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Preview: Radio New Zealand - Afternoons with Jim Mora

RNZ: Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Jesse hosts an upbeat mix of the curious and the compelling, ranging from the stories of the day to the great questions of our time.


Go Ahead Caller - Ser 7, Ep 2 by Paul Casserly

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:30:00 +1200

Ken defends himself against accusations of political bias and takes on a tree-hugging caller. Voices - Toni Potter, Toi Iti, Paul Casserly. Engineer - Rangi Powick

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Critter of the Week: the Tuatara!

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:26:00 +1200

DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki talks to Jesse about the amazing tuatara in today's Critter of the Week segment.

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Gardening: Lynda Hallinan

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:15:00 +1200

Lynda Hallinan talks about growing healthy food in the garden and has some tips on getting the most produce possible.

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Sam Mannering: recipes for cancer patients

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:07:00 +1200

Today's food segment has a twist to it, the recipes have been created for cancer patients. Sam Mannering and Karen McMillan have come up with a repertoire of recipes designed to be easy to prepare, family friendly and specifically for people who are feeling unwell.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Reviewer Richard Swainson talks about Hamilton Film Society's 70th anniversary celebrations on Monday night, featuring locally made 8mm films from 1950s & 1960s and the opening of the International Film Festival on Wednesday night, with a pre-opening event in celebration of the retiring Geoff Lealand. He's also reviewing Logan Lucky and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

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Great Debut Album: Bob Dylan

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:47:00 +1200

Bob Dylan is the debut studio album by the legendary Bob Dylan. It was released in 1962

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Beachcombed Hats

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:38:00 +1200

In the South Island there's a different type of rubbish being cleared off beaches, hats. Te Ananu bus driver Bruce Fraser has amassed many hats, picked along the shoreline around Milford sound.

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Cardiac Pioneers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:29:00 +1200

MOTAT is paying tribute to New Zealand's pioneers in cardiac medicine.

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Microbead Ban

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:24:00 +1200

Just off the back of research showing the damage caused by small plastic in our oceans, here in New Zealand the government has put a ban on sales and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads.

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Fish are eating our rubbish

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:17:00 +1200

Scientists have been trying to work out why fish and other forms of sea life can't tell the difference between something that's edible and something that's not.

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High school band, Rongo, in Session

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:10:00 +1200

We have some very special guests in to perform our first song today, a group of high school students are finalists in the Stand Up Stand Out music competition, open to students from Auckland secondary schools. The group, Rongo is from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Hoani Waititi Marae - and impressed judges in their heat with an original song

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The 3 Minute Thesis Challenge

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:20:00 +1200

Lizzie Towl from Victoria University's Faculty of Graduate Research is one of the organisers of the Three Minute thesis competition. The finals are on next week. We give her 3 minutes to tell us all about it.

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Tell me about your thesis: Film Tourism

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:15:00 +1200

For his Film Tourism thesis, Stefan Roesch followed film fans to various locations around the world, such as Star Wars in Tunisia and Sound of Music in Austria, in order to capture their emotions on site. He published the results in his book The Experiences of Film Location Tourists.

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Short Story Club - Clean Hands Save Lives

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:10:00 +1200

Today we'll discuss Clean Hands Save Lives by Kirsten McDougall. Email us your thoughts before 3pm. The writer of the best email wins a copy of Kirsten's new novel, Tess.

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'Profiles in Courage' in New Zealand's history

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:32:00 +1200

In 1955 John F Kennedy published his history book 'Profiles in Courage'. The book described the eight US senators who took a stand on principle despite the danger to their careers. Historian Grant Morris believes the withdrawal of Kennedy Graham and David Clendon from the Green Party list over the Metiria Turei saga is a recent example of JFK's thesis.

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Dr Jess: Why bootcamps won't work

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:20:00 +1200

National's Boot Camp policy for youth offenders "a teachable moment to show a classic example of bad science"  

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Podcast Critic Katy Atkin

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Podcast critic Katy Atkin is talking about a podcast that has been hugely popular here - Black Hands.

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Great Debut Album - Blue Lines

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:46:00 +1200

Today's Great Debut Album is Blue Lines by Massive Attack.

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Skating the frozen lakes of the South Island

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:37:00 +1200

Clive Murphie has been skating South Island lakes for 40 years. Every winter, when the weather looks just right, he emails the 120 people on 'Clive's Ice Skating List' and a group of them hit the ice.

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Are you neglecting the artist within?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:30:00 +1200

Karen Nimmo is a clinical psychologist who says not being creative could be making us sick.

