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March 24: Does living solo suit you?

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.

Mar. 17, 2019: What conversations are you having about the New Zealand mosque attacks?

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

Mar. 10, 2019 - Who do you trust in the SNC-Lavalin controversy?

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

Mar. 3, 2019 - What do you think about allegations of political interference in the SNC-Lavalin affair?

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

Feb. 24, 2019 - How are you coping with the rising rents in Canada?

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

Feb. 17, 2019 - Has Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation shaken your confidence in the Trudeau government?

1:53:10 | 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

Feb. 10, 2019 - Do you need dating apps to find love?

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

Feb. 3, 2019 - Can a guilty plea bring closure?

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

Jan. 27, 2019 - New food guide

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?

Jan. 20, 2019 - Sleep Crisis

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?

Political engagement: What motivates you to participate in this year's federal election?

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?

Jan. 6, 2018 - Resolutions

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

Dec. 30, 2018 - New Year Optimism

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

Dec. 23, 2018 - Found family

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?

Dec. 16, 2018 - Racism in Canadian policing

1:52:14 | Dec 16th, 2018

How can we tackle racism in Canadian policing?

Dec. 9, 2018 - Food security

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?

Dec. 2, 2018 - Minimalism

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

November 25, 2018 - Hazing

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?

November 18, 2018 - Concussions

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?

November 11, 2018 - Remembrance Day

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?

November 4, 2018 - Medically assisted dying

1:52:08 | Nov 4th, 2018

What changes do you want to see to Canada's assisted dying laws?

October 28, 2018 - Debt dilemma

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?

October 21, 2018 - Climate Cost

1:50:28 | Oct 21st, 2018

What's the price you are willing to pay to stop climate change?

October 14, 2018 - Cannabis is coming

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?

October 7, 2018 - Digital detox

1:53:08 | Oct 7th, 2018

What does a digital detox mean for you?

Sept. 30, 2018 - The role of Canada's correctional system

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

Sept. 23, 2018 - Tornadoes in Ottawa and Gatineau

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.

Sept. 16, 2018 - Notwithstanding clause

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?

Sept. 9, 2018 - A statutory holiday to remember residential schools

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

Sept. 2, 2018 - NAFTA talks

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?

August 26, 2018 - Diversity in film

1:53:14 | Aug 26th, 2018

What was the first movie or TV show that you identified with?

August 19, 2018 - Unwanted family heirlooms

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.

Aug. 12, 2018 - Diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Canada

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?

Aug. 5, 2018 - Living the dream

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?

July 29, 2018 - Gun Control

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?

July 22, 2018 - Sex-ed

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.

July 15, 2018 - Cross-border special: Trump! Trudeau! Trade!

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

July 8, 2018 - Bikes vs. Cars

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?

July 1, 2018 - Unexpected wildlife encounters

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?

June 24, 2018 - Nursing home quality of care

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?

June 17, 2018 - Trump-Trudeau trade rift

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?

June 10, 2018 - Ontario Election

1:53:40 | Jun 11th, 2018

How could Doug Ford's victory change the political conversation in this country?

June 3, 2018 - Public pipeline

1:51:52 | Jun 4th, 2018

Should tax dollars be used to build pipelines? Is the environmental risk worth the economic payoff?

May 27, 2018 - First Nations resource rights (short)

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

May 27, 2018 - First Nations resource rights

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?

May 20, 2018 - Royal marriage (short)

52:19 | May 21st, 2018

What do you think of the royal wedding? Have you been following the events?

May 20, 2018 - Royal marriage

1:53:27 | May 20th, 2018

What do you think of the royal wedding?

May 13, 2018 - Legal Marijuana (short)

48:32 | May 14th, 2018

Are you ready for legal marijuana? A shorter, edited version of the program.

May 13, 2018 - Legal Marijuana

1:53:27 | May 14th, 2018

Are you ready for legal marijuana?

May 6, 2018 - Spring Flooding (short)

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.

May 6, 2018 - Spring flooding

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.

April 29, 2018 - Online communities (short)

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

April 29, 2018 - Online communities

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?

April 22, 2018 - The Arthur Awards (short)

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

April 22, 2018 - The Arthur Awards

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.

April 15, 2018 - Approving the Kinder Morgan pipeline

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

April 15, 2018 Approving the Kinder Morgan pipeline - Short Podcast

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.

