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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
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Our oceans guy tells us about a new effort to protect unique glass sponge reefs off BC

Boris Worm drops by from Dalhousie University to talk with guest host Allison Devereaux.

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Why algorithms peddle images of self-harm, anti-vaccination messages, and flat Earth theories

Mainstreet's producer Alex Mason speaks with the author of The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money & Information, and the co-author of an article in Wired called When Algorithms Think You Want to Die. Guest host Allison Devereaux introduces the story.

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Stories of species people thought were extinct, and how they were rediscovered

Two weeks ago, our oceans guy Boris Worm told us about a study he contributed to that looked at 362 large animals and found three-fifths of them are threatened with extinction. Now, a good news update about species that have come back from the dead.

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Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids about self-driving cars.

In 2015, Elon Musk predicted a fully autonomous Tesla by 2018. So did Google. This year General Motors says it will put a fully autonomous car into production. BUT some experts in artificial intelligence say it may still be years, if not decades, before self-driving systems are reliable. Mainstreet's Robert Doublett asked some little kids what they make of this new frontier in technology.

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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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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.

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

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

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