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NS: Mainstreet Halifax

 

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. 

Updated: Weekly
Download episodes from this podcast for: 3 months
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Laurie Anderson finds hope in loss

Iconic avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson talks about how her experience of Hurricane Sandy inspired her new album and book.

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Kelsey Serwa

Kelly VanderBeek explores Ski Cross with silver winner Kelsey Serwa.

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Dismay over Fontaine verdict

The not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Tina Fontaine shouldn't be a surprise, according to one advocate.

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The Deer

Danielle and Justin meet with Ed Galick who was Wayne’s former employer and mentor. He was also a person of interest to police.

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The Mainstreet Spinbusters on the politics of the NSTU's strike vote

Listen in as Education Minister Zach Churchill and Nova Scotia Teachers Union President Liette Doucet take questions from reporters. Then Mainstreet host Bob Murphy asks the Spinbusters what they make of the confrontation between the government and the union.

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Hear some human-made noises that drown out the sound of life in the oceans

Dalhousie University scientist Boris Worm describes how some of the noises humans make under water kill marine life, and he plays some of the sounds for Bob Murphy on Mainstreet in Halifax.

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Is love an international language? Find out with this love song quiz from the Maritimes

We run some local love song lyrics through Google Translate, and quiz Wendy Bergfeldt from Mainstreet in Sydney and Bill Roach from Weekend Mornings to see if they can name that tune. Hosted by Bob Murphy from Mainstreet in Halifax, with poetic readings from the show's producer Alex Mason.

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Women debate the right to bare arms

Bob Murphy of Mainstreet in Halifax asks three women what they make of the declaration by former prime minister Kim Campbell that women on TV news programs should not bare arms.

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If plants react to aesthetics, does that mean they have consciousness?

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk about stoned planets, and a breakthrough in artificial intelligence.

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Letters offer insights into Waterstone residents' opposition to being part of historic black community

Host Bob Murphy speaks with Robert Devet from The Nova Scotia Advocate, and Iris Drummond from Lucasville.

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Far out, man! Scientists claim first evidence of planets outside out galaxy

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University with the details.

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Tales of misogyny and harassment in Nova Scotia politics

Michelle Hebert Boyd tells Mainstreet's Bob Murphy misogyny and harassment were alive and well when she worked in and around politics.

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An inspiration? An annoyance? Controversy over a 'disco ball' launched into space

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

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Woman hit by car while waiting with her daughter for schoolbus feels no ill will

Angelique Swan tells Bob Murphy of Mainstreet in Halifax she is grateful she's not dead or paralyzed from the injuries that resulted when a car hit her and killed her dog.

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Rob Thacker talks about a self-healing concrete that fixes its own cracks

Rob is a computational physicist at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

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Female Spinbusters describe inappropriate behaviour they witnessed in NS politics

Former political operatives Barbara Emodi, Michelle Coffin, and Chris Lydon tell Bob Murphy they expect more NS politicians to land in hot water over sexually inappropriate behaviour.

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Check out the seal that sounds like a cartoon bomb when it dives

From whale calls to ice cracking, our oceans guy Boris Worm plays underwater recordings and talks about what researchers are learning from them. Did you know herring fart? Boris studies the oceans at Dalhousie University. He speaks with Bob Murphy, host of Mainstreet in Halifax.

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What if those cute social robots just want your attention so they can sell you stuff?

Teresa Heffernan says social robots are likely to impose on your wallet, your privacy, and your attention span -- without living up to the hype. She's director of the Social Robot Futures Project, and an English prof at SMU. She speaks with Alex Mason on Mainstreet in Halifax.

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The smart money is on satellites made from smartphone parts

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk about why commercial satellites are being made using components developed for phones, and what this means for reliability.

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Our oceans guy says the 'weather bomb' turned the ocean lime green

Boris Worm drops by from Dalhousie University.

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Rob Thacker on what to watch for in space news in 2018

Rob drops by from Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

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Switzerland no longer neutral on how you cook lobster

Right now in Swiss restaurants, lobster can be tossed into a pot of boiling water as is. But starting in March they will have to be stunned first. Coverage from Mainstreet in Halifax.

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Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy...

...So why can't you put it down? This is the title of a feature article by Globe & Mail reporter Eric Andrew-Gee. He talks to Bob about his research.

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The life and legacy of Acadia student Jeremy Ingham

The head of athletics at Acadia University reflects on the impact graduate Jeremy Ingham had on the people around him.

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The longest night of the year is coming, but who will be able to tell?

Rob Thacker drops by from SMU to tell Bob you don't need 300-thousand Christmas lights on your house to have an impact on your neighbours -- be they human or something else.

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Mainstreet looks back at some of the best local music of 2017

We try to corral the year's best songs with Bill Roach from Weekend Mornings, Trevor Murphy from CKDU's Halifax Is Burning, and Danielle Lemieux from Vox Management Agency.

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BC Health Officer pans combining marijuana and booze sales

A member of a federal task force that studied cannabis retail options discusses decision to sell cannabis in NSLC outlets.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:10:01]


Halifax gets its first public "bookmark" commemorating "Barometer Rising"

We find out why Hugh MacLennan's "Barometer Rising" will be recognized with a plaque "bookmark" at the top of Citadel Hill in Halifax

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Mom in Halifax speaks out about her son's drug addiction

A parent goes public with her family's experience after seeking help for their 18 year-old son's drug addiction. They say they had to demand care.

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Scientists awed by video from the seafloor of the Gulf of St Lawrence

Our oceans guy Boris Worm and Alexandra Cousteau talk about the summer's groundbreaking expedition into the depths of the Gulf.

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Spinbusters on NDP execs quitting and the spat between Liberals and AG

Chris, Barb and Michelle examine the dissension in the ranks of the NDP and the relationship between Liberals and the Auditor General.

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Joe Schwarcz hopes to modify the opinions of critics of GMOs

The director of the Office For Science & Society at McGill University tells Mainstreet's Alex Mason genetically engineered foods do not present risks to human health.

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Rob Thacker on mining the moon and asteroids

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to tell guest host Preston Mulligan about a treaty that could stand in the way of mining in space.

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