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The Point with Mindy Todd

Humor and laughter can help us accept and cope with the realities of life. Laughter has been shown to reduce stress, boost the immune system and increase the release of endorphins… so why not laugh? Die Laughing, Killer Jokes for Newly Old Folks is a new book that can help us laugh about getting older and being mortal. The author William Novak joins Mindy Todd on The Point.

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On The Point, a discussion about the psychology of death and dying. Mindy Todd sits down with psychiatrist Dr. Marc Whaley, psychologist Dr. Michael Abbruzzese, and Ann Geagan, director of bereavement at HopeHealth, to talk about various aspects of this difficult topic. 

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WCAI’s Sean Corcoran hosts the Friday News Roundup.  His guests include Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Sara Brown of the Martha's Vineyard Gazette; Ann Wood with the Provincetown Banner; and Bill Chaisson of the Martha’s Vineyard Times.

Here's what writer Joyce Carol Oates said about Clare Beams: "It's as if, by a rare sort of magic, Alice Munro and Shirley Jackson had conspired together to imagine a female/feminist voice for the 21st Century that is wickedly sharp-eyed, wholly unpredictable, and wholly engaging.”

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We look at myths about aging, and also explore the negative images of aging contrasted with the value and humor of aging.  Mindy Todd’s guests are Kathy Budreski and Amanda Murphy, authors of the book What’s So Funny about Aging and Being Mortal- Challenging Perspectives on Aging and Dying.

On Death and Dying

Nov 10, 2016
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We don’t like to talk about it, but we really need to.  How we want our lives to end is a topic that deserves our attention. Mindy Todd hosts a conversation about WCAI’s upcoming series Our Mortal Lives: Confronting Death and Dying.  Guests include the executive producer of the series and WCAI’s News Director Sean Corcoran, series producer and reporter Kathryn Eident, and reporter Elsa Partan.

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On The Point, highlights of the season's bird action, with Mark Faherty, ornithologist and science coordinator at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife SanctuaryMindy Todd hosts. We hear about the last of those birds who are migrating away, sea and shore birds, and all about the fall finches. 

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WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local and regional news with area journalists.

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The candidates for Massachusetts 9th Congressional District join Mindy Todd in The Point studio to debate the top issues of our region.

Candidates for Barnstable County Commissioner sit down with host Mindy Todd in The Point studio to debate the top issues for the county.   The candidates in the studio are Linda Bond (Republican), Mary Pat Flynn (Democrat), and Mark Forest (Democrat).

On The Point, candidates for Dukes County Sheriff sit down with Mindy Todd to debate the issues important to our region: Neal Maciel is running as an unenrolled candidate; Robert Ogden is running as a Democrat.

On The Point, Mindy Todd hosts a debate with the candidates for Barnstable County Sheriff: Randy Azzato (Democrat) and James Cummings (Republican). 

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WCAI's Brian Morris hosts the Weekly News Roundup, talking about the week's news with area journalists.  Guests include Patrick Cassidy with the Cape Cod Times; Ryan Bray with the Falmouth Enterprise; Tim Wood with the Cape Cod Chronicle; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann  Wood of the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; and Bill Chaisson of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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On The PointMindy Todd sits down with two candidates for the Cape and Islands state senate seat.  The seat is being vacated by outgoing Senator Dan WolfJulian Cyr (Democrat) and Anthony Schiavi (Republican) discuss the top issues for our region.

WCAI's Mindy Todd talks with Nantucket County Sheriff Jim Perelman, who's running for re-election.

Politics and Books

Oct 26, 2016

This month's books program on The Point is all about politics. Mindy Todd hosts Jill Erickson from the Falmouth Public Library, and political reporter Rosie Gray with Buzzfeed, to talk about their top picks. 

Here's a list of books from this program.

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WCAI’s Kathryn Eident hosts the Friday News Roundup.  Her guests include Cindy McCormick from the Cape Cod Times; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise; Ryan Bray of the Falmouth Enterprise; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Ann Wood with the Provincetown Banner; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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On The Point, Mindy Todd sits down with psychologist Michael Abruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley to talk about the psychology of persuasion. They discuss our exposure to persuasive messages in the media, and the various ways marketers and politicians manipulate our perception of reality. 

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On The Point, we talk about Personal Finance. Whether you're playing catch up on retirement savings or working to eliminate debt, it pays to be financially savvy. Mindy Todd interviews Pam Kruger, co-host of PBS’s MoneyTrack; and Jason Lily, a certified financial analyst, and managing partner of ARQ Wealth Advisors. They talk about tips and advice to make the most of your money.

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WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local and regional news with area journalists. Guests include: Sean Driscoll of the Cape Cod Times; Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Brian Tarcy of CapeCodWave.com; and Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette.

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On The Point, Mindy Todd hosts a debate with Democrat Aaron S. Kanzer and Republican William L. Crocker, Jr.  The two are running for election in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Second Barnstable District. 

At age 10 William Kellibrew watched the murder of his mother and brother by his mother’s boyfriend. Today he’s a global advocate for children who witness violence.

On The Point, we discuss the role of volunteer mediators in area courts, and the benefits of mediation versus litigation. Mindy Todd hosts Susan Largay, program coordinator for Cape Mediation at the Falmouth Court; Alan Jacobs, volunteer mediator with Cape Mediation; and Edward Teague, Magistrate, Falmouth District Court.

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Elaina Newport is one of the creative minds behind the comedy troupe The Capitol Steps. She's the co-founder and co-writer of the show's material. Mindy Todd interviews Ms. Newport on The Point. The Capitol Steps will be at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford on October 19th.

 

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Barbara Sillery’s new book The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands tours 20 historic locations on the Cape and Islands where supernatural inhabitants have been recorded. In each instance skepticism abounds and the question remains: is there really a ghost? Mindy Todd hosts on The Point

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