1.12 First Song: Coming In From The Dark - Hollie Smith

Hollie Smith has today released her first single in five years. She's put out Coming In From the Dark in both English and Te Reo. She talks to Jesse about the hiatus she's been on and when the rest of her fourth album will be released.

Hollie Smith

Hollie Smith Photo: supplied

1:17 Economy forecasts tricky to balance for the experts

Economists are often asked to forecast our financial futures.

Whether interest rates will increase, what will happen to the housing market or unemployment.

But how seriously should we take these predictions, especially in an unprecedented pandemic?

David McLeish is a senior portfolio manager at Fisher Funds and he talks to Jesse about the complexities of economic predictions.

New Zealand banknotes, pen and calculator on background with rising trend green line

Photo: 123RF

1:27 A trip to China 50 years ago: Frank Hogan recalls their intrepid journey

50 years ago a group of New Zealand students travelled to China on a diplomatic mission.

It was 1971, and China was in the midst of a cultural revolution.

One of the students on that trip was Frank Hogan, who was studying law at the time. He talks to Jesse about the significance of the trip and how rare it was.

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Photo: AFP / Xinhua News Agency

1.35 Toastie champion toasted in Blenheim

A Blenheim chef has created Aotearoa's best toastie.

His twist on a cuban sandwich - ham, cheese, pickles - took out the top prize in this year's Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover.

Chef Steve MacDougall, from Mollies Bar & Eatery, talks to Jesse about his win!

Steve MacDougall with his winning toastie!

Steve MacDougall with his winning toastie! Photo: supplied

1:50 All eyes on the water for Olympic medal hopes for NZ today

It's a big day on the water for NZ's Olympic rowers.

Emma Twigg raced in the single sculls final at 12.30pm, and our women eights were just now (1.05pm)

Clay Wilson is there in Tokyo watching it unfold and he talks to Jesse about all the action and reaction!

New Zealand's Emma Twigg reacts after finishing the women's single sculls semi-final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo on July 29, 2021. (Photo by Luis ACOSTA / AFP)

Photo: AFP

2:10 Film Review with Ali Ventura

Today Ali Ventura gives her verdict on the films Old and The Godmother.

2:20 NZ Live: Graeme James

Multi-instrumentalist indie-folk singer, Graeme James,  is back in the country after several years living in Europe. 

He is releasing his new EP today 'Field Notes on an Endless Day' and joins Jesse in the Auckland studio to play some tunes!

Award-winning alt-folk artist Graeme James.

Award-winning alt-folk artist Graeme James. Photo: Miss Macrae (The Label NZ)

3:08 Jess Daniell's Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Today Jess Daniell of Jess's Underground Kitchen fame, shares an amazing recipe to make the most of cauliflower availability. She talks to Jesse about how to make her delicious Roasted Cauliflower Salad. You can find the recipe for this dish here.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Roasted Cauliflower Salad Photo: supplied

3:16 Music 101: Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan, host of Music 101 here on RNZ each Saturday afternoon from midday talks about what's happening on the music scene over the weekend, what's coming up on her show tomorrow and because Friday is new music day - she'll pick us a track to play.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire-Eastham Farrelly


3:25 Weekend Stuff with Stan Scott

Builder Stan Scott joins Jesse to talk about your DIY jobs and how to approach them.

3:35 Critter of the Week: Giant Knobbled Weevil.

The Giant Knobbled Weevil is a bumpy plant-munching native now found only on remote offshore islands off the coast of Fiordland and Stewart Island. Threatened by rats, this large weevil is one of the first insects to be given legal protection in New Zealand under the Wildlife Act.

Giant Knobbled Weevil

Giant Knobbled Weevil Photo: Colin Miskelly used with permission

3:45 The Panel with Victoria Stewart and Nick Ward