The Point on WCAI 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

Most Recent Episodes

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

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.

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

After A Doll's House

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 .

Diversity in Faith Communities

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.

Bird News in December

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.

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

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.

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

Talking with Vietnam Veterans 50 Years Later

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.

Holiday Music

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.

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

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.

Giving Back

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.

The Play's the Thing

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.

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