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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.


Critter of the Week: The Fur Seal

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:24:00 +1200

DoC's Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki tells us all about the fur seal. Usually we do the less cutesy critters, but Nicola says the fur seal is sometimes a bit misunderstood and maligned.

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Joelle Thomson on celebratory wine

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:16:00 +1200

Wine writer and tutor, Joelle Thomson is about to have a significant birthday, so shares her tips for the best celebratory tipples.

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Delaney Mes: lemons and hot toddy

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:07:00 +1200

Auckland chef, Delaney Mes talks about ways to use lemons, and shares a recipe for her Ultimate Hot Toddy.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:08:00 +1200

Richard reviews Dunkirk and Baby Driver

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Great Musical Album: Grease

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:47:00 +1200

The last of our musical albums today, the soundtrack from the movie, Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. It sold 28 million copies worldwide and hit number 1 in both the US and UK.

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Catching the Black Widow

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +1200

The fascinating true story of how Helen Milner was charged with the murder of her husband has been turned into a television film.

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The Self Compassion Scale

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:28:00 +1200

Dr Kristin Neff, an associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin's department of educational psychology has created a "self-compassion scale" and is credited with conducting the first academic studies into self-compassion. She has also created a self compassion test for people to assess how self compassionate they are

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World Hepatitis Day

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:24:00 +1200

Today is World Hepatitis Day which also marks more than a year of funding in New Zealand for a drug which has cured up to 97 percent of patients with the Hepatitis C virus. The effectiveness of the drug is leading to hope that hepatitis C could be eliminated globally by 2030. Professor Ed Gane, Deputy Director and Chief Hepatologist at the New Zealand Liver Transplant Unit contributed to the development of the new medicine. He talks to Jesse about the wonder drug and the impact it has had.

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'This is stone cold crazy'

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:13:00 +1200

Donald Trump's new director of communications, Anthony Scaramucci has launched a bizarre expletive ridden attack on two senior White House colleagues. RNZ's Washington Correspondent Simon Marks says he has never seen anything like it.

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Filtering distraction - key to success

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Neuropsycholgist Paul Corballis talks about the way our brains perceive the world, how we recognise faces, and whether or not we can really multi-task.

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:25:00 +1200

Matthew Nicoll tells us about his thesis, Cyber Myths and Cyber Realities: An Examination of Strategic Realities in Cyberspace.

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Short Story Club 27th July

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:07:00 +1200

This week's Short Story Club story is Once Had Me by Tracy Farr. Let us know your thoughts! the writer of the best email wins a copy of Tracy's latest novel, The Hope Fault.

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Mary Holm answers listeners' Kiwisaver questions

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:19:00 +1200

Mary answers more listener questions about Kiwisaver, covering the following issues; Tax credits, Children, First home help, 50-plus, Finding your balance, Fees, Best provider.

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Theatre Critic - Terry McTavish

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:07:00 +1200

Terry McTavish reviews two shows at Dunedin's Fortune Theatre, What you Will and Twelfth Night.

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Great musical album: West Side Story

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:43:00 +1200

West Side Story is the album from the 1961 film starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. However their songs were overdubbed by Marni Nixon and Jim Bryant. West Side Story is a musical based on Romeo And Juliet, with music by Leonard Berstein and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The story is set in the blue collar Upper West Side of New York City in the mid-1950s.

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Matariki XPonential

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:35:00 +1200

About 500 Māori entrepreneurs will spend this Saturday focusing on how technology can help realise their business dreams. The annual Matariki XPonential event is hosted by Callaghan Innovation and features a line-up of established and emerging innovators. With the aim to strengthen Māori business and technology.

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What's Really in Synthetic Cannabis?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:26:00 +1200

There have been eight deaths in Auckland related to synthetic cannabis use in just over a month. The latest was a 24-year-old Papakura man who became seriously ill after he was believed to have been smoking synthetic cannabis. He was taken to Middlemore Hospital in an ambulance and died. In each of the seven previous deaths, the person was believed to have used synthetic cannabis recently or was found with the drug on them, police and the chief coroner say. Forensic Chemistry Manager from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research is Kevan Walsh.