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How race affects economic behaviour

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:14:00 +1200

What impact does a person’s race or other aspects of their identity, and even emotions, have on financial transactions?

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The real cost of your quinoa salad

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:08:00 +1200

Luxury homes, cars and handbags used to the hallmarks of the elite, but now the silver spoon is loaded with organic kale and quinoa salad, says public policy professor Elizabeth Currid-Halkett.

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Bookmarks with Otis Frizzell

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:22:00 +1200

Today's Bookmark Guest has many strings to his bow - he's been a graffiti artist, a tattooist, an illustrator, print-maker, graphic designer, painter, driver to the stars, rapper, radio DJ, TV presenter, Taco Truck grill guy.

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Music critic Kate Robertson

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Music critic Kate Robertson plays 'Midnight' by Jessie Ware, an English singer and songwriter whose debut studio album Devotion (2012) peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and produced the single 'Wildest Moments'.

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Great Debut Album: Joan Baez

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:50:00 +1200

Joan Baez by Joan Baez was recorded in the summer of 1960 and released the same year. The original release featured 13 traditional folk songs.

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The last days of the 'six o’clock swill'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:38:00 +1200

50 years ago this October NZ’s infamous hour of binge-drinking – the ‘6 o’clock swill’ – finally came to an end when pub closing was moved from 6pm to 10pm. Listen to audio recordings from the period.

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Kids' vege cook-off

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:32:00 +1200

Intermediate school pupils from Canterbury have been battling it out to make the tastiest and healthiest vegetable based dishes, in the inaugural Root to Tip challenge.

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The penguin which never was

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:23:00 +1200

Another trans-tasman identity shock has emerged after some careful scientific research. University of Otago led researchers have found out that an extinct Tasmanian penguin never actually existed. It's looking a like another case of dual citizenship mix up with a New Zealand breed. New science has debunked old science by showing the bones from the so-called Australian Hunter Island penguin were actually from three different living penguin species, including two from New Zealand. Tess Cole talks to Jesse about uncovering the identity mix up.

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Historic Cemetery Findings

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:14:00 +1200

University of Otago researchers are gaining fresh insights into the quality of life and identity of Otago's early European settlers and farmers. The team has excavated skeletons from unmarked graves in St. John's Burial Ground, in Tokoiti, Milton. The project is being undertaken in partnership with a local community group called Tokomairiro Project 60 and the Anglican Church. A public meeting was held last night to unveil the findings. Professor Hallie Buckley, co-lead the research with Dr Peter Petchey.

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The Science of...

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:35:00 +1200

Alison Ballance from Our Changing World and the team from This Way Up have been working on a new podcast series called The Science Of. They tell us what's in store, including details of their first episode, The Science of Sweat

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'Most Republicans would consider me a progressive today'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:07:00 +1200

John Dean was a White House attorney for Richard Nixon during Watergate. He says the Trump presidency is in a world of trouble for operating in the shadow of treason and the sooner everyone cooperates with special prosecutors the better.

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The Music of Disney films

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:29:00 +1200

Musicologist, Dr Gregory Camp visited Disneyland often as a child and got to know it well. When he entered academia he wanted to combine his personal experience with critical thinking, including the huge cultural impact of the music of Disney.

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Learning a second language

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:21:00 +1200

If you struggle to learn a second language it might not be your fault.

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Book critic: Alisha Tyson on speculative fiction

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Book critic Alisha Tyson talks about Speculative Fiction - what is it, and what are the genres that come under this umbrella term, and why is there a debate about speculative fiction vs. literary fiction.

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Great Debut Album Boston

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:45:00 +1200

'Boston' is the debut studio album by American rock band Boston. Produced by Tom Scholz and John Boylan.

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Confessions of a cyberloafer

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:35:00 +1200

It used to be stealing a ball point pen from the stationery cabinet, but now there's a new form of employee theft called 'cyberloafing'.

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Pay parity for mental health carers

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:28:00 +1200

Unions and the Government are now locked in a battle over whether careworkers who look after people with mental health issues should get pay parity with those who work with the elderly, and whether the work is similar. Vicki Harmon is a Christchurch careworker who has done both, so we ask her how difficult and different each role is.

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On the Fence Election Guide

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:15:00 +1200

A project launched last night aims at get younger people engaged in the election and translating that into a higher turn out of younger voters come election day. Called On the Fence , the online tool is the brainchild of Massey University's Design and Democracy Project.

