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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.


Volcanic eruptions and the Ash Lab

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:07:00 +1200

The Ash Lab at the University of Canterbury is where geologists test the impact of volcanic ash on all sorts of vital infrastructure.

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The Poetry of Pop

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:07:00 +1200

There's TS Eliot and there's TS as in Taylor Swift, and while most of the time the two aren't mentioned in the same breath, they both can produce poetry says English professor and founding director of the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture at the University of Colorado, Adam Bradley. After all, Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize for literature. Bradley believes poetry in pop songs can be both masterful and disposable; but it is often still poetry. It's not just the words but the entire package of music and performance that transforms a song into poetry. Professor Bradley looks at a century of music in his new book, The Poetry of Pop.

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Guitar effects wizard

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:23:00 +1200

Our special guest is Paul 'Emlyn' Crowther who played trumpet in the air training corp band in his home town, Dunedin, before moving to Auckland. He played in a couple of covers bands before joining Split Enz. He's talking about guitar effects pedals.

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Book Critic - James Russell

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:09:00 +1200

The author of The Dragon Defenders, James Russell, reviews Flight Path by David Hill, 1917 Machines of War by Brian Faulkner and Pieces of You by Eileen Merriman.

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Favourite Album

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:44:00 +1200

Today's album is Deja Vu by Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

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Dan Slevin - On Film

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:33:00 +1200

The 70th Cannes Film Festival is on at the moment. Dan Slevin, from RNZ Widescreen, looks at the some of the highlights from the past.

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My Year Without Plastic

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:26:00 +1200

Living without plastic in your life is the theme of an event being held at Waikato University tonight. The film and discussion even includes a talk by Merren Tai who embarked on a year living without plastic, followed by the screening of a documentary A Plastic Ocean. Merren's experiment was intended to last for one year but three years down the track, the Raglan resident is still living as plastic free as she can.

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People are dead and injured after Manchester 'explosion'

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:20:00 +1200

There are multiple fatalities and injuries after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in the UK. The Greater Manchester Police have just held a press conference. Kate Squire, from BBC Radio Manchester, has the latest.

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First song - Zed returns

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:10:00 +1200

On of the most popular New Zealand bands of the Early 2000's is a bout to reform some 6 years after their last gig. Zed was formed in Christchurch by three Cashmere Highschool students in 1989/99 and enjoyed unprecendented success for their debut album which spawned 4 top 10 singles. We have Nathan king and Andy Lynch in the studio with us this afternoon to play live ahead of the reunion.

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Blocking the Moongate - Wellington's Chinese Garden

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:30:00 +1200

Description: The first Chinese ornamental garden in NZ took shape in Wellington as far back as 1869. Almost two centuries later and after a 20 year battle, the Wellington Chinese Garden Society finally have resource consent and the City Council's blessings to build within the Frank Kitts Park re-development project, but now they face opposition from Waterfront Watch. Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in Wellington to learn more.

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Preventing or delaying Alzheimer's Disease

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:08:00 +1200

When it comes to Alzheimer's disease, our DNA is not our destiny. That's the message of best selling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova. Her originally self published book, Still Alice, became an Oscar winning film. Lisa Genova says there are so many factors within our control that can help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's, like sleep, cardiovascular health and exercise. She shares her insights with us on both science of neurological disorders and the human impacts.

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Monday Expert - Jerusha Bennett on Parasites

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:35:00 +1200

A parasite is an organism that lives in another organism, called the host, and often harms it. It is dependent on its host for survival - it has to be in the host to live, grow and multiply. A parasite cannot live independently. Our Monday expert knows all about these organisms. Jerusha Bennett is currently doing her MSc in Ecology at Otago University, focusing on parasite transmission inside certain species of fish.

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Television Critic - Phil Wallington

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:22:00 +1200

Television critic, Phil Wallington, talks about Back Benches celebrating 10 years and Shortland Street celebrating 25 years of production.

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Helping the blind 'see' art

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:11:00 +1200

The Museums Aotearoa Conference starts today in Palmerston North. And the theme of this year's event is accessibility. Bruce Roberts has been guiding tours for visually impaired people for more than 30 years. In his current job, he also helps blind people 'see' paintings at Te Papa. The museum has tours that are a combination of touch and audio description, for the visually impaired, the hearing impaired and for aphasic people, who find it difficult to communicate either through brain injury or stroke.

