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Preview: Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan

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From nine to noon every weekday, Kathryn Ryan talks to the people driving the news - in New Zealand and around the world. Delve beneath the headlines to find out the real story, listen to Nine to Noon's expert commentators and reviewers and catch up with


Urbanist Bill McKay

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:46:00 +1300

Bill McKay discusses the government's proposal for Urban Development Authorities in cities with housing shortages. Can they work?

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Food: Exotic ice blocks for the end of summer

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:32:00 +1300

Amy Delahunty and Chrissy Vize are setting up Paekakariki Pops. They tell Nine to Noon how they make their locally sourced seasonal gourmet ice blocks, with flavour combinations such as avocado and lime, and rhubarb & raspberry.

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Political commentators Sue Bradford and Matthew Hooton

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Matthew Hooton and Sue Bradford discuss the Mana and Māori Parties’ joint plan for winning the Māori seats and the latest Colmar Brunton poll.

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Book review "The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror"

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:40:00 +1300

"The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror" by Joyce Carol Oates, published by HarperCollins. Reviewed by David Hill.

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Jimmy the Fish

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Auckland chef and seafood aficionado Jimmy Gerard talks about what he's learnt from 40 years in the kitchen.

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:50:00 +1300

Seamus checks in from France on a US diplomatic mission to Europe aimed at allaying worries about its position on Russia and NATO in a Trump era - and how France's presidential ballot is shaping up.

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Republican judge: ‘Trump must be impeached’

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:31:00 +1300

'America is at stake', a lifelong Republican and retired judge says, who has offered his services to start the process of impeaching US President Donald Trump.

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Schools commodifying' children - principal

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Inter school rivalry, Shirley Boys High School Principal John Laurenson says the real cost of schools competing for students is the commodification of children.

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The Week that Was with Te Radar and Pinky Agnew

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:45:00 +1300

Te Radar and Pinky Agnew present their funny picks of the week including a self-service checkout scam and how winning millions might actually make you a little miserable.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:30:00 +1300

Brendan Telfer on Team New Zealand's new boat with leg power instead of arm power, Ross Taylor's ommission from tonight's T20 match and The Warriors' Kieran Foran's return to action.

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New Music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:07:00 +1300

A new album from charming Swede Jens Lekman, Ryan Adams classic-rocking out in a moping fashion, and a collection of early 70's English prog/ psyche/ folk have Jeremy Taylor all a-quiver.

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Maja Burry

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:40:00 +1300

RNZ's Maja Burry with the latest on Christchurch fires.

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Children's Book Review - John McIntyre

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:35:00 +1300

John McIntyre reviews titles three titles by Babette Cole: Dr Dog, Mummy Laid an Egg and Hair in Funny Places.

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'I didn’t want to stay broken'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:10:00 +1300

Whether she’s singing in French, English or Bambara, French-Malian hip-hop artist Inna Modja is speaking out against injustice.

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:43:00 +1300

New Zealander Anna Fifield is The Washington Post's bureau chief in Tokyo. She talks to Kathryn about the death of the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, the disappearance of a Chinese billionaire, India's space race, and body positivity in Japan.

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Eureka! Why science is good for primary kids

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:30:00 +1300

Fed up with primary students' poor grasp of science, Chris Duggan, a secondary school science teacher, set up the House of Science. And it's going from strength to strength.

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"It's a whitewash": family of mental health patient

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks with Dave MacPherson, the father of Nicky Stevens, who died in a Waikato DHB mental health facility, while on suicide watch. The DHB has conducted a review of the case, concluding that Mr Stevens' care was "overall of a good standard". The family reject the report, labelling it a whitewash.

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Viewing with Sarah McMullan

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:45:00 +1300

Sarah McMullan with her views on movies Fifty Shades Darker, Split, the remake of Kiwi classic Goodbye Pork Pie and Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet.

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Ian Telfer fire update

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:44:00 +1300

An update from RNZ reporter Ian Telfer.

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Parenting: How to (and how not to) get a baby to sleep

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:25:00 +1300

With a plethora of advice available to desperate parents on how to get babies to sleep, baby sleep consultants Elspeth Witton and Amy Sherpa want to see the sector regulated.

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New technology with Andy Linton

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1300

Andy Linton discusses the impact of technology on jobs and the prospect of a universal basic income - and driverless cars.

