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Friday 4 December 2020
On today’s show
09:05 News and current affairs
09:20 Could singing in a choir could be good for your mental health?
Mel and Paul Roberts are part of a collective of community choirs who're holding a fundraiser concert for the Auckland City Mission on Saturday. 250 singers from seven choirs are part of the Everybody Sings collective. Mel Roberts is the director - she started singing on advice from her doctor when she had post natal depression. For her husband Paul, choir singing was the last thing he ever thought he'd end up doing, but he says he's not looked back. Covid has been a challenge for community choirs this year, and the concert is much anticipated.
09:30 Collective nouns of native birds, a loot of weka!
Wellington based illustrator, Melissa Boardman is passionate about native birds. Her illustrated book Birds of New Zealand catalogues the collective noun names for our native birds. Some are quite surprising.
09:45 Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta
RNZ Pacific's News Editor
10:05 Pop punk trailblazers. Bananarama's Sara & Keren
With hits from 1981 to the present day, Bananarama still holds the record for the most worldwide chart entries for a female group ever, with hits like, Cruel Summer, I Heard a Rumour and Venus. Their memoir, Really Saying Something: Sara & Keren - Our Bananarama Story, celebrates the duo's lifelong friendship, determination to do their own thing, and trailblazing, Dr Marten's wearing attitude.
10:35 Book review - Two children's books: What We'll Build and The Night After Christmas
Niki Ward of Unity Books reviews What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers, published by HarperCollins. Plus, The Night After Christmas by Kes Gray and Claire Powell, published by Hachette.
10:45 The Reading
11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies
Recorded in the shadow of the Southern Alps in rural Canterbury, The Bats’ 10th album Foothills has just come out. We’ll hear two tracks from that today, alongside gems from St Louis funk crew Brother To Brother and the first lady of neo-soul, Erykah Badu.
11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman
11:45 The week that was
Comedians Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther with a few laughs