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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.


Touchstone - a community project for Lake Wanaka

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:06:00 +1300

Lake swimmers, the local primary school and neighbouring farmers have joined together to look after water quality in Lake Wanaka.

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Anxious parents creating anxious kids

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:08:00 +1300

Lynn Lyons has been working with anxious kids and their families for decades. She says too often the things we do to try to reduce anxiety actually make it worse.

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Bookmarks with Stephen Daisley

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:29:00 +1300

Author Stephen Daisley is the current Randell Cottage writing fellow in Wellington. He was born and raised in Raetihi where his parents ran a pub, he's been in the New Zealand army, worked as a bush cutter, truck driver, bartender, shearer, station hand.

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Music critic Colin Morris

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:11:00 +1300

Colin talks about two albums in the Retro Swing style: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Juxebox and Electro Carousel Club Night by Dr Cat.

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Great album: Aretha Franklin, Lady Soul

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:46:00 +1300

Lady Soul is the fourteenth studio album by Aretha Franklin and was released on January 22, 1968 by Atlantic Records.

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Sound Archives: NZ's endangered birds

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:35:00 +1300

Voting for New Zealand's Bird of the Year is open at present - with the winner being announced next Tuesday. In today's visit to the sound archives of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision Sarah Johnston is going to play us some sound recordings about our endangered native birds and their demise and recovery.

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Sowing the seed for conspiracies: JFK assassination

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:27:00 +1300

The National Archive in the United States is legally obliged to release the remaining documents from CIA and FBI investigations into the assasination of John F Kennedy.

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A lot less sea ice could mean a lot less research

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:21:00 +1300

NIWA's Natalie Robinson is off t with her research team next week to look at sea crystals.o Antarctica But satellite pictures suggest there's a lot less sea ice around the McMurdo Sound, which could force the team to set up at Scott Base and travel daily to their research site. That could seriously hamper the amount of research Dr Robinson and her team could get done.

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Politics: Government announcement gets closer

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:15:00 +1300

How close are we to an announcement following coalition talks? Deputy Political Editor Chris Bramwell has the latest.

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Why the pursuit of pleasure is making us sad

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:08:00 +1300

Dr Robert Lustig says corporations are only too happy to increase our appetite for things that feed our dopamine-based pleasure and reward system - from sugar to cellphones. And it's making us miserable.

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Music Feature: Jazz from unexpected places

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:19:00 +1300

Jazz has taken Dave Wilson from Chicago to all over the world. From Los Angeles to Macedonia. Now he's in New Zealand teaching what he loves to students at Victoria University's Jazz School.

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Book critic James Russell

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:09:00 +1300

James Russell discusses three new children's books.

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Great album: Actor

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:47:00 +1300

'Actor' is the second album by musician St. Vincent, released by 4AD on May 4, 2009, in the United Kingdom and a day later in the United States.

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How to get more Maori and Pasifika into leading business roles

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:40:00 +1300

Did you know that Just 17 percent of New Zealand's top 60 firms have an executive that identifies as non-European, and there isn't one NZX listed company with a Maori or Pasifika CEO.

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#MeToo campaign picking up pace

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:28:00 +1300

An online campaign to show the extent of abuse, attacks and harassment women has taken off on social media.

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Warnings against using WIFI anywhere

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:15:00 +1300

People are being warned not to use passwords or online banking over any wi-fi connection. A flaw has been discovered in the system that protects wi-fi networks from being hacked and attackers may be able to read data that goes between a device and the router by which it connects to the internet.

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Give it a go! It's Chinese Language Week

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:30:00 +1300

New Zealanders talk about why they're choosing to learn more about Chinese language and culture.

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The Lost Art of Sleep

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:06:00 +1300

Writer and former Jesuit priest Michael McGirr has been on a quest to find a way to get more sleep. He explores what's going on in our bodies when we sleep and what happens if we don't get enough - and how some of our  greatest achievers, like Shakespeare and Thomas Edison negotiated the world without enough sleep!

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Expert feature: the Church in NZ

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:38:00 +1300

Today's expert is religious historian Peter Lineham who's book Sunday Best has just been released looking at the role the church has played in New Zealand.

