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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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The Doppelgänger

Julia struggles flirting over text messages and it’s hampering her love life. But she also struggles with all text messages.

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9-1-1

When a flashlight bomb killed Wayne Greavette in 1996, it also destroyed his family. David Ridgin searches for answers.

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Discovering you`re a psychopath

James Fallon is determined to overcome his worst instincts.

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Native Child and the Full Moon

Tegan Smallwood, 15, isn’t sure which nation she's from because her mom was adopted during the Sixties Scoop.

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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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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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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.

Download Could saying "egg noodle" lead to a series of unfortunate events? Questions about the Alexa debacle
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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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Mainstreet Spinbuster moonlights as Halifax Hurricanes announcer

Mainstreet listeners know Chris Lydon as a member of the Spinbusters, a panel on the show that looks at provincial politics. Basketball fans know him as the announcer at home games of the Halifax Hurricanes. He sat down with Bob to talk about his alter ego.

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Why NASA wants to send a helicopter to Mars, and the challenges involved in getting it off the ground

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

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Shorebirds need all the help they can get, and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust is providing some

Bonnie Sutherland drops by from the Nova Scotia Nature Trust to talk about a new coastal property its protecting near Port Joli. Meanwhile, an opinion piece in the New York Times warns that the declining number of shore birds is "the No. 1 conservation crisis facing birds in the world today."

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Public Gardens' Agave has grown a large stalk, and now people are stalking the stalk!

The Agave plant in the Halifax Public Gardens is attracting a lot of attention as gardening enthusiasts await a once-in-a-lifetime blooming. Mainstreet's Diane Paquette brings us the story.

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Premier McNeil asks where's the evidence on MPAs -- our Oceans Guy says there's plenty of it

Boris Worm drops by from Dalhousie University to tell Mainstreet host Bob Murphy about some of the research that's been done on the value of marine protected areas, or MPAs.

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Alan Turing's only chemistry paper could lead to breakthrough removing salt from seawater

Earth is called "the blue planet" because of all the water, but only a tiny percentage of it is readily available for us to use. Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk about how a 66-year old chemistry paper by legendary computer scientist Alan Turing is inspiring new thinking about desalination.

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Research points the way to plastic that can be better recycled into new products

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk about how plastic needs to change, and how our attitude toward it needs to change, too.

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Drug users understand the risk posed by Carfentanil, but they're so desperate they ignore it

Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Robert Strang says Nova Scotia has likely experienced its first death caused by Carfentanil-laced opioids. Mainstreet's Diane Paquette drops by Direction 180 in Halifax to talk with its executive director, Cindy MacIsaac.

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NHL player with a taste for controversy may have gone too far by licking opponents

Boston Bruin bad boy Brad Marchand (originally from Hammonds Plains, NS) has made a habit of kissing and licking opponents during games. Bob Murphy of Mainstreet in Halifax speaks with a comedian who has also licked people while at work, a university prof who raises questions about consent and gender roles in the NHL, and a sports writer who's totally grossed out.

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Nova Scotia man finishes Iditerod and credits lead dog with literally pulling him through tough time

Brad Farquhar of Brooklyn in Hants County completed the Iditarod last winter, a 16-hundred kilometre dogsled race across the Alaskan tundra. These days he's back home and enjoying spring-like temperatures. He dropped into the studio to chat with Bob.

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A ban on plastic drinking straws would suck -- at least for North America's largest straw manufacturer

Some people worry plastic drinking straws outlive their usefulness and cause problems in the environment. Pierre Doig tells Mainstreet's Diane Paquette why he believes his business will outlive the controversy. He's the general manager of Stone Straw Limited in Brantford, Ontario. It manufactures "multi-billions" of straws each year.

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"A moral arms race" -- researcher says people on the left and right guilty of moral grandstanding

Justin Tosi is in Halifax to deliver a public talk about moral grandstanding and self-righteous anger. It's part of a series about the Seven Deadly Sins. He speaks with Bob Murphy of Mainstreet in Halifax.

