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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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Terry O'Reilly

Arlene sits across from Terry O'Reilly, CBC host, author and serial entrepreneur and compares notes about the importance of marketing.

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Arthritis isn't about aging

It's about the modern decline in physical activity.

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Kai Cheng unplugs

Can Kai Cheng learn to say "no" wioth the help of her sleepover friends?

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'The Eclipse': a brief, dark scientific gold mine

Just how important this eclipse is to scientists?

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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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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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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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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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Thacker: award-winning mathematician dies at 40; video stored in DNA

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to try to explain Maryam Mirzakhani's mathematical genius to Bob. And Bob asks how scientists stored video in the DNA of living cells.

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High school students at University of King's College practise reconciliation

The Humanities for Young People program at King's hosts a summer session about reconciliation. Bob spoke with Sarah Clift, assistant professor of contemporary studies, and two students.

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Randi Warne talks about evil with Mainstreet's Alex Mason

Randi Warne teaches two courses about evil at MSVU. She talks about how to distinguish between evil and things that are just unfortunate, and what to do about the evil in the world.

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Thacker on solar eclipses, and a notable one coming August 21st

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

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The growing appeal of community gardens

Bob Murphy talks with Jayme Melrose, project coordinator at Common Roots Urban Farm, and Jen Organ from the Ecology Action Centre. EAC says there are more than 50 community gardens in metro.

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Update on the 150-day C3 expedition around Canada's coasts

Our oceans guy Boris Worm will be part of the C3 expedition later this summer. He tells Bob Murphy what he learned when the vessel stopped in Halifax. Follow the journey at canadac3.ca

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NS separatism, patronage, and the truth about Confederation

Alex Mason talks with three historians about how debt and legislative gridlock inspired Confederation, and how Nova Scotian separatists and Acadians were won over with patronage. (36 minutes)

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SMU's Rob Thacker on supercomputers and their uses

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to tell guest host Allison Devereaux about a new ranking of the fastest supercomputers in the world.

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Thacker's wager on identifying life elswhere in the universe

Saint Mary University's prof Rob Thacker and PhD candidate Kirsten Bonson talk about a wager they have over the search for life outside the atmosphere of our own planet.

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From our archives: Dal battery researcher wins $1-million Herzberg Medal

Dalhousie University physics prof Jeff Dahn talks about the research that earned him the prestigous Herzberg Prize, and challenges involved in making better lithium-ion batteries.

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SMU's Rob Thacker on growing a greener energy grid

If you don't believe climate change is a Chinese hoax, you know a lot depends on all of us finding ways to reduce our use of fossil fuels. Rob Thacker talks about the challenges for power companies.

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Chaplain pens book about cancer, spirituality, and life with the disease

David Maginley is an interfaith spiritual counsellor at a Halifax cancer centre and has had cancer 4 times. He shares his personal story and ways he's helped others through their spiritual journeys.

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Using spoken word to get people thinking about poverty

Spoken word artist and Feed Nova Scotia employee Chiedza Sadomba and executive director Nick Jennery talk about a performance meant to spur more people to help others in need.

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Fishing company in Yarmouth fined for safety lapses

Diane Paquette tells Bob what she heard at the sentencing of Yarmouth Sea Products in a case where a scallop fisherman nearly died from a head injury two years ago this week.

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Reaily Apparent: parents on managing kids' screen time

Mainstreet's Alex Mason talks with parents about the limits they put on their kids' use of electronic screens.

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Thacker on the world's first commercial carbon-capture facility

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

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Real estate broker says development in Halifax harming heritage

Mike Turner say too much new office and hotel space is coming at the expense of historic buildings in downtown Halifax.

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Rob Thacker on artificial intelligence and competing with computers

Rob drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk about the pace at which computers might be able to learn to do tasks we count on humans to perform now.

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Our Spinbusters discuss the final days of the provincial election campaign

Our Spinbusters discuss Jamie Baillie's plea for NDP supporters to vote PC in the May 30th election and the role health care has played in the campaign.

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Concerns about possible clearcut next to Gully Lake Wilderness Area

After this interview, we noticed DNR's Harvest Plans Map Viewer had changed, and the area next to Gully Lake Wilderness Area was designated for a partial harvest instead.

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Riding profile: Halifax Chebucto

Mainstreet's Diane Paquette tells host Bob Murphy about the candidates competing for votes in Halifax Chebucto.

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Riding profile: Queens-Shelburne

Queens-Shelburne is the only riding outside metro without an incumbent in the race. CBC reporter Paul Withers tells Bob Murphy about the candidates who hope to win the seat.

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Scientists work on 'planetary boundaries' to protect Earth -- from us

Our oceans guy Boris Worm drops says scientists are trying to define a "safe operating space for humanity" to make sure we don't cause "irreversible and abrupt environmental change."

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