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Television Critic Jane Bowron

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:08:00 +1300

Reviewing 'The Nineties' and 'My Mother and Other Strangers'.

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Hidden Figures about Great Barrier Island

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:43:00 +1300

Lillian Grace from on the figures held about Great Barrier Island - which is north of the Coromandel Peninsula, 90km from downtown Auckland.

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Great album: Nightclubbing

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:42:00 +1300

'Nightclubbing', by Grace Jones.

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Bleed for You: tampons for change

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:35:00 +1300

Vanessa Alexander's organisation home-delivers organic, chemical-free tampons, with 50 percent of profits going to charities that support women.

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How to deal with contradictory scientific information

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:26:00 +1300

It's not news that scientists don't always agree. So how do non-scientists work out who to believe and what advice to follow? Rainer Bromme talks about how to navigate scientific disputes.

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Vodafone/Sky announcement reaction

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:15:00 +1300

Vodafone will offer a one-stop set top box including broadband internet, pay and free-to-air TV channels as well as the ability to subscribe to online services like Netflix.

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Critter of the Week

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:26:00 +1300

DoC's threatened species ambassador Nicola Toki tells us about the Wrybill. It's the only bird in the world with a laterally-curved bill! You can also vote for this little creature in Forest and Bird's Bird of the Year competition.

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You paw thing

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:16:00 +1300

Animal behaviour expert Clare Browne gives advice on wayward dogs.

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Fermented comfort food

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:07:00 +1300

Fermentation is more an art than a science, says Australian wholefood chef Holly Davis. She shares a recipe for Celtic speckled tea loaf from her new book Ferment: A Practical Guide to the Ancient Art of Making Cultured Foods.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:08:00 +1300

Richard reviews Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The Mountain Between Us

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Great album: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:48:00 +1300

Lucinda Williams - Car wheels on a gravel road.

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Breaking into the literary world of teen sci-fi

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:38:00 +1300

The teen book game is a huge market, the number of young adult fiction books published has more than doubled in the last decade. Not to mention the movies... Now a kiwi author, has broken into that market with her sci-fi novel Air Born - and she's just signed off the rights for a screen adaptation of it. And it all started after Jessica Pawley self published an e-book, where she gained a huge fanbase of teens.

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A new blue!

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:29:00 +1300

Blue cheese is one of those foods that people either love or hate. Those who love it are continually searching for more pungent, more intense blue vein. Normally when we think of cheese making we think of France but very soon there'll be a new blue on the market, the cheese not only made here but the mould itself uncovered in the Mackenzie district. The unique blend is the only one of its kind in Australasia and it was created after cheese makers took part in what's been called "culture bio-prospecting". Simon Berry, chief executive of Whitestone Cheese and one of the team that made this discovery, tells us more.

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The family living plastic-free

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:18:00 +1300

Rachel Benefield's family of five hasn't bought single-use plastic for six months. After attending a talk on zero-waste living, Rachel tried to do her first plastic-free grocery shop and hasn't looked back since.

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First song: Mile 12 perform live

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:10:00 +1300

5 piece bluegrass band Mile 12 perform our first song live. They start their NZ tour tonight. The band hails from Boston and includes kiwi banjo player Catherine (BB) Bowness.

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ECLIPSE - getting ready for a supervolcano eruption

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:07:00 +1300

An $8-million research programme to better understand the Taupo supervolcano and prepare the community for an eruption has just begun.

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:34:00 +1300

Mohamed Alansari tells us about his thesis titled Social-Psychological Factors and Tertiary Learning Environments: Student Perspectives, Measures and Influences. Mohamed developed a questionnaire for tertiary students and was able to create a model explaining why some students are more motivated and achieve more than others.

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Short Story Club - October 12th

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:10:00 +1300

We discussed Yoot by Juliet Jackson with Mark Houlahan of Waikato University

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The history of video games in NZ

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:34:00 +1300

New Zealand's love affair with gaming started when Pong arrived in the '70s and changed forever when the PlayStation landed in '94, says historian Grant Morris.

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Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:17:00 +1300

Dr Jess Berentson Shaw is a science researcher at the Morgan Foundation. Today she discusses how we measure poverty and whether there are better ways to do this.

