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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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"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.

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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.

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Little People Big Problems: Rob asks elementary students to be art critics

Rob Doublett visits St Catherine's Elementary in Halifax.

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Athletes hope demise of Canadian Women's Hockey League will lead to something better

Mainstreet's Diane Paquette talks with former league player Shannon MacAulay, who is now an assistant coach of the Dalhousie Tigers women's hockey team, and 15 year-old Annie Gavin who's been playing for eight years.

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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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Our oceans guy tells us about Mili Sanchez and her work with Sable Island Gray Seals

When you think of Sable Island, images of wild horses probably spring to mind, but it's also famous as home to the largest breeding colony of grey seals in the world! Mili Sanchez is a biology student at Dalhousie University and she recently visited Nova Scotia's newest National Park. She spent a month on the island studying grey seals for her graduate work. Our Oceans Guy, Boris Worm, caught up with Mili last week.

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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.

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Canada Reads - Homes: A Refugee Story - Mainstreet Book Panel

This week on Mainstreet we've been talking about 'Homes: A Refugee Story' by Winnie Yeung and Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah. To find out what people in Halifax think of the Canada Reads entry, we assembled our own book club. Some of them are newcomers to Canada and others were born here but their parents were newcomers. Seven young adults joined Mainstreet's Diane Paquette earlier to share their reflections on the book.

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Canada Reads - Homes: A Refugee Story - Abu Bakr & Winnie Yeung

Homes: A Refugee Story is a book about Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah's childhood in Iraq and Syria. Al Rabeeah was 10 years old when the violence began in Syria. He remembers attacks on his mosque and school, car bombings and firebombs. Now a high school student in Edmonton, Alberta, Al Rabeeah shares his story with writer, Winnie Yeung, in hopes it will bring greater understanding of the civil war in Syria. Mainstreet's Diane Paquette spoke with Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung about Homes: A Refugee Story.

Download Canada Reads - Homes: A Refugee Story - Abu Bakr & Winnie Yeung
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Little People, Big Problems: Rob Talks to Kids about March Break.

No more teachers, no more books...at least for the week. Rob Doublett went to an elementary school in Halifax to hear what the kids have planned for their March Break.

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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.

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

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