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NS: Mainstreet Halifax

 

NS: Mainstreet Halifax

A lively and entertaining blend of national and regional news, interviews, book reviews and recipes, Mainstreet is designed to put Nova Scotia listeners back in touch with their communities at the end of the workday.

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How Harvey Weinstein weaponized the media

Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan says Harvey Weinstein used the media as "a bludgeon" to intimidate, humiliate and silence his accusers.

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Letting go of books

Broadcaster Candy Palmater speaks on the freedom that comes with letting go of books.

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Bill Murray

The actor and cellist Jan Vogler open up on the chance encounter that led to their new musical collaboration.

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'Concussions affect a life'

Former NHL goaltender Ken Dryden wants hockey rules changed to save players' lives.

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Gravitational waves alert researchers to collision of neutron stars

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

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Volta Labs CEO says Halifax reminds him of Waterloo 15 years ago

In this extended interview, Jesse Rodgers talks about the new Creative Destruction Lab at Dal, Volta Labs, why he moved to Halifax, and whether we should want an Amazon HQ.

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The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk: Meet our 2017 TD Kids Book Club!

Every fall, Mainstreet teams up with CBC Books for a healthy dose of children's lit. This year, we're reading Jan Thornhill's The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk. Producer Felicia Latour introduces the book and our young readers at Duc d'Anville school.

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Parents talk about striking a balance with kids & technology

Stories from Tuesday's Mainstreet in which Jordan Kyriakidis, Stephanie Potter, and Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia talk about how they manage their kids' use of gadgets and social media.

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"The Hours Turn to Nothing": Untold stories of the Halifax explosion

Stephanie Kincade and Christina Murray from Xara Choral Theatre tell Mainstreet producer Diane Paquette about "The Hours Turn to Nothing," a musical that recounts untold stories of the Halifax Explosion. The show wraps up its Maritime tour this weekend.

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Is the proliferation of online porn causing public health problems?

We hear four different perspectives in advance of a panel discussion about the ethics of consuming pornography organized by the Canadian Centre For Ethics in Public Affairs.

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Electric bus travels almost 1800km on single charge, but not very quickly

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

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A tale of two earthquakes: the chaos in Mexico City, then and now

Two Nova Scotians were teenagers in 1985, when an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit their home of Mexico City. 32 years later, they were shocked when another hit on the very same day. Jorge Orduña-Amaro and Judith Dardon share their thoughts on September 19.

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Nova Scotia Nature Trust on what's next for the 100 Wild Islands

Bonnie Sutherland drops into the studio to tell Bob how communities on the Eastern Shore can contribute to a management plan being developed for the 100 Wild Islands.

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NS Environment Minister responds to complaints about Northern Pulp emissions

Nova Scotia Environment Minister Iain Rankin responds to community concerns about the government's handling of particulate emissions at Northern Pulp in Pictou County.

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100 Wild Islands like looking at NS "before any kind of human activities"

You can see some of Nick Hawkins' photos in this story from CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/100-wild-islands-nova-scotia-nature-trust-1.4301931

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Business leader Paul Sobey blasts government's handling of Northern Pulp emissions

Past president and CEO of Empire Company, Paul Sobey, is frustrated the Nova Scotia government continues to allow Northern Pulp to exceed provincial emission levels without penalty.

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Pre-primary problems: why an inclusive daycare may be losing space

As the province expands pre-primary care, a daycare for children with special needs is being told to scale down. Blair Langille from the Halifax Association for Community Living, and Kelly Connors from the Halifax Regional School Board explain.

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Europeans forecast hurricanes more accurately than Canada & the US

Mainstreet's Alex Mason asks Ryan Torn at the University At Alabany if Nova Scotians should be concerned they may not be getting the most accurate forecast.

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Dr. Drew Bethune assessing need for cancer-radiation services in Yarmouth

Cancer patients in Yarmouth are waiting to here if, and when, they'll be able to receive radiation treatments closer to home. It all hinges on one crucial review, led by Dr. Drew Bethune, medical director of the Nova Scotia Cancer Care Program.

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Afghan-Canadian artist Hangama Amiri on painting her heroines

Hangama Amiri was only 16 when she left Afghanistan with her family, eventually arriving in Canada. Today, the 28-year-old artist resides in Lunenburg, where she uses painting to tell the stories of the Afghan women who've shaped her country's history.

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Nick Hill and Andy Sharpe: Bringing life back to Big Meadow Bog

On Brier Island, an $800,000 restoration project is taking place to save the rare and endangered Eastern Mountain Avens, a plant only found in two places in the world. Two men involved in the project tell us about the 30 hectares of bog restored so far.

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Update: Why Farley Blackman is reconsidering leaving Lunenburg

Following a rally this week, the CBC's Diane Paquette speaks to Farley Blackman and learns why the business operator is feeling more optimistic about his ventures in Lunenburg.

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Oceana Canada launches expedition to study Gulf of St. Lawrence

The independent charity Oceana Canada has partnered with a team of scientists, including Jacques Cousteau's grand-daughter Alexandra Cousteau, to study the depths of the Gulf of St. Lawrence using state-of-the-art ROPOS technology.

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Farblack aftermath: Lunenburg mayor responds to businessowner

Mayor Rachel Bailey responds to Farley Blackman's comments regarding the challenges of opening a cidery and chocolate shop in the town of Lunenburg, and his allegations of personal disagreements.

