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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.


The world inside our skin

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:07:00 +1200

Why do our tummies rumble? Do vitamin supplements do anything? Is CrossFit bad for my back? These are the questions medical doctor and senior editor at the Atlantic James Hamblin gets all the time. So he set out to answer the top questions about bodily functions in a series of videos and now a book, If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body. It's a field guide to the fascinating world inside our skin.

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Child of Syria - Katia's story

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +1200

Katia Rostem Agha fled Syria with her parents in 2012 after attending demonstrations with her school friends that prompted government security forces to hunt them down. She was just thirteen at the time. Now Katia's story has been retold in a series of children's story books; a collaborative project between the Make Foundation and the children of Island Bay School. Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in Wellington to learn more.

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Expert Feature: The Future of AI

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:32:00 +1200

More and more systems are becoming autonomous - not just self driving cars. So how do we deal with this new world, the practicalities, the ethics and avoid the potential pitfalls? Dr Ian Watson is a science author and expert on AI and computing, he is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland.

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Hidden Talent: John Wright

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:18:00 +1200

Former Black Caps opening batsman and one time New Zealand Cricket captain John Wright reveals his hidden talent for writing and singing songs. His debut album Red Skies was recorded over a two year period and he speaks to Jesse from his home in Mumbai, India.

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Television Critic: Alex Casey

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:08:00 +1200

TV critic and television editor at The Spinoff, Alex Casey, reviews Screaming Reels, Detroiters, Girlboss and Fargo.

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Favourite Album - Mezzanine by Massive Attack

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:44:00 +1200

Mezzanine is the third studio album by English trip hop group Massive Attack, released on 20 April 1998 by Virgin Records.

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Ashton Brown: Anxious to Meet You

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:39:00 +1200

Writer and comedian Ashton Brown finds humour in the things that many of us keep hidden - his battle with anxiety and depression. His new show for the Comedy Festival is called Anxious to Meet You. He talks about why he uses his personal experience and humour to normalise conversations about mental health.

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The 'Queen of Riverstone Castle'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:26:00 +1200

She's most well-known for her warm-heart, bright pink hair and perseverance in building her dream castle. Dairy farmer and entrepreneur Dot Smith, is the 'Queen of Riverstone Castle'. And she's nearly completed her childhood dream just north of Oamaru.

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Virtual Tour of First World War Tunnels

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

The University of Otago is looking to give the public a 'virtual tour' of The First World War tunnels in Arras in France. The large underground system was secretly dug by the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company. It came complete with electric lights, kitchens tunnels and even a light rail network. At one point the tunnels, which were named after new Zealand towns, were home to nearly 10,000 troops in the lead up to the Battle of Arras. The University was originally funded to survey the tunnels using LIDARRAS Lazer Scanning Equipment - to preserve and document them - they used this alongside 360 degree photos. Once they realised what they had in terms of resource they have now in the planning stages of creating a 'virtual tour' so the public and see the vast network of tunnels for themselves.

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Critter of the Week: the Mecodema ground beetle

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:26:00 +1200

Nicola Toki, DoC's endangered Species Ambassador tells us all about the NZ ground beetle. New Zealand has about 430 known species of Ground Beetle, all species of endemic NZ ground beetle are flightless. The genus Mecodema includes the largest ground beetles in New Zealand.

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Dan Gillett on natural wine

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:16:00 +1200

Dan Gillett runs the Scotch Bar in Blenheim and has an interestin Natural wines.

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Julie Biuso: achieving a perfect roast chicken

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:06:00 +1200

Julie Biuso has tips for achieving a perfect roast chicken, and also shares a recipe for roast chicken with tarragon and roasted grapes.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:08:00 +1200

Richard reviews Loving and Their Finest

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Go Ahead Caller - Ser 5, Ep 2 by Paul Casserly

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +1200

Ken hits back over a lack of diversity complaint and gets a call from a well bred Christchurch lady who has a bone to pick. Features Paul Casserly, Toi Iti, Toni Potter

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Favourite album: Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:42:00 +1200

Sticky Fingers is the 9th British and 11th American studio album by the English rock band The Rolling Stones. It was released in April 1971

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New encounters with the South Island Kōkako

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:35:00 +1200

The now $10,000 reward for spotting the the long-believed extinct South Island Kōkako has resulted in around 50 reports of possible encounters.