April 8, 2018 - Humboldt bus crash (short)

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?

April 8, 2018 - Humboldt bus crash

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?

April 1, 2018 - Protecting your data online (short)

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?

April 1, 2018 - Protecting your data online

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?

March 25, 2018 - Canadian music protection

57:16 | Mar 25th, 2018

Do Canada's musicians and songwriters still need Canadian content rules to survive?

March 18, 2018 - Trust in science (short)

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

March 18, 2018 - Trust in science

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

March 11, 2018 - Does Canada still need zoos and aquaria? (short)

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.

March 11, 2018 - Does Canada still need zoos and aquaria?

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.

2018-02-18 - Indigenous report card (short)

1:02:26 | Mar 5th, 2018

Is the Trudeau government succeeding in improving the lives of Indigenous people?

February 25, 2018 - (short) PyeongChang Olympics

46:10 | Mar 5th, 2018

What were your best and worst moments from the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics? A shorter, edited version of the program.

March 4, 2018 - Does Canada have a weight problem? (short)

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.

March 4, 2018 - Does Canada have a weight problem?

1:52:15 | Mar 5th, 2018

With a quarter of Canadian adults classed as obese, how should the country deal with its weight problem?

February 25, 2018 - Pyeongchang Olympics

1:53:44 | Feb 25th, 2018

What were your best and worst moments from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics?

February 18, 2018 - Indigenous report card

1:53:33 | Feb 18th, 2018

Is the Trudeau government succeeding in improving the lives of Indigenous people?

February 11, 2018 - The Gerald Stanley verdict (short)

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.

February 11, 2018 - The Gerald Stanley verdict

1:53:34 | Feb 12th, 2018

What are your thoughts on the Gerald Stanley trial and verdict, in the death of Colten Boushie?

February 4, 2018 - Schooling for the future

1:53:25 | Feb 4th, 2018

Are high school students getting the education they need for a rapidly changing world?

January 14, 2018 - Organizing labour

1:53:42 | Jan 29th, 2018

Should unions organize low-wage and temporary workers?

January 28, 2018 - Short podcast - sexual misconduct

1:05:28 | Jan 29th, 2018

What are your thoughts on the shifting balance of power between men and women?

January 28, 2018 - Sexual misconduct

1:53:42 | Jan 28th, 2018

What are your thoughts on the shifting balance of power between men and women?

January 14, 2018 - Organizing labour (short)

50:40 | Jan 28th, 2018

Should unions organize low-wage and temporary workers? A shorter, edited version of the program.

January 21, 2018 - Loneliness (short)

55:55 | Jan 28th, 2018

Should Canada develop a strategy to combat the growing problem of loneliness? An edited version of the program.

January 21, 2018 - Loneliness

1:53:42 | Jan 28th, 2018

Should Canada develop a strategy to combat the growing problem of loneliness?

January 7, 2018 - Minimum Wage Increases (short)

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.

January 7, 2018 - Minimum Wage Increases

1:53:47 | Jan 7th, 2018

Is a higher minimum wage the best way to help low-income workers?

"He has helped out a lot of people throughout his life without ever asking for anything in return"

03:06 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Gilbert Adam in Ottawa nominated Marcel Laurin - an ordinary man who does extraordinary things for his community.

How a stranger's suffering family gave this woman a second chance at life

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.

December 31, 2017 - Person of the Year 2017

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?

December 24, 2017 - Holiday traditions

1:53:37 | Dec 24th, 2017

What are your traditions this time of year?

December 17, 2017 - Fake news

1:53:32 | Dec 17th, 2017

Fake news: How do you ensure the news you get is trustworthy?

December 17, 2017 - Fake News (short podcast)

58:41 | Dec 17th, 2017

Fake news-how do you ensure the news you get is trustworthy? 58 minute edited version

December 10, 2017 - The dangers of alcohol

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?

Dec.3, 2017 - Workplace safety (short)

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.

Dec. 3, 2017 - Workplace safety

1:53:35 | Dec 3rd, 2017

Are employers getting away with too many injuries and deaths on the job?

November 19, 2017 - National Housing Strategy (short)

47:25 | Nov 27th, 2017

Can a national housing strategy solve homelessness in our cities? A shorter, edited version of the program

November 26, 2017 - National Housing Strategy

1:53:35 | Nov 26th, 2017

Can a national housing strategy solve homelessness in our cities?