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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.


Southern island sanctuary for rare birds

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Putauhinu, one of the southern Tītī Islands, has become a remarkable rat-free sanctuary, gifting rare land birds to other islands.

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:26:00 +1200

Today Leo Browning, a PhD Candidate with the MacDiarmid Institute tells us about his thesis which involves manipulating nano-wires to make neural networks that behave like living neurons.

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Short Story Club 29th June

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:10:00 +1200

We discuss Butterflies by Patricia Grace. Email us your thoughts and the best emailer wins a copy of her recent novel, Chappy. And next week we will discuss a non-fiction short story; Ashleigh Young's Te Kuiti Underground

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How to avoid investment scams

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:16:00 +1200

Don't ever succumb to pressure when it comes to investing your money, says personal finance expert Mary Holm. She looks at the red flags which can help you spot and avoid scams.

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Great Live Album: James Brown live at the Apollo

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:48:00 +1200

Live at the Apollo by James Brown and the Famous Flames was recorded at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on the night of October 24, 1962 at Brown's own expense. It was released the following year and spent 66 weeks on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, peaking at number 2. In 2003, the album was ranked number 25 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and was also ranked as the number 1 live album in its 50 greatest live albums list. In 1998, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame

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Te Awamutu's Sharing Shed

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Sarah and Shaun O'Dea have started a sharing shed, to encourage the townspeople of Te Awamutu to start conversations and exchange goods. But getting the balance between givers and takers can be a bit of a challenge.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:31:00 +1200

Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo made crowdfunding history last year, by raising over a million dollars to create the children's book Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. 100 Tales Of Extraordinary Women. The book features 100 illustrated stories of inspiring women, in a bid to inspire girls to dream big.

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America's specialist food poisoning lawyer

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:24:00 +1200

As we reported earlier this week - there's a bit of fuss over new rules that prohibit restaurants from grilling medium-rare burgers. A visiting specialist food poisoning lawyer from the US, Bill Marler's first major food poisoning case in the US was defending people who became ill after eating burgers which weren't cooked properly. He has been litigating foodborne illness cases since 1993 - and has won more than 500 million US dollars for victims of food poisoning from the biggest US food companies. Bill Marler is in the country for a food integrity conference.

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The sexualisation of Socks

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:16:00 +1200

A Nelson College for Girls student wants to start a conversation about how and why the over-sexualisation of teenage girls occurs. And she's doing it by talking about long socks.

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Aging in a youth obsessed industry

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:10:00 +1200

After a lifetime of telling other people's stories as the President of HBO Documentary, Sheila Nevins is ready to get personal. She's produced a collection of essays about aging as a woman in an industry obsessed with youth.

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From chopping trees to saving them

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:30:00 +1200

Gary Coker has gone from chopping trees down to giving zip line tours through them. Gary Coker's the Conservation Manager at Canopy Tours in Rotorua which started in 2012 as a tourist attraction and quickly committed to eradicating predators to regenerate bird life in the trees.

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5G Rural Internet

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:20:00 +1200

The United Nations say connectivity to the Internet is a basic human right, however one-year on, it says half of the planet is not connected. Most of these users live in rural and low-income areas. But our next guest has been looking at a solution. Associate professor Jairo Gutierrez, from AUT's School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, has been looking at how a 5G network could work.

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Music Critic - Kate Roberston

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:15:00 +1200

Kate has two brand new albums to tempt us with today; LA based family band Haim, comprised of three sisters and another Californian three-piece outfit called Lany, formed by friends who all studied music in college and are multi-instrumentalists. The sisters playing in a covers band fronted by their parents and formed Haim in 2007. Their first album, "Days Are Gone" charted in several countries, and reached number-one in the UK, Haim was nominated for Best New Artist at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards and their second album is set to be released early next month

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Cyber Attack Reaches Australia

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:10:00 +1200

A ransomware attack rolling out across the globe has affected Australian offices of global companies. International law firm DLA Piper has told Australian employees it has been the victim of a "major cyber incident" overnight.

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Great Live Album: Stop Making Sense

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:40:00 +1200

Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads was released in 1984. It spent more than 2 years on the US billboard 200 chart and was a popular choice for a great live album to play. It could also pass as a great movie soundtrack, as the music is from the band's 1984 concert film, Stop Making Sense which was directed by Jonathan Demme.

