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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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The average person has a dozen online accounts such as email, banking, and Facebook. What happens to those accounts and the information in them once you die? What about the personal information, pictures, and passwords stored on the iPhone you traded in - do you trust that the store really wiped it clean before selling it? Mindy Todd talks about creating a digital estate plan, how to access accounts if a deceased family member hasn’t made a plan, and how to ensure devices like phones, tablets and computers are free of personal data before they leave your hands.

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Humor writer Daniel Klein traveled to Greece with a suitcase full of philosophy books, seeking the best way to achieve happiness in old age.  He talks to Mindy Todd on The Point about his book, Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life.

    

A story that deals with romance complicated by politics, and involving spies, heroic deeds, and personal triumphs.  On The Point, Mindy Todd talks to author Nancy Rubin Stuart about her book, Defiant Brides: the Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-era Women and the Radical Men They Married.

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Some cars remain forever in the minds of their creators.  Some make it to the the concept stage.  On The Point, Mindy Todd tours an exhibit of concept cars of the past and the future.  The exhibit is at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich.

Watch a video tour of the car show, created by WCAI's Brian Morris:

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Humming birds flying backwards, returning migrants, woodpeckers vandalizing car mirrors... May is an exciting time for birds and birders. Vern Laux shares his unique expertise with Mindy Todd and listeners on the monthly Bird News program. 

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The Weekly News Roundup on The Point. Mindy Todd and her guests talk about the latest on the marathon bombing investigation, the head of a defunct charity faces years in prison after being found guilty of fraud, and deception, and it's Gabriel Gomez vs. Edward Markey in the U.S. Senate special election. A look at these stories and more.

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Some say that Judy Garland was the greatest entertainer who ever lived.  Despite her professional success, she led a troubled personal life.  On The Point, American music specialist Robert Wyatt talks to Mindy Todd about Garland's life and music.

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On The Point with Mindy Todd, singer-songwriter Kami Lyle talks about her Kami Lyle Sit-A-While show, which she describes as a cross between Austin City Limits, Prairie Home Companion and Ellen.

Will Eastham vote for municipal water? At town meeting on May 6th, Eastham voters will be asked to approve a 114 million-dollar municipal water system. Those in favor point to the presence of nitrates from septic systems in private wells and the leaching of a possible carcinogen dioxane from the town dump into the well water of nine homes.  Opponents say there are other effective and less expensive options to ensure safe drinking water in Eastham. Mindy Todd has the story on The Point.

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On the Weekly News Roundup: updates on the Boston Marathon bombings aftermath; Sandwich Community Schools closes its doors, and the first urine-diverting toilet in the country gets approved in Falmouth. Mindy Todd speaks with reporters and news editors on The Point,

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Human rights advocate Carl Wilkens was the only American to stay in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, and worked amid the slaughter to protect hundreds of orphans.  On The Point, he talks with Mindy Todd about the horrors he experienced and why he stayed.  Wilkens is the author of a new book, I'm Not Leaving.

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Mindy Todd  hosts book experts Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times, on The Point to discuss new nonfiction books.

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Making a home more livable and welcoming to everyone, regardless of age or ability, are the principles of universal design. Architect Deborah Pierce is back to continue a conversation on The Point with Mindy Todd about universal design features. Deborah’s ideas go beyond ramps and grab-bars. She describes how "accessible" can be both beautiful and functional.

From the bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday, to the FBI's revelation of the suspects' images, to the midnight shootout in Watertown and now a manhunt underway, the news of the week was dominated by unexpected events. Mindy Todd rounds-up the stories on The Point.   

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The Cape and Islands are known for their natural beauty - the ocean, dunes and inland ponds and woods. But our region also has cultivated areas of natural beauty - gardens that are in coming into bloom this time of year.

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Hundreds of people, including children, witnessed the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday. Veteran journalists said the carnage was some of the worst they have seen. Mindy Todd talks with psychologist Michael Abruzzese and Psychiatrist Marc Whaley about the psychological effects of witnessing mass trauma and why we see unprecedented acts of kindness, generosity and community after such tragic events.

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Turbines and marijuana issues were on the warrants of several town meetings this week, an uncertain future for the  Monster Shark Tournament in Oak Bluffs, and Falmouth's planning board chair ends his tenure on a musical note.  Mindy Todd hosts the Weekly News Roundup talking about these and other news stories of the week.

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There’s a lot to know about making your home more efficient, and new technology is developing fast. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with architect Andrew Borghese about energy efficient design, builder Christian Valle about tips for contractors and do it your-selfers, and Megan Amsler of Cape and Islands Self Reliance about free energy audits and rebates for energy efficient improvements. Here are some links for more information:

The teachings of Confucius, Aristotle and Socrates are over 2,000 years old, but they still have relevance in the 21st Century. The book "Inner Philosopher" chronicles 16 conversations between Lou Marinoff and Daisaku Ikeda illustrating the relevance of philosophy in our every day life and how to make the teachings of philosophy accessible to everyone. Mindy Todd sits down with author Lou Marinoff to talk the book on The Point.

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The Friday News Roundup: some Cape Cod residents are concerned over Taunton State Hospital possibly closing; contentious issues at town meetings; and resuming rail service between Boston and Hyannis.  Mindy Todd and her guests discuss these and other issues in this week's news.

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Author and historian James Patterson argues that 1965 was a pivotal year for the United States.  He says that it was the year when politics and culture trumped all.  Patterson, a Brown University historian, talks to host Mindy Todd on The Point about his new book Eve of Destruction.

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Kathleen Glick’s grandson survived the Sandyhook school shooting hiding in a closet with his teacher and classmates. 20 other children and 6 adults at the school were shot and killed that day. Mindy Todd talks with Ms. Glick about the experiences of her grandson that morning and the impacts of the shooting on her family.

Bird News April 2013

Apr 2, 2013
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Spring is really here! Vern and Mindy discuss the season's highlights from the world of birds. Bald eagles, more woodcocks, the birdsong that may have inspired Beethoven, and lots of nesting and breeding behavior... On the importance of bird calls: Vern says he does 90% of his birding by listening. And did you know that birds have local accents?

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The state legislature's Lyme Disease Task Force has a new report out. On The Point, reporter Sean Corcoran speaks with State Senator Dan Wolf and retired biologist Brenda Boleyn about the report's recommendations and how these jibe with the latest tick science and ecology.

Books on Religion

Mar 27, 2013

On The Point, Mindy Todd finds out which books on religion her expert guests recommend. Jill Erickson is Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Melanie Lauwers is Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times. The half hour is full of insight and laughter.

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