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The Point with Mindy Todd

Democratic Candidates for the 1st Barnstable District State Representative seat discuss the issues, live on The Point with Mindy Todd. The candidates are Ian Ryan, Alexander Morash, and Elisa Zawadzkas.


Should adults be embarrassed to read books written for young adults, or is a good read a good read no matter what audience it was intended for?  Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times weigh in on the debate, and bring along their favorite young adult books. With Mindy Todd on The Point.

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 Without a cure or a preventative, in the next 15 years Alzheimer’s is expected to exceed heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death, and could bankrupt Medicare.

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WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran discusses the region's top news stories of the week with print and digital media journalists. Joining Sean this week are Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Nelson Siegelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.


WCAI News Director Sean Corcoran discusses the region's top news stories of the week with local newspaper reporters and editors. Joining Sean in our Woods Hole studio is Patrick Cassidy of the Cape Cod Times. On the phone is Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; Jim DeArruda of the New Bedford Standard Times; and Geoff Spillane of the Mashpee Enterprise.


Have playgrounds have become so regulated that they lack excitement and adventure for children? Parent's worries  about  safety, and the proliferation of litigation has changed today's play experience for kids in the USA. Mindy Todd discusses the importance of risk in children’s play, and new alternatives to conventional playgrounds that are stimulating, exciting and safe.

How Jesus Became God

May 6, 2014

In a book that took eight years to research and write, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman explores how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty Creator of all things.

Looking Back on a Busy Week of News

May 2, 2014
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Local news editors join WCAI's Sean Corcoran to discuss some of the region's top stories of the week. Among the stories they'll be talking about -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission comes to town to discuss a spate of unexcited shutdowns at Pilgrim, a challenge to the Cape Wind project encounters a skeptical judge, and the tourist train is ready to roll again.

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February 9th marks the 50th anniversary of the first appearance of the Fab Four on the Ed Sullivan Show.


Wheat has long been a part of the western diet because it is nutritious and has many uses. Yet a growing number of people are being diagnosed with celiac disease, an inability to process gluten - the protein found in wheat. Many others have found that eating gluten-free has improved their health.

Mindy Todd talks about celiac disease and gluten intolerance: why we’re seeing an increase in diagnosis, the difference between them, and how health care professionals are treating and researching the disease.

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How are the birds in our region coping with the cold weather this time of year? Well, they're fluffing up their amazing insulating feathers and eating a lot. Ornithologist Vernon Laux answers questions and gives us the latest bird news, including sightings of Snowy Owls on the Cape and Islands.

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The ocean is a crowded place and getting busier by the day -- often with organisms and humans in competition for resources and space. But a new film "Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea" shows how a collaborative approach to managing the oceans could result in both a healthier marine ecosystem and stable economies.

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On the Point, Mindy Todd speaks with Rebecca Eaton, the Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer of Masterpiece and author of Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind The Scenes At Masterpiece Theatre And Mystery! On PBSShe takes us behind the scenes of Season 4 of the internationally-popular television program, Downton Abbey.

The holidays are here, and our experts have selected books on everything from food to crafts to coping with family stress. Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times, talk about Holiday Books with Mindy Todd on The Point.

Wellfleet OysterFest

In this week's News Roundup: proposed changes to state law would soften the blow of rises in flood insurance rates; Chatham Police consider Tasers; and changes are coming to the Wellfleet OysterFest. 

Host Sean Corcoran speaks with columnist Sean Gonsalves of the Cape Cod Times, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, and Nelson Siegelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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The local food movement on the Cape and Islands has expanded to include raising animals for consumption. For our regions small farmers this raises the question, how do you slaughter the animals humanely and without having to drive hundreds of miles? Ali Berlow, founder of the Island Grown Initiative  joins us to talk about the way Martha’s Vineyard has addressed this issue.

Martha's Vineyard Times

The Friday News Roundup: Some hospital patients in Hyannis are possibly exposed to a deadly brain disease; a debit card scam hits bank customers on Martha's Vineyard; and a tiny fish hatchery in Chatham reports its best year ever.  Sean Corcoran hosts the news roundup, talking about these and other top news stories of the week.

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On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with the authors of three new picture histories.  Their images capture often forgotten bygone times and bring to life the people, places and events that define a community. 

Guests include Joseph Thomas, Jay Avila and Alfred Saulniers, authors of A Picture History of New Bedford.

Film Festivals

Sep 3, 2013

All about area film festivals on The Point. Host Sean Corcoran talks with the founder of the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival Richard Paradise, and Tim Miller, Entertainment Editor from the Cape Cod Times about some of the films in this year’s Festival.

The News Roundup

Aug 30, 2013

WCAI's Sean Corcoran speaks with Anne Brennan, assistant managing editor for digital media at the Cape Cod Times, Tim Wood, editor of the Cape Cod Chronicle, and Nelson Sigelman, managing editor at the Cape Cod Chronicle.

Over the past 25 years education reform has focused on standards, testing and school choice as a means to improve student achievement. Have the reforms been successful? And how have they impacted curriculum and the ways teachers teach? We’ll sit down with three Massachusetts educators to get their perspective and discuss their thoughts on how education might further evolve to meet the needs of students and society.


The Boston Marathon bombings are more than four months behind us now.  For the survivors it is still a long and complicated road to recovery. What about the injuries that aren’t visible like PTSD?  Mindy Todd discusses PTSD with Psychologist Michael Abruzzese and Psychiatrist Marc Whaley on The Point.  We also hear about one man’s struggle in a powerful interview with a Boston Marathon survivor produced by Zach Hirsch for the Transom Story Workshop.

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From root systems to blossoms, horticulturist Roberta Clark, Mindy Todd, and several callers talk gardening on The Point. It's prime tomato time, the voles are hungry, and we could use more rain.


The Friday News Roundup.  A post-trial review of the Whitey Bulger case; the fate of a Nantucket Boy Scout camp winds up in court; and a research expedition captures and tags a shark.  A panel of journalists talks about these stories and more this week in the news.

Exeter Area Garden Club

On The Point, author and master gardener Thomas Mickey talks about his book America’s Romance with the English Garden.   The book centers on the idea that in the late 1880’s Americans had a type of garden inspired by the media.  It includes his research over the past 20 years of public relations materials like brochures, catalogs, videos, and press releases to see what was being promoted besides the company’s product or services.