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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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

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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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: an indictment is issued in the slaying of Sergeant Sean Gannon; the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe looks to a bill in congress to secure its reservation land, and as recreational marijuana rolls out, local police are get training to handle drivers using drugs.

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.

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.

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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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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: Yarmouth residents raise concerns about plans to bring a power line ashore through Lewis Bay; Gosnold will look for a new site for its proposed drug rehab facility—one that’s not next to a school; and Cape Cod sees a decline in opioid prescription rates.

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.

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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.  

Jennifer Junker

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: community outcry continues to build in Falmouth over a proposal to locate a rehab facility next to a school; local towns are increasingly communicating through social media; and a prince comes to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.

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. 

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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.

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.