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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 Little Brown Moth

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:27:00 +1300

This moth is so diminutive and endangered that it doesn't even have a common name. Clinging to existence in a few coastal sites near Invercargill, the 'little brown moth' will be emerging from as an adult moth over the next weeks. 

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Beer with Michael Donaldson

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

Soba, the Society of Beer Advocates, recently voted on their favourite bars, restaurants, breweries and beers.. and it wasn't without controversy. Michael Donaldson talks beer politics with us!

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New Zealand's best Israeli Easter buns

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

Freshly spiced, fruit-loaded hot cross buns made by the Auckland restaurant Ima are in hot demand. Chef Yael Shochat shares her recipe with new convert Jesse Mulligan.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:08:00 +1300

Richard reviews Death Wish and The Death of Stalin.

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Great album

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:43:00 +1300

Veneer - Jose Gonzalez

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Protecting Lyttelton dolphins

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:33:00 +1300

There are concerns noise from a new cruise berth in Lyttleton could have an impact on the harbour's dolphins. Underwater pile driving is planned for the port but it's been put on hold while the issues are debated. 

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The Science of Fake News

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:24:00 +1300

News travels fast, but not as fast as fake news. Research shows that, on twitter at least, falsehoods travels farther than truth. It's not a new phenomenon but its current political incarnation is causing serious concern globally. 

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My ancestors' life on Auckland Islands

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:16:00 +1300

Dunedin journalist Ellen Rykers’ ancestors came from England to start a new life on a whaling station on a remote and windswept sub-Antarctic island.

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Go Ahead Caller - Ser 9, Ep 3 'Mooncups'

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +1300

Helen leaves a supportive message for Jacinda and caller, Annabelle, eventually expresses her concern about the suitability of Ken's talkback topic for the day. By Paul Casserly and Jodie Molloy Voices - Anika Moa, Toni Potter, Paul Casserly Engineered by Rangi Powick

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Turnaround in takahē's fortunes

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:07:00 +1300

An expedition into Fiordland reveals that takahē numbers are on the rise, and there will soon be a new takahē population in Northwest Nelson.

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How Hard Can It Be?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:30:00 +1300

In early 90s Christchurch, a remarkable group of Pasifika performers take their first steps towards success.

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:28:00 +1300

Merja Myllylahti tells us about her thesis investigating paywall, digital subscriptions and news companies' digital transformation in New Zealand.

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Short Story Club

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

Today we will discuss the poem, Us by Fardowsa Mohamed.

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The history of popular baby names in NZ

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:40:00 +1300

Every year we hear about the most popular baby names in NZ. But how have those names changed over time? What do these changes say about our historical development? 

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Solving the problems of the world

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:28:00 +1300

Economist Geoff Simmons predicts the economic impacts of autonomous vehicles.

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Theatre Critic Mark Amery

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:46:00 +1300

Mark Amery talks about the final week of the NZ Festival of the Arts.

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Great album

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:45:00 +1300

Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

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Parris Goebel: Young Queen

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:38:00 +1300

Music videos for Justin Bieber, work on JLo world tours, her own Parris Goebel has written Young Queen, telling how she became one of the most sought-after choreographers in hip hop.  

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Solitude: a play about Annie Chaffey

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:31:00 +1300

Takaka-based writer and actress Martine Baanvinger's one-woman show "Solitude" is opening in Wellington next week.  

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The new Pacific mission - what does it really mean?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:19:00 +1300

Earlier this month the government promised a 're-set' in the Pacific, offering more money and more focus on improving the conditions, economically and socially. 

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Marching on McVeagh

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:17:00 +1300

Law students from Victoria University have descended on the office of law firm Russell McVeagh. 

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Roger McNamee: Facebook's disruption of democracy

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:08:00 +1300

Early Facebook investor Roger McNamee knew something wasn't right with the platform in early 2016, when he saw "viciously misogynistic" memes attacking Hilary Clinton.

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Bookmarks with Rhian Sheehan

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:21:00 +1300

Musician, music producer and composer Rhian Sheehan has spent the past decade writing scores for tv, film and events, including roller coasters and planetarium shows.

