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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.

Updated: Weekly
Download episodes from this podcast for: 3 months
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Walloping websnappers! Rob Thacker spins a web of scientific intrigue

Rob drops by from Saint Mary's University to tell Mainstreet's Bob Murphy why spider silk is so remarkably strong.

Download Walloping websnappers! Rob Thacker spins a web of scientific intrigue
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A father writes a letter to his son about the dangers of drunk driving

Father's letter gives grim, personal warning about driving while drunk.

Download A father writes a letter to his son about the dangers of drunk driving
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Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids about winter.

Even though it's not officially winter YET, looking out the window there's no deying, it's only a matter of time......and not everybody's a fan of winter. Here's the kids of Little People, Big Problems trying to convince Rob Doublett that winter has a positive side.

Download Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids about winter.
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Using a card instead of food banks to feed the hungry

Reaction from Feed Nova Scotia's Nick Jennery about food card program in Ontario that's replaced food banks.

Download Using a card instead of food banks to feed the hungry
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From a flesh-eating jellyfish to a vegetarian shark -- sea creatures with surprising diets

Boris Worm drops by from Dalhousie University to talk with Mainstreet host Bob Murphy.

Download From a flesh-eating jellyfish to a vegetarian shark -- sea creatures with surprising diets
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China hopes to tap 'sky rivers' to increase rainfall

Rob Thacker talks with Mainstreet host Bob Murphy about cloud seeding, and the other approaches the Chinese government hopes to use to encourage more precipitation.

Download China hopes to tap 'sky rivers' to increase rainfall
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Our Spinbusters dive into the divisive debate over the future of Northern Pulp and the role of politicians

We ask the Spinbusters what they make of the debate over the future of Northern Pulp, and the idea of running an effluent pipe out into the Northumberland Strait.

Download Our Spinbusters dive into the divisive debate over the future of Northern Pulp and the role of politicians
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A sneak peek at Neptune Theatre's Christmas musical

When you think of Cinderella, perhaps you think of mice that can sew, evil step sisters and a fairy godmother. Those things will all appear in Neptune Theatre's production of Cinderella. But the story will also have a modern twist.

Download A sneak peek at Neptune Theatre's Christmas musical
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Could bacteria keep humans from ever travelling to Mars?

Filmmakers have imagined the threat that germs from another planet could pose to Earth. But Rob Thacker says the bacteria we inevitably carry into space present a more immediate challenge to our desire to send humans to other worlds. Rob drops by from Saint Mary's University to speak with Mainstreet host Bob Murphy. Follow @DrRob_Thacker and @Mainstreethfxon twitter.

Download Could bacteria keep humans from ever travelling to Mars?
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Math plus music equals your favourite song says professor

If you want to write the next great hit, why not try math. Bob speaks with a guitar-strumming Dalhousie professor about his research on the connection between music and math.

Download Math plus music equals your favourite song says professor
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He turned heads. Until he lost his own. Why Blackbeard the pirate made a lasting impression.

Blackbeard was beheaded 300 years ago today off the coast of North Carolina. Dan Conlin tells Mainstreet host Bob Murphy why the iconic pirate still holds our imaginations captive. Dan is the author of "Pirates of the Atlantic: Robbery, Murder And Mayhem Off The Canadian East Coast." He'll teach a course about piracy at Saint Mary's University starting in January.

Download He turned heads. Until he lost his own. Why Blackbeard the pirate made a lasting impression.
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Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids about "Waves of Change."

As you've been hearing on CBC, The United Nations has declared single-use plastic waste as a major threat to the world's oceans. The issues around how to produce, use and discard less plastic are complicated......and they're not just big issues for adults. Here are our Little People Big Problems panel in conversation with Rob Doublett.

Download Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids about "Waves of Change."
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The science of bubbles, and how bacteria change them and hitch a ride when they burst

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to tell Mainstreet host Bob Murphy about new research into how bacteria modify bubbles on the surface of water to make the bubbles last ten times longer. He also explains why it smells after it rains.

Download The science of bubbles, and how bacteria change them and hitch a ride when they burst
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A junior high teacher in Dartmouth has gone the extra mile to make her classroom cozy

Mainstreet's Diane Paquette visits Madame McCarron's class at Ellenvale Junior High to find out what the kids think.

