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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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Why were charges against 35 Mafia associates stayed?

Charges against 35 organized crime suspects in Montreal were dropped recently and the Crown was curiously cryptic about why.

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Tantric sex class

What could possibly go wrong?

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Stuck inside a toy claw machine

Damien Murphy only turned away for a few seconds. Moments later, he found his three-year-old son, Jamie, inside a toy machine.

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Budget 2017

How will the funds announced in the 2017 federal budget affect day-to-day life for Torontonians?

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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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New Year's Special: Facts & Values Roundup

The 180 revisits our Facts and Values series from 2016, examining issues where Canadians' opinions and values collide with the facts.

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Our favourites from 2016: Screens, clowns, roadtrips, and dampness

A look back at some of our favourite segments from the year.

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A lottery for senators, it's time to question Google's algorithm, and wind chill!

Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil argues Google's algorithm is being gamed and it's time for human editors to play a role.

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You're not entitled to your own opinion, the case against free trade, and how snow can inform planning

Philosopher Patrick Stokes argues against opinion as entitlement, Gus Van Harten argues that on balance Canada has given up too much in the name of free trade, and Matthew Worowna make the case for why planners could learn a thing or two from unused snow

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Free trade myth and reality, sex in public parks, blood, religion and bioethics

The week on The 180: the myths and realities of free trade agreements, a case for allowing sex in public parks, and a conversation about blood, religion and bioethics.

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The rise of political 'assholes,' environmental law is a tyranny of small decisions, and spanking needs to end

A professor argues Canadian environmental law is really a a tyranny of small, myopic, decisions; we look why the rise of harassment in politics signals a critical time; and the case against Lawren Harris

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Mobile homes as affordable housing, why post-election Op-Eds are useless, and authentic food is overrated

Forget trailer trash, we hear a case for mobile homes as a housing solution; we look back at post-election Op-Eds from years past to see how unhelpful this year's are, and a food writer says it's time to get over your need for "authentic" food.

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Your social media silo blinds you to Trump support; the failure of fact-checking; the tent city solution

How liberal bias and social-media silos blinded you to the Trump wave, why political fact-checking failed and how tent cities for the homeless could help solve an affordable housing crisis.

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This election is boring, the case to stop changing the clocks, and the problem of DNA as proof of culture

This week: Jeff Cox argues why this presidential election is the least interesting of all, a case to stop changing the clocks, a plea to make Remembrance Day more inclusive, and producer Kathryn Marlow on why DNA doesn't equal culture.

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D&D as a path to female empowerment, keeping the creep in Halloween, and stop making police cars so menacing

This week: the case against police fleets going from white to black, the argument for keeping creepy clowns in Halloween, and insight into why one woman found female empowerment in playing Dungeons and Dragons.

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Pharmacists should dispense RU-486, a noticeable silence on Chief Wahoo, and non sport-related concussions

UBC's Wendy Norman argues for pharmacists dispensing the abortion pill, Jays fan Ryan McMahon wonders why the Blue Jays keep silent on the Chief Wahoo controversy, and Kathryn Marlow assesses support for people with concussions unrelated to sports.

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Opioid clickbait, on-screen accents, and Trump is no capitalist

This week, a drug research scientist says a penchant for clickbait and provocative news headlines are making the opioid crisis worse, we hear an argument that Donald Trump gives real capitalists a bad name, and a culture watcher who used to hate on-screen

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A call for more black voices in white media, hallucinogenic drug therapy, why this doctor is studying nosodes

This week: coerced treatment for addictions, psychedelic supervisors, and scientific studies of homeopathic nosodes.

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Political fact checking is polarizing society, economic analyses aren't economically sound, and vaping is ok

This week: producer Manusha Janakiram delves into the unintended consequences of political fact-checking, economist Trevor Toombe explains why he's skeptical of economic impact analyses, and an argument for the benefits of vaping

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