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Favourite Album

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:49:00 +1200

The Phantom of The Opera. Original London cast recording, 1987.

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Hidden Figures - Beer in NZ

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:44:00 +1200

Lillian Grace of Figure NZ gives us the facts and figures on NZ's growing beer industry

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Wildlife Forensic Scientist

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:32:00 +1200

Dr Rebecca Johnson is a wildlife 'detective'. She's a forensic scientist, conservation geneticist and co-chief investigator of the Koala Genome Consortium. It's a group carrying out sequencing of the koala genome to try and conserve the species. Rebecca is also the director of the Australian Museum Research Institute.

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Crowdfunding Science Research

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:23:00 +1200

Money for research into discovering a solution for increased antimicrobial resistance is coming from crowdfunding. Dr Siouxsie Wiles is leading the charge to highlight lack of funding to address the fact that we are running out of medicines to treat many of the microbes that cause disease in both animals and humans. Dr Siouxsie Wiles explains that increasingly the antibiotics we use to treat infections aren't working and there's not a lot of money being spent on turning this around. If you're interested in helping the research you can click here.  

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Wellington Sevens moving to Hamilton

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:15:00 +1200

New Zealand Rugby has confirmed the struggling Wellington Sevens tournament is moving to Hamilton from 2018. But what does this mean for the tournament? Dr John Guthrie is a sports marketing expert from Otago University. [image:110408:full]

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Critter of the Week: the Native Mole Cricket

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:27:00 +1200

Mole crickets are found around the world, but ours is unusual in having no wings. Nicola Toki has been digging up information about this rare critter, the native mole cricket.

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Fri, 19 May 2017 15:15:00 +1200

A small independent NZ craft cidery has been named as maker of the best cider in the world. We speak to Zeffer Cider's head cider-maker Jody Scott.

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Food: Cooking Game Birds

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:07:00 +1200

The Old Vicarage's Head Chef Anthony Fomison talks about game bird, ahead of the Game Bird Food Festival. And he talks us through his North Canterbury Quail dish.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:08:00 +1200

Richard reviews Alien: Convenant and The Viceroy's House.

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Favourite album: Moondance by Van Morrison

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:47:00 +1200

Morrison, started his professional career as a teen in the Northern Irish R&B band "Them." By 22 he'd kicked off a solo career and three years later released his seminal album "Moondance" after moving to upstate New York. Moondance quickly establish Van Morrison as a major artist after the disappointing failure of his previous releases to gain the attention many of his critics believed he deserved.

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Kiwi Poleaxe fighter to take on the world

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:38:00 +1200

A Wellington woman is about to take on the best in the world at a rather unusual sport.

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Bid to make mutant sheep Sharon world famous

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:29:00 +1200

A mutant sheep called Sharon living in semi resort like conditions is helping scientists to hopefully unravel the mysteries of human hair.

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Wayne Smith steps down from All Blacks

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:16:00 +1200

The All Black assistant coach, Wayne Smith, is stepping down from the role at the end of the current Rugby Championship. The surprise announcement came this morning during a press conference held at Auckland Airport. It will mark the end of 20 years of association between him and the All Blacks.

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Noise and young ears

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:08:00 +1200

Massey University acoustics researchers have been working with childcare centres that are keen to lower noise levels and protect the hearing of young children.

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This Way Up: Fitbits for dogs

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:35:00 +1200

A ground breaking study is using activity trackers to show what life is like for New Zealand's 200,000 working dogs. This Way Up's Simon Morton was in the South Island to see the first trackers fitted to farm dogs at a high country sheep station near Cromwell.

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:23:00 +1200

Yes, our new series is here, and we begin with AJ Macfarlane, who tells us about his recently completed thesis looking at playing the guitar upside-down.

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Short Story Club

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:07:00 +1200

Today we'll be talking about a new short story, Alexander, Two, by Sarah Quigley. Email us your thoughts on the story. The writer of the best email will receive a copy of Sarah Quigley's new novel, Suicide Club.

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The history of amateur history in NZ

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:29:00 +1200

It's time New Zealand's amateur historians got a shout-out, says Grant Morris of Victoria University. The personal stories researched and shared by these unsung heroes add precious colour and texture to our historical record.

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Dr Jess on food in schools

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:16:00 +1200

Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw discusses the pros and cons of food in schools as a Government policy.