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Taste Buds in Your Gut

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:25:00 +1200

Did you know you had taste buds in your gut, and they might be affecting everything from your mood, to how you react to spicy food? Professor David Julius is from the Physiology Department at the University of California. He looks into how signals are received and transmitted by the nervous system.

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Govt rejects call for forced adoption inquiry

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:15:00 +1200

A call for an inquiry into forced adoptions was rejected in Parliament yesterday. Maggie Wilkinson has been fighting a 30-year battle for the government to investigate the forced adoption of babies born to unwed mothers from the late 1950s to the 1980s. Her own daughter was taken from her in 1964 when she gave birth at St Mary's home for unwed mothers, which was run by the Anglican Church in Otahuhu.

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First song: Crying Woman - Holly Arrowsmith

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:08:00 +1200

Holly was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico but moved to Queenstown, New Zealand as a four year old. She is currently crowd funding for her second album and plays a track from it today to Kick start the show.

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Kevin Kelly: 'Don't be afraid of AI'

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:07:00 +1200

To create a future we'd want to live in we need a picture in our heads that isn't dystopian, says the founing editor of Wired magazine Kevin Kelly.

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Jackie Clarke celebrates stage songs

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:18:00 +1200

Music of the stage with singer and comedian and former Entertainer of The Year Jackie Clarke.

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Book critic: Steph Soper

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Regular contributor Steph, is the Marketing Communications Manager with the New Zealand Book Council and this week takes a closer look at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, including the HELL reading Challenge, now into its fourth year.

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Favourite album: Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:43:00 +1200

"Frampton Comes Alive" was at one point, was the biggest selling Live Album.

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Tech Talk with Paul Brislen

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:36:00 +1200

Has your iPhone been giving you the dreaded warning that your storage is almost full and you can't save anymore?You're not alone, says tech expert Paul Brislen. He talks to Jesse Mulligan about what's going on.

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Restoring Forest Life

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:23:00 +1200

Often conservation efforts focus more on our fauna than flora, a Hawke's Bay trust is doing both and doing it well.

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America's Cup a great example of Kiwi innovation

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:18:00 +1200

There's pretty much no chance of missing the fact we won the America's Cup this morning. Callaghan Innovation chief executive, Vic Crone says it's another example of New Zealand's innovation been taken to the world stage.

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Anika Moa - In Session

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:09:00 +1200

Anika Moa's Chop Chop Hiyaaa! Tour - Songs For Bubbas, is coming up for the school holidays in July. Anika performs live in the Auckland studio.

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'Better received, better treated and a better understanding of Māori'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:30:00 +1200

Voices - What would immigration in New Zealand look like if Māori were more involved in the process? Bridget Mills investigates.

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Boyan Slat: cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:08:00 +1200

Boyan Slat is just 22, but a man with a plan to clean up the so called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the roughly 700,000 square kilometres of plastic and other trash floating in currents between the West Coast of North America and Japan.

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Expert feature: Cleaning up Dairying

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:32:00 +1200

Agri-business consultant Alison Dewes says peak cows, peak water, peak manure and peak water have caused degradation and biodiversity loss in vulnerable landscapes. But she says there are things farmers can do to mitigate this.

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The Future of our Regions: Kapiti

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:19:00 +1200

Today we look at the Kapiti Region, which faces some unique challenges. More Kapiti Coasters are over the retirement age than in any other district or city in the country. It is also dealing with rapid population growth. David Webber is the Chair of the Kapiti Economic Development Leadership Group.

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Television Critic, Alex Casey

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Today Alex casts a critical eye over TVNZ's Sunday night drama "Apple Tree Yard" and the Debut of the new season of TV3's "The Block" which see's former cricketer Mark Richardson as one of TV3's most visible personalities.

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Great Live Album: Hot August Night

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:46:00 +1200

This week we feature great live albums, and so far the one we've had the most requests for is Hot August Night, by Neil Diamond.

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Hidden Figures: the price of food

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:42:00 +1200

Lillian Grace of Figure NZ tells us about changing food prices over time in NZ.

