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Cross Country Checkup from CBC Radio

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Cross Country Checkup is Canada's only weekly national open-line radio program. It is broadcast live across Canada every Sunday afternoon on CBC Radio One and SiriusXM, and streamed live on the Internet. Each week Canadians from coast to coast join i...Show More
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27:17 | Sep 9th

Rosemary Barton — co-host of CBC News' The National as well as the new CBC election podcast Party Lines — took your calls in the first installment of our new recurring Ask Me Anything segment on Cross Country Checkup.

1:52:51 | Sep 8th

Mysterious vaping-related illnesses are cropping up in the United States. Michigan has moved to be the first U.S. state to ban flavoured electronic cigarettes. It's wildly popular among underage teens. Our question this week: Is it time to ban flav...Show More

1:52:37 | Sep 1st

It's time to hit the books and shake the summer stupids. Millions of kids will return to school next week for another school year. But for parents, it's a time of high anxiety and the start of many questions. Our question this week: What do you do ...Show More

1:52:49 | Aug 25th

The US-China trade war, stock market dives and something called an inverted yield curve have economists warning that a recession may be on the horizon. Meanwhile, as Canada gears up for an election, what costs are keeping you up at night? Childcare,...Show More

06:18 | Aug 18th

Speaking to Cross Country Checkup on Sunday, MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Rob Oliphant tells defended Canada's 'consistent', 'strong' response to Hong Kong protests.

1:52:14 | Aug 18th

There are 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong and many others here, at home, watching events nervously. As the protests in that city enter the 11th week, how are the tensions affecting Canadians in both countries? Guest host David Common.

1:52:46 | Aug 11th

What more can be done, locally and nationally, to support threatened and endangered species in Canada? Cross Country Checkup guest host Michelle Eliot takes Canadians' calls.

1:52:38 | Aug 4th

We've all had one: the vacation that defied all expectations. Did you end up stuck on the tarmac for hours waiting for take off, or find yourself staying at a hotel that didn't deserve even one star? Or was there a magical moment, like unexpectedly...Show More

1:49:18 | Jul 28th

Climate change, ethical eating, and nutritional research have made the choice to eat or not eat meat more fraught than ever. From Beyond Meat burgers to Canada's ban on shark fins to disagreement over the country's new food guide, is the drop in Cana...Show More

1:49:29 | Jul 21st

"Why don't they go back and help fix the broken, crime infested places from which they came?" A tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump, referring to a group of Democrat congresswomen of colour. Justin Trudeau says statements like Trump's are not how...Show More

1:52:50 | Jul 14th

On the surface, it's a small trade-off. You take a simple test in the comfort of your own home and your ancestral background is thrown wide open to you. But who knows the implications of rummaging through that genetic closet?

1:52:42 | Jul 7th

There's no doubt millennials are struggling. Home ownership in major cities — where there's work — is a pipe dream. A pensionable job for life is a fiction. But as boomers live longer in good health, some are keen to hang on in the workforce. As far ...Show More

1:51:56 | Jun 23rd

The House of Commons passed a non-binding motion Monday declaring that Canada is in the midst of a "national climate emergency." The next day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet approved an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX). Pledg...Show More

1:51:09 | Jun 16th

It has been called a game changer in Canadian sport. Jurassic Parks from coast to coast to coast went wild Thursday as the Toronto Raptors took home the NBA Championship trophy — the first for a Canadian team. Our question this week: What does the ...Show More

27:21 | Jun 16th

After 17 years — and thousands of interviews — Anna Maria Tremonti is signing off from CBC Radio's The Current. But before she goes, she's giving you the microphone. It's your turn to Ask Anna Maria Tremonti Anything.

1:50:09 | Jun 9th

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report finds that Indigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be murdered or to go missing than members of any other demographic group in Canada - and 16 times more ...Show More

1:53:22 | Jun 2nd

With a federal election around the corner - and concerns surrounding the safety of Canadians' online data and, crucially, the security of democracy - some are wondering if Facebook is taking too big a bite out of their private life.