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Theatre Critic: Lindsay Clark

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Lindsay Clark has been involved with performing arts education and theatre for more than 40 years. She has directed both professionally and for Repertory Theatre and co-directed Summer Shakespeare for the Christchurch City Council for several years. Today she reviews the Court Theatre's latest production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.

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Favourite Album - U2 Zooropa

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:42:00 +1200

Zooropa is U2's eighth studio album and was inspired by the band's experiences on their Zoo TV tour. The album did not produce hit singles, but as an album hit the top of the charts in several countries, including New Zealand.

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Inside Qatar's Labour Camps

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:34:00 +1200

The Workers Cup goes inside Qatar's labour camps, where African and Asian migrants work under miserable conditions with little pay, to build the facilities for the football World Cup 2022. The documentary explores the lives of some of the poorest inhabitants, living in one of the richest countries in the world. Lauren Wellbrock is a former Al Jazeera senior editor, and is the editor of the film. It premiered at the opening night of Sundance Film Festival 2017, and is showing in New Zealand as part of the Doc Edge Festival.

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Rare 110 million-year-old nodosaur fossil found

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:23:00 +1200

A 110 million-year-old nodosaur fossil has gone on display, and it's so well preserved the find has been described by National Geographic, 'as rare as winning the lottery'. The fossil was unveiled at Canada's Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology this week. Donald Henderson, is the curator of dinosaurs at the museum in Alberta.

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Clandestine Meth Labs

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

The problem of clandestine, or mobile meth labs in Marlborough, is part of a drug awareness seminar in Blenheim next week. And Community Constable Russell Smith, says it's common for P manufacuturers to have gear that can be packed into a vehicle. With reports of people using utes and shipping containers to evade detection. The Ministry of Health estimated about 34,000 people were taking an amphetamine substance, including P, each year - and a report out last year from the Drug Harm Index put the annual social cost of meth at $1.8 billion. Russell is giving a talk to educate people about the use of meth and its effects, at REAP in Marlborough.

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Science friction

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:10:00 +1200

In science research, it's better to be exciting than to be right – and the result is worthless cures and wasted money, says science journalist Richard Harris.

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Bookmarks with Gina Cole

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:30:00 +1200

Gina Cole was one of the winners at last night's Ockham NZ Book Awards. She won The Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction for Black Ice Matter, a collection of short stories that explores connections between extremes of heat and cold.

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Music critic - Dianne Swann

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:16:00 +1200

Regular music critic and musician, Dianne Swann is back with a look at a new album from Canterbury based indie-rock band Clap Clap Riot. "Dull Life" is the quartet's third album and they are currently touring to promote it.

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Myrtle Rust found in Taranaki

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:08:00 +1200

Myrtle Rust has been found in a plant nursery in Taranaki, Jesse speaks to MPI's Myrtle Rust Response Incident Controller, David Yard.

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Great Album - Diesel and Dust by Midnight Oil

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:50:00 +1200

Diesel and Dust is the sixth studio album by Australian rock band Midnight Oil. It was released in August 1987. The songs focus on the struggles of Indigenous Australians and environmental degradation. 

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Sound Archives: Plunket turns 110

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:45:00 +1200

One of our most famous institutions, Plunket, turned 110 years old this week. Sarah Johnston from Nga Taonga Sound & Vision has been listening to some sound recordings from the archives about the Plunket Society and has chosen a couple to share with us.

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Engaging youth in civics

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Only about 62 percent of 18-24 bothered to vote in the 2014 General Election. A group of teenagers wants to change that. They've set up the organisation Active Citizenship Aotearoa.

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Serial Killers and Celebrity

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:30:00 +1200

Moors murderer Ian Brady, who killed five children with Myra Hindley, died yesterday in a high-security hospital aged 79.

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Call for Urgent Action to save Yellow-eyed Penguins

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:14:00 +1200

New Zealand's mainland yellow-eyed penguins face extinction unless urgent action taken according to a new study.

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David Goodhart: The new political divide

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:09:00 +1200

Politics used to be divided between left and right, but now people are split along different lines, according to a UK writer.

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Music Feature: Malcolm Black of the Netherworld Dancing Toys

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:17:00 +1200

Malcolm Black, the former lead singer of the Netherworld Dancing Toys is now an entertainment lawyer and musician - he also licenses all the music for Les Mills international.