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Flourishing Friendships

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:35:00 +1200

Flourishing Friendships connects people with and without disabilities at social events in the Auckland area. Co-founder Diane Morris says she kept hearing from clients how hard it was to meet people and decided to take action.

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No more medium rare burgers

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:20:00 +1200

New MPI rules prohibit restaurants from grilling medium-rare burgers, and some chefs are not happy.

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Melodrama hits no. 1 on US charts

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:13:00 +1200

Lorde's continuing to make New Zealand music history - she's just become the first ever New Zealand artist to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 200 Album Chart. Henry Oliver a contributor for The Wireless says this is huge news.

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Go Ahead Caller - Ser 6, Ep 4 by Paul Casserly

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:40:00 +1200

Secret tapes from Todd Barclay's office, Colin Craig in a very personal lawsuit, and Winston advocates slapping for the good of the nation. Voices - Toni Potter, Cohen Holloway, Toi Iti, Paul Casserly Engineered for RNZ by Rangi Powick

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Critter of the Week: The Great White Shark

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:25:00 +1200

The White Pointer shark is the only marine fish in the Threatened Species Strategy. DoC's Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki shares what we know about these apex predators.

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The best homemade fish and chips ever

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:10:00 +1200

Julie Biuso reckons she has the best ever recipe for homemade fish and chips – she shares it with us.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Richard reviews Rosalie Blum and Churchill

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Favourite album: "Can't Buy A Thrill"

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:40:00 +1200

A debut album to pick some tracks from today. It was released in 1972, one of the first to be released in a four-channel quadraphonic format. "Can't Buy A Thrill" launched the careers of Walter Becker and Donald Fagan who remain the only two permanent fixtures of Soft Rock / Jazz Pop band Steely Dan.

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Pohutukawa an Aussie?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:35:00 +1200

The Aussies are saying the New Zealand Christmas Tree, Pohutukawa, may have originated in Australia. The research was published in the American Journal of Botany. And is based on two fossil species, found near St Helens in East Coast Tasmania, that are about 25 million years old. University of Adelaide researcher, and PhD student, Myall Tarran explains.

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Sniffer dogs join the search for Amelia Earhart

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +1200

It’s 80 years since aviator Amelia Earhart disappeared and another search to work out what happened to her is about to get underway using sniffer dogs.

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Other Aucklanders

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:15:00 +1200

Sixteen-year-old Antonia Smith has spent the past year on the streets, talking with some of the homeless of Auckland. The Rangitoto College student has compiled the thoughts and aspirations of 'streeties', and has started a website called Other Aucklanders. Antonia speaks with Jesse from school.

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Honey, I shrunk the lab

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:06:00 +1200

A lab-on-a-chip developed at the University of Canterbury is allowing biologists to measure the minute force generated by a single fungal thread.

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:25:00 +1200

Today we discuss Jeremy Anderson's thesis, which is called "Toxic Zombie Death Machines .. a love story. A Thesis about the Cat Problem in NZ".

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Short Story Club 22nd June

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:08:00 +1200

Today we discuss Bad to Worse by William Brandt

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The History of Quizzes in NZ

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:29:00 +1200

The 'quiz' is a long-standing part of NZ life. here have always been quizzes in our culture but not necessarily in a particularly structured way. We can see evidence of widespread, organised quizzes in early NZ newspapers. Victoria University historian Grant Morris looks back on the quiz in New Zealand and how television gave it a boost.

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Dr Jess Berentson Shaw: the pro's and con's of a UBI

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:16:00 +1200

Dr Jess Berentson Shaw of the Morgan Foundation is with us once again, today she is looking the idea of a Universal Basic Income, or UBI, which is the idea of ensuring a minimum standard of income for all people regardless of what they do. A trampoline for all as opposed to a safety net for some.

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Theatre Critic: Grant Hindin Miller

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:08:00 +1200

Script and Screenwriter, Novelist and Poet, Grant Hindin Miller reviews Ali Harper's solo performance in Court Theatre's current production of "Songs for Nobodies." Melbourne playwright Joanna Murray-Smith has created a tribute to five female musical legends who died way to soon: Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas, all played by Harper.

