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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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Gloriae Dei Cantores

Based in Orleans, the Gloriae Dei Cantores Choir has toured internationally in 24 countries across Europe, Asia, and North America, including tours with the Boston Pops, broadcasts with the BBC, and collaborations with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Munich Symphony.  Dr. James E. Jordan, choir member and organist, and Blair Tingley, artistic administrator, talk with Mindy Todd about the choir's history, music and international scope.

On The Point, Sean Corcoran discusses selecting a mental healthcare provider with psychiatrist Marc Whaley and psychologist Michael Abruzzese.

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When the housing bubble burst in 2008, many Cape and Islanders faced foreclosure.  Following the housing crisis the economic recession resulted in another round of foreclosures as people were unable to pay their mortgages. Sean Corcoran talks with Housing Counselors from the Housing Assistance Corporation about strategies to avoid foreclosure, when it might be time to let go of a house, and why sometimes renting is preferable to owning a home.

John Vande Graaff

A controversial proposal: take 800 feet of a barrier island south of Cotuit Bay and move it to the western side of the same island. Conservation groups that own the island say it will improve shorebird habitat. Those in opposition are concerned about the impacts of dredging on shell fishing and the loss of a popular beach. Sean Corcoran talks about the proposal for Sampson’s Island and Dead Neck with Dr. Katharine Parsons, Director of Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Program, and Cotuit summer resident Warren Wheelwright.

Greg Berman, Sea Grant & Barnstable Co.

The Friday News Roundup: concerns about flooding and erosion from this latest winter storm, controversy over a new beach sticker in Truro, and civilian employees at the Mass Military Reservation brace for furloughs.  These stories and more on the News Roundup.

P. Miskovsky 2010

This year, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit at the Boston Flower and Garden Show will highlight the Society’s 184-year legacy leading the charge to bring the fruits of horticulture into the lives of ordinary citizens. In line with the Flower Show’s “Seeds of Change” theme, the exhibit provides insight on the social influence of horticulture through the Society’s compelling history and its current programs.  On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with guests Katherine Macdonald, Massachusetts Horticultural Society President, and Paul Miskovsky, Miskovsky Landscaping and Massachusetts Horticultural Society Board Member.

Working Waterfront Festival

For generations, women have been part of New England's fishing culture -- not only fishing themselves, but as mothers, daughters, and wives of fishermen.    On The Point with Mindy Todd, we look at a project that opens up a window to the lives, hard work, fears, and joys of women involved in fishing.  Our guests include participants in the Portholes Project, part of the New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival.

To know a place deeply, you must live there the year through. In this repeat broadcast of The Point with Mindy Todd, Laura Wainwright discusses her book Homebird: Four Seasons on Martha’s Vineyard. She offers her lyrical views of everyday things – the birds arriving and departing, the winter nights when skaters take to frozen ponds, the joys of quick dips in oceans and ponds. Since food often accompanies her memories, she includes eight of her favorite island recipes.

Bird News March 2013

Mar 2, 2013

Lapwings,  Tufted Ducks, Crossbills and Ospreys... Spring is coming, the daylight minutes are increasing, and  birds are feeling it... Mindy Todd and Vern Laux talk to fellow birders out in the field, callers on the phone, and a unique 6 year old expert with a passion for ornithology.

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On the News Roundup with Mindy Todd, Mashpee Wampanoag vote to keep Cedric Cromwell in his post as chairman of the tribe, a judge reverses a decision to reject a wind turbine in Dennis, erosion uncovers an ancient red cedar swamp in Eastham. News editors and reporters discuss these stories an more on a roundup of the week's news for Cape Cod and the Islands.

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On The Point, WCAI Senior Reporter Sean Corcoran talks with Mindy Todd about his series "By the Numbers: Worries about Cape Cod's Workforce." The 2010 Census confirms that the youngest generations of workers are leaving the Cape, while the oldest generations are retiring or moving to part-time work. What does the loss in population means in terms of the Cape's workforce and culture, and what can be done to hold onto young Cape Codders?

