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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


50 years of Unity Books

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:37:00 +1200

Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books celebrates 50 years of the independent book shop and discusses the 'Unity Books at 50' anthology and Robert McCrum's "Every Third Thought: On Life, Death and the End-Game" Tilly also reviews "Every Third Thought: On Life, Death and the End-Game" by Robert McCrum.

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Mark Vette: Dog Zen

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan meets animal psychologist and behaviorist Mark Vette, who trained Hercules the Toyota "bugger" dog, and has taught dogs to drive a car and fly a plane. Mostly he works with "problem" dogs and rescue dogs and is passionate about helping re-home unwanted animals. When not working with dogs, Mark practices martial arts and meditation. He's just published a new booked called Dog Zen.

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Digital disruption is creating a quiet sovereignty battle over who controls the upper air space over the South Pacific, a beetle is threatening disaster for Papua New Guinea's important coffee industry, and two fascinating new books on Fiji's divisive politics.

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Costume designer & WOW judge Mio Guberinic

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:37:00 +1200

The annual spectacle and extravaganza that is WOW kicks off in Wellington tonight. Drawing an audience of over 55 thousand, the international design competition, which began in Nelson 30 years ago, attracts hundreds of entries - around half of them from overseas. Kathryn meets 2016 finalist, New York based costume designer Mio Guberinic, who's here to speak to this year's finalists and has been judging the store window-display competition among local retailers.

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Why are so many young people failing to engage in politics?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:14:00 +1200

Today is the last day to enroll and already than 800,000 have had their say. But still more than 300-thousand people haven't done so - and just under half of them are 18 to 24 year olds. We are joined by year 13 student at Aucklands Ormiston Senior College, Anthony Hua - who says youth would vote if they thought their voice was heard and Laura O'Connell-Rapira who is the co-founder of Rock Enrol, an organisation that encourages young people to get out and vote.

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Viewing with Sarah McMullen

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:47:00 +1200

Sarah McMullen reviews new movie Mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem; Stephen King adaptation It (and clowns in general), plus The Block NZ.

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'Kids with interpersonal skills come from homes where there are rich conversations'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:27:00 +1200

Employers say many of today's graduates are low on innovation, creativity, and interpersonal skills. What can parents do to encourage children to think for themselves? Explore, debate, play and don't focus on academic performance too early, says parenting consultant Nathan Mikaere-Wallis.

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New Technology with Sarah Putt

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Sarah Putt on the tech election - how do the parties stack up? Also Spark boss tackling macho culture, and why the new Apple watch is interesting.

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Book review - "Fletcher of the Bounty" by Graeme Lay,

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Lisa Finucane reviews "Fletcher of the Bounty" by Graeme Lay, published by HarperCollins NZ.

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John Adams: poet, judge, teacher, musician

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +1200

John Adams is a poet and writer, and a former Family Court judge of 20 years. His first book of poetry, Briefcase, won the Jessie MacKay Prize for Best First Poetry book in 2012. His second book of poems, Rumplstiltskin Blues, has just been published, covering joy and sorrow, family and friendship, touching on his judicial career, and a nod to politics. When not writing creatively, John Adams is working on a PhD in English Literature at Auckland University, working as an arbitrator and mediator, teaching lawyers and judges, and writing lyrics for his band, named Don't Judge Me.

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UK correspondent Matthew Parris

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:53:00 +1200

Matthew Parris on the future for the Liberal Democrats; the latest on the Parson's Green Tube terror attack; the extraordinary fuss stirred up by Boris Johnson's new leadership bid, and Ryanair cancelling hundreds of flights because of a shortage of pilots.

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Facial recognition software: brilliant or dangerous?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:45:00 +1200

With the introduction of the iPhone X, Apple brought to the forefront facial recognition technology, or what they call FaceID - a way for users to be able to unlock their phone just by looking at it. The technology has been around for decades, but not until now has it started raising questions about safety and security. Just recently, a controversial Stanford University study used face recognition to determine whether someone was gay or straight. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Clare Garvie - a privacy lawyer who researches the risks of face recognition technology at Georgetown University.

