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Cross Country Checkup

Cross Country Checkup is Canada's only weekly national open-line radio program. It is broadcast live across Canada every Sunday afternoon on CBC Radio One and SiriusXM, and streamed live on the Internet. Each week Canadians from coast to coast join in a lively discussion on an issue of national interest that affects their daily lives.

Updated: Sunday afternoons
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Sept. 20, 2020 - Is it time to call an election?

Justin Trudeau's Liberal government faces a critical moment this week, with a throne speech and ensuing confidence vote that could theoretically lead to a fall election. If an election were called, would you be willing to cast a ballot during a pandemic?

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Ask Me Anything: David Suzuki

Environmentalist and The Nature of Things host David Suzuki joins Checkup host Ian Hanomansing for our Ask Me Anything statement.

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Sept. 13, 2020 - What questions and concerns do you have about COVID-19?

As cases rise across the country, our expert panel of guests answer your questions and concerns about COVID-19.

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Sept. 6, 2020 - Are you prepared for back to school?

Heading back to school this year is anything but back to normal. With many worried about how COVID-19 could affect students in the classroom, children, parents, and teachers will have to confront the reality on the first day back.

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Aug 30, 2020 - How do you think Canada will be impacted by the upcoming U.S. election?

The U.S. presidential election is just two months away — and its results could send aftershocks north of the 49th parallel. CBC's senior news correspondent Paul Hunter guest hosts from Washington, D.C.

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Aug. 23, 2020: Who should lead the Conservative Party of Canada?

After the ballots have been cast — but ahead of the final results being announced — join Checkup guest host Kathleen Petty just before the Conservative Party of Canada's next leader is crowned.

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Aug. 16, 2020: What are you telling your kids about back to school?

For some parents, deciding whether to send children back to school next month can be an impossible decision. As many balance worries about COVID-19 with a push to return students to the classroom, it's time for tough decisions — and tricky explanations. Guest host Rita Celli.

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Ask Me Anything: COVID-19 vaccine edition

Virologist and vaccine expert Dr. Alyson Kelvin has been at the forefront of Canada's quest to find a treatment for COVID-19. She answers vaccine questions from Checkup listeners and viewers online in our Ask Me Anything segment.

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Aug. 8, 2020: How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed you?

For better or worse, many of us would say our outlook on life is different now than it was just a few months ago. Join guest host Adrienne Arsenault to talk about how life has changed for you this year. Plus, our Ask Me Anything is all about the search for a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Ask Me Anything: Your questions about the WE Charity controversy

Power and Politics host Vassy Kapelos answers Canadians' questions about the WE Charity controversy, with Cross Country Checkup guest host Shelagh Rogers.

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Aug. 2, 2020: What's your favourite summer read?

Looking for something to read during your staycation? Whether it's on the beach, balcony, park bench or front porch, The Next Chapter's Shelagh Rogers takes your calls about the books you can't put down this summer.

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Ask Me Anything: Comedians Alonzo Bodden & Ali Hassan

Comedians Ali Hassan and Alonzo Bodden take your calls about comedy during a pandemic, with guest host Ian Hanomansing.

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July 26, 2020: Are classrooms safe during a pandemic?

While parents and students in Ontario and B.C. will find out more about the school year in the coming days, governments in Alberta and Nova Scotia have announced their back-to-school plans. Some teachers, parents and students are worried the protections don't go far enough, but premiers say it's time to get back on track. Guest host Ian Hanomansing.

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July 19, 2020: Is it too soon to reopen bars and restaurants?

The taps are flowing once again as bars and restaurants across Canada reopen, but some are wondering whether a return to eating out will end up a happy hour — or a hangover.

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Ask Me Anything: More of your COVID-19 questions

We know that you still have lots of questions about COVID-19. Dr. Gerald Evans and professor Raywat Deonandan take listeners' calls about the pandemic on this week's Ask Me Anything.

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July 12, 2020: What grade do you give the Trudeau government on COVID-19?

The federal Liberals enjoyed a surge in the polls for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the deficit is set to hit $343 billion as a result of their support measures. Guest host Rosemary Barton takes your calls, questions and comments.

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July 5, 2020: What do you miss most about your favourite sport?

For months, the COVID-19 pandemic put professional sports and the Olympics on hold. But as the world begins to reopen, it's starting to look like it's game on. What are you looking forward to as the games begin? Plus, infectious disease experts Dr. Colin Furness and Dr. Susy Hota answer your questions about COVID-19 and masks in our Ask Me Anything segment.

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June 28, 2020: How do we get better at ending racism for kids in Canada?

Arjun Ram of CBC Kids News joins Duncan McCue to talk to kids, parents, educators and others to discuss how we can better fight racism that faces young people across Canada.

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June 21, 2020: How can we fix long-term care in Canada?

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, questions remain about what must be done to improve living conditions for seniors across the country. Join Duncan McCue on Checkup to discuss what must be done to fix the long-term care home system in Canada.

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June 14, 2020: Is it time to rethink policing in Canada?