Download A junior high teacher in Dartmouth has gone the extra mile to make her classroom cozy
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"Voracious little ogre" leads Dal U researchers to discover a new branch on the 'Tree Of Life'

Biology professor Alastair Simpson tells Mainstreet host Bob Murphy how a microbe found in a dirt sample from the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail near Halifax led to the discovery of a previously unknown branch in the evolutionary 'Tree Of Life.' The research has just been published in the journal Nature.

Download "Voracious little ogre" leads Dal U researchers to discover a new branch on the 'Tree Of Life'
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Tech & Consequences: teens, parents, teachers & experts talk about young people & their smartphones

An hour of highlights from a conversation Mainstreet's Bob Murphy hosted at a public library in Halifax about teens, their smartphones, social media, and whether parents and schools are doing enough to help them manage it all.

Download Tech & Consequences: teens, parents, teachers & experts talk about young people & their smartphones
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The story and soldier behind two postcards sent during WWI

How a couple of postcards found at a yard sale lead a Halifax woman on a journey, learning about the WWI soldier who wrote them more than a hundred years ago.

Download The story and soldier behind two postcards sent during WWI
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Rob Thacker talks about ways technology is changing restaurants

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

Download Rob Thacker talks about ways technology is changing restaurants
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A former astronaut and a marine ecologist debate: Is the next frontier space or the ocean?

Former NASA astronaut and Dalhousie University alumnus Kathryn Sullivan (the first American woman to walk in space) and Dal Killam Research Professor Boris Worm give us a taste of a debate they participated in to mark the university's 200th anniversary.

Download A former astronaut and a marine ecologist debate: Is the next frontier space or the ocean?
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Halifax woman reflects on the hours left with her friend who has chosen medically-assisted death.

A friend of Audrey Parker reflects on the lessons she's learned as Parker prepares for her own medically-assisted death.

Download Halifax woman reflects on the hours left with her friend who has chosen medically-assisted death.
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Zombie salmon: a fish missing half its head and part of its brain swims upriver anyway

Our Oceans Guy, Boris Worm, tells Mainstreet host Bob Murphy what he learned about Pacific salmon on a trip to British Columbia, and why wild Atlantic salmon populations are in much worse shape.

Download Zombie salmon: a fish missing half its head and part of its brain swims upriver anyway
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Co-founder of group that wants stadium at Shannon Park explains proposal

A group lobbying for stadium on the Shannon Park lands submits a proposal to Halifax Regional Council.

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Jay Ingram joins Rob Thacker to talk science, technology, engineering, and math

Days before STEMFest in Halifax, guest host Carolyn Ray talks with Rob Thacker from Saint Mary's University, and former Daily Planet and Quirks & Quarks host Jay Ingram.

Download Jay Ingram joins Rob Thacker to talk science, technology, engineering, and math
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Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids about Halloween.

It's time for the Halloween edition of Little People, Big Problems. Here's CBC's Rob Doublett with some elementary school kids, trying to shed light on the dark traditions of Halloween

Download Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids about Halloween.
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Rick Hansen speaks with Bob Murphy about accessibility, belonging, and the Man in Motion tour

It's been more than 30 years since Rick Hansen started his Man in Motion World Tour to raise money and awareness about accessibility issues for people living with physical disabilities. He spoke with Bob Murphy before receiving an honorary degree from Dalhousie University.

Download Rick Hansen speaks with Bob Murphy about accessibility, belonging, and the Man in Motion tour
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New musical KAMP shows how gay inmates put on a cabaret inside a Nazi prison camp

Neptune Theatre and Eastern Front Theatre have come together to launch the world premiere of KAMP, a "darkly comedic" musical based on a little-known piece of Second World War history. Gay men find refuge from the hard labour, torture and other suffering in a Nazi prison camp by putting on a cabaret. Mainstreet's Diane Paquette takes us behind the scenes.

Download New musical KAMP shows how gay inmates put on a cabaret inside a Nazi prison camp
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Does the Chinese city Chengdu need an artificial moon to help light its night life?

