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The Point with Mindy Todd

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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.


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. 


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; 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.

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.

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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If you saw Sam Bellamy on the sidewalk, you might cross to the other side of the street. He wears strange outfits. He appears eccentric, even a little bit crazy. But if you let him get close, if you ask him why he dresses and acts the way he does, you’ll realize: he might be eccentric, but he has a very good reason for it. Producer Peter Bresnan has the story. He produced it earlier this year with the Transom Story Workshop. 

A Marine's Trial Impacts U.S. Filipino Relations

Oct 4, 2016

In 2014 a U.S. Marine from New Bedford was convicted of killing a transgendered Filipino woman.  On The Point, we talk with social scientist Dr. Peter Kutschera about the conviction, and how it relates to U.S.-Filipino relations in the context of an expanding Chinese military presence.  Sean Corcoran hosts.

An Alien Abduction?

Oct 4, 2016

Independent producer Kolin Pope talks to his family about their belief in the unbelievable.  This piece was produced as part of the Transom Story Workshop spring 2015 session.



Steamship Authority

WCAI's Sean Corcoran hosts a roundup of local and regional news with area journalists. Guests include: Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times; Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; and Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette.

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On The Point, we talk to Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson.  She’s the featured musician at this year’s JazzFestFalmouth.

93 Men

Sep 29, 2016

In November 2011 the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Research vessel Atlantis was headed out to study life at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. But things didn’t go as planned. Producer Scott Christy brings us the story of an unusual 24 hours on board the research ship. This story comes to us from the Transom Story Workshop.

Historically, churches and synagogues have not been viewed as inclusive places for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people.  But that perception is beginning to change, for both religious and LGBT Communities.  On The Point, we discuss the inclusion of LGBT individuals into faith communities. Mindy Todd hosts these guests in the studio: Dr.

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On The Point, a discussion of books about dogs and cats. Our book experts Jill Erickson, reference librarian at the Falmouth Public Library, and Peter Abrahams, author, delve into a great collection of works on this theme.  Mindy Todd hosts.

Here's a list of books from today's show.

Help for Teen Addicts

Sep 27, 2016

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, opioid related deaths in Barnstable, Dukes, Plymouth, and Bristol counties are among the highest in the state, and this isn’t an epidemic just affecting adults. Of the 209 young people (aged 15-24) who died in this state between January and June of this year, 41 were confirmed opioid related. Earlier this year Hyannis-based Duffy Health Center announced a 100-thousand-dollar federal grant to begin what’s called a medication assisted treatment program designed for 16- and 17-year-olds with opioid addiction.

A closer look at the needs of Cape and Islands veterans and some of the services and supports available to them and their families.  Mindy Todd's guests in the Woods Hole studio are: Jim Pickering, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Masonic Military Assistance Project; and Greg Quilty, Executive Director of the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center.


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

Modern Day Feminism

Sep 22, 2016

Are you a feminist? What does that term mean to you? In 1920 the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed, guaranteeing women the right to vote.  Ninety-six years later a woman becomes the presidential nominee of a major political party for the first time: it is a historic moment for women.

The Psychology of Eating

Sep 21, 2016
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On The Point, a discussion about eating and dieting.  Psychologist Michael Abruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley join host Sean Corcoran in the studio.  We also hear from listeners around our region about their experiences and questions related to diet.

The Cape and Island's slow transition into cooler weather is happening. On The Point, horticulturist Roberta Clark advises us on wrapping up the season in the garden. It's a perfect moment to dig up and divide overgrown perennials, and treat your plants to some mulch and compost. Amy Vince hosts.

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WCAI's Kathryn Eident hosts a roundup of the week's top news.  Her guests include Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times, Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sam Houghton of the Mashpee Enterprise, Ryan Bray of the Falmouth Enterprise; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and Nelson Sigelman of Martha's Vineyard Times.

WCAI's Mindy Todd speaks with Cape Cod author Sally Cabot Gunning in our Woods Hole studios.  She's written a historical novel about the life of Thomas Jefferson’s daughter titled Monticello.

Sally Cabot Gunning will be giving a talk at 1:00 p.m. Saturday Sept. 17 as part of the Provincetown Book Festival.