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The last U.S. Blockbuster thrives on great customer service

The Bend, Ore., location became the last Blockbuster standing when 2 stores in Alaska closed

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Narcotic Farm

This Narcotic Farm in Kentucky played a major part in shaping the culture around mid-century heroin use in the U.S.

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Franklyn: Heartbreak in a digital world

Franklyn revokes his access to tracking his ex-wife's whereabouts through her phone. It's his last connection to her.

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Camping: Awe-inspiring or awful?

Funny stories of how the wilderness can surprise you.

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Insiders' stories of when governments come and go

Former staffers and public servants take us behind the scenes to hear what it's like when one government is defeated and another one is just getting its legs.

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The Trump-Putin summit with former Canadian NATO ambassador

Why the fallout from this meeting matters.

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Gun violence: Life after behind bars

Toronto's plan to combat gun violence is more police and more youth programs. But our guests say, that response is missing something key: a strategy for people coming out of prison.

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Debating beer and wine in corner stores

The provincial government is promising to expand alcohol sales to convenience stores, big box stores and more grocery stores.

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Gardening: Veggies, dandelions

Lilacs, iris not blooming? Planting now for fall vegetables? Listen to Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence for great gardening advice.

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Sex ed gone, wind farms gone

Reaction to the changes Ontario's new government is making.

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Cave rescuer, and dramatic rescue stories

A jungle rescue with an air strip lit up by molotov cocktails; mauled by a grizzly; and a recovery operation from Canada's deepest cave.

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Refugees in Ontario: How are they managing?

Real life stories, from shelters to finding jobs and homes.

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When hair is an issue at work

A Toronto security guard files a human rights complaint after he says supervisors told him his natural hair looked unprofessional.

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Banning rights on reds

Montreal and New York don't allow right turns on red lights. Now advocates in Toronto want a ban too. Would it make the roads safer?

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Gardening in dry conditions

Trees turning brown? Grass parched? Water not soaking in? Ed Lawrence explains how to keep your plants and trees hydrated.

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Private pot, yay or nay?

Ontario's new premier has expressed openness to private sales of recreational cannabis. Callers debate whether a government-run monopoly is a good idea.

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Wettlaufer: Why people don't report co-workers

The real life repercussions of what happens when people speak up or don't about theft, harassment, being high on the job.

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GreenOn rebates gone

Homeowners, business owners frustrated after a program to encourage energy efficient windows, insulation and solar panels ends.

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Gardening: Keeping your lawn alive

Battling horsetail? Replacing grass with ground cover? Listen to Ed Lawrence's advice.

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Wildlife where you didn't expect it

A bird's nest at a music festival. A squirrel climbing 11 storeys. Stories of how wildlife surprise us.

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What did you find in your DNA?

Did you unearth a surprise with this new tool for digging up your roots? Your stories with genetic genealogist Mags Gaulden of Grandma's Genes.

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That's Mr. President to you

The president of France gave a teenager a dressing down last week for addressing him by nickname at a public event. When is a title worth a fuss? Open lines with etiquette trainer Julie Blais Comeau.

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When video games take over

The World Health Organization now says compulsive gaming qualifies as an addictive behaviour disorder. Your stories, with social worker Lisa Pont of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

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Gee Gees aquittal

Two former hockey players found not guilty of sexual assault after drunken antics in a Thunder Bay hotel room. Where does this ruling leave us?

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Reclaiming a garden from weeds, why squirrels love Japanese maples and more.

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Gifts for teacher

The good, the bad and the ugly of those end of year gifts, with Toronto teacher and blogger Diana Mancuso.

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Losing your mind ...your morals for love?

Open lines with Margaret Hicks, marriage and family therapist and registered social worker.

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Families on the border

U.S. President Donald Trump is backing down in the face of public outrage over families separated at the border. Why is that story personal for you?

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Underage drinking, yes or no?

Open lines with Steven Polak, a personal injury lawyer from Toronto, and your stories of what happens when teens drink.

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Failure to launch: At what point do you say, no more?

Open lines with psychologist Vivien Lee.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Struggling cedars, roses bedevilled by bugs, what to do about nematodes in the garlic patch and more.

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Boycotting the US

Where Canadians are drawing a line in the sand?

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Suicide: Making your way back from a dark place

Psychiatrists say people with anxiety and depression have thinking errors. Stories of changing your thinking.

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Scrap discovery math: Yes or no?

A debate over Doug Ford's promise to return to the basics.

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Starbucks: What's anti-bias training really like?

A trainer and callers describe their experiences, good and bad, with learning how to identify personal bias and how it affects their workplace

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Trump: Friendly with a dictator, fighting with Canada

Reaction to the trade dispute with the US, and the North Korea summit.

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Gardening: Peonies, pansies and dahlias

Plus what to do about a dying cedar hedge. Hear Ed Lawrence's advice.