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Music critic - Ellen Falconer

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:08:00 +1300

Alma - Dance for Me and Young Fathers - Toy.

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Great album

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:50:00 +1300

Either/Or - Elliott Smith

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Sound Archives: The Port of Lyttleton

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:38:00 +1300

The port of Lyttelton is back in the news this week with industrial action being threatened by port workers. The historic harbour town over the hills behind Christchurch was no stranger to industrial unrest in the past and has a long history of colourful characters, as we will hear in today's visit to the sound archives of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision with Sarah Johnston.

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2018 New Zealand Poetry Yearbook

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:31:00 +1300

The 2018 Poetry Yearbook editor Jack Ross talks to Jesse about this year's edition and the upcoming talented poets included in it.

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Daisy’s not built for driving

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:19:00 +1300

An eco-friendly Auckland apartment block has been given a top Homestar rating - and the newly opened 33-unit building has no car parks.

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First song: Flamenco!

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

TV journalist Ian Sinclair who's also a talented flamenco guitar player is now on tour with renowned flamenco dancer Isabel Rivera Cuenca.

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Bob Roth on Transcendental Meditation

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:11:00 +1300

Bob Roth has been teaching transcendental meditation for over 40 years.

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Music Feature: Chris Gendall, NZ Composers Association

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

We learn about composing in New Zealand from Chris Gendall who is also the current president of the Composers Association, and he plays us some recent compositions, some of which you might find a little unsual.

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Book critic Paula Morris

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

Our book critic today is award winning writer, Paula Morris - also an associate professor of English and Drama at Auckland University.

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Great album

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:45:00 +1300

Madonna: The Immaculate Collection.

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Low level lead linked to early deaths

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:38:00 +1300

U.S research has linked lead exposure to more than a quarter of a million premature deaths each year.

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Helmet law change protest

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:29:00 +1300

A new cycling lobby group has been formed to stop making it compulsory to wear helmets. Biking Choice talks to Jesse about why they want a law change.

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Embracing Minimalism

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:20:00 +1300

Joshua Fields Milburn had it all before he was 30, the big salary, nice house, nice cars. But he was miserable. He decided to throw it all away and embrace minimalism. He tells us what happened.

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First song: Sneaky Bones in session

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:11:00 +1300

Seattle based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer Matthew Bean performs live in our Auckland studio - he's known musically as Sneaky Bones and is in New Zealand for a tour.

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Don't dis the slang sleuth's hard yakka

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

The most comprehensive slang dictionary ever created has are more than 776 terms for madness, 247 for fat, 279 for ugly and more than 1700 for sex. But there is not one slang word for love.

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Expert feature: The humble cabbage tree/ tī kouka

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:26:00 +1300

Did you know that the trunk of the cabbage tree is so fire-resistant that early European settlers used it to make chimneys? The dried leaves also made excellent kindling. And the settlers also brewed beer from the root. 

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Girls surf squad

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:18:00 +1300

School holidays are creeping up once again and parents will be thinking how to entertain their kids. If you're in Gisborne though there's an option for young girls aged 8-12 - a surf squad. 

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Television Critic Melenie Parkes

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:09:00 +1300

Melenie reviews Dark (Netflix), Hotel Coolgardie (Amazon Prime) and The Week The Landlords Moved In (TVNZ 1)

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Great album

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:45:00 +1300

Queen: A Night at the Opera.

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Is the Trans-Tasman romance dead?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:38:00 +1300

Aussies and kiwis. We're mates, brothers-in-arms and friendly rivals on the rugby field. But lately you can just tell by the look in their eye that something's changed. 

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MC Tali on her first novel

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:24:00 +1300

Kiwi rapper and musician, MC Tali has worked with some of the biggest names in drum and bass in the UK, but now she's turned her hand to another art form - writing her first novel The Little White House.

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Stoush in Mt Eden over bus stops

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:14:00 +1300

Some of the solutions to make public transport better have not been welcomed by local communities. Businesses of Mt Eden Village are angry at Auckland Transport's plan to extend bus stops in the area. 