1:53:17 | May 26th

There have been 430 wildfires in Alberta since March 1. British Columbia faced two back-to-back years of record-setting wildfires. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario faced the worst wildfire season in a decade last year. While d...Show More

1:49:45 | May 19th

The possibility of the Raptors making it to the finish line piqued interest in the sport beyond just die-hard fans. Over its 25-year history with the NBA, the only Canadian basketball team in the league has been considered the underdog. But, the tid...Show More

1:53:16 | May 12th

Women still shoulder the burden of many household chores and take on much of a family's emotional labour, according to recent studies. Meanwhile, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics consistently finds working women take on 65 per cent of childcare ...Show More

1:52:53 | May 5th

The World Health Organization says that the number of reported measles cases around the globe has quadrupled in the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year. The measles outbreak is, once again, stoking the vaccination debate...Show More

1:50:21 | Apr 28th

Thousands of residents in New Brunswick and Quebec are struggling with rising waters this week. It's déjà vu for many in the two provinces - New Brunswick was hit by record flooding last year, while Quebec saw flood waters rise in the spring of 2017....Show More

1:53:17 | Apr 21st

Plastic, paper, electronics - as you dive into spring cleaning this month, are you still scratching your head over where they should go? Decades after the birth of recycling, many are still confused with the dizzying array of symbols.

1:53:21 | Apr 14th

Facebook announced Monday it banned Canadian far-right political commentator Faith Goldy and various extremist groups as part of their push to limits the spread of content promoting white nationalism. Is a ban like this able to stop online hate? Who...Show More

1:51:15 | Apr 7th

A new climate change report, this time commissioned by the Environment and Climate Change Department, finds that Canada is experiencing warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. Floods, severe wildfires and rising sea levels are listed as p...Show More

1:53:19 | Mar 31st

The Commons justice committee released a tense, secretly recorded 17-minute phone call between Wilson-Raybould and the retiring Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick on Dec. 19, along with related emails and texts.

1:50:20 | Mar 24th

Once considered unusual and stigmatizing, going solo is the new norm. Single-person households lead the pack in Canada with the number of Canadians living alone more than doubling in the past 35 years. CBC's Reshmi Nair guest hosts.

1:53:08 | Mar 17th

New Zealand's prime minster called it one of the country's "darkest days." At least 50 worshippers were killed, and more than 40 others injured, after coordinated terrorist shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, N.Z As Muslim communities across t...Show More

1:53:18 | Mar 10th

Facing mounting criticisms from the opposition parties and declining poll numbers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally held a press conference to address the recent SNC-Lavalin controversy on Thursday. He blamed "an erosion of trust" between his f...Show More

1:53:21 | Mar 3rd

This week, former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould spoke publicly - some would say forensically - about what brought about the chain of events. In a four-hour testimony to the House Justice Committee, she described what she said was the politic...Show More

1:50:34 | Feb 24th

Approximately 30 per cent of Canadians - middle-class families, young adults, baby boomers, seniors, and new immigrants - are relying on rental housing. While some are renting by choice, many struggle to find innovative solutions to survive or escap...Show More

1:53:21 | Feb 17th

Unanswered questions linger after federal Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from her cabinet position on Tuesday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was surprised and disappointed by her decision. The resignation came just days after alleg...Show More

1:47:05 | Feb 10th

Finding love in the "swipe left" universe can be perplexing. The popularity of dating apps has redefined what love at first sight means - a charming picture and an appealing profile. Are you getting tired of relying on an algorithm to find your soul...Show More

1:51:02 | Feb 3rd

"I forgive you," Christina Haugan said. The wife of Humboldt Broncos coach, Darcy Haugan, spoke directly to the semi-truck driver who was responsible for the death of her husband this week. Other family members were not as forgiving as Haugan. Over...Show More

1:51:38 | Jan 27th

A major overhaul of the latest Canada's Food Guide. Healthy eating means a plate filled with fruits, veggies, grains and nuts but light on the meat and cheese. Will you embrace a plant-based diet?

1:49:36 | Jan 20th

Many of us know sleeplessness is bad for our health. However, for those who stay awake all night, having a good night sleep is a dream. How are you coping with a lack of sleep?

1:53:16 | Jan 13th

The wheels of October's federal election are now in motion. What will determine how voters - especially youth and ethnic communities - cast their votes? The candidate, the party, or the leader?

1:50:28 | Jan 6th

Guest host: Andrew Nichols This is the time of year you make promises to break a bad habit or improve your life. For many, that means making New Year's resolutions. Exercise more, save money, lose weight, stop smoking, drink less, start a digital de...Show More

1:53:09 | Dec 30th, 2018

Maybe it was ever thus, but right now, it feels like the world is in a precarious spot. Brexit has Europe on the brink of unpredictable change, nobody is sure which direction Donald Trump's U.S. is headed, trade wars and political uneasiness are mak...Show More

1:53:03 | Dec 23rd, 2018

As the definition of family becomes harder to pin down, friends, neighbours and even random strangers can end up with a place in your life. Who is your chosen family this holiday season?

