08:12 Aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami

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Photo: IFRC / Palang Merah

Red Cross aid worker Rosemarie North is in the Banten province of Java where authorities have lifted the alert level for the Anak Krakatau volcano to its second-highest level. She has worked on and off for the Red Cross since 2003 in all kinds of situations, including post-conflict in Sierra Leone, landslides in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, refugee camps in Chad, earthquakes in Nepal and Christchurch, and tsunamis in Southeast Asia and Samoa.


8:35 Thomas Curran: Vanquishing perfectionism 

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Thomas Curran is a psychology lecturer at the University of Bath, whose research has found perfectionism is increasing over time, especially among the young. He argues that society needs to change its goalposts for achievement and success in order to stop the personality trait of perfectionism from plaguing the mental health of a generation. 





9:05 Bari Weiss: #MeToo and free speech

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Photo: New York Times

New York Times opinion writer and editor Bari Weiss recently published a groundbreaking article about the Australian actor Yael Stone, in which the Orange is the New Black star detailed sexual harassment allegations against Geoffrey Rush. The story pulled back the curtain on the nuances and consequences of telling #MeToo stories. Bari Weiss was previously an op-ed and book review editor at The Wall Street Journal, and also worked at Tablet, the online magazine of Jewish politics and culture.


9:35 Nicc Moeono: Power to Samoa

Waikato University engineering student Nicc Moeono Alaiasa wants to help Samoa meet its goal of taking all of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025, by creating a system that alternately draws on hydro and solar energy. He is also the founder of Waikato University's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Pasifika and Māori club.


10:05 Daniel Mallory Ortberg: Other people's problems

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Daniel Mallory Ortberg is an American author and humourist, and the current voice behind Dear Prudence, Slate's wildly popular online advice column, which has been written by a number of Prudences since 1997. Before taking on the role, Mr. Ortberg co-founded, edited and wrote for the feminist humour website The Toast; he now runs a newsletter called The Shatner Chatner. He has written the books The Merry Spinster and Texts from Jane Eyre.


10:35 Judy Bowen: The future of wearable tech

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Dr Judy Bowen, a senior lecturer in computer studies at the University of Waikato, studies wearable technology and health trackers. Her research looks at the impact of personal data collection and its cultural, commercial and ethical value - including privacy implications.


11:05 Musical Obsessions: Jacky Smith on Queen

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Photo: Official International Queen Fan Club

Jacky Smith has run the Official International Queen Fan Club since 1982, and still coordinates the band's magazine, fan conventions, and ticket deals for members to see Queen in concert. As the band experiences a resurgence of interest with the release of the film Bohemian Rhapsody, Jacky plays her favourite tunes and tells stories from her time with Queen.


11:35 Kitchen Stories: Freddy Tu'akalau cooks Tongan food

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Photo: Freddy Tu'akalau

Freddy Tu'akalau and his wife Katokakala run a little piece of Tonga in the heart of south Auckland, Eight Roses Cafe & Buffet in Otahūhū. He shares recipes for Lu Pulu, Pacific ceviche and lime and mango cheesecake