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1:17 Could a '10 point plan' help address NZ's Covid-19 financial crisis?

Joining us today is a man who has come up with a '10-point plan for New Zealand', which he says could help us export our way out of a finanical crisis amid the global pandemic. 

Charles Finny, who's a partner with Saunders Unsworth in Wellington, has published his plan on The Spinoff website.

He speaks to Jesse about what he believes needs to happen next to get the economy moving again. 

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1:27 25 young women under 25: Irihapeti Edwards

Today we're talking to a 21-year-old 'financial activist' and youth ambassador from Whangarei. 

It's part of our series sparked by the YWCA's inaugural Y25 list, which celebrates 25 young women under 25 who are future leaders in their fields.

Irihapeti Edwards speaks to Jesse Mulligan.

Irihapeti Edwards.

Irihapeti Edwards. Photo: Supplied.

1:30 Prime Minister Press Conference

1:55 Robert Kelly's Afternoons Book Quiz


  • In which town is Elanor Catton’s the Luminaries primarily set? 
  • What is the name of the story that Frozen is based on? 
  • How many cinematic adaptations has Stephen King’s First Novel had?


  • Hokitika 
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen 
  • Two (1976 and 2013) 
Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly Photo: John Duke

2.12 Alix Higby's Podcast picks 

Alix reviews Making the Call and 13 Minutes To The Moon.

2:20 Music critic Russell Baillie

Music critic Russell Baillie shares some music trivia about Talking Heads with a New Zealand link.

That comes after the latest Mojo magazine featured a story about Talking Heads based on drummer Chris Frantz's forthcoming memoir.

David Byrne

David Byrne Photo: supplied

2:30 Bookmarks with Bill Birch

The new authorised biography Minister of Everything by Brad Tattersfield covers the 27 year political career of the former Finance Minister Bill Birch.

He held 15 portfolios in his 15 years as a Minister, and worked closely with National Prime Ministers including Muldoon, Shipley and Bolger.

He's our Bookmarks guest for today.

Favourites include: 

Jeffrey Archer's books As the Crow flies and Not A Penny More Not a Penny Less

Bryce Courtney's books The Power of One and The Persimmon Tree

Elton John's Candle In the Wind

Sol3 Mio's Ten Guitars 

The Sound of Music 

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Photo: Mary Egan Publishing

3:10 From FOMO to FOBO - Fear of Better Options

Patrick McGinnis didn't invent Fear of Missing Out, but he did coin the term FOMO more than 16 years ago. Now he says, there's a new issue stalking our sensibilities, FOBO, Fear of Better Options. He explains the biology of wanting the best and what to do when we're overwhelmed with choices.

Patrick McGinnis

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3.30 New Zealand Music Month Fresh Music Videos Daily on RNZ

We're celebrating NZ Music Month with Fresh Music Daily by sharing a new song and video from an up-and-coming Kiwi artist every day throughout May. Today we're featuring Anthony Jeffares and his latest release Idiot Day.



3:35 Stories from Our Changing World. Extremophile microbes

Waikato University professor Craig Cary is an extremophile microbe hunter. And one of his favourite hunting grounds is in thermally-heated ice caves high on the slopes of the world’s southernmost active volcano – Mount Erebus, in Antarctica.

3:45 The Panel with Ruth Money and Rajorshi Chakraborti