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Tech talk with Paul Brislen

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:08:00 +1300

Paul talks about the privacy implications of hacked servers. Domino's New Zealand have been hacked and now customers are getting email spam. Should companies be forced to report such breaches?

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Great album - I Put a Spell on You

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:46:00 +1300

Nina Simone's 1965 album 'I Put a Spell on You'.

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Tom Larkin - supporting musicians with mental illness

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:33:00 +1300

New Zealand musician and music manager, Tom Larkin of the band Shihad has been spearheading efforts to provide support for musicians suffering mental health issues both here and in Australia where he is based. This lead to the creation of The New Zealand Music Foundation Wellbeing Service last year. Now the Australian music organisation Support Act has just announced it will launch a helpline there for those in the music industry in Australia who are experiencing mental health problems.

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Helping the community after you're gone

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:26:00 +1300

There's a new way to give to charity that's gaining popularity, one that sets money aside especially for your community. Community foundations have been around in cities all over the world for years but it's only in the last decade or so they've taken off here. In Tauranga alone, there's a foundation that has $150 million coming to it - gifted from local people's Wills. We spoke to the man behind that foundation, local lawyer Bill Holland.

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Climate change driving migration

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:12:00 +1300

The weather and climate is the most important factor in migration, ahead of even income and political freedom. Research here in New Zealand has found, for the first time, that the effects of climate change are not only driving people to move country but its actually the number one reason. Otago University economics researcher Dr Dennis Wesselbaum crunched the numbers of international migration figures to come to this conclusion.

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Yotam Ottolenghi reveals his sweet side

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:08:00 +1300

The Israeli-British chef and restauranteur worked with one of the best bakers he knows, Helen Goh, on the new cookbook Sweet, which includes recipes for 'Ottolenghified' Anzac biscuits and pavlova.

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Bookmarks: Vaughan Rapatahana

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:22:00 +1300

Writer Vaughan Rapatahana talks to Jesse Mulligan about existentialism, Pawn Stars and the snacks at Phil Goff's 13th birthday party – and shares his favourite books and songs.

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Music critic - Kate Robertson

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:09:00 +1300

Songs - 'Best Of Me' by the artist BTS off the album Love Yourself: Her and 'December' by the artist Yumi Zouma off the album Willowbank.

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Great album - Middle Cyclone

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:50:00 +1300

'Middle Cyclone' by Neko Case.

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Mental Health help on the East Coast

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:39:00 +1300

It's Mental Health Awareness week, an annual week dedicated to highlighting a problem that effects nearly 50 per cent of kiwis at least once in their lifetime. Our next guest spends her days caring for some of those in need. Claudia Maaka is a clinical youth worker in Te Puia springs. She's spent 14 years supporting young people who suffer from illness and addiction. She has a dream to end suicide in her community.

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Giving a face to a Mummy

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:28:00 +1300

A Egyptian mummy that's lived at Otago Museum for more than 100 years has just been given a face. Thanks to modern science, University of Otago researchers were able to give the mummy .. who lived around 2400 years ago, a facial construction. Through a combination of a 3D model, clay, silicon and a wig made from human hair, her features were re-created. Researcher Dr Louisa Baillie talks us through the process.

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Alcohol in supermarkets targets kids

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +1300

Kiwi kids are hit with alcohol messaging nearly every time they go to the supermarket. New research has found children are exposed to marketing for beer and wine 85 per cent of trips to the grocery store, despite rules tightening around what can be shown. The booze is also advertised near everyday items like bread and milk, suggesting buying alcohol is normal, which has lead to calls for alcohol sales to be banned in supermarkets all together. The study's author, Otago University's Tim Chambers, tells us more.

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Justin Townes Earle in session

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:10:00 +1300

Our first song is being performed live today by a bit of a musical legend - Nashville raised musician, Justin Townes Earle, who is in Auckland for The Southern Fork Americana Fest. He's got the music pedigree - he's the son of Steve Earle and is named after singer songwriter, Townes Van Zandt.