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State Care Abuse "Utterly Sickening"

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:14:00 +1200

The Disability Rights Commissioner says accounts of abuse in state care are utterly sickening. The report, released today, contains the stories of 17 people who were mistreated by staff in mental health facilities and hospitals between the 1950s and 1990s. Researchers from the Donald Beasley Institute recorded the stories of the patients. And the Human Rights Commission says the report highlights systemic failures and a system that enabled abuse to continue unchecked for years. Disability Rights Commissioner, Paul Gibson, explains.

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The powerful symbolism of flags

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:07:00 +1200

Behind every flag there is a story, says British Journalist Tim Marshall, and those stories go beyond interest in just vexillology. 

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Bookmarks with Geoff Lealand

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:25:00 +1200

Professor Geoff Lealand is about to retire from Waikato University after 25 years teaching screen and media studies.

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Music critic - Kate Robertson

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Kate discusses a John Hughes-inspired pop banger and a nice clean song from a hip hop artist who's a big deal with anyone under the age of 20. Don't Take My Money by Bleachers And Forever Young by Lil Yachty feat. Diplo.

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Great Album: Chicago

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:48:00 +1200

Another great musical album, Chicago.

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Sound Archives: The Coral Route

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:35:00 +1200

Tahiti had a powerful hold on the popular imagination in the 1950s, films such as "Mutiny on the Bounty" and then later "South Pacific" had promoted the myth of the idyllic tropical island. In today's visit to the sound archives of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision we are back on The Coral Route, the famous TEAL flying boat tourist trail through the South Pacific of the 1950s.

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Fred Dagg Exhibition

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:29:00 +1200

The classic costume of Fred Dagg is on display at Te Papa, and curator Stephanie Gibson explains.

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Greatest science show ever in the history of the Chathams

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +1200

A group of scientists is taking stargazing, blowing stuff up and exploring the bizarre world of quantum physics to the Chatham Islands.

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Elvis Impersonator Brendon Chase to take on the world

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:09:00 +1200

Brendon Chase is heading to Graceland to compete in the World Elvis Tribute Artist Championships. 20 contestants who have one preliminary contests around the world, will each sing two songs with a backing band. This years competition takes place around the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death.

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Sailing through the ocean of plastic

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:07:00 +1200

What better way to highlight the issue of too much plastic in the ocean, than setting sail on the ocean in a boat made of more than 200,000 plastic bottles?  Marcus Eriksen did just that.

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Decades of dissent: protest songs in New Zealand

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:17:00 +1200

Nick Bollinger runs us through a history of protest songs in NZ and Jesse Mulligan talks to some music historians from Alexander Turnbull Library about 50s and 60s protest in NZ.

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Book critic

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Our book critic today is one of the organisers of Hamilton Book month, Catherine Wallace.

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Great Musical Album: Mamma Mia

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:47:00 +1200

This week we are playing songs from musicals in our great album segment. Today, soundtrack to the 2008 musical film, Mamma Mia.

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Tech talk - Paul Brislen

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:39:00 +1200

Getting hacked, what to do, and how to prevent it.

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'Tyra Banks hated our guts'

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:30:00 +1200

Joel McHale has made his living from taking the mickey out of reality TV and celebrity culture.

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Albatross colony cut off by wild weather

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:27:00 +1200

Albatross chicks at Dunedin's Taiaroa Heads have been left on their own for five days, cut off by slips caused by Friday's storm.

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Surrey Hotel writers residency award 2017

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:18:00 +1200

Ten finalists have been chosen in the 2017 Surrey Hotel Steve Braunias Memorial Writers Residency. And the winners will be announced today. Spinoff Review of Books literary editor is Steve Braunias.

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First Song : LANY

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:09:00 +1200

First song today is LA three-piece band LANY. The band is made up of Paul Klein, Jake Goss and Les Priest. And they'll be playing their first New Zealand show at the Powerstation in Auckland tomorrow night.