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Book critic: The Ockhams

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Catherine Robertson looks ahead to tonight's Ockham NZ Book Awards.

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Great album: The Muttonbirds, Salty

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:48:00 +1200

Today's Great Album is the second from seminal Kiwi band The Mutton Birds, released in 1993. Salty.

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Paul Brislen on Malware

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:43:00 +1200

In our fortnighly tech talk with Paul Brislen we discuss the big tech issue of the moment: the computer virus WannaCry.

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Social Housing

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Social Housing Minister, Amy Adams, has announced the next step in the government's plan for social housing in Auckland. RNZ's reporter, Sharon Brett Kelly, was at the announcement.

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Doctor Robot

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:30:00 +1200

Catherine Mohr is a world-leader in surgical robotics. She's based in Silicon Valley but in New Zealand to deliver the Pickering Lecture for the Institute of Professional engineers.

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Whanganui's grammar vigilante

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:19:00 +1200

A Whanganui woman is calling on New Zealanders irked by missing hyphens, or errant apostrophes, to join her crusade to correct grammar mishaps.

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Valour come to light - NZ Indian Anzacs

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:30:00 +1200

Millions of Indians fought for the British and allies during both world wars, including two Sikh New Zealanders who, despite discrimination, snuck their way into service to fight for New Zealand in World War I.

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Little ways to achieve big goals

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:08:00 +1200

When it comes to achieving big goals, sometimes a nudge is better than a push. 

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Vitamin C's disease-fighting potential

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

While vitamin C is useful to help ward off colds, it could also have benefits as an adjunct treatment for more serious diseases such as cancer, a researcher says.

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The Future of our regions: Gisborne

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:18:00 +1200

A new study predicts that the Gisborne district's population will increase by by nearly 10 percent to 52,000 by 2043. So what does that mean for the region and its infrastructure? David Wilson is the acting group manager for planning and development with the Gisborne District Council

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Television Critic - Linda Burgess

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Short story and television writer and novelist Linda Burgess talks to Jesse about the Australian comedy drama "Doctor, Doctor" and the New Zealand version of the reality talent show "Naked choir."

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Favourite album: Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:46:00 +1200

Rumours is the eleventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, and is the sixth best selling album in US history. It is known for the various personal dramas going on within the band, including marriage breakups and affairs.

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Hidden Figures: Births

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:43:00 +1200

Lillian Grace from Figure NZ tells us about the declining number of births since 2008 and the most popular baby names.

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Medicinal Cannabis Gives 'False Hope'

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:31:00 +1200

A leading pain specialist is warning medicinal cannabis gives ''false hope'' for chronic pain relief. Professor Milton Cohen is a specialist pain medicine physician based in Sydney, and he says there's not enough proof, that medicinal cannabis helps patients with chronic non-cancer pain. Professor Cohen gave a talk at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists annual meeting in Brisbane on the weekend, called Medicinal cannabis for chronic non-cancer pain: promise or pothole?

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Suicide prevention plan 'deeply flawed' - Mike King

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:23:00 +1200

Mental health crusader Mike King has stepped down from his post on New Zealand's suicide prevention panel, saying the government draft prevention plan is "deeply flawed" and "self-serving".

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E-coli flowing and pristine springs

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:12:00 +1200

Te Waikoropupu Springs has some of the clearest waters ever measured on earth. But high levels of E-coli have been recorded from water flowing overland near the country's largest freshwater springs. Andrew Yuill is the co-applicant with iwi Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu for an unprecedented Water Conservation Order to protect the Takaka Marble Aquifer that feeds the Springs. He's also the chair of The Friends of Golden Bay, who have done the recent bacterial readings.

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Critter of the Week: The Kauri Snail

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:26:00 +1200

Our critter of the week is Paryphanta busby, the Kauri Snail, Pupu Rangi.

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Wine: Yvonne Lorkin

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:17:00 +1200

Yvonne Lorkin talks about the best wine matches for duck.

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How to make your own poultry salt

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:07:00 +1200

Jacob Brown, of The Larder in Mirimar, Wellington, has tips on making your own poultry salt, which makes things like hot chips pretty tasty. He shares a recipe for his duck neck salt.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:07:00 +1200

Richard reviews A Dog's Purpose and Get Out.