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From Mexican ganglands to organic gardening in NZ

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:30:00 +1200

It's a long way from US narco-ganglands to growing organic food in NZ, but Adán Tijerina has made it. The community-minded Wellington entrepreneur shares his story with Lynda Chanwai-Earle.

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Eddie Izzard's life as a citizen commando

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:06:00 +1200

British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard likes to say he is a really boring person who has lived an interesting life. That may not have been the best pitch to the publishers for his first book, but it worked.

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What's the deal with fats and oils?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:26:00 +1200

Is it bad to fry with olive oil? What does extra virgin mean? And how bad is butter? The benefits or risks of fats and oils remain a vexed question for many of us.

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Television Critic Geoff Lealand

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Dr Geoff Lealand is associate professor of Screen and Media studies at Waikato University - and has been watching a few gems on Sky's channels:

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Great Debut Album: Pearl Jam: Ten

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:47:00 +1200

Ten is the debut studio album by American rock band Pearl Jam, released in 1991.

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Hidden Figures: the daily commute

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:42:00 +1200

In today's hidden figures chat, Lillian Grace from talks about stats held about how people get to work and school - and how many people do that actively by walking, jogging or biking.

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The 30th anniverary of Gloss

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:32:00 +1200

30 years ago the first episode of the TV series Gloss went to air. Peter Elliott, who played the scheming Rex Redfern, looks back on New Zealand's answer to Dynasty.

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Social Media Art

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:26:00 +1200

Aucklander, Rewa Walia, is using social media to create works of art. She's using symbols from social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, to create digital images. And they'll soon feature in one of the world's biggest digital online art exhibitions.

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Jared Sexton: Trump gave racism new life

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:14:00 +1200

While President Donald Trump may not have created the racist anger which fuelled the death and injuries at a protest in Virginia last week he has surely emboldened it, says journalist and author Jared Sexton.

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Critter of the Week: The Kawakawa Looper Moth

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:27:00 +1200

This endemic moth is found throughout New Zealand. The green or brown caterpillars feed on young leaves of its favoured host plant, kawakawa, Piper excelsum (Piperaceae) and other native trees and shrubs in native ecosystems, parks, gardens and forests. DoC's Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki tells us all about Cleora scriptaria

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Rob DeKeyrel aka Chicken Man

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:15:00 +1200

Rob DeKeyrel of the legendary American beer company Sierra Nevada joins us from Wellington's Beervana

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Vanessa Baxter on the benefits of kids cooking

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:07:00 +1200

A great way to help turn the lives around of at-risk kids is teaching them how to cook, says Vanessa Baxter. She's released a book of simple kid-friendly recipes called The Fearless Kitchen.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Richard reviews Atomic Blonde and The Big Sick.

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Go Ahead Caller - Ser 7, Ep 1 by Paul Casserly

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +1200

Ken jumps onto the righteous-indignation, 'how-dare-she' bandwagon and Winston is interrupted by a helpful call from overseas. Voices - Paul Casserly, Cohen Holloway Engineer - Rangi Powick.

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Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:42:00 +1200

It may be cold outside, but some of us are still dedicated to the eating of ice cream. And we're catching up with a small-batch, hand-crafted ice cream brand out of Wellington. Sharon Galeon is the founder of the Wooden Spoon Boutique Freezery.

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Dominic Hoey: a prisoner in my own body

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:32:00 +1200

Auckland poet, author and musician Dominic Hoey (aka Tourettes) reflects on his losing battle with a degenerative bone disease.

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Could a new vaccine wipe out cervical cancer?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:23:00 +1200

A Melbourne-based study has found the new Gardasil 9 vaccine protected against 93 per cent of cancers. The vaccine is being reviewed by Australia's pharmaceutical authority. The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, was led by Associate Professor Julia Brotherton - a public health physician and Medical Director of Australia's National HPV Vaccination Program Register.

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Australia to join US if North Korea strikes

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:14:00 +1200

Australia will join the conflict if North Korea attacks the United States. That's the news out from Malcolm Turnbull. But what is our standing with ANZUS? And does this mean New Zealand will need to follow suit? Dr Robert Ayson is from the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University.

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Micronutrients and their link to mental health

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Julia Rucklidge is investigating whether micronutrients can relieve stress and anxiety, help people quit smoking and treat ADHD.

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:21:00 +1200

Dr Nicola Surtees of Canterbury University tells us about her thesis Narrating connections and boundaries: Constructing relatedness in lesbian known donor familial configurations.

