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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 Te Kakahu skink

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:26:00 +1300

We often showcase a critter that lives in only one place on the planet and the Te Kakahu skink is no exception.

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Beer with Michael Donaldson

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:16:00 +1300

What is hazy beer and why is it suddenly so popular?

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Food with Scott Denning of The Grove

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:07:00 +1300

Auckland chef, Scott Denning cut his teeth at Michelin star restaurants in London, including Le Gavroche, The Square and Pied à Terre. He's just landed the role of head chef at the degustation dining restaurant, The Grove in Auckland.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:08:00 +1300

Richard reviews Molly's Game and Phantom Thread.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:44:00 +1300


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The dangers of perfectionism in adolescents

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:35:00 +1300

Victoria University PhD graduate Dr Madeleine Brocklesby has been researching perfectionism in adolescents - which can be linked to serious anxiety and even self harm.

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Trapped in Takaka after cyclone Gita

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:31:00 +1300

The leader of a group of cyclists from Katikati tells us about being trapped in Takaka by cyclone Gita

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Why music gives you goosebumps

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:22:00 +1300

Are there certain pieces of music that make the hairs stand up on your arms? This doesn't happen to everyone - you could be special!

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The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band LIVE!

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:10:00 +1300

This three-piece American country blues band from Brown County, Indiana is lead by virtuoso guitarist Reverend J. Peyton. They're in New Zealand for a concert tonight at the Tuning Fork, and then performances at Splore.

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:25:00 +1300

Toiroa Williams tells us about his thesis, which lead to an internship at the prestigious Sundance Institute in LA. His masters thesis at AUT included a documentary looking at successful Opotiki youth. 

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Short Story Club

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:15:00 +1300

Today Claire Mabey joins us to discuss Hummingbird Heart by Eileen Merriman. Best emailer wins her book, Catch Me When You Fall.

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Your Money with Mary Holm

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:27:00 +1300

When insurance isn't boring - when you need it but haven't got it.

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Theatre Critic, Tania Kopytko

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:22:00 +1300

Tania Kopytko tells us about a play that's on at Palmerston North's professional theatre, Centrepoint. The Love List.

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Lucy Rose in session

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:12:00 +1300

Acclaimed British singer songwriter, Lucy Rose rose to fame quickly after releasing her debut album in 2012. She's currently in New Zealand - performing in Auckland and Christchurch.

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Great album

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:47:00 +1300

Shrine 69 by the original Fleetwood Mac.

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Living the change

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:39:00 +1300

Kiwis doing their bit to reduce their impact on the earth and making a difference have been profiled in a new New Zealand documentary about to be released called, Living the Change. 

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Forget taste, texture is in

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:25:00 +1300

Have you watched a cooking show lately and heard them talk about mouth-feel? It sounds over the top but texture is fast becoming the new flavour of the month, with researchers looking at how to make food feel good.

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President Trump backs arming teachers

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:23:00 +1300

President Trump's told gun violence survivors and their families he'd consider arming school teachers with guns. 

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Caribbeanz Southern Stars - LIVE!

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:14:00 +1300

This Saturday you can experience a slice of the Caribbean at Auckland's Silo Park. It's the first ever Aotearoa Steel Band Festival.Camille Nakhid talks to Jesse about the band, the festival and steel drums. 

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The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:10:00 +1300

Countries around the world, including North Korea have legalised marijuana for medical and or recreational use. It's a 9 billion dollar global industry. In the United States, the industry is booming. 

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Bookmarks with Eleanor Bishop

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:33:00 +1300

Eleanor Bishop is our Bookmarks guest today. She is a playwright and theatre director who divides her time working in New Zealand and the United States. 

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What's the deal with political lobbyists?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:27:00 +1300

There's a revolving door in our political scene, with officials and politicians moving from the public to the private sector. 

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New music with Kate Robertson

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:11:00 +1300

Kate plays us Volcanic Love by the Aces and My Song by H.E.R.