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Metservice weather forecaster Erick Brenstrum

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:04:00 +1300

Met Service forecaster Erick Brenstrum on what effect the weather could have on the Port Hills fires.

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RNZ reporter Ian Telfer with Port Hills Fire update

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:38:00 +1300

RNZ's Ian Telfer reports with the latest information about the Port Hills complex fire.

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Should we laugh at authoritarians?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:15:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks to Rudolph Herzog, author of Dead Funny: Telling Jokes in Hitler's Germany. Rudolph argues that jokes at the expense of the Nazi leadership actually helped more than hindered the Third Reich - and he says that has important ramifications for how comedians respond to President Donald Trump.

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Christchurch Fire - Selwyn Mayor

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:05:00 +1300

Selwyn District Council Mayor Sam Broughton with an update on the fire, evacuations and needs for district.

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UK correspondent Matt Dathan

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:45:00 +1300

Matt Dathan reports in from the UK on the fallout over the impending visit by Donald Trump to Britain, potential delays on Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn prepares for two tough by-elections, that Labour is set to lose in.

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New fathers get depression too

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Pre and post-natal depression is commonly associated with Mums, which means Dads tend to occupy a more invisable space. New research from Auckland University's Centre for Longitudinal Research on more than 3,500 New Zealand men shows fathers-to-be are also at an increased risk of suffering from depression. Kathryn Ryan talks to the study director, Dr Susan Morton.

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The Conservative climate activist

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:21:00 +1300

It is wrong to think right-of-centre politics is sceptical about climate change, says a British Conservative politician who was a minister under Margaret Thatcher.

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Christchurch Fire

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:05:00 +1300

The massive fire in Christchurch, which more than 200 firefighters are struggling to contain before strong winds expected later this morning, further fan the blaze. Marlborough Civil Defence Emergency Management Richard McNamara and Ron Van der Lem speak to Kathryn Ryan.

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Legal Commentator, Garth Gallaway

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:45:00 +1300

Garth Gallaway is a partner at Chapman Tripp who specialises in insurance and health & safety related civil litigation.

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Cultivating Children's Creativity

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:28:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks to the founder of the Sydney Story Factory, Catherine Keenan, on how the not-for-profit creative writing centre is helping the literacy skills of marginalised children and youth.

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Music with Charlotte Ryan

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Charlotte features the music of three artists playing at WOMAD this year.

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Spinal cord regeneration pioneer, Alan Mackay-Sim

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:08:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks to 2017 Australian of the Year, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, about his pioneering work on spinal cord regeneration.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:48:00 +1300

Karen Middleton on fires in NSW, energy ructions and the lack of progress on Closing the Gaps on indigenous peoples' disadvantages.

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The power-giving potential of perovskite

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:31:00 +1300

 An Oxford materials science professor says a material called perovskite can significantly improve the performance of photovoltaic cells. 

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Pike River families to meet PM

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Some of the Pike River families meet the Prime Minister today, asking for his support for a re-entry of the mine. Kathryn Ryan talks with Rebecca Macfie, senior writer for the Listener and author of the book Tragedy at Pike River.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:47:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks to Gavin Ellis about Three's new A.M show, multi-media investigative journalism and the story which has spanned generations, The Unfortunate Experiment at National Women's Hospital. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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The communication skills of health professionals

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:28:00 +1300

Palliative care medical specialist, Anne O'Callaghan on improving communication between health professionals and terminally ill patients and their families. Her recently completed PhD looked in part, at how junior doctors use and enhance the communication skills learned at medical school within a hospital working environment.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:10:00 +1300

The big task Victoria Crone has as the new CEO of Callaghan Innovation and how Peter Thiel benefited handsomely from the government's poorly designed Venture Investment Fund.

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Film maker captures Standing Rock and other struggles

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:06:00 +1300

Canadian indigenous artist Sarain Fox has been documenting protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota and other conflicts around the world where indigenous people are resisting resource extraction projects.  

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USA correspondent Susan Miligan

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:47:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks to Susan Milligan about Trump and the judiciary and other stories hitting the headlines in the US.