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Halifax premiere of "Slut: The Play" challenges views of sexual assault

It's a production as provocative as its title, tackling the issues of rape culture and slut-shaming. LunaSea Theatre is staging five free performances of "Slut: the Play" this weekend. The CBC's Felicia Latour dropped by a rehearsal to learn more.

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Business owner Farley Blackman on development challenges in Lunenburg

The businessman behind Farblack owns several properties in Lunenburg, and was set to open a brewery, cidery, distillery and chocolate shop. However, Farley Blackman announced that he's pulling the plug due to disagreements with Lunenburg city council.

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Boris Worm: Canada's newest (and largest) protected area in Nunavut

Our oceans guy Boris Worm is back from an Arctic expedition, and tells guest host Allison Devereaux about a historic milestone for nature conservation; Canada's newest protected area spanning more than 100,000 square kilometres around Lancaster Sound.

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Solar Eclipse 2017: Rob Thacker on the lunacy of total solar eclipses

Columnist Rob Thacker talks about the August 21st total solar eclipse, seen in most parts of North America. He tells host Allison Devereaux about the astronomical phenomenon, safe viewing, and how eclipses effect everything from traffic to productivity.

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Ride or Die: Wanda Taylor authors new YA novel about sex trafficking

Writer and former social worker Wanda Taylor talks about how her experience working with young women informed her latest book, "Ride or Die," about a teenage girl who ends up in the sex trade in Halifax.

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Shirley Tillotson on the history of white supremacists in Canada

A deadly clash following a gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA has many people concerned, and looking to history for answers. Historian Shirley Tillotson from Dalhousie discusses lessons from past racist movements in Canada.

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The bugs and the bogs: Dan d'Entremont on completing a historic hike

Summer is a great time for outdoor adventure, but three men in Nova Scotia took that idea to extremes! Dan D'Entremont shares his trailblazing journey of nearly 150 km through the bogs and thick woods of a historic unmarked trail in southwest Nova Scotia.

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How glider technology could help save the North Atlantic right whale

The clock is ticking for the North Atlantic right whale, but an initiative launched by the Ocean Tracking network could help prevent future whale deaths. The group's executive director Fred Whoriskey tells us more.

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Rob Thacker on storm the size of planet Earth on Neptune

The big blue planet has some awful weather, with winds up to 1,200 km/h, and an average temperature of -200 degrees Celsius. But as Rob Thacker tells Allison Devereaux, astronomers have just discovered an unprecedented new storm.

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Halifax production of Next to Normal puts mental health centre stage

The Broadway musical "Next to Normal" won a Pulitzer for its depiction of addiction, mental illness and suicide; issues especially relevant to Nova Scotians this summer. Two members of Saints Alive Theatre tell us about their timely Halifax production.

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Prisoners' Justice Day: The trouble with restorative justice in Canada

To mark Prisoners' Justice Day, Bob hears from two self-described abolitionists on the downfalls of Canadian prisons. We hear from George Fagan, an author and former inmate, and Ardath Whynacht, a professor of sociology at Mount Allison University.

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Onboard the Polar Prince: Boris Worm from the coast of Baffin Island

Our oceans guy Boris Worm is part of the Canada C3 expedition, an epic 150-day sea voyage around our three coastlines. He joins us from the waters of Nunavut to describe the saga so far.

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Bernard Soubry: How Maritime farms can stay resilient to climate change

Maritime farmers have always been at the mercy of the weather, but now more than ever, as climate change could threaten our entire food system as we know it. Bernard Soubry from the Climate Resilience on Maritime Farms Project tells us more.

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Rob Thacker on potential discovery of first moon beyond solar system

Last week, astronomers announced the possible discovery of the first exomoon (a moon around another planet, around another star). SMU's Rob Thacker is "over the moon" and ready to share the news.

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Geocacher Krista Whitehouse on the most fun you'll have with a GPS

Hundreds of geocachers are uniting this week in Nova Scotia, leading up to Saturday's Mega Event in Truro. Halifax-based geocacher Krista Whitehouse tells Bob about this out-of-the-ordinary outdoor activity.

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NS singer-songwriter writes tunes for fans based on their lives

Meaghan Smith traded in a successful career as a touring musician for a family-friendly venture of writing customized songs.

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Let the sunshine in: Oceans guy Boris Worm on a new species of sunfish

Our Surf and Turf columnist Boris Worm introduces us to the newly named Hoodwinker sunfish, a cousin of the giant ocean sunfish, one of the strangest creatures found in Nova Scotia waters -- sometimes described as a 3-meter pancake with wings!

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Rain, rain, go away: Rob Thacker on increasing downpours

Weather data tells us exceptionally heavy downpours are becoming more and more common. Around the world, that has lead to flooding, which has lead to billions of dollars in losses including property. SMU's Rob Thacker tells Bob Murphy more.

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Why Indigenous families aren't applying for Canada child benefit

Mi'kmaq lawyer Jennifer Cox explains why more Indigenous families aren't receiving the government's Canada child benefit, one year after it was introduced by the Trudeau government.

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Readily Apparent: kids don't have to hate broccoli

Aviva Troemel and Alex Mason talk about some of the things they've done to try to make sure their kids have healthy attitudes toward vegetables.

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