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Great album

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:50:00 +1300

Just As I Am is the debut studio album of American soul musician Bill Withers, released in 1971 on Sussex Records.

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Sound Archives: They’re all good dogs!

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:38:00 +1300

To mark the start of the lunar Year of the Dog, Sarah Johnston plays us some archived recordings about our canine friends and those who love them, in today's visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

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Kapiti's mystery fish

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:25:00 +1300

A Kāpiti diver has stunned experts by finding a fish they can't identify. It was filmed in the Kāpiti Marine Reserve and no-one knows what it is, leading to debates about whether a new species has been discovered. 

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Fairfax to chop some rural papers

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:17:00 +1300

Media giant Fairfax New Zealand has announced it will close or sell 28 of its rural papers, affecting around 60 staff members. 

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Why Dinosaurs matter

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:09:00 +1300

They may have lived millions and millions of years ago, but dinosaurs have a lot to teach us about modern life according to paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara.

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Jazz and all that

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:20:00 +1300

Today's music feature looks at the history of jazz and how it's spread around the world and managed to work its way into many genres.

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Book critic: Lisa Glass

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:10:00 +1300

Lisa Glass presents her "idiots guide" to paranormal romance. These are books featuring characters such as shapeshifters, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies, fairies, angels and mermen.

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Great album

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:47:00 +1300

KD Lang: Ingenue.

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National Leadership has five candidates

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:35:00 +1300

Two more National Party MPs have put their hats in the ring to take over the leadership from Bill English. Mark Mitchell and Steven Joyce join three others who all say they have the support to win the race.

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Unlocking the secret of the glowworm’s shine

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:26:00 +1300

Scientists have discovered what makes New Zealand glowworms light up and hope the knowledge will lead to new ways of fighting disease. 

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Flights Cancelled

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:19:00 +1300

Air New Zealand has cancelled most flights today, including all flights out of Wellington from 2.45pm til midnight. Chris Brandolino from NIWA explains just how bad the winds might get.

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Gita hits New Zealand

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:14:00 +1300

Charlie Dreaver reports in from the West Coast which is beginning to bear the brunt of former tropical cyclone Gita.

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Charles Mann: Feeding a growing population

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:07:00 +1300

By 2050 the world's population will reach 10 billion and questions about how to feed everyone will be more urgent there ever. It's an environmental dilemma that's been simmering for generations.

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Westland prepares for Gita

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:52:00 +1300

Severe weather warnings are in place, with ex-tropical Cyclone Gita expected to hit our shores tomorrow. 

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Expert feature: Animal mental health

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:20:00 +1300

Laurel Braitman studies animals who exhibit signs of mental health issues, from compulsive bears to self-destructive rats to monkeys with unlikely friends.

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Television Critic Briar Wyatt

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:10:00 +1300

The Puna (Maori TV) Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Netflix) Everything Sucks (Netflix)

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Great album

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:43:00 +1300

UB40, Labour of Love.

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Join the robots

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:36:00 +1300

Artificial Intelligence is already here but it's expected to get better, more superior and more autonomous - but that doesn't mean humans won't be needed alongside the technology.

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Networking with the kids

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:29:00 +1300

Michael Trengrove is obsessed with creating a first-class economy in New Zealand. The way he wants to get there is by teaching everyone to code computer programmes. 

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Cyclists, trucks and the road

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:22:00 +1300

The National Road Carriers Association has today called on cyclists and motor cyclists to be a little less arrogant on the roads. We put that to the Cycling Action Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan.

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Ben Folds

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:10:00 +1300

Acclaimed singer-songwriter-pianist Ben Folds has a chat to Jesse ahead of his show in Auckland tonight. 

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Open Road transforming lives for refugees

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:00:00 +1300

Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in the back seat to learn how the Open Road Driver training programme for people from former refugee backgrounds is transforming lives.