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Great album: Green Day. Dookie

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:48:00 +1200

Dookie is the third studio album by American band Green Day. It was released in 1994, and was a worldwide commercial success, reaching No. 2 on the US Billboard 200, and hitting number 1 in New Zealand and Australia.

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The Connon Girls: pioneers of womens' tertiary education in NZ

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:38:00 +1200

Helen Connon of Christchurch was the first woman in the British empire to gain a university degree with honours, in 1881. 15 years after her death Helen Connon Hall was opened at Canterbury University in 1918. It was a hostel for women students.

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Conscious Consumers showcased at London Tech Week

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:29:00 +1200

A Wellington tech company founder has just arrived back from the UK where the company was being showcased at London Tech week. Ben Glesiner's the CEO and co-founder of Conscious Consumers which he set up in 2011. The company's run by a group of like minded people who believe the purchasing power of conscious consumers can transform the way business operate and create change in the world. Ben joins Jesse to talk more about the company and being chosen by the government as one of eight New Zealand tech companies to go to the UK event last week.

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Mystery Surrounds Spate of Pet Thefts in Dunedin

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:20:00 +1200

Dunedin police are concerned that family pets are being 'stolen to order' after recent thefts of rabbits and guinea pigs. Jan Liggins runs the website Lost and Found Pets - Dunedin. And she's been compiling reports from people around the area.

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Labour Party Volunteers Rebel

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:16:00 +1200

Senior Labour Party officials have had to step in to deal with dozens of interns brought to New Zealand to work on the election campaign, after complaints about sub-standard living conditions. We get the latest from RNZ political reporter Mei Heron.

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The Pill

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:30:00 +1200

In 1961, the 'Pill' went on sale in New Zealand and women's lives were changed forever. The first truly reliable contraceptive, the Pill meant being able to control your fertility was now a matter of choice. But not everyone here in Godzone was judged worthy of making that choice. In this episode of Eyewitness, in 1966, Carol, as she wants to be known, was young, single, sexually active and in a hurry to be an adult. Produced by Justin Gregory.

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Gobi: the ultra-marathon dog

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:10:00 +1200

When ultra marathoner Dion Leonard set off on a 250km run across China's Gobi desert, he expected to do the grueling race by himself. But he had a companion. A little stray dog refused to leave his side and ran more than 100 kilometres across rough terrain to stay by Dion's side.

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Bookmarks: Bernie McCahill

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:30:00 +1200

Today's Bookmarks guest is former All Black Bernie McCahill.

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Music Critic: Dianne Swann

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:20:00 +1200

Singer, songwriter and one half of The Bads, who are performing on New Zealand Live in a couple of weeks - - - Dianne Swann is here with a brand new album for us to listen to today.

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Call to curb use of anti-bacterial chemicals

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:10:00 +1200

More than 200 scientists and medical professionals have called on the US Food and Drug Administration to restrict the use of anti-bacterial chemicals in personal care products.

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Great album: Living in the USA by Linda Ronstadt

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:45:00 +1200

Today's Great Album is from an artist who, over a five decade long career, has scored eleven Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, and an Emmy. She has released 30 studio albums selling sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

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Sound Archives: the 1930 Lions tour

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:35:00 +1200

On June 21st 1930, the All Blacks met a touring British side for their first test at Carisbrook in Dunedin. It was shocking weather with driving snow, but still a crowd of 28,000 people turned out.

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The increasing popularity of Yoga

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +1200

Of yoga was considered a sport - it would be the biggest one in terms of participation numbers.

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National MP Todd Barclay to leave Parliament at end of term

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:25:00 +1200

National MP Todd Barclay won't stand as a candidate for the 2017 election and will leave Parliament at the end of the term.

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Saving Penguins Through Kaitiakitanga

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:15:00 +1200

A leading penguin expert is changing the way we look at conservation. Professor John Cockrem, of Massey University, is making it his goal to help the world's smallest penguin flourish again around our coastline.

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West Side Story star performs "Maria"

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:10:00 +1200

Kevin Hack plays Tony in the next big stage production to hit Auckland - Westside Story. The production has it's gala premiere on Thursday night at The Civic.

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Outwitting the back pain industry

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:06:00 +1200

A back pain sufferer for years, journalist Cathryn Ramin decided to put her investigative reporting background to good use and delve into, what she calls, the back pain industry.