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Short Story Club August 10th

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:08:00 +1200

Today's story is Fiona Farrell's Paradise Ducks, Let us know what you think. Email and the writer of the best email wins a copy of Fiona Farrell's new novel Decline & Fall on Savage Street and next week's story is Clean Hands Save Lives by Kirsten McDougall

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Money with Mary Holm

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:17:00 +1200

Picking a KiwiSaver or other share fund.

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Tech talk with Paul Brislen

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Paul continues his chat on personal cyber security.

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Great Debut Album

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:48:00 +1200

'Greetings from Asbury Park' by Bruce Springsteen.

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Fine dining at Rimutaka Prison

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:38:00 +1200

One night a year, Rimutaka Prison inmates prepare and serve food within the prison walls for an event called Gate to Plate. It's an opportunity to break down stereotypes on both sides, says one of the guys participating.

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Political Activity Book

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:32:00 +1200

Wellington mum of two and self-published author, Rowena Fry, was shocked when someone told her they wouldn't vote in the election. So, she started to dig into why some people chose not to exercise their right. Back in 2014 she started a satirical political book, with the aim to engage people in the electorial process. Three years on, and the book's grown somewhat.

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Bronwyn Hayward: Who's Left on The Left?

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:20:00 +1200

We last spoke to political scientist, Bronwyn Hayward on Tuesday when Green Party held a crisis caucus after MP's Kennedy Graham and David Clendon withdrew from the party list in protest at the revelations made by then co-leader Metiria Turei. A lot has happened since then.

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First song: Jenny Mitchell

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:10:00 +1200

Songwriter, Jenny Mitchell, original hails from Gore. She blends country, folk, and Americana into her own style. And she explains why 2017 has been a cracker of a year.

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Patient 71: the search for a cure for terminal cancer

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:07:00 +1200

After a terminal cancer diagnosis, Julie Randall made a promise to her two girls that she would find a way to live. She found a experimental drug trial in the United States that was only supposed to include 70 patients. She details her search for a cure in her book called Patient 71.

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Bookmarks with Dr Arama Rata

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:25:00 +1200

Dr Arama Rata is a lecturer in Maori Studies at Victoria University and has done numerous studies looking Maori cultural engagement and identity, health experiences and rural communities.

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Music critic - Dianne Swan

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:11:00 +1200

The 4th album from This is The Kit called Moonshine Freeze.

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Sound Archives: spring is in the air

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:45:00 +1200

It's only early August but in some parts of the country it is already feeling very Spring-like - mild temperatures, sunshine, blossom trees and daffodils! In today's visit to the Sound Archives of Nga Taonga Sound and Vision Sarah Johnston is going to play us a few sound recordings about this time of year..

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Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:33:00 +1200

A team from the BBC World Service is currently in New Zealand to research answers for its Crowdscience documentary series. Each week Crowdscience takes a question from a listener and the episode is all about the attempts to find the answer.

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Could cigarette butts have a second life as pavement?

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:23:00 +1200

One engineer has come up with a solution for the trillions of cigarette butts that get discarded each year. Mix the butts with ashphalt and build them into roads and footpaths.

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Fare thee well me mateys

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:13:00 +1200

After 34 years, the Pirate Ship at Rainbow's End will be no more. Generations of Aucklanders and visitors to the city's theme park have ridden the pirate ship. Chris Deere, chief executive of Rainbow's End explains why it's time to walk the plank.

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Welcome to the Punderdome

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:10:00 +1200

Welcome to the Punderdome. They're spoken word fight clubs for word nerds who will admit a passion for the most maligned form of humor; the pun.

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Composer, Martin Lodge

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:20:00 +1200

Martin Lodge is a composer, a scholar and a commentator on music and is associate professor of music and head of composition at the University of Waikato. He has composed music for orchestras and musicians in New Zealand, Australia, America and all across Europe and Asia.

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Book critic Steph Soper

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Steph Soper talks about the Book Council's new reading research which finds that almost 400,000 Kiwis are not reading.

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Great album: Please Please Me

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:45:00 +1200

We're playing first albums today, and cannot go past The Beatles! Parlophone rush-released the album on March 22, 1963 after the success of two singles, Please Please Me and Love Love Me Do.

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Where to watch old movies

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:35:00 +1200

With so many video stores closing down, how do film fans get to see old movies? Dan Slevin has been checking out the offerings on TCM (Channel 38 on Sky).

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Are we safe from sea lice?

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:25:00 +1200

A Melbourne teenager is recovering after his legs were left bleeding, after a suspected attack by sea lice. But are they killer flesh eating species... waiting to munch on unsuspecting humans? And are they a problem in New Zealand Waters? We ask Dr Racheal Peart, a crustacean biologist at NIWA.

