindy Todd hosts. For more information on this topic, see the U.S.

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On The Point, we talk about WCAI's collaboration with the Groundtruth Project, which is a non-partisan non-profit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists.  Founder and executive director of the Groundtruth Project Charles Sennott joins us along with our two Groundtruth fellows, Samantha Fields and Pien Huang, and WCAI news director Steve Junker. Mindy Todd hosts.  

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Depression.  The cause is believed to be a combination of  genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.  Who's at risk?  We discuss the topic, as well as treatments such as TMS, transcranial magnetic stimulation, a non-invasive procedure which uses magnetic fields to stimulate the brain.

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Shorebird populations are on the decline, and species that nest in the Arctic are among the most affected.  On the Point, ornithologist Mark Faherty talks about shorebirds, the diet of a Great Blue Heron, and other news from the birding world.  Mark is science coordinator at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Twice a year students from around the country descend on Woods Hole for an nine-week intensive training in radio storytelling and production. It’s the Transom Story Workshop and has helped shaped the next generation of public radio producers. On The Point, we talk with Transom's lead instructor Rob Rosenthal, and hear some of the pieces produced by students in the spring class.

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It’s been 30 years since Hurricane Bob hit Cape Cod, and many meteorologists believe it’s only a matter of time before another hurricane impacts South Eastern New England. WCAI and the Cape Cod Times are collaborating on an extensive series that asks the question “Are We Ready?” On The Point, we talk with editors and reporters from the series, and discuss how we as a region and as individuals can prepare.

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On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews Joseph Deitch about his new book entitled Elevate- An Essential Guide to Life. They discuss improving one's self awareness, and skills that can make us healthier and happier.

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, over 39 million Americans are affected by migraine, but most people don’t realize how serious and incapacitating a migraine can be. Susanna Styron’s documentary OUT OF MY HEAD sets out to investigate migraine attacks, talking with doctors, neuroscientists, and those whose lives are impacted by this deeply stigmatized neurological disease.

 

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On The Point, we talk about breast cancer, its prevalence on the Cape, risk factors, and prevention. According to the National Cancer Institute, after skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Approximately 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. 

A growing body of evidence shows links between childhood adversity and illness, both physical and psychological. Research also shows adults who experienced toxic stress as children are at greater risk for chronic disease. 

Jazz on Cape Cod

Jul 31, 2018
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Now in its 14th year, the Provincetown Jazz Festival is known for bringing jazz musicians from around the world to venues on the Cape. This year, the festival highlights three musicians from the Bay State. We talk with the festival’s founder and jazz musician Bart Weisman about this year’s line up and the year round opportunities for hearing, performing and learning about jazz and jazz musicians.

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