The Point

9:00am and 7:00pm

WCAI's award-winning public affairs program. Tuesday through Thursday, Mindy Todd hosts a lively and informative discussion on critical issues for Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Coast. Every Friday is the News Roundup, as WCAI News Director Steve Junker speaks with news editors and reporters from around the region.

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On The Point, we discuss this year's Martha's Vineyard International Festival with founder Richard Paradise.

Books About Pirates

Aug 29, 2018

Pirates are the topic this month on The Point books show. Our guests Jill Erickson, reference librarian at the Falmouth Public Library, and Peter Abrahams, author,  join host Amy Vince in the WCAI studio to discuss the great variety of books about pirates. From Captain Kidd's lost treasure, to the modern day piracy of huge container ships, we dip into the dangerous and fascinating world of pirate stories.

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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.


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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is partnering with another tribe to build a gambling facility on Martha’s Vineyard; the town of Sandwich has state approvals for restoring Town Neck Beach – now it’s waiting on the Army Corp of Engineers; and a new tick species may be making its way to the Cape.

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.

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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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: hundreds of people line the route of a funeral procession for Kevin Quinn of Mashpee; a decommissioning buyer for Pilgrim Nuclear plant raises hopes… and questions; and Yarmouth selectmen tell Vineyard Wind to make a better offer.

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.


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.

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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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: two Falmouth Police officers are shot, and the suspect is arraigned in his hospital room; the owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant wants to sell it for decommissioning; and Vineyard Wind submits its proposed rates for electricity.

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.