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 monthly Bird News,  ornithologist / wildlife biologist Mark Faherty of the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary joins our host Mindy Todd to talk about the world of birds, and also other wildlife. Stories and information about skunks, chipmonks, squirrels, and insects are part of the conversation too. We hear about the life cycles of various birds, some of which are already beginning to migrate away again. Listeners join in with calls throughout the hour on The Point.

Mindy Todd talks with Annie Copps, former food editor for Boston and Yankee magazines about her new book A Little Taste of Cape Cod. It’s both a cookbook and a guidebook inspired by the many populations who have lived in the region.

Raw cacao is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, but those beneficial compounds are lost when cacao is processed. The new cookbook Chocolate Every Day has plant-based recipes for cacao treats so you can indulge and be healthy at the same time. Mindy Todd talks with the authors Bennet Coffey and Kyleen Keenan who are also founders of Not Your Sugar Mamas Chocolate on Martha’s Vineyard.

Cape Curiosities

Jul 5, 2018

To the greater world, Cape Cod is known for sand dunes and salty air, but dig a little deeper and a unique and strange history is unearthed. Robin Smith Johnson has done some digging into the Cape’s history and selected some of her most interesting findings for a new book Cape Cod Curiosities- Jeremiah’s Gutter, The Historian Who Flew as Santa, Pukwudgies and More.

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Celebrate the holiday and pick up a few new legal explanations from Rudy Guiliani when the Capitol Steps poke fun at today's news with their brand-new, one-hour 4th of July special. This special promises to be huge, fantastic, tremendous... If there's anything both sides can agree on, it's that we all could use a good laugh.

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Falmouth author and musician Brian Engles talks to Mindy Todd about his first novel Wildball, set on Cape Cod. Here's a Link to Black Rose Writing for more information on the book.

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According to the ALS Association as many as 30,000 Americans suffer from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. There is no known cure for this neurodegenerative disorder. As a result, many of those diagnosed are placed in the frightening position of knowing that they only have a few years left to live. We hear the story of a man facing the illness. We also hear why doctors remain positive about prospects to slow down or reverse the progression of ALS.

On The Point, Mindy Todd hosts this interview with author Lisa Genova about her latest book Every Note Played. It's the story of Richard, an accomplished pianist who now has ALS, and his estranged wife Karina who becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard's muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their pasts before it's too late. This book is inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit, as are the author's previous New York Times bestselling novels Still Alice and Love, Anthony.

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On The Point, we discuss the proposed Herring River project, which aims to restore and protect one of the largest impacted estuaries in New England. We hear about the research behind the plan, the different phases for implementation, and the concerns residents and property owners have about the scope and impact of the project.

 

This month our BOOK program on The Point features books about Cape Cod and the Islands. Mindy Todd sits down with Jill Erickson, Head of Reference and Adult Services at Falmouth Public Library, and Mary Fran Buckley, co-owner of Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, to talk about their picks for this category.  We also hear from listeners throughout the region. 

Click here for the list of books from today's program.

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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Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky and poet Monica Youn share recent work and exchange ideas, along with moderator Elizabeth Bradfield, local poet and naturalist in this event recorded at the Hawthorne Art Barn and presented by Twenty Summers

With the recent deaths of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, mental health professionals are concerned there could be an increased risk of contagion suicide. On the flip side, bringing suicide into the national dialogue could encourage those contemplating suicide to seek help. On The Point, we talk with psychologist Michael Abruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley about the science behind suicide contagion, as well as treatment and prevention strategies. Mindy Todd hosts. 

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After a cool, wet spring, gardeners are enjoying luxurious if slightly slower growth of their favorite perennials. Horticulturalist Roberta Clark joins our host Mindy Todd in The Point studio to cover the highlights of this season. We hear lots of tips for garden joy: from dividing and transplanting to safeguarding  treasured cultivars from various pests, while encouraging beneficial species to thrive. Listeners from around the region join the discussion by calling in with questions and comments.

A conversation from Twenty Summers in Provincetown:  Award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers and longtime foreign correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran talk about the intersection of politics, journalism, and art.

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