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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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Governments promise $15-million to clean up Harrietsfield site near contaminated wells

Guest host Preston Mulligan talks with MLA Brendan Maguire about the remediation plans, and hydrogeologist and former city councillor Peter Lund questions whether a debris disposal facility is the cause of all the well contamination.

Download Governments promise $15-million to clean up Harrietsfield site near contaminated wells
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It's a uniquely moving war memorial, and it's off-limits to most Canadians

CBC reporter Murray Brewster tells us why veterans and families of fallen soldiers are upset about the location of memorial honouring Canadians who died in Afghanistan, and what DND says about why the dedication ceremony was an exclusive event "to ensure proper reverence."

Download It's a uniquely moving war memorial, and it's off-limits to most Canadians
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Top of the heap -- the Halifax Mooseheads lead the race for the 2019 Memorial Cup

Mainstreet's Diane Paquette talks about the team's success so far with a couple star players, Raphael Lavoie and Keith Getson, as well as coach Eric Veilleux.

Download Top of the heap -- the Halifax Mooseheads lead the race for the 2019 Memorial Cup
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Be a citizen scientist while you surf... Smartfins turn surfboards into ocean monitors

Mainstreet's Alex Mason talks with Phil Bresnahan about these hi-tech fins for surfboards. He's working to expand the data they collect. Phil is a senior development engineer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Download Be a citizen scientist while you surf... Smartfins turn surfboards into ocean monitors
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Two Halifax Mooseheads players look ahead to the Memorial Cup

Mainstreet's Diane Paquette talks with Keith Getson and Raphael Lavoie. Keith plays Centre and he's from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Lavoie is a "goals machine" from Montreal. He plays Right Wing.

Download Two Halifax Mooseheads players look ahead to the Memorial Cup
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Remember the power loader Sigourney Weaver wore in Aliens? Exoskeletons are becoming reality

They aren't quite like Sigourney's, but award-winning entrepreneur Mandy Rennehan says mechanical exoskeletons will break down barriers for women and men who might not have pursued a career in the trades because they figured they lacked the physical strength. She talks with Mainstreet's Alex Mason.

Download Remember the power loader Sigourney Weaver wore in Aliens? Exoskeletons are becoming reality
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Another Mi'kmaw radio station has CRTC approval -- we hear about a couple already operating

Mainstreet's Carsten Knox talks with Sandy Maloney at ShubieFM in Sipekne'katik. Then guest host Preston Mulligan talks with George Marshall at Mniku Radio in Potlotek.

Download Another Mi'kmaw radio station has CRTC approval -- we hear about a couple already operating
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Teens demand action on climate change: "the entirety of our future...is currently at risk"

Mainstreet's Diane Paquette talks to two teens at Amherst Regional High School about why they're pushing their municipal government to do more about climate change.

Download Teens demand action on climate change: "the entirety of our future...is currently at risk"
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People at Keji pick a fight with chain pickerel because the invasive fish eats everything else

With news the invasive species chain pickerel is now in Kejimkujik National Park, guest host Preston Mulligan asks Andrew Hebda why the species is so successful at dominating new ecosystems. Andrew is curator of zoology at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History.

Download People at Keji pick a fight with chain pickerel because the invasive fish eats everything else
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A medieval battle expert finds fault with two recent Game of Thrones episodes

Michael Livingston scrutinizes Game Of Thrones episodes that depicted battles at Winterfell and King's Landing. He's a professor at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston. This audio file contains both his interviews with Mainstreet's Diane Paquette.

Download A medieval battle expert finds fault with two recent Game of Thrones episodes
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For the love of plovers -- a national charity asks the province to prevent a clearcut on the south shore

Laura Bartlett of Bird Studies Canada talks with guest host Preston Mulligan.

Download For the love of plovers -- a national charity asks the province to prevent a clearcut on the south shore
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Designer Lisa Drader-Murphy admits her dad thought fanny packs were "the greatest thing ever"

Comedian Cheryl Hann and designer Lisa Drader-Murphy talk about the renewed popularity of fanny packs. Who's driving this trend? Hipsters, or very practical dads? Guest host Preston Mulligan wonders if wearing socks and sandals will make a comeback, too.