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From life's hard knocks - issues facing region's ethnic youth

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:30:00 +1200

Issues like unemployment, depression and high rates of youth suicide face ethnic youth in our regions. Youth also face barriers when trying to access social services. But now these youth are finding the courage to speak out and to seek solutions at engagement workshops held in regions around the country. Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in Hastings, Hawkes Bay to learn more.

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Why Gwyneth Paltrow is dangerous

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:10:00 +1200

Eating placenta, colon cleanses, detox diets: these are just a few of the health and wellness trends endorsed by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian. 

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Steve Maharey - Creating a Food Story for NZ

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:24:00 +1200

What is the future for our food industry? Steve Maharey, the former Vice-Chancellor at Massey University has been looking into New Zealand's relationship with farming and food, both economically and sociologically.

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Television Critic, Melenie Parkes

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Reviewing Okja (Netflix), The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks (SoHo) and The Block (Three).

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Great Musical Album: The Sound of Music

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:45:00 +1200

We're featuring musicals on our Great Albums this week and today we start with a real classic - The Sound of Music!

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Hidden Figures

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +1200

In our regular chat with Lillian Grace of we delve into some of the statistics held about New Zealanders and what we do. Today, facts about over 65's.

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Why We Love To Walk

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:32:00 +1200

Living Streets Aotearoa is organising the first New Zealand Walking Summit. It's called Why can't we walk?

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Today's millennial is yesterday's masher

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:19:00 +1200

In the 1880s, young urbanite New Zealand men borrowed a new well-dressed style from the streets of west London.

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Rabbits riding on sheep

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:14:00 +1200

A week out from calving, Taieri Plain farmers are having to contend with floodwaters that are continuing to rise and likely to remain for at least that long. One Mosgiel farmer, Ferg Horne, was moving his neighbour's sheep when he snapped a photo of something unusual. Sitting on the back of two of the sheep, apparently catching a ride, were three rabbits.

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Critter of the Week: The Vegetable Caterpillar

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:31:00 +1200

Vegetable caterpillars are neither vegetables, nor caterpillars (well not living ones anyway), but are instead the mummified remains of Porina moth caterpillars found in the forest, that have been taken over by a fungus! 

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Beer with Stephanie Coutts

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:21:00 +1200

How to find a beer you've never tried, and how to drink it.

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How to make perfect pork crackling

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:08:00 +1200

Julie Biuso tells us how to perfect pork crackling and shares a recipe for pork belly with boston beans.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:18:00 +1200

Richard reviews The Olive Tree and The Journey.

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OJ Simpson gets parole

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:09:00 +1200

OJ Simpson has been granted parole by the Nevada Parole Board after nine years in jail. New York defence lawyer Michael Shapiro has been following the OJ Simpson case from the beginning.

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Great Album: Che Fu - Navigator

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:44:00 +1200

Navigator is the 2001 release by New Zealand hip-hop artist, Che Fu. It debuted at number one and went triple platinum.

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The World in your Window

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:33:00 +1200

Eight-year-old Jesse, lives in a twilight world of sadness and silence, squeezed into a tiny caravan with his grief stricken father.

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ECan measuring quarry dust exposure

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:24:00 +1200

Some Christchurch residents are being asked to wear 'personal exposure meters' to monitor levels of exposure to quarry dust..

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Wild weather, slips and climate change

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:12:00 +1200

Why the wild weather? And is this the new norm?

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A genetic helping hand for conservation

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Four scientists talk about genetics and how it can help in the conservation of rare birds such as little spotted kiwi.

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:20:00 +1200

Jane Hurst tells us about her thesis about women's workplace relationships.

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Short Story Club 20th July

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:07:00 +1200

This week's story is John Summers' non-fiction short story 'Real Life'.

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The history of election bribes in NZ

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:31:00 +1200

It is election year and the political bribes are coming thick and fast. This is not a new phenomenon. In fact, some of the biggest bribes in our political history occurred a long time ago. Historian Grant Morris looks back.