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Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern on Nine to Noon

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern makes her case for Saturday's election in an extended interview with Kathryn Ryan.

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Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:45:00 +1200

This year's IgNobels have been announced, we'll take a look at some of the winners. Also, blocking a specific part of the brain's immune system has switched off the impulse of mice to drink alcohol in the evening; and a study shows that squirrels use a sophisticated memorizing strategy to sort their nuts for stashing.

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A Northland community supporting its own sexual abuse survivors

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:20:00 +1200

Kathryn talks to trauma therapist Kaitaia-based Ciaran Torrington, who is herself a survivor of sexual harm. She saw there was a desperate need for a good support network for survivors in Northland, so she started one herself creating Indigo House.

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Music with Graeme Downes

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Graeme Downes, founding member of the Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago, looks at some of this year's female Silver Scroll finalists.

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Book review - He Reo Wahine

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Paul Diamond reviews He Reo Wahine : Maori Women's Voices in Colonial New Zealand by Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla.

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'Trees bring me out of myself – a wonderful place to get out of'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:05:00 +1200

We tend to think of trees as stationary and inactive, but they're actually dynamic beings who communicate and have memories, says biology professor David Haskell.

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Australia correspondent Peter Munro

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:45:00 +1200

Divisions over the same-sex marriage postal vote, Australia's media industry looks set for a major shake-up and what to do with the future of Australia's oversized tourist attractions such as the Big Banana, the Big Worm and the Big Prawn?

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How do you solve a problem like (N) Korea?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:30:00 +1200

The United States presidents has vowed to totally destroy North Korea unless it backs down from its nuclear challenge. Meanwhile North Korea has warned that it will only accelerate its nuclear programme if more sanctions and pressure are piled upon it. Kathryn talks with Sung-Yoon Lee, assistant professor of Korean studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in Boston.

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National Party leader Bill English on Nine to Noon

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1200

National Party leader Bill English makes his case for Saturday's election in an extended interview with Kathryn Ryan.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Media matters with commentator Gavin Ellis including Australia's media reforms and the effects on New Zealand, changes at the top of NZ's biggest magazine publisher, Bauer plus he ponders the effects of giving streakers exposure in the media when they run riot at major sporting events. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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From VR, to VO, the Virtual Orchestra!

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:08:00 +1200

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has produced a 360-degree virtual reality experience which teleports users up on stage. Each of five vantage points offers a different view as well as a different sound perspective. In revolutionising how we experience the orchestra, NZSO Marketing Manager Thomas Drent, and Head of VR at production company Wrestler, Kat Lintott, tell Kathryn Ryan how the orchestra is hoping to entice a younger audience. [gallery:3652]

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:08:00 +1200

What National and Labour are promising for the economy ahead of Saturday's election.

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Book Review - A Legacy of Spies

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:39:00 +1200

Jane Westaway reviews "A Legacy of Spies" by John le Carre. Published by Penguin Random House NZ, RRP $37.00.

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A Waka Odyssey: journey, home and belonging

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:09:00 +1200

The culture and history of Pacific voyaging will take centre stage at the 2018 New Zealand Arts Festival next February. The spectacular opening event will feature a mass assembly of waka in Wellington Harbour.

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USA correspondent Steve Almond

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:45:00 +1200

Steve Almond with the latest from the US including Hillary Clinton's campaign memoir, "What Happened" and President Donald Trump's reaction to it.

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Voting for a new pay-for-your-plastic world

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:25:00 +1200

New World announced a vote on whether customers should pay for single-use plastic bags, and already over 120,000 people have cast their votes.

