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English, News magazine, 1 season, 2223 episodes, 4 days, 18 hours, 37 minutes
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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.
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Critter of the Week black eye grasshopper

This week's critter, found above the treeline in Ka Tiritiri o te Moana the Southern Alps, highlights the resilience and diversity of our alpine fauna.
6/21/202413 minutes, 22 seconds
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DIY with Stan Scott

Builder Stan Scott is along again this week to help out with any DIY projects. If you have a question for him you can text 2101 or email [email protected].
6/21/20247 minutes, 53 seconds
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Lentil Pie with Puffy Cheese Sauce

Julie Biuso has a wonderful recipe for budding young chefs to have go at this week. She's sharing her recipe for Lentil Pie with Puffy Cheese Sauce with Mark.
6/21/202411 minutes, 40 seconds
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NZ Live: Leonard Powell

For NZ Live today we have one of our very own RNZers. Leonard Powell is a producer and journalist for 'First Up', but spends his spare time writing smooth, summery, and often witty songs that we all love.
6/21/202434 minutes, 35 seconds
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Film Review with Kate Rodger

Kate talks to Mark about two animated films out in time for the school holidays, Despicable Me 4 and Inside Out 2. They also talk about the death of acting legend Donald Sutherland.
6/21/202411 minutes, 5 seconds
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Freaky Friday

We're back sharing more of your spooky, unexplainable or coincidental stories. If you have a tale to tell, email us at [email protected].
6/21/20243 minutes, 41 seconds
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How snoring could be a sign of heart problems

That loud snoring keeping you up at night could be more than a noisy annoyance - it could be bad for your heart. Australian researchers have identified snoring as a possible early warning sign of dangerously high blood pressure.
6/21/202412 minutes, 24 seconds
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2024 NZ Olympic team mascot talks about the role

Representing your country at the Olympics is the pinnacle of an athlete's career. It's the same in the mascot world Come July, Kapiti Coast teacher, Kate Thompson will be donning the mascot outfit for the New Zealand Olympics team .
6/21/20248 minutes, 31 seconds
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Winter solstice tradition of Wiccan, an explainer

Today is the shortest day of the year for Aotearoa New Zealand. For many cultures and faiths it's a important time of year. For those who follow the Wiccan traditions it's a time to reflect and gather with friends and family.
6/21/202410 minutes, 51 seconds
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History - "The history of politicians' perks"

How many perks should our MPs get? What is fair and what is unfair? This topic has been in the news and has a long and controversial history. Today Dr Grant Morris explores the history of politicians' perks in New Zealand.
6/20/20248 minutes, 43 seconds
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Solving the World's Problems with Dave Armstrong

Today playwright, author and Wellington resident Dave Armstrong looks at some of the issues facing our capital and what he thinks should be done.
6/20/202410 minutes, 5 seconds
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NZ Sporting History: Adine Wilson

A World Champion, Commonwealth Games gold medalist, six-time premiership winner, and now a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit - Adine Wilson is undoubtedly one of our most decorated netballers. She joined the Silver Ferns in 1999 at the age of 20 and racked up 79 test caps with the team, including two years as captain. She helped the team to victory at the 2003 World Netball Championships and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. At the local level, she played for the Southern Sting during their legendary run of five premiership wins. She remains a stalwart of our netball scene to this day and is a regular game commentator for Sky.
6/20/202428 minutes, 13 seconds
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Turning Waitaki CBD back into a thriving hub

Revitalise Our Places Oamaru programme aims to turn vacant into vibrant in the town centre. Placemaking Lead for the project, Cyndi Christensen, speaks to Mark.
6/20/20249 minutes, 12 seconds
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Speed freaks, running for recovery

Picking yourself up from addiction can take many paths. For one group in Christchurch that path to recovery is best done at a steady jog.. Anna Christophorou is a registered social worker and the founder of Speedfreaks.
6/20/20248 minutes, 34 seconds
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The DNA of working dogs studied for the first time

They're man's best friend, but also play a vital role on farms up and down the country. More than 200 dogs from Pamu farms around the country are the first to provide their DNA to Massey University for the first phase of new research.
6/20/202410 minutes, 23 seconds
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To know what people are thinking, just ask!

Wouldn't you love to know what other people are thinking? Jeff Wetzler says that's easier than you might expect. All you have to do is ask, but too often we either don't know how to ask the right questions in the right way.
6/19/202421 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bookmarks with Hank Bilous

Our Bookmarks guest this week is multitalented adventurer Hank Bilous.
6/19/202426 minutes, 19 seconds
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Easy Eats with Sam Parish: Honey Mustard Glazed Rissoles with

This week's mid week meal inspiration with Sam Parish's Easy Eats is a taste sensation. As always, it's budget friendly, easy to make and bound to keep all your diners happy at meal time.
6/19/20249 minutes, 10 seconds
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Podcast Critic: Jemima Huston

2.12 Podcast Critic: Jemima Huston Today's podcast reviewer Jemima talks to Mark about Carrie Jade Does Not Exist and In the Pits, a homegrown podcast about the history of the music venue the Wine Cellar.
6/19/202411 minutes, 7 seconds
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Heading Off: Dark Dance

Heading Off this week is maybe less about getting out THERE ... but more about heading INWARDS, in a introspective kind of way. Dark Dance is a regular dance part. The organiser Darcy Peacock speaks to Mark.
6/19/202411 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bid to lure more women into trades

Building industry group, BCITO has launched a new initiative to get more women into the trades. Kevin Paul Painters and Decorators in Nelson has a number of women apprentices. Mark speaks to co-owner Maria Williams.
6/19/20248 minutes, 57 seconds
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Wallaby sighting in Cambridge causing concern

Wallabies, the Australian pest, could cause millions of dollars of damage to farmland and a new indication there's one near Cambridge is cause for concern. Waikato senior biosecurity officer Dave Byers speaks to Mark.
6/19/20246 minutes, 56 seconds
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Pre-dinosaur fossils uncovered in Canterbury

A 246-million-year-old fossil discovered in Canterbury has upended long-standing theories about how early sea-going reptiles dispersed around the globe.  Dr Hamish Campbell speaks to Mark.
6/19/202410 minutes, 40 seconds
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Free Speech and why it's in peril

Toby Young isn't afraid to lose friends and alienate people. He's one of Britain's most controversial journalists, associate editor of The Spectator and founder of the Free Speech Union. He'll be on tour in New Zealand this month.
6/18/202423 minutes, 53 seconds
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Update on Oz with Brad Foster

Brad Foster reports on protests in response to a proposed windfarm off the New South Wales coast by residents and a promise by the Opposition that should they win the next election they will not be built. He also foreshadows tonight's NSW Budget, and talks weather, rents and skinny dipping in Tasmania.
6/18/20246 minutes
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Book Critic: Anna Rankin

Today Anna talks to Jesse about The Economic Possibilities of Decolonisation by Matthew Scobie and Anna Sturman.
6/18/20247 minutes, 14 seconds
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Demand high for book on The Treaty of Waitangi

If the success of a new book is anything to go by, New Zealanders are keen to gain a greater understanding of Te Tiriti, The Treaty of Waitangi. The book was released earlier this year by Roimata Smail, she speaks to Jesse.
6/18/20248 minutes, 4 seconds
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Seals and their 'silly season', what to expect

Its around this time of year that young seals spread their flippers. Whether it's in a KFC parking lot or the hand tools section of Bunnings, the wee pups really get around and potentially get themselves, and us, into all sorts bother.
6/18/20249 minutes, 17 seconds
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Clever students helping to keep ball costs down

It's school ball season, but students can struggle to afford the clothes and tickets. However, at Otumoetai College in Tauranga they have a great scheme. Charlotte Willacy speaks to Jesse.
6/18/20248 minutes, 5 seconds
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Saving Southern film makers

A recent report has highlighted what's been described as a ''dire situation'' for our film and production industry in Otago and Southland. Now a new initiative is aiming to turn that around.
6/18/20249 minutes, 9 seconds
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Expert Feature: Divorce coach

For our expert feature today we're joined by New Zealand's first certified divorce coach Kimberlee Sweeney. She's been practising for nine years, and for many of those years was the only coach in the country.
6/17/202416 minutes, 32 seconds
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Made in NZ: Heyrex

This week on Made in NZ we meet the clever people behind a new gadget designed to monitor your dog's health, behaviour and location. Jesse speaks to Stephen Goodger of 'Hey Rex', an AI pet wearable.
6/17/20248 minutes, 2 seconds
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Television Critic: Dom Corry

Today Dom talks to Jesse about House of the Dragon, docu-series Second to None and Presumed Innocent, a new Apple TV+ adaptation of the book previously made in to Harrison Ford film.
6/17/202413 minutes, 30 seconds
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Kerikeri quiz team keen to take on The Chase star

The "Egg Cups" far north quiz team are gearing up to take on an equally brainy quiz master from The Chase when he arrives next month.  The local team speak to Jesse.
6/17/202410 minutes, 20 seconds
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The environmental consumer contradiction, policy change needed

Many of us now consider the environment when we make a new purchase - choosing the brand with the recyclable bottle, the low carbon footprint or even just a nice picture of a dolphin on the bottle.
6/17/202411 minutes, 1 second
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Christchurch quakes reveal buried city history

Since the Christchurch earthquakes 15 years ago archeologists have been busy. They've dug up nearly a million artifacts, unearthing and illuminating the city's history.
6/17/20249 minutes, 17 seconds
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Critter of the Week

Patangaroa or sun stars are a species of starfish found in the intertidal zones of Te Ika-a-Maui and the West Coast of the Te Waipounamu. We have over 600 species of starfish in Aotearoa and they have some pretty unusual eating habits. Patangaroa only have a tiny mouth on the underside of their body, which is often not big enough to eat through. To get around this problem, they insert their stomach membranes into their prey and digest them outside their body before slurping up the resulting juices!
6/14/20247 minutes, 41 seconds
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Gardening with Lynda Hallinan

Lynda Hallinan is back with some great gardening tips for the weekend.
6/14/20248 minutes, 37 seconds
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Cauliflower and kumara soup with rosemary and lemon

Today Kelly Gibney's got a great recipe for a hearty and healthy soup that's perfect to pack up and take for lunch during the week. She shares her recipe for cauliflower and kumara soup. You can find out how to make this at home here.
6/14/20246 minutes, 35 seconds
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Film Review with Sam Hollis

RNZ producer and film critic Sam Hollis reviews Eileen, a psychological thriller with a Kiwi connection, and Hit Man, the latest from Richard Linklater.
6/14/20249 minutes, 24 seconds
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Freaky Friday

We're back sharing more of your spooky, unexplainable or coincidental stories. If you have a tale to tell, email us at [email protected]. Today, Marlborough resident Dave Pearce tells about a close encounter that took place 50 years ago.
6/14/202410 minutes, 52 seconds
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Kiwi stuntman talks thrills and spills

You may not recognise him, but you'll certainly recognise his skill. Mark Harris is a stuntman and stunt coordinator with almost 40 years of experience in his industry. His credits include titles like The World's Fastest Indian, Goodbye Pork Pie and Hercules. Charlotte Ryan speaks to Mark to find out what makes a stuntman tick.
6/14/20249 minutes
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Keeping an ancient art alive

At a time when many are searching for tangible, offline connections, blacksmithing could be primed for a comeback. Today, Charlotte Ryan speaks to blacksmith and instructor Judy Waterson about her work and why there seems to be a resurging interest in this ancient artform.
6/14/20246 minutes, 45 seconds
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The impact of a youth mentor

Upside Youth Mentoring is a volunteer programme providing positive role models for young people in need of extra support. Ahead of National Volunteer Week, which runs from the 16th to the 22nd of June, Charlotte Ryan speaks to programme manager Donald Fawkner and mentor Sean Towson about their work.
6/14/202410 minutes, 4 seconds
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The pre-panel

Today on the Pre-Panel, Wallace Chapman previews tonight's show and producer José Barbosa shakes things up with a heartfelt plea.
6/13/202410 minutes, 24 seconds
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Your Money with Mary Holm

Today Mary Holm talks all about ethical investing and the issues to consider. There's been a Mindful Money Conference held where a number of issues were discussed about companies and what should be considered such as human rights, animal cruelty, weapons, fossil fuels and environment, social harm.
6/13/202417 minutes, 48 seconds
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NZ Sporting History: Stephen Cox

Today on Sporting History we speak to Olympian and former Team New Zealand cyclist Stephen Cox. Stephen's career saw him win medals domestically and at the commonwealth games. He qualified for two Olympics and competed in one. Since retiring he's been very active in the sport of cycling as an organiser, coach and champion. For those efforts he was awarded Officer of the New Zealand Order Of Merit in last weeks Kings Birthday honours.
6/13/202428 minutes, 2 seconds
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Otago Museum unveils new research on the Falklands wolf

A rare wolf species was the apex predator of the Falkland Islands until they were hunted to extinction in 1876. Nearly150 years later, Tuhura Otago Museum has published new research exploring the origins of the creatures.
6/13/20248 minutes, 9 seconds
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Otago author invited to Harper Collins garden party in London

Every year the literary powerhouse Harper Collins throw an exclusive summer garden party in London.This year for the first time author and Dunedin secondary school teacher Samantha Montgomerie has made it onto the invite list.
6/13/20246 minutes, 8 seconds
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Te Whare Pora debuts at Te Atamira

A special exhibition is on at Te Atamira called Te Whare Pora - House of Learning, which show cases the work of Rokahurihia Ngarimu-Cameron.
6/13/202410 minutes, 18 seconds
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First song: Jaya

Today's first song comes from 14 year old singer Jaya Jesse played her debut Aotearoa Sun on the show about 18 months ago. When she released her new single "Me He Korokoro Tui", we knew we needed to get her back..
6/13/20248 minutes, 50 seconds
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Our Changing World - Pest control drones

On Our Changing World this week - the new drone technologies with the potential to revolutionise pest control in Aotearoa New Zealand. Producer William Ray speaks to scientists, hunters, and conservationists - who are hoping the arduous work of eradicating invasive species could happen almost autonomously in the future.
6/12/202412 minutes, 15 seconds
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How Yuppie culture has influenced division and inequality

The 80's are known as the decade of the Yuppie, obsessed with money, status and materialism in their expensive clothes Perrier. The choices they made then set the stage for the cultural division and inequality we have now.
6/12/202422 minutes, 58 seconds
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Easy Eats with Sam Parish: Chinese Sausage ginger fried rice

This week on Easy Eats Sam has a fabulous recipe for a mid-week fakeaway. She shares her simple but super tasty recipe to make Chinese Sausage ginger fried rice. It's also ready in under 30 minutes.
6/12/20247 minutes, 16 seconds
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Podcast Critic: Elliot Childs

