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The Point with Mindy Todd

WCAI's Mindy Todd hosts a discussion of the week's top local news.  Her guests include Patrick Cassidy from the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown from the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard-Times; Josh Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times; and Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner.

WCAI is proud to bring you this coverage from Provincetown of the latest Hawthorne Barn Twenty Summers event: WOLF IN THE BARN: Naomi Wolf in Conversation with Megan Marshall. Iconic feminist and activist Naomi Wolf is interviewed by Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Megan Marshall.

Books on Whales

May 25, 2016

Our book experts sit down in The Point studio to discuss Books on Whales. Guests on the program are:  Jill Erickson, reference librarian at Falmouth Public Library; and Dennis Minsky, field biologist, naturalist, and marine educator aboard the Dolphin Whale Watch Fleet. Mindy Todd hosts.

 New regulations for professionals in the finance industry have been called “revolutionary” by some. Pam Krueger, host of PBS’s Money Track, explains what the new rules mean for consumers and professionals, and how to vet a financial planner. She also talks about personal finance questions; exactly what works and what doesn’t when it comes to investing.

J. Junker

A wrap up of our Public Radio exchange experiment with WCAI’s Steve Junker and Marfa Public Radio’s Travis Bubenick, who talk over the experience with the station managers Mindy Todd and Tom Michael


 WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with local reporters about the top stories of the week.

 At the Hawthorne Art Barn in Provincetown, the third season of "Twenty Summers" is underway, and recently presented LOVE AND LANDMARKS: Edith Windsor in Conversation with James Lecesne.  WCAI is pleased to bring you this coverage of the event on The Point.

J. Junker

Cool rains have made our spring gardens extra lush. Horticulturist and entomologist Roberta Clark joins Mindy Todd in The Point studio to talk over favorite plant varieties, and lots of tips for getting the best results in the garden. Listeners from around the Cape and Islands join in with suggestions, questions and comments.


WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion with area journalists about the top local news stories of the week.

Joining Sean this week are Cindy McCormick of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Andy Tomolonis of the New Bedford Standard Times; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

Cape Cod modern jazz guitarist Fred Fried has a sound that's at once bubbling and commanding.  One reviewer has said that Fried is "leagues apart from other players who haven't yet learned that guitarists should take a breath now and then."  Fried and flutist Bruce Abbott visit our studios to talk about the new CD Core Four & More.  They talk with WCAI's Mindy Todd, and we hear samples from the album.

Cape Cod writer Lauren Wolk created a story that she describes as terrifying challenges facing an eleven-year-old girl, but she says it’s laced through with what she learned as a child on the farm where her mother grew up.  Wolk talks with Mindy Todd about her writing, the book Wolf Hollow, and the process of bringing the story to l

The Hawthorne Barn, originally a space for artists in Provincetown to study and work, was renovated and reborn four years ago.  It now serves as a space, once a month, where classes and events are shared with the public and the world.

Kenyan singer-songwriter Maia von Lekow's music combines several genres.   She grew up in a musical background with a German/Italian mother, and a Kenyan father.  She talks to Mindy Todd about her influences and philosophy, and how she overcomes stage fright.  She also sings for us!  Maia von Lekow will be performing on Cape Cod this month.

Elsa Partan

Today we discuss the local candidates who are running for election in the primary in September with WCAI’s Kathryn Eident and Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Today we discuss the opening of the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and their efforts to digitize the cultural heritage of the fishing community. Host Mindy Todd speaks with Laura Orleans, Executive Director.  

Dan Tritle

 Mindy Todd hosts a discussion of the latest in Bird News with Mark Faherty, Science Coordinator at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.  The Spring Migration has brought some surprises to the shores of Cape Cod.

 Dr. Bill Thomas is traveling the country trying to change people's attitudes about aging, and he’s doing it in a rather unconventional way- through music, poetry, and interactive performance. Thomas talks to Mindy Todd.  His Life's Most Dangerous Game tour comes to the Cape Cinema in Dennis on May 16.  Click here for details.

 Mindy Todd speaks with author Michael Tougias.  His new book So Close to Home chronicles the harrowing story of a family onboard a freighter sunk by a German U Boat and their struggle to survive at sea. 

Dan Tritle

Crisis can come at any moment and to anyone- whether it’s the loss of a job or a spouse, bankruptcy, a divorce or illness.  Having a place to turn for assistance, support, and education can make all the difference.  The Women’s Empowerment Through Cape Area Networking -- or WE CAN -- has been providing this support for women on Cape Cod for 15 years through a variety of programs.

Dan Tritle

Many listeners might be surprised to learn that sex trafficking, including the trafficking of children, is taking place on the Cape and islands.   On The Point, host Mindy Todd talks with the director of Children's Cove, Stacy Gallagher, about the problem and what is known about the children involved.

Dan Tritle

Inspiration for poetry comes in many ways.  We hear from three poets: Jarita Davis, who talks about how her Cape Verdean culture has inspired her writing.  Her book is Return FlightsAlica Kociemba reads from her book Bourne Bridge, a collection that pays tribute to the power of family, the influence of place, and the importance of relationships. 

Dan Tritle

Instilling a love of reading at an early age, and how to identify and help children who are struggling to read.  Host Mindy Todd talks with two guests.  Mary Cronin teaches early childhood education and children’s literature at a number of institutions including Cape Cod Community College and Bridgewater State University.

Dan Tritle

Those books that made huge impressions on you when you were younger.  Remember them?  What happens when you read them again?  Mindy Todd hosts a discussion on books you can't forget.  Guests are: Jill Erickson, reference librarian at Falmouth Public Library; and Dr. Janet Gardner, former English professor at U-Mass Dartmouth.

Here's a list of Janet's and Jill's books.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion with area journalists about the top local news stories of the week.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran hosts a discussion with area journalists about the top local news stories of the week.