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Petrol Pipeline: report warned of risk

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:08:00 +1200

As the jet fuel crisis, now in its fifth day, continues to disrupt thousands of air travellers - questions are being asked about the country's resilience in the event of fuel shortages. Energy Consultant Ian Twomey has written two contingency reports for two different governments that looked at major, but rare, events. Kathryn Ryan also speaks with Andrew McNaught from Mobil on behalf of the fuel industry.

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Urbanist Bill McKay: Plans vs Visions

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:48:00 +1200

All our cities have long term plans but we need more visions; the future is going to be a radically different place and will arrive faster than we think.

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Hand made real food: paleo muesli

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:35:00 +1200

Based in Titahi Bay near Wellington, Anna Te Puni runs Bay Drive Food with Freedom, where she makes gluten free paleo mueslis, and mint avocado, Gisborne naval orange and peanut butter bon-bons. Anna shares her secret for the best way to serve paleo muesli with Kathryn Ryan.

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Book review - "Baby" by Annaleese Jochems

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:38:00 +1200

Jenna Todd reviews "Baby" by Annaleese Jochems. Published by Victoria University Press / Upstart Distribution.

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Saving rare seabirds from the brink of extinction

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Dr Andre Raine is an American conservationist who's been honoured as a bird saviour for his work with three critically endangered seabirds in Hawaii: the Newell's shearwater, the Hawaiian petrel, and the band-rumped storm petrel. He's been in New Zealand for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Forum 's annual public seminar, 'Taking Flight' to highlight the value of our own sea birds, 90 per cent of which are at risk of extinction.

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Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:50:00 +1200

A showdown looms in Catalonia, Spain, as mayors defy threats of jail over a planned independence referendum and is 'the wind back in Europe's sails' ?

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The big things women are doing in nanoscience

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:37:00 +1200

It's widely known that physics, chemistry and engineering are fields largely dominated by men, but a group of the country's top female scientists are hoping to highlight the successes of women in a series of talks around New Zealand. This year's MacDiarmid Regional Lecture Series kicked off in Tauranga in August - with a focus on women in nanoscience. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Auckland University's Jenny Malmstrom and Cather Simpson.

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Push to end 'harmful' volunteering in orphanages

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:09:00 +1200

New research shows volunteering in orphanages does more harm than good, so why are so many young New Zealanders still taking part? Advocacy agency, ReThink Orphanages, says a revolving door of volunteers was making abandonment and attachment issues even worse. And it's making volunteer orgsanisations think twice about how they run their businesses. Kathryn Ryan speaks with a coordinator at ReThink Orphanages, Leigh Mathews, along with the founder and chief executive of Orphans Aid International, Sue van Schreven.

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The week that was with Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:48:00 +1200

Comedians Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood guide us towards the weekend with a few laughs including the British couple who became a laughing stock after trying to crowdfund for their dream Italian wedding.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:33:00 +1200

A critical couple of weeks coming up for Lydia Ko as she battles her way her toughest year so far in her professional career, the Silver Ferns continue to build a very impressive record in 2017 with their series win over on England on Wednesday night, and an unusual admission from Steve Hanson on the eve of the All Black'stest against the Springboks.

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New music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Jeremy Taylor returns to active duty with new music from Australian great Paul Kelly and US songbird Lana Del Rey, together with an unreleased solo acoustic record from the 70s by Neil Young.

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Book Review - The Break by Marian Keyes

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:35:00 +1200

The Break by Marian Keyes, reviewed by Sonja De Friez, published by Penguin Random House NZ.

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Marie Monmont - Wildness!

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:10:00 +1200

Marie Monmont is a French chef and chocolatier who founded Wildness in Wellington. The organic vegan chocolate is made with the Brazilian fruit cupuacu, which she discovered when she and her family moved to Brazil to live several years ago. Wildness employs prisoners at Rimutaka and Arohata prisons to package the product as part of a pre-release programme. Marie is also working on another project where inmates will manufacture and package granola bars, using cupuacu.

