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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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Open-air urinals spark outrage in scenic Paris neighbourhood

'We need urinals, obviously,' says gallery manager Fabienne Bonnat, 'but not this type — not there'

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Digital heartbreak

Franklyn revokes his access to tracking his ex-wife’s whereabouts through her phone.

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Indigenous youth are standing up and speaking out

Indigenous young people are overcoming their doubts and are standing up to make their voices heard.

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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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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.

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Rob Thacker talks about a report China has developed a laser gun, and doubts raised by skeptics

Rob Thackers drops by from Saint Mary's university talk about the physics of laser guns.

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If people are disconnected from nature, can citizen science help change that?

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk about the "extinction of experience" and whether getting people engaged in citizen science is a way to help them reconnect with the wonders of the natural world.

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Scientists disagree over value of findings of a study about aquaculture and lobster fishery

Scientists debate a study of Port Mouton Bay that says salmon aquaculture may drive away lobsters.

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Researchers say lobster catch figures off Port Mouton show negative impact of salmon farm

Our oceans guy Boris Worm tells us about a study of lobster catch data from an area off the south shore of Nova Scotia where a fish farm twice went in and out of operation. Then an oceanographer who studies aquaculture tells us why he doesn't think the study holds water, and the lead author responds.

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You've heard of narcolepsy, and now researchers shed new light on the causes of 'carcolepsy'

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to tell Mainstreet host Bob Murphy about new insights into why going for a drive makes some people want to fall asleep.

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Rob Thacker explains why new insights into photosynthesis are exciting astrophysicists

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

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Big data can help solve some problems, but all those numbers can also be misleading

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to tell Mainstreet host Bob Murphy about Simpson's Paradox, and the trouble it can cause for people trying to draw conclusions from a lot of data.

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Rob Thacker on futurology, and the success of science in predicting what is to come

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

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Daughter of Randy Symonds hears her father's voice for the first time since his death more than a decade ago.

The daughter of Randy Symonds explains the power of hearing her father speak about racism experienced on the job at Halifax's transit bus garage.

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Human rights board sheds new light on case of Randy Symonds

Halifax's chief administrator has apologised for reports of racist behaviour at the city's transit bus garage - in the face of a ruling from a Nova Scotia human rights board of inquiry. It ruled in the case of a white employee married to an African Nova Scotian woman. It also shed new light on the case of Randy Symonds -- a former employee who died more than a decade ago.

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Far out, man! A Halifax filmmaker wants to recreate a piece of Woodstock nostalgia.

Halifax filmmaker John Wesley Chisholm wants to recreate a VW bus known as the "Light" bus. It was a piece of nostalgia from the famous four-day concert held nearly 50 years ago known simply as Woodstock.

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Author examines the history of poor houses in Nova Scotia

In her new book, anti-poverty activist Brenda Thompson of Annapolis Royal looks at the era of poor houses in Nova Scotia and compares that time to the present-day treatment of the poor.

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A possible way to cut the costs of medically unexplained physical symptoms and help patients

Medically unexplained physical symptoms confound doctors and cost the health care system dearly. Dr. Allan Abbass in Dalhousie's Faculty of Medicine and a team of other physicians are developing a plan they believe could help improve people's health quicker and save the system money.

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Could saying "egg noodle" lead to a series of unfortunate events? Questions about the Alexa debacle

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk about what we can learn from a case in Oregon where a smart speaker recorded a private conversation in someone's home and sent a copy to one of the homeowner's employees. He speaks with Bob Murphy, host of Mainstreet in Halifax.

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Does sloth deserve to be on the list of Seven Deadly Sins?

John Plotz admits there are drool marks on the books he pored over as a graduate student -- evidence that he's suffered from the same vice that caused Christians to identify Acedia and sloth as threats to the human soul. But how much should you worry about them? Plotz is a professor of Victorian literature at Brandeis University. He speaks with Bob Murphy, host of Mainstreet in Halifax.

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Nova Scotian fishing family finds a rare four-clawed lobster, and sells it for $10

Helen David tells Bob Murphy of Mainstreet in Halifax about the four-clawed lobster her husband and son hauled aboard while fishing off Canso. When a lobster with a similar abnormality was on display at the Bonne Bay Marine Station in Newfoundland in 2017, the interim director Duncan McIlroy told CBC he was only able to find a couple of other records of people finding lobsters with four claws.

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