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How to remember terrible events

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:07:00 +1300

Memories can be a blessing and a curse. The witnesses of some of the most the most traumatic events in history, like the Holocaust and the Cambodian Killing Fields, are dying and it is left to their children and grandchildren to preserve the memories. But can the trauma be passed down too? Author Elizabeth Rosner is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. She explores the complexity of memory and how to preserve the past so the lessons of history are not lost in her book Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory.

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The birth of Glam Rock

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:21:00 +1300

Our music feature guest today is one of the country's leading music academics and sometimes performer, Dr Ian Chapman, who is an expert on the glam rock movement. Dr Chapman teaches students about performance, song-writing, music iconography at Otago University. In 2008 he started doing gigs in his own Glam Rock alter-ego, Dr Glam. He's since retired that performer. And in 2012 he finished his PhD - a study of Glam Rock's most well known rockstar David Bowie's album covers between 1967 and 1980.

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Book critic Pip Adam

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:10:00 +1300

Pip discusses film adaptations of great books

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Great album - Guilty

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:49:00 +1300

Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb: Guilty

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Dan Slevin on the slow death of the DVD

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:39:00 +1300

Last week Fatso DVD announced they would be ceasing operations in November, meaning 320,000 discs (240,000 individual titles) will not be winging their way around the country to film fans any longer. Dan looks at why this has happened and where this leaves movie lovers.

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New ways with old clothes

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:25:00 +1300

Overconsumption of clothing is a big waste issue in the world's major cities, with polyester contaminating waterways. But now a New Zealand company is doing something about it.

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How climate affects dolphins

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +1300

Major climate events, like El Nino, are affecting Dolphins - and not in good ways, new research suggests. The Australian study looked at the movements and abundance of certain dolphins in certain areas and found extreme weather had a big influence on dolphin numbers and patterns. It's expected to get a lot worse as climate change makes these weather events more frequent. We speak to Dr Kate Sprogis, from Murdoch university, who lead the team behind the study.

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Protesters try to shut down defence conference

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:16:00 +1300

A protest group has been trying to shut down a defence conference at Westpac stadium in Wellington today, leading to five arrests. The annual event is held by the New Zealand Defence Industry Association and hosts some of the largest weapons manufacturers in the world. We cross to RNZ reporter, Emma Hatton who is at the scene.

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Behind the scenes at NZ Eid Day

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:30:00 +1300

Lynda Chanwai-Earle meets the team of volunteers behind the second largest Islamic festival of the year, who have already been preparing for months for the big day.

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The secret lives of wild animals

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:08:00 +1300

Wild animals around the world have secret lives, as they journey across vast landscapes propelled by instinct to find food and water. But technology like satellites, drones and cell networks are revealing those secrets, providing surprising details about where migrating animals go and what they do. James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti tell the stories of animal tracking that include include an elephant who texted for help and jaguars taking selfies in their new book, Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics.

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Expert feature: Lou Sanson, the Director General of DoC.

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:42:00 +1300

It's Conservation week next week - and also Save the Kiwi Month, so our Monday expert is Lou Sanson, the Director-General of the Department of Conservation. He joins us to talk about the state of our conservation estate and the plants and animals that make our country special.

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Television Critic Alex Casey

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:08:00 +1300

Alex has been watching : Marriage at First Sight New Zealand (Tv3) Deuce (Soho) Big Mouth (Netflix) Big Foot Bandits (TVNZ 2)

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Great album - Dry

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:42:00 +1300

PJ Harvey's album 'Dry'.

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Hidden Figures on tourism

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:35:00 +1300

We had 3.5 million visitors from overseas in 2016. Lillian Grace of looks at the statistics held about tourism in and out of New Zealand.

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The history of the Pelorus Mail Boat

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:25:00 +1300

Since 1918, Marlborough sounds residents have had their mail, groceries and provisions delivered by water, carried by the Pelorous Mail Boat. Still operating today, it's one of the world's last such mail services. It's history in the community and the family that ran the boat for years has been documented in a book Time and Tide...which also serves as somewhat of a love letter about the beautiful place it's set. The book's author Lorain Day tell us about writing the non-fiction story.

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New Zealand parks on display in China

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:14:00 +1300

An exhibition's been unveiled in Beijing, showing off New Zealand's national parks in the hope of sharing tips with China on managing its protected areas. There are displays showcasing historic documents, outdoor equipment and a three-metre tall giant moa skeleton. Project leader Mick Abbott, associate professor at Lincoln, tells us more.

