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NS: Mainstreet Halifax

A vibrant blend of top news stories, local weather, traffic reports, comedy, local music, and interviews about politics, science and culture. Tune into Mainstreet on weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

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Tech & Consequences: teens, parents, teachers & experts talk about young people & their smartphones

An hour of highlights from a conversation Mainstreet's Bob Murphy hosted at a public library in Halifax about teens, their smartphones, social media, and whether parents and schools are doing enough to help them manage it all.

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The story and soldier behind two postcards sent during WWI

How a couple of postcards found at a yard sale lead a Halifax woman on a journey, learning about the WWI soldier who wrote them more than a hundred years ago.

Download The story and soldier behind two postcards sent during WWI
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A former astronaut and a marine ecologist debate: Is the next frontier space or the ocean?

Former NASA astronaut and Dalhousie University alumnus Kathryn Sullivan (the first American woman to walk in space) and Dal Killam Research Professor Boris Worm give us a taste of a debate they participated in to mark the university's 200th anniversary.

Download A former astronaut and a marine ecologist debate: Is the next frontier space or the ocean?
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Rob Thacker talks about ways technology is changing restaurants

Rob drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk with Mainstreet host Bob Murphy.

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Halifax woman reflects on the hours left with her friend who has chosen medically-assisted death.

A friend of Audrey Parker reflects on the lessons she's learned as Parker prepares for her own medically-assisted death.

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Zombie salmon: a fish missing half its head and part of its brain swims upriver anyway

Our Oceans Guy, Boris Worm, tells Mainstreet host Bob Murphy what he learned about Pacific salmon on a trip to British Columbia, and why wild Atlantic salmon populations are in much worse shape.

Download Zombie salmon: a fish missing half its head and part of its brain swims upriver anyway
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Co-founder of group that wants stadium at Shannon Park explains proposal

A group lobbying for stadium on the Shannon Park lands submits a proposal to Halifax Regional Council.

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Jay Ingram joins Rob Thacker to talk science, technology, engineering, and math

Days before STEMFest in Halifax, guest host Carolyn Ray talks with Rob Thacker from Saint Mary's University, and former Daily Planet and Quirks & Quarks host Jay Ingram.

Download Jay Ingram joins Rob Thacker to talk science, technology, engineering, and math
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Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids about Halloween.

It's time for the Halloween edition of Little People, Big Problems. Here's CBC's Rob Doublett with some elementary school kids, trying to shed light on the dark traditions of Halloween

Download Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids about Halloween.
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Rick Hansen speaks with Bob Murphy about accessibility, belonging, and the Man in Motion tour

It's been more than 30 years since Rick Hansen started his Man in Motion World Tour to raise money and awareness about accessibility issues for people living with physical disabilities. He spoke with Bob Murphy before receiving an honorary degree from Dalhousie University.

Download Rick Hansen speaks with Bob Murphy about accessibility, belonging, and the Man in Motion tour
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New musical KAMP shows how gay inmates put on a cabaret inside a Nazi prison camp

Neptune Theatre and Eastern Front Theatre have come together to launch the world premiere of KAMP, a "darkly comedic" musical based on a little-known piece of Second World War history. Gay men find refuge from the hard labour, torture and other suffering in a Nazi prison camp by putting on a cabaret. Mainstreet's Diane Paquette takes us behind the scenes.

Download New musical KAMP shows how gay inmates put on a cabaret inside a Nazi prison camp
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Does the Chinese city Chengdu need an artificial moon to help light its night life?

Rob Thacker tells Mainstreet host Bob Murphy that putting an artificial moon in the sky over Chengdu is not necessarily a 'pie in the sky' idea. But it's not a good idea either. Rob also describes the challenges involved in sending a spacecraft to the planet Mercury, which whips around the sun every 88 days. Follow @DrRob_Thacker and @Mainstreethfx on twitter.

Download Does the Chinese city Chengdu need an artificial moon to help light its night life?
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Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids About Everything Fall.

Looking out the windows things look pretty spectacular. It's a landscape filled with trees proudly wearing their fall colours. Rob Doublett talks with some grade three's at George Bissett Elementary in Cole Harbour about fall.