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Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw on Welfare Reform

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:22:00 +1200

Dr Jess Berentson Shaw of the Morgan Foundation discusses the Green's welfare policy.

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Theatre Critic - Charlotte Graham

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Charlotte Graham is normally one of our book reviewers - but she's currently reporting at the New York Times Hong Kong bureau, with support from Asia New Zealand… And so she's joining us to talk abotu the live performance scene in Hong Kong..

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Great Album: Too-Rye-Aye by Dexy's Midnight Runners

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:44:00 +1200

Dexys Midnight Runners were founded in 1978 in Birmingham, UK by Kevin Rowland and Kevin "Al" Archer.

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Alice Foulcher - That's Not Me

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:35:00 +1200

Alice Foulcher is the writer and star of the film That's Not Me, about a wannabe star who is gutted by her identical twin sister's HBO success - plus she's dating Jared Leto. The film is screening at the New Zealand Film Festival which opens tomorrow. Alice joins us in the studio.

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'It sets you up to make you feel inadequate'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:24:00 +1200

It’s ‘criminal’ how difficult the welfare system is to navigate, even for people who can advocate for themselves, an Auckland actor says.

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Trump Jr to Testify

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:15:00 +1200

Donald Trump Junior and the former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort will testify before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington next week. The President's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will also appear before the committee. The hearing comes less than two weeks after revelations of meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. Our Washington correspondent, Simon Marks, explains.

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Being socially awkward

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:06:00 +1200

We've all had one of those awkward experiences when we wanted to melt into the floor; making a socially clumsy comment, racing up to someone you think you know, but discover you don't, holding on to a handshake too long.  

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Bookmarks with Karen Healey

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:26:00 +1200

Our Bookmarks guest this afternoon is on of the University of Canterbury Ursula Bethell Writers in Residence for 2017. Christchurch author Karen Healey writes books and short stories about smart girls with tough problems and angry boys with secrets. She's the award-winning author of Guardian of the Dead, The Shattering, When We Wake, and While We Run. She also appears in the geek podcast The Nerd Degree, teaches high school English, and volunteers for the Green Party.

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Music critic - Simon Sweetman

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Simon Sweetman reviews new music by Reb Fountain and Courtney Marie Andrews.

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Great Album: Dido, No Angel

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:48:00 +1200

No Angel is the debut studio album by British singer-songwriter Dido. Originally released in June 1999 in the US, the album found a mass audience when it was released worldwide in February 2001. It reached #1 in the NZ Album charts and has sold more than 22 million copies worldwide.

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Sound Archives - The Coral Route part 2

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:37:00 +1200

Another wintry blast is bearing down on the country, with snow and gale force winds predicted for later in the week. So, we are escaping back to the tropical South Pacific of the 1950s, with a visit to the sound archives of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision with Sarah Johnston.

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How to cope with booming tourism

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:27:00 +1200

The government forecasts visitor numbers in New Zealand will hit nearly five million, by the year 2023. But are we set up to cope with the influx of visitors, in terms of infrastructure, and how can we get the most out of our tourism industry? Auckland Airport chief executive, Adrian Littlewood, was one of four tourism leaders who commissioned a major study into New Zealand's tourism infrastructure needs and funding options, known as the McKinsey report. Adrian is speaking at the New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.

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English composer's manuscripts discovered in Tauranga

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:19:00 +1200

Lost manuscripts by English composer Gustav Holst have been discovered in Tauranga. The English composer's original manuscripts, from 1906, are handwritten and signed by the great composer. Music director of the Bay Of Plenty Symphonia, Justus Rozemond, was there when the discovery was made. And orchestra member, Bronya Dean, has been working to research the documents.

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America's Cup Auckland Bound

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:13:00 +1200

The America's Cup defender Team New Zealand says it's looking at early 2021 to stage the next regatta in Auckland. RNZ's Auckland Correspondent, Todd Niall, has been following the whole event.

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The heart-warming lesson of hygge

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:08:00 +1200

In Denmark, the sense of cosiness, contentment and connection that comes from appreciating simple pleasures is an everyday art form the Danes call 'hygge'. It's a universal impulse we can all benefit from honouring, says author Louisa Thomsen Brits.

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Suzanne Lynch - kiwi music royalty

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:20:00 +1200

Today we take a musical journey through the life of New Zealand pop music royalty, Suzanne Lynch.

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Book critic Pip Adam

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:09:00 +1200

With the announcement of the 13th doctor, Pip Adam looks at books that do strange things with time and space. 'Our Future is in the Air' by Tim Corballis, 'Anti Lebanon' by Carl Shuker, and 'Legend of a Suicide' by David Vann.

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Great album - Gin Wigmore's Holy Smoke

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:44:00 +1200

Holy Smoke is the debut album from New Zealand pop singer Gin Wigmore released in September 2009. The album debuted at number one in New Zealand, and was certified Gold in its first week and Platinum in its second week, selling over 15,000 copies. The Cardinals play on every track and backed Wigmore on her subsequent tour. Singles released off the album included Oh My, I Do and Hey Ho.

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Dan Slevin on Planet of the Apes franchise

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:32:00 +1200

The arrival in cinemas of Rise of the Planet of the Apes makes the Apes franchise officially second only to James Bond in longevity. Our movie guy, Dan Slevin from RNZ Widescreen, is here to talk about not just the cinematic life of the talking apes but also the impact on the wider culture.

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NZ's first certified Pet Detective

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:22:00 +1200

New Zealand's first certified 'Pet Detective' is hitting the streets.

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Decoding Auckland's Volcanic Past

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:12:00 +1200

Two new studies to decode Auckland's volcanic past have been published, and they show volcanic activity was quite temperamental. At one stage several large eruptions happened within 4,000 years, contrasted with thousands of years or more of silence. And scientists say at least half of all the eruptions happened in the past 60,000 years, which is a short time-frame, and shows an increase in the rate of eruptions. The studies were published this month by work from the Determining Volcanic Risk in Auckland research programme. Dr Graham Leonard from GNS Science led the research team.

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It's about unity, say African New Zealanders

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:30:00 +1200

As the election approaches, immigration is a sensitive topic for migrant communities. Lynda Chanwai-Earle heads along to Africa Day celebrations in Wellington to find out what's on the minds of African New Zealanders. 

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Jared Sexton: US divided by a 'reality gap'

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:08:00 +1200

Donald Trump Jr's sudden volunteering of proof that his father's presidential campaign was willing to work with a representative of the Russian government is the latest bizarre twist in the story of a country starkly divided not only politically, but on the concept of reality itself, says journalist Jared Sexton.

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Everything you need to know about Fonts

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:31:00 +1200

A typeface is a collection of fonts, like Helvetica. A font is a single style of a typeface, like Helvetica Bold Italic. Kris Sowersby is an expert on fonts, he tells us all about them.

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Television Critic, Jane Bowron

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Jane Bowron tells us about the new season of Game of Thrones, as well as the breakfast tv ratings battles and what's good on free to air.

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Great album - James Taylor Sweet Baby James

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:45:00 +1200

Sweet Baby James is the second album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, released in February 1970. His first release on the Warner Bros. label, the album reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number six in the UK album. James Taylor was "essentially homeless" at the time the album was recorded, either staying in producer Peter Asher's home or crashing on a couch at the house of guitarist Danny Kortchmar or anyone else who would have him. The album was nominated to a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1971.

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Spiders and Psuedo-Science

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:32:00 +1200

How do we tell the difference between science, pseudo-science, anti-science rhetoric and 'alternative facts'? Dr Simon Pollard, from the University of Canterbury, is giving a talk about the rewards and frustrations of communicating science to a wide audience. He's a spider biologist, award-winning writer and photographer and even has a spider named after him.

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What's it like to rely on a benefit?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:22:00 +1200

Given welfare is set to be a key election issue, we thought we'd talk to someone about their experience of being on a benefit. Artist, Pinky Fang, is on a disability benefit in New Zealand.

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Game of Thrones, Dr Who and World Emoji Day

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:12:00 +1200

AUT's associate professor of Popular Media and Cultural History, Lorna Piatti-Farnell, talks Game of Thrones, Dr Who and World Emoji Day.

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Critter of the Week: the Tardigrade

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:25:00 +1200

These tiny little crazy looking aquatic creatures that are some of the most hardy species on earth. They have been around for over 500 million years and have super powers! They can exist at temperatures below -272 Degrees Celsius, can exist in space in a vacuum, and can be frozen for thirty years, only to come back to life! DoC's endangered species ambassador, Nicola Toki tells us all about this remarkable creature, also known as the water bear.

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Wine - Yvonne Lorkin

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:17:00 +1200

Yvonne Lorkin talks wines to warm you up and shares her mulled wine recipe.

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Megan May's spicy hot cacao drink

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:08:00 +1200

Even though winter is not the time of year we most feel like eating raw food it's still important to have some in our diet, says Megan May from Little Bird Organics. She shares some ideas and a recipe for a spicy hot cacao drink.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Richard reviews War for the Planet of the Apes and This Beautiful Fantastic.

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Great Album HUNTERS & COLLECTORS - Human Frailty

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:44:00 +1200

Human Frailty is the fourth studio album by Australian rock band Hunters & Collectors, which was released April 1986. A real commercial and critical success, the album peaked at #10 on the Australian Album Chart and #5 on the NZ Chart. Mark Seymour (who wrote all the lyrics to the album) said that all the tracks were "connected to the relationship that [my then-girlfriend] and I had".

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'Xennials' The New Generation?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:33:00 +1200

A new term for describing people in their early 40s has become a worldwide phenomenon. The media is reporting that babies born between 1977 and 1983 no longer have to be confused if they're Generation X or a Millennial, they can call themselves Xennials. The term was allegedly coined by Australian Associate Professor of Sociology, Dan Woodman. But contrary to reports, Dan isn't so sure about the label himself. He's with us from the University of Melbourne.

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University of Otago proposes 182 job cuts

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:26:00 +1200

A proposal to revamp support services at the University of Otago could see 182 jobs cut. The university says it's been more than 20 years since administrative services were reviewed. And the business case proposes a streamlined approach to financial and administrative services. Shaun Scott, is the Tertiary Education Union's organiser for Otago University.

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Chief Censor on rating new Anorexia drama

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:16:00 +1200

Netflix's new teen drama, To The Bone, starts airing today. And it's the second Netflix-original to raise concern amongst parents, healthcare professionals and our Chief Censor this year. In March, 13 Reasons Why made headlines for its depictions of teenage suicide and rape. And this series is about Ellen, a 20-year-old anorexic girl, who's spent most of her teenage years in recovery programs. A review in The Guardian called the new series 'uninsightful, insipid and insulting'. David Shanks was appointed Chief Censor in May of this year.

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Migraines - much more than a headache

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Migraines are debilitating headaches, and Debbie Hay says that new drugs targeting the pain hormone CGRP are showing lots of promise.

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:23:00 +1200

Today Natalie Schiller tells us about her thesis, titled Critical reflections on the intricacies of female body image through deconstructing pole dance with the symbol of a cross.

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Short Story Club 13th July

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:08:00 +1200

This week's story was Black Milk by Tina Makereti

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Money with Mary Holm: 10 years of KiwiSaver

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:18:00 +1200

It's the ten years since the KiwiSaver scheme was launched and Mary Holm has been looking what impact it's had on New Zealanders' nest eggs.

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Theatre Critic - John Smythe

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:09:00 +1200

John reviews two shows at Circa theatre, Weed and Destination Beehive.

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Great Album: ZZ Top - Eliminator

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:44:00 +1200

Eliminator is the eighth studio album from American rock band ZZ Top and was released in March 1983. Eliminator is ZZ Top's most commercially successful release, reaching number four in the NZ album chart and achieving sales of over 10 million copies in the United States. Influenced by new wave, Eliminator's tracks were recorded with a combination of the synthesizer, drum machine and sequencer.

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