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Drug charity embracing the Dark Web

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:29:00 +1300

The A-Clinic, a Finnish addiction treatment NGO, is hoping to provide new drug testing services which people can access via the encrypted TOR network - the same network often used to buy and sell drugs. It's hoping this will allow them to reduce harm and give recreational users an inroad to addiction services if they need them.

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Court ruling allows Auckland intensification - what next?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:08:00 +1300

The legal obstacles for more intensive housing in Auckland have been removed, but will it be enough to increase the supply of housing ? Kathryn Ryan talks to Generation Zero Auckland director Leroy Beckett and property strategist Leonie Freeman about the green-light of the Auckland Unitary plan and how (or if) that will translate into more homes.

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Off the Beaten Track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:47:00 +1300

Kennedy Warne talks pilot wales, following the mass stranding at Golden Bay and what's known about why they strand.

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Berry berry nice

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:28:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan meets Steve McArthur and his wife Kate, who own and run McArthur's Berry Farm in Outram, on the Taieri Plains. They share a recipe for Zucchini Chocolate Cake & berry jam.

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Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:07:00 +1300

Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills discuss the government's moves to quash convictions for historic homosexual "offending" and easing up access to medicinal cannabis.

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Book review - The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: Revised Edition

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:39:00 +1300

'The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: Revised Edition' by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young. Reviewed by Naomi Arnold.

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Rabbits and possums: the good, the bad & the ugly

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:09:00 +1300

Lloyd Esler of Invercargill has dug deep in the archives to tell of the story of the role rabbits and possums once played in New Zealand's early economy and how that all changed.

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South America correspondent Joel Richards

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:52:00 +1300

Joel Richards explains why 250 people crossed the Andes mountains on horseback last week, plus major protests in Mexico over the policies of US president Donald Trump.

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The Walking Access Commission: what has it achieved?

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:37:00 +1300

While there are many conservation areas for people to enjoy in New Zealand's natural recreation resources there is often pressure to expand access, particularly with booming tourism numbers putting pressure on existing routes to rivers, lakes and sea.The Walking Access Commission was set up in 2008 to establish and improve walking access routes. Nine years on, what has it achieved? Eric Pyle is the Commission's chief executive.

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The Unfortunate Experiment, Doctors in Denial

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:07:00 +1300

Retired obstetrician and gynaecologist, Ron Jones talks to Kathryn Ryan about seeking an apology for the patients involved in National Womens' Hospital's Unfortunate Experiment. He is the author of Doctors in Denial - the forgotten women in the unfortunate experiment. A commission of inquiry, which came to be known as the Cartwright Inquiry (1987-88) was held into the treatment of women with cervical cancer at the Hospital under the care of Professor Herbert Green.

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The week that was with Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:45:00 +1300

Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood on what hating certain sounds might say about your brain and the etiquette - or not - of taking selfies at funerals.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:30:00 +1300

Brendan Telfer on the Halberg Award winners, Rugby's own little Watergate bugging scandal and the Black Caps winning record at home.

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Music with Grant Smithies

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:08:00 +1300

Grant Smithies bends a grateful ear toward the glorious bedsit pop of Auckland's Fazerdaze, then veers off to Lagos for a spot of Nigerian 'gender politics' disco from the late Christy Essien. Lastly, lest we forget, a favourite song from the dearly departed David Bowie.

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Unity Books Review - "Landscapes: John Berger on Art"

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:30:00 +1300

Reviewed by Tilly Lloyd, published by Verso, RRP hardback $37.

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Conlanging: how to build a new language

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:08:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks to Britton Watkins who's created a documentary about the people who create and speak constructed languages. Some of the most famous examples include Klingon from Star Trek and Sindarin from Lord of the Rings but the history of "conlanging" goes back at least as far of the middle ages and includes so-called "international languages" like Esperanto.

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Mass whale stranding at Farewell Spit

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:53:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan speaks with Nelson journalist Nina Hindmarsh from Farewell Spit, where 400 whales have stranded - and urgent efforts are underway to refloat the survivors.

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Has New Zealand presided over a health disaster in its only colony?

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What's next for hemp?

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:25:00 +1300

With the path being eased on patients getting access to medical cannabis prescriptions here, what is the story with hemp? Currently hemp is grown here under strict licensing and only its plant fibre can be used for textiles or building material, but its highly nutritious seeds are banned from being de-shelled and made into food. This could change in April when the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation will decide to accept or reject a Standard that would allow hemp to be sold as food. Dave Jordan is behind The Hemp Farm in the Waikato where he and his wife Anne are licensed to grow hemp.