Today Elliot talks to Charlotte about Let The Kids Dance and What Happened in Alabama?
6/12/20249 minutes
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Heading Off: Blue Duck Station

This week for Heading Off we're visiting Blue Duck Station near Whanganui National Park. It's been recommended by some non-bird watching types as a place to go, if not just for seeing the blue ducks. To tell us more we're joined by Blue Duck Station owner Dan Steele.
6/12/202410 minutes, 59 seconds
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Creative NZ Pacific Writer's Residency recipient announced

David Fane has been announced as the recipient of the 2024 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer's Residency.  David speaks to Charlotte.
6/12/20248 minutes, 32 seconds
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Historic Auckland building falls victim to upgrade costs

The historic Ponsonby Library and neighbouring gymnasium and community space, known as the Ley's Institute is one of those affected by the councils decision to stop seismic upgrade spending.
6/12/20249 minutes, 58 seconds
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Electrifying farms - the way of the future

A new report from Rewiring Aotearoa explores the benefits of electrifying our farms. They say it's an exciting time for farms and rural communities to reduce their costs, diversify their income.
6/12/202410 minutes, 30 seconds
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Spoken Feature: Thrift

Each week Katy Gosset presents a new episode of Thrift - RNZ's new podcast that's helping you make the most of your money. This week is all about hints to cut your winter power bill.
6/11/202417 minutes, 17 seconds
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Game of Thrones recipes, the official cookbook released

"Eat hearty, my friends. Winter is coming."  Amateur chef and self-confessed fantasy literature fan, Chelsea Monroe-Cassel makes it possible to eat like they do in Westeros. She recreates food from fiction like the Game of Thrones.
6/11/202419 minutes, 5 seconds
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Update on Oz with Brad Foster

Brad Foster reports on the search for a mum and newborn baby in Sydney after evidence of a birth on the banks of a river in Sydney's south west were found by a man walking in the area late on Monday. He also reports on a nationwide initiative by a radio personality and filmmaker to increase the age of social media use by teenagers from 13 to 16 to reduce what they describe as "an anxious generation". He also talks film and footy.
6/11/20246 minutes, 52 seconds
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Book Critic: Pip Adam

Today Pip talks to Jesse about the books she's loved over time. She reviews, Marrow & Other Stories by Sloane Hong, Panthers and the Museum of Fire by Jen Craig and Mrs S. by K. Patrick.
6/11/202412 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tuesday money tips: travel insurance

Today's new money tip Tuesday feature kicks off with a look at travel insurance, getting the best deal, the fine print of what you're covered for and the loopholes to be aware of. Rebecca Styles from Consumer NZ is with Jesse to talk through the topic.
6/11/20246 minutes, 10 seconds
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More research on Maori astronomy

Victoria Campbell is an advocate for Maori astronomy and the natural world, she's also spearheading research into South Island Maori astronomy through her work with Tuhura Otago Museum. She's talks to Jesse.
6/11/20249 minutes, 4 seconds
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Roller skating renaissance to be celebrated

Tomorrow the World Skate Oceania Artistic Championships and Pacific Cup are kicking off in New Plymouth. Assistant team coach Macarena Carrascosa will be there.
6/11/20246 minutes, 37 seconds
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Freshwater fish release at Zealandia

Zealandia and Taranaki Whanui ki te Upoko o te Ika have begun releasing freshwater bully into the Wellington ecosanctuary after collecting them using a traditional method.
6/11/202412 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Final Diagnosis, a new book by Dr Cynric Temple-Camp

How would you commit a perfect murder? It's a question New Zealand's leading forensic pathologist gets asked a lot.
6/10/202425 minutes, 11 seconds
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Expert Feature: Falconry

Today's expert is all about falconry - That's the art of using a bird of prey for hunting.
6/10/202428 minutes
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Made in NZ: NZSIP Smart Panels

NZSIP make a specific kind of insulated panel - structural insulated ones called Smart Panels. For Made in NZ today we head to Central Otago to chat to James Clarke the General Manager/Director NZSIP.
6/10/20248 minutes, 44 seconds
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Television Critic: Brooks Alexander

Today Brooks Alexander talks to Jesse about House of the Dragon, Interview with the Vampire, The Boys and The Acolyte.
6/10/202410 minutes, 49 seconds
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Hā - helping people across Aotearoa to breathe

We've all experienced those moments in life when we feel totally overwhelmed. Well, a breathing tool designed right here in Aotearoa is made to help in those moments Julia Wikeepa is the founder of Hā Habit!
6/10/202410 minutes, 57 seconds
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What is the role of a university in the future?

New Zealand universities are under increasing pressure, there's financial constraints, the post-COVID hangover, and staff layoffs. In response the government's appointment of a University Advisory Group to consider challenges and opportunities for improvement in the university sector.
6/10/202412 minutes, 47 seconds
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"Berm Batteries" a great way to recycle EV batteries

For many years now the after life batteries from electric vehicles have been a thorn in the side environmentally friendly image of those EVs. Now it's hoped that those batteries, no longer fit for purpose in electric cars, can be deployed to help serve as electricity distribution centres, charging cars but also acting as generators not dependent on fossil fuels. A prototype's been set up in Mercer, just south of Auckland by Counties Energy, it's known the Berm Battery - even though it's not technically sitting on the berm at the Mercer service centre. Moonis Vegdani is Counties Energy's chief strategy and transformation officer talks to Jesse.
6/10/202410 minutes, 7 seconds
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Critter of the Week

This week's critter is the ro, also known as the smooth stick insect, whe or Clitarchus hookeri - our most common native stick insect. Smooth stick insects have a range of superpowers: as well as actually looking like sticks, the females can reproduce without males. Their offspring will also be female and will also be able to reproduce solo.
6/7/202415 minutes, 48 seconds
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Gardening with Lynda Hallinan

Gardening guru Lynda Hallinan joins Mark to talk about all things in the garden at this time of the year.
6/7/20244 minutes, 49 seconds
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Beef ragu gnocchi

Today chef, fish monger, author and district councillor Martin Bosley's with us to share a hearty warm winter recipe for gnocchi with beef ragu. You can find the recipe to make it at home here.
6/7/20248 minutes, 8 seconds
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Film Review with Dom Corry

Today Dom talks to Mark about Bad Boys: Ride or Die, The Crime is Mine and The Exorcism.
6/7/202410 minutes, 19 seconds
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Freaky Friday

Each Friday we talk to our listeners about any eerie or unexplained incidents they've experienced. If you have a story of prescience or bizarre coincident along the lines of our Freaky Friday stories, please text 2101 or email [email protected].
6/7/20244 minutes, 39 seconds
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New project launched to battle weeds

New Zealand is an ongoing battle against problematic introduced plant species' that threaten our native flora.  Niklas Erikson is a Senior Conservation Advisor for Auckland Council, he speaks to Mark.
6/7/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Earth science: Inspiring the next generation of geologists

The number of students enrolling in the earth scientists is falling, according to data from numerous global geoscience institutes. To counter that, Christchurch-based earth modelling company Seequent has developed Visible Geology.
6/7/202410 minutes, 57 seconds
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Aucklanders at peace with congestion charges

Motorists in Tamaki Makaurau will no doubt agree that traffic congestion is one of the city's biggest problems. Northern Infrastructure Forum Executive Director, Barney Irvine speaks to Mark.
6/7/20249 minutes, 56 seconds
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History with Dr Grant Morris

Before March 2020, most mediation in New Zealand was delivered face to face. The Covid pandemic has fundamentally changed this and now a lot of mediation is delivered online. Along with legal history, mediation is Dr Grant Morris' academic specialty area. Today he explores the transformation that has occurred in New Zealand mediation over the past few years.
6/6/202410 minutes, 8 seconds
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Solving the World's Problems with Ali Jones

Today Ali's talking to Jesse about the growing problem of mental health issues in younger people and getting help for them. She talks about the prevalence of the issue and the difficulties getting access to the right help for them.
6/6/202410 minutes, 3 seconds
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NZ Sporting History: Suzie Bates

Suzie Bates grew up playing backyard cricket with her older brothers in Dunedin. By the time she was 15, she was playing for the Otago Sparks, and she made her international debut in 2006. We speak to her about her career.
6/6/202428 minutes, 2 seconds
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Discovering the best play grounds in Tamaki Makaurau

Renata Wiles spent hundreds of hours exploring Auckland with her daughter looking for the coolest playgrounds and kid-friendly activities available. Renata speaks to Jesse.
6/6/20249 minutes, 6 seconds
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NZ Children and Young Adults book awards short list

The finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced today.Taking us through the list of finalists books editor and our own book critic Claire Mabey.
6/6/20247 minutes, 48 seconds
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Marking 80 years since D-Day, remembering the NZers who were there

On this day 80 years ago, in 1944, thousands of troops stormed five beaches in northern France. Five of those troops - all New Zealanders - are featured in an Air Force Museum of New Zealand exhibtion which opens today.
6/6/202411 minutes, 48 seconds
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Our Changing World - Exploring Auckland's lava caves

Auckland is well known for being built on an active volcanic field, with Rangitoto and other mountains visible reminders of this fiery past. But there are also volcanic features hidden beneath our feet. We join assistant producer Ellen Rykers in Ambury Regional Park as she's about to head underground to find out more...
6/5/202412 minutes, 35 seconds
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Correcting many years of misinformation around concussions

Confusion, headaches, painful reaction to light; over the years, the symptoms associated with concussion haven't changed.  Science journalist Isobel Whitcomb explains an alternative approach.
6/5/202424 minutes, 59 seconds
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Bookmarks with James Napier Robertson

Our bookmarks guest today is Wellington born, Auckland raised film makes James Napier Robertson He began his career as an actor, with parts in Shortland Street, Being Eve and Power Rangers before stepping behind the lens.
6/5/202428 minutes, 25 seconds
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Easy Eats with Sam Parish: Apricot chicken tray bake

Easy Eats features every Wednesday on Afternoons with the talented chef author and mum of two young children Sam Parish. This week she takes us through how to make apricot chicken tray bake at home.
6/5/20245 minutes, 35 seconds
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Podcast Critic: Adam Burns

This week Adam talks to Jesse about Redhanded and A Thorough Examination with Drs Chris and Xand.
6/5/20247 minutes, 43 seconds
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Heading Off: 'Overtourism' and how to address it

Post-pandemic tourism has far exceeded anyone's expectations leading to a new term 'overtourism'. Parts of the Northern Hemisphere have been struggling under the weight of high number of tourists all year round placing huge pressures on the communities which call those places home. We speak to Joseph Martin Cheer, Professor of Sustainable Tourism and Heritage, Western Sydney University about the problem and potential solutions.
6/5/20248 minutes, 50 seconds
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Recognising WWII veteran's long service

This year marks 80 years since some of the Second World War's most famous battles - including D-Day, the Battle of Berlin, and the Battle of Cassino. 102-year-old Brigadier Les Wright MBE was there.
6/5/202413 minutes, 49 seconds
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Housing company aiming for first 10 star rated development

Good Good Housing was co-founded by Auckland couple Jimmi O'Toole and Charlotte White. Their very first project has the lofty goal of being the first ever 10-Star Homestar rated housing development in New Zealand.
6/5/20249 minutes, 48 seconds
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Lifetime Achievement Award for Food Scientist

Distinguished Professor Harjinder Singh has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Food Technologists. Professor Singh speaks to Jesse.
6/5/20248 minutes, 46 seconds
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Spoken Feature: Thrift

How to save 15 hundred bucks a year. Katy Gosset meets an anti-food-waste campaigner and finds out how Kiwi households can stop chucking good food in the landfill.
6/4/202413 minutes, 44 seconds
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Update on Oz with Brad Foster

Brad Foster provides an update on the court case on now of the man charged with the alleged murder of nine-year-old Charlise Mutton in the Blue Mountains in 2022. He also brings us up to speed on the announcement of the Cold Chisel 50th anniversary tour, an increase to the minimum wage for 2.6 million people, and news on the big cost to taxpayers to introduce a rugby league team from Papua New Guinea into the national competition.
6/4/20247 minutes, 4 seconds
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Book Critic: Catherine Ross

Today Catherine talks to Jesse about YA books with the theme historical fiction. The books she's covering are: For ages 10+ King of Shadows by Susan Cooper For ages 11+ One Shot by Tanya Landman For ages 13+ Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgewick All the Broke Places by John Boyne The Imaginary Lies of James Poneke For ages 14+ Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See
6/4/202412 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tech Tuesday with Dan Watson

Today Dan talks to Jesse about icognito mode and what it does to shield people in terms of privacy. 
6/4/202410 minutes, 32 seconds
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Mental health service users suited to delivering those services

A new study at the University of Canterbury is looking at how those who have been through our mental health system could contribute to the support of others. 
6/4/20246 minutes, 35 seconds
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47 years of monitoring central New Zealand's black swan population

This past weekend, at the New Zealand Bird Conference in Nelson, Lawson Davey presented a talk about the central New Zealand black swan population. Lawson is a fish and game officer at Fish and Game New Zealand.
6/4/20246 minutes, 23 seconds
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Celebrating the success of chef Kia Kanuta

Kia Kanuta began his culinary career as many do, as a dishwasher. 20 years later he's been named Auckland's Most Outstanding Chef at the 2024 Lewisham Awards.
6/4/202415 minutes, 21 seconds
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Critter of the Week

International World Turtle Day was celebrated recently, a day to shellerbrate the magnificent turtles of the world and call attention to the many threats they face in our oceans. Turtles are threatened by plastic and chemical pollution in our oceans and human activity on land and water. You might not think we have turtles in Aotearoa, but five species frequent our waters. The honu, or leatherback sea turtle, is found worldwide and has been spotted as far south as Rakiura Stewart Island. Leatherbacks are impressive creatures, growing up to 2.7 m long and weighing about 500 kg.
5/31/202413 minutes, 40 seconds
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DIY tips and hints

This week builder Stan Scott joins Jesse to help with any handy hints for projects people might be undertaking at home. If you have a question or need a hand with something you're up to please text 2101 or email [email protected].
5/31/20247 minutes, 47 seconds
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Chicken meatballs with whipped tahini

Today's recipe from Gretchen Lowe is a fabulous evening meal for the family or a lovely platter to share with a larger number of guests as a snack. Gretchen shares her recipe for chicken meatballs with whipped tahini. You can find the recipe here.
5/31/20248 minutes, 56 seconds
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Film Review with Kate Rodger

Today Kate talks to Jesse about The Garfield Movie, her top 5 picks for the long weekend and a 10 year celebration of Christopher Nolans' Interstellar release taking place at the Stardome.
5/31/202410 minutes, 45 seconds
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Freaky Friday

Our weekly segment where we ask listeners to share their strange and spooky stories. If you have a spooky tale to share, email [email protected] or text 2101 with the details.
5/31/20245 minutes, 44 seconds
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Kitchen Project helping fledgling food businesses thrive