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Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:47:00 +1200

The latest on the Burma situation, which the UN calls "ethnic cleansing", and will the new UNSC North Korea sanctions actually work?

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Get on with it!

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:37:00 +1200

Why put-off until tomorrow what we can do today? Ever found yourself making yet another cup of tea when you should be working or studying? Rebecca Olsen, PhD student from Victoria University's School of Psychology is researching the art of putting things off and what we can do to have more self control.

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Testing proves 'lake snot' invasive, traced to USA

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:20:00 +1200

It's been proved for the first time that the snot-like mucus found in some of the country's most pristine lakes is an invasive species. To date the slime has been found in Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, Lake Wakatipu, Lake Coleridge and Lake Dunstan, with fears it has also spread to Lake Waikaremoana and Lake Benmore. The genetic source of Lindavia intermedia (the algae responsible for creating the slime) has been linked back to specimens found in Lake Youngs, near Seattle. Kathryn Ryan talks to University of Otago freshwater scientist Dr Marc Schallenberg and Otago Regional Councillor Andrew Noone who says there now needs to be a national focus to address the problem.

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High doses of dangerous chemicals in NZ's synthetic drugs

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:09:00 +1200

The preparation of synthetic drugs in this country is out of control, with doses of a dangerous chemical far greater than used overseas, says a NZ scientist.

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TV Review - Tamar Munch

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:47:00 +1200

Tamar Munch takes a look at Don Selwyn: Power in Our Hands on Maori TV; Why Are We Fat? on Prime; and Netflix's The Confession Tapes.

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Healthy eating for vibrant and healthy kids

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:33:00 +1200

Helping our kids to live healthy and happy lives is a goal all parents strive to achieve, but with obesity becoming a growing global issue, are we doing enough? New Zealand now rates as the third fattest population in the OECD after the US and Mexico and a third of children and two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. Registered dietitian Lea Stening wants to turn that around, by helping parents understand the nutritional components needed to build structure into a child's diet, as well as the family's. She talks to Kathryn Ryan about her new book, Healthy Kids, Happy Lives - a guide for parents on how to buy and prepare healthy food, including some easy-to-prepare recipes that show examples of good nutrition.

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New technology with Paul Matthews

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:07:00 +1200

A massive US breach threatens identities; Apple's new gear - what's the lowdown? And new self-driving vehicles hit Christchurch.

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Book review - The Saboteur by Andrew Gross

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:41:00 +1200

The Saboteur by Andrew Gross, reviewed by Rae McGregor, published by Macmillan.

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Labour releases full tax plan

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:34:00 +1200

Labour has pulled a major reversal in how it would carry out its proposed tax plan, in an attempt to counter National's continued attacks. RNZ's political editor Jane Patterson.

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Did Darwin get it wrong?

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to the acclaimed author A.N Wilson on his radical reappraisal of one of the great Victorians, Charles Darwin.

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UK correspondent Matt Dathan

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:52:00 +1200

European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker has told Britain that it will "regret" Brexit, meanwhile British Prime Minister Theresa May will take personal control of the divorce negotiations after weeks of deadlock between the two sides of officials.

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Traditional pregnancy a thing of the past?

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:39:00 +1200

Dr Jeanne Snelling from the University of Otago's Bioethics Centre and Faculty of Law, discuses the rapid developments in fertility treatments and their ethical considerations. She is the lead author of a report looking at a number of new technologies including : Non-invasive prenatal testing - which enables foetal information to be gleaned from a maternal blood test as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy; chromosomal microarray testing - that may be performed at about 18 weeks following invasive amniocentesis, and pre-implantation genetic testing of IVF embryos - involving the latest high-resolution, next generation sequencing.

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'Vodafone is leaving us high and dry'

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:09:00 +1200

An Auckland small business owner says Vodafone's move to ditch its email service will cost him tens of thousands of dollars, and the company should be required to assist its email and domain name customers to switch providers. From the end of November, email platforms including, and will no longer exist, affecting up to 250,000 customers. Kathryn talks with Auckland consultant engineer Gilles Altner, Ian McDonald from the Auckland cloud email company SMX, which hosts Spark's Xtra email service, and technology correspondent Sarah Putt.

