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Afternoons with Simon Mercep

RNZ New Zealand

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Patchogue, New Zealand

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English


Episodes

Charles Mann: Feeding a growing population

2/18/2018
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By 2050 the world's population will reach 10 billion and questions about how to feed everyone will be more urgent there ever. It's an environmental dilemma that's been simmering for generations.

Duration:00:21:23

Westland prepares for Gita

2/18/2018
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Severe weather warnings are in place, with ex-tropical Cyclone Gita expected to hit our shores tomorrow.

Duration:00:05:01

Expert feature: Animal mental health

2/18/2018
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Laurel Braitman studies animals who exhibit signs of mental health issues, from compulsive bears to self-destructive rats to monkeys with unlikely friends.

Duration:00:27:42

Television Critic Briar Wyatt

2/18/2018
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The Puna (Maori TV) Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Netflix) Everything Sucks (Netflix)

Duration:00:08:43

Great album

2/18/2018
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UB40, Labour of Love.

Duration:00:15:03

Join the robots

2/18/2018
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Artificial Intelligence is already here but it's expected to get better, more superior and more autonomous - but that doesn't mean humans won't be needed alongside the technology.

Duration:00:06:46

Networking with the kids

2/18/2018
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Michael Trengrove is obsessed with creating a first-class economy in New Zealand. The way he wants to get there is by teaching everyone to code computer programmes.

Duration:00:07:14

Cyclists, trucks and the road

2/18/2018
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The National Road Carriers Association has today called on cyclists and motor cyclists to be a little less arrogant on the roads. We put that to the Cycling Action Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan.

Duration:00:06:37

Ben Folds

2/18/2018
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Acclaimed singer-songwriter-pianist Ben Folds has a chat to Jesse ahead of his show in Auckland tonight.

Duration:00:11:23

Open Road transforming lives for refugees

2/18/2018
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Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in the back seat to learn how the Open Road Driver training programme, for men from former refugee backgrounds, is transforming lives across New Zealand.

Duration:00:10:26

Classical music with Clarissa Dunn

2/15/2018
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Clarissa Dunn from RNZ concert tells us about the happenings in the world of classical music and plays us Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor Op 26 performed by Sarah Chang on violin.

Duration:00:09:36

Critter of the Week The Paua Slug

2/15/2018
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Is it a slug? Is it a snail? What does that shell remind you of? Paua slugs, or Schizoglossa, are a bit of everything. They are officially a 'semi-slug', and like a paua are a gastropod but the resemblance of the shell is a coincidence. DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador tells us about being sluggish.

Duration:00:12:24

Wine with Yvonne Lorkin

2/15/2018
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Yvonne is in a celebratory mood today, it is her birthday! So shares some indulgent wine choices.

Duration:00:04:49

Food with Dariush Lolaiy

2/15/2018
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Darisuh Lolaiy of Auckland restaurant Cazador shares a recipe from the restaurant's new menu - Rare saddle of hare with ajo blanco. He says ajo blanco is a balance of fresh cucumber, almond and garlic, and is traditionally served as a chilled soup with fresh grapes to garnish. However he has adapted the soup to a puree as an accompaniment to the gamey, lean hare.

Duration:00:08:34

Film Review with Richard Swainson

2/15/2018
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Richard reviews Loving Vincent and Lady Bird.

Duration:00:13:26

Great album

2/15/2018
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The Very Best of John Denver.

Duration:00:15:21

The importance of seaweed

2/15/2018
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Seaweed is being honoured in Wellington over the weekend with a mural being put up. The Wellington Underwater Club's Nicole Miller explains why we need to make sure seaweed sticks around and the important role it plays in coastal marine ecosystems.

Duration:00:04:31

Ecostore founders team up with Little Bird

2/15/2018
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Social entrepeneurs, Malcolm and Melanie Rands created Ecostore back in 1993. It wasn't easy, but the company is now a kiwi success story - making environmentally friendly household cleaners and body care products and selling them internationally Now the pair have invested in a much smaller, but growing business Litte Bird Organics, run by Megan May - to help it grow and hopefully, take on the world. Malcolm Rands talks to us about why he is helping others achieve what his company has.

Duration:00:09:32

Are we in for bad flu season like North America?

2/15/2018
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The flu season in North America has been a particularly bad one, with concerns that the vaccines available are not as protective as in past years. Health authorities in the US and Canada say the flu vaccine is only 25 percent effective against the H3N2 strain, which is likely to hit New Zealand as well. The World Health Organisation has recommended that a vaccine for that strain be included in the Southern Hemisphere flu shots. We speak to virologist, Dr Lance Jennings about what kind of flu...

Duration:00:07:27

First song: My Baby in Session

2/15/2018
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Amsterdam three piece, My Baby are starting their NZ tour at the Coastella music festival. The band is made of up Dutch brother-sister-duo Sheik (drums) and Cato van Dyck (vocals) and New Zealand guitarist Daniel "daFreez" Johnston, originally from Timaru. They perform our first song live from our Wellington studio

Duration:00:11:29

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