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World Masters Games 2017

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:27:00 +1200

The World Masters Games 2017 is underway with competitions in badminton, baseball, canoeing, softball and swimming starting this morning. It's the world's largest multi-sport event, with about 28,000 participants. Jennah Wootten is the chief executive of the World Masters Games 2017.

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Making Underwater Robots

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

A team of three Auckland kids is taking on the USA in an underwater robot competition next month.

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Leaving Kaikōura for good

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:09:00 +1200

Belinda Girl has lost her home and business after the November Kaikōura earthquake. She's nominated 'The Boy from New York City' by Manhattan Transfer to cheer her up.

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The Sound Lab

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:07:00 +1200

Wyatt Page is concerned that the noisy world we live in and our increasing use of loud headphones is bad for our hearing.

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This Way Up: Learning Arabic

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:37:00 +1200

More than 300 million people around the world speak Arabic, but it's a badly under-represented language online and that's posing problems for people studying and teaching in many parts of the world. Now a local tech project is aiming to position New Zealand as a 'digital Switzerland', and make Arabic academic materials easier to find, to access, and to share. This Way Up's Simon Morton met Rochelle Stewart-Allen and the team from ADRI.

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The Expats: A Kiwi in the Cairngorms

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:25:00 +1200

Kirsten Gilmour is originally from rural Southland, and now runs The Mountain Cafe in a remote part of Scotland. She has just published The Mountain Cafe Cookbook - A Kiwi in the Cairngorms.

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Short Story Club

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

The story for this week is Fishing Boy by Bonnie Etherington.

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The History of "Flood Ravaged" New Zealand

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:32:00 +1200

Parts of NZ have just experienced serious flooding. This is nothing new. NZ's history is permeated by flooding events, some of which have caused loss of life. We often hear the term 'flood-ravaged' used in relation to some areas. Grant Morris, our regular historian, from Victoria University asks what it means to be part of NZ that has been historically 'flood-ravaged'.

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Alternative medicine: quackery or therapy?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:16:00 +1200

There is a perception that alternative or complementary medicines are safe. Is this the case? 

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Theatre Critic - Nik Smythe

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:08:00 +1200

Nik Smythe reviews Olive Copperbottom featuring the multi-personalities of Penny Ashton. The show is on, as part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, at Auckland's Basement Theatre Studio, and plays at Circa Two in Wellington from May 10th.

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Great Album: Kind of Blue (Miles Davis)

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:43:00 +1200

Today's Great Album is, according to some sources, the biggest selling jazz record of all time. And although there is some dispute over exact figures, most critics agree that it is jazz's greatest record. Kind of Blue was recorded in 1959 by the legendary Miles Davis and, in 2003, was ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. To help us delve more deeply into this masterpiece is Jazz aficionado and the Publisher at Victoria University Press, Fergus Barrowman.

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Gaylene Preston: My Year With Helen

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:28:00 +1200

Filmmaker Gaylene Preston has just spent a year with Helen Clark at the UN, and a new documentary My Year With Helen is the result.

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Using synthetic cannabis is 'playing Russian roulette'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +1200

People are better off smoking natural cannabis than playing Russian roulette with synthetics, the director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation says.

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First song: Revere perform live

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:10:00 +1200

The finalists for the 2017 Pacific Music Awards were announced last night. One of the groups vying for a win is R&B/Gospel trio Revere, who perform our first song live today.

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Professor Caveman

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:08:00 +1200

They call him professor caveman. Bill Schindler, is teaching lessons from 200 millennia ago to millennials. He wants them to ditch the smartphones and comforts of modern life to live like Neolithic humans.

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Bookmarks: Chris Dobbs of Working Style

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:22:00 +1200

Chris Dobbs started working life, hawking shirts door to door. His burgeoning fashion empire took a great step forward when he progressed to selling items made by his mother's sewing circle in the town of Marton. Thirty years on his company employs 44 staff, working half a dozen stores around the country. Their high end suits, shirts and casual-wear are worn by many of our politicians, media celebrities and sporting heroes. Working Style has become almost a household name for quality and is another New Zealand fashion success story.