Download Designer Lisa Drader-Murphy admits her dad thought fanny packs were "the greatest thing ever"
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We quiz Corey Hart with versions of his own lyrics garbled by Google Translate

Guest host Preston Mulligan talks with Corey Hart about his early years in music, how he wrote Sunglasses At Night, and why he took a twenty-year break from his music career. Then we administer a short Mainstreet Pop Quiz to see if Corey can recognize his own lyrics after they've been translated from and to English by Google.

Download We quiz Corey Hart with versions of his own lyrics garbled by Google Translate
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Film raises questions about gold mining, and the industry in NS responds

An extended version of Preston Mulligan's conversation with Robert Lang who made the film Shadow Of Gold, Sean Kirby from the Mining Association of Nova Scotia, geologist & environmental consultant Peter Oram, and Raymond Plourde from the Ecology Action Centre.

Download Film raises questions about gold mining, and the industry in NS responds
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Dave Shannon broke his neck playing rugby, but he still supports the game

As we wait for a clearer picture of the future of high school rugby in Nova Scotia, guest host Preston Mulligan speaks with lawyer and adventurer Dave Shannon, who has been quadriplegic since a rugby injury in 1981.

Download Dave Shannon broke his neck playing rugby, but he still supports the game
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Should $80-million budgeted for a new art gallery in Halifax go to health care instead?

We hear from a women who started an online petition about this, artist Karin Cope, the Nova Scotia Health Coalition, and the Mayor of Shelburne.

Download Should $80-million budgeted for a new art gallery in Halifax go to health care instead?
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"Every single gold medallist is some sort of biological freak, and I say that in the most endearing way"

Champion cyclist Rachel McKinnon says that, commenting on the way exceptional men are celebrated in sport while exceptional women are treated with suspicion. She and Charlene Weaving at StFX comment on the decision requiring Olympic runner Caster Semenya to artificially regulate her natural testosterone levels.

Download "Every single gold medallist is some sort of biological freak, and I say that in the most endearing way"
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The pros and cons of putting a safe injection site at the corner of Gottingen & Cornwallis streets

Guest host Preston Mulligan talks with Marcus James of the group Man Up, Patty Cuttell from the North End Business Association, and Cindy MacIsaac who is the program director at a community-based Methadone clinic in Halifax called Direction 180.

Download The pros and cons of putting a safe injection site at the corner of Gottingen & Cornwallis streets
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For the sake of his namesake, Fred Penner tries to help Fred Penner find a home

Canadian children's entertainer Fred Penner tells guest host Carolyn Ray how he found out that a dog in Truro named Fred Penner needed help.

Download For the sake of his namesake, Fred Penner tries to help Fred Penner find a home
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Mark Critch of 22 Minutes helps us kick off this year's Hal!fax Comedy Fest

Mark Critch drops into the Mainstreet studio to talk with guest host Carolyn Ray. We'll hear some of his stand-up comedy, too.

Download Mark Critch of 22 Minutes helps us kick off this year's Hal!fax Comedy Fest
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NS Justice Minister explains moratorium on street checks

And activist Lynn Jones tells guest host Carolyn Ray what she makes of the government's move.

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Little People Big Problems: Rob talks to kids about insects

Scientists who study insects are scratching their heads -- and not because of bug bites -- after a noted decline in insect species. A recent study suggests as many as 40 percent of insect species are dwindling. Now scientists are asking the question 'why?' Rob Doublett sat down with a few of the kids from George Bissett Elementary in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia to talk about our hexapod invertebrate friends.

Download Little People Big Problems: Rob talks to kids about insects
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Reverse class action lawsuit targets Canadian who downloaded movies using BitTorrent

David Fraser says his law firm has heard from half a dozen people who've received registered letters that are part of an effort by production companies to discourage illegal downloading of copyrighted videos. He's a lawyer in Halifax who specializes in internet and privacy issues. He speaks with guest host Carolyn Ray.