1:52:40 | Dec 9th, 2018

Food is going to get more expensive next year, according to Canada's Food Price Report 2019. Our question: How is the cost of food changing the way you eat?

1:51:02 | Dec 2nd, 2018

Some believe that 'less is more' is the way to happiness, while critics label minimalism as a cult. Meanwhile, brands and marketers are also jumping on the bandwagon, trying to capitalize on the trend. Our question: Does the minimalist lifestyle app...Show More

1:53:13 | Nov 25th, 2018

Again and again, hazing incidents keep happening to teenagers, college students, and young athletes. Why is hazing still a problem in Canada?

1:52:39 | Nov 18th, 2018

Even though a lot more is known about concussions these days, they remain a growing concern for athletes, coaches and parents in both professional, and recreational sports. What concerns you most about concussions in sports?

1:52:44 | Nov 11th, 2018

Wearing a poppy is a personal choice. Some people embrace the symbol. Others don't. Meanwhile, there are other forms of poppies that carry different meanings. What does the remembrance poppy mean to you?
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1:52:08 | Nov 4th, 2018

What changes do you want to see to Canada's assisted dying laws?
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1:52:54 | Oct 28th, 2018

Canadians now owe roughly $1.70 for every $1 they earn, and according to some experts that's among the highest in the developed world. What does a rate hike mean in your life?
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1:50:28 | Oct 21st, 2018

What's the price you are willing to pay to stop climate change?
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1:53:08 | Oct 14th, 2018

Like it or not, smoking pot for leisure will no longer be a crime on Wednesday, Oct. 17. How do you feel about marijuana legalization?
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1:53:08 | Oct 7th, 2018

What does a digital detox mean for you?
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1:51:29 | Sep 30th, 2018

A child killer is moved from a prison to a healing lodge.The child's family is outraged, saying she should not be given an easier sentence after her horrific crime. And now, the federal government is reviewing the situation. What should be the role o...Show More
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1:50:58 | Sep 23rd, 2018

Two tornadoes ripped through the Ottawa-Gatineau area on Friday, leaving thousands without power, and levelling many houses on its path.
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1:51:35 | Sep 16th, 2018

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has invoked the notwithstanding clause, in the name of preserving democracy. Does it bother you? Or, are you simply indifferent?
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1:53:10 | Sep 9th, 2018

A new statutory holiday may be coming, one that aims to remember residential school survivors. Conversations around the potential holiday will resume in Ottawa this fall. What would this mean for you? Is it going to heal the wounds? Or, will it just ...Show More
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1:53:05 | Sep 2nd, 2018

Win, lose or draw, it's a NAFTA showdown of historic proportions. One that could hit pocketbooks and radically reshape Canada's economic, political and cultural landscape. What effect is this having on you?
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1:53:14 | Aug 26th, 2018

What was the first movie or TV show that you identified with?
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1:53:03 | Aug 19th, 2018

It's being called the greatest wealth transfer in human history. As baby boomers start handing down family heirlooms, many are asking: who wants all this stuff? What will you do with your unwanted family heirlooms? With guest host Michelle Eliot.
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1:52:36 | Aug 12th, 2018

What began as a tweet of concern about human rights has led to a diplomatic feud between Saudi Arabia and Canada. Are we prepared to pay the price of standing up to repressive regimes?
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1:52:45 | Aug 5th, 2018

Have you ever wished you could give up your day job and live the life you've always wanted? Maybe you changed career paths to follow a passion. What did you do?
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1:53:39 | Jul 29th, 2018

In the wake of Sunday's downtown Toronto shooting, city council voted to ban handgun sales in the city. Should the rest of Canada follow suit? How far should government go?
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1:53:09 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Parents and teachers are scrambling after Ontario Premier Doug Ford scrapped its existing sex ed curriculum, in favour of one taught in 1998.
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1:53:23 | Jul 15th, 2018

Live from Madison, Wisconsin, Cross Country Checkup takes calls from both sides of the border. Who is doing a better job on trade - Trump or Trudeau? Has the Canada-U.S. relationship changed? How do we avoid a trade war? This is a co-production with ...Show More
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1:53:08 | Jul 8th, 2018