The Kitchen Project is an Auckland Council initiative that's been running since 2018 It aims to help food entrepreneurs build successful, sustainable businesses. It does this by providing them with access to education, resources and industry mentors. Connie Clarkson - the founder & project manager, she speaks to Jesse.
5/31/202411 minutes, 44 seconds
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Safe smart phone surfing invention

Safe Surfer is an organisation here in Aotearoa New Zealand who've come up with a potential solution to the damage that devices are doing to young people. Rory Birkbeck is part of the team, and a dad, he talks to Jesse.
5/31/202410 minutes, 8 seconds
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Marlon Williams on AMA win

Big night for music in Aotearoa last night with the music awards being handed out to our talented musical artists and associated craft. We catch up with Marlon Williams about his big win.
5/31/20244 minutes, 35 seconds
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Your Money with Mary Holm

Today Mary talks about first home buying following the loss of the Kiwisaver first home buyer grant. She has some tips about using Kiwisaver to buy a home and other options for those looking to purchase their first property.
5/30/202414 minutes, 55 seconds
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Baking for Starship, a unique fundraiser

More than 1,700 people have signed up for the Starship hospitals recently launched community bake off. The bake off is raising money to support the hospital, which in turn supports over 140,000 children each year. One of the people powering up the stand mixer is Director of Paediatric Medical Specialties Dr Helen Evans. She speaks to Susana.
5/30/202414 minutes, 9 seconds
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Pant suits and power ties: critiquing politicians work clothes

How do New Zealand politicians stack up in their choice of dress? Are they sharp or shabby? Stylist Michiko Hylands talks to Susana.
5/30/20248 minutes, 17 seconds
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Farms on the mooove this weekend, an explainer

Saturday is one of the biggest days in the farming calendar - moooo'ving day. The annual event sees farmers, pack up their homes and herds to head to new pastures. Hundreds of thousands of cattle and thousands of farming families will hit the road. Most of the cattle are moved by truck, but if you're heading off the state highway this long weekend, don't be surprised to see cows on the back country roads too. To find out why the entire farming community move on the same day I'm joined by Fed Farmers National share farmers chair Sam Ebbett talks to Susana.
5/30/20248 minutes, 30 seconds
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Stories from Our Changing World

Now on Our Changing World, a story from Australia's ABC Science series, Pacific Scientific, about one of the last places without the killer frog fungus. We join reporter James Purtill just outside of Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, on a frog hunt with Yolarnie Amepou, director of the Piku Biodiversity Network, and her friend Heather.
5/29/202411 minutes, 52 seconds
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Surviving a cult and how to avoid being recruited into one

Carli McConkey didn't join a cult, she was recruited into one at a time when she was searching for direction in her life. She spent 13 years working for nothing, even enduring medical sterilization while part of a doomsday cult called Universal Knowledge in Australia. She's now an advocate for people drawn in to these groups, despite attempts to silence her by the former leader of the group. In this age of misinformation and conspiracy theories, Carli McConkey helps us understand how people get taken in by what may seem like outrageous ideas.
5/29/202425 minutes, 15 seconds
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Easy Eats with Sam Parish: Eggplant and chicken parmigiana

This week's midweek meal inspiration from chef, author and busy mum Sam Parish is bound to be a regular go to dinner for many households. She's got a great tasty and budget friendly recipe for eggplant and chicken parmigana.
5/29/20247 minutes, 36 seconds
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Podcast Critic: Ximena Smith

Today Ximena talks to Jesse about The Gas Man, an investigative series from Tortoise Media. She's also been listening to Intrigue: To Catch a Scorpian.
5/29/20246 minutes, 42 seconds
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Heading Off: Waitaki, a hot tourism destination!

For Heading Off today we're heading to the east coast of the South Island to Waitaki. It's one of the destinations around that is attracting more tourists each year. We speak to journalist Lisa Scott about why Waitaki!
5/29/20244 minutes, 46 seconds
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BabyX at the centre of groundbreaking research

BabyX is an interactive AI model of an 18 month old. It was originally launched in 2013, by then Auckland University researcher Mark Sagar. Over the last 10 years it's been developed and improved, to the point it's now suitable for academic research into early childhood development It allows researchers to do work that would be impossible or unethical on real human participants. University of Auckland psychologist Florian Bednarski is taking advantage of those possibilities to conduct groundbreaking research.
5/29/20248 minutes
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NZ's Rose of Tralee 2024 crowned

The New Zealand Rose of Trelee competition took place in Invercargill this weekend The annual contest has been running here since 1966 and sees women of Irish heritage compete for a slot in the International Rose Of Trelee contest which takes place in Ireland later this year. The winner of that becomes a global ambassador for the country - it's a big prize which comes with a 25,000 euro travel budget This years New Zealand winner - 21 year old Keely O'Grady. She speaks to Jesse.
5/29/20245 minutes, 55 seconds
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Smith And Caughey's set to close 2025

Aucklands oldest department store Smith and Caughey's is set to close in 2025. The retail store on Queen Street has been a fixture for 144 years Jesse speaks with CEO of Auckland's Heart of the City; Viv Beck.
5/29/20246 minutes, 35 seconds
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What rural NZ is looking for in tomorrow's budget

The budget will of course be delivered from Wellington, but this year our rural community will be keeping a close eye on it as well. Farmers Weeky journalist and former share milker Richard Rennie joins us to run us through what he's looking out for.
5/29/20249 minutes, 11 seconds
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From high flyer to fraud: Bob Calkin's incredible life

Bob Calkin considers himself a lucky man. Too young for both world wars and entering the workforce in the '50s and '60s, New Zealand gave working-class men like him tremendous opportunities.
5/28/202422 minutes, 38 seconds
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Update on Oz with Brad Foster

Brad Foster reports on the search for a mum and newborn baby in Sydney after evidence of a birth on the banks of a river in Sydney's south west were found by a man walking in the area late on Monday. He also reports on a nationwide initiative by a radio personality and filmmaker to increase the age of social media use by teenagers from 13 to 16 to reduce what they describe as "an anxious generation". He also talks film and footy.
5/28/20248 minutes, 37 seconds
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Book Critic: Claire Mabey

Today Claire talks to Jesse about two very different memoirs, First Things by Harry Ricketts and Splinters by Leslie Jamison. She also talks about Jane Arthur's children's novel Brown Bird.
5/28/20249 minutes, 7 seconds
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Tech Tuesday with Tim Warren

Today Tim talks to Jesse about how AI will change jobs and careers.
5/28/20244 minutes, 2 seconds
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Baby food pouches not providing enough nutritional value

Baby food pouches could be providing our little ones with very little nutritional value, according to new research.  Ioanna Katiforis is PhD candidate in the Department of Human Nutrition at University of Otago, was involved.
5/28/20246 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why Chinese migrants change their names when they emigrate

We often have multiple layers of names and nicknames for different groups and situations. But increasingly many Chinese given those as a child are choosing - when they grow up - to revert back to their Chinese names.
5/28/202412 minutes, 38 seconds
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Safety and etiquette for dogs at work

Around 76 dog incidents happen each day in New Zealand requiring medical attention, according to ACC data. The Dog Safe Workplace helps reduce the number of incidents and protects workers.
5/28/202412 minutes, 34 seconds
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How to slow down and be productive

Work isn't working. We are so busy staying busy, with constant emails and new message apps, we end up exhausted says professor Cal Newport. 
5/27/202425 minutes, 45 seconds
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Expert Feature: Electricity

Electricity - how do we generate it, how does it get from a hydro-station to our kettles, and where is the technology involved heading? 
5/27/202424 minutes, 35 seconds
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Made in NZ: Rocking Horses

This week on Made in NZ we meet Shona Garven who's dedicated her business to making and restoring rocking horses. The Rocking Horse Place is based in Turakina just south of Whanganui. Shona explains her passion and business to Jesse.
5/27/20247 minutes, 23 seconds
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Television Critic: Linda Burgess

Today Linda talks to Jesse about The Tattooist of Auschwitz on Neon and Clarkson's Farm on Prime Video.
5/27/202414 minutes, 53 seconds
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Scrabble competition heating up

This coming weekend the New Zealand Association of Scrabble Players (NZASP) is hosting the 44th National Scrabble Championship in Wellington. 
5/27/202410 minutes, 51 seconds
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Man made structures causing issues for freshwater wildlife

Research is underway on the barriers on the West Coast which are stopping young freshwater fish travelling upstream to feed grow into adult fish. 
5/27/20247 minutes, 26 seconds
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Infrastructure deficit report released

The Helen Clark Foundation have teamed up with engineering company WSP to release a major new report into our infrastructure deficit. 
5/27/202411 minutes, 25 seconds
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Critter of the Week puteketeke

This week's critter isn't tiny, unloved or even unattractive, but it is bizarre. The puteketeke or Australasian crested grebe was crowned Bird of the Century last year thanks to an 'alarmingly aggressive' campaign by talk show host John Oliver. The puteketeke got a whopping 290,374 votes, light years ahead of the second-place winner - the North Island brown kiwi, which got 12,904 votes. John Oliver chose to champion the bird because "They puke, they do a 'weed' dance before mating, they have great hair, and there are fewer than 1000 of them left in New Zealand!"
5/24/202415 minutes, 19 seconds
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Gardening with Lynda Hallinan

This week Lynda's talking all about yams!
5/24/20245 minutes, 6 seconds
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Spicy coconut eggs

Today's recipe is a great warm and spicy winter dish that be the main part of the meal or a side dish. Julie Biuso of Shared Kitchen has a great recipe that's budget friendly to share with our listeners.
5/24/202412 minutes, 6 seconds
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Film Review with Sam Hollis

Today Sam reviews Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and Joika.
5/24/202412 minutes, 11 seconds
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Freaky Friday

Our weekly segment where we ask listeners to share their strange and spooky stories. If you have a spooky tale to share, email [email protected] or text 2101 with the details.
5/24/20247 minutes, 13 seconds
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Country Music Honours premiere event in Gore tonight

Country music fans will be celebrating tonight with the Country Music Honours taking place tonight. As an added treat for country music fans, the original queen of country in Aotearoa, Suzanne Prentice is performing.
5/24/20245 minutes, 32 seconds
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Freshwater champions celebrated in Wellington

Burke Family who run Pukekauri Farms at Katikati in the Bay of Plenty have been named as freshwater champions.  Assessors described them as "genuine trailblazers". John Burke from the Burke family speaks to Jesse.
5/24/202411 minutes, 15 seconds
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NZ Live: Vera Ellen

Award-winning local musician Vera Ellen performs a live session in our Wellington studio.
5/24/202435 minutes
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New research on mask wearing prompts calls for health update

An international team of researchers has undertaken the most extensive review of masks so far. Among them was our very own Professor Michael Baker, of the Department of Public Health at Otago University in Wellington.
5/24/202415 minutes, 51 seconds
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History with Dr Grant Morris

Budget Day 2024 is coming up next week on Thursday 30 May.It will be one of the biggest political events of the year and possibly define the Coalition Government. Some critics have predicted it will be a 'Black Budget' but what does that actually mean? Today Dr Grant Morris looks back to 1958 and the infamous Black Budget.
5/23/20249 minutes, 37 seconds
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Solving the World's Problems with Simon Wilson

Today Simon Wilson's with Jesse to talk about 'green housing' off the back of the NZ Green Building Council Housing Summit held in Auckland this week.
5/23/20247 minutes, 50 seconds
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NZ Sporting History: Hamish Bond

A three-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower, a Commonwealth Games bronze for road cycling, and soon-to-be Team New Zealand cycler, Hamish's athletic career knows no bounds. Hamish speaks to Jesse.
5/23/202428 minutes, 52 seconds
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Music Critic: Rachel Ashby

Rachel talks about Reb Fountain's cover of OMC's How Bizarre and a new track out from Vera Ellen.
5/23/202414 minutes, 30 seconds
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Catan National Championships about to take place

The New Zealand Catan National Championships take place on June 1st and 2nd at Wellycon. 
5/23/20248 minutes, 39 seconds
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Gaurav Sharma reunites with family after many years

RNZ has created an Asia unit, largely based here in Auckland to reflect the diversity in our communities and share their stories.
5/23/202410 minutes, 41 seconds
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How to write your family history Charlotte Squire wants to help

Charlotte Squire helps people write their family history - for themselves and future generations. Why? 
5/23/20248 minutes
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Kelmarna Community Farm asking for help to survive

Central Auckland's Kelmarna Community Farm have been feeding the community and bringing the joy of gardening to urban residents for forty years. 
5/23/20249 minutes, 4 seconds
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Our Changing World for 22 May 2024

This week, Phil Vine dives into the science of climate attribution. How much is climate change affecting extreme weather events? And how can this new science prepare us for the future?
5/22/202411 minutes, 10 seconds
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Amanda Montell's new book on surviving the information overload

Every generation has its own brand of crisis. As far as writer, linguist, and podcaster Amanda Montell is concerned, celebrity worship, conspiracy theories and a tad of mysticism is a crisis. She says our shared grasp of reality is slipping. She says the rise in irrationality is a response to information overload in the digital age. She offers a message of hope that we can regain our ability to reason in her new book, The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality.
5/22/202424 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bookmarks with David Downs

Our bookmarks guest this week is an example of what it means to beat the odds. As a tech entrepreneur, David Downs was at the centre of many amazing innovations during the 1990s and 2000s. He also spent over a decade working with Microsoft as a regional director. In 2013 he was a semi-finalist for New Zealander of the Year for his dedication to improving cancer research and treatment following his own battle with the disease. He's with Jesse this week to share what he likes to read, watch and listen to in his down time.
5/22/202418 minutes, 53 seconds
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Easy Eats with Sam Parish: Pork and Miso Ramen

Each Wednesday she presents us with Easy Eats - the solution to putting something healthy delicious and affordable on the table rather than reaching for your device to get a take out or meal delivery.
5/22/20245 minutes, 28 seconds
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Podcast Critic: Matt Heath

Today Matt Heath talks to Jesse about The Rest is History and Professor G.
5/22/202412 minutes, 52 seconds
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Reading Party recap

We held our very first reading party here in Auckland last night. We reflect with one of the guests and our very own people about how that went.
5/22/20248 minutes, 41 seconds
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Seven year old impresses with submission to Rotorua Council

While kids are usually accused of not being interested in local democracy, Rotorua's Jimmy Bathgate has shown age is no barrier to having your voice heard on local matters.
5/22/20248 minutes, 1 second
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Drones needed to find endangered lizard species

Using drones to find lizards might sound like an impossible task, but it's hoped the technology can get to our endangered ones. Carey Knox has spent 13 years as a lizard ecologist - or herpetologist is the technical name - and he's in the process of undergoing research collecting important data on New Zealand's endangered lizards. He's fundraising to get a drone to help him get to the tricky places where they live. He explains it all to Jesse.
5/22/20248 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Lost Boy podcast released

