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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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Charley Parkhurst was a legend among 19th century Wells-Fargo stagecoach drivers, known as one of the best. He chewed tobacco, smoked cigars, played cards, drank and cussed with the best of them. He died in 1879. Then, and only then, was Parkhursts' lifelong secret revealed - he was a she.

Although the subject of much speculation, few facts are known about the life of Charley Parkhurst, also known as One-Eyed Charlie or Six-Horse Charlie:

The mission of Massachusetts Community Colleges’ is to provide affordable education that serves the needs of their individual regions. This means providing the appropriate coursework, training and skills students require now, while looking ahead to be prepared for how community needs will evolve in the future.

This week's top stories from WCAI news partner, The Cape Cod Times:

An apology to Times readers - An internal review has found that Karen Jeffrey, a writer for the Cape Cod Times since 1981, fabricated people included in nearly three dozen stories since 1998, when electronic archiving began.

Analysis: Mashpee tribe poised to lose certain bet - The Mashpee Wampanoag’s plan for a casino in Taunton is in jeopardy following a rejection by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs in October which has led to a review by the gaming commission.

"Grade A Baby Eggs" is a personal account of infertility, IVF and egg donation.
Courtesy of Victoria Hopewell

In July 1983, doctors at UCLA transplanted a fertilized egg from one woman into the womb of another. Nine months later, the world's first egg donation baby was born.

It's been nearly thirty years since that breakthrough, and egg or embryo donation is estimated to have brought more than 47,000 babies into the world. But the process is far from perfect.

Don't let holiday baking stress you out.
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It's that time of year. For most of us, the holidays bring extra eating and, for some, they bring extra cooking. Elspeth Hay, host of WCAI's Local Food Report, and Dave Masch, author of Cooking the Catch, talk about traditional holiday foods and share some of their holiday dinner disasters.

What's your tradition? Or worst holiday kitchen moment?

This week's top news stories - plus a preview of holiday celebrations across the Cape and Islands this weekend - from WCAI news partner, The Cape Cod Times:

Drug lab scandal raises legal complexities - Cape defendants continue appearing in court on cases related to the state drug lab scandal, but the issues raised are becoming more complex.

Sunken boat identified as Twin Lights - State police used their unmanned robot to identify the sunken Twin Lights scallop boat Tuesday in 198-foot waters two miles north of Race Point. But obscured windows in the pilothouse, murky waters and fast currents prevented the robot from revealing whether the body of Capt. Jean Frottier was onboard.

No matter how well you think you know Nantucket, you'll learn a few things reading Peter Brace's book Nantucket: A Natural History. The book spans some 15,000 years - from Nantucket's formation as the glaciers retreated, up to the present day - and draws together the voices of myriad experts.

Whether you're in the market for the perfect gift or a good read on a dark winter afternoon, we've got you covered. As we do each year, we turn to Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times, for their holiday book suggestions.

Michael Rockland served as assistant cultural attaché in Madrid in the 1960's. His memoir, An American Diplomat in Franco Spain, is filled with amusing anecdotes and illuminating accounts of historical events from that period, including stories about accompanying Martin Luther King Jr. and Ted Kennedy during their visits to Madrid, and what happened when the US accidentally dropped 4 hydrogen bombs on coastal Spain.

He's best known for his extraordinary strength and x-ray vision, and his sense of justice and righteousness. But Superman has evolved since his creation in the 1930's, often reflecting shifts in American culture and norms. Writer Larry Tye, author of Superman, the High-flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero, discusses this history of Superman.

The Psychology of Fear

Oct 17, 2012

What is your greatest fear? Speaking in public? Spiders? Snakes? What makes us afraid? A powerful and primitive emotion, fear prompts both a biochemical and emotional response. While one is universal the latter is highly individualized. Psychologist Michael Abruzzese and Psychiatrist Marc Whaley discuss the psychology of fear.

Tom Keyes is the Republican candidate for the Plymouth-Barnstable State Senate seat representing Bourne, Falmouth, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth, and Sandwich. He talks about his positions on the issues and why he is running for office.

This week's top stories from WCAI news partner, The Cape Cod Times:

Police work to thwart suicides - The first of a two-part series on suicide on Cape Cod.

Peters Pond residents claim foul - Residents of Peters Pond RV Resort say they continue to be threatened and fed misinformation by the park management, and their accusations are supported by the state attorney general's office, which has filed a lawsuit.

Fall is "the time" for birding on the Cape and islands - a chance to see a diversity of species that pass through on their way south for winter. Ornithologist Vernon Laux talks fall migration and brings us up to date on the latest bird news.

Pablo Suarez, Scientist with the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Center and a gaming enthusiast, talks about innovative ways to educate developing nations about the impacts of climate change. Suarez has developed participatory games to help explain the complexities and threats surrounding climate change and raise awareness about the options of dealing with it before a storm, crop failure or flood hits.

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