Short Story Club 

Today we discuss Judith White's The Dog in the Room Email your thoughts to

The winner of the best email will get a copy of Good Dog! Edited by Stephanie Johnson.

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1:10 First song: Terence Blacker

English singer, songwriter and author Terence Blacker is in our Wellington studio for First Song today. He's on his first New Zealand tour and is playing at this weekend's Wellington Folk Festival in Lower Hutt. 

Terence Blacker

Terence Blacker Photo: Terence Blacker

1:15 Phone recordings: what's legal and what's not

The dramatic political news this week has been everywhere and yesterday took another incredible turn when MP Jami-Lee Ross released a recording of a phone call between himself and National leader Simon Bridges.

The recording has been published and replayed since then, but is that legally sound? Public interest aside, what does the law say about recording people, and then releasing it to the public? What privacy rights come into play here?

To answer these questions and more we're joined by privacy expert Dr Nicole Moreham, Associate Professor at Victoria University's Faculty of Law.

Jami-Lee Ross released the recording after filing a complaint with the police.

Jami-Lee Ross released the recording after filing a complaint with the police. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

1:25 Bespoke books

Many listeners will remember last year at LitCrawl we did the Short Story Club segment live. 

One of the winners of that competition was Helen O'Connor, for her unpublished short story Drunk Girls.

Since then she's launched her own literary business. At Books Bestowed you can commission bespoke stories for friends or family. 

Helen is here to tell us how she creates them. 

And if you want to submit a story to Litcrawl's Short Story Club Live - go to

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Photo: Books Bestowed

1:35 A show about bipolar disorder, psychiatric wards and our mental health system

Mental Health is in the spotlight in the moment, more open and frank discussions are being had. 

Perhaps none are quite as frank as Clarissa Chandrahasen's tale. 

The comedian has opened up about her experience with bipolar disorder, and her time in a psych ward, in her award-winning theatre show Committed. 

It's set for its debut at BATS theatre and Clarissa is in studio to tell us about it.

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Photo: Supplied / Tabitha Arthur

1:40 Great album

Cosmo's Factory is the fifth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival.

2:10 Theatre Critic

Tim Stevenson from Theatreview tells us about UNEASY DREAMS and Other Things on at Wellington's Circa 2

2:20 Your Money with Mary Holm

Mary discusses ways to curb your spending.  She looks into why people spend unnecessarily, and makes some suggestions on how to control your spending. She also looks at ways to reduce Christmas spending while keeping the family happy about it.

Finally she looks at where you can get free support with cutting your spending, and how you can tell lenders you don’t want them to tempt you.

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Photo: 123RF

2:50 Nuhaka Dreaming

The wider world had little impact on small-town life in the 1950s when John Bluck was caught between the attractions of the city and an exciting career, and his home in Nuhaka which - as his father would say - was the best place in the world. John Muses on the contrast in today's final episode of  'Nuhaka Dreaming'.

3:10 Short Story Club

Today Erin Mercer from Massey University joins us to discuss Judith White's The Dog in the Room Email your thoughts to

The winner of the best email will get a copy of Good Dog! Edited by Stephanie Johnson. 

3:25 Tell me about your thesis

Dinah Vincent graduated with a PhD from Massey University with her thesis 'Dressmaking: How a clothing practice made girls in New Zealand, 1945 to 1965'.

She is here to explain what sewing tells us about women, and their role in society, at the time. 

St Cuths 1958 Moderns best friend

St Cuths 1958 Moderns best friend Photo: Supplied

1945 Pattern Service pictures

1945 Pattern Service pictures Photo: Supplied


3:30 Are We There Yet?

This week on our parenting podcast: raising a child can be a crazy business for anyone.

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

4:05 The Panel with Lavina Good and Stephen Franks