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Critter of the Week

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:25:00 +1300

DoC's Nicola Toki gives us the lowdown on the chevron skink - one of the country's rarest and most secretive lizards!

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Drinks - Michael Donaldson

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:16:00 +1300

Beer expert Michael Donaldson tells us about judging the Brewers Guild Awards, and recommends some regional brews to try out.

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Getting wise to the meat-free burger

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:07:00 +1300

Luke and Tim Burrows' dream to bring plant-based burgers to the masses is coming true with Wise Boys Burgers. Luke shares their recipe for Smoke and Fire Tofu Burgers.

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Film Review with Richard Swainson

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:08:00 +1300

Richard reviews Tommy's Honour and Blade Runner 2049.

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Great album - Love in Motion

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:44:00 +1300

Today we re-discover Anika Moa's 'Love in Motion'.

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Ambury Farm Day

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:39:00 +1300

Ambury regional park is hosting its annual Farm Day this weekend, as it done every year since 1988. It's all about bringing the country into Auckland, offering up some farm fun for the city slickers - every type of farm animal will be there to play with on the day, all set up by more than 200 volunteers. Wayne Carlson is the park ranger organising the Farm Day and he's here to tell us about some of the highlights of the event.

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Young Ocean Explorers

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +1300

The call of the sea lead Steve Hathaway to give up his day job as a builder and start filming the world underwater. With the help of his daughter Riley, he began filming short educational shows on marine biology for children, called Young Ocean Explorers. They've just launched a website to encourage school kids to explore our oceans and get to know the marine life in our seas. He's tells us about the project.

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Calling attention to human trafficking

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:25:00 +1300

Around the world more than 45 million people are currently enslaved. A quarter of them are children. They're sobering facts that are often overlooked, with human trafficking and exploitation largely a hidden issue. A month-long event called LOUDER is being held right now to draw attention to the international issue of human slavery. Micaela Cronin, CEO of Hager, a human rights organisation, is one of the experts speaking at LOUDER, in towns around New Zealand.

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Protecting our waters

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:16:00 +1300

Niue has made a giant step forward in ocean conservation today, announcing it will establish a protection park covering 40 per cent of its waters - more than a hundred and twenty thousand square kilometres. In contrast New Zealand protects less than one per cent. Here to discuss what Niue has achieved, and what we could do here to step up our effort to help keep our ocean thriving is Bronwen Golder of Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Moa footprints - a rocky tale

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 21:07:00 +1300

After twenty years of puzzling, geologist Bruce Hayward reckons he has identified some mysterious patterns in a west Auckland roadside cutting as moa footprints.

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Tell me about your thesis

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:27:00 +1300

Matthew Jones tells us about his thesis on deep sea food webs in New Zealand waters, mainly fishes and critters from depths of 900 - 1200 metres, which is about four sky towers deep! His interest is in the role that scavenging plays in these ecosystems.

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Short Story Club for Thurs 5 October

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:09:00 +1300

Today we discuss The Parting by Thom Conroy We'll be giving away a copy of Thom's novel The Salted Air to the writer of the best email. And next Thursday, October 12th we will talk about Yoot by Juliet Jackson.

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Your Money with Mary Holm

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:17:00 +1300

This week Mary tackles the worries and misunderstandings about the New Zealand Super.

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Theatre Critic - Kathleen Mantell

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:09:00 +1300

Kathleen Mantell tells us about Pleasuredome The Musical.

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Great album - Lungs

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:46:00 +1300

Today we listen to Florence and The Machine's 2009 album, Lungs.

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Ulysses and Divorce

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:32:00 +1300

You may remember last week when we were in Dunedin we were talking about recipes in books and I thought that perhaps there were recipes in the classic Ulysses by James Joyce.

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New chatbot offers cautious reminders from your sober self

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:26:00 +1300

Most of us know what it's like to suffer the consequences of less-than-wise choices made the night before – 'I should have eaten something' ... 'I should have left before the shots started'. The creators of the new chatbot Sober Self offer a solution.