The disappearance of 11 years Mike Beckenridge and his stepfather John was initially thought to be a sad story of a murder suicide. Stuff journalist Michael Wright's podcast on the complex and compelling case released this morning.  
5/22/202410 minutes, 57 seconds
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How high school students solved a serial murder mystery

They're called The Redheaded Murders, the brutal killing and dumping of up to 14 women along motorways in the American South more than 30 years. The murders remained a mystery, almost forgotten, until Mr Campbell's students from a small high school in Eastern Tennessee got on the case. They identified a serial killer connected to six of the murders. The work of the high school students is featured in a 10 part podcast called Murder 101. At one point it was the most listened to podcast in New Zealand. We'll talk to Mr Campbell and student sleuth Hannah Metcalfe.
5/21/202425 minutes, 29 seconds
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Music feature: Ray Charles

Ray Charles was a pioneer of soul, jazz, gospel and rhythm and blues music, and according to Frank Sinatra "the only true genius in show business".
5/21/202428 minutes, 37 seconds
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Update on Oz with Brad Foster

Brad Foster reports on news of the closure of a number of restaurants in Sydney including celebrity chef Kylie Kwong's Lucky Kwong's. He also talks rising unemployment, the start of Vivid Sydney, soccer, immigration and the new Mad Max movie.
5/21/202410 minutes, 10 seconds
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Book Critic: Catherine Robertson

Today Catherine speaks to Jesse about Brown Bird by Jane Arthur, Fox Spirit on a Distant Cloud by Lee Murray and Accidental Magic: Book 1 of the Myrtlewood Mysteries by Iris Beaglehole.
5/21/202410 minutes, 30 seconds
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Tech Tuesday with Paul Spain

Today tech commentator and chief executive of Gorilla Technology Paul Spain speaks to Jesse about longer lasting batteries in microsoft lap tops as well as a new privacy tool to stop all AI work being sent to the internet automatically.
5/21/20247 minutes, 28 seconds
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Obstacle racing in Aotearoa, an explainer

Kevin Ford and his partner Jules are the folk behind Nelsons Obstacle Park - the only permanent obstacle course racing park in the country.
5/21/20249 minutes, 21 seconds
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Antarctica super storage of carbon

New research out of Antarctica has revealed it's storing more carbon than ever thought. Previously researches believed that Antarctica wasn't a suitable habitat for seaweed. NIWA Marine Ecologist Dr Leigh Tait speaks to Jesse.
5/21/20247 minutes, 41 seconds
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Kaiapoi Coastguard upgraded vessel to help for rough waters

Kaiapoi Coastguard is leading the way in swift water rescue with the launch of their brand new boat, the "Extreme 47 Coastguard". Volunteer Coastgaurd and unit skipper, Logan Pryce speaks to Jesse.
5/21/20247 minutes, 28 seconds
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Here Now

On Here Now this week, as Sudan's civil war continúes, diaspora across the world are holding on to slivers of hope.
5/20/202413 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Age of Grievance, why everyone is complaining

Everyone has a complaint about something. Being a victim and feeling resentful has become a form of social currency says New York Times opinion writer Frank Bruni. It's driving political division and eroding civility, and the willingness to compromise. He looks at the causes and argues that humility is the antidote in his new book, The Age of Grievance.
5/20/202420 minutes, 32 seconds
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Expert Feature: Relationship counselling

Maintaining a long, healthy relationship is never completely smooth sailing, and external pressures can cause stress that couples struggle to work through without support.
5/20/202424 minutes, 36 seconds
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Made in NZ: EmGuard

For Made in NZ today we're looking to Nelson where an award-winning product called EmGuard is manufactured.
5/20/20248 minutes, 25 seconds
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Television Critic: Pratik Navani

Today Pratik talks to Jesse about The 3 Body Problem, ExMen '97 and Malcolm in the Middle.
5/20/202410 minutes, 13 seconds
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Keeping profits down to help the community

A small family run convenience store in Oamaru has taken matters into their own hands when it comes to grocery prices.
5/20/202410 minutes, 7 seconds
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RNZ Podcast "Thrift" launched

RNZ podcast producer and presenter Katy Gosset has a brand new six part series about to launch all about saving money, making budgets go further and expert tips on fiscal responsibility.
5/20/20247 minutes, 45 seconds
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Hidden life of extinct ducks uncovered

New information about one of New Zealands mysterious extinct birds has come to light. Associate Professor Nic Rawlence is the Director of Otago Palaeogenetics Laboratory at the University of Otago speaks to Jesse.
5/20/20247 minutes, 30 seconds
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First song: How Bizarre cover by Reb Fountain

Reb Fountain is paying tribute to an incredible musician who's no longer with us, but was the genuis behind one of Aotearoa's most successful songs of all time... How Bizarre.
5/20/202412 minutes, 50 seconds
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Critter of the Week: putawa or bracket fungus

This week’s critter is the pūtawa or bracket fungus (also known as white punk, pangu or morepork bread). The fruiting body of this fungus looks a bit like a caramel-coloured flying saucer that crashed into a tree. It's got a great history too!
5/17/202414 minutes, 31 seconds
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DIY with Stan Scott

Builder Stan Scott's back today to help with some handy hints and tips for your DIY projects or repairs around the house. If you have any questions for Stan please text 2101 or email [email protected].
5/17/20248 minutes, 1 second
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Music 101: Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan, host of Music 101 here on RNZ each Saturday afternoon from 1pm talks about what's happening on the music scene over the weekend, what's coming up on her show tomorrow and because Friday is new music day - she'll pick us a track to play.
5/17/20246 minutes, 36 seconds
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INCA style | jalapeño poppers, bacon, goat's cheese and honey

Today's recipe has a little bit of heat to warm you up on these colder days. Nic Watt, chef and restaurateur for MASU, INCA and Akarana Eatery, joins Jesse to share his recipe for a tasty morsel.
5/17/20246 minutes, 41 seconds
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Film Review with Dom Corry

Today Dom talks to Jesse about new Netflix movie Unfrosted, horror/thriller The Strangers and family fantasy film IF.
5/17/202413 minutes, 37 seconds
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Freaky Friday

Our weekly segment where we ask listeners to share their strange and spooky stories. If you have a spooky tale to share, email [email protected] with the details!
5/17/20246 minutes, 47 seconds
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Speedpuzzling competition set to start in Aotearoa

If you're a fan of jigsaw puzzles and you fancy yourself as a bit of a whizz at getting them done in a jiffy - there's now a competition for you to show off your skills. Competitive speedpuzzling is coming to our shores.
5/17/202411 minutes, 2 seconds
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Post-partum underwear, a winning idea for University student

Massey design student Isabel Nicholls has taken out the university's Grand Ideas competition with her comfortable, eco-friendly, health-prioritising postpartum underwear. They're called 'Nurture'. Isabel Nicholls speaks to Jesse.
5/17/20246 minutes, 52 seconds
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Wool classing tutors sought after the retirement of two greats

Wool has been one of our primary products and exports for over half a century, but even greater than the quantity of our wool is the quality. The resignation of New Zealand's only two wool classing tutors has the sector worried.
5/17/202411 minutes, 5 seconds
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Your Money with Mary Holm

This week Mary talks about a recent conference run by the Retirement Commission - Te Ara Ahunga Ora. It was all about planning next steps in their National Strategy for Financial Capability. Mary talks to Jesse about what that means for us.
5/16/202417 minutes, 30 seconds
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Sports History NZ: Tom Abercrombie

For Sports History NZ today our guest has recently called time on one of the most decorated careers in New Zealand basketball. 
5/16/202428 minutes, 38 seconds
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Music Critic: Matthew Crawley

Today Matthew talks to Jesse about tracks from Tinariwen and Camera Obscura.
5/16/202415 minutes, 12 seconds
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Aotearoa's fashion future

A report last week highlighted the cultural and economic value our fashion, clothing and textiles industry provides. 
5/16/202415 minutes, 19 seconds
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Who has the best drinking water in Aotearoa, a tasting competition

Awards season is truly upon us, with this year's Best Tasting Tap Water in New Zealand awards happening tonight in New Plymouth. 
5/16/202411 minutes, 27 seconds
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Prostate cancer annual conference international expert speaker

Prostate cancer is symptomless disease which kills 700 New Zealand men a year and has overtaken breast cancer in terms of deaths. 
5/16/20249 minutes, 21 seconds
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Our Changing World – Fungal foray

This week we take a foray with Liz Garton into Aotearoa’s largely undiscovered fungal kingdom – where remedies for the growing problem of antibiotic resistance might be found.
5/15/202412 minutes, 28 seconds
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Dr Jonathan Haidt on devices and mental health

A surge of suffering is happening to teenagers around the world with rising rates of anxiety, depression and self harm. We changed their childhoods with smartphones says social psychologist Dr Jonathan Haidt, making it harder for them to flourish as adults. He calls the decline in teen mental health a tragedy in two acts; overprotecting children in the real world preventing them from playing unsupervised and being independent, and under protecting them from the dangers of the online world. Dr Haidt is calling for a revolution, including no smartphones before age 16 and no phones in school. His new book is called, "The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness."
5/15/202428 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bookmarks with Jacinta Ruru

Our Bookmarks guest today has made history more than once Maori Professor Jacinta Ruru is with Jesse for Bookmarks this week.
5/15/202428 minutes, 7 seconds
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Easy Eats with Sam Parish: Slow cooker pork

This week on Easy Eats Sam Parish has a great recipe that can be used in a number of different meals. It's, as always, fast, budget friendly and a crowd pleaser.
5/15/20249 minutes, 15 seconds
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Podcast Critic: Alex Barnes

Today Alex talks to Jesse about Indigenous 100 Podcast and Being Well
5/15/202412 minutes, 12 seconds
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Heading Off: providing luxury in Aotearoa to travellers

For Heading Off today we're looking at what's on offer for the luxury travellers coming to our shores. 
5/15/20246 minutes, 58 seconds
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Warming up Auckland for the World Choir Games

Come the 10th of July, Tamaki Makaurau Auckand will sound a little sweeter. 11,000 singers from more than 250 choirs will hit the city for the 2024 World Choir Games. =
5/15/20249 minutes, 11 seconds
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Relocated petrel chicks thriving in the Chathams

A group of Chatham petrel chicks have been relocated in the Chathams under the watchful eye of DOC ranger Jemma Welch. 
5/15/202410 minutes, 22 seconds
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Auckland space tech company on sending pioneering technology into orbit

Zenno Astronautics is an Auckland and US-based austronautic company which has already sent its technology into space via Elon Musk's SpaceX.
5/15/202411 minutes, 57 seconds
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Lucy Lawless on telling Margaret Moth's story on film

The email to actor Lucy Lawless came out of the blue. Would she like to do a documentary about legendary CNN photojournalist, Kiwi Margaret Moth? After years in warzones all over the world, even after a sniper's bullet in Sarajevo shattered her jaw, Moth felt compelled to show the world the reality of war until she died of cancer in 2010. Her best friend and heir to her estate called to ask if the former Princess Warrior would tell the story of a warrior of courage under fire. Lawless immediately said yes and makes her directorial debut with the documentary, Never Look Away.
5/14/202424 minutes, 53 seconds
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Jimmy Barnett on the road with the Rolling Stones

For today's Music Feature we're diving deep into one of the most seminal, influential, and straight-up cool albums in rock history. Released in 1972, 'Exile on Main Street' was the 10th album released by the Rolling Stones following the success of 'Sticky Fingers' the previous year. At the time a young Jimmy Barnett was finding his feet as a lighting director, dreaming of working with "the greatest rock and roll band in the world". The album made a deep impression on him, and he would later go on to tour with the Stones. Jimmy joins Jesse to talk about his time with Mick and the gang, as well as why 'Exile on Main Street' is such a firm favourite of his.
5/14/202428 minutes, 43 seconds
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Update on Oz with Brad Foster

Brad Foster provides a rundown on what Australians can expect in tonight's Federal Budget, with a particular focus expected to be on the ongoing challenges of cost of living. He also reports on Australia's most expensive house coming on the market, surfing in Western Sydney, women's rugby league, and plenty more.
5/14/20247 minutes, 55 seconds
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Book Critic: Dominic Hoey

Today Dominic talks to Jesse about The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
5/14/20247 minutes, 50 seconds
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Tech Tuesday with Dan Watson

Today owner and managing director of Vertech IT services Dan Watson talks to Jesse about some tech tips for travelling internationally.
5/14/20249 minutes, 4 seconds
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Dunedin Wildlife Hospital in need of more funding

Dunedin Wildlife Hospital has treated more than 3500 patients since it was established in 2018 including hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins, kakapo and northern royal albatross. The hospital gets council funding but also relies on donations to operate. Last week hospital manager Jordana Whyte spoke on behalf of the hospital trust at the Dunedin City Council annual plan hearings, asking for $75,000 in bridging funding. Jordana talks to Jesse about the hospital, its history, and the notable critters they've treated over the years.
5/14/202411 minutes, 57 seconds
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A closer look at the relationship between people and trees

What would you say in a love letter to a tree? A research project examining the connects the inhabitants of a city have with its trees is uprooting from Melbourne and heading the Christchurch. Arbor-Amor: love letters to a city's trees began as a simple concept across the ditch. Trees were given email addresses and residents asked to send their concerns about branch removal, protruding roots or watering needs. What happened next is fascinating - letters of love, loss, comfort and difficulties were sent - with heartwarming stories of connection and creativity. Dr Catherine Phillips is a lecturer at University of Canterbury and research team member at PlantCities. She speaks to Jesse.
5/14/20247 minutes, 6 seconds
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Is salt killing us?