Download Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids About Everything Fall.
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Our oceans guy reports on an oceans conference where everyone was talking about climate change

Boris Worm drops by from Dalhousie University to talk with Bob.

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A Dal prof shares how restorative justice could be applied to politics

Are there ideas from the world of restorative justice that can restore civility to our politics? Or is restorative justice itself a polarizing issue? We ask Jennifer Llewellyn, a Dalhousie University law professor who just won a national award for her work in this area.

Download A Dal prof shares how restorative justice could be applied to politics
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Rob Thacker on the trouble with Hubble, and another space telescope that's having problems

Rob drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk science.

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Little People, Big Problems: Rob quizzes kids about hockey terminology

The NHL is into its 101st season of play. Thirty-one teams will compete in the 82-game regular season. If you're new to watching hockey or just a bit rusty, Rob Doublett will bring you up to speed on hockey terms and rules. Here he is talking to grade one students at George Bissett Elementary in Dartmouth.

Download Little People, Big Problems: Rob quizzes kids about hockey terminology
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Spinbusters on the PC leadership race (with an extra 8 minutes not broadcast on the radio)

Mainstreet host Bob Murphy's conversation with Chris Lydon, Barbara Emodi and Michelle Coffin, including a detailed description of the system the Nova Scotia PC party will use to choose a leader, and a question about populism drawn from some of the thinking in Stephen Harper's new book.

Download Spinbusters on the PC leadership race (with an extra 8 minutes not broadcast on the radio)
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Life & death underground -- grade 4 & 5 students ask a former Westray coal miner questions

Vernon Theriault worked at the Westray coal mine in 1992 when an explosion underground killed 26 of his coworkers. Listen in as he visits a mixed grade 4/5 class at Prospect Road Elementary School, southwest of Halifax. Vern's book is called Westray: My Journey from Darkness to Light, co-written with Marjorie Coady. It's published by Nimbus.

Download Life & death underground -- grade 4 & 5 students ask a former Westray coal miner questions
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Maritimes Energy Association responds to Maude Barlow's criticism of offshore drilling

The Association's CEO Ray Ritcey tells guest host Preston Mulligan how traditional oil and gas drilling can help Nova Scotia position itself for a greener future.

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Mainstreet's Diane Paquette takes us to the launch of Oceans School

And you can find out more about it at oceanschool.nfb.ca

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Maude Barlow explains why she's deeply opposed to deepwater drilling off Nova Scotia

The Council of Canadian and the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia have organized events and protests this week to coincide with a conference put on by the Maritimes Energy Association. Maude Barlow tells guest host Preston Mulligan why she doesn't think offshore opportunities are worth the risk. Ray Ritcey from the Maritimes Energy Association will join us tomorrow on Mainstreet.

Download Maude Barlow explains why she's deeply opposed to deepwater drilling off Nova Scotia
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1918 flu pandemic killed more people than First World War -- researchers want to know why

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk about a century of insights into why the 1918 flu pandemic (the so-called 'Spanish flu') was so deadly. He speaks with Mainstreet host Bob Murphy.

Download 1918 flu pandemic killed more people than First World War -- researchers want to know why
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The author behind a new edition of "The Ultimate African Heritage Quiz Book" talks trivia

Author Craig Smith tells Bob Murphy about the latest edition of The Ultimate African Heritage Quiz Book.

Download The author behind a new edition of "The Ultimate African Heritage Quiz Book" talks trivia
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Shark tagging expedition surprised at number of great whites off Nova Scotia

Chris Fischer says you'd have to go to a cage diving site to find more great whites in a shorter period of time. He describes tagging a four-meter long male near LaHave NS, and wonders if the sharks there are part of a parallel population that doesn't mix much with the better researched sharks off Cape Cod. He speaks with Mainstreet host Bob Murphy. Follow the sharks at ocearch.org

Download Shark tagging expedition surprised at number of great whites off Nova Scotia
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Man sentenced to 160 years in US prison attends ceremony honouring NS lawyer who helped free him

Meet a Canadian man sentenced to an astonishing 160 years in prison in the US for a string of burglaries and a Halifax lawyer who worked with others to help get him released.

