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The 180

The 180 is a show that's meant to get Canadians talking about what's going on in our country. Our playground? The issues that matter most to you wherever you live, coast to coast. Big city or small suburb, we'll bring you stories and points of view that get you going, and give you ways to get in on the debate. We want to start a national conversation, with you at the centre.

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How a little dog named Gobi changed an ultramarathoner's life

Dion Leonard was racing across the Chinese and Mongolian desert when a scruffy dog started running alongside him.

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The Ear Hustle

Hear the podcast creators talk about life inside San Quentin State Prison.

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The origin of Betty Boop

Mark Fleischer, CEO of Fleischer Studios, talks about the history of the Betty Boop character.

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Whipped cream canister kills Instagram star

Rebecca Burger died after a whipped cream canister struck her in the heart — and a French consumer watchdog group says they've warning about this product for years.

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Weed reviews, hypnosis and medicine, and Gord Downie needs to step out of the Indigenous spotlight

Why Vancouver Magazine is hiring a pot reviewer; a neuroscientist argues that medical professionals should use hypnosis more often; and an Indigenous activist says it's time for Gord Downie to step aside.

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Stop funding Catholic schools; restore trust in the NEB; and let me change my name!

We hear why public funding of Catholic schools needs to stop; how public trust of the NEB can be restored through energy policy; and a Quebec-based writer describes how hard it is to change your name in that province, especially as a married woman.

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Canada should go back to Afghanistan; Celine Dion is cool; and stop eating chicken!

On this week's episode of The 180: Historian and journalist Michael Petrou says Canada should rejoin NATO in Afghanistan; we hear why Celine Dion is cool in 2017, and a vegan tells us why eating chicken is much worse than eating pork or beef.

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Canadians are housing addicts; vegetarianism dies up north; and make it easier for the homeless to vote

Reporter Ian McGugan says we won't fix any housing crises until we admit we're addicted; we hear from a former vegetarian who started eating meat when she moved to Yellowknife; and why we should make it easier for homeless people to vote.

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Calories on menus are harmful; the need for culturally sensitive care homes; and cities are sexist

A body image advocate says we should take caloric content on menus with a grain of salt; how care homes can serve the needs of an increasingly diverse aging population; and an urban planner/developer weighs in on how cities were designed with men in mind.

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Not all opioids are bad, pizza is a sandwich, and what you call the May long weekend

On this week's episode of The 180: a woman who has watched several loved ones go through palliative care says opioids aren't evil; a writer researches pizza and discovers it's a sandwich; and we learn the regional names for the May long weekend.

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Digital records are killing medicine; condos should be in children's lit; B.C. politics is Shrodinger's cat

A researcher says electronic medical records are leading to doctor burnout and even higher suicide rates; an author argues for children's lit to include the reality of kids who live in condos; and B.C.'s election result through quantum physics theory.

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Fiction does not need to be therapeutic; We need to think about male suicide; and strategic voting is flawed

Amidst the panic over the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, we talk about fiction versus reality; we explore why no one talks about how common suicide is among middle-aged men; and a math instructor says B.C. should ignore strategic voting campaigns.

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The Oilers are Canada's hockey team; Caregivers need more than just recognition; and the power of dog poop

We hear why the Oilers are more representative of Canada than the Senators; the Prime Minister marked National Carers Day this month but a professor says that's not enough; and how Waterloo is harvesting the power of dog poop.

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The not-so-great Trans Canada Trail; It's ok to be grumpy at work; Policing free speech on campus

A cyclist says stay off the Trans Canada Trail; a journalist says you should quit faking happiness at work; and an ethicist says the issue of free speech on campus is not as bad as some politicians would like you to believe.

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Defending kid-free condos; Stop referring to 'innocent women;' and let motorcyclists ride between the lanes

A condo manager defends adult-only residences; we hear a plea to stop using the phrase 'innocent women and children;' and the case for letting motorcyclists ride between lanes.