The Stroke Foundation wants mandatory standards introduced to reduce the amount of salt in processed foods, which it says will save thousands of New Zealand lives lost or impacted by strokes each year. The foundation says many people are consuming much more than the recommended 5-gram daily intake daily with most of the salt content hidden in the everyday foods we eat. It is calling on the government to regulate the industry and to make it easier for people to eat less salt. Jess Winchester, general manager of marketing and fundraising at Stroke Foundation of New Zealand, joins Jesse.
5/14/20248 minutes, 27 seconds
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Here Now - Bird Recue

Tucked away in west Auckland, a bird rescue centre has been attracting people with experience from around the world keen to help rescue injured NZ avians.
5/13/20249 minutes, 58 seconds
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Harlan Coben's latest novel lands after an 8 year hiatus

Harlan Coben is an accidental novelist whose success is no accident. It comes from hard work, deep empathy and unreserved respect for the joy of reading. He's known as the master of domestic suspense, setting many of his 35 novels in suburbia and selling more than 80 million books and adapting several of them for Netflix. After an 8 year break, Harlan Coben is out with his 12th book featuring Myron Bolitar the basketball player turned sports agent who often plays detective. The latest book is Think Twice.
5/13/202422 minutes, 59 seconds
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Expert Feature: Warwick Jordan on looking after books

Our expert today knows a thing or two about books - and he should too, seeing he has 1 million of them - yes you heard that right. Warwick Jordan is the founder of the 'Hard to Find: but worth the effort' Second Hand Bookshops... which does exactly what it says, specialising in those special books that you don't come across every day. It's Aotearoa's largest second hand book business. He's with Jesse to talk about the do's and don'ts of book care.
5/13/202428 minutes, 47 seconds
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Made in NZ: Airpop, a unique environmentally friendly way to insulate homes 

What can you make out of fresh air? Quite a lot actually. 
5/13/20246 minutes, 34 seconds
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Television Critic: Claire Chitham

Claire Chitham reviews the latest on TV
5/13/202416 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why our authors should write stories set in New Zealand

When Lauren Keenan (Te Ati Awa ki Taranaki) first started writing, she was told to set her stories overseas otherwise they wouldn't get published. 
5/13/202411 minutes, 14 seconds
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Capturing the aurora in Lauder

We've all become amateur aurora experts over the past couple of days - with a rare solar storm causing dazzling displays in the sky over North and South Islands. 
5/13/20249 minutes, 28 seconds
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Trans-Tasman collaboration investigates rare disorders

While the prevalence of rare disorders in New Zealand might be up for debate, the impact of a rare disorder diagnosis is not - it's life-changing. 
5/13/202411 minutes, 56 seconds
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Pre-Panel for Friday 10 May

Would you rather be stuck in a forest with a bear... Or a man?
5/10/202410 minutes, 51 seconds
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Lemon & Coconut Raw Balls and home made vanilla extract

With mother's day looming large on the horizon Jess Daniell's got two amazing recipes to share either of which could be a lovely thoughtful gift for the mother or mother figure in your life.
5/10/20247 minutes, 2 seconds
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NZ Live: Wurld Series

Christchurch indie rock band Wurld Series perform tracks from their acclaimed 2023 album The Giant's Lawn.
5/10/202435 minutes, 55 seconds
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Film Review: Kate Rodger

Today Kate talks to Susana about Planet of the Apes
5/10/202413 minutes, 51 seconds
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Freaky Friday

Our weekly segment where we ask listeners to share their strange and spooky stories. If you have a spooky tale to share, email [email protected] with the details!
5/10/202410 minutes, 55 seconds
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From Coromandel to taking on the world as a DJ with Fred Again

While DJ Fred Again was in NZ he ran a competition to select a warmup DJ for a small show at Coromandels Coroglen Tavern. The DJ that won the slot was Tessa Hills A.K.A DJ Messie. We speak to Tessa.
5/10/20248 minutes, 21 seconds
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Critter of the Week

The ghost moths are an ancient group of moths that appeared over 100 million years ago. Named after a ghostly European moth, the ghost moths are often thought to be the souls of the departed come back to visit the living. The forest ghost moth, Dumbletonius unimaculatus, is one of 27 species of ghost moth endemic to Aotearoa. They live in low-lying forests in the North Island where their caterpillars live in underground tunnels. Sometimes, the caterpillars are transformed into mummies by a sinister fungal assassin.
5/10/202416 minutes, 28 seconds
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Gardening with Lynda Hallinan

This week Lynda's all about the autumn harvest of pumpkins.
5/10/20245 minutes, 22 seconds
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What makes us tick when it comes to the environment

Dr Claudia Schneider is a researcher at the University of Canterbury. Her work looks at what makes people tick environmentally. That is - the factors that motivate us to take action on climate change. Claudia speaks to Susana.
5/10/20246 minutes, 48 seconds
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History with Dr Grant Morris

Back in August 2018 we talked about the history of free speech in NZ. In the last few weeks there has been some controversy at my university over a planned debate on freedom of speech. Today we can catch up with developments and look at these in the context of our history.
5/9/20248 minutes, 30 seconds
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Solving the World's Problems with Dave Armstrong

The cycling debate in Wellington has been a hot potato recently with Green MP Julie Anne Genter's cycling and transport wars spilling over into Parliament. He's also got some thoughts on Wellington City Council's airport shares and a lovely update on the release of kiwi on the Karori golf course.
5/9/20248 minutes, 12 seconds
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Sports history NZ: Leslie Egnot

In 1995, Team New Zealand made history - winning the America's Cup for the first time and crushing the legendary sailor Dennis Connor in the process But there was another major storyline lurking in the background of that win, a history-making team of all-women - America3 who came agonisingly close being in that final themselves. At the helm was none other than Kiwi Olympic silver medallist, and trailblazer, Leslie Egnot. She's with us for this week's Sports History NZ.
5/9/202427 minutes, 34 seconds
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Clowning about with comedian Trygrve Wakenshawe

Hastings-born comedian Trygve Wakenshaw is a critically acclaimed comedian known for his sharp and playful physical comedy. 
5/9/202411 minutes, 16 seconds
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Can the didgeridoo help cure snoring?

A new cure for snoring is being touted online, it's the didgeridoo! While that might sound a bit out there, there is some scientific basis to it. 
5/9/20248 minutes, 56 seconds
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Why feijoas aren't tinned to be enjoyed all year round

Earlier this week one of our listeners shared that she had just picked an Avocado sized 186g Feijoa.
5/9/20249 minutes, 42 seconds
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Our Changing World - Seabed mud and past eruptions

On Our Changing World today, Claire Concannon learns about the Beneath the Waves research programme. It's led by GNS Science and aims to understand more about the two island volcanoes in the Bay of Plenty - Whakaari and Tuhua. As well as mapping the anatomy of the volcanoes, the team are also looking back into their eruptive past to learn about the risks they might pose in the future.
5/8/202412 minutes, 24 seconds
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Food cartels, do we really need them?

When best-selling authors Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser first exposed the issues created by an industrialized food system in their documentary Food Inc, they didn't expect to do a sequel. But sixteen years later, they say Big Ag is creating even bigger economic, environmental and health issues. Food Inc 2 has journalist Eric Schlosser revealing the new dangers from food oligopolies. We'll talk to him about the new documentary and his piece in The Atlantic, Do We Really Want a Food Cartel?
5/8/202423 minutes, 15 seconds
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Easy Eats with Sam Parish: Nourishing Couscous lamb bowls

Sam Parish, chef, author and mum of two young children shares her midweek meal inspiration which is easy to make and budget friendly.
5/8/20247 minutes, 29 seconds
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Podcast Critic: Jemima Huston

Today Jemima talks to Jesse about The Rest is Entertainment and To Catch a Scorpion.
5/8/202411 minutes, 39 seconds
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Heading Off: Stephanie Holmes on cruises

Today's Heading Off is with NZ Herald Travel Editor Stephanie Holmes. During her time she's been a few different styles of cruises in different parts of the world. 
5/8/202410 minutes, 7 seconds
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Children as a source of comedy, Lana Walters show

The New Zealand comedy festival is up and running, a chance to showcase some of the best comedians from here and further afield. 
5/8/20247 minutes, 45 seconds
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Making the best roasts, tips from an expert

It's that cooler time of year when, for the carnivorous amongst us at least), enjoying a tasty roast meal seems pretty appealing. 
5/8/20249 minutes, 47 seconds
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Testing the Olympic waves

In just over two months time 10,00 athletes will march into the Trocadero Plaza, kicking of the 2024 Paris Olympics. 
5/8/20247 minutes, 46 seconds
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How AI has taken over our decision making

Once you start noticing, you can see it everywhere; the 'sameness' of style, music, art and even food. New Yorker staff writer Kyle Chayka blames algorithms that direct our attention to what works best for digital platforms. You see it in Google searches, Facebook feeds and the ads that follow us online. The end result is that we've stopped deciding what we like for ourselves. Chayka wants us to better understand how these forces shape our taste and stop letting a computer generated formula dictate our experiences and choices. His new book is called Filterworld How Algorithms Flattened Culture
5/7/202425 minutes, 29 seconds
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Mike Chunn's Insight into the Genius of The Beatles' 'Revolver

Get ready to dive deep into music history with a special guest on this week's music feature. Revolver, the groundbreaking album released in 1966, marked the inception of The Beatles' psychedelic era. Pioneering techniques like backward sounds, automatic double tracking, and close-miked drums revolutionized the recording industry, setting a new standard. We dissect this iconic album with Mike Chunn CNZM, founding member of Split Enz, CEO of Play It Strange Trust, and a devoted Beatles aficionado!
5/7/202413 minutes, 15 seconds
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Update on Oz with Brad Foster

Brad Foster provides an update on the two Australian brothers and their friend killed while on a surfing trip in Mexico, state and federal government initiatives to fight gender based violence against women, and the 19-year-old who reeled in a $1 million fish in the Northern Territory. He also previews next week's Federal Budget and the current high costs of living.
5/7/20247 minutes, 24 seconds
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Book Critic: Catherine Ross

Today Catherine has the theme for young people books of Verse Novels. For ages 10+ Worse Things by Sally Murphy For ages 11/12+ Alias Ann: A True Story of Outwitting the Nazis by Susan Hood Starfish by Lisa Fipps The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling For Ages 12+ What About Will by Ellen Hopkins
5/7/202413 minutes, 28 seconds
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Tech Tuesday with Ben Reid

Ben Reid's a strategic technologist working at the forefront of the rapidly changing tech-scape. He has a weekly newsletter Memia and also has written a book Fast Forward Aotearoa - it's available digitally but will be out as a hard copy later this month. We talk to him about AI and what we need to be aware of in Aoteroa.
5/7/20246 minutes, 53 seconds
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Sleep concerts, a place where performers want you to nap

Today we hear all about sleep concerts and the art of gong bathing. It's a concert where the performers actually want you to sleep through their performances. We speak to Erika Grant who comes from a classical music background, having played in orchestras before going on to make music for silent films, theatre, and even marching bands. Erika's in our Wellington studio with her gongs to give us a taste of what the concerts are all about.
5/7/202414 minutes, 19 seconds
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Humans need more education as kiwis become more curious

Kiwi birds have been getting some star treatment of late. Movie star Leonardo diCaprio used his social media platform of 62 million followers - to praise the work of conservationists Capital Kiwi, who have been releasing kiwi into the wilds of Wellington. Earlier this month, a kiwi was caught on cctv in a suburban Wellington backyard, followed by a big kiwi wandering into a sawmill workshop in Whangarei. Michelle Impey is Save the Kiwi chief executive, she's hoping to educate people more about the ever curious birds coming into contact with humans to keep the animals safe.
5/7/20247 minutes, 14 seconds
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Pacific Rally yacht voyage to incorporate science this year

Opua in the Bay Of Islands is currently host to a flotilla of 25 boats. They're waiting for the right weather conditions before hoisting anchor and setting sail on 2024 Pacific Rally, which is a six month voyage across the ocean. This year - for the first time ever - the sailors have also been recruited for a huge science experiment. James Frankham, co-founder of Citizens Of The Sea, the charity behind the effort speaks to Jesse.
5/7/202410 minutes, 11 seconds
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Here Now - Kabaddi

One of India's favourite sports, and the Punjabi diasporas go-to game, is thriving in Auckland. On Here Now with Kadambari Raghukumar this week, what's making NZ a hot destination for fresh Kabaddi players?
5/6/202411 minutes
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Embracing AI in our lives

Resistance is futile. Artificial Intelligence is here to stay, so Dr Ethan Mollick from the Wharton School of Business, says we should take the time to learn how to work with it as a tool to make us more creative, more capable and even more human. After spending a few sleepless nights using AI, he's determined that we should stop thinking of it as a threat and start taking advantage of AI's abilities. He offers a guide to using AI as a collaborator, co-teacher and co worker in his new book, Co-intelligence: Living and Working with AI.
5/6/202423 minutes, 11 seconds
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This week's expert topic: hair dye

From the risks of box dye to the dreaded green tint when going from blonde to brown, we're covering it all. Our expert helps us delve into the intricacies of caring for dyed hair and explore the dos and don'ts of colouring your locks. It's a massive industry, hair dye sales are over $20 billion dollars a year globally, and in New Zealand it's estimated more than 70% of women and 20% of men colour their hair. Salute Hair and Day Spa owner, and hairdresser of the year in 2023, Chinney Yeap joins us to share her expertise.
5/6/202424 minutes, 2 seconds
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Made in NZ: WASP a locally made chain throwing device

A little known danger for our hard working logging truck drivers around the country is actually not when they're on the road dealing with some appalling drivers. In fact it's a shoulder problem that many have suffered from when they've been throwing the large chains over the massive logs they're hauling to keep them safely in place. Such is the problem that a local company Trinder's invented a new tool to help them and avoid injury. Their teams invented a device which does the chain throwing for you, so truck drivers are less at risk of injuring themselves. Managing Director, Kerry Hill speaks to Jesse.
5/6/20246 minutes, 24 seconds
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Television Critic: Jonathan Mahon-Heap

Today Jonathan Mahon-Heap talks to Jesse about The Sympathizer on Neon and Heartbreak High on Netflix.
5/6/20248 minutes, 48 seconds
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Updated 'Getting Lost' game for grandparents

Cat MacNaughtan, is a blogger turned game creator We first met her on the show back in 2019, when she shared the card game she have created 'the Getting Lost Game', which encouraged families to get away from screens and connect through adventure. She been fairly busy since then selling the game worldwide, and winning a few awards along the way - most recently she's launched, a 'Grandparents Edition' of the game - aiming to unite grandparents and grandkids. Cat's back to share her updated version with Jesse.
5/6/202410 minutes, 1 second
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Repurposing vacant buildings post-COVID era

Jose Antonio Lara-Hernandez is a registered architect and senior academic at AUT. His work explores how existing buildings can be repurposed for entirely new uses. This is becoming increasingly important as our relationship with hybrid work continues to evolve, office vacancy rates are still sitting at over 10% Jose's new book "Architectural Exaptation: When Function Follows Form" deconstructs the issues.
5/6/20249 minutes, 28 seconds
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Rebuilding Ōtorohanga​ Kiwi House

A major redevelopment project is underway at the iconic Ōtorohanga Kiwi House in Waikato, but how do you rebuild a 50 year-old zoo?
5/6/202413 minutes, 12 seconds
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Critter of the Week: The Great Giant Scale

This week's critter, the great giant scale, (Coelostomidia zealandica) is a native specie of scale bug. Females have pink wingless bodies and look like they have terrible dandruff, with a dusting of white waxy powder all over them.
5/3/202415 minutes, 24 seconds
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DIY with Stan Scott

