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

Julia Cumes

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.

Music is a part of life for many who call Martha’s Vineyard home, and not just those who play music professionally. James Taylor and Carly Simon come to mind, but the island’s rich and long legacy of music dates back to the original inhabitants, the Wampanoag, and continues on today. Music on Martha’s Vineyard, a History of Harmony is a new book co-authored by Thomas Dresser and Jerry Muskin. Mindy Todd interviews them on The Point.

On The Point, we talk with ornithologist Rob Bierregard about his osprey research, and a new children’s book: it's the story of a young osprey tagged with a radio transmitter that allows scientists to track his first 4,000 mile solo migration journey from Martha's Vineyard to South America and back. 

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On The Point, an interview with a pioneer in Nantucket conservation. Jim Lentowski has been at the Nantucket Conservation Foundation for over 45 years, and was instrumental in protecting nearly one third of the island from development. On the eve of his retirement, we talk with him about his conservation ethic and lasting contribution to Nantucket. Mindy Todd hosts.

 

Books on Travel

Jul 25, 2018

This month on our Books program, we talk travel with Jill Erickson of Falmouth Public Library, and Kellie Porter of Woods Hole Public Library. From novels to travel guides, kids books and space exploration, we go on a journey, through literature, to every place imaginable! Mindy Todd hosts.

J. Junker

Opioid addiction is a nationwide public health crisis: the Center for Disease Control estimates sixty-four thousand people in the U.S. died from drug overdose in 2016. Tens of thousands more suffer from opioid addiction. We’ve been tackling opioid addiction on many fronts, but there’s one approach nine other countries are using that the United States hasn’t adopted: Supervised or Safe Injection Facilities.

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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.

J. Junker

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
Jenny Junker

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. 

Dan Tritle

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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