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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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: a state study, 5 years in the making calls, for new Cape bridges and major changes to connecting roads; Dennis and Yarmouth search for a path forward after an updated regional school agreement fails; and a drug court opens in Falmouth.

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Educational Foundations provide funds for teachers to use in the classroom or for professional development. We discuss why educational foundations are needed and how they complement and enhance public education. We also visit two classrooms to hear how educators are using grant money. 

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Funding for arts education has been in decline nationwide, and low income communities have been hit the hardest.  Yet, according to the non profit Americans for the Arts, students who participate in the arts are more likely to stay in school, succeed in school, in life and in work. Phoebe Hemenway Legere is an artist and musician dedicated to bringing arts education to all students through the  non profit Foundation for New American Art.  She spoke with producer Amy Vince.

Disruptions to international recycling markets have been widely reported. This led to conversations in the WCAI newsroom about how much of the waste we generate here on the Cape and Islands is being recycled. Our series The Big Blue Bin examines four major household recycling streams: cans, glass, paper, and plastic, to discover how much of what we toss into the big blue bin is really being recycled, and at what cost.  We dig more deeply into regional recycling with WCAI reporters and editors, and Kari Parcell, Regional Waste Reduction Coordinator at Barnstable County. 

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The month of May, with fresh new leaves and lovely blossoms, is a delightful time in the garden. Horticulturist Roberta Clarke joins our host Mindy Todd to talk about the plant highlights of the season. We hear tips on favorite plant varieties, and strategies to minimize damage from insects and other pests. 

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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 Mashpee Wampanoag get a victory as the US Congress passes a bill affirming the tribe’s sovereignty; a lawsuit between the towns of Yarmouth and Dennis goes to court; and shark souvenirs are hot items, but Cape retailers are trying not to cross the line of good taste.

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Twenty Summers was founded to restore the Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown, promote the creation of art and provide opportunities for the public to engage with art and artists. In cooperation with Twenty Summers, WCAI brings you the first of several conversations recorded at the Hawthorne Barn. The opening night of Season Six brought together two esteemed newswomen, photojournalist Susan Meiselas and writer Elizabeth Rubin.

Mood Disorders

May 15, 2019

What is mood and what causes it to get disordered? Our panel of mental health professionals talks about various mood disorders, how they are diagnosed and treated, and their effect on families. They also discuss controversy surrounding bipolar disorder. 

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On The Point, Host Mindy Todd and Wildlife Biologist Mark Faherty of the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, bring us the highlights from the Avian world in the glorious month of May. This is the time of year that exotic migrants turn up at feeders, on the water, and in woods and thickets all around our region. Many birds both year-round and migratory, are well into breeding season, and the insects are beginning to proliferate, too. 

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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: a tweet from the president stalls a bill intended to protect Mashpee Wampanoag tribal land;  Dennis town meeting rejects a new regional school pact, throwing a future middle school into jeopardy; and the body of a humpback whale washes ashore and is towed away.   

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The Cape and Islands are known for great recreational fishing. The sport is an economic driver for the state, a passionate pursuit for many, and recreational fishermen’s knowledge of fish species, habitat and historical trends help aid in the management of fisheries. On The Point, we talk about the science, sport and even some superstitions of recreational fishing, Steve Junker hosts.

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Charter schools are public schools, but there are differences in how they are structured, funded, and overseen. On The Point, we talk with educators and public school administrators about why charter schools got started in Massachusetts, how they’ve evolved over the past two decades, and some of the distinctions between the public school and charter school models.

Homeless Youth

May 7, 2019

According to the Massachusetts Department of Education the number of homeless students has steadily risen over the past 6 years. Being homeless isn’t just about a place to sleep; there are implications on physical and mental health, academic success, and risk behavior. On The Point, we talk with those involved with supports and services for homeless children and young adults. 

A young Cape Cod band, Celtic Roots (formerly the Keltic Kids), visits The Point studio to share some of their favorite tunes, talk about their music, and discuss how they operate as a band, including decisions about musical arrangements, benefit concerts, festivals and tours. Amy Vince hosts this interview.

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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: Brayton Point’s two cooling towers disappear into rubble with a record-setting implosion; new rules to protect endangered right whales would impact the gear fishermen can use; and T-mobile is suing the town of Barnstable over a cellphone antenna.

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