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Arts commentator Courtney Johnston

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:49:00 +1200

Courtney takes a look at Erica van Zon's new exhibition at Whanganui's Sarjeant Gallery; and analyses debate and protest over Confederate sculptures in the United States.

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The Wild Seed Thief: no rules, no expectations

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:29:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Kate Parker about her environmental fable, The Wild Seed Thief, one of three new theatre pieces that will form part of The Navigators theatre project that aims to challenge accepted ways of doing things. The Navigators is a three-day showcase of a trio of New Zealand works-in-development, that ask the audience to become part of its evolution by providing feedback, ideas and feelings about the showings. The pieces are The Wild Seed Thief by Kate Parker, MOON by Malia Johnston, and The Haka Party Incident by Katie Wolfe.

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Music with Kirsten Johnstone

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Kirsten Johnstone features the music of the US singer/songwriter/producer Jack Antonoff and his close collaboration with Lorde.

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NZ Books review - A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:37:00 +1200

A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave, reviewed by Louise O'Brien, published by Upstart Press.

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Author Maggie O'Farrell's 17 brushes with death

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:09:00 +1200

British author Maggie O'Farrell's latest book draws on her brushes with death across the decades. Her memoir, I am, I am, I am, chronicles some hairy experiences, and near misses, that she and a close family member have been through. This includes life threatening disease in her childhood, a close encounter with a killer and mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:46:00 +1200

The ballot papers for Australia's postal survey on same-sex marriage have now started going out; Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is leaning on private energy company AGL to abandon longstanding plans to retire its Liddell coal-fired power plant; and the department running the Australian Parliament is on the defensive over new security measures.

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Hey big spender! Why it pays to know your credit score

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:31:00 +1200

Dr Claire Matthews from Massey's Business School talks about the importance of knowing your credit score - and if you have a black mark against your name, to do something about it.

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Chlorine: not agent of the devil

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:09:00 +1200

One of the world's leading water contamination experts says New Zealand is vulnerable to another drinking water crisis because of a lack of chlorination. Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta, Dr Steve Hrudey, prepared a 50-page analysis on the 2016 contamination of Havelock North's public drinking water on behalf of Water New Zealand. He says a failure to recognise close calls and complacency were a major factor in the crisis, as well as the avoidance of chlorination. Dr Hrudey is out in New Zealand speaking at the Water New Zealand Conference, starting next week.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Media matters with commentator Gavin Ellis, including National's claims of a black hole in Labour's budget, and whether the election campaign has entered a post-truth phase?. Also, the Press Council has fast-tracked election-related complaints. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on

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High fives for high kicks! From Dunedin to the Moulin Rouge

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:27:00 +1200

High kicks, feathers, rhinestones and the sequins of the Moulin Rouge are part of everyday life for Dunedin cancan dancer Glendene Regan.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:13:00 +1200

Rod Oram talks to Kathryn Ryan about the critical reaction from a number of senior business people about the current government's lack of fiscal vision and strategy, and also Steven Joyce and Grant Robertson thrashing it out over Labour's alternative budget.

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Book review - The North Water by Ian McGuire

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:40:00 +1200

'The North Water' by Ian McGuire, published by Simon & Schuster Ltd, reviewed by Quentin Johnson.

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Scotty and Stacey Morrison: everyday te reo

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:10:00 +1200

Husband-and-wife team Scotty and Stacey Morrison have written an everyday guide to learning te reo Māori called Māori at Home. 

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USA correspondent Gabrielle Levy

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:45:00 +1200

Gabrielle Levy with the latest from the US on the devastating trail of Hurricane Irma through Florida.

