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A MassInc study published last November found that Massachusetts elected officials do not reflect the diversity of the commonwealth. According to the report, unbalanced representation by race and ethnicity is apparent, as well as gaps by gender and party affiliation. On The Point, we discuss what it takes to run for elected office, whether a local board or the state legislature, why we don’t see more diverse candidates, and some of the supports available to help prepare individuals to run for office.

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.

For our books show this month, we ask our guests, and listeners, to share their favorite books of the year. From romance to history to whimsy, we visit the literary offerings of 2019 together as the year ends.

Holiday Music

Dec 4, 2019

At this time of year we can be bombarded by Christmas music: it’s on the radio, in stores, and all too often stuck in our heads. If you’re growing weary of the same old songs, but still want to get into the holiday spirit, there are many opportunities for live musical performances. On The Point, we talk with the leaders of the  Cape Symphony and the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra about the themes in their Holiday performances.


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A group of middle schoolers on Martha’s Vineyard believe adults aren’t doing enough to protect the environment. Since 2018 they’ve been meeting during every lunch and recess to take matters into their own hands. Their first mission: to ban plastic bottles across the island.  Laurelin Kruse has the story.

Shedding Your Past

Oct 31, 2019

At the age of 14, Adrienne Brodeur was awakened in the middle of the night – her mother, Malabar, giddy with excitement, shared she’d been kissed by her husband’s best friend. She swore Adrienne to secrecy.  At that moment Adrienne not only became her mother’s confidante, she became an accomplice to an affair that went on for years.

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Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster is perhaps best known for a robust summer schedule of performances in both their indoor and outdoor theaters. But the theater company also has a robust educational component.  Their YoCo and VetCo offer free theater training for youth and veterans that culminate in performances each spring.

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Thomas Dresser has written a number of books about various aspects of Martha’s Vineyard history- you might call him the Vineyard’s unofficial historian. His latest book tells chronicles the role of Martha’s Vineyard in the history of whaling.  The book is Whaling on Martha's Vineyard.

The Point: Gardening

Aug 21, 2018
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August on Cape Cod usually means it's time to harvest tomatoes, but it can also mean blight and diseases that stress plants. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with horticulturalist and entomologist Roberta Clark about how gardens are faring across the region, and gets tips on how to get the most out of your vegetables, fruits, and flowers as fall draws near. 

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Falmouth author and musician Brian Engles talks to Mindy Todd about his first novel Wildball, set on Cape Cod. Here's a Link to Black Rose Writing for more information on the book.


According to the ALS Association as many as 30,000 Americans suffer from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. There is no known cure for this neurodegenerative disorder. As a result, many of those diagnosed are placed in the frightening position of knowing that they only have a few years left to live. We hear the story of a man facing the illness. We also hear why doctors remain positive about prospects to slow down or reverse the progression of ALS.