Builder Stan Scott is along today to help give out tips and advice on any projects at home people might be undertaking.
5/3/20247 minutes, 47 seconds
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Music 101: Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan, host of Music 101 here on RNZ each Saturday afternoon from 1pm talks about what's happening on the music scene over the weekend, what's coming up on her show tomorrow and because Friday is new music day - she'll pick us a track to play.
5/3/20245 minutes, 24 seconds
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Warm salads for cooler weather with Kelly Gibney

The cooler weather doesn't mean the end of salads, just that it's time to have some warm salad recipes ready to go.
5/3/20247 minutes, 40 seconds
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Film Review with Sam Hollis

Today Sam reviews the Amy Winehouse film Back to Black and local film 'The Moon is Upside Down'.
5/3/202410 minutes, 15 seconds
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Freaky Friday

Our weekly segment where we ask listeners to share their strange and spooky stories.
5/3/20247 minutes, 32 seconds
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Rare cars up for auction this weekend

Ever fancied driving a bubble car or NZ's only Amphicar? Well these rare motoring gems among others are going under the hammer this weekend. Webb's Auction Head of Collectors' Cars Caolan McAleer talks to Jesse.
5/3/20249 minutes, 2 seconds
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Book on step-parenting to help blended families

Despite how common blended families are, step mothers still often get portrayed in a negative light. Here to change some of that narrative is Gina Bartlett, with her new children's book.
5/3/20246 minutes, 17 seconds
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The future of farming

Craigmore Sustainables manages more than 25,000 hectares of farming, forestry, and horticultural properties.
5/3/202412 minutes, 19 seconds
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Your Money with Mary Holm: The cost of not giving to KiwiSaver

Today Mary talks to Jesse about the reality for a number of people balancing their finances and suspending their payments. 
5/2/202418 minutes, 46 seconds
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Sporting History NZ: Mahé Drysdale

For Sporting History NZ today we talk to Olympic gold winning rower Mahé Drysdale. 
5/2/202427 minutes, 5 seconds
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Music Critic: Tony Stamp

Tony talks to Jesse about tracks from Iron & Wine and Louis Cole.
5/2/202414 minutes, 51 seconds
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Becky Umbers new show, Comedians Vs Animals

In a rare meeting of the animal kingdom and kiwi comedy, 'Comedians VS Animals' is a new comedy show starting next week in Auckland - part of the NZ Comedy Festival. 
5/2/20246 minutes, 17 seconds
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Trash is telling the story of student food habits in Canterbury

Researchers at the University of Canterbury have been diving deep into an unusual realm: rubbish bins. 
5/2/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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Finding a job that's best suited, a new tool created to help

It can be tough going through the process of finding a new job can be - especially finding one that's a good fit.
5/2/202413 minutes, 8 seconds
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Our Changing World for 3:35pm Wednesday 1st May 2024

Coming up on Our Changing World, Claire Concannon meets a team using board games to communicate about volcanic hazards.
5/1/202412 minutes, 13 seconds
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Three wise men using science to make sense of the world

No one has all the answers, but we could all learn a thing or two about asking the right questions from Nobel Prize winning physicist Saul Perlmutter, philosophy professor John Campbell, and social psychologist Robert MacCoun.
5/1/202422 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bookmarks with Nick Sautner

Our Bookmarks guest today is a scholar who can kick a ball! He's the leading goal kicker record holder in the Aussie Rules Victorian Football League, with a whopping 883 goals. He has studied in China, Germany and the USA. But closer to home Nick Sautner is the CEO of Eden Park Stadium, and joins Jesse to tell us about some of his favourite things!
5/1/202427 minutes, 25 seconds
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Easy Eats with Sam Parish

Today chef and author Sam Parish has a fabulously easy midweek meal that uses a minimal amount of dishes! 
5/1/20249 minutes, 53 seconds
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Podcast Critic: Elliot Childs

Today Elliot speaks to Jesse about Lore and War of the Words.
5/1/202411 minutes, 9 seconds
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Heading Off: Grant Bradley on Air NZ airfare changes

This week on Heading Off we have a closer look at the recent Air NZ changes to their air fares. Prices have recently gone up on domestic flights and some options, which were popular, have been removed. To go through the changes we speak to NZ Herald Deputy Business Editor Grant Bradley.
5/1/20244 minutes, 8 seconds
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Roy Miller's nephew on the dying art of stained glass

Roy Miller is a name synonymous with stained glass art in Aotearoa and while you might not have heard of him you've probably seen some of his work. 
5/1/202410 minutes, 10 seconds
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Not book club, not a library but a great night out reading....

There's a new way to meet like minded book worms taking over New York and other parts of the US right now. 
5/1/202416 minutes
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Battle to keep historic aircraft in the air

Betsy, an historic American-built Douglas DC-3 aircraft, may have flown its last sightseeing or wedding flight out of Auckland's Ardmore airport. 
5/1/202410 minutes, 26 seconds
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Dealing with mental health for twenty-somethings

In that space between our 20's and turning 30, uncertainty, stress and even depression can be part of the terrain.
4/30/202422 minutes, 49 seconds
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Update on Oz with Brad Foster

Brad Foster reports on rallies held around the country on gender-based violence against women in Australia over the weekend, the Prime Minister visiting Alice Springs to discuss ways to overcome youth violence and crime, and Nicole Kidman honoured in Hollywood.
4/30/20248 minutes, 27 seconds
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Book Critic: Pip Adam

This week Pip reviews cook books. She talks to Jesse about Anything's Pastable by Dan Pashman, East Meera Sodha by Meera Sodha and Good vibes : eat well with feel-good flavours by Alby Hailes.
4/30/202412 minutes, 58 seconds
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Tech Tuesday with Tim Warren

Tech commentator and founder of Ambit AI Tim Warren talks to Jesse today about FinTech, what it means, why it's relevant to a lot of people and where it's heading.
4/30/20245 minutes, 14 seconds
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Young cellist chasing overseas dream

A New Zealand cellist is busy fundraising after being given the opportunity to study at one of the world's top music schools.
4/30/20247 minutes, 36 seconds
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What's the ideal balance of daily activity for optimal health?

An international research team has analysed over 2,000 people's behaviours within a 24-hour day to determine the optimal amount of time we should spend sitting, sleeping, standing and being physically active.
4/30/20247 minutes, 25 seconds
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Initiative to start mental health conversations in construction

Between 2007 - 2019, 583 tradespeople working in the construction industry died by suicide, and 98 percent of them were men.
4/30/202413 minutes, 25 seconds
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Here Now

The beautiful game bringing people across Auckland together at this years World of Cultures Football Fest, finding common ground with other on the pitch.
4/29/202411 minutes, 41 seconds
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Confidence doesn't always mean competence

We live in a world that tends to reward loud, and yet 50% of us are introverts. Kate James is one of them. She's a Melbourne based speaker and self-professed introvert who says confidence doesn't equal competence.
4/29/202418 minutes, 42 seconds
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Expert Feature: Beef

From farming to cuisine, this week's expert feature is all about beef. To canvas this topic we've got two guests today. Nicky and Jamie Gaddum - the duo leading Matangi Beef. Matangi is an angus beef station in Hawke's Bay. If you have any questions for either of them please text 2101 or email [email protected].
4/29/202426 minutes, 9 seconds
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Made in NZ: Natural Paint Co.

For Made in NZ this week we head to Christchurch and talk to the people behind the Natural Paint Company. James Mount is the CEO, he talks to Jesse about what makes their paint 'less stinky' than others.
4/29/202410 minutes, 49 seconds
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Television Critic: Brooks Alexander

Today Brooks talks to Jesse about Fallout, Ripley, Hacks, Evil and Baby Reindeer.
4/29/202411 minutes, 42 seconds
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Interviewing Tina Turner, Russell Baillie reminisces

Today we go back to 1994, when kiwi music reviewer Russell Baillie interviewed the one and only Tina Turner. TRussell speaks to Jesse.
4/29/20247 minutes, 42 seconds
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Sports memorabilia under the hammer tonight

The shoes worn by John Walker when he broke the indoor 1500m World Record in 1979 are among items set to go under the hammer at an auction of rare sporting memorabilia tonight. Michail Andreef speaks to Jesse.
4/29/20246 minutes, 35 seconds
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Recycling construction waste, a joint initiative in Nelson

In Nelson, thanks to a joint venture, the amount of construction waste ending up in landfill is being greatly reduced.  CEO of the Nelson Environment Centre, Anton Drazevic, speaks to Jesse.
4/29/202413 minutes, 2 seconds
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Critter of the Week

Is it a crab? Is it a spider? It's a crab spider! The common square-ended crab spider (Sidymella angularis) to be precise. These square-bottomed critters are found throughout Aoteaora, perching on leaf litter and inside dried up fern fronds. They are ambush predators, lying in wait to grab their prey with their powerful spiked forelegs.
4/26/202411 minutes, 1 second
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Weekend Stuff with Lynda Hallinan

Lynda Hallinan chats with Susana Leiataua about some of her great weekend gardening advice.
4/26/20244 minutes, 55 seconds
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One Pan Salmon with Smashed Potatoes, Romesco & Satusumas

This week's recipe from Gretchen Lowe is a dish saving one pan affair. If you're looking for a lunch or evening meal with a fresh citrus twist, you'll want to try making her one pan salmon recipe. You can find out how to make this dish here.
4/26/20248 minutes, 11 seconds
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NZ Live with Rita Mae

This week for NZ Live we welcome Rita Mae and her band into the RNZ studio. Last year she released her debut album, Superfeeling. She's about to release a new single, it's called Kiss The Sky. We get a sneak peek with her.
4/26/202436 minutes, 2 seconds
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Film Review with Dom Corry

Film critic Dom Corry joins Susana in-studio today to discuss action-comedy 'The Fall Guy' and the latest rom-com to hit streaming, 'The Idea of You'.
4/26/20249 minutes, 36 seconds
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Freaky Friday

Our weekly segment where we ask listeners to share their strange and spooky stories. 
4/26/20245 minutes, 52 seconds
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Oldest telescope in New Zealand discovered

Following the discovery of a box marked "old telescope", the Tuhura Otago Museum has become home to New Zealand's oldest telescope, dating back to 1736. The telescope is now in the 'Director's Choice' exhibition at the museum having been stashed away for years. To tell us more about the telescope's re-discovery, Susana Leiataua talks to museum director and astronomer Dr Ian Griffin.
4/26/20248 minutes, 22 seconds
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Two-woman comedy show brings joy to cyclone-impacted areas

'The Bitches Box' are two women embodying the essence of man's best friend in a travelling show. This multi-dog character comedy also musters support for rural communities and farmers. 
4/26/20248 minutes, 3 seconds
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Support growing to grant ecosystems 'personhood'

Biodiversity is declining at unprecedented rates, and so the hunt for new strategies to combat the impacts rages on. One idea that continues to gain traction is to grant legal rights to nature. 
4/26/202411 minutes, 35 seconds
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Turning the tide – what it takes to take out rats

Kate Evans visits a passionate team as they carpet a remote volcanic island in Tonga with poisoned bait, hoping to eradicate rats. What does it take to complete this kind of project, what are the chances of success, and what will it mean for the island’s ecosystems if they manage to remove the rats once and for all?  
4/24/202429 minutes, 16 seconds
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Screen addiction in young people and how to tackle it

Melanie Hempe confronted the issue of screen addiction with her own sons. She started Screen Strong to help parents give their kids smartphone free childhoods. She speaks to Jesse.
4/24/202424 minutes, 29 seconds
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Easy Eats: Loaded larb eggplants on brown rice

This Sam Parish has a vege loaded extraordinary dish, but it's still simple and easy to put together for a midweek meal. This week's version uses chicken mince but Sam says pork works just as well.
4/24/20248 minutes, 17 seconds
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Podcast Critic: Ximena Smith

Today Ximena talks to Jesse about Sherlock and Co a weekly drama series that brings Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tales to life in a modern London setting. She also gives her take on the podcast Helen Lewis Has Left The Chat.
4/24/20249 minutes, 32 seconds
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Two women making political history in Australia

Childhood friends Lucy Bradlow & Bronwen Bock this week announced they are running - as one candidate - for MP of the Melbourne electoral division Higgins. Jesse speaks to Lucy and Bronwen.
4/24/20248 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ana Scotney on her solo show

'Scattergun: After the Death of Ruaumoko' is Ana Scotney's solo show, currently mid-run. It's won awards and rave reviews on both sides of the Tasman. Ana speaks to Jesse.
4/24/202410 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ben Thomas on ministers stripped of portfolios

In a surprise move this morning Prime Minister Christoper Luxon has stripped two ministers of their portfolios. Political commentator and former National Party press secretary Ben Thomas speaks to Jesse.
4/24/20249 minutes, 14 seconds
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Addressing climate change needs more effort

Being less bad is not good enough. It's not going to get us closer to putting the brakes on climate change. Håkan Nordqvist is the former Head of Sustainability and Innovation at Ikea who believes companies need to do more than tick environmentally friendly boxes. He says sustainability, not just responsibility, needs to drive innovation that's good for the planet and the bottom line. Nordqvist is a guest speaker at the Future State technology summit in Auckland.
4/23/202424 minutes, 58 seconds
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Update on Oz with Brad Foster

Brad Foster reports on general concerns over safety among many Sydneysiders following the two knife attacks in the past week, and the divided opinion on a comedian asking a mother and daughter to leave his show in over the weekend. He also provides an update on Molly the Magpie, the mushroom murders, and Australia's plans for Anzac Day this Thursday.
4/23/20247 minutes, 11 seconds
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Book Critic: Claire Mabey

Today Claire talks to Jesse about The Unsettled by Richard Shaw, Otherhood, a forthcoming anthology and Ash by Louise Wallace.
4/23/202412 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tech Tuesday with Dan Watson

Today owner and managing director of Vertech IT Services Dan Watson talks to Jesse about quishing scams targeting millennials and the case of a man recently who lost 30 years of family tree research while trying to download data from his xtra mail account.
4/23/202410 minutes, 15 seconds
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From sour dough to a scholarship, Brit MacDonald's story

Like many Invercargill woman Brit MacDonald tried her hand at sour dough making during COVID lockdowns. What sets her apart is that has turned into her owning her own bakery as well as receiving a scholarship to travel to the US and Europe to immerse herself in international sour dough cutlures. She talks to Jesse about how her hobby's turned into a such a huge success.
4/23/20245 minutes, 25 seconds
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How AI is affecting research, Dr Ally Gibson's experience

In 2021 Dr Ally Gibson launched a research project which required participants to submit short stories in response to a prompt about dating.To find out more about how AI ruined her research Dr Ally Gibson speaks to Jesse.
4/23/20249 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bangers to Bluff fundraiser for MS raises $100,000