Download Reverse class action lawsuit targets Canadian who downloaded movies using BitTorrent
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Young women play Jesus & Judas in high school production of Jesus Christ Superstar

Starting Wednesday night at Citadel High, Sophie Baur plays Jesus, Simone Reade plays Judas, and Maddie Maitzen plays Mary Magdelene. They speak with Mainstreet's Diane Paquette at the Spatz Theatre.

Download Young women play Jesus & Judas in high school production of Jesus Christ Superstar
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She's tasted 800 different kinds of apples and would not recommend most of them

Guest host Allison Devereaux speaks with Sophie Watts about the incredible variety of apple trees at the Kentville Research & Development Centre in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley.

Download She's tasted 800 different kinds of apples and would not recommend most of them
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Halifax Mooseheads player describes his crucial goal in last night's victory over Moncton

Diane Paquette talks with Keith Getson, the player who scored the tying goal that allowed the Halifax Mooseheads to pull ahead of the Moncton Wildcats and capture that playoff series.

Download Halifax Mooseheads player describes his crucial goal in last night's victory over Moncton
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Stephanie Domet & Rebecca Thomas on the AfterWords Literary Festival

Stephanie Domet returns to Mainstreet to talk about the inaugural AfterWords Literary Festival, planned for the fall. And Mi'kmaw poet Rebecca Thomas writes a poem on short notice.

Download Stephanie Domet & Rebecca Thomas on the AfterWords Literary Festival
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Climate changes past & present: new research on glaciers, and old camel bones in the Arctic

An extended version of Alex Mason's interview with Michael Zemp about his study showing glaciers are melting faster than previously thought, followed by Allison Devereaux's conversation with John Gosse about what a warmer Arctic looked like three-million years ago.

Download Climate changes past & present: new research on glaciers, and old camel bones in the Arctic
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No lab coat required -- anyone can contribute to research through citizen science

Guest host Allison Devereaux talks with naturalist Dave Ireland about citizen science, and Halifax's participation in the worldwide competition "City Nature Challenge" from April 26 - 29.

Download No lab coat required -- anyone can contribute to research through citizen science
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Our Oceans Guy on why herring is important on both the Atlantic & Pacific coasts

Boris Worm drops by from Dalhousie University to tell guest host Allison Devereaux about a trip to British Columbia where he was investigating the unique herring spawn on kelp fishery.

Download Our Oceans Guy on why herring is important on both the Atlantic & Pacific coasts
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Hobo With A Shotgun filmmaker pays tribute to wrestlers in new TV series

Jason Eisener of Dartmouth tells guest host Allison Devereaux about his new series Dark Side Of The Ring. It starts airing this week on Viceland.

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A man who never gets dispirited -- Earl Lattie's hobby is investigating the paranormal

Guest host Allison Devereaux talks with Earl Lattie of Truro, the lead investigator and founder of Paranormal Investigations Nova Scotia.

Download A man who never gets dispirited -- Earl Lattie's hobby is investigating the paranormal
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"Citizen Science" -- a chance to contribute to scientific research. No science degree or lab coat required!

Mainstreet talks with naturalist, Dave Ireland, about Citizen Science and Halifax's upcoming participation in a worldwide competition called "City Nature Challenge" from April 26 - 29.

Download "Citizen Science" -- a chance to contribute to scientific research. No science degree or lab coat required!
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Mom & son look back on a decade of April Fool's Day pranks

Matt Hart has pulled one over on his mother so many times you might wonder why she was willing to show up to our studio for an interview about it. Matt & Bonnie spoke with guest host Preston Mulligan on March 29th, and with guest host Allison Devereaux for an update on April 1st.

Download Mom & son look back on a decade of April Fool's Day pranks
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Four members of CODCO comedy troupe reunite in our studio in Halifax

Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones, Greg Malone and Andy Jones joined guest host Allison Devereaux in the Mainstreet studio before a public event at Saint Mary's University.

Download Four members of CODCO comedy troupe reunite in our studio in Halifax
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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.

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