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'From pavement-level life looks so different'

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:16:00 +1300

Photographer John Crawford has been documenting the people who live on the streets of Auckland and at the same time listening to their stories. The upcoming exhibition of his portraits is also a fundraiser for the City Mission.

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Ann Hornaday: How to watch movies

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:07:00 +1300

With the price of a ticket to the cinema pushing 20 bucks, we all want to get the most out of going to the movies. Enter Ann Hornaday. She's the Chief film critic for the Washington Post. She wants people to not only love movies, that fill such a big place in pop culture, but understand them too. Hornaday says watching like a critic, paying attention to all the elements that go into film like the editing, cinematography and production design, enhances the movie going experience. She shares what she's learned on the job in her new book, Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies.

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Bookmarks with CK Stead

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:30:00 +1300

This month, writer CK Stead turns 85 and releases the novel The Necessary Angel. He talks about his favourite music (which definitely doesn't include Frank Sinatra) and how he once put his early poetry to test on the school soccer field.

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Music Critic - Colin Morris

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:09:00 +1300

Music critic Colin Morris reviews Richard John Thompson: Acoustic Rarities and Quercus: Nightfall.

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Great album - Polysaturated

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:48:00 +1300

Today's great album is a kiwi classic, Polysaturated by Nesian Mystik.

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Sputnik's anniversary

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:40:00 +1300

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1. It was the world's first artificial satellite and though it only operated for 92 days and didn't carry any scientific equipment, it's launch triggered the 'Sputnik crisis' which in turn sparked the Space Race between the Soviet Union and America. We speak to Auckland University's resident space man Professor Jim Hefkey.

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Creating a bike network

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:27:00 +1300

Last week we talked to you about Biketober - today we're looking at how communities can be designed to support cycling, improve transport and the health of those communities. A talk was held last night focussing on the Canadian city of Edmonton - a similar size to Auckland, its creating a network of cycleways, all in one go, virtually overnight. Tyler Golly lead that project and he's here in New Zealand sharing what they learned and how it can be applied to our traffic-choked city.

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Extra servings for Rotorua School Kids

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +1300

A new school meals project in Rotorua is doing so well it's about to double its output. Ka Pai Kai started at the beginning of last term providing meals to four schools in the area and they're about to take on another four. Pare Richards, who's one of the board members for the project joins Jesse to tell us more.

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First song - Vishten LIVE

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:10:00 +1300

Today we start today with live music from visiting French-Canadian trio Vishten. Twin sisters Pastelle and Emmanuelle LeBlanc along with Pascal Miousse, are leading exponents of Acadian music, which is centered around French-Canadian regions, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

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'Monolithic' thinking and the threat to free speech

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:09:00 +1300

There is an escalating battle taking place on university campuses across the United States over free speech and academic freedom.

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Ethnomusicologist Brian Diettrich

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:33:00 +1300

After completing his doctorate at the University of Hawaii, today's music feature guest lived in a number of pacific countries before taking up a position at Victoria University in ethnomusicology and ethnographic research. Brian Diettrich has made a study of regional music cultures and indigenous musical instruments and has brought a few unusual exhibits with him today.

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Leopard Seals

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:19:00 +1300

Early last month on critter of the week, we talked about Leopard Seals. Since then we were contacted by those actually working with these fascinating creatures, and they have just had a pretty busy week - a pup was born, only the second ever born in New Zealand - the first in 40 years. Dr Krista Hupman, cetacean biologist at NIWA tell us more about what she does and the implications this birth has on the research of leopard seals worldwide.

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Book critic - Elizabeth Heritage

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:09:00 +1300

Elizabeth Heritage talks to us about the phenomenon of FanFiction and how it's become an art form in its own right.

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Great album - What's Going On

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:47:00 +1300

This week's great album is Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On".

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Girls Making a Difference

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:40:00 +1300

34 girls from 13 schools across New Zealand arrived in Dunedin yesterday - and they want to change the world. They're attending Girls for Change Leadership Summit run by the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia, a not-for-profit organisation which advocates for and supports the work of girls' schools across the globe. The summit is being held for the second time in New Zealand and is an opportunity for pupils to connect with entrepreneurs and social change-makers. Principal Jackie Barron tells us more about the project.

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