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The Point with Mindy Todd

An interview with Democrat Stephen Michael Palmer, as we continue our conversations with candidates for the Plymouth Barnstable State Senate Seat. Mindy Todd hosts.


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Many believe there is an environmental and moral imperative to address our changing climate. We are now seeing scientists and faith leaders teaming up to push for more action. On The Point, we talk with leaders from the faith and science communities about this alliance, and ways to help on a local level.

Staying Active

Feb 24, 2020

Did you make a New Year Resolution to get more exercise? It’s nearing the end of February; how’s it going? On The Point, we discuss the importance of staying active, especially as we age, and ways to modify activities to prevent injury and accommodate physical limitations. We also talk about the growing popularity of Pickleball, and other activities organized by Town Rec Departments, designed to get you moving.


On The Point, a conversation with democrat Becky Coletta, candidate for the Plymouth Barnstable State Senate Seat. Mindy Todd and Steve Junker host this interview, which is part of our series of candidate interviews. 

Romance Stories

Feb 20, 2020

Romance books are big business: 1.8 billion dollars, and there's a very devoted fan base. What makes a good romance novel? We find out on The Point. Petra Mayer, Books Editor for NPR, and Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library, join us to share their top picks for Books on Romance.

On The Point, our behavioral health conversation this month is about recognizing when you need help, and how to find the supports you need. 

Our panel of mental health experts talk about the various disciplines, and barriers, in mental health care. State Senator Julian Cyr also joins us to talk about a mental health care reform bill that passed the Senate last week . The Mental Health A.B.C. Act proposes a more integrated system that includes parity and insurance reforms. 

Presidents Day

Feb 17, 2020
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It’s Presidents Day, and on The Point we discuss Presidential Trivia with Van and Wendy Northcross.  Over the last 20 years, they've been visiting the libraries, birthplaces, and gravesites of United States Presidents, collecting memorabilia and many interesting facts. Mindy Todd and Steve Junker host.


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WCAI's Kathryn Eident hosts a roundup of local and regional news of the week.  Her guests: Cindy McCormick from the Cape Cod Times; Jack Spillane from the New Bedford Standard-Times; George Brennan from the Martha's Vineyard Times; Mary Ann Bragg from the Provincetown Banner; Josh Balling from the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, Louisa Hufstader from the Vineyard Gazette; WCAI's statehouse reporter Mike Deehan; and WCAI Morning Edition producer Sam Houghton.

Jesse Brown is a Republican candidate for the Plymouth Barnstable State Senate seat. On The Point, host Kathryn Eident talks with him about the political issues, as part of our interview series on the candidates.

The Truth About Sugar

Feb 13, 2020

Not long ago fat was considered the nemesis to healthy eating: now sugar is in the hot seat. Those who stop eating sugar claim to feel energized and clear headed. We discuss fact and fiction about sugar and how to develop a healthy relationship with food. 

In January the mercury reached 74 degrees in Boston, and here on the Cape and Islands we've had multiple days with temperatures in the 50's. While we can't point to warm winter days as evidence of climate change, we can look at trends and patterns to put what we're experiencing into context. Joining us to discuss weather, climate change, and the complexity of climate modeling and forecasting are David Coe, Ph.D. student at UMass Lowell Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, and Tyler Harrington, Masters student at UMass Lowell Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. Steve Junker hosts.

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In mid-February, many of us are birding by watching feeders from the comfort and warmth of our homes. Put those observations to use in the Great Backyard Bird Count on February 14th: we’ll tell you how.  Albatross outfitted with G.P.S. and radar are the new sentinels of the sea: we hear about how the data they collect from remote parts of the ocean is being used.

While algorithms are allowing computers to process large data sets, they have yet to come close to the human brain’s ability to learn. But is it just a question of time? We talk with congnitive neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene about his new book How We Learn, Why Brains Learn Better than any Machine... For Now.

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We continue our conversations with candidates for the Plymouth Barnstable State Senate Race. Today we talk with Democratic candidate John Mahoney.

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We begin our series of conversations with candidates for the Plymouth Barnstable State Senate seat vacated by Vinny DeMacedo.

The primary is set for Tuesday March 3rd with a runoff between the Democratic and Republican nominee on March 31st.