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Survey finds concerns over Communities of Learning

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:30:00 +1200

The secondary teachers' union has surveyed it members on attitudes towards the government's 359 million dollar cornerstone education policy to raise student achievement.The PPTA says fewer than half of principals who have joined Communities of Learning, believe the goals set are realistic. It has also found resentment toward the bonuses being paid to "expert" teachers in school groups. Kathryn Ryan talks to the PPTA's President Jack Boyle.

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Dam does 'not qualify' for freshwater fund - economist

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Money allocated for a large dam project near Nelson from a fund aimed at improving freshwater quality is a misuse of taxpayer money, a former treasury economist says.

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:48:00 +1200

Kennedy Warne talks to Kathryn Ryan about the historic agreement signed on Saturday that Rua Kenana is to be pardoned 100 years after his unjust (and illegal) arrest and subsequent trial for sedition; the issue of the Confederate monuments in the American South; and the enjoyable two-hour walk outside of Queenstown that reveals the gold mining history of the area.

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Salt, fat, acid and heat - the four elements of good cooking

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:28:00 +1200

New York Times food columnist and former chef Samin Nosrat has written a book that teaches people how to think for themselves in the kitchen, guided by the 'four points of the cooking compass'.

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Political commentators Stephen Mills & Matthew Hooton

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Kathryn looks ahead to the penultimate week in the campaign with political pundits Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills.

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Book review - The Seagull by Ann Cleeves

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:38:00 +1200

'The Seagull' by Ann Cleeves, published by Macmillan, reviewed by Gail Pittaway.

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The woman who exposed the world to bear bile farming

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Jill Robinson MBE, is the CEO of Animals Asia Foundation, a charity she started in 1998 to rescue bears in China and Vietnam on bile 'farms'. Over 10,000 moon bears are currently trapped in tiny cages throughout Asia, with taps inserted through a hole carved into their gall bladder and abdomen to obtain bile which is used for medicine, face creams, toothpaste and wine. Jill Robinson talks to Kathryn Ryan about her tireless work to free these bears from captivity. And you can 'fold to get involved' with a campaign asking people in New Zealand and Australia to make a paper bear for all the bears that remain in captivity.

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German correspondent Thomas Sparrow

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:50:00 +1200

Thomas Sparrow is Political and Security Correspondent for Deutsche Welle. Today he discusses the upcoming German election, the rise of the right-wing populist AFD party, and Germany's souring relations with Turkey.

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'Our Voices, Our Stories' Northland's youth summit

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:42:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to 15 year old Sean Crichton from Whangarei, and 17 year old Galilee Lambert, from Kaikohe about Northland's Youth Summit.

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Bionic leaf 'game-changer' in renewable tech

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:27:00 +1200

A bionic leaf which turns sunlight into liquid fuel​ has been developed by scientists in the US.

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Is cost-cutting compromising justice?

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:08:00 +1200

The Chief Justice Sian Elias has warned that judges might be pushing to obtain swift guilty pleas, to help get through the sheer number of cases before the courts. Dame Sian Elias has also raised concern about the increased use of technology including video links instead of physical appearances by defendants in court. Kathryn Ryan talks with the President of the Criminal Bar Association, Len Anderson, who says the Chief Justice is absolutely right.

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The week that was with Te Radar and Irene Pink

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:45:00 +1200

A lighter look at the week including a successful duck-to-duck transplant of a donor bill to a beakless, tongueless bird by a Wellington veterinarian.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:30:00 +1200

Brendan Telfer on the findings and recommendations of the panel reviewing the culture of respect and responsibility in NZ rugby. Also the Silver Ferns performances over last 5 days, and the phenomenal increase in the value of the Indian Premier League.

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Lush, symphonic pop music

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:08:00 +1200

Charlotte Ryan discusses two NZ musicians who have used string players on their latest recordings - one of these artists used a 20 piece orchestra. The result - lush symphonic pop music. Featuring two tracks from Neil Finns new album 'Out Of Silence' - and also Jonathan Bree's new single 'You;'re Cool'. Neil Finn's new album was recorded live, and he streamed the sessions.