Rob Thacker tells Mainstreet host Bob Murphy that putting an artificial moon in the sky over Chengdu is not necessarily a 'pie in the sky' idea. But it's not a good idea either. Rob also describes the challenges involved in sending a spacecraft to the planet Mercury, which whips around the sun every 88 days. Follow @DrRob_Thacker and @Mainstreethfx on twitter.

Download Does the Chinese city Chengdu need an artificial moon to help light its night life?
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Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids About Everything Fall.

Looking out the windows things look pretty spectacular. It's a landscape filled with trees proudly wearing their fall colours. Rob Doublett talks with some grade three's at George Bissett Elementary in Cole Harbour about fall.

Download Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids About Everything Fall.
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Our oceans guy reports on an oceans conference where everyone was talking about climate change

Boris Worm drops by from Dalhousie University to talk with Bob.

Download Our oceans guy reports on an oceans conference where everyone was talking about climate change
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Rob Thacker on the trouble with Hubble, and another space telescope that's having problems

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

Download Rob Thacker on the trouble with Hubble, and another space telescope that's having problems
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A Dal prof shares how restorative justice could be applied to politics

Are there ideas from the world of restorative justice that can restore civility to our politics? Or is restorative justice itself a polarizing issue? We ask Jennifer Llewellyn, a Dalhousie University law professor who just won a national award for her work in this area.

Download A Dal prof shares how restorative justice could be applied to politics
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Little People, Big Problems: Rob quizzes kids about hockey terminology

The NHL is into its 101st season of play. Thirty-one teams will compete in the 82-game regular season. If you're new to watching hockey or just a bit rusty, Rob Doublett will bring you up to speed on hockey terms and rules. Here he is talking to grade one students at George Bissett Elementary in Dartmouth.

Download Little People, Big Problems: Rob quizzes kids about hockey terminology
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Spinbusters on the PC leadership race (with an extra 8 minutes not broadcast on the radio)

Mainstreet host Bob Murphy's conversation with Chris Lydon, Barbara Emodi and Michelle Coffin, including a detailed description of the system the Nova Scotia PC party will use to choose a leader, and a question about populism drawn from some of the thinking in Stephen Harper's new book.

Download Spinbusters on the PC leadership race (with an extra 8 minutes not broadcast on the radio)
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Life & death underground -- grade 4 & 5 students ask a former Westray coal miner questions

Vernon Theriault worked at the Westray coal mine in 1992 when an explosion underground killed 26 of his coworkers. Listen in as he visits a mixed grade 4/5 class at Prospect Road Elementary School, southwest of Halifax. Vern's book is called Westray: My Journey from Darkness to Light, co-written with Marjorie Coady. It's published by Nimbus.

Download Life & death underground -- grade 4 & 5 students ask a former Westray coal miner questions
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Maritimes Energy Association responds to Maude Barlow's criticism of offshore drilling

The Association's CEO Ray Ritcey tells guest host Preston Mulligan how traditional oil and gas drilling can help Nova Scotia position itself for a greener future.

Download Maritimes Energy Association responds to Maude Barlow's criticism of offshore drilling
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Mainstreet's Diane Paquette takes us to the launch of Oceans School

And you can find out more about it at oceanschool.nfb.ca

Download Mainstreet's Diane Paquette takes us to the launch of Oceans School
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Maude Barlow explains why she's deeply opposed to deepwater drilling off Nova Scotia

The Council of Canadian and the Campaign to Protect Offshore Nova Scotia have organized events and protests this week to coincide with a conference put on by the Maritimes Energy Association. Maude Barlow tells guest host Preston Mulligan why she doesn't think offshore opportunities are worth the risk. Ray Ritcey from the Maritimes Energy Association will join us tomorrow on Mainstreet.

Download Maude Barlow explains why she's deeply opposed to deepwater drilling off Nova Scotia
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Shark tagging expedition surprised at number of great whites off Nova Scotia

Chris Fischer says you'd have to go to a cage diving site to find more great whites in a shorter period of time. He describes tagging a four-meter long male near LaHave NS, and wonders if the sharks there are part of a parallel population that doesn't mix much with the better researched sharks off Cape Cod. He speaks with Mainstreet host Bob Murphy. Follow the sharks at ocearch.org

Download Shark tagging expedition surprised at number of great whites off Nova Scotia
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The author behind a new edition of "The Ultimate African Heritage Quiz Book" talks trivia

Author Craig Smith tells Bob Murphy about the latest edition of The Ultimate African Heritage Quiz Book.