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The Truth about Classical Music

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:20:00 +1200

Davinia Caddy is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Music, University of Auckland. Her 2012 book "How To Hear Classical Music" was adapted for a radio series. Today we are discussing the authenticity of classical music as viewed through the lens of modern-day popular culture.

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Book critic: Pip Adam

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Pip talks about 'radical' books today. Radical in the sense that they reflect political movements or ideas that advocate thorough or complete political of social reform: What does political writing look like, and what's its purpose?

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Favourite album: Rocket to Russia - Ramones

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:48:00 +1200

Rocket to Russia is the third studio album by American punk band the Ramones. It came out on November 4, 1977 and reached number 49 on the US Billboard charts.

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Dan Slevin on rugby films

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:38:00 +1200

The British and Irish Lions are currently touring the country and film fans can join in the fun with plenty of films about rugby to keep us entertained between matches. Well, maybe not plenty but quite a few, and our regular Tuesday movie guy, Dan Slevin from RNZ Widescreen, has been checking them out.

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On a mission to feed the world

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:33:00 +1200

Beth Hampton is on a mission to feed our hungry planet .

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Rain, gales and snow on the way

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:25:00 +1200

Chris Brandolino from NIWA explains what is to come as winter plans a fresh assault on the country after the shortest day.

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Kepler Telescope finds 10 more earth like planets

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:17:00 +1200

The Kepler telescope has discovered 219 new planets - among them 10 which could possibly have the same potential as earth to support life. The latest research has been released by NASA and point to 10 exoplanets which are in the so called goldilocks zone. Dr Brad Tucker who's an astronomer at the Australian National University and is on his way to the US to work with NASA on the discovery talks to Jesse about the significance of the discovery and much closer we are to finding life on other planets.

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'If Shakti wasn't there I would be dead'

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:30:00 +1200

Wellington's Shakti Ethnic Women's Refuge is currently the only Shakti refuge that doesn't receive government funding. Lynda Chanwai-Earle visits a public meeting in Wellington to hear why it needs to be saved in order to save lives.

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The best and worst of human nature

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:10:00 +1200

Human rights lawyer Dexter Dias has seen the best and worst in human nature. He tells the stories of ten people from around the world who represent the best and worst in us.

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Expert feature: Monarch Butterflies

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:26:00 +1200

Did you know the monarch caterpillar will increase in size by 3 thousand times over two weeks as it devours the leaves of a swan plant, before transforming into a chrysalis? The monarch is a very well recognised butterfly, mainly because it is so common people's gardens. Jacqui Knight of the Monarch Butterfly Trust tells us all about these unique insects.

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Television Critic: Phil Wallington

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:09:00 +1200

A former TV Journalist and producer, Phil Wallington examines TVNZ's "What Next" and the Kiwi Survivor Series. He also looks at how easily social media can be manipulated, and what now for Fox News after Roger Ailes.

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Great Album - Together Alone by Crowded House

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:41:00 +1200

Together Alone is the fourth studio album by the band Crowded House. Geoff Simmons chats about this album between songs.

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London - 'Several hurt' as van hits pedestrians

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:34:00 +1200

A number of people have been injured after a van crashed into pedestrians in London, police say. Police were called to the incident on Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park. Our correspondent has the latest.

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Lorde Review

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:29:00 +1200

Kate Robertson reviews the new Lorde album.

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Statue for Colin Meads

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:22:00 +1200

A bronze statue of All Black legend, Sir Colin Meads, is about to be unveiled in Te Kuiti. Former All Black and team-mate, Bryan Williams is there.

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Napier dealing with increased begging

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:15:00 +1200

Napier is the latest city to struggle with how to deal with beggars on the streets.

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Critter of the Week: Dog Vomit Slime Mold

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:30:00 +1200

The dog vomit slime mold is a plasmodial slime mold that eats bacteria that breaks down dead things. DoC's Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki says some old horror movies had creatures inspired by slime molds!

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Beer with Steve Jeffares

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:18:00 +1200

Steve is the founder of the GABS beer and cider festival which kicks off in Auckland today.

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Food: Spice Temple

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:08:00 +1200

The chefs at one of the country's top restaurants are getting some curry cooking lessons from their regular fruit supplier.