Bike lanes, bike bans, no right turns, lower speed limits - even car bans. There's been plenty of pedalling, but not much movement. Who is to blame for cycling deaths in Canada? What has to change to stop them?
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1:53:22 | Jul 1st, 2018

School is over, summer is on... cue the Canadian wilderness! Camping, cottages, long hikes - and possibly, a life-changing encounter with a wild beast. What was your unexpected encounter with a wild animal?
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1:52:50 | Jun 24th, 2018

The Wettlaufer inquiry is ringing alarm bells in long-term care homes across Canada. Is there adequate oversight in elder homes? Who takes responsibility for quality of care?
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1:52:37 | Jun 18th, 2018

Do shaky trade relations shake you? Can a US trade war be averted? Are you ready for trade headwinds coming from the south?
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1:53:40 | Jun 11th, 2018

How could Doug Ford's victory change the political conversation in this country?
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1:51:52 | Jun 4th, 2018

Should tax dollars be used to build pipelines? Is the environmental risk worth the economic payoff?
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51:23 | May 28th, 2018

Live from Prince Rupert, BC. Is it time for Canada to transfer resource rights back to First Nations? A shorter edited version of the program
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1:53:27 | May 27th, 2018

Live from Prince Rupert, B.C. Is it time for Canada to transfer resource rights back to First Nations?
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52:19 | May 21st, 2018

What do you think of the royal wedding? Have you been following the events?
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1:53:27 | May 20th, 2018

What do you think of the royal wedding?
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48:32 | May 14th, 2018

Are you ready for legal marijuana? A shorter, edited version of the program.
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1:53:27 | May 14th, 2018

Are you ready for legal marijuana?
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48:02 | May 14th, 2018

New Brunswickers are battling and fleeing from fast-rising waters — more than they've seen in almost half-a-century. Other parts of the country are facing similar challenges. A shorter, edited version of the program.
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1:53:24 | May 6th, 2018

New Brunswickers are battling and fleeing from fast-rising waters — more than they've seen in almost half-a-century. Other parts of the country are facing similar challenges.
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51:39 | Apr 30th, 2018

Some suggest a marginal online community encouraged the Toronto van rampage that killed or injured 23 people. Can the Internet embolden people who harbour bad intentions? Should more control be exerted over some online communities? A shorter, edited ...Show More
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1:53:35 | Apr 29th, 2018

Some suggest a marginal online community encouraged the Toronto van rampage that killed or injured 23 people. Can the Internet embolden people who harbour bad intentions? Should more control be exerted over some online communities?
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46:06 | Apr 23rd, 2018

It has been more than a year since Stuart McLean died. In his honour, Checkup resurrects his beloved Arthur Awards where people across the country nominate someone unsung in their community who deserves to be recognised. A shorter, edited version of ...Show More
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1:53:57 | Apr 22nd, 2018

It has been more than a year since Stuart McLean died. In his honour, Checkup resurrects his beloved Arthur Awards where people across the country nominate someone unsung in their community who deserves to be recognized.
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1:53:38 | Apr 16th, 2018

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says pipeline politics have brought the country to the edge of a constitutional crisis. B.C. Premier John Horgan says he just wants to ensure his province is protected. Who should have the final say, the feds or the prov...Show More
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1:06:20 | Apr 16th, 2018

Who should have the final say on approving the Kinder Morgan pipeline — the feds or the provinces? -65 min.
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55:36 | Apr 9th, 2018

A bus crash in northern Saskatchewan has cut a swath through the lives of the people in Humboldt and beyond. Fifteen dead, 14 injured — the town's junior hockey team decimated. What are your thoughts?
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1:52:25 | Apr 8th, 2018

A bus crash in northern Saskatchewan has cut a swath through the lives of the people in Humboldt and beyond. Fifteen dead, 14 injured — the town's junior hockey team decimated. What are your thoughts?
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1:01:40 | Apr 2nd, 2018

An angry hashtag-Delete-Facebook movement is growing after reports that political operators used the personal data of millions of people. Do you trust large tech companies like Facebook and Google with your personal data?
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1:53:52 | Apr 1st, 2018

An angry #DeleteFacebook movement is growing after reports that political operators used the personal data of millions of people. Do you trust large tech companies like Facebook and Google with your personal data?
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57:16 | Mar 25th, 2018

Do Canada's musicians and songwriters still need Canadian content rules to survive?
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43:25 | Mar 19th, 2018

