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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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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

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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.

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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

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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

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As 22 Minutes gears up for a new season, Trent McClellan shows us his funny and serious sides

Trent McClellan joined the cast of This Hour Has 22 Minutes just over a year ago. He's also a stand-up comedian with two shows happening this week in Halifax. And he created a podcast that isn't very funny at all. He talks to Mainstreet host Bob Murphy about all this, and how his upbringing in Corner Brook prepared him for his career. Follow us on twitter @Mainstreethfx

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Climate change helped make Hurricane Florence a 'monster,' says climate scientist Michael Mann

The Governor of North Carolina calls Hurricane Florence a 'monster.' Michael Mann says climate change is partly to blame. He's a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University, and co-author of "The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics & Driving Us Crazy." He speaks with Mainstreet host Bob Murphy.

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A space elevator would make economic sense, but you'll wait a long time for it to arrive

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to tell Mainstreet host Bob Murphy about an experiment headed to the International Space Station, and the small role it may play shedding light on how a space elevator would work.

Download A space elevator would make economic sense, but you'll wait a long time for it to arrive
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Putting sexual assault trials on trial: the way the justice system tries cases of sexual violence.

A law professor and the head of a sexual assault centre call for changes to the justice system to prevent re-traumatising complainants.

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Living on the edge: Lions Club members in Oxford hope sinkhole spares their building

As the sink hole in Oxford expands, Neil Rideout and other members of the Lions Club hope their building doesn't become a casualty.

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Halifax Fringe Festival show is about Margaret of Anjou, the historical figure who inspired Shakespeare.

Gillian English is from Pictou County and lives these days in Tasmania. She talks with Bob about Fringe Festival, her new show She Wolf, and comedy.

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A young country musician in Port Williams turns her experience with bullying into music with a message.

Elsie Morden, a 23 year-old country singer who lives in Port Williams, uses singing and school visits across Canada to share a powerful message about bullying.

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A dairy farmer in Nova Scotia defends supply management in light of NAFTA negotiations

Garrit Damsteedt, a dairy farmer from Shubenacadie, tells Bob what's at stake for the dairy industry in the NAFTA negotiations in Washington.

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Mobility Cup returns to Halifax, features the skills of sailors with disabilities

The Mobility Cup is a friendly competition among sailors with physical challenges. Bob talks with Kevin Penny, a competitor and co-chair of the Sail Able Association of Nova Scotia.

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Rob Thacker tells us how a video game can teach us about patience

Rob Thacker explores recently published research on how our patience relates to being made to wait in video games.

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Our Oceans Guy talks about a rare shark caught off Nova Scotia this summer

Our Oceans Guy Boris Worm confirms the identity of a rare shark caught off Nova Scotia in August.

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Our panel on federal politics examines immigration and tees up federal Conservative convention in Halifax

Our panel on federal politics talks immigration policy, Maxime Bernier, and the national Conservative convention in Halifax

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"The Joggler" breaks record at Navy 10K Run in Halifax

Michael Bergeron ran the Navy 10K Run in Halifax in 35 minutes and 36 seconds. That's a pace of 3:34. What's more amazing is he won the race while juggling the entire way. Bergeron, also known as the Joggler, is well known in local running circles for his remarkable ability to run and jog at the same time.

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Rob Thacker talks about the prevalence of water worlds in space

Computational physicist Rob Thacker talks about new research that suggests water worlds may be more common than we thought.

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Nova Scotia firefighters head to British Columbia to help fight wildfires

Nearly 600 fires are currently burning across British Columbia. 21 of our firefighters have gone to help. The CBC's Brett Ruskin spoke to one of them at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Bob spoke with Nova Scotia's Manager of Forest Protection with the Department of Lands and Forestry

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Firefighter from Nova Scotia helps battle BC wildfires

Dana Hicks is a wildfire prevention specialist originally from Shelburne who now works for the BC Wildfire Service. He spoke to Mainstreet's Diane Paquette from Burns Lake, which is about two hours west of Prince George, about the overwhelming forest fires in the province.

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A look at future of tidal power after Emera pulls out of troubled Cape Sharp Tidal project

Bob talks to representatives of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association and the Ecology Action Centre about the future of tidal energy in the Minas Passage now that OpenHydro is in receivership and Emera has pulled out of the Cape Sharp project.

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Rob Thacker talks about a report China has developed a laser gun, and doubts raised by skeptics

Rob Thackers drops by from Saint Mary's university talk about the physics of laser guns.

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If people are disconnected from nature, can citizen science help change that?

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to talk about the "extinction of experience" and whether getting people engaged in citizen science is a way to help them reconnect with the wonders of the natural world.

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Scientists disagree over value of findings of a study about aquaculture and lobster fishery

Scientists debate a study of Port Mouton Bay that says salmon aquaculture may drive away lobsters.

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You've heard of narcolepsy, and now researchers shed new light on the causes of 'carcolepsy'

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to tell Mainstreet host Bob Murphy about new insights into why going for a drive makes some people want to fall asleep.

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Researchers say lobster catch figures off Port Mouton show negative impact of salmon farm

Our oceans guy Boris Worm tells us about a study of lobster catch data from an area off the south shore of Nova Scotia where a fish farm twice went in and out of operation. Then an oceanographer who studies aquaculture tells us why he doesn't think the study holds water, and the lead author responds.

Download Researchers say lobster catch figures off Port Mouton show negative impact of salmon farm
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Rob Thacker explains why new insights into photosynthesis are exciting astrophysicists

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

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Rob Thacker on futurology, and the success of science in predicting what is to come

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

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Big data can help solve some problems, but all those numbers can also be misleading

Rob Thacker drops by from Saint Mary's University to tell Mainstreet host Bob Murphy about Simpson's Paradox, and the trouble it can cause for people trying to draw conclusions from a lot of data.

Download Big data can help solve some problems, but all those numbers can also be misleading
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