In our every day lives, surprises are not always welcome; the bill that comes out of the blue, 19 lollies in a package that was supposed to have 20. But we love surprises in the books we read and the films we watch. Vera Tobin is a professor in cognitive linguistics and is fascinated by our fascination with unexpected plot twists. She reveals what's going on in our brains when stories take us in unexpected directions in her book, Elements of Surprise: Our Mental Limits and the Satisfactions...
Have you seen the new thong or seam jeans? Would you wear them? It got us thinking about strange fashion trends in history - there have been plenty of strange short and long lived trends. Angela Lassig, a dress & textile historian takes us through other unusual fashion looks, from underwear as outwear, bustle knickers and meat frocks.
The moth plant smothers and kills plants up into the canopy, and prevents the establishment of native plants. It's originally from South America, it multiplies at an alarming rate and is a particular problem in Auckland.
We want everyone to enjoy Critter of the Week but arachnophobes may be cautious about listening today: the Rangatira spider measures 12cm across and loves to munch on weta. But, DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki, will explain that nobody needs to stay awake at night worrying about it.
The move away from single use plastic bags is gaining momentum - the Warehouse today announced it is scrapping plastic bags from its 254 stores by the end of the year. It's replacing them with compostable plastic bags. And Countdown's first ten supermarkets will be going plastic bag free on Monday next week, with the remaining 172 stores to follow by the end of the year. But makers of non plastic compostable bags say they are still struggling to get the right certifications as the current...
An online law business Consensus is throwing out the old billable hours model and replacing it with a fixed fee system. But there's more to the concept than just how the legal fees are billed. Anton Smith explains how billable hours have effected legal culture and why he's offering something else.
CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) are banned because of the damage they do to the Earth's upper atmosphere. But alarmingly it seems that CFC manufacture may not be a thing of the past. Emissions of CFC-11 have climbed 25 percent since 2012. Durwood Zaelke is the founder of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development and an expert on the Montreal Protocol, the agreement to ban CFCs. H speaks to Jesse from Washington DC.
Poet and singer songwriter, Bill Direen joins us to perform a song in our Auckland studio ahead of his show tonight at the Audio Foundation in Auckland, Expendable Animals: Songs and Improvisations by Bill Direen and Guests.
It takes a little fearlessness to turn tough topics like racism, sexism and police brutality into humor. Comedian Hari Kondabolu is not afraid to tackle tough topics and make his audience a little uncomfortable.
Author, poet and playwright David Hill is talking about his favourite books, movies and music today. During his thirty year long career writing he's published forty books, most of them are young adult genre. He talks to Jesse about his creative drive and the local authors he admires.