1:10 First song - Crimson Coast

Rockers Crimson Coast have just returned from a quick UK tour, and join us to play a song in the Auckland studio

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1:15 Candidate spending in local elections

Campaigning for local elections is underway with the vote in October this year. This is when we decide who will represent us in our city and district councils.  

But how much do we know about the process? For instance, how much can candidates spend on promoting themselves? In some places, candidates can spend more, much more, than MPs in a general election. 

Hamilton Councillor Paula Southgate knows exactly what this process is like and joins us to talk about it.

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1:25 From farmer to vegan

James Wilson was a typical kiwi farmer. For forty years he ate meat, drank milk while harvesting and growing his farm. 

But then he had a health scare. That's when James decided on a big outlook change. He went vegan.

He's written a book, Plant Paradigm, about his journey and he tells us why he enjoys living a whole-food plant-based lifestyle. You can find out more about his book here. 

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1:34 Sound Archives: Chernobyl


It's the television docu-drama everyone is talking about: the series "Chernobyl" which tells the story of the horrific 1986 Soviet nuclear accident.  In today's visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Sarah Johnston is going to take us back to 1986 and how we heard about the disaster here in New Zealand.

1:40 Great album

2:10 Theatre Critic: Black Swan White Swan

Tania Kopytko reviews the latest offering from the Royal New Zealand Ballet currently touring the country with its creation Black Swan White Swan, a bold re-work of one of ballet's enduring classics, Swan Lake. For tickets and further information click here

2:20 Bookmarks: Kimberly Andrews

Today's Bookmarks guest is an illustrator, geologist, biologist, she knows her butterflies pretty well, she's a big fan of orangutans and she lives in a tiny house made from a 40ft container in Wellington's Days Bay with her husband and baby daughter. 

Kimberly Andrews is a finalist in two categories of the New Zealand Book Awards for her children's book, Puffin the Architect. Her illustrations caught the eye of the publishers for Joy Cowley's Song of the River, first published 25 years ago, and they asked Kimberly to illustrate it for a re-release. 

3:10 Photographing the Obamas

They're arguably the most famous couple in the world and she was with them since the beginning of their fame.

Callie Shell first photographed Barack Obama in 2004, before he was elected to the Illinois State. She followed him and Michelle to the White House - taking intimate shots of them behind the chaos of the Presidency. 

The award-winning photographer has now released a book of these shots, Hope, Never Fear, along with detailed notes about her time with the Obamas. She tells us about it. 

3:35 Science and environment stories

Stories from Our Changing World.

Alison Ballance with an episode from the RNZ podcast Elemental, introducing us to the chemical element hydrogen.

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

4:05 The Panel with Julia Hartley Moore and Shane Te Pou​