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Music Critic - Dianne Swan

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:09:00 +1200

Dianne Swann is our music critic today. She once played to an audience of 85,000 and, in a career spanning almost three decades, has signed to two international labels, recorded with English band Radiohead and had one of her songs chosen as single of the week by the prestigious New Musical Express. This afternoon Dianne wants to share with us, the new album from American singer/songwriter, and former new wave guitarist Aimee Mann.

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Favourite Album: Supertramp: Breakfast in America

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:46:00 +1200

Breakfast in America is the sixth studio album by the English rock band Supertramp. It was released in 1979 and hit number 1 in many countries including New Zealand.

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Sound Archives: Commercials from the 1940's

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:38:00 +1200

Too many apples, but not enough rubber or potatoes. Supply and demand problems caused by World War II feature in Sarah Johnston's look at historic radio ads from the 1940s, part of Sellebration - an online exhibition of advertising at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision.

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Spiders, Spiders Everywhere

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:31:00 +1200

What looks like a massive cobweb has been spotted in Bay of Plenty over the weekend. It's reported to look like it covers an area of about 30 meters, at Gordon Spratt Reserve in Papamoa, after many parts of the area suffered heavy rain and flooding. Dr Simon Pollard is a spider biologist at the University of Canterbury. He's here to shed some light on what people were seeing.

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School of Imagination

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:23:00 +1200

A new School of Imagination has opened at Sacred Heart College in Auckland. And some are calling it the creative model for the future. Former Split Enz'er, Mike Chunn, is the chief executive of the Play It Strange Charitable Trust. He's written about the new approach to creativity for The Spinoff.

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Suicide, Rape and 13 Reasons Why

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:15:00 +1200

A new Netflix show about teen suicide has been labelled as 'irresponsible, unsafe and unethical' by The Mental Health Foundation.

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How food affects mood

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

Rachel Kelly is on a strict diet, not for her physical well being, but for mental health. The former Times journalist has long struggled with depression. But she says nutrition and diet have changed her life.

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The finalists for the Taite Music Prize

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:26:00 +1200

The Taite Music Prize finalists for 2017 will assemble tonight at The Civic's Wintergarden in Auckland for the 8th annual event.  The Taite prize is named for one of New Zealand's most respected music journalists, the late Dylan Taite. To run through the finalists for this prestigious award is another equally respected journalist, Nick Bollinger.

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Book critic: Where music and literature connect

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

Book critic, Liz Langbrown on authors providing playlists to accompany their books.

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Favourite album: Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:45:00 +1200

It's hard to think of a much bigger album than the one we have for you today. For a start it's the 14th largest selling album in New Zealand - ever! Two Hundred, Thousand copies were sold here, enough to make it 14 times platinum, and it topped our album charts for eleven weeks.

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Five Came Back

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:37:00 +1200

Dan Slevin, RNZ's film guy, discusses the new Netflix documentary series Five Came Back, the story of five great directors from Hollywood's golden age who volunteered to serve in WWII as documentary makers.

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Sir Peter Snell hands over collection to Te Papa

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:31:00 +1200

New Zealand athlete Sir Peter Snell has officially hand over 14 items from his personal collection to Te Papa in Wellington.

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March for Science

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

Craig Stevens is president of the New Zealand Association of Scientists and an oceanographer from NIWA, who specialises in looking at just how the ocean works, and the role it plays in climate change. He's not an organiser of the 'March for Science' but has been asked to speak and will do so.

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To march or not to march?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:15:00 +1200

New Zealand will be one of the first countries to 'March for Science' on Earth Day, this Saturday. The March For Science NZ website, says 'We add our voices to the chorus, supporting US and international scientists who oppose recent political events that damage and undermine science and its use in the public interest'. And says it's a protest against the 'denial of established climate science', and the 'serious human rights violations that will follow from our continued inaction'. It also says it's a protest against the injustice of laws that exclude people from scientific communities on the basis of their country of birth, race, or religion. Dr John Pickering is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago, and a Senior Research Fellow in Acute Care in the Emergency Department of Christchurch hospital. He's written a blog on the motivation to march or not.