The world has lost a giant who worked hard to improve scientific understanding. Canadians rate high on scientific literacy. But on certain issues, some are reluctant to go with the science. A new study suggests many believe science is not that import...Show More
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1:53:42 | Mar 18th, 2018

The world has lost a giant who worked hard to improve scientific understanding. Canadians rate high on scientific literacy. But on certain issues, some are reluctant to go with the science. A new study suggests many believe science is not that import...Show More
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48:14 | Mar 12th, 2018

As two giant panda cubs get ready to move from Toronto's zoo to Calgary's, some wonder whether visitor numbers and research are enough to justify animal captivity. An edited version of the phone-in.
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1:53:43 | Mar 11th, 2018

As two giant panda cubs get ready to move from Toronto's zoo to Calgary's, some wonder whether visitor numbers and research are enough to justify animal captivity.
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1:02:26 | Mar 5th, 2018

Is the Trudeau government succeeding in improving the lives of Indigenous people?
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46:10 | Mar 5th, 2018

What were your best and worst moments from the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics? A shorter, edited version of the program.
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46:20 | Mar 5th, 2018

With a quarter of Canadian adults classed as obese, how should the country deal with its weight problem? A shorter, edited version of the program.
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1:52:15 | Mar 5th, 2018

With a quarter of Canadian adults classed as obese, how should the country deal with its weight problem?
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1:53:44 | Feb 25th, 2018

What were your best and worst moments from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics?
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1:53:33 | Feb 18th, 2018

Is the Trudeau government succeeding in improving the lives of Indigenous people?
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56:22 | Feb 12th, 2018

What are your thoughts on the Gerald Stanley trial and verdict, in the death of Colten Boushie? A shorter, edited version of the phone-in.
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1:53:34 | Feb 12th, 2018

What are your thoughts on the Gerald Stanley trial and verdict, in the death of Colten Boushie?
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1:53:25 | Feb 4th, 2018

Are high school students getting the education they need for a rapidly changing world?
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1:53:42 | Jan 29th, 2018

Should unions organize low-wage and temporary workers?
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1:05:28 | Jan 29th, 2018

What are your thoughts on the shifting balance of power between men and women?
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1:53:42 | Jan 28th, 2018

What are your thoughts on the shifting balance of power between men and women?
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50:40 | Jan 28th, 2018

Should unions organize low-wage and temporary workers? A shorter, edited version of the program.
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55:55 | Jan 28th, 2018

Should Canada develop a strategy to combat the growing problem of loneliness? An edited version of the program.
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1:53:42 | Jan 28th, 2018

Should Canada develop a strategy to combat the growing problem of loneliness?
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43:14 | Jan 8th, 2018

Is a higher minimum wage the best way to help low-income workers? A shorter, edited version of the program.
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1:53:47 | Jan 7th, 2018

Is a higher minimum wage the best way to help low-income workers?
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03:06 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Gilbert Adam in Ottawa nominated Marcel Laurin - an ordinary man who does extraordinary things for his community.
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05:00 | Jan 2nd, 2018

This Sunday, as Checkup asked listeners to nominate people in their lives who have distinguished themselves through their contributions, Janet Parr recognized the unknown person whose heart saved her life.
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1:53:41 | Dec 31st, 2017

As 2017 ends, the honour of 'Person-of-the-Year' is bestowed on the famous and accomplished for their influence in politics, the arts, and sports. But what about the unsung heroes who do amazing things with no national or international recognition?
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1:53:37 | Dec 24th, 2017

What are your traditions this time of year?
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58:41 | Dec 17th, 2017

Fake news-how do you ensure the news you get is trustworthy? 58 minute edited version
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1:53:32 | Dec 17th, 2017

Fake news: How do you ensure the news you get is trustworthy?
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1:53:37 | Dec 10th, 2017

Governments are struggling to get a handle on legal marijuana, while fighting the growing death toll from opioids. But the substance behind the highest numbers of deaths and social dislocation is still alcohol. Are we forgetting about booze?
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56:14 | Dec 4th, 2017

Are employers getting away with too many injuries and deaths on the job? Short edited version of the full program.
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1:53:35 | Dec 3rd, 2017

Are employers getting away with too many injuries and deaths on the job?
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47:25 | Nov 27th, 2017

Can a national housing strategy solve homelessness in our cities? A shorter, edited version of the program
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1:53:35 | Nov 26th, 2017

Can a national housing strategy solve homelessness in our cities?