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A Life Like This

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:00:00 +1300

A Life Like This: Critically acclaimed, Cambodian Filmmaker Isiah Tour's animation about his father surviving the Khmer Rouge, extraordinarily, will go back to Cambodia.

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Critter of the Week: Toheroa

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:26:00 +1300

The very popular mollusc toheroa

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Wine with Joelle Thomson

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:15:00 +1300

Riesling - why is it the most confusing mainstream white wine?

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How to make great meatballs

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:07:00 +1300

Chef, Jacob Brown from Wellington restaurant, The Larder, shares his recipe for lamb and mint meatballs, and gives us his tips to make perfectly cooked meatballs and tomato sauce.

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It ain’t easy being sneezy

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 14:21:00 +1300

Some people say they cannot help their loud sneezing, and are tired of being given a hard time about it.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

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

Richard reviews Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool and Red Sparrow.

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Great album

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:50:00 +1300

Billy Joel - 52nd Street.

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Tom Scott - how to get roasted

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:41:00 +1300

Jesse helps Tom prepare for his roasting this weekend at the Writers and Readers festival in Wellington

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Death, tea and biscuits.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:33:00 +1300

Does a chat about leaving this mortal coil over tea and biscuits appeal to you?

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Foster parents who have provided a home for over 100 kids

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:25:00 +1300

Malcolm Yorston tells Jesse about he and his wife's 35 years of foster parenting

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Gaps in NCEA teachings

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

Dr Michelle Tewkesbury has compared NCEA with another international curriculum and found gaps in the New Zealand system

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First song: Mark Mazengarb and friends

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:09:00 +1300

Mark Mazengarb returns to New Zealand after a period of time living and performing in the US.

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Go Ahead Caller - Ser 9, Ep 2 'Bob Jones Apologises'

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +1300

Bob follows Ken's example in apogising and Steve Hanson is unapologetic about a possible career change. By Paul Casserly Voices - Toni Potter, Graeme Hill, Paul Casserly Studio engineer - Rangi Powick

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Foul Tactics

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:30:00 +1300

In the icy waters of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, a protest boat is rammed by Japanese whalers and sinks soon afterwards. But who was really to blame?

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:23:00 +1300

Rex Gibson tells us about his thesis on the metazoan parasites of rodents in New Zealand.

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Short Story Club

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:15:00 +1300

Claire Murdoch joined us in studio to discuss A Good Dry-Cleaner is Worth a Story by Rajorshi Chakraborti.

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Your Money with Mary Holm: Has rental property had its run?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:27:00 +1300

This week personal finance expert Mary Holm asks if rental properties are still a good investment.

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Theatre Critic Mark Amery

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:17:00 +1300

Mark Amery reviews shows from the NZ Festival and Auckland Arts Festival.

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Great album

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:45:00 +1300

Short Sharp Shocked.

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Honesty boxes go digital

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:40:00 +1300

Making honesty boxes easier for anyone with a smartphone

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How do you grow the regions economically?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:30:00 +1300

Economist and friend of the show, Geoff Simmons, gives us his thoughts on criticism of the Government's Provincial Growth Fund

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Chris Brandolino from NIWA

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:24:00 +1300

The NIWA meterologist gives his take on the wild weather hitting the country and what is to come with Cyclone Hola looming.

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Deluge for central North Island

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:18:00 +1300

We get an update from Civil Defence for Hawke's Bay

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First song: The Scones

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:13:00 +1300

The Scones will play at The Future City Festival in Hamilton this weekend

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The 'supernormals' who overcome bad childhoods

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:08:00 +1300

Clinical psychologist Dr Meg Jay is intrigued by  adults she calls ‘supernormals’ those  who overcome blighted childhoods to flourish.

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Bookmarks with cartoonist Sharon Murdoch

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:19:00 +1300

The brilliant cartoonist tells us about her favourite books, TV shows and more.