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The Coastwatcher legacy

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:07:00 +1200

The Coastwatchers were small groups of men posted to New Zealand's subantarctic islands during the Second World War to watch for enemy shipping. Ian Telfer visits one of their historic huts.

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This Way Up: Adults learning to ride a bike

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:35:00 +1200

Can you imagine learning to ride a bike as an adult? This Way Up's Simon Morton joined a group of refugees and new migrants at a recent women's cycling day.

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The Expats: Marian Fountain

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:24:00 +1200

A sculpture by NZ-born artist Marian Fountain was unveiled at Wellington Quarry Museum in Arras, France on 9 March. It recognises the 500 New Zealand tunnellers who worked in the Arras quarries between 1916 and 1917 and also the people of Arras who kept their graves.

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Short Story Club!

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:07:00 +1200

The first story is The Poet's Wife by Bill Manhire. Clare Mabey discusses it with Jesse. Email us your thoughts once you've read it! (Put Short Story Club in the subject line)

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Cyclone Cook: Bay of Plenty Update

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:57:00 +1200

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence has just held a press conference, at Bay of Plenty Regional Council office in Whakatane. RNZ's reporter, Adriana Weber, was there.

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Mary Holm: Why investing offshore is wise

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

Why investing offshore is wise rather than risky. For more information on this, Mary has updated her information booklet for the Reserve Bank, called Upside, downside a guide to risk for savers and investors.

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Podcast critic, Katy Atkin

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

This afternoon Katy looks at the latest podcast from Serial Productions and the This American Life editorial team. This groundbreaking podcast was downloaded more than 19 million times within the first week. The 7 x 1 hour episodes follow a tip about a possible murder coverup in the the small Alabama township of Woodstock. Central to the story is eccentric clock restorer named John B. McLemore, who, in recorded phone conversations, rants about the moral and cultural status of Woodstock, which he refers to as "S**t Town."

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Cyclone Cook: NZTA update

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:13:00 +1200

National Network Manager from the New Zealand Transport Agency, Chris Young.

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Cyclone Cook: Bay of Plenty

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

Sharon Brettkelly reports from Bay of Plenty which is being lashed by the cyclone.

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Great Album: Tracey Chapman

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:42:00 +1200

Tracy Chapman's self titled album from 1988.

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The origins of Dog

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:35:00 +1200

Ken Grace has been delving into the origins of many of our words and phrases for his blog "Friends, Romans, countrymen". The latest word he's looked at is "dog" which has some suprising origins.

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A Walk in My Shoes

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:27:00 +1200

Aucklander, Kate Chandulal is just 13 years old, but has already published a book. It's called A Walk in my Shoes - and it's about her life, which is quite different from the lives of most kids her age.

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Cyclone Cook: disruption update

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:17:00 +1200

The storm hasn't fully hit yet but already its causing a lot of disruption. Our producer Caitlin Cherry has more.

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Cyclone Cook: Lisa Murray from Metservice

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:17:00 +1200

We'll speak to reporters across the affected parts of the North Island throughout the show today, Lisa Murray is from Metservice.

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First song

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:10:00 +1200

For our first song we welcome back a couple of friends of the show. Hopetoun Brown are one of 19 acts hoping to play at this weekend's Waiheke Island Jazz Festival. They have just completed a seven date tour of the South Island and have a very busy week planned as finalists in this years Taite music prize

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Jim Gaffigan: fatherhood, laziness and food

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:07:00 +1200

As a father of 5 who embraces laziness and the middle age spread that comes with that, Jim Gaffigan was destined to be a comedian.

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Bookmarks with Royd Tolkien

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:29:00 +1200

Film Producer and Great Grandson of a famous author, Royd Tolkien is on a Quest. He is back in New Zealand to complete the bucket list his younger brother was unable to. Today he talks to Jesse about his adventures, his legacy, and his favourite Books, TV shows and Movies.