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Rheumatic fever on the rise in Auckland despite govt targets

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Government targets to reduce rheumatic fever are unlikely to be met and in some regions, particularly in Auckland, rates have actually risen. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Professor Harvey White, the Director of Coronary Care and Cardiovascular Research at Auckland City Hospital and to Auckland GP Rawiri Jansen who runs the Counties Manukau rheumatic fever prevention programme.

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Viewing with Tamar Munch

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:49:00 +1300

Tamar Munch has been watching Taboo about a 19th Century adventurer seeking vengeance for his father's death, UK series Fleabag, and documentary Beware the Slenderman.

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Christchurch playground a hit with all ages

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:27:00 +1300

One of the designers of the Margaret Mahy Playground says the central Christchurch park is attracting all ages. The playground is the biggest in the southern hemisphere.

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New technology with Sarah Putt

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:07:00 +1300

Sarah Putt on Spark's move on startup TeamTalk, tech leaders standing up to Trump and could flying cars be a reality in a couple of years?

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Book review - "Istanbul" by Bettany Hughes

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:37:00 +1300

Reviewed by Sonja deFriez, published by Hachette NZ.

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Ghosts of Gondwana

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Trying to make sense of New Zealand's flora and fauna has kept entomologist, George Gibbs, occupied for six decades.

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UK correspondent Kate Adie

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:52:00 +1300

Kate Adie on raging debates in the UK Parliament on Brexit and the upcoming visit by US President Donald Trump.

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Have women surfers waved goodbye to sexism?

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:35:00 +1300

"What you got that for? Chicks don't surf!" Has sexism in surfing decreased since the 1980s classic film Puberty Blues?

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Privacy Commissioner wants million dollar fines for breaches

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan speaks to Privacy Commissioner, John Edwards, who has sent the Justice Minister a report recommending six changes to the Privacy Act - most of them intended to give his office more enforcement powers.

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Science Commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:49:00 +1300

This week, science commentator Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks about a new way of printing on paper using light, and reveals that fish use their pee to communicate with each other in a fight.

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Graffiti in Melbourne's Hosier Lane

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:29:00 +1300

Lynn Freeman talks to Melbourne University academic, Chris Honig about the rough sleepers who regularly graffiti the Melbourne tourist attraction, that is Hosier Lane.

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The non-death of the album

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:08:00 +1300

Graeme Downes, founding member of the Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, senior Lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago argues the album is NOT dead. He illustrates this by featuring Shayne P Carter's album Offsider.

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Book review - "Moonglow" by Michael Chabon

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:39:00 +1300

Reviewed by John King, published by HarperCollins.

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Risking all to escape war: the story of Dooa Al Zamel

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:08:00 +1300

Lynn Freeman speaks to Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UN High Commission for Refugees. She's told the story of 19 year old Syrian woman Dooa Al Zamel in a new book. Dooa was one of 11 out of 500 refugees who survived four days in the Mediterranean after the boat she was on was attacked and capsized, and managed to save a toddler, when she was nearly dead herself.

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Australia correspondent Peter Munro

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:50:00 +1300

Peter talks to Lynn Freeman about the fallout from Malcolm Turnbull's tense phone call with Donald Trump and the latest from the Royal Commission into child sex abuse.

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Could Banks Peninsula become NZ's first Geo-Park ?

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:37:00 +1300

Banks Peninsula could soon sit alongside places such as the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef as a place of special geological interest.

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EVs and the impact on traditional fuel businesses

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:21:00 +1300

How long before we see more electric vehicles on our streets, and how are traditional fuel companies going to repond? Lynn Freeman talks with Deutsche Craigs research analyst, Grant Swanepoel and Z Energy Chief Executive Mike Bennetts.

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More schools forgo donations - but at what cost?

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:08:00 +1300

More and more schools are forgoing school donations because parents cannot afford them, a school principals' federation says.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:45:00 +1300

Gavin asks whether it's time for news organisations to ignore the lower marae altogether on Waitangi Weekend. He also looks at the harrowing recounting of Donella Knox's killing of her autistic daughter, arguing it is yet another example of why we continue to need long-form journalism. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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How Treaty settlements shape Maori traditions

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:30:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks with Carwyn Jones, senior law lecturer at Victoria University about how Maori self-determination has been, and is being, shaped by the Treaty settlement process. His new book is called New Treaty New Traditions.