Download The author behind a new edition of "The Ultimate African Heritage Quiz Book" talks trivia
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1918 flu pandemic killed more people than First World War -- researchers want to know why

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk about a century of insights into why the 1918 flu pandemic (the so-called 'Spanish flu') was so deadly. He speaks with Mainstreet host Bob Murphy.

Download 1918 flu pandemic killed more people than First World War -- researchers want to know why
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Man sentenced to 160 years in US prison attends ceremony honouring NS lawyer who helped free him

Meet a Canadian man sentenced to an astonishing 160 years in prison in the US for a string of burglaries and a Halifax lawyer who worked with others to help get him released.

Download Man sentenced to 160 years in US prison attends ceremony honouring NS lawyer who helped free him
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Mainstreet Spinbusters say election results in NB may hold lessons for NS parties

Barbara Emodi, Michelle Coffin and Chris Lydon talk provincial politics Bob Murphy, host of Mainstreet in Halifax.

Download Mainstreet Spinbusters say election results in NB may hold lessons for NS parties
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Mosquitoes are drawing microplastics up into the food chain

Mosquitoes are totally annoying, they spread diseases, and the news gets worse from there. A study out of the UK finds they are helping draw microplastics from contaminated water into the food chain. Andrew Hebda drops by from the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History to tell Mainstreet host Bob Murphy how. Find more stories about the problems caused by single-use plastic at cbc.ca/wavesofchange

Download Mosquitoes are drawing microplastics up into the food chain
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Landing on 1 km-wide asteroid offers opportunity to learn how to do things with almost no gravity

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to tell Mainstreet host Bob Murphy why the Japanese space agency, JAXA, is dropping a series of rovers on a small asteroid, and how the rovers will work since there's not enough gravity for a traditional rover to operate. Follow Rob on twitter @DrRob_Thacker; and Mainstreet @Mainstreethfx

Download Landing on 1 km-wide asteroid offers opportunity to learn how to do things with almost no gravity
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Co-owner of Obladee Wine Bar surprised to find aspect of her patio not in compliance with city rules

A downtown businesswomen expresses frustration with an inspector from Halifax City Hall who she thinks is nitpicking over the way her patio is decorated.

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Education toolkit offers free teaching materials about plastics in the ocean

Our oceans guy Boris Worm and Laurenne Schiller from Ocean Wise tell Bob Murphy about new, free materials for teachers who want to engage their kids in the world's oceans, and some of the problems they face. Find the toolkit here - plasticsedkit.ocean.org

Download Education toolkit offers free teaching materials about plastics in the ocean
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Cape Breton author Lesley Crewe launches her tenth novel and talks about family secrets

Cape Breton author Lesley Crewe spoke to Bob about her latest novel. It's called Beholden and is set in St.Peter's and Sydney.

Download Cape Breton author Lesley Crewe launches her tenth novel and talks about family secrets
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The story behind a triple breach by three humpback whales captured on video

Mainstreet's Diane Paquette talks to Captain Tom Goodwin in Tiverton NS about a rare triple breach he captured on video. See it for yourself on facebook - https://t.co/Kamx84IJRP - and follow Diane on twitter @dianepaquette

Download The story behind a triple breach by three humpback whales captured on video
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An update on a heartbreaking story about a mother in Halifax whose son has struggled with drug addiction

Mainstreet's Diane Paquette shares an update on a Halifax mother and her son who was addicted to the prescription drug Xanax.

Download An update on a heartbreaking story about a mother in Halifax whose son has struggled with drug addiction
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Algorithms in the justice system -- more fair than judges, or just harder to track their biases?

When artificial intelligence advises you what to watch next on Netflix, the stakes are not high. Rob Thacker explains why we need to be more cautious about letting it make decisions such as who gets parole. Rob is a computational physicist at Saint Mary's University. He speaks with Mainstreet host Bob Murphy. Follow Rob on twitter @DrRob_Thacker; and Mainstreet @Mainstreethfx

Download Algorithms in the justice system -- more fair than judges, or just harder to track their biases?
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