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Music Critic: Kate Robertson

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:13:00 +1200

Kate features a bit of pop today, reviewing All My Friends by Dermot Kennedy and 3AM (Pull Up) by Charli XCX feat. MØ

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Cyclone cook approaching Bay of Plenty

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:08:00 +1200

Sharon Brettkelly has the latest from Edgecumbe.

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Great Album: Rubber Soul by the Beatles

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:46:00 +1200

Rolling Stone called it "the album where the Beatles became the Beatles".

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Sound Archives: the start of radio advertising in NZ

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:35:00 +1200

Eighty years ago if you had tuned in to the radio in New Zealand you would have been hearing something pretty new - advertising on the radio. It began in 1936 when the government-owned Commercial Broadcasting Service hit the air. Nga Taonga Sound & Vision has just launched a new online exhibition of historic radio and television advertising through the years. Today Sarah Johnston is going to take us right back to when it all began.

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Waikato University Cuts - Professor Douglas Pratt

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:23:00 +1200

There's outrage at a proposal from Waikato University to cut its staff from its Arts and Social Sciences Faculty.

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Maggie Barry: Opening time capsule 'took some doing'

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:18:00 +1200

A mysterious time capsule discovered during construction work on Bowen Campus has been opened today.

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First song

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:10:00 +1200

Live music starts us off again this afternoon: Jonathan Roxmouth is a keyboard and vocal talent and one of the world's most experienced musical theatre exponents. Originally from South Africa, he's touring here with the latest production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

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Siouxsie Wiles on the end of antibiotics

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:06:00 +1200

Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles explores the looming crisis of antibiotic resistance and how it will impact New Zealand. She says time is running out to avoid living in a world where surgery would be life threatening and a stubbed toe could lead to a fatal infection.

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Delaney Davidson: Wandering minstrel

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:21:00 +1200

Delaney Davidson, part wandering minstrel, part traveling salesman (according to his own website) is our very special guest this afternoon as we feature his music and that of others in a theatre production "The Black Rider", featuring Delaney which will play in Christchurch from next week.

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Charlotte Graham reviews The Hate U Give

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:10:00 +1200

Charlotte Graham is reviewing the much-anticipated YA novel about Black Lives Matter, called The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and a new edition of The Changeover by Margaret Mahy. The Changeover has been republished with an introduction by Elizabeth Knox ahead of a new film adaptation coming out this year.

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Favourite Album - Rubber Factory

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:43:00 +1200

Rubber Factory is the third studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys. Chosen by Chris Eyes.

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Tech Talk: The Digital Divide

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:35:00 +1200

New Zealand rural customers have long complained about getting left behind while their urban cousins move into the 21st Century. In terms of mobile coverage and broadband, this has always been a big issue. While city folk got 3G and 4G mobile services, fibre to the home and access to Netflix, rural customers are often left without connectivity of any kind, including basic mobile phone coverage.

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'Take the Time to Talk'

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +1200

This week is 'Take the Time to Talk' Awareness Week. Its aim is to encourage Kiwis of all ages to share their life story and their wishes about what they want for their funeral. Katrina Shanks is the chief executive of The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand.

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Treating real world trauma with VR

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:16:00 +1200

Professor Albert (Skip) Rizzo of the University of Southern California is the world authority on using virtual reality in psychology and medicine.

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Jan Preston: In Session

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:09:00 +1200

Having broken both her wrists six months ago, virtuoso professional piano player, Jan Preston, is back playing again with metal inserts in her wrists. And the Boogie & Blues Piano player and singer is back over the ditch to pay us another visit.

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Hate speech vs Freedom of speech

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:30:00 +1200

Incidents like the attack in Huntly on Muslim woman Mehpara Khan and the case of Wellington College boys inciting rape on social media are prompting debate around the rights to freedom of speech. The Human Rights Commission (HRC )is asking police to collect “hate crime” data as part of their crime statistics but stopping short of asking for the law to be redefined. In a new episode of RNZ’s Voices podcast, producer Lynda Chanwai-Earle investigates what we mean by hate speech and hate crime and asks if policing it would have a negative impact upon free speech.