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Political commentators: Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:07:00 +1300

Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills on Bill English, that Trump call, Waitangi and citizenship for sale.

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Book review - "Gwen" by Goldie Goldbloom

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:42:00 +1300

Reviewed by Gina Rogers, published by Fremantle Press/Penguin Random House.

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Can you retrain the brain?

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:14:00 +1300

Can you really rewire an adult brain? Science journalist Caroline Williams recently spent a year as a guinea pig to find out.

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USA correspondent Steve Almond

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:50:00 +1300

Steve Almond reports in on the growing row over President Trump's Supreme Court appointment and his administrations war on regulation.

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Braided rivers eaten away by agriculture

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:29:00 +1300

A report by Environment Canterbury has revealed 12 thousand hecatres of land on the edges of Canterbury's rare braided rivers has been converted for intensive farming - much of it public reserve land. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Federated Farmers water and environment spokesperson Chris Allen and the Canterbury/West Coast regional conservation manager for Forest and Bird, Jen Miller.

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Funding axed for gang drug rehab

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:09:00 +1300

The Hauora Programme helps recovering P addicts and was developed in partnership with the Salvation Army and the notorious chapter of the Mongrel Mob, with funding from the Ministry of Health. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Lynette Hutson, the National Director for Salvation Army Addiction Services and to Donna, whose family has benefited from the programme.

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Dr John, The Night Tripper

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +1300

The Doctor is in the house. The recording of a 2014 tribute concert to Dr John in New Orleans has just been released and William uses it as an excuse to sample some tracks from the man's back-catalogue.

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The week that was with Te Radar and Pinky Agnew

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:49:00 +1300

Te Radar and Pinky Agnew have a lighter look at the week - including the one about the Danish zoo which has developed a 'Tinder' for orangutans to track mating preferences.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:33:00 +1300

Brendan reports on two of the most enthralling sporting events we've witnessed on this side of the world for some time. The men's singles final at Australian Tennis Open, and the remarkable to finish to the Eden Park one dayer last Monday.

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New Music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:10:00 +1300

Jeremy Taylor lends an ear to the third release from London trio, The XX, catches up on a 2016 release he missed from Cat's Eyes, and checks in with London based expat Wellingtonian indie rock band, The Eversons.

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Children's Book Review - Best of 2016 - John McIntyre

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:40:00 +1300

'Beck' by Mal Peet / Meg Rossoff, published by Walker. 'The Road to Winter' by Mark Smith, published by Text.

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The power of protest songs!

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Aaradhna and Annie Crummer talk to Kathryn Ryan about music's power to change the world. They along with Bella Kalolo & Esther Stephens are about to perform in 'Respect', a tribute to Aretha Franklin from 22-24th March as part of the Auckland Arts Festival.

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:50:00 +1300

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been bending over backwards to get into Donald Trumps good books, and the USA steps up the rhetoric over the South China Sea.

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Tenant rating database worries renters group

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:39:00 +1300

A renters advocacy group is worried a database used by landlords to screen and rate tenants could be abused. Kathryn Ryan talks to Kayla Healey from Renters United and Ian Barker from Tenancy Information New Zealand

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Is government policy to blame for rising prison population?

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:21:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks with Ti Lamusse, prison researcher for the advocacy group No Pride in Prisons, who says record prisoner numbers are due to government policy, and conditions for inmates are worsening.

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Mayors seek radical welfare shake-up

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Three regional mayors are pleading with the government for a radical change to the way it delivers social welfare to tackle inter-generational poverty. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick who explains the proposal.

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Viewing with Paul Casserly

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:48:00 +1300

Paul reviews the dystopian alt history show The Man in the High Castle, and the Adam Curtis film HyperNormalisation.

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Positive parenting and staying healthy

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:28:00 +1300

What help is out there for whanau and children who want to achieve a healthy weight? Kathryn Ryan talks to the University of Queensland's Dr Matt Sanders, who is the founder of the positive parenting program, also known as Triple P, along with Barry Taylor, the Chair of the South Island Clinical Advisory Group for childhood healthy weight.

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