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Book review - I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Unity Books Review - "I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death" by Maggie O'Farrell. Reviewed by Kiran Dass, Published by Tinder Press, RRP $34.99.

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'I see barbed wire, immediately I'm back in Auschwitz'

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Internationally acclaimed psychologist Dr Edith Eger, 90, was a teenager in Hungary when she and her family were sent to Auschwitz.

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:45:00 +1200

On the edge of extinction, Japan reluctantly agrees to measures to try and save Pacific Bluefin tuna, the indigenous Rapanui of Easter Island vote on huge marine park, but the Kermadecs has still not happened; and a statue in the United States celebrating a soldier who fought against Samoans.

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Who is New Zealand's precariat?

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:28:00 +1200

For New Zealand's precariat, life is a daily struggle: they live in barely adequate insecure housing and are in constant fear of losing their income, often derived from working more than one job.

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"Rugby is having to take a deep breath" but, "it gets it."

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Putting into practice the findings of New Zealand Rugby's review into sport's culture ``won't happen overnight'', but its review leader Kathryn Beck, says significant changes will happen. The Respect and Responsibility Review, which looked at 36 cases of misconduct investigated over the past four years, was sparked by the Chiefs' high-profile stripper scandal during the team's Mad Monday celebrations last year. New Zealand Rugby says it's determined to do better, and is committing to short, medium and long term goals including a shift towards an independent investigation and formal complaints process. Kathryn Beck is the president of the New Zealand Law Society.

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Viewing with Paul Casserly

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:45:00 +1200

TV and Film writer Paul Casserly reviews new movie Frantz, which opens this week, and the twisted comedy Toast of London, just launched on Netflix.

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Coworking space for parents pops up in Dunedin

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:25:00 +1200

Dunedin blogger Bronwyn Bay – a mother who runs her own business – is trialling child-friendly pop-up working spaces for parents in her town.

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New technology with Sarah Putt

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Sarah Putt talks to Kathryn Ryan about digital inclusion, Silicon Valley vs Washington and NZ game development.

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Book review - Diana

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Book reviewer Claire Murdoch discusses new books, bookazines and classic biographies of Diana, Princess of Wales on the 20th anniversary of her death.

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My son's beautiful friendship with the virtual assistant Siri

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:05:00 +1200

In her book To Siri With Love, American journalist Judith Newman tells how her detail-obsessed son Gus, who is autistic, learnt to converse and engage more deeply with the world thanks to his virtual friend Siri.

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UK Correspondent Gerri Peev

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:40:00 +1200

UK Correspondent Gerri Peev.

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Electric vehicle numbers soar in New Zealand

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:30:00 +1200

As the global population gradually shifts towards electric vehicles, when will we finally reach the tipping point? A record 331 EVs were registered in New Zealand in August - the highest in a single month.

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Doctors now able to prescribe medicinal cannabis

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:10:00 +1200

Lifting the restriction on the use of medical cannabis is like "dangling the carrot" but not being able to grab it, a medicinal cannabis advocate says.

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Science commentator Kathy Campbell

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:50:00 +1200

Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc in the US city of Houston, so why did it have such a massive impact? Scientists attempt to solve the mystery of the sun's corona during the total eclipse in the US last month. And University of Auckland students simulate the eruption of a brand new volcano in Auckland.

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Hasbro designer John Austin on what makes a good toy

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:35:00 +1200

John Austin is a toy designer for Hasbro and the author of Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction – a guide to creating slingshots, catapults and combustion shooters from components you’d find around the house.

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Music with Graeme Downes

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Graeme Downes, founding member of the Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago, will take a look at this year's APRA Silver Scrolls finalists, all women, ahead of the big night on September 28th.

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Book review - I know a secret

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Lisa Finucane reviews I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen.

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