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Go Ahead Caller - Ser 5, Ep 5 by Lee Baker

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:00:00 +1200

The problem of revenge porn is occupying Ken's mind - he has some suggestions. Alistaire rings in with a little too much personal information on the subject. Voices by Paul Casserly, Toi Iti, Toni Potter.

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Favourite album: No Jacket Required by Phil Collins

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:45:00 +1200

No Jacket Required was Phil Collin's third studio album, release in February 1985. It won 3 Grammys and had four top 10 hits on the singles charts.

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New Metservice App: "annoying, unintelligible, too many ads"

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:37:00 +1200

The Metservice has taken a lashing on social media for its newly-upgraded smartphone app. Tech commentator Paul Brislen, a long-time user of the previous MetService app, reviews the new one.

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The Fungal Foray

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:22:00 +1200

Fungus fans and mycologists have descended on Opononi in Northland for the annual Fungal Foray.

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A meal with your mail?

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:15:00 +1200

New Zealand Post is branching out from delivering your parcels and post, to delivering hot meals.

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Complexity - six months of Kaikōura earthquake science

Thu, 11 May 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Six months after the destructive magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, scientists are still unravelling what happened during this very complex seismic event.

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This Way Up - Saffron

Thu, 11 May 2017 15:35:00 +1200

Saffron costs more than gold- anywhere from 10 to 30 dollars a gram. This Way Up's Simon Morton met Graham Strong of Wynyard Estate Saffron, who's growing high end saffron in Central Otago.

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The Expats: Corinne Ambler in Suva

Thu, 11 May 2017 15:20:00 +1200

Corinne Ambler is based in Suva where she works for New Zealand Red Cross covering emergencies across the Pacific.

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Short Story Club for Thurs 11th May

Thu, 11 May 2017 15:06:00 +1200

Claire Mabey and Jesse discuss Damien Wilkens story, The World of Children's Books. Email us your thoughts on the story.

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Mary Holm: Investment risks Part 2

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:17:00 +1200

In a four-part series, Mary talks about the risks described in the newly updated Upside Downside - a guide to risk for savers and investors. In this session: too complicated, too much borrowing, not diversifying.

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Theatre Critic: Michael Hooper

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:08:00 +1200

Today's theatre critic is former broadcaster and journalist Michael Hooper who has been to see The Auckland Theatre Company's latest production at the new ASB Waterfront Theatre.

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Favourite Album: Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan (c) 1965

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:46:00 +1200

Highway 61 Revisited is the sixth studio album by the poet-laureate of 60's pop, Bob Dylan. It's named for the main road which once stretched from the Canada-US border through Dylan's home town of Duluth, Minnesota, all the way down to New Orleans. The route passed near the birthplaces of Muddy Waters and Elvis Presley and was long associated with blues legends Bessie Smith and Robert Johnson who is alleged to have sold his soul to the devil at the highway's crossroads with Route 49.

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NZ manufacturing's skill shortage

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:40:00 +1200

It may not be perceived as glamorous, but if you’re looking for a well-paid job, with world travel prospects, manufacturing is crying out for people, its peak body says.

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Foreign Buyers 'On the Rise'

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:31:00 +1200

Luxury real estate agency Sotheby's is reporting a record-breaking year, with a 65 per cent increase in sales volume on the year prior. And they say, it's due to an increasing interest in luxury properties from overseas buyers. So who is buying, what are they buying and where? NZ Sotheby's International Realty managing director, Mark Harris, explains.

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Paihia to get its first ever traffic lights

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:23:00 +1200

The small Bay of islands town of Paihia is about to get its first ever set of traffic lights, and some locals are not happy.

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The Music of Moana

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:12:00 +1200

Last night the 2017 Music Managers Awards were announced. And Julie Foa'i won the New Zealand Music Commission International Achievement award for her work with Te Vaka. Julie licensed 13 songs to the film Moana. The album reached number two on the Billboard top 200 albums charts, number one in New Zealand and was nominated for an Oscar.

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Questions for a world on the verge of change

Wed, 10 May 2017 15:08:00 +1200

Epochal change is coming and we are asking the wrong questions and looking in the wrong direction, David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy magazine argues.