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Classical music with Clarissa Dunn

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:35:00 +1300

Clarissa Dunn from RNZ concert tells us about the happenings in the world of classical music and plays us Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor Op 26 performed by Sarah Chang on violin.

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Critter of the Week The Paua Slug

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:23:00 +1300

Officially a 'semi-slug', and like a paua, this species are a gastropod.

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Wine with Yvonne Lorkin

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:15:00 +1300

Yvonne is in a celebratory mood today, it is her birthday! So shares some indulgent wine choices.

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Food with Dariush Lolaiy

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:07:00 +1300

Darisuh Lolaiy - rare saddle of hare with ajo blanco

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:10:00 +1300

Richard reviews Loving Vincent and Lady Bird.

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Great album

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:44:00 +1300

The Very Best of John Denver.

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The importance of seaweed

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:40:00 +1300

Seaweed gets some love in Wellington this weekend

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Ecostore founders team up with Little Bird

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:30:00 +1300

Malcolm Rands on helping others follow in his footsteps

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Are we in for bad flu season like North America?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:23:00 +1300

Will the bad strain of the flu in North America reach New Zealand?

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Science to solve kiwifruit crisis a winner

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:09:00 +1300

A 100-strong team of researchers from Plant and Food Research have won the 2017 Prime Minister's Science Prize for using science to solve the kiwifruit PSA crisis.

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:32:00 +1300

Therese Crocker joins us from Palmerston North to tell us about her thesis on Settling Treaty Claims

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Short Story Club

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:14:00 +1300

Chris Price joins us to talk about 2 New Zealand poems, which are featured in a special NZ issue of the international magazine, Poetry.

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The history of NZ political hit jobs

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:35:00 +1300

Political hit jobs aren't a new revelation says historian Grant Morris

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Geoff Simmons: financial meltdown 101

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:21:00 +1300

Geoff Simmons brings his economic nous to the show

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Tech talk with Paul Brislen

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:12:00 +1300

The Government is in the process of appointing a Chief Technology Officer. Why do we need one?

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Great album

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:43:00 +1300

Donny Hathaway - Live.

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Rubbish runner keeps on plogging

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:37:00 +1300

Keen runner Matt Akehurst set himself a challenge to pick up 7000 pieces of litter in 70 days – and it’s turning out to be depressingly easy.

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You can now rent a bach on Rangitoto Island

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:32:00 +1300

The baches became available in December last year and have been a real hit with holidaymakers.

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Farmers low on confidence

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:24:00 +1300

A Federated Farmers survey shows a bleak outlook for 2018 from the perspective on the farm

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First song: Wilde Taylor

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:15:00 +1300

Auckland Singer Songwriter and Guitarist Jesse Wilde joins us with his latest project - a duo called 'Wilde Taylor'.

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Jonathan Franzen has gone to the birds

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:10:00 +1300

Literary luminary Jonathan Franzen doesn’t care that his his love of birds is uncool. They’re amazing, he says, and they matter.

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Bookmarks: Ruth Paul

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:20:00 +1300

Wellington author and illustrator Ruth Paul talk to Jesse about jellyfish, goats and zumba.

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New music review with Diane Swan

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:10:00 +1300

The new album from Marlon Williams is 'Make Way For Love' (out this Friday).

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Sound Archives: Te Papa opens

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:35:00 +1300

The birth of Te Papa and a famous day for the New Zealand men's cricket team

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Speed dating goes up a gear

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:25:00 +1300

The wheels of love are being set motion today in Queenstown as Cycle Speed Dating is back.

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The Prime Minister's Science Communication Prize

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:20:00 +1300

Damian Christie wins PM's science communication prize

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The National Party leadership battle

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:15:00 +1300

Two declarations of intent for the leadership with more expected

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First song: Thompson Springs

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:10:00 +1300

Chicago band Thompson Springs are in NZ for a short tour, and perfom live in our Auckland studio.