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Mainstreet Spinbusters say election results in NB may hold lessons for NS parties

Barbara Emodi, Michelle Coffin and Chris Lydon talk provincial politics Bob Murphy, host of Mainstreet in Halifax.

Download Mainstreet Spinbusters say election results in NB may hold lessons for NS parties
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Mosquitoes are drawing microplastics up into the food chain

Mosquitoes are totally annoying, they spread diseases, and the news gets worse from there. A study out of the UK finds they are helping draw microplastics from contaminated water into the food chain. Andrew Hebda drops by from the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History to tell Mainstreet host Bob Murphy how. Find more stories about the problems caused by single-use plastic at cbc.ca/wavesofchange

Download Mosquitoes are drawing microplastics up into the food chain
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Landing on 1 km-wide asteroid offers opportunity to learn how to do things with almost no gravity

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to tell Mainstreet host Bob Murphy why the Japanese space agency, JAXA, is dropping a series of rovers on a small asteroid, and how the rovers will work since there's not enough gravity for a traditional rover to operate. Follow Rob on twitter @DrRob_Thacker; and Mainstreet @Mainstreethfx

Download Landing on 1 km-wide asteroid offers opportunity to learn how to do things with almost no gravity
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Co-owner of Obladee Wine Bar surprised to find aspect of her patio not in compliance with city rules

A downtown businesswomen expresses frustration with an inspector from Halifax City Hall who she thinks is nitpicking over the way her patio is decorated.

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Education toolkit offers free teaching materials about plastics in the ocean

Our oceans guy Boris Worm and Laurenne Schiller from Ocean Wise tell Bob Murphy about new, free materials for teachers who want to engage their kids in the world's oceans, and some of the problems they face. Find the toolkit here - plasticsedkit.ocean.org

Download Education toolkit offers free teaching materials about plastics in the ocean
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Cape Breton author Lesley Crewe launches her tenth novel and talks about family secrets

Cape Breton author Lesley Crewe spoke to Bob about her latest novel. It's called Beholden and is set in St.Peter's and Sydney.

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The story behind a triple breach by three humpback whales captured on video

Mainstreet's Diane Paquette talks to Captain Tom Goodwin in Tiverton NS about a rare triple breach he captured on video. See it for yourself on facebook - https://t.co/Kamx84IJRP - and follow Diane on twitter @dianepaquette

Download The story behind a triple breach by three humpback whales captured on video
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An update on a heartbreaking story about a mother in Halifax whose son has struggled with drug addiction

Mainstreet's Diane Paquette shares an update on a Halifax mother and her son who was addicted to the prescription drug Xanax.

Download An update on a heartbreaking story about a mother in Halifax whose son has struggled with drug addiction
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Algorithms in the justice system -- more fair than judges, or just harder to track their biases?

When artificial intelligence advises you what to watch next on Netflix, the stakes are not high. Rob Thacker explains why we need to be more cautious about letting it make decisions such as who gets parole. Rob is a computational physicist at Saint Mary's University. He speaks with Mainstreet host Bob Murphy. Follow Rob on twitter @DrRob_Thacker; and Mainstreet @Mainstreethfx

Download Algorithms in the justice system -- more fair than judges, or just harder to track their biases?
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As 22 Minutes gears up for a new season, Trent McClellan shows us his funny and serious sides

Trent McClellan joined the cast of This Hour Has 22 Minutes just over a year ago. He's also a stand-up comedian with two shows happening this week in Halifax. And he created a podcast that isn't very funny at all. He talks to Mainstreet host Bob Murphy about all this, and how his upbringing in Corner Brook prepared him for his career. Follow us on twitter @Mainstreethfx

Download As 22 Minutes gears up for a new season, Trent McClellan shows us his funny and serious sides
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Climate change helped make Hurricane Florence a 'monster,' says climate scientist Michael Mann

The Governor of North Carolina calls Hurricane Florence a 'monster.' Michael Mann says climate change is partly to blame. He's a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University, and co-author of "The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics & Driving Us Crazy." He speaks with Mainstreet host Bob Murphy.