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Sneaking pesticides across the border

Canadians are bringing in heavy-duty chemicals from the US to kill grubs and weeds because the products are illegal here.

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Ontario election: Winners and losers

Former Liberal cabinet minister, PC cabinet contenders, NDP breakthrough candidate and Ontario's first Green MPP, plus reaction from across the province.

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Gardening: Too many tent catepillars?

It's a big year for forest tent catepillars. Listen to Ed Lawrence's advice.

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Problems at polls: computers down, not on list

Elections Ontario says most technology-enabled polls are up and running but .

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Undecided the day before election

Voters are unhappy with their choices, and don`t know what to do.

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Is Ontario a lousy place to do business?

Everyday business owners on what makes doing business hard.

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Voters flabbergasted by Wynne's conceding defeat

Liberal canvassing at the door says more interest in local candidate.

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Filming movies or TV in your neighbourhood

Sneaking on the set, renting out your home, can't cut the grass. Is it all fun and glory?

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Why vote Conservative?

Conservative supporters describe what they like and don't about PC Leader Doug Ford and his promises.

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Is a classroom the place for politics and controversy?

Or is it indoctrination if teachers reveal their views on politics or privilege?

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Green Leader: Kill hydro rebate, charge tolls on 400 series

Mike Schreiner takes calls on hydro bills, scrapping Catholic schools, jobs, and mental health.

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The last debate. What moment made a difference to you?

Open lines with Ottawa Citizen columnist David Reevely.

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Gotta go and no public toilet?

Stories of discrimation; going in parking lots and poison sumac; carting a potty to the park; and getting locked in a self-cleaning toilet.

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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath: Election 2018

Leader talks about NDP candidates with controversial views and whether a Hydro One buy-back would reduce electricity bills.

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Extreme cost of diabetes: 2,000 amputations in Ontario a year

A rare first-person perspective from a woman who lost both feet; plus stories of what's not covered and who's falling through the cracks.

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Mammoth gardening projects

Transplanting tulips; replacing grass with flowers; getting grass growing; building flower boxes; and starting from scratch when all you have is mud.

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Harry and Meghan: Is this royal story different?

The walk down the aisle, the love story; the race; the difficult family. Even people who don't follow the royals are talking about this couple.

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Wynne on hospital overcrowding: cut administration, reinvest in front line

Ontario's Liberal Leader takes questions, says investing billions in homecare, midwives, support workers has how changed how healthcare is delivered.

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Teens debate lowering voting age to 16

Open lines with two 17-year-olds at Sir Allan MacNab Secondary in Hamilton, Mohamed Ali and Marissa Dann, along with Rutgers psychology Prof. Daniel Hart.

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Behind bars until 100: Justice or vengeance?

Debating consecutive sentences for extreme crimes with Sen. Kim Pate.

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Gardening: Dog ate my rose bush

Magnolia or lilac not blooming? Growing hot peppers? Hear Ed Lawrence's answers.

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Is increasing minimum wage making a difference?

Harder to hire lifeguards. Roommate can afford an eye appointment.

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Does Childish Gambino's This is America go too far?

Why people are debating this beautiful and violent video.

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NHL goalie, hospital CEO: Mental illness gets short end of stick

Corey Hirsch and the head of CAMH Dr. Catherine Zahn on how differently mental and physical illness are treated.

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Baffled, frustrated voters explain why they're undecided

Hear the voters politicians are trying to get on side.

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Ontario leaders debate #1: Highlights and reaction

The lines people are still talking about the next day.

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Gardening: Lawn full of moss or weeds?

Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence explains how to get grass growing.

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Ford dumps Granic Allen: Why is matters

Social conservative disappointed. Other PC caller happy but concerned about losing Granic Allen's supporters.

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Dr. Brian Goldman: The Power of Kindness

What we learn from the times we should have shown more empathy.

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Scared, attacked inmates and correctional officers

Insiders tell what's really behind the rise in violence behind bars.

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Should we scrap EQAO standardized tests?

A report recommends Ontario phase out some tests. Hear why people love or hate them.

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Exploring the dark side of the internet

A forensic psychologist and callers on what pushes people to do terrible things in the real world.

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Gardening: Slugs, Rose of Sharon, apple scab

Plus Ed Lawrence's advice on cats in the garden and green fungus on rhododendrons.

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Millennials still dream of owning home

Ontario Real Estate Association launch campaign to get government to help make owning more affordable.

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Humboldt, Toronto: When public mourning gets complicated

Who do we lower a flag for? Who do we raise money for?

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Patients in washrooms, closets, hallways

What overcrowding in hospitals looks like in Ontario.

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The police officer who didn't shoot

The take down in the Toronto van attack, and why everyone is talking about Constable Ken Lam.

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Reflections the day after the Toronto van attack

Politicians, callers and a trauma psychologist try to make sense of what happened.

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