Short Story Club

On Thursday we discuss the story Beats of the Pa’u by Maria Samuela. Email us your thoughts on it before 3pm Thursday, and the writer of the best email wins a copy of Sport 45 - a collection of New Zealand short fiction.

1:10 Swidt perform live

The Onehunga Hip Hop group, Swidt have just released their new EP, The Most Electrifying.

They perform on of their new tracks live in our Auckland studio.

The group is SmokeyGotBeatz (Isaiah Libeau), SPYCC (Daniel Latu), INF (Amon McGoram), JAMAL (Jamal Muavae) and BoomerThaGod (Asher Schwenckee).

Auckland hip-hop collective SWIDT.

Auckland hip-hop collective SWIDT. Photo: Supplied

1:15 Dr Ros Vallings on chronic fatigue

Earlier this week we spoke to a journalist who had written a piece about chronic fatigue syndrome or M.E. for RNZ's online site The Wireless. We received a huge amount of feedback from sufferers and their families about their experiences with the debilitating illness.

Many sent in questions they wanted answers to, some hoping for treatment options. We decided to get an expert in to explain the illness a little more in depth.

Dr Ros Vallings has spent decades dedicated to helping those with CFS, she has a clinic in Howick and has taken a break from patients to respond to our listeners. 

Leading authority on CFS/ME Dr Ros Vallings

Leading authority on CFS/ME Dr Ros Vallings Photo: Supplied

1:25 Bake Your Thesis 

It's thesis Thursday so this story is a perfect fit.

Yesterday Masters and PhD students from the University of Otago presented their theses in the form of baked goods - the first ever "Bake Your Thesis", held at the annual Graduate Research Festival. 

The woman behind the idea, Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith, Dean of the Graduate Research School at Otago University, walks us through the edible representations. 

1:35 A banquet that's good for your gut health

What makes food good, for your tastebuds and your belly? 

A banquet is on offer next week that combines fine dining with science. It's designed to give people an insight into what your microbiome is and what it needs to stay healthy.

One of those scientists who will be doling out the advice alongside the kimchi is Dr Matthew Barnett from the Riddett Institute, he's here to tell us all about it.

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1:40 Great album

2:10 Theatre Critic

Cate Prestidge reviews the Hamilton production of No Holds Bard

2:20 The future of farming in NZ

Farmer and farming commentator, Steve Wyn-Harris talks about the pros and cons of the move towards synthetic meats and alternative proteins.

He says while they will become a significant competitor to some of NZ's red meat products, there is also an opportunity for New Zealand as we provide natural grass fed, hormone free red meat.

Lambing at Marlow Hill farm, Hawkes Bay 2018

Lambing at Marlow Hill farm, Hawkes Bay 2018 Photo: Steve Wyn-Harris

2:30 The history of free speech in NZ

Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux's proposed visit to NZ has sparked a big debate over free speech and its possible limits. But this is not a new debate in NZ. The battle between free speech and censorship has been ongoing throughout our history. Our regular historian, Grant Morris of Victoria University explains.

Colin 'Uncle Scrim' Scrimgeour, famous NZ symbol of free speech during the 1935 election

Colin 'Uncle Scrim' Scrimgeour, famous NZ symbol of free speech during the 1935 election Photo: Te Ara / Public Domain

3:10 Short Story Club

3:25 Tell me about your thesis

Dr Quentin Allan from AUT tells us about his thesis looking at gay men coming out later in life.

3:30 BBC Witness

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day and One Quick Question

4:05 The Panel with Chris Wikaira and Penny Ashton


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NZ is full of amazing native creatures, and many of them are not cute and pretty! We are celebrating those less loved critters with some limited edition t-shirts illustrated by the amazing @giselledraws.

She was assisted by science advisor Mike Dickison and DoC's Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki.

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