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Carrie Nugent: Asteroid Hunter

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:08:00 +1200

Every 50 years or so, one of the thousands of asteroids circling our sun sets off on a collision course with our planet. Carrie Nugent hunts those that might be heading this way.

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Richard Easther on the origins on the Universe

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:31:00 +1200

Our Monday expert today has a topic that's a bit bigger than most.. The universe.

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Television Critic Phil Wallington

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:20:00 +1200

Phil advances a conspiracy theory of his own which suggests the government and a powerful group of capitalists are hell-bent on turning the citizens of New Zealand into avid and mindless consumers. He cites the decline of TV journalism and the axing of jobs at TVNZ as examples. Phil also has a critical analysis of TVNZ's news coverage of the West Coast's Gloriavale community and compares it to Louis Theroux's movie on Scientology.

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"He was the greatest satirist in the english language"

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:08:00 +1200

Ross Stevenson, who co-wrote The Games with John Clarke, a satirical series which played in Australia ahead of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

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Hidden Figures - pies go sky high?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:31:00 +1200

We begin a new series this week, delving into some of the data held about kiwis and the way we live.

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Christchurch - our underground story

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:22:00 +1200

The author of a children’s book which explains the Christchurch rebuild is fundraising to have more copies printed after the first 1000 sold out in weeks.

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Critter of the Week: Spirit Liverwort (Frullania Wairua)

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

DOC's threatened species ambassdor, Nicola Toki tells us all about this very small and threatened plant which is only known from the canopy twigs of Rata Moehau.

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Wine with Joelle Thomson

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:18:00 +1200

Wine writer and tutor, Joelle Thomson talks about wines from the Wairarapa region.

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Food: Tim Banks on cooking lamb

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:07:00 +1200

The chef at Wellington restaurant Portlander talks about sourcing local produce and meat, and shares a recipe for Sous Vide 'Palliser Bay Station' Lamb Back Strap

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Go Ahead Caller - Ser 5, Ep 1 by Paul Casserly

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:15:00 +1200

Going nuclear. Ken talks up the idea and Gareth Morgan explodes. Features Paul Casserly

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Stories from the 9th Floor

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:08:00 +1200

RNZ's Guyon Espiner and Tim Watkin talk about their new podcast and video series, The 9th Floor, in which Guyon interviews 5 former New Zealand Prime Ministers.

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Favourite album - Legend by Bob Marley

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:42:00 +1200

NIWA weather forecaster, Chris Brandolino talks Bob Marley and rain!

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Farming sustainably

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:35:00 +1200

Hawkes Bay farmers, Greg and Rachel Hart last night won the farm forestry award at the Hawkes Bay Primary Sector Awards. They run a sheep and cattle station called Mangarara near Elsthorpe, where they run an eco lodge, grow organic veges and have a tree planting programme among other things

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More Evacuations in Edgecumbe Floods

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:31:00 +1200

RNZ reporter, Sharon Brettkelly, has the latest on the Edgecumbe flooding.

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US launches military strike on Syria

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:25:00 +1200

The US has launched missiles into Syria. We are joined by Washington correspondent Harry Horton.

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Some animals have innate sense of morality

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:14:00 +1200

A study has shown monkeys and dogs have a strong sense of fairness, and innate morality.

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Rediscovered - the New Zealand storm petrel

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 21:07:00 +1200

The Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust has been trying to solve the many mysteries of our smallest seabird, the New Zealand storm petrel, which breeds on Hauturu / Little Barrier Island.

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This Way Up

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:36:00 +1200

The Alinker is a radically different kind of mobility device. It's a walking tricycle without pedals- two bigger wheels at the front and a smaller one at the back- and a user sits upright and scoots along using their feet. This Way Up's Simon Morton meets Christine O'Sullivan, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a decade ago and recently brought her own Alinker into New Zealand.

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The Expats: Teaching kids coding in Madagascar

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:20:00 +1200

Sam Lucas has been living in Madagascar for the past year, where he has set up a foundation, Onja, to teach kids computer coding, to help them get their families out of poverty.

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