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Bookmarks with Judge Carolyn Henwood CNZM

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:29:00 +1200

Carolyn Henwood was one of the first women to be appointed a district court judge, she's a trustee of The Henwood Foundation whose mission is to establish effective strategies for young offenders, she chairs the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service and is a founding member of Wellington's Circa Theatre and the Theatre Artists Charitable Trust.

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Music Critic Simon Sweetman

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:20:00 +1200

Simon previews the posthumously released Graham Brazier album "Left Turn at Midnite."  The tracks were all laid just prior to the singers unexpected death from a heart attack in September, 2015 and finishing the album has been a struggle for his long-time friend, producer Alan Jansson. Brazier's long-time friend Kelly Addis organised funding for the album.  A lot of money was raised from fans and those who were at university with Graham and are now CEOs of big companies.   When asked to help by Addis there was no hesitation. Simon also has a track from the latest Robert Cray album recorded with the Hi Records rhythm section in Memphis. Only three songs on the album are credited to Cray, others are from Tony Joe White, Mack Rice, Bill Withers and others.

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Threatened Species Strategy

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:09:00 +1200

The government has outlined its plan to deal with what it calls, New Zealand's 'unenviable record of extinction'. The draft Threatened Species Strategy is designed to halt the decline of New Zealand's threatened species and restore them to healthy populations. Dr Mike Dickison is curator of natural history at the Whanganui Regional Museum. He's at Te Papa at the moment and he's been looking at the document.

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Favourite Album: Portishead - Dummy

Wed, 10 May 2017 13:43:00 +1200

Dummy is the debut album by English band Portishead, released in the UK on 22 August 1994. It's credited with popularising the trip-hop genre.

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Sound Archives: radio ads from the 50's

Wed, 10 May 2017 13:33:00 +1200

The 1950's were the heyday of radio, which had the New Zealand airwaves all to itself until television came along in 1960. That meant it was a golden era for radio when it came to advertising - the commercial stations were still all state-owned and turning a hefty profit for the government. In today's visit to the sound archives of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision Sarah Johnston is bringing us some radio commercials from that era - which you can hear on their "Sellebration" exhibition of historic radio and TV advertising.

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Reconnecting at risk youth through music and arts

Wed, 10 May 2017 13:27:00 +1200

Musician, Marcus Powell, is the former guitarist for Blindspott and is now guitarist with City of Souls. Though he's had real success with his bands, Marcus is also the founder and chief executive of a charity that mentors at-risk Auckland youth - the Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa.

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The Future of Doctors' Rooms

Wed, 10 May 2017 13:13:00 +1200

A leading health IT expert says clinics and doctors' rooms as we currently know them, will become things of the past. And health facilties in the future, won't have any patients in them, but will be designed purely for clinicians and support staff. Scott Arrol is from NZ Health IT and he says, from a clinical point of view, doctors or nurses don't need to be in front of patients to maintain their health. Jesse discusses the future of healthcare facilities with Scott, and Mr Andrew Connolly, the chairperson of the Medical Council of New Zealand, and general surgeon, head of department at Middlemore Hospital.

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Kory Stamper: A Love Letter to Dictionaries

Tue, 09 May 2017 15:07:00 +1200

Kory Stamper is responsible for adding "bodice-ripper" to the Webster dictionary. She argues that the job of lexicographer today is not to be the "word police" but rather to keep tabs on the way language is changing.

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The spy boss who loves indie

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

Andrew Hampton is an expert on American indie rock of the 80s and 90s. He also happens to be the director of the Government Communications Security Bureau.

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Book Critic: Claire Mabey

Tue, 09 May 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Claire Mabey talks about the Auckland Writers Festival and the big name guests attending.

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Favourite Album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Tue, 09 May 2017 13:47:00 +1200

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is Elton John's best selling album.

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Dan Slevin on Swedish Film

Tue, 09 May 2017 13:37:00 +1200

Our film guy Dan Slevin talks to us from Sweden, and talks about the Swedish film industry. And no, it's not all risque art house movies!

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Chris Kraus on I Love Dick and feminism's fourth wave

Tue, 09 May 2017 13:29:00 +1200

Chris Kraus's 1997 book I Love Dick is a semi fictional memoir which explores her obsession with an English critic called Dick. The book has now been made into a television series starring Kevin Bacon.

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The 'Perils' of Resurrecting Extinct Species

Tue, 09 May 2017 13:17:00 +1200

Are we at risk of entering a re-extinction vortex?

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