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Scientists are trying to put dollar values on some of the things a healthy ocean provides

We've heard concerns that new Marine Protected Areas could cut into industry profits in some areas around Nova Scotia. Our oceans guy Boris Worm tells Bob Murphy about attempts to quantify the value of a healthy ocean.

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This week's column from Rob Thacker really is rocket science

Scientists have catalogued thousands of exoplanets orbiting other stars. But if there's intelligent life on any of them, can we assume those beings are able to explore their solar systems the way we have? Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to explain why we can't.

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Rob Lowe offends many by making light of Halifax Explosion, but he's not the first to do so

Rob Lowe says it was his idea to nickname his character The Halifax Explosion in the new American comedy Super Troopers 2. In this coverage from Mainstreet, a local writer says the actor needs a history lesson, a former member of the comedy troupe Picnicface recalls the time they dreamed up a fake mascot named 'Splodey; and listeners disagree over whether Lowe's comments are disgraceful or if Nova Scotians need to lighten up. Rob Lowe did not respond to our offer of an interview and harbour tour.

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Artist & activist Buffy Sainte-Marie says "making the world better is a lot of fun"

"We have a long way to go," Buffy Sainte-Marie says, "(but) if you look over your shoulder, we have come a long way." She tells Mainstreet's Bob Murphy she doesn't know where her positive attitude comes from, as she visits Halifax to accept an honorary degree from Dalhousie University.

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TESS is set to launch at 6:30pm ET, and here's why planet hunters are excited

Scientists have already identified thousands of planets outside our solar system, but Rob Thacker says the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will help find exoplanets closer to home. Rob is a computational physicist at Saint Mary's University. He speaks with Bob Murphy, host of Mainstreet in Halifax.

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Climate change may slow ocean circulation, but the disaster movie Day After Tomorrow is still fiction

Ocean currents help moderate the climate around the North Atlantic. Two studies in the journal Nature suggest this circulation of water has slowed. Memorial University oceanographer Brad de Young walks us through the evidence, and what it might mean for Nova Scotia. He speaks with Bob Murphy, host of Mainstreet in Halifax.

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The warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough responds to criticism council plagued by lack of transparency

Vernon Pitts, the warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, denies council has a problem with transparency when it comes to fracking and other issues in the community.

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Educator speaks out about facing NSTU disciplinary hearing for taking students to Vimy Ridge during work to rule

Randolph Sullivan was a Vice Principal at Dartmouth High School last year and was one of three educators who took students on a trip to Vimy Ridge that took months of planning and fundraising. Now he's facing disciplinary action because the trip landed in the middle of work to rule.

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Basking sharks are the second biggest fish in the sea, and "gentle giants" - Dalhousie University scientist

Our oceans guy Boris Worm talks about new research that finds basking sharks congregate off our coast in larger numbers than anyone expected. He speaks with the host of Mainstreet in Halifax, Bob Murphy.

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What can we learn about AI from robots the Romans made 2000 years ago?

A lecture series organized by the University of King's College is exploring artificial intelligence from a variety of perspectives. Courtney Roby's talk in January told the story of automatons created 2000 years ago in Ancient Rome. She's an associate professor of Classics at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York. She dropped into the Mainstreet studio when she was in Halifax, and spoke with Alex Mason.

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Researchers at MIT find fake news travels faster than real news on Twitter

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk about a study that finds Twitter users have a soft spot for fake news. He speaks with Bob Murphy, host of Mainstreet in Nova Scotia.

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From Frankenstein to Westworld -- what fiction teaches us about our creations, our anxieties, and ourselves

Despina Kakoudaki is in Halifax to give one in a series of public talks about artificial intelligence. She's an associate professor of literature and Director of the Humanities Lab at American University, in Washington, DC. She spoke with Alex Mason, producer of Mainstreet in Halifax.

Download From Frankenstein to Westworld -- what fiction teaches us about our creations, our anxieties, and ourselves
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