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Music critic - Simon Sweetman

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:07:00 +1300

The new Tracey Thorn album, called "Record" and also the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio's "Close But No Cigar".

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Great album

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:49:00 +1300

John Hiatt - Bring the family.

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Inventor turns compost bin to rat trap

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:37:00 +1300

Rats kept getting into Hannah Smith’s home-made compost bin. When none of the traps she tried solved the problem she invented her own.

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Refugee women learn to ride bikes

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:25:00 +1300

Learning to ride a bike for the first time in a new country

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The Dawn Raids

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:18:00 +1300

Remembering the Dawn Raids via a new book out and a Southland exhibition

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Concerns over health impact of huge Mangere fire

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:14:00 +1300

The local authorities meet today to discuss what the pressing issues are from the fire in Favona

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Why no scooter question in the census?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:30:00 +1300

This year's census wants to know how kids are travelling to and from school, but while it asks if pupils ride the bus, or a bike, it does not list scooters as a travel option, despite their huge popularity.

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What becomes of the broken hearted?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:09:00 +1300

Heartbreak can be devastating and last for years. Psychologist Guy Winch tells us how best to work through the paralysing pain and grief.

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Neil Finn: Out of the Silence

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:18:00 +1300

Neil Finn has been busy lately. He’s just come off a tour with his ‘family band’ playing small town venues throughout the country and will perform his Out of Silence album live with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra this weekend.

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Book critic Tracy Farr

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:10:00 +1300

Tracey Farr looks at the finalists in this years Ockham NZ Book Awards.

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Great album

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:46:00 +1300

Killers - Hot Fuss.

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Confidence works for men, not women

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:36:00 +1300

A study in Australia has found that while having a confident personality helps men rise in the workplace, there is no benefit for women showing assertiveness.

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Good posture: experts back flexible approach

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:28:00 +1300

The conventional wisdom of having good posture is now being questioned

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The Italian election

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:16:00 +1300

From the perspective of Wellingtonian Italian, Giovanni Tiso

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Awkward: handling those cringeworthy moments

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:06:00 +1300

It's hard to avoid those excruciating moments when we cringe at something painfully awkward we’ve said or done. Author Melissa Dahl has survival tips in her book, Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness.

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Expert feature: Paul Scoones on Dr Who

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:29:00 +1300

Paul Scoones schools Jesse on everything Dr Who!

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When NZ almost legalised eugenic sterilisation

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:21:00 +1300

Hamish Spencer reminds us of a dark time in popular opinion in New Zealand

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Great album

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:47:00 +1300

Joni Mitchell "Court and Spark".

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Sweet beaks

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:38:00 +1300

Sparrows at the University of Waikato are stealing sugar from a local cafe

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Homage to the landline phone

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:32:00 +1300

A thank you to the landline phone and the service it has provided

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The power of the mind

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:24:00 +1300

Mindfulness is not an uncommon word nowadays but back in the 70s the movement was pretty much unheard of.

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How are NZ's DIY skills?

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:15:00 +1300

The AA is extending its call-out service from cars to now include emergency maintenance jobs around your home

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Combating a mono-linguistic New Zealand

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:00:00 +1300

Why do we need a second language in our lives? New Zealand is still lagging behind on the international stage, as far as second language learning in school goes. That could be about to change.

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Critter of the Week Mottled Petrel

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:26:00 +1300

This week we look at Pterodroma inexpectata, Korure or Mottled Petrel!

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Gardening with Lynda Hallinan

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:19:00 +1300

Gardening guru Lynda Hallinan talks apples! Which are easiest to grow, which are the best to eat and how to preserve them.

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Food with Julie Biuso

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:07:00 +1300

Julie Biuso on pan drippings and roast chicken

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:08:00 +1300

Richard reviews Broken and Finding Your Feet.

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Go Ahead Caller - Series 9, Ep1 - 'Ken Turns Over a New Leaf'

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +1300

Ken's change of diet over the summer holiday seems to have made him a little more moderate and accepting. Or has it? Written by Paul Casserly Voices - Toni Potter and Paul Casserly Studio engineer - Rangi Powick

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