Thousands of Canadians have taken to the streets demanding an end to police brutality, calling out systemic racism in policing and making the case for defunding police. But what does "defunding police" actually mean? Duncan McCue takes your calls, questions and comments.

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June 7, 2020: Ask Me Anything with El Jones

Poet and activist El Jones is one of a growing chorus of voices calling on Canadians to speak out against racism within our borders, and calling attention that anti-black racism isn't limited to the United States.

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June 7, 2020: What advice do you have for the graduating class of 2020?

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, graduation this year will look very different for teenagers and their friends and family. Myah Elliott of CBC Kids News joins Duncan McCue to take your calls and messages of advice and support for the class of 2020.

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May 31, 2020: What are your thoughts on the George Floyd protests in the U.S.?

Anger over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and, more widely, the treatment of African Americans at the hands of police sparked clashes between protesters and law enforcement in dozens of cities across the United States. Duncan McCue takes your calls and comments.

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How has COVID-19 changed the way you think about work?

As the COVID-19 curve flattens, the gradual process of reopening non-essential businesses is underway across the country. Many are keen to collect a paycheque again, but clouds of doubt remain. Going back to the workplace raises all kinds of health and safety concerns, in all kinds of jobs. Duncan McCue takes your calls, emails and comments live Sunday on Checkup.

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May 17, 2020: How has COVID-19 affected your summer plans?

Were you looking forward to going somewhere or doing something special this summer? Have your plans been cancelled? Duncan McCue takes your calls, emails and comments today on Cross Country Checkup.

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Ask Me Anything: Gardening edition

In this time of uncertainty, pandemic gardens are sprouting up all over. Whether you're a newbie or serious green thumb, join gardening gurus Brian Minter and Marjorie Harris for our Ask Me Anything segment.

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What's the best thing you've read, watched or heard during self-isolation?

Even at the best of times, we turn to pop culture for relief. But right now, arts and entertainment matter more than ever. Which is why we figured it's time for Canadians to freshen up their quarantine playlists. Plus: pro picks from artists like Tegan and Sara, Colm Feore and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

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What's your reaction to Canada's ban on 'assault-style' firearms?

In the wake of the Nova Scotia shooting rampage, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday a ban on over 1,500 "assault-style" firearms — effective immediately. Polls have consistently shown most Canadians support doing away with military-style weapons. Duncan McCue talks to Canadians calling in from all sides of the debate.

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How did you get to the other side of tragedy?

Communities across Nova Scotia are reeling after the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history. It's been a week of loss, mourning and vigils to honour the victims — all while maintaining physical distancing requirements because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Duncan McCue in Toronto is joined by Bob Murphy in Halifax, as we open the airwaves so Canadians can come together with "virtual casseroles" and offer words of support.

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April 19, 2020: How are you coping with self-isolation?

It's been roughly a month since Canadians were told en masse to stay indoors to slow the spread of COVID-19. Officials in New Brunswick and British Columbia have discussed lifting isolation orders in the coming months, citing data that suggests the COVID-19 curve is starting to flatten. But Canada as a whole still has a long way to go. Are you struggling with loneliness? Are you thriving with all this free time you suddenly have? Or, maybe you're just plain old bored? Don't worry, Checkup has your survival guide.

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April 18, 2020: Are seniors safe in Canada's long-term care homes?

Residents and workers at long-term care homes for seniors are among the most vulnerable people in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly half of the country's 1,506 COVID-19 deaths are linked to these homes. Dr. Nathan Stall, one of Ontario's top geriatricians, joins host Duncan McCue to offer answers and advice.

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Ask Me Anything: Celebrity Chef Edition

Vikram Vij and Bruno Feldeisen answer listeners' questions about cooking and baking while staying indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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April 12, 2020: What effect has the pandemic had on your relationships?

Family dynamics, relationships and dating have all been upended by the COVID-19 lockdown. Duncan McCue speaks with callers about how the pandemic has changed their relationships, Dan Savage checks in with his sex and dating advice in an era of isolation, and celebrity chefs Vikram Vij and Bruno Feldeisen join us for an Ask Me Anything.

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April 11, 2020 - What's happening in Canada's long-term care homes?

Long-term care homes are reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Are you worried about a loved one in a long-term care home? Or, are you a resident of a long-term care home and have concerns for your safety?

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April 5, 2020 - How is school at home going?

The school year could be over because of COVID-19. Parents, teachers and students across Canada are now considering that very real possibility. Millions of students are impacted, as physical distancing and self-isolation measures turn us into a nation of home-schoolers. PLUS: an Ask Me Anything segment with former astronaut Chris Hadfield.

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Ask Me Anything: Chris Hadfield

Few people know about staying indoors than retired astronaut Chris Hadfield — even though he usually did it from space. Hadfield took questions about self-isolation, living in space and more from kids who called in (under parental supervision) while at home.

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April 4, 2020 - Is Canada ready for the COVID-19 surge?

What do you think should be done if our hospitals become overwhelmed? How do you think our political leaders have handled the COVID-19 crisis so far? Dr. Brian Goldman, host of CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art joins Duncan McCue to take your questions about the ongoing pandemic.

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