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WCAI's award-winning public affairs program. Every Monday The Point features Living Lab with Heather Goldstone, examining the stories behind science headlines. Tuesday through Thursday, Mindy Todd hosts a lively and informative discussion on critical issues for Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Coast. Every Friday is the News Roundup, as WCAI Senior Reporter Sean Corcoran speaks with news editors and reporters from around the region.

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WCAI's award-winning public affairs program. Every Monday The Point features Living Lab with Heather Goldstone, examining the stories behind science headlines. Tuesday through Thursday, Mindy Todd hosts a lively and informative discussion on critical issues for Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Coast. Every Friday is the News Roundup, as WCAI Senior Reporter Sean Corcoran speaks with news editors and reporters from around the region.

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The Point

Updated 3 days ago

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WCAI's award-winning public affairs program. Every Monday The Point features Living Lab with Heather Goldstone, examining the stories behind science headlines. Tuesday through Thursday, Mindy Todd hosts a lively and informative discussion on critical issues for Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Coast. Every Friday is the News Roundup, as WCAI Senior Reporter Sean Corcoran speaks with news editors and reporters from around the region.

News Roundup: Dennis Hears from the ACLU; Towns Avoid Grand Jury Appearances

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: Dennis runs afoul of the ACLU over random searches of coolers for alcohol; Cape towns facing subpoenas over marijuana agreements will avoid testifying before a grand jury; and offshore wind companies get pushback on a proposed uniform turbine layout.

Nov 22 2019

48mins

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Conversation with National Book Award Winner Martin Sandler

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With over 70 published books, Marty Sandler is one of Cape Cod's most prolific authors. Earlier this month he was awarded the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for his book 1919: The Year that Changed America . We talk with Marty about his career, what historical lessons we can draw on in today’s political and social climate, and what topics he hopes to focus on next.

Nov 26 2019

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Bird News, November 2019

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This month's Bird News is broadcast live from the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary with wildlife biologist Mark Faherty and host Mindy Todd. Cold weather is here, and birds are coping thanks to their many special adaptations.

Nov 12 2019

49mins

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Speaking American

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The words we use and our pronunciation varies regionally across our country. Josh Katz, graphics editor at the New York Times, uses linguistics data and a map of the US to illustrate where those differences arise. In an interview o n The Point, Katz talks with host Mindy Todd about the intersections of language, culture and geography, and his new book titled Speaking American .

Nov 07 2019

48mins

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Protecting Historic Structures

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Our region has significant historic resources- preserving them keeps us connected to our past and also is a draw for tourism. But preserving and maintaining historic structures is expensive and often at odds with economic development. We discuss the challenges and opportunities for preserving historical structures on the Cape and in New Bedford.

Nov 13 2019

49mins

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Myths of the First Thanksgiving

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Harvest festivals were common events in Native American and European cultures well before the 1600’s. Why did the harvest festival of 1621 become “The First” Thanksgiving, what was the true relationship between Wampanoags and Europeans at that time, and why have so many facts been omitted from history books? We sort through fiction and fact with David Vanderhoop, Wampanoag native and co-founder, with his wife Saskia, of Sassafras Earth Education ; and David Silverman, professor of Native American and Colonial American History at George Washington University . His just published book is titled This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving .

Nov 21 2019

49mins

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News Roundup: 2020 Census Could Have Big Impact for Cape; Aquinnah Wampanoag Hold Election

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: the upcoming 2020 Census could have big implications for the Cape region; the Coast Guardsman found guilty in a 2015 shooting rampage in Bourne is seeking to have his conviction overturned; the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) hold an election that could be a referendum on a planned gaming hall; and the season’s first cold-stunned sea turtles have begun washing ashore.

Nov 15 2019

49mins

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The Play's the Thing

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Our book experts talk plays on The Point. Have a house full of guests this week? Why not read a play together! We'll try to inspire you with plays that range from classics to recent playwrights, which are all well worth reading, by yourself or as a group.

Nov 27 2019

49mins

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Weight, Health, and Body Image

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We’re told to love and accept ourselves, yet we’re bombarded with images of perfect bodies on social media, TV, and in advertising, suggesting that success in life and love aligns with appearance, as though the world were not made up of many types of bodies. We talk with Randy Susan Meyers , author of Waisted, a fictional account of women who go to great lengths to lose weight. Stacey Richmond , a registered dietician and member of the Massachusetts Eating Disorder Association, also joins us in the studio to talk about improving our relationship with food and ourselves.

Nov 14 2019

49mins

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New Roundup: Short-term Rental Tax Mysteries; Vape Shops Reopen; Paralyzed Deer on MV

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: town administrators are scratching their heads over revenues from the new short-term rental taxes; vape shops reopen – but without the flavored vapes; the Mashpee Rotary may be getting a makeover; and young deer are found on Martha's Vineyard with mysterious paralysis.

Dec 13 2019

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After A Doll’s House

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140 years ago Henrik Isben’s play A Doll’s House was first staged. It’s become one of the most produced works worldwide, but not without controversy: the play ends with the female protagonist leaving her husband and young children. Author Wendy Swallow wanted to explore what Nora Helmer does next as a divorced and ostracized woman in the late 19 th and early 20th Century. On The Point, we talk with Swallow about her novel Searching for Nora, After the Doll’s House .

Dec 12 2019

49mins

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Diversity in Faith Communities

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Research shows that most faith communities continue to be segregated along racial and ethnic lines. With a roundtable of religious leaders, we discuss why segregation persists, and what is lost when we’re not exposed to a diversity in our congregations. We also talk about steps we can take to make congregations more welcoming to diversity.

Dec 11 2019

49mins

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Bird News in December

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Mark Faherty, Science Coordinator at Wellfeet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary , and host Mindy Todd sit down in The Point studio to talk birds. Mark fills us in on the annual Waterfowl Census, and the Christmas Bird Counts are coming up. We have reports of painted buntings in our region! We hear questions and comments from our listeners.

Dec 10 2019

49mins

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News Roundup: Coast Guard Releases Docs on 2017 Ferry Crash; Statehouse Funding Stalemate

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: the Coast Guard releases hundreds of pages about the Steamship Authority ferry crash in 2017; a stalemate at the statehouse puts local funding in jeopardy; and a study finds contaminated air around New Bedford harbor.

Dec 06 2019

49mins

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Talking with Vietnam Veterans 50 Years Later

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Anyone who lived through the Vietnam War era knows it was a fractious time in American history. The war grew increasingly unpopular over time and many Americans expressed disdain and hostility toward returning military personnel for their service in Vietnam.

Dec 05 2019

49mins

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Holiday Music

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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.

Dec 04 2019

46mins

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Kids Lead the Charge to Ban Plastic Bottles on Martha’s Vineyard

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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.

Dec 03 2019

10mins

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Giving Back

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Giving Tuesday has gained momentum over the past few years as a way to encourage donations to non-profits. But giving doesn’t always mean writing a check: there are a number of ways we can give back to community organizations, and all of them have a good chance of making you feel good at the same time. On The Point, we discuss the needs of our community and how we can all contribute.

Dec 03 2019

38mins

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The Play's the Thing

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Our book experts talk plays on The Point. Have a house full of guests this week? Why not read a play together! We'll try to inspire you with plays that range from classics to recent playwrights, which are all well worth reading, by yourself or as a group.

Nov 27 2019

49mins

Play

Conversation with National Book Award Winner Martin Sandler

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With over 70 published books, Marty Sandler is one of Cape Cod's most prolific authors. Earlier this month he was awarded the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for his book 1919: The Year that Changed America . We talk with Marty about his career, what historical lessons we can draw on in today’s political and social climate, and what topics he hopes to focus on next.

Nov 26 2019

48mins

Play

News Roundup: Dennis Hears from the ACLU; Towns Avoid Grand Jury Appearances

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: Dennis runs afoul of the ACLU over random searches of coolers for alcohol; Cape towns facing subpoenas over marijuana agreements will avoid testifying before a grand jury; and offshore wind companies get pushback on a proposed uniform turbine layout.

Nov 22 2019

48mins

Play

Myths of the First Thanksgiving

Podcast cover
Read more
Harvest festivals were common events in Native American and European cultures well before the 1600’s. Why did the harvest festival of 1621 become “The First” Thanksgiving, what was the true relationship between Wampanoags and Europeans at that time, and why have so many facts been omitted from history books? We sort through fiction and fact with David Vanderhoop, Wampanoag native and co-founder, with his wife Saskia, of Sassafras Earth Education ; and David Silverman, professor of Native American and Colonial American History at George Washington University . His just published book is titled This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving .

Nov 21 2019

49mins

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The Psychology of Gratitude

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We think about the things we are thankful for this time of year, but what if we did that daily? Researchers have found that adopting a daily habit of thankfulness makes us healthier and happier. Our panel of mental health experts look at what the research tells us about physical and mental benefits of gratitude.

Nov 20 2019

49mins

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Strengthening our Representative Democracy

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Manipulating Congressional district maps to favor one political party over another is not a new strategy, both parties have been using this tactic for years. Yet over the past decade Congressional district maps across the nation were gerrymandered to favor Republican candidates. We discuss efforts to make maps more reflective of the population, and strategies Massaschuetts can adopt to make publicly elected officials better reflect the diversity of the Commonwealth.

Nov 19 2019

1hr 3mins

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News Roundup: 2020 Census Could Have Big Impact for Cape; Aquinnah Wampanoag Hold Election

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WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the week's top local and regional news, including: the upcoming 2020 Census could have big implications for the Cape region; the Coast Guardsman found guilty in a 2015 shooting rampage in Bourne is seeking to have his conviction overturned; the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) hold an election that could be a referendum on a planned gaming hall; and the season’s first cold-stunned sea turtles have begun washing ashore.

Nov 15 2019

49mins

Play

Weight, Health, and Body Image

Podcast cover
Read more
We’re told to love and accept ourselves, yet we’re bombarded with images of perfect bodies on social media, TV, and in advertising, suggesting that success in life and love aligns with appearance, as though the world were not made up of many types of bodies. We talk with Randy Susan Meyers , author of Waisted, a fictional account of women who go to great lengths to lose weight. Stacey Richmond , a registered dietician and member of the Massachusetts Eating Disorder Association, also joins us in the studio to talk about improving our relationship with food and ourselves.

Nov 14 2019

49mins

Play

Protecting Historic Structures

Podcast cover
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Our region has significant historic resources- preserving them keeps us connected to our past and also is a draw for tourism. But preserving and maintaining historic structures is expensive and often at odds with economic development. We discuss the challenges and opportunities for preserving historical structures on the Cape and in New Bedford.

Nov 13 2019

49mins

Play

Bird News, November 2019

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This month's Bird News is broadcast live from the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary with wildlife biologist Mark Faherty and host Mindy Todd. Cold weather is here, and birds are coping thanks to their many special adaptations.

Nov 12 2019

49mins

Play

Speaking American

Podcast cover
Read more
The words we use and our pronunciation varies regionally across our country. Josh Katz, graphics editor at the New York Times, uses linguistics data and a map of the US to illustrate where those differences arise. In an interview o n The Point, Katz talks with host Mindy Todd about the intersections of language, culture and geography, and his new book titled Speaking American .

Nov 07 2019

48mins

Play