Critter of the Week t-shirts

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Critter of the week t-shirts are back!

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1:17 Research led COVID recovery mooted

The co-directors of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology say the key to the country's COVID economic recovery lies with the post-doctoral researchers.

Dr Nicola Gaston and Dr Justin Hodgkiss have written an editorial about why investing in innovators research can create jobs and industry to lead us back on a path of economic recovery.

Dr Gaston talks to Jesse about who's already caught international attention in their field and where the funding should come from.

Dr Nicola Gaston

Dr Nicola Gaston Photo: Victoria University

1:27 Settling the Score 2020 - Classical Cupid is back!

RNZ Concert's Clarissa Dunn is back with Jesse to play Classical Music Matchmaker!

Classical Cupid will find classical music tailored specifically for you based on your dating profile.

Whether you're a 'sunsets and strings'  or a 'bold as brass' adventurous type, we'll make your classical music match

Email your "dating bio" or details about what you're looking for to

Voting is open for New Zealand's only classical music poll - RNZ Concert's Settling the Score 2020

Voting closes Sunday, 18 October at midnight - cast your vote here

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1:35 Greg King docu-drama screening tonight

The life and brilliance of defence lawyer Greg King has been laid out in a docu-drama screening tonight. He was involved in a number of high profile court cases before his suicide in November 2012.

Massey University law professor Chris Gallavan was involved with the project which features Greg King's work, he talks to Jesse about the film, Friend of the Friendless, screening tonight on TVNZ 1 at 8pm.

Greg King

Greg King Photo: Fairfax

1:40 Uawa Exhibition highlighting forestry damage on the East Coast

Damage to Uawa beach in Tolaga Bay caused by the forestry industry is the focus of an exhibition opening at Page Galleries in Wellington today.

Artist John Walsh hopes his work will draw attention to the environmental devastation the intensive pine forestry industry is causing and prompt law changes to stop the practices that are behind the problem.

He talks to Jesse about why he's so passionate about protecting the place where he grew up.

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Photo: Ryan McCauley and Chad Alexander

1:45 Great album: Talking Heads - Remain in Light


2:10 Brad Warrington's Music choices

RNZ's DJ Sticky reviews a funk-pop track Anderson Paak - Jewels and one by Kruder & Dorfmeister - King Size 

2:20 Recipe request: Tairua Beach Club - Beef Cheek Crouquettes w poblano feta dip

Eateries all over the country have their special recipes. We've asked you what recipe you would like from your favourite cafe - and on your behalf we've invited them onto the show to share their secret. Today we're showcasing Beef Cheek Crouquettes w poblano feta dip created by Graeme Riki,chef and owner of The Tairua Beach Club.

Beef cheek crouquettes

Beef cheek crouquettes Photo: Tairua Beach Club

2:25 Crimes NZ: The disappearance of Heidi Charles

On New Year's Eve in 1976, 36 year old mother of two, Heidi Charles was dropped off by her husband in central Rotorua to do some shopping. The plan was for her to meet him and their two sons back at their campervan an hour later. She never made it back and has not been seen nor heard from since. True crime writer Scott Bainbridge has looked into the baffling case.

Heidi Charles, who went missing in Rotorua in 1976.

Heidi Charles, who went missing in Rotorua in 1976. Photo: Courtesy of Stuff

3:10 Link 3 Answer: Bands with six members

Here I go again – Whitesnake

Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum

Heart of Glass – Blondie

3:15 The impact of wealth tax 

Simon Wilson. senior writer for the NZ Herald looks at the reality of a wealth tax and finds it may not be the key to solving the inequality problem. You can read the full article here.

3:25 The strangest electoral battle in NZ’s history: Wellington Central 1878

The general election is this Saturday and we are all busy voting in our different electorates. Dr Grant Morris from the Victoria University of Wellington says Wellington Central can lay claim to the most bizarre electorate battle in NZ’s history. It was the 1878 City of Wellington by-election won by George E Barton.


Courtenay_Place,_Wellington,_New_Zealand_circa_1878 Photo: Public Domain

3:35 Witness History

In June 1980, US media mogul Ted Turner launched the first TV station dedicated to 24 hour news, Cable News Network or CNN. The BBC's Rebecca Kesby has been speaking to Senior Executive at CNN, Rick Davis, about how 24 hour news has influenced politics and what role it has to play in holding those in power to account. 

3:45 The Panel with Niki Bezzant and Peter Dunne

Music played in this show

1.27 Classical Cupid: Clarissa Dunn

BACH: Prelude in C, from The Well-Tempered Klavier, Book 1

Prelude in C, from The Well-Tempered Klavier, Book 1

Can She Excuse My Wrongs? (Arr. Voice & Electric Guitar) by Nora Fischer & Marnix Dorrestein

Dome epais le jasmin (Lakme Duet)


2.10 Music Critic: Brad Warrington

Anderson Paak - Jewels 

Kruder & Dorfmeister - King Size