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1:15 The fires ravaging the US West Coast

Massive forest fires have destroyed thousands of homes in California and forced at least 60,000 people to evacuate.

And they have spread to neighbouring Oregon.

Jesse talks to the news director of KLCC in Eugene, Oregon about the devastation.

A man looks for items in the remains of his mobile home after a wildfire swept through the R.V. park destroying multiple homes in Estacada, Oregon

A man looks for items in the remains of his mobile home after a wildfire swept through the R.V. park destroying multiple homes in Estacada, Oregon Photo: AFP

1:25 New online Māori language glossary, Te Reo Hapai

An NGO working in the area of mental health, addiction and disability has just launched an online Māori language glossary.

Te Pou's Te Reo Hāpai - or 'The Language of Enrichment' - coincides of course with Māori language week or Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

The creator of this glossary, Keri Opai talks to Jesse

Keri Opai

Keri Opai Photo: Supplied

1.35 New batch of bar-tailed godwits heading to NZ

A new batch of bar-tailed godwits are on their way to New Zealand.

These birds follow in the esteemed wake of 'E7' - a legendary godwit - that holds the world record for the longest non-stop flight from Alaska to New Zealand.

The Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre has been keeping track of the annual migrations of bar-tailed godwits for at least 30 years.

Jesse speaks to Adrian Riegen from the centre, who is known as "the dude" when it comes to tracking migratory birds.

You can follow the birds here.

bar tailed godwit in flight.

bar tailed godwit in flight. Photo: Peter Langlands Wild Capture 2020


1:50 Zoe Walker Ahwa: launching her online magazine Ensemble during lockdown

While most of us were hunkering down and making sourdough during lockdown, some foolhardy folk decided to start a business.

Zoe Walker Ahwa comes from a magazine background, including Fashion Quarterly - but saw a gap in the market

She wanted to fuse the more frivolous worlds of fashion and beauty with the big important issues - and so her online magazine Ensemble was born.


Ensemble. Photo: Supplied.


2:10 Book Critic Catherine Robertson

Catherine talks about two very different books she has been enjoying:

Fantasyland: How America went haywire: a 500-year history by Kurt Andersen (Ebury Press/Penguin Random House, 2017)

The Story of a New Zealand River by Jane Mander (first published 1920, reissued by Random House 2007).


2:20 Bruce Springsteen tours in Aotearoa

Bruce Springsteen has no bigger fan that RNZ's Jeremy Parkinson. To call him a superfan is an understatement.

Jeremy will talk about the legend's shows in New Zealand throughout the years and play some hits from those extravaganzas. He'll also introduce us to some lesser known tunes and something from Springsteen's latest album.

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen performing in Auckland in 2017 Photo: RNZ / Matthew Finn


3:10 James Nestor - you're breathing all wrong

Every day, we do something 25-thousand times and mostly, we do it wrong. We breathe in and out badly says journalist James Nestor.

After suffering constant respiratory problems he went in search of solutions. He says what he learned can help transform health. James Nestor shares those lessons in his new book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

James Nestor's Office

James Nestor's Office Photo: James Nestor


3:30 BBC Witness History

In Witness History today Claire Bowes looks back to 1945 when Harry Truman became the first US President to endorse a taxpayer-funded national health insurance plan


3:45 The Panel with Ruwani Perera and Peter Dunne


Music played in this show

First Song: Jimi Hendrix All Along the Watchtower

Music Feature: Jeremy Parkinson - Bruce Springsteen in Aotearoa

Letter To You

If I Was The Priest

Jeanie Needs A Shooter

Who'll Stop The Rain

ROYALS (Lorde cover)

My City of Ruins (for Christchurch)

Born To Run 

3.30 Song: Jack Peñate - Tonight's Today​