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1:17 'Intellectual giant' Prof Jim Flynn dies

Friends, family and colleagues are mourning the loss of University of Otago Emeritus Professor Jim Flynn who died this week aged 86. 

He is internationally-renowned as an expert on intelligence who coined the 'Flynn Effect', and he spoke about this subject for our expert segment in June this year and his Ted Talk on IQ has over 4 million views.

New Zealand Psychological Society director of scientific issues Brian Dixon said Prof Flynn was an "intellectual giant in psychology, a powerhouse of critical research and a prolific publisher".

Professor Jamin Halberstadt, Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago, speaks to Jesse about how the professor will be remembered. 

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1:27 High school students' acne product flying off shelves

A group of Year 12 students at Bayfield High School are seeing high demand for their Raw Barberry Powder acne product in Dunedin health stores. 

The students created the product as part of the nationwide Young Enterprise Scheme, and they placed runner up in the competition last week. 

Jesse speaks to Abalro CEO Robert Donohue about the story behind the product, and what's next for the young entrepreneurs. 

Abalro's Raw Barberry Powder, a product created by three Bayfield High School students.

Abalro's Raw Barberry Powder, a product created by three Bayfield High School students. Photo: Supplied

1:37 Ask the Vet about keeping pets safe this Christmas

As the silly season gets into full swing there are many dangers for pets associated with this time of the year. 

Jesse speaks to Megan Alderson from The Strand Veterinarian about the most common ailments they see around Christmas and answers your questions. 

puppy christmas French Bulldog

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1:55 Afternoons Quiz Robert Kelly

RNZ producer and onetime bookseller Robert Kelly presents his weekly quiz.

2.12 Podcast Critic Paul Bushnell

Paul Bushnell is talking today about two USA podcasts exploring different aspects of contemporary culture - history and tv drama - with very different levels of success. The Authority on His Dark Materials about a tv series and related book is light and fun, but It Was Said on famous post-war USA speeches, is pompous and deeply annoying.

Podcast tiles for It was Said and The Authority - His Dark Materials

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2:25 Bookmarks: Ernestina Bonsu Maro 

Our Bookmarks guest this week is a breakfast radio producer, broadcaster, model and dance teacher.

Ernestina Bonsu Maro also represented New Zealand at the Queen of International Tourism last year in the Phillipines, and the Cook Islands at Miss Pacific in 2017.

She shares her favourite books, music and TV shows with Jesse.


3:10 Eric Bana on his return to the big screen for The Dry

It's been a 13 year drought since actor Eric Bana took a leading role in an Australian film. He's back as a federal agent who returns to his country home town to confront a secret from the past, and solve a murder in "The Dry".

Eric Bana talks to us about filming in rural Victoria during a drought and enduring lockdowns in Melbourne.

Eric Bana in The Dry

Eric Bana in The Dry Photo: Supplied/AEM


3:35 Stories from Our Changing World

3:45 The Panel with Catherine Robertson and Nick Leggett