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New CEO for Predator Free NZ

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:21:00 +1200

Jesse talks to the newly appointed CEO of Predator Free NZ, Ed Chignell about the challenge of ridding New Zealand of our most damaging introduced predators - possums, rats and stoats - by 2050.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Richard reviews The Passion of Augustine and Pecking Order.

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Go Ahead Caller - Ser 6 Ep 3 by Paul Casserly

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +1200

No smoking in the armed forces - really? And is the taxpayers' union a real force or just a lot of hot air? Voices by Toni Potter and Paul Casserly Studio engineering Rangi Powick (RNZ)

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Great Movie Soundtrack: The Big Chill

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:45:00 +1200

It's the last of our great movie soundtracks and we thought we'd go out with a bang! The Big Chill was released in 1983, and featured soul and R&B hits from the 60's and 70's

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Moth Art Charity Auction

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:32:00 +1200

Art science and Te Reo are behind a Dunedin charity auction tonight raising money for a group of kura kaupapa students to attend an academic conference in Canada later next month. The Aihuka Art Auction gets underway tonight at the Otago musuem and features works of art with moths as the students going to the conference are presenting their work "Science through an indigenous lens - a moth study." A number of well known Dunedinites have contributed to the art on display as well as well know scientists from around the country. There is also a give a little page raising money for the trip. Dr Barbara Anderson is the driving force behind the project and talks to Jesse about their goal tonight.

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Backing up life

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:22:00 +1200

An Australian professor has some interesting theories about what might happen if we're no longer here as a species and what would happen here on planet earth. The Queensland University of Technology academic has published an article exploring how we "back-up" mankind- in the same way we back up a computer. Jonathan Roberts is Professor in Robotics and has put some thought into where we store our back up and what should be included. He talks to Jesse about what we should do to prepare for humans as a species being wiped out.  

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New National Park Campaign Launched

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

A campaign to create another National park has been launched today by Federated Mountain Clubs.They are wanting to have a an area in the Otago Southland high-country near Queenstown turned into the Remarkables National Park.The proposal is a long-held dream of conservationists and recreationalists, notably Sir Alan Mark, who was one of the first to see the beauty and the botanical richness in the high-country tussock landscapes.Federated Mountain Clubs President, Peter Wilson talks to Jesse about their campaign.

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Insects remarkably preserved in New Zealand amber

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:07:00 +1200

Amber is beautiful to look at - and it is also an incredible window into the prehistoric past.

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This Way Up: Cycling Without Age

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:35:00 +1200

Take one trishaw - which is a little bit like a tricyle but with two wheels at the front. Then add two passengers and a volunteer driver and get out in the fresh air for a pedal! That's the essence of Cycling Without Age, a movement that started in Denmark 5 years ago and now has over 1,000 trishaws operating in 30 countries around the world. Here in New Zealand a large retirement village operator called Arvida is giving it a go, and there are plans to expand Cycling Without Age to community centres and marae across the country.This Way Up's Simon Morton visits a retirement community in Rotorua to find out if cycling could be the one of the keys to a happier and healthier old age.

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Tell Me About Your Thesis

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

Today Melissa Marquez tells us about her thesis on Chondrichthyans (sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras), which are a common by-catch in the fishing industry.

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Short Story Club 15th June

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:07:00 +1200

We discuss Double Helix by Eileen Merriman.

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Mary Holm: Investment Risks Part 4

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:16:00 +1200

Mary continues her series on investment risks, today, being confident about your ability to trade investments or time markets.

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Theatre Critic: Te Puhi at Herald Theatre: Auckland

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:08:00 +1200

Fine arts student Nikau Hindin reviews Cian Elyse Waiti's homage to Maori beauty queens; Maureen Kingi, Moana Manley and Keita White. Set in the early 1960's it follows the journey made by the fictitious Te Puhi Johnson after she is crowned Miss New Zealand, Te Puhi explores themes around what it is to be successful, from a Maori perspective, and it became a finalist for Best Play in the 2016 Playmarket Adam Awards.

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Great Movie Soundtrack: Romeo and Juliet (1996)

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:42:00 +1200

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack to the 1996 film of the same name.

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