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Chemical weapons, start concerts earlier, and Nova Scotia should have a spaceport

Why we consider chemical attacks more repugnant than conventional ones; Toronto musician Mar Sellars makes the case for concerts to start earlier, and Michael Byers says Canada needs a spaceport.

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The cult of innovation, let's legalize heroin, and who's housing the middle class?

The case against drinking the innovation Kool-Aid, a nurse argues that it's time to legalize heroin, and an argument that real estate developers are failing to meet demand for less expensive housing in cites across North America

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Fentanyl sentencing, nuclear disarmament, and the NHL needs to get its historical facts straight

Tougher sentences for fentanyl trafficking sparks debate in B.C. - 180 producer Manusha Janakiram dives in to find out why; Ray Acheson makes the case to revive the nuclear disarmament movement and a plea for the NHL to get its historical facts straight

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Stop subsidizing seniors; good judges can make bad decisions; and which Canadian city is the most American?

A call for governments to put more money into young people than the old; a lawyer explains why we shouldn't confuse bad judges with bad decisions; and we try to determine which Canadian city is the most American, in case you're boycotting U.S. travel.

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We need to think big on feminism; some murderers are worse than others; and stop trying to be Silicon Valley!

Sociologist Amanda Watson argues to reach true gender equality, we need to think big - like rebuilding cities big; columnist Paula Simons says not all murderers are created equal; and an expert in innovation urges cities to stop emulating Silicon Valley.

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'Why I named my son Jayne'; Down with debates; and Give it a rest: Pluto's not a planet

An Ontario mother explains why she named her son Jayne, and issues a challenge to those who would criticize her; a political scientist points out the downsides of debates; and an astronomer argues that Pluto is not a planet.

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A doctor argues for public dental care; I don't breastfeed and that's ok; and raise the GST

An ER doctor says his job is proof that governments should fund dental care; and Edmonton mother says while breast may be best, formula is fine too; and we hear a case for raising the GST.

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Sometimes it's ok to drop civility; rewriting historic road signs; and understanding pedophiles

A lawyer argues that sometimes, civility must yield to issues that are far more important; an archaeologist rewrites B.C.'s historic road signs; and a clinical psychologist explains what most Canadians don't get about pedophiles.

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Bring on the robot jobs, Canada should think for itself, and why are Canadian politicians so boring?

Contrary to warnings of a looming robo-pocalypse, Peter Frase says automation is a chance to free ourselves from the shackles of labour. Irvin Studin says the Trump presidency is the opportunity for Canada to show the world it can think for itself. And we

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How to define and report on terror; the problem with political promises; and IVF is a right

After the mosque shooting, we hear why it's essential to tread carefully when referring to an act as terror; why the problem isn't that the government broke the electoral reform promise, the problem is that it made the promise in the first place

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Digital vs. analog, pipeline extortion, and: is it ever ok to punch a Nazi?

Manusha Janakiram wonders if unplugged living is really virtuous; Gordon Gibson says he's ashamed his premier pushed for money to let a pipeline through; and, given recent events in the U.S., we ask Stewart Prest: is it ever ok to punch a Nazi?

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How to avoid media health scares; conflict of interest is not corruption; and tiny houses aren't the answer

How journalists and media consumers, can avoid the "scare" elements of health stories; an ethicist warns that conflict of interest does not equal corruption; and a Vancouverite points out that tiny houses will not solve his city's housing crisis.

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What not to love about Meryl Streep's speech; more on PTSD and violence; and reform politics, not elections

"Crippled Scholar" Kim Sauder says Meryl Streep was not speaking up for disabled people in her Golden Globe speech; we hear more about the link between PTSD and violence; and the case for reforming politics, not elections.

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Don't blame violence on PTSD, how to argue about the carbon tax, and questions we have about Canada 150

Why it's too soon to link violence with PTSD, how to have an argument about the carbon tax, and we ask some questions about Canada 150: like is that really our age? And can non-original provinces celebrate?

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