09:05 Haere ra 2018

Rod Oram, Siouxsie Wiles, Gavin Ellis and Lara Strongman look back on the big stories of 2018.

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09:30 The fisherman who plucked a toddler from the waves

At the end of October, Gus Hutt was in exactly the place at exactly the right time. He was checking his fishing lines on Matata Beach in the Bay of Plenty when he spotted what he thought was a doll. It wasn't a doll, it was a little 18-month old boy. News of the unassuming hero went around the globe. Gus Hutt will join Kathryn to talk through 2018's most heartwarming story.

Matata Beach, Bay of Plenty

Matata Beach, Bay of Plenty Photo: wikicommons

09:40 Dennis Marsh: Christmas in New Zealand

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With 300,000 records sales under his belt, Dennis Marsh is one of New Zealand's best-selling country music artists.  Pukekohe-based, he's been sharing his music across the country for over thirty years, dropping an album on average every year. Dennis's 30th album, is Back Yard Party.  He's in with songs for a very Meri Kirimiheti.

Gavin, Siouxsie & Dennis

Gavin, Siouxsie & Dennis Photo: Glenda Wakeham

10:05 Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie: leaving much more than a trace

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Runaway success Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie's award winning indie film Leave No Trace, about a father and daughter living off the grid in Oregon's forests first found fans here at the 2018 New Zealand International Film Festival. Thomasin has been nominated for Critics Choice Best Young Actor and best supporting actress at the prestigious Independent Spirit awards, and has been tipped for an Oscar nomination.  Thomasin joins Kathryn amid all the Christmas mayhem in the Wellington studio.

10:30  Best music of 2019, Jeremy Taylor's picks

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Jeremy Taylor of Slow Boat Records shares his picks of the best music makers of 2018 : Marlon Williams, The Beths, Courtney Barnett, Suede and The Breeders. 

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11:05 Haere ra 2018

Gemma Gracewood, Kennedy Warne and Te Radar look back on 2018, and choir Nota Bene sings Christmas songs.

Gemma Kennedy Radar Nine to Noon Xmas shown

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11:20 The quest to find a cure for the hangover

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Photo: By Angie Garrett from Ridgely, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Intrepid Canadian reporter Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall went on a decade long quest to investigate whether or not there is a cure to the hangover. He used himself as the test subject, and tried everything from charcoal to IV drips in the name of science. His findings are the basis for his new book, Hungover: The Morning After and One Man's Quest for the Cure.  He joins Kathryn to talk through what he learnt about the history of hangovers.

11:40  Matt Green is just walking - every New York city street 

Matt Green  is a man on a mission. It's a pedestrian tale from the metropolis. Matt talks to Kathryn about his quest to walk every public street in New York city. So far he has pounded the pavement for more than 2500 days, this after quitting his day job as an engineer. A movie, "The World Before Your Feet" is being made of the adventure.