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Greens Crisis Caucus

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:15:00 +1200

University of Canterbury associate professor, Bronwyn Hayward on the crisis in the Green Party caucus

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Why is what makes us human

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:08:00 +1200

Astrophysicist Mario Livio spent 20 years working on the Hubble telescope and contemplating the universe. A few years ago he became curious about curiosity.

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Ask a pilot: your questions answered

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:25:00 +1200

Is it true you have to have perfect eyesight to become a pilot? And how on earth do such heavy planes get off the ground anyway? Air NZ chief captain Captain David Morgan, our expert guest, tells us how to fly a plane.

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Jasper Hawkins: Letter to My Mother

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:18:00 +1200

We were sent this song by a listener, whose son died in an accident. It was written by her son's school friend, musician Jasper Hawkins who wrote it for the family.

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Television Critic Alex Casey

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:08:00 +1200

Alex talks about some of the on-demand content she has been watching while on holiday; Game of Thrones (Sky and Neon), Search Party (Lightbox), Friends from College (Netflix), and Grace and Frankie (Netflix).

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Great album - The Cars

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:45:00 +1200

We're listening to great debut albums this week and launch off with The Cars

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Hidden Figures

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:41:00 +1200

Today Lillian Grace from delves into the figures held about the people of the Chatham Islands.

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Molecular Gastronomy at Disfrutar

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:34:00 +1200

Auckland chef Jasbir Kaur has just returned from a three-and-a-half-month stint working at Michelin starred restaurant. Disfrutar, in Barcelona.

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Looking to earth for signs of life on Mars

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:20:00 +1200

It's the big question... is there life on Mars? But should we be looking at how life started on Earth and get to where it is today, in order to answer it?

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Sir John Key to receive Honorary Doctorate

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:14:00 +1200

Sir John Key is set to receive an Honorary Doctorate from University of Canterbury. Sir John, graduated from the university in 1983 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accountancy. And of course, was the Prime Minister of New Zealand for eight years and Leader of the National Party for 10 years. He will receive a Doctor of Commerce (honoris causa) honorary degree. University of Canterbury Chancellor is Dr John Wood.

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A Noble Quest

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:30:00 +1200

One Wellington family decide to take their children on an educational holiday back to their mother's homeland of Sri Lanka, but family holidays never go as planned.

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Critter of the Week: Eldon's galaxiid

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:24:00 +1200

Eldon's galaxiid is one of our non-migratory galaxiids.

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Wine: the New World Wine Awards - Jim Harre

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:14:00 +1200

Jesse talks to the chair of the judging panel for the New World Wine Awards, Jim Harre. These are very different to most wine awards as the entries must retail for 25 dollars or less, and there must be at least 5 thousand bottles available for sale

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Natalie Fakhoury's Riz A Djej (chicken and rice)

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:06:00 +1200

Natalie Fakhoury is the founder of Kohkoz Real Lebanese Cuisine. She shares a recipe for Riz A Djej (chicken and rice) and some tips on making good hummus.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Richard reviews Hampstead and 47 Metres Down.

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Great NZ album - Ladi 6 The LIberation of

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:43:00 +1200

The overall sound of The Liberation Of... is international - you half expect you're in a smoky club in NYC or London.

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Our Food Story

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:37:00 +1200

A group of Newtown residents who came to New Zealand as refugees recently held a pot luck dinner, where they shared food from their childhoods. A series of portraits were taken of the refugee cooks with their dishes, and these are now being exhibited at the Green Street Gallery in Newtown.

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Auckland the weediest city in the world

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:25:00 +1200

Auckland is now the weediest city in the world thanks to the number of introduced plants becoming invasive.

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Metiria Turei Battle

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:17:00 +1200

The Green's co-leader Metria Turei has said she won't resign or step down as leader, but has ruled herself out of ministerial posts if the party helps form the next government. Pundit founder and Caucus co-host Tim Watkin talks to Jesse about the bigger problems this creates for the Labour Party.

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First song: Rohan MacMahon

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:08:00 +1200

Today's first song comes courtesy of the organiser of Auckland's "Street Choir", Rohan MacMahon.It's timely to have him here in the studio, as for the first time, his unique choir will be staging a public concert tomorrow. The event, Street Harmony, will be held at the Freeman's Bay Community Hall from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.The choir usually meets every Tuesday near K-Rd and is made up of the city's homeless and marginalised. Under the direction of Rohan MacMahon the group has been singing a wide range of music over the past two years with a core group of around 25 people.

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