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Cross Country Checkup

Cross Country Checkup is Canada's only national open-line radio program, broadcast live across Canada every Sunday afternoon on CBC Radio One. Each week broadcaster and writer Rex Murphy presides over a lively discussion on an issue of national interest or importance, and invites listeners to call in with their opinions and thoughts.

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June 26, 2016 CCCU Podcast - Brexit - Short Version

A 40:32 version of our phone-in on the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union

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June 26, 2016 - Brexit

After an historic referendum, the United Kingdom votes to go it alone. No country before this has opted out of membership of the European Union — so it's far from clear how the relationship will be untangled. With host Susan McReynolds.

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June 19, 2016 - CCCU Podcast - French Immersion - Short Verson

A 43:09 version of our Sunday phone-in on French Immersion with host Asha Tomlinson

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June 19, 2016 - French immersion

The popularity of French immersion is exploding in Canada. But stats suggest the number of bilingual Canadians is dropping. Is the dream of bilingualism failing? With guest host Asha Tomlinson.

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June 12, 2016 Orlando Shooting Short Version

43:24 Short Version of our phone-in on the Orlando shooting with host Asha Tomlinson

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June 12, 2016 - Orlando shootings

It's being called "unimaginable," and "the worst mass shooting in U.S. history" by a single gunman. 50 people are dead, including the gunman, and 53 are injured — many critically — following the shooting in a gay night club in Orlando, Florida.

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June 5, 2016 - Muhammad Ali - Short Podcast

44:34 minute Podcast of our phone-in on the death of boxer and activist, Muhammad Ali

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June 5, 2016 - Muhammad Ali

What are your thoughts on the life and death of Muhammad Ali?

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May 29 2016 - The Tragically Hip - Short Version

43 minute version of the conversation on Cross Country Checkup about The Tragically Hip, and what makes them a quintessentially Canadian.

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May 29, 2016 - The Tragically Hip

News of Gord Downie's terminal brain cancer released a flood of memories this week, about him and his band, The Tragically Hip. We share your stories and reflections on one of Canada's most celebrated musical acts and their front man, Gord Downie.

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May 22, 2016 - Historical apologies

This week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized in the House of Commons on the behalf of the Government of Canada for the 1914 Komagata Maru incident. Is there value in saying sorry for something that happened over a century ago?

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May 15, 2016 - Uber

Uber. If the debate hasn't come to your city yet … chances are it will sometime soon. Municipalities across the country — and across North America — have been struggling to come to terms with ride-sharing services.

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May 8, 2016 - Fort McMurray

A routine forest fire, the wind shifts, and suddenly terrified inhabitants are fleeing through apocalyptic walls of flame, pillars of smoke and flying cinders. What will it take to recover? What are your thoughts? With host, Duncan McCue.

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May 1, 2016 - Alternative Healing

The death of 19-month-old Ezekiel Stephan from bacterial meningitis was tragic and unusual, and last week a court in Lethbridge, Alberta heard how the toddler's parents treated him for two-and-a-half weeks with alternative remedies.

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April 24, 2016 - Marijuana decriminalization

The Trudeau government says it will legalize marijuana next spring. The NDP says if that is the plan we should decriminalize it now. What do you think? With guest host Susan McReynolds.

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April 17, 2016 - Assisted dying

The Liberal government has introduced a bill with rules on how physicians can help end the lives of terminally ill patients. Some say it goes too far while others say not far enough. What do you think? With guest host, Susan McReynolds.

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April 10, 2016 - Women on currency

The Bank of Canada is seeking nominations for important women to display on new bank notes. Who are the great women in Canadian history whose faces deserve to be on your money? With guest host Marni Soupcoff.

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April 3, 2016 - Internet service

Are you satisfied with the price and speed of your internet service? With host Susan McReynolds.

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March 27, 2016 - Optimism

Are you feeling optimistic about the state of Canada and the world?

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March 20, 2016 - Ketchup controversy

How important is it for Canada to produce its own food?

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March 13, 2016 - Daylight saving time

Daylight Saving Time turns one-hundred this year. It's been a controversial solution to a debatable problem ...just ask Saskatchewan. Is it an idea whose time has expired? Do we really need to change the clocks?

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March 6, 2016 - A future for young people in the North

With guest host Duncan McCue, live from the Anglican Parish Hall in Iqaluit. How do we provide a future for young people in the North?

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February 28, 2016 - Driving under the influence

Are we making progress in the fight against impaired driving?

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February 21, 2016 - Fighting ISIS

Is the government right to pull Canada's jets out of the fight against ISIS? With guest host Laura Lynch.

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February 14, 2016 - Online Dating

‎Finding a perfect mate online can be click and miss. But studies suggest that a match made there is more likely to last than the old fashioned way. What do you think? With Checkup guest host Suhana Meharchand.

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February 7, 2016 - pipeline politics

Is the contentious Energy East pipeline the best way to help Alberta?

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January 31, 2016 - Palliative care

Should more resources be put into care for the dying?

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January 24, 2016 - What is your reaction to the shooting in La Loche, Sask.?

The Prime Minister described it as, "Every parent's worst nightmare." Four are dead and an unknown number injured after a gunman opened fire in a school in the northern community of La Loche, Sask. What are your thoughts? With guest host Diana Swain.

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January 17, 2016 - Falling loonie

One bank is calling the joint plunge of the price of oil and the loonie a double jeopardy. Is this affecting you? Are you worried about the falling Canadian dollar? With guest host Suhana Meharchand.

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January 10, 2016 - Has old-fashioned fun been trumped by fears of injury and legal action?

As everyone from Girl Guides, to businesses, and local councils spend millions on liability insurance, one Alberta town tries to ban shinny on the local pond. Has old-fashioned fun been trumped by fears of injury and legal action? With Dr Brian Goldman.

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January 3, 2016 -- Winter book list

While some are wondering when winter's really going to start, Checkup will not be taken by surprise. It's time to stock up on books for the cold, dark months. We want to hear from you! What's your top pick for our annual winter book list?

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