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Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

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.

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Sam Harris: reason and science

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Neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris is off on tour around the world, challenging audiences to engage in civil conversations about topics like politics and race. He'll touch down in Auckland in August. Audio

Wednesday 20 June 2018

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On today’s show

Short Story Club

This Thursday we discuss two poems by young poets:

I want to get high my life with you by Hera Lindsay Bird:

and Hero Vegetable by Ashleigh Young

We have both poets collections to give away to the writer of the best email about the poems jesse@radionz.co.nz

1:10 First song

1:15 Are the days of free windscreen replacements over?

Since the dawn of motor insurance in New Zealand, broken windscreens have been replaced free of charge. But that's now been jeopardised by new, hi-tech windscreens which can cost in the tens-of-thousands to repair. Jo Mason from NZ Brokers thinks it's a bad idea, and joins us to explain why.

A broken car windscreen

A broken car windscreen Photo: Pixabay

1:20 Kiwi poker "enthusiast" wins big at World Series of Poker in Las Vegas

Scott Hamilton-Hill's a pretty normal guy: he co-owns and helps to run a restaurant in Christchurch and likes playing cards.

And yesterday that hobby netted him nearly half a million dollars.

Scott Hamilton-Hill, centre, has more than $400,000 burning a hole in his pocket

Scott Hamilton-Hill, centre, has more than $400,000 burning a hole in his pocket Photo: Supplied

1:25 Gold Coast man's record collection a "holy grail"

When Ken Perkins died, he left behind a collection of more than 80,000 records - some of them worth tens of thousands of dollars. It's thought to be one of the most extensive private collections in the world. Modern antiques expert Daryl Sparkes joins us to talk through the significance.

Record store

Record store Photo: Public Domain

1:35 Sound Archives - moa sightings

The idea that the giant moa - a bird long thought to be extinct - could still be stalking the New Zealand landscape,  has excited the imagination for decades.

It is generally believed to have died out by the time of European settlement, but there are some reported sightings which seem to stand up to scrutiny.

One of the most credible is Alice McKenzie, who spent her childhood living in the country's most remote settlement at the time, Martins Bay in South Westland.

In today's visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision with Sarah Johnston we are going to hear about moa sightings through the years.

Coastal Moa specimen from Te Papa

Coastal Moa specimen from Te Papa Photo: CC BY NC ND Te Papa (S.044281)

1:40 Great album: Love Supreme by John Coltrane

2:20 Bookmarks with nature photographer, Rod Morris

Today we head to the south for our bookmarks guest who's in Dunedin, he's award winning filmmaker and well known nature photographer Rod Morris who's dedicated much of his work to New Zealand wildlife.

Not surprisingly after being so up close and personal with the varied and incredible flora and fauna around the country Rod's also passionate about protecting our ecosystems and, close to my heart, pest eradication.

Rod joins us from our studio in Dunedin to talk about  his favourite books, television series, movies and music.

Sam Harris

Sam Harris Photo: supplied

3:10 Sam Harris: Why reason and science are the only tools that can build a civil society

 Reason is taking a beating with the rise of fake news and tribalism says neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris.  

So he's going on tour around the world, challenging audiences to engage in civil conversations about topics like politics and race. 

He argues that reason and science are the only tools that can build a civil society.  Sam Harris will be in Auckland in August and we'll talk to him about The Day of Reckoning tour.

3:35 Science and environment stories

Stories from Our Changing World.

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day and One Quick Question

4:05 The Panel with Bernard Hickey and Lisa Scott