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Patchogue, New Zealand

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Give prostate cancer the finger! (in 8 languages)

9/24/2017
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Prostate Cancer doesn't care about your culture - it kills all kinds of men. But getting the message about awareness out to males in our Asian communities is a big problem. In Auckland there's a female Asian doctor who might just have the solution. She shares all with Lynda Chanwai-Earle.

Duration: 00:11:00


Critter of the Week - The Hochstetter Frog

9/21/2017
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Our critter this week is one of our four native frog species, the Hochtetter's frog.

Duration: 00:12:33


Sad Arse Dinners for One

9/21/2017
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Food blogger Sarah Tuck's new cookbook is all about the meals she cooked when her life turned to crap.

Duration: 00:06:32


Film Review with Richard Swainson

9/21/2017
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Richard reviews Mother and The Square.

Duration: 00:09:04


Rhydian Thomas: Dairy Farm Dystopia

9/21/2017
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To mark election day tomorrow, Wellington author Rhydian Thomas is gong to read his entire novel, Milk Island - aloud - at the Adam Art Gallery. It's satirical novel about the dairy industry, public private partnerships and a genetically enhanced super cow called Milky Moo.

Duration: 00:06:43


Go Ahead Caller - Series 7, Ep 7 by Paul Casserly

9/21/2017
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Ken encourages people to think before voting and Winston is in the studio making a political advert. Voices - Cohen Holloway, Rangi Powick, Paul Casserly Studio engineer - Rangi Powick

Duration: 00:04:32


Great album: Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds

9/21/2017
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Jeff Wayne's War of the World's is a musical retelling the story of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. It came out in 1978 and is considered a concept album - using progressive rock and string orchestra, narration and rhyming melodic lyrics. It remains a best seller.

Duration: 00:16:58


Does music unite or divide us?

9/21/2017
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It's often said that music unites us and songs can be a powerful force in spreading messages of peace. But a recent piece of research by Samantha Dieckmann at the University of Melbourne proposes that music can also drive us apart, and be equally divisive.

Duration: 00:09:15


Cambodia Charitable Trust

9/21/2017
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The Cambodia Charitable Trust was founded by Tauranga lawyer Denise Arnold nine years ago. The trust runs a teaching programme in order to give students the best possible outcomes and rebuild the education system after many teachers were killed during the murderous Pol Pot regime. Trust founder Denise Arnold joins Jesse along with Soeun Ouch, the Trust's Cambodia director to talk about the incredible work they are doing.

Duration: 00:08:28


Using drains to improve suburbs

9/21/2017
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Urban planners are always looking at ways to make the most of our spaces, especially as building density increases and lawns shrink. Researcher Zoe Myers from the Australian Urban Research Centre has proposed a way to use drains to make "living streams".

Duration: 00:08:20


SOFIA - a flying telescope with a unique view of space

9/21/2017
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NASA's SOFIA observatory is a 2.5 metre telescope mounted in the back of a plane. It observes the birth and death of stars and the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.

Duration: 00:29:33


The End of Alzheimer's?

9/18/2017
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Alzheimer's is like having holes in the roof our our brains according to neurologist Dr Dale Bredesen, one of the world's leading experts on cognitive diseases. But Dr Bredesen says his research at the University of California in LA shows the holes can be repaired.

Duration: 00:25:52


4Cast - Rhys Matthewson

9/18/2017
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There's a new comedy show and podcast launching on RNZ tonight. 4 cast involves comedian Rhys Matthewson and 3 guests who forecast what they think will be in the news next week.

Duration: 00:03:28


Great album - Seventeen Seconds

9/18/2017
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Seventeen Seconds is the second studio album by British alternative rock band the Cure.

Duration: 00:12:24


Protecing NZ's native birds of prey

9/18/2017
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Debbie Stewart has spent the last 3 decades protecting, and rehabilitating New Zealand's threatened birds of prey. She set up the Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre in Rotorua where she pioneered the breeding of New Zealand Falcons.

Duration: 00:10:21


100 years since Motuihe prisoner of war escape

9/18/2017
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An unusual but colourful event will be celebrated on Motuihe Island early next month. October 8th marks one hundred years of the escape of a German prisoner of war being held on the Hauraki Gulf island. Fiona Alexander from the Motuihe Island restoration Trust talks to Jesse about their plans.

Duration: 00:10:33


Suffrage Day and the fight for women's rights

9/18/2017
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On this day in 1893 New Zealand became the first nation in the world to grant women the right to vote. Times have certainly changed since then but the fight for equality in our country continues. We speak to Miranda Burdon, the Chief executive of a group dedicated to championing women in business, 'Global Women'.

Duration: 00:12:14


"Paying the ultimate price - one woman's suicide"

9/17/2017
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Paying the ultimate price: a young Indian woman comes to NZ as a student, moves onto a work visa, but commits suicide after being exploited. In today's Voices Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in Auckland and Katy Gossett is in Christchurch with this special report into a growing problem.

Duration: 00:11:49


Critter of the Week: The Kaka Beak

9/14/2017
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DoC's threatened species ambassador, Nicola Toki tells us all about the native plants Clianthus puniceus and Clianthus maximus - known as the kaka beak.

Duration: 00:14:58


Wine

9/14/2017
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Barry Riwai, Chief Winemaker from Alpha Domus talks wine.

Duration: 00:03:18

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