Jesse hosts an upbeat mix of the curious and the compelling, ranging from the stories of the day to the great questions of our time.
Cantabrian Kenny Paton spends a lot of time in his garage making wacky and wonderful inventions, but he's hoping his latest machine could be developed to clean plastic from our beaches. Under the name Paton Machines, Kenny is a hit on the social media platform TikTok, with more than 50 thousand followers watching him have fun with his motorbike made from a jerrycan and motorising every day objects such as roller skates, wheelbarrows and tool carts.
Mining company OceanaGold Waihi have just applied to set up a new underground mine just north of Waihi. The mine would be under forest park Wharekirauponga, which is administered by the Department of Conservation.
Te Arawa Lakes Trust is running it's first Te Tukohu Ngawha Science and Design Fair from tomorrow. It has exhibits from tamariki and rangatahi, focused on blending matauranga Maori and western science to tackle environmental issues facing Aotearoa.
Some positive news out of the University of Otago about our brain's ability to overcome a phenomenon known as "quake brain" over time. Now our Cantabrian listeners will know what quake brain is far too well, that fogginess or memory impairment caused by stress associated with the earthquakes.
When misinformation about the coronavirus is spreading like a virus, who you gonna call? The Virality Project. We speak to Assistant Director Elena Cryst about work to stop rumors and outright lies about vaccines and other misinformation.
This week librarian at Diocesan School for Girls, Catherine Ross, looks at books for younger readers with an LGBTQIA+ theme. The theme coincides with the past fortnight when libraries have been running their 'Out on the Shelves' campaign, which also coincided with Pride in Schools week (13-17 June) and the runaway success of the recent Netflix series, based on the hugely popular Graphic Novel series by Alice Osman.
We all know it's important to live an active life as we get older - but often the payoff is pain or injury. Today's expert is senior physiotherapist Olivia Rawlinson in our Wellington studio, who will be able to offer advice on the best way of avoiding injury when exercising.
Today Sydney based correspondent Brad Foster talks to Jesse about the rental shortage crisis in Regional Australia and the high number of Australians on emergency housing waiting lists. He also gives an update on the launch of a NASA rocket from a site in the Northern Territory.
June 27th is the birthday of famous blind-deaf author, educator and political activist, Helen Keller. She was born this day back in 1880 and was a pioneer of developing communication for people with disabilities. As part of her advocacy she came to New Zealand in 1948. Don McKenzie was a young lad of eight who met her during her time at the Blind Institute, as it was then known, and talks to Jesse about the impact she has had on his life as a blind person working with New Zealand's blind deaf community.
When science researcher Britt Wray and her husband started talking about having children, one overwhelming question kept them up at night; is it ethical to bring a child into the world so dramatically impacted by climate change? Along with global temperatures and sea levels, climate anxiety is rising. Dr Wray now focuses on how to turn negative emotions associated with the fear of the future into a tool and catalyst for real change. Her new book is called , Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis.
Clay is a breathable natural resource known for its antibacterial properties. It's used a lot traditionally by many cultures in food preparation and service. Compost enthusiast Victoria Aguilera has gone back to her Chilean roots where clay is a staple, and is launching New Zealand's first clay composter. She is busting composting myths, full of soil knowledge, and wants everyone to compost together.
Claire Concannon visits Raglan to chat with the Karioi project team. With extenstive predator-trapping, bird-monitoring and education programmes, the team are working with the community to help turn the tide on biodiversity loss in their area.
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. Former primary school teacher Joan Joass has a geology degree and a passion for paleontology, so she wrote a book called 'We're Going on a Fossil Hunt', which attempts to do just that.
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.
Today Pip talks about Jane Austen books which have been turned into films. She gives her take on Fire Island, Pride and Prejudice and Emma. She also has a special mention of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a book by Seth Grahaeme-Smith also adapted for a film.
NZ is currently negotiating a free trade agreement with the EU, and our cheese makers are worried they're about to be caught in the crossfire. The New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association's Daniel Shields talks to Jesse.
People with a criminal history struggle to get jobs. The not-for-profit organisation Take2, run a modern rehabilitation programme for prisoners in computer coding. Their technical director at Take2, Matthew Berrigan talks to Jesse.
Sydney based correspondent Brad Foster talks to Jesse about Government vouchers given out during COVID which still haven't been used. It's estimated in New South Wales that around 326 million dollars worth of vouchers haven't been spent and are due to expire at the end of the month.
Today is World Refugee Day.. Waikato is one of the biggest refugee centres in Aotearoa, and over a hundred refugees in the Waikato are currently studying at Wintec. Among those improving their English through study, is Ramez Sharfo.
This week's critter is a true vagabond - it lives its life blowing around in hot, dry lands, going wherever the wind takes it. Famous (amongst lichenologists) for its powers of resurrection, the native lichen Xanthoparmelia semiviridis looks like a lifeless ball when its dry. But sprinkle it with water and it will unroll within minutes.
Today chef and founder of My Shared Kitchen, Julie Biuso shares a lovely winter recipe for Roast Leg of Lamb and Easy Oven potatoes. She's suggesting this might make a nice meal to share with family and friends during Matariki.