Carissa Pereira

Photo: Carissa Pereira

1:20 Speaking properly to adults with disabilities

Adults with disabilities are often described as "cute" by members of the public.

While never meant in a patronizing way, it is important we use adult language while talking to and about people with disabilities.

Carissa Pereira is the Chief Executive Officer at the disability support service A Supported Life. She hears childlike language being used with people with disabilities frequently, and wants to help people move away from it.

Cropped photo of mature female on wheelchair in the lobby at airport hall. Copy space in left side

Photo: 123RF

1:25 Sharing tips on black truffle growing

Ohiwa Black Diamond Truffles has been given more than 155 thousand dollars by the Government to encourage other landowners to grow 'black diamonds'.

The Bay of Plenty company is sharing their secrets of the industry to get the truffles growing on unproductive land.

Ohiwa Black Diamond co-owner, Annette Munday, talks to Jesse about their product, how hard they are to grow and the potential for New Zealand to be a thriving source of the rare fungi.

Black Diamond truffles

Photo: Black Diamond truffles

1:30 Sustainable landscaping

Most of us probably like the idea of second hand and upcycling, but it can be hard to consistently live that way.

When you need something, you don't always have the energy to trawl Trade Me and scour op shops to find something that works AND looks good.

Landscape architect Claire O'Shaughnessy rarely buys new, and structures her life around reducing carbon emissions - including when buying her house. She talks to Jesse about her efforts.

Claire O'Shaughnessy

Photo: Claire O'Shaughnessy

1:40 Matariki musical extravaganza on TVNZ+

Not only are we being treated to the Matariki stars this week, but Aotearoa's biggest music stars are performing for Aotearoa this Friday.

Purapura Whetū - Stars of Matariki, will have unique Matariki performances from artists including Six60, Hollie Smith, Drax Project, Maisey Rika, and Kings.

It will be hosted by TV Personality of the Year Nicola 'Nix' Adams, singer-songwriter Kings, and funny man and Te Reo Māori advocate Sonny Ngati, and Sonny joins me now.

Vaxathon presenter Sonny Ngatai

Vaxathon presenter Sonny Ngatai Photo: Supplied/Sonny Ngatai

We're Going On A Fossil Hunt book cover


1:50 Fossil hunt book for children

Last week we spoke to Dr Nic Rawlence about his campaign for New Zealand to adopt a fossil emblem and celebrate its pre-historic past.

Well, another way we can do that is by getting future generations excited about the subject.

One former primary school teacher with a geology degree and a passion for paleontology wrote a book called 'We're Going on a Fossil Hunt', which attempts to do just that.

Author Joan Joass speaks to Jesse.

If you're in Auckland, and want Joan to come to your school to talk and share her fossils, you can email her at

2.12 Podcast Critic: Claire Concannon

Today RNZ's Our Changing World producer Claire Concannon gives her verdict on her 'go-to' podcasts. She talks to Jesse about Science Vs and BBC Earth's podcast.

Science Vs logo

Photo: Science Vs

2:25 Bookmarks with Theresa Healey

For Bookmarks today we're joined by actor Theresa Healey.

You probably know Theresa from her time playing Carmen Shortland Street, but she's appeared extensively on stage and has been a regular on our TV screens in series like Go Girls, Filthy Rich and the school rugby drama Head High.

Right now she's rehearsing for the role of Mary Tyrone in the American classic Long Day's Journey.

She shares with Jesse what she likes to read, watch and listen to her in down time.

Theresa Healey


3:10 Shining a light on misogyny and hate in country music 

It's no secret that country music is full of misogyny, racism and homophobia. There's bro country and then there's her country says veteran music journalist Marissa R. Ross. But  Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, and Mickey Guyton found a way around male dominated Nashville Music Row to forge successful careers singing the music they love in an industry that doesn't always love them. Ross explains how these superstars made their voices heard and what women everywhere can learn from them in the new book, Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be."  

Marissa Moss

Photo: supplied

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World

Coming up on Our Changing World - Claire Concannon visits beautiful Whāingaroa / Raglan to chat with the Karioi project team.

With extenstive predator-trapping, bird-monitoring and education programmes, the team are working to turn the tide on biodiversity loss in their area.

And to help return Karioi to its status as a seabird mountain.

Te Iwi Tahi o Karioi possum control members

Te Iwi Tahi o Karioi possum control members Photo: SUPPLIED/ Waikato Regional Council

3:45 The Panel with Sally Wenley and Jack Yan