Great Animal Reads

Feb 27, 2013
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From pets to zoos to the farmyard and the wild, animals have inspired authors to write great books. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with Jill Erickson, reference librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Melanie Lauwers, books editor at the Cape Cod Times, about the wide range of books about the animals that fascinate us.

Here's a link to the book list.

NOAA

Dark but not silent, the ocean is rich with sound. Marine mammals and fish use sound to communicate, find food, mates, and to avoid predators. But human made noise from vessels, oil and gas exploration and sonar are drowning them out. Mindy Todd talks with Denise Risch Senior Bio-acoustician at NOAA about the impacts of ocean noise on marine mammals.

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Stormy weather, Mashpee Wampanoag tribal elections, dying Cape Cod salt marshes and Reality TV coming to Martha's Vineyard.   Join Mindy Todd and her guests for details on these stories and more on the Weekly News Roundup.

Philip Mangano believes homelessness is a moral wrong.  On The Point with Mindy Todd, he talks about new programs where private funders and investors are the funders of expanding social programs.  Mangano is the former Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

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Depression is not just a medical condition, it’s also big business.  Mindy Todd talks anti-depressants on The Point with psychiatrist Marc Whaley and psychologist Marc Whaley. According to the National Center for Health statistics, one in 10 Americans take anti-depressants and in 2008, Americans were spending 12 billion dollars each year on the medications. In 2008 a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that drug makers only published favorable study results for the efficacy of anti-depressants and none of the unfavorable studies. We’ll talk about the efficacy, business and science behind anti-depressants.

From his birth in Russia to his death in Beverly Hills, Sergei Rachmaninoff was a towering figure in classical music in the first half of the 20th Century. On The Point with Mindy Todd, Highfield Hall Music Director Robert Wyatt explains why "Rachie" (as his fans call him)  is widely considered one of the world's great pianists, and explores the life of the acclaimed composer, pianist, and conductor.

Jenny Junker

Last weekend's blizzard left many in the dark for days. It also inflicted significant coastal erosion. On The Point Weekly News Roundup, Mindy Todd is joined by local news editor Anne Brennan and WCAI reporter Sean Corcoran to discuss the impacts of last week's major storm.  They also consider the unusual seabirds blown in by the storm.

Business Diversity

Feb 14, 2013

New ideas to grow Cape Cod's economy beyond tourism to create more year round, living wage jobs. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with experts about the emerging sectors for business growth and a new push to bring entrepreneurial, tech-type business to the Cape. Guests are: Peter Karlson, founder of NeuEon and entrepreneur in residence at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, David Augustinho, Executive Director of the Cape and Island Workforce Investment board, and Gary Sheehan, CEO of Cape Medical Supply and chair of the Economic Development pillar at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. Here are more links to websites related to this topic: capejobs.com and capecod.startupweekend.org

Filmmaker Richard Miller talks with Mindy Todd on The Point about his documentary The Show That Shook the World: Marcel Duchamp and the 1913 Armory Show about the art show that introduced modern art to the United States.

Cynthia Riggs

Martha's Vineyard author Cynthia Riggs reconnects with a co-worker from her youth and a wonderful romance blossoms. The couple, aged 81 and 91, won't waste time: they're into enjoying their life together to the fullest. On the Point, Mindy Todd gets the entire amazing story.

 On The Point, Weekly News Round we talk about some of the week's top stories, including losing Saturday service at the Post Office, WMVY Radios last day on the airwaves and the on coming historic storm. 

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Substance abuse, mental illness and chronic homelessness issues are very often intertwined. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks about efforts to address these problems with Ray Tomasi from Gosnold Treatment Center, Gene Carey from VINFEN mental health outreach organization, and Paul Hebert from CHAMP house.

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How do Gray Seals affect beach water quality? How do they interact with Cape Cod fisheries? On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews Rebecca Gast of  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Owen Nichols, Director of Marine Fisheries Research at Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, about their research. Both are members of the newly created Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium or NARSC.

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Self-Help books - there are many! Our book experts Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times and Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library share some favorites with Mindy Todd on The Point, plus some suggestions from listeners.

See the book list for this program here.   

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