The annual Bangers to Bluff rally concluded this week raising around $100k for the Multiple Sclerosis society. One of this years drivers Rosemary Hedge talks to Jesse about the 2024 event.
4/23/20247 minutes, 41 seconds
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An antidote to misinformation and conspiracy theories

Growing up Robin Reames saw first hand at the dinner table, why conspiracy theories flourish and how misinformation spreads. Now a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Reames believes the antidote is straightforward.
4/22/202426 minutes, 11 seconds
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Expert Feature: Horology

Tick tock - today's expert is all about time. Blair Shallard is an horologist and owner of Time Central in Rotorua. He's our expert today talking about all things time pieces.
4/22/202428 minutes, 6 seconds
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Made in NZ: Vertical berry farming

Traditionally the strawberry growing season winds up around now. The locally grown varieties disappear. That is except for "counter seasonal" grower 26 Seasons.  Chief executive Grant Leach speaks to Jesse.
4/22/20245 minutes, 59 seconds
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Television Critic: Linda Burgess

Today Linda talks to Jesse about The Lost Boys of Dilworth and gives her views on Mr Bates and the Post Office.
4/22/202412 minutes, 25 seconds
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Talented comedy acts lining up for NZ Comedy Fest

The NZ comedy fest season is fast approaching meaning a host of funny people are set to hit our stages here in Aotearoa. Among the talent this year is He Huang - she grew up in China but now calls Australia home.
4/22/20248 minutes, 39 seconds
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Farm stays an extra money earner for rural properties

Last week the Global Agritourism Network and AgritourismNZ ran a webinar which included people from 50 countries. One of the presenters was Amber Tyrrell, who owns and operates Valley Views Glamping in Canterbury.
4/22/202414 minutes, 6 seconds
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Lower Hutt Planting for the Future initiative

A new community-wide initiative has launched in Lower Hutt today called 'Mouri Tupu - Planting for the Future'. The goal is to plant one tree for every person in the city, that's 114,000. Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry speaks to Jesse.
4/22/20249 minutes, 50 seconds
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Critter of the Week: Ram's Horn Squid

You might have come across the creamy white spiral shells of this week's critter on the beach. The enigmatic ram's horn squid, Spirula spirula is a squid-like cephalopod mollusc.
4/19/202415 minutes, 18 seconds
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Gardening with Lynda Hallinan

Lynda Hallinan talks Gardening
4/19/20247 minutes, 36 seconds
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Chocolate and ginger pudding

Today Martin Bosley shares a fantastic recipe that combines the smooth full texture of a mousse with the creamy chocolate flavours. Martin tells us how to make his chocolate and ginger pudding.
4/19/20248 minutes, 39 seconds
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Film Review with Dom Corry

Today Dom talks to Jesse about the romantic drama Challengers and horror caper Abigail.
4/19/20247 minutes, 51 seconds
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Freaky Friday

Our weekly segment where we ask listeners to share their strange and spooky stories.
4/19/20245 minutes, 17 seconds
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Outstanding NZ Food Producer awards

Some of Aotearoa's best locally produced foods have been recognised in the Outstanding NZ Food Producer awards.
4/19/202411 minutes, 39 seconds
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Does the location determine a driving test outcome?

It's long been thought that where you choose to sit your driver's licence test impacts how easy or difficult it will be to pass. Now, new data released by Waka Kotahi has given credence to this.
4/19/20246 minutes, 30 seconds
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Success eradicating invasive weeds from the Emerald Lakes

For the past five years the Department of Conservation has been working hard to rid the Emerald Lakes near the summit of Mt Tongariro of invasive weeds. This morning, they announced the mission a success.
4/19/202410 minutes, 18 seconds
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Your Money with Mary Holm

Today Mary Holm talks to Jesse about some important points of Kiwisaver for children and the difference it can make for them later on in life whether it's buying a home or their retirement plans.
4/18/202419 minutes, 14 seconds
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NZ Sporting History with Ryan Fox

Today's NZ Sporting History guest is from a family of well known sporting achievers. Golfer Ryan Fox has just finished competing at the Masters in the US and he's also New Zealand's highest ranked golfer. He speaks to Jesse.
4/18/202428 minutes, 24 seconds
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New locally made dating app launched

For a lot of people these days, being single means being on a dating app. Now there's a new local one helping people find a good match. It was launched yesterday and it's founder Emily Heazlewood speaks to Jesse.
4/18/202412 minutes, 39 seconds
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Giving job seekers a chance regardless of their abilities

A Hakes Bay employer likes to employ anyone for a vacant position - as long as they want the job. Xtreme Contracting Ltd did.operations manager Ziggy Bawden speaks to Jesse.
4/18/202411 minutes, 30 seconds
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Stop-motion animation training at University of Canterbury

Even if you don't recognise Aardman Animations by name we're certain you'll have fond memories of their work. Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep. Now Canterbury University will be involved with their work.
4/18/20247 minutes, 34 seconds
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Summer 34 – Three decades of albatross research

Journalist Rebekah White meets two people who have been counting albatrosses on remote islands in the subantarctic for more than three decades. Their research shows that at least one species is en route to extinction. A few changes to the way we fish could save it.
4/17/202429 minutes, 27 seconds
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The secret power of communication

Conversations are what connect us. We evolved to be social, but sometimes talking to each other feels stressful, even miserable says Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist with the New York Times, Charles Duhigg.
4/17/202422 minutes, 4 seconds
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Easy Eats with Sam Parish: Sizzling steak fajitas with avo smash

Today Sam's Easy East midweek meal recipe is a great way to introduce a bit of steak to the evening meal. She's sharing a simple but super tasty fajitas recipe that is a hit with younger eaters as well as the grown ups.
4/17/20249 minutes, 31 seconds
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Podcast Critic: Alex Barnes

Today Alex Barnes talks to Jesse about Island Roots Auckland Ways and To the Best of our Knowledge.
4/17/20249 minutes, 35 seconds
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Heading Off: Moonlight walking and more in Queenstown

Today for Heading Off we meet Scott Kennedy who's been walking the Moonlight track after making an online pledge, but he's also a number of other accessible and fund walks around Queenstown which he shares with Jesse.
4/17/202410 minutes, 42 seconds
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Capturing the legacy of the Pukekohe Park Raceway on film

It was sad when iconic Pukekohe Park Raceway would shut down in 2023. Thankfully the park's racing legacy has been preserved in a new short-documentary titled 'Checkered Flag'. Director Natalie Wilson talks to Jesse.
4/17/20247 minutes, 26 seconds
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Childhood eczema children's book to help young sufferers

Eczema is a common condition amongst Kiwi kids and adolescents. In fact, between 13 and 15 percent of them experience the effects Author Kristin Kelly has published a book for them to better understand the condition.
4/17/20245 minutes, 5 seconds
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NZ know how developing a cost effective home battery system

Christchurch based company ArcActive have been developing a new home battery system since 2011. It's designed to help home owners with solar panels store there energy. Chief executive Stuart McKenzie speaks to Jesse.
4/17/202411 minutes, 19 seconds
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How class, not politics is dividing America

Politics isn't what's dividing America, class is. This is the conclusion of Batya Ungar-Sargon, the deputy editor of Newsweek. Jesse speaks to her about her new book and travels across the U.S. 
4/16/202425 minutes, 36 seconds
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Book Critic: Anna Rankin

Today Anna talks to Jesse about The Prism and teh the Rose and the Late Poems by Schaeffer Lemalu. She also mentions a book she's just started reading, The Financial Colonisation of Aotearoa.
4/16/20246 minutes, 56 seconds
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Tech Tuesday

Today Tim Warren talks to Jesse about automation at home, both the pros and the cons.
4/16/20245 minutes, 27 seconds
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Bringing men's mental health issues to the fore

Mental health continues to be a major issue for our society, and our male suicide statistics are still among the worst in the developed world. Manager of Men's Muster and men's health Samantha McBride talks to Jesse.
4/16/20248 minutes, 19 seconds
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The positive power of the internet, helping a poorly pet

In February Debs Sim's new puppy - a Cavoodle named Ivy - started getting sick. Now the internet has assembled to help bring some joy to the pup her and the owner.
4/16/20248 minutes, 16 seconds
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Continuing preservation of NZ's military history in tough times

Many New Zealanders are feeling the squeeze as we face a recession, and of course this trickles down and impacts the work of charity organisations. One of those is the New Zealand Remembrance Army.
4/16/20249 minutes, 34 seconds
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The passion behind puzzling, Anna Shechtman's story

Anna Shechtman is a 14 letter word for someone who loves creating or solving crossword puzzles. As a passionate cruciverbalist, she published her first puzzle in the New York Times at just 19. She deciphers the clues about politics and gender revealed in one of the most popular word games in the world in her new book, "The Riddles of the Sphinx: Inheriting the Feminist History of the Crossword Puzzle."
4/15/202425 minutes, 48 seconds
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Expert Feature: Orthopedics

If you've ever experienced chronic joint pain, an impact injury, or just woken up with a crooked neck, then today's expert feature can be helpful. With an aging population, as well as an increase in the early onset of musculoskeletal problems, we wanted to take some time to talk about orthopaedic health. Orthopaedic surgeon and president of the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association Dr Simon Hadlow joins Jesse.
4/15/202428 minutes, 5 seconds
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What's Happening in Oz with Brad Foster

Brad Foster provides an update on Saturday's Bondi tragedy including the shock the country is feeling. He also highlights the individual acts of bravery, especially from the NSW Police Inspector, Amy Scott, who shot and killed the 40-year-old man, Joel Cauchi.
4/15/20247 minutes, 40 seconds
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Television Critic: Dom Corry

Today Dom talks to Jesse about Sugar on Apple TV +, Fallout, new on Prime Video and Mr Bates Vs. Post Office on TVNZ +.
4/15/202412 minutes, 54 seconds
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Increasing popularity of vintage clothing - an explainer

They say style never goes out of fashion. That certainly seems to be the case with vintage clothes, with a growing demand for them here and around the world. So what's behind the vintage clothing trend? Stephanie Bird is passionate about vintage fashion and owns Painted Bird boutique in Auckland. She talks to Jesse.
4/15/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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Otago researchers involved in solving a rare genetic condition

Academics from around the globe have joined forces under the lead of Otago University to get to the bottom of a rare genetic condition. It's called Glutamine Synthetase Stabilization Disorder, and it can cause seizures and delayed development in those born with it. Until now relatively little has been known about it - enter Dunedin School of Medicine PhD candidate Amy Jones. Thanks to her research, the cause of the disorder has been discovered, offering hope to families with it and those who will be diagnosed in the future.
4/15/20248 minutes, 2 seconds
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How a nine day fortnight suits a Waikato company

Even if you love your job there are still some Mondays when you really don't want to drag yourself into work. For the last 12 months Cambridge company Te Miro water have been trialing a nine day fortnight. Britta Jensen speaks to Jesse.
4/15/20249 minutes, 39 seconds
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DIY with Stan Scott

This week builder Stan Scott is back to help with any tips and advice for projects you have on the go at home needing a bit of DIY know how. You can text your questions to us on 2101 or email [email protected].
4/12/20245 minutes, 28 seconds
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Critter of the Week

This week's critter is found on sandy beaches throughout Aotearoa. The mowhiti, or New Zealand sandhopper, is a sand-burrowing, beach-loving amphipod with impressive jumping abilities.
4/12/202411 minutes, 29 seconds
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Chicken Breasts with Bacon & Shallots

Today Julie Biuso has a recipe that is a great seasonal meal. It starts off in the pan but gets finished in the oven. Julie shares how to maker her recipe of chicken breasts with bacon and shallots.
4/12/202411 minutes, 55 seconds
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Film Review with Sam Hollis

Today Sam reviews Late Night with the Devil, out in cinemas now and 'STEVE' on Apple TV+, a two part documentary on Steve Martin.
4/12/202411 minutes, 4 seconds
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Freaky Friday

Our weekly segment where we ask listeners to share their strange and spooky stories. If you have a spooky tale to share, email [email protected] with the details!
4/12/20248 minutes, 56 seconds
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Should the capital move to Palmerston North?

Windmills, the Rugby Museum, and free parking on Sundays are just some of the virtues of Palmerston North. So could Palmy be the perfect place to relocate Parliament to?  Mayor Grant Smith speaks to Jesse.
4/12/20244 minutes, 52 seconds
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International Day of Human Spaceflight

A day of celebration today for space lovers around the world. It's a time to celebrate what has become known as Yuri's Flight, the first time in history that a human went into space.
4/12/20248 minutes, 59 seconds
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Hugging your way into feeling better and fighting depression

A hug can boost your health, even if you're hugging a robot. That's according to Dutch and German researchers. Jacqui Maguire is a clinical psychologist and a big fan of hugging. She talks to Jesse.
4/12/202411 minutes, 2 seconds
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The history of food courts in NZ with Dr Grant Morris

Food courts are everywhere in urban New Zealand. While food courts are an integral part of the urban landscape, their history is actually quite brief. Today Dr Grant Morris looks into that history with Jesse.
4/11/20249 minutes, 49 seconds
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NZ Sporting History: Sandra Edge

Sandra Edge won the complete set of World Championship medals - gold in 1987, silver in 1991, and bronze in 1995. She captained the Silver Ferns through 21 tests from 1994 to 1995, and played 89 test caps.
4/11/202428 minutes, 32 seconds
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Music Critic: Matthew Crawley

Today Matthew talks to Jesse about music from Hermanos Gutierréz and Lilly Carron.
4/11/202413 minutes, 53 seconds
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Crookies' the new food fad from France

We've had the cronut - the half-croissant, half-donut. There's also been the New York Roll, a mixture of croissant and bombolone, now the latest viral food trend is the Crookie, created from a croissant and a cookie in France.
4/11/20247 minutes, 6 seconds
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Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy effective?

There are many different approaches used by therapists, but Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the the most studied fields. Gini McIntosh is a Clinical Psychologist, she speaks to Jesse.
4/11/202411 minutes, 57 seconds
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'Hopium': how it's holding back environmentally sound solutions

Biofuels are seen as an environmentally friendly option as countries explore ways of decarbonising their economies. We had a lot of feedback from the interview, including from Dr Mike Joy, who has another perspective. We speak to him.
4/11/202413 minutes, 2 seconds
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New horror film, Late Night With the Devil releases tomorrow

Actor David Dastmalchian has an aptitude for scaring us. Now he's taking the lead in a low budget horror flick by two Australian brothers called Late Night with the Devil. Dastmalchian stars as Jack Delroy, a tv talk show host.
4/10/202414 minutes, 42 seconds
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Easy Eats with Sam Parish: One-pan Lamb meatball lasagne

This week on Easy Eats with Sam Parish she shares a fabulous mid week meal idea that won't leave you with tonnes of dishes to clean up afterwards.
4/10/20247 minutes, 28 seconds
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Podcast Critic: Sally Ward

Today Producer Sally Ward joins Jesse to talk about a few of the podcasts she's been enjoying lately. Sally discusses Wiser Word and The Shameless Bookclub. She's also going to talk about one she's looking forward to listening to in the near future called Who Trolled Amber Herd?
4/10/202410 minutes, 6 seconds
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Heading Off: DOC non-great walks opened up for booking

Bookings have been opening for the next season of DoC walks - great and otherwise. To talk about some of these lesser-know gems is Department of Conservation heritage and visitors director Cat Wilson joins Jesse.
4/10/202410 minutes, 48 seconds
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Sea lions under threat in new commercial fishing net changes

The Fisheries Minister has scrapped official limits on the number of sea lion deaths through commercial fishing nets. So what will this reduced protection mean for the species? Dr Simon Childerhouse speaks to Jesse.
4/10/20248 minutes, 13 seconds
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Is canola the fuel to keep the country running in an emergency?

