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Justin DeHart - LAPQ: rock and ruler music

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Californian-born Justin DeHart likes to play rock - actual rocks. Also wooden rulers and tin cans, with his Grammy-nominated chamber music quartet the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet - LAPQ. With over 60 different percussion instruments at their disposal from around the world, including drums, marimbas, conch shells… Audio

Monday 23 September 2019

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On today’s show

 

09:05 Warning over fertility apps with 'alarming inaccuracies'

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Australian researchers are warning about "alarming inaccuracies"in some fertility apps,  and say couples should not rely on them to pinpoint the best time to get pregnant. The scientists at the Eve Health Fertility clinic in Brisbane and the Queensland Fertility Group analysed 36 popular fertility apps, which help women track ovulation and predict the best time to try to conceive. They found more than 57 per cent provided women with misleading information regarding their cycles and almost 83 per cent incorrectly predicted estimated due dates. Kathryn talks with lead author Samantha Costa from Eve Health Fertility and Dr Andrew Murray from Fertility Associates in Wellington.

09:20 How do we teach our own history? 

The Government has announced that New Zealand history will be taught as a compulsory subject in schools by 2022. Curriculum changes are going to be made which will see a national framework put in place to support all schools and kura in the country to teach our past. The arrival of Maori in New Zealand, first contact with European peoples, the Treaty of Waitangi, the New Zealand Wars and the cultural changes during the 20th century. The decision is being welcomed by teachers, students and historians. But is two years long enough for such a drastic shift, and how do we go about building a curriculum that serves students, rather than vested interests?  History student Leah Bell, sociologist Associate Professor Joanna Kidman and historian Michael Belgrave look at what problems we might face in building such a large curriculum so quickly. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that NZ history will be compulsory in all schools by 2022.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that NZ history will be compulsory in all schools by 2022. Photo: RNZ/Ana Tovey

09:45 Middle East correspondent Jonathan Marcus

A woman places electoral banners for the Likud party showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the southern Israeli city of Beersheva on 15 September 2019.

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Jonathan talks to Kathryn about the Saudi oil attack, Israel election results and an extraordinary proliferation of armed UAV s in the Middle East.

10:05 Justin DeHart - LAPQ: rock and ruler music

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Californian-born Justin DeHart likes to play rock - actual rocks. Also wooden rulers and tin cans, with his Grammy-nominated chamber music quartet the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet  - LAPQ.  With over 60 different percussion instruments at their disposal from around the world, including drums, marimbas, conch shells, cricket callers, and a lion's roar. LAPQ is playing the Great Hall at Christchurch's Arts Centre tonight. Justin has also performed with the San Diego symphony orchestra, Chinese pipa master Wu Man and 70s and 80s American rock band Cheap Trick. Justin won't be going very far for this concert, he's made Christchurch home.

10:35 Book review - This Is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield

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Gail Pittaway reviews This Is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield, published by Text Publishing.

10:45 The Reading

Wrecked on a Reef by Francois Raynal read by Bruce Phillips (Part 6 of a 10 part RNZ production, broadcast only). 

11:05 Political commentators Hooton & Williams

Matthew and Mike discuss the Prime Minister's trip to the US,Ihumātao and the zero carbon bill.

Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton

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Matthew Hooton is an Auckland based consultant and lobbyist.  Mike Williams is a former Labour Party president.

11:30 Dressing up: Heavensent Salads

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Auckland-based Heavensent make a huge range of dressings and vinaigrette for Kiwi palates. It's recently released a New Zealand native series with Horopito and Kawakawa.  Heavensent general manager, and chief vinaigrette conceiver Denise Bree talks to Kathryn Ryan.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Kennedy takes a look at the contemplative journeys of outdoors writer Mark Pickering in his most personal book to date: End of the Road. "How can we better understand the places that draw our eye and seize our hearts?" Pickering asks. "Perhaps by digging deeper into their own story." And this is what he sets out to do, choosing 15 landscapes from the myriad places he has travelled in 40 years of walking in the New Zealand outdoors. 

Kayaking Okarito Lagoon—one of 15 reflective journeys in Mark Pickering's new book.

Kayaking Okarito Lagoon—one of 15 reflective journeys in Mark Pickering's new book. Photo: Kennedy Warne