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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.

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Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids about Valentine's Day

In this edition of Little People Big Problems -- Robert Doublett talks to some kids about love.......and starts by asking some kids the hardest question of all: What is love?

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Pop quiz: Can you make sense of love song lyrics garbled by Google Translate?

Hear what happens when Mainstreet's producer Alex Mason runs great Canadian love song lyrics through Google Translate, and then qu izzes a couple CBC hosts to see if they can make sense of the results.

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People with disabilities need romance and sex, too, says woman in Halifax

Victoria Levack tells Mainstreet's Diane Paquette that too many people assume someone with a disability isn't interested in romance, and isn't capable of consenting to sex.

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NS Nature Trust could get as much as $1.5-million from government for biodiversity conservation

But executive director Bonnie Sutherland tells CBC reporter Paul Withers the Nova Scotia Nature Trust has to raise $750-thousand by the end of March to get it.

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Human hunting remains a key factor pushing many of the world's large animals toward extinction

Boris Worm drops by from Dalhousie University to tell guest host Carolyn Ray about a study he contributed to, examining megafauna ranging from blue whales to giant salamanders.

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Province House turned 200 years old this week, but is the democracy inside showing its age?

Guest host Carolyn Ray asks the Mainstreet Spinbusters if the government has taken a step forward or backward with the creation of the health committee, and changes to the public accounts committee.

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Would a cheaper stadium improve the chances of someone setting up a CFL franchise in Halifax?

Yesteday we heard from the Mayor of Halifax who said a cheaper stadium might improve the chances of someone ever setting up a CFL franchise in Halifax. The proponents of the plan, led by former Arizona Coyotes owner, Anthony Leblanc, says he's ok with that. The stadium he has in mind now would cost between 120 and 140 million -- rather than 190 million dollars. Moshe Lander teaches economics at Dalhousie University...and has been following the Halifax bid closely

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Neptune Theatre presents: Lo (or Dear Mr Wells)

A play that launches this week on the Scotiabank Stage at Neptune Theatre deals with difficult themes of sexual consent in this #metoo and times-up era. It's called Lo (or Dear Mr Wells). The story centres around a taboo relationship between a high school student and her English teacher. Mainstreet's Diane Paquette dropped by the theatre to see some scenes performed and find out more about the show.

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Widow says quarter-billion dollars lost because of encryption on dead man's laptop

Andrew Wright tells Mainstreet's guest host Preston Mulligan what he learned from court documents filed by Jennifer Robertson, whose late husband Gerald Cotten ran Canada's biggest cryptocurrency exchange.

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Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids about Tidying Up

If you were listening to CBC Radio this week you may know that "Q" host Tom Power had Marie Kondo on the show. The Japanese organization guru spoke about her methodology for de-cluttering in which you ask yourself if things around your home "spark joy". If they don't......toss 'em. That conversation got CBC's Rob Doublett wondering if that advice makes any sense to kids -- often, the source of so much mess in many homes.

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Find out what it's like to work behind the scenes at This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Mainstreet Halifax guest host Jeff Douglas talks with 22 Minutes' head writer Mike Allison, and senior writer Heidi Brander.

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Even if you sang along to Corey Hart's hits, did you have any idea what the lyrics were?

Alex Mason of Mainstreet Halifax plays excerpts from some of Corey Hart's hits to see if Jeff Douglas, Diane Paquette and Brett Ruskin can decipher the words.

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Study shows dramatic increase in melting of Greenland ice sheet, and raises fears of accelerating feedbacks

Michael Bevis tells Mainstreet Halifax about research showing the ice sheet in southwest Greenland was melting nearly four times faster in 2012 than in 2003. Then Michael Mann, co-author of The Madhouse Effect, says experts now worry sea level rise could hit 8 feet by 2100 .

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Mother describes rescuing 4-year old daughter after car flips and lands upside down in icy water

A captain with a local fire department calls it "a miracle" and "totally unheard of." Ashley Holland got her daughter out of a partially submerged car and across 20 or 25 feet of icy water to safety.

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5 Deeps Expedition hopes to reach the bottom of the deepest trenches in all the world's oceans

Boris Worm studies the oceans at Dalhousie University. He speaks with Mainstreet's guest host Allison Devereaux.

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Thirty years later -- how the Cole Harbour High 'snowball fight' changed the school system

Mainstreet guest host Allison Devereaux speaks with former Cole Harbour High student Karen Hudson who is now President of the Black Educators Association of Nova Scotia.

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Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids the Lyrics of Santa Clause Is Coming To Town

Recently Rob was thinking about how much joy kids get out of seasonal music -- from Frosty the Snowman, to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. But do kids understand Christmas songs the same way adults do? Let's find out -- as Rob quizzes some students at St Catherine's Elementary recently to go over the lyrics of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

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Rob Thacker on the science of snowflakes

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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