As an island nation with a complete dependence on fuel imports, what would happen to us if a global disaster cut off our fuel supply? Professor Nick Wilson of the University of Otago, Wellington has been studying this problem.
4/10/202411 minutes, 22 seconds
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The billionaire looking to fix the 'broken' internet

The internet is broken. Billionaire American Businessman Frank McCourt Jr doesn't want to just complain about it, he wants to fix it. He's putting millions of dollars towards Project Liberty, working towards developing a better web.
4/9/202423 minutes, 53 seconds
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Update on Oz with Brad Foster

Today Brad Foster provides an update on the heavy rain in Sydney over the weekend, the public outcry following the death of an Australian aid worker in Gaza, and hope for a reunion between Molly the magpie and Peggy the English Staffy on the Gold Coast. He also talks record horse sales, golf and swimming.
4/9/20247 minutes, 13 seconds
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Book Critic: Catherine Robertson

Today Catherine talks to Jesse about Take Two by Danielle Hawkins, Dietvale by Sydney Hunter and Queen, King, Ace by Olivia Hayfield.
4/9/20247 minutes, 34 seconds
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Tech Tuesday with Dan Watson

Today owner and managing director of Vertech IT Services Dan Watson talks to Jesse about being careful of investing in companies with AI in the name and he's trialling a new keyboard which is proving ideal for people with home and work computers to deal with.
4/9/20249 minutes
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Morgana O'Reilly: the Kiwi actor starring in The White Lotus

Kiwi actor Morgana O'Reilly still can't quite believe she's in the third season of the wildly successful HBO comedy The White Lotus. She talks to Jesse about that role and the "relentlessly juicy" drama series Friends Like Her.
4/9/202410 minutes, 44 seconds
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The power of animals to help rehabilitate youth criminals

People working on the front line with troubled kids know well that creating empathy towards animals helps to break the cycle of violence. Katie and Dean Shannon have just written a book 'It's Not the Dog We're Training'.
4/9/202414 minutes, 50 seconds
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Connecting fallen ANZAC soldiers with their descendants

As we get set to commemorate Anzac Day later this month, efforts have been underway to find descendants of 10 New Zealand World War One soldiers. Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Patricia Keppie talks to Jesse.
4/9/20246 minutes, 35 seconds
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Outer space rendezvous with an asteroid heading towards earth

In the year 2182, an asteroid travelling between Mars and Jupiter right now, may end up on a collision course with planet earth. So NASA decided to pay it a visit. Dr Dante Lauretta is a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona.
4/8/202424 minutes, 46 seconds
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Expert Feature: Laundry Science

Today's expert is a very practical one, it's all about the science of doing laundry. If you'd like to know more about the different ways to approach this everyday task, we've got Emeritus Professor Raechel Laing with us.
4/8/202426 minutes, 41 seconds
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Made in NZ: TrackGrips

This week for Made in NZ we head to Eltham in Taranaki where the Carac Group was formed and specialises in making TrackGrips. We speak to Sonia Kiser, CEO about their unique products which are sought after all over the world.
4/8/202411 minutes, 10 seconds
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Television Critic: Claire Chitham

Today Claire talks to Jesse about Gentlemen on Netflix, Palm Royale on Apple and the very brand new Ripley, also on Netflix.
4/8/202411 minutes, 27 seconds
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Young men opting for vasectomies before fathering any children

When it comes to the birds and the bees, preventing pro-creation has long been the burden of women. But there's a growing number of men - particularly young, childless men - picking up the contraceptive slack by opting for the snip.
4/8/20249 minutes, 17 seconds
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Textile Tuesdays, a special gathering in suburban Auckland

Each week a group of people gather at Avondale Library to work with wool that was destined to be destroyed. We speak to award-winning designer Liz Mitchell and Jill Ferrell - the passionate spinner who set this initiative up.
4/8/202417 minutes, 25 seconds
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Forget bird of the year - it's all about "Tree of the Year" now

Many of you will have heard of Bug of the Year and it would be hard to escape the frenzy around the notoriously controversial Bird of the Year. Now we have Tree of the Year. Nicki van Asch is from the NZ Arboricultural Association.
4/8/20247 minutes, 6 seconds
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Critter of the Week: the Otago Alpine Cockroach

The Otago alpine cockroach is only found on the Rock and Pillar Range in Otago and can survive being frozen.
4/5/202415 minutes, 32 seconds
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Gardening with Lynda Hallinan

This week Lynda talks to Jesse about not getting too carried away tidying up the garden during the autumn months. 
4/5/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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Food with Yael Shochat of Ima Cuisine

Ima Cuisine restaurant owner and chef, Yael Shochat, joins the show to share one of her mouth-watering recipes.
4/5/20248 minutes, 12 seconds
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Film Review with Dom Corry

Today Dom talks to Jesse about Civil War, Love Lies Bleeding and Monkey Man.
4/5/202410 minutes, 26 seconds
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Freaky Friday

Our weekly segment where we ask listeners to share their strange and spooky stories. If you have a spooky tale to share, email [email protected] with the details!
4/5/20245 minutes, 40 seconds
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New research helps shorten 'diagnostic odyssey' for rare disorders

 A new project has been completed which will make the sometimes decades-long process of diagnosis an easier one.
4/5/202412 minutes, 15 seconds
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What happened to koalas rescued from the Black Summer fires?

A new study shows that despite rescue efforts, rehabilitation rates for wildlife were much lower than expected.
4/5/202410 minutes, 6 seconds
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Could renting actually work out better than buying a home?

Does owning a home pay off, or can renting be the better option?
4/5/202410 minutes, 45 seconds
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Your Money with Mary Holm

Today Mary talks to Jesse about some quick tricks with numbers to help with Kiwisaver and almost any investing. She runs through what the "Rule of 72 and dollar cost averaging" is and how it can help to make investment choices.
4/4/202416 minutes, 39 seconds
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NZ Sporting History: Marise Chamberlain

Marise Chamberlain is one of our best-ever track competitors and only woman from New Zealand to have won a track medal at the Olympics. 
4/4/202428 minutes, 21 seconds
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Music Critic: Zac Arnold

Today Zac talks to Jesse about new music from Emojion and Jess Cornelius.
4/4/202416 minutes, 11 seconds
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Museums and galleries dire warning if they're not supported

A new campaign, Keep the Lights on for Museums and Galleries, is warning the public about the financial pressures Aotearoa's museums and galleries are facing. 
4/4/20248 minutes, 32 seconds
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New vegan butter creation

No doubt many New Zealanders have some new and innovative business ideas, but what does it take to take the plunge and turn your idea into a reality? 
4/4/20249 minutes, 56 seconds
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NZ Youngsters on screens more than most around the world

While technology does have some benefits to learning, there is mounting evidence that too much screen time is doing more harm than good. 
4/4/202411 minutes, 9 seconds
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Taking on water - marine protection in Aotearoa

New Zealand once led the world in marine protection. Now it looks like we will fail to meet our international promise to protect 30 percent of our ocean estate by 2030. Why is stopping fishing so politically fraught? How might our ideas about marine protection need to change? And why, when our seas are in need, is it taking us so long to learn to talk to each other?
4/3/202430 minutes, 51 seconds
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A tale of two islands – erect-crested penguins

The Bounty Islands are tiny in terms of area – just some bits of granite jutting out of the ocean. But they are huge in terms of seabirds. James Frankham joins a team researching the erect-crested penguins who breed in this remote archipelago. Recent counts suggest the penguins of the Bounties are doing fine. But this is not the case on the Antipodes Islands, and the researchers desperately want to know why. 
4/3/202428 minutes
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Our Changing World – Erect-crested penguins

Erect-crested penguins lead largely unknown lives on some of New Zealand's most remote subantarctic islands. A research team travels south to unlock this enigmatic species' secrets.
4/3/202412 minutes, 45 seconds
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When sport trumped politics in the middle east

When the final whistle blew on the 2007 Asian Cup, commentators declared "the team without hope has brought joy to its fractured nation. Football succeeds where politics has failed." The Iraqi football team, made up of Sunni, Shia and Kurdish players, had defeated Saudi Arabia. It was a moment of unity in a fractured country following the U.S invasion and removal of Saddam Hussein. Photojournalist Lucian Read was embedded with the US Marines during the war. He had seen Iraq suffer so many losses and felt compelled to tell the story of the win. His new documentary is called Lions of Mesopotamia.
4/3/202424 minutes, 9 seconds
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Easy Eats with Sam Parish: Curry udon and bbq chook

If you love the convenience of a store-bought barbecued chook (aka a 'bachelor's handbag) but struggle to know what to do with it beyond stuffing it in a roll, Sam Parish is here to help.
4/3/20247 minutes, 26 seconds
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Podcast Critic: Evie Ashton

This week Evie talks to Jesse about The Guardian's series Black Box.
4/3/20249 minutes, 29 seconds
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Heading Off: DIY van life tips

This week on Heading Off we meet wedding photographer Chris Turner who's been busy converting his van into an all-purpose 'home away from home' vehicle.
4/3/20244 minutes, 1 second
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Explainer: The world of anime and its rise in popularity

When Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and The Heron won the best animation prize at the Academy Awards this year it cemented anime's place in mainstream culture. 
4/3/202410 minutes, 50 seconds
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Nadia Lim's Farm season two released

Nadia Lim's Farm series is back for a second season offering a peek behind the scenes into the life she's built after leaving the city for Royalburn Station. 
4/3/202413 minutes, 32 seconds
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Helping younger people navigate the real and fake news online

The digital world can be a confronting and confusing place for many of us, as we try and decipher what's real and what's not. 
4/3/202410 minutes, 56 seconds
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The wonderful world of play time in the animal kingdom

University of Massachusetts Professor Dr. David Toomey looks at this growing field of study that was once considered laughable. But now, research is showing how many animals, just like humans.
4/2/202423 minutes, 49 seconds
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Update on Oz with Brad Foster

This week Brad Foster reports on the Alice Springs youth curfew, plus the Federal Government's goal of Australia becoming a globally competitive solar panel manufacturer.
4/2/20247 minutes, 35 seconds
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Book Critic: Dominic Hoey

Dominic Hoey talks to Jesse about Acute Misfortune by Erik Jensen.
4/2/20246 minutes, 57 seconds
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Tech Tuesday with Tim Warren

Today Tim Warren talks to Jesse about the pros and cons of using tracking devices such as apple air tags.
4/2/20245 minutes, 25 seconds
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The conflict triangle in the work place and how to avoid it

Sarah Cross, director of training organisation Kakapo Consulting, talks to Jesse about how to avoid workplace conflict. 
4/2/20246 minutes, 56 seconds
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New Zealand at 'electrifcation tipping point'

New Zealand is at the 'electrification tipping point', according to a new report from non-profit Rewiring Aotearoa. Rewiring Aotearoa's aims to boost knowledge of electronificaiton. CEO Mike Casey talks to Jesse.
4/2/202411 minutes, 18 seconds
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300 year old parchment, search for it's original home launched

A 300-year-old parchment was found down the back of a couch in the 1940s. It then sat folded up in Eketahuna for years, until recently. 
4/2/202412 minutes, 25 seconds
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History with Dr Grant Morris

Today Dr Grant Morris talks to Jesse about the destruction of major settlements in New Zealand history. He's just returned from a trip to Christchurch where he saw a lot of what has been built since their devastating earthquakes and what still needs to be constructed. Today he looks back on two famous historic examples of New Zealand settlements that were partially destroyed by earthquakes.
3/28/20246 minutes, 36 seconds
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Solving the World's Problems with Simon Wilson

Today NZ Herald senior writer Simon Wilson pays tribute to his friend and a keen problem solver of climate change, Rod Oram. Rod sadly died while out cycling and was laid to rest by his loved ones, friends, and colleagues this week. Simon talks about his friend, a fellow cycling enthusiast and environmentalist.
3/28/20248 minutes, 40 seconds
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NZ Sporting History: Stephen Swart

This week on NZ Sporting history we speak to cyclist Stephen Swart who was an integral part of the group which finally exposed Lance Armstrong's drug cheating to the world. Stephen was named New Zealander of the year in 2012 for his bravery in speaking out about the American cycling hero. Stephen shares his story with Jesse.
3/28/202428 minutes, 32 seconds
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NZ BBQ champion back for Flavours of Plenty Festival

When former truck driver Mike Jeffries started a barbecue business - The Big Smoke BBQ Co - 14 years ago, he was a somewhat of a lone wolf in culinary circles. Since then BBQ has taken off with festivals dedicated solely to the craft. Just last month, 10,000 people attended Meatstock in Hamilton. There was even a BBQ World Championships held in Memphis last year where Mike and his team took out third place Back in New Zealand, he's gearing up for the Flavours of Plenty festival in Tauranga.
3/28/20248 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Back Fix, a new book on dealing with back pain

Back pain is incredibly common and according to the World Heath Organisation, lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldw. Collectively, people in the US spend $100 billion annually on trying to fix back pain. Antony Bush - a phsysiotherapist and fitness counsellor who has 30 years experience in spinal pain and muscularskeletal injuries - has a new book called The Back Fix which is out on Easter Monday. He speaks to Jesse.
3/28/202413 minutes, 28 seconds
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Film societies enjoying a boom in membership

A spike in Wellington Film Society members has forced the group to shut-off subscriptions this year, and even turn away some members from over-subscribed screenings. The popularity is not just limited to the capital either, with other centres around Aotearoa reporting similar trends. 
3/28/20249 minutes, 30 seconds
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Our Changing World – Can godwits fly and sleep?

Kuaka godwits make the longest non-stop flights, and researchers are using hi-tech tags to solve the mystery of how and when they sleep. 
3/27/202412 minutes, 58 seconds
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An artists view of the New York art scene

Bianca Bosker has written a book about her experience of the New York art scene called:  Get the Picture: A Mind-Bending Journey among the Inspired Artists and Obsessive Art Fiends Who Taught Me How to See.