Download Climate change helped make Hurricane Florence a 'monster,' says climate scientist Michael Mann
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A space elevator would make economic sense, but you'll wait a long time for it to arrive

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to tell Mainstreet host Bob Murphy about an experiment headed to the International Space Station, and the small role it may play shedding light on how a space elevator would work.

Download A space elevator would make economic sense, but you'll wait a long time for it to arrive
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Putting sexual assault trials on trial: the way the justice system tries cases of sexual violence.

A law professor and the head of a sexual assault centre call for changes to the justice system to prevent re-traumatising complainants.

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Living on the edge: Lions Club members in Oxford hope sinkhole spares their building

As the sink hole in Oxford expands, Neil Rideout and other members of the Lions Club hope their building doesn't become a casualty.

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Halifax Fringe Festival show is about Margaret of Anjou, the historical figure who inspired Shakespeare.

Gillian English is from Pictou County and lives these days in Tasmania. She talks with Bob about Fringe Festival, her new show She Wolf, and comedy.

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A young country musician in Port Williams turns her experience with bullying into music with a message.

Elsie Morden, a 23 year-old country singer who lives in Port Williams, uses singing and school visits across Canada to share a powerful message about bullying.

Download A young country musician in Port Williams turns her experience with bullying into music with a message.
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A dairy farmer in Nova Scotia defends supply management in light of NAFTA negotiations

Garrit Damsteedt, a dairy farmer from Shubenacadie, tells Bob what's at stake for the dairy industry in the NAFTA negotiations in Washington.

Download A dairy farmer in Nova Scotia defends supply management in light of NAFTA negotiations
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Mobility Cup returns to Halifax, features the skills of sailors with disabilities

The Mobility Cup is a friendly competition among sailors with physical challenges. Bob talks with Kevin Penny, a competitor and co-chair of the Sail Able Association of Nova Scotia.

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Rob Thacker tells us how a video game can teach us about patience

Rob Thacker explores recently published research on how our patience relates to being made to wait in video games.

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Our Oceans Guy talks about a rare shark caught off Nova Scotia this summer

Our Oceans Guy Boris Worm confirms the identity of a rare shark caught off Nova Scotia in August.

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Our panel on federal politics examines immigration and tees up federal Conservative convention in Halifax

Our panel on federal politics talks immigration policy, Maxime Bernier, and the national Conservative convention in Halifax

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Rob Thacker talks about the prevalence of water worlds in space

Computational physicist Rob Thacker talks about new research that suggests water worlds may be more common than we thought.

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"The Joggler" breaks record at Navy 10K Run in Halifax

Michael Bergeron ran the Navy 10K Run in Halifax in 35 minutes and 36 seconds. That's a pace of 3:34. What's more amazing is he won the race while juggling the entire way. Bergeron, also known as the Joggler, is well known in local running circles for his remarkable ability to run and jog at the same time.

Download "The Joggler" breaks record at Navy 10K Run in Halifax
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Nova Scotia firefighters head to British Columbia to help fight wildfires

Nearly 600 fires are currently burning across British Columbia. 21 of our firefighters have gone to help. The CBC's Brett Ruskin spoke to one of them at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Bob spoke with Nova Scotia's Manager of Forest Protection with the Department of Lands and Forestry

Download Nova Scotia firefighters head to British Columbia to help fight wildfires
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Firefighter from Nova Scotia helps battle BC wildfires

Dana Hicks is a wildfire prevention specialist originally from Shelburne who now works for the BC Wildfire Service. He spoke to Mainstreet's Diane Paquette from Burns Lake, which is about two hours west of Prince George, about the overwhelming forest fires in the province.

Download Firefighter from Nova Scotia helps battle BC wildfires
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A look at future of tidal power after Emera pulls out of troubled Cape Sharp Tidal project

Bob talks to representatives of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association and the Ecology Action Centre about the future of tidal energy in the Minas Passage now that OpenHydro is in receivership and Emera has pulled out of the Cape Sharp project.

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