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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.

Monday to Friday, 1pm - 4pm

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What your pet is thinking

3:11 pm today

We live with them 24/7 and yet most of the time we have absolutely no idea what our pets are thinking. But Dr Zazie Todd does. She joins us to share her insights and research on a blog called Companion Animal Psychology. Audio

Tuesday 14 August 2018

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On Short Story Club this Thursday we are going to discuss a brilliant short story by Janet Frame, called The Bath. 

The story can be found in the recently digitised Landfall Archive, run by Otago University Press. The Bath  was published in 1965 in Landfall 75. To read it you need to click on the landfall cover in the link here and scroll down 7 pages to the story, which is on pg 225.

Email us your thoughts - Jesse@radionz.co.nz

The writer of the best email wins a copy of To The Mountains: A Collection of New Zealand Apline Writing published by Otago University Press

1:10 Cat Stevens impersonator, Darren Coggan

Darren Coggan is an award winning Australian country singer who hails from Wagga Wagga - but he has an extra special gift, he can sing just like Cat Stevens. Actually he's pretty good at doing Glen Campbell and James Taylor too.

he gives us some examples of his vocal prowess ahead of his New Zealand performances of Peace Train - A Tribute to Cat Stevens

Darren Coggan

Darren Coggan Photo: http://www.darrencoggan.com

1:15 The brave new world of online sport streaming

The telco Spark is hoovering up the rights to live sport, securing the English Premier League for next year, as well as the 2019 Rugby World Cup. 

Is the company trying to become New Zealand's Amazon? How far can it go - will we be seeing Spark Electricity in the near future? And what does this mean for old faithful Sky TV?

Business and technology commentator Paul Spain joins us to mull over these questions.

Spark's headquarters in Auckland

Spark's headquarters in Auckland Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson

1:25 Milk of human kindness on show in short film Walk a Mile

Kindness has not vanished from the world - and Wellington filmmaker Judith Cowley wants to shine a spotlight on it.

She's trying to raise $10,000 on the crowdfunding site Boosted to make her deeply personal script, Walk a Mile, into a short film.

Judith joins us to talk about kindness, heartbreak, and finding solace and decency in other humans.

Judith Cowley is trying to raise $10,000 to make her short film "Walk a Mile"

Judith Cowley is trying to raise $10,000 to make her short film "Walk a Mile" Photo: Sarah Dudley Photography

1:35 The dark and seductive history of hot chocolate

Chocolate was first brought to Europe in drink form, and immediately took a place at the high table of the aristocracy.

Chocolate-makers were among the few servants permitted entry to lords and ladies' bedrooms, and  chocolatiers became some of the wealthiest people around.

Italian-born University of Waikato creative writing student Maria-Teresa Corino is now writing a novel about this most innocent and delicious of drