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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 regionMore from The Point on WCAI »

Most Recent Episodes

News Roundup: Cape Police Academy OK'd by State; Outcry Grows Over Commissioner Tweet

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: a provider of pediatric palliative care is ending its services on the Cape; the state approves the Cape's police academy; reaction keeps coming to a controversial social media post by a Barnstable County Commissioner; and a plow driver faces charges that he intentionally sprayed a group of protestors with snow and ice.

News Roundup: Cape Police Academy OK'd by State; Outcry Grows Over Commissioner Tweet

ICE and Working with Local Law Enforcement

Barnstable County Sheriff Jim Cummings has become the third sheriff in the state to opt into Immigration and Customs Enforcement's 287 (g) program, making the sheriff's department a delegated authority for immigration enforcement. We sit in on a public information session with ICE and Sheriff Cummings, and discuss how the 287 (g) program in Bristol County under Sheriff Hodgson has impacted New Bedford immigrants.

Loneliness

On The Point, we talk about feeling lonely, and how we connect with our fellow humans. How do social media and the internet help with loneliness, and when do they make it worse? We discuss social anxiety, a common reason for loneliness, and we hear from listeners across the Cape and Islands about their experiences.

Short Term Rental Tax and a New Trust Fund to Help Pay for Wastewater Management

In December, the Commonwealth passed a new short term rental tax that includes the establishment of a trust fund to pay for waste water management on Cape Cod and the Islands. We discuss which rentals must collect the new tax, and which are exempt. We also discuss the role of the Water Protection Trust Fund in helping towns pay for wastewater clean up and management.

Short Term Rental Tax and a New Trust Fund to Help Pay for Wastewater Management

News Roundup: Shark Threats for the Coming Summer; SSA Gets Communications Review

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: growing concerns about whether the Cape is ready for its first summer after a fatal shark attack; the Barnstable County Sheriff's office has a public meeting to discuss its work with federal immigrations authorities; and the Cape may already be home to a nesting pair of bald eagles.

News Roundup: Shark Threats for the Coming Summer; SSA Gets Communications Review

Love Poems (For Married People)

Regardless of your view of Valentine's Day, a new collection of poems titled Love Poems (For Married people) will likely make you smile if not laugh out loud. On The Point, we talk with author John Kenney about the humor in long term relationships. Mindy Todd hosts.

Nicole Galland's Latest Novel Set on the Vineyard

One Island, two Newspapers and the reporter who played them both: this is the premise of Nicole Galland's new novel On the Same Page . On The Point, we talk with the author about the book, and her portrayal of tensions between seasonal and year round residents on an island.

WCAI's New Podcast: The Forgetting: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's

WCAI launches a new podcast focused on Alzheimer's disease: it's called " T he Forgetting: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's . " The twice-monthly podcast is co-hosted by two well-respected Alzheimer's experts and authors: David Shenk, author of " The Forgetting: Alzheimer's, Portrait of an Epidemic " and Greg O'Brien, author of " On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer' s". On The Point, we listen to excerpts from the podcast, and talk with David, Greg, and Executive Producer Sean Corcoran. Here's

Birds of the Cape and Islands in February

It's the monthly Bird News with Mark Faherty, ornithologist and naturalist at the Wellfeet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary . Mark joins our host Mindy Todd in The Point studio to give us the season's avian highlights. We hear about the variety of hawks in our region, and how to tell them apart. Listeners call in to report on bald eagle sightings! Reports, too, of other interesting sightings at feeders and out and about. Many birds are already scoping out nesting options for the coming spring, while other

News Roundup: Police Training Opportunities Increase; Cancer Treatment Collaborative

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week, including: Cape police departments will benefit from new training opportunities, a new health care collaborative offers stronger treatment options for local patients dealing with cancer, and here's why you shouldn't worry about those seals you see lying on the ice.

News Roundup: Police Training Opportunities Increase; Cancer Treatment Collaborative

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