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Music Feature: the banjo

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:23:00 +1300

Jesse gets a lesson from Wellington's best banjo teacher

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Book critic, Catherine Robertson

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:11:00 +1300

Author and critic Catherine Robertson looks ahead to the NZ Festival's Writers and Readers.

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Sheryl Crow

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:39:00 +1300

Grammy award winning singer, songwriter Sheryl Crow is coming to New Zealand in April for a tour, along with Melissa Etheridge. She also has a new album out, Be Myself and talks to us about her career and upcoming tour.

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Food allergies and personalities

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:33:00 +1300

A team from Otago University is investigating the challenges faced by food allergy sufferers and whether particular personality types make it worse.

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Bye bye Bill

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:18:00 +1300

David Farrar gives his take on Bill English's resignation

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First song: Mara TK in session

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:09:00 +1300

The Pao Pao Pao musical showcase is on in the capital this Saturday and Mara TK performs from the Wellington studio.

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Grumblings on the grape vine: are seasonal workers treated well in NZ?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:30:00 +1300

Seasonal workers from Vanuatu are the grunt force of New Zealand's growing wine industry, but questions linger over the treatment of workers. Johnny Blades went to Blenheim to learn more.

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Stephen Humphrey Bogart on his dad and Casablanca

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:09:00 +1300

Stephen Humphrey Bogart wasn't even born when his father, Humphrey Bogart, made Casablanca 75 years ago. He talks to Jesse Mulligan about the 75th anniversary of Casablanca and his father's legacy.  

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Expert feature: Taxidermist David Jacobs

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:33:00 +1300

David Jacobs has spent a quarter of a century turning dead animals into lively memorabilia.

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The story of Phil Lamason

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:20:00 +1300

The WWII hero's story is relatively unknown

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Television Critic Melenie Parkes

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:10:00 +1300

Melenie Parkes has been watching: The Marvellous Mrs Maisel (Amazon) History Of Comedy (TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 1 On Demand) Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix)

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Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:47:00 +1300

Harvest Moon - Neil Young.

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Auckland's contaminated beaches

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:15:00 +1300

Watercare explains why Auckland's beaches are so easily contaminated

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Critter of the Week Carmichaelia - New Zealand brooms

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:25:00 +1300

Carmichaelia juncea occurs in South Westland and did occur in the Waimakariri area but fell prey to hares, rabbits, and collectors. Nicola Toki shares the fascinating story of the recovery of this native broom back to New Zealand.

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Wine with Joelle Thomson

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:16:00 +1300

Wine writer and tutor Joelle Thomson has been foraging in North Canterbury.

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Food with Fiona Smith

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:08:00 +1300

Fiona Smith, a senior food writer at Cuisine shares a recipe for Coq Au Vin Kebabs.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:09:00 +1300

Richard reviews Call Me By Your Name and Downsizing

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Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:53:00 +1300

Greatest Hits - Seals and Crofts.

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Turns out David Duchovny's a singer-songwriter and he's coming to NZ

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:39:00 +1300

David Duchovny, most well-known for his role as Fox Mulder in The X Files, is an actor, writer, director and producer.  But his already impressive CV doesn't end there: he's also a singer-songwriter and he's about to play in NZ.

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The Love Life of Bugs

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:27:00 +1300

Do bugs love? Do any mate for life? It's time for Dr Phil's Guide to love in the bug world! Dr Phil Sirvid is Te Papa's entomologist and will be a guest speaker at Auckland zoo's Valentine's night event, Love Bugs.

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Kapi Mana news to shut its local office

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:18:00 +1300

Former staff of the award winning local newspaper Kapi Mana news are alarmed at news it is shutting down its Porirua office. We speak to former Kapi Mana journalist Kris Dando. 

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First song: Pirate Captain Festus McBoyle

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:10:00 +1300

Vaudeville act Pirate Captain Festus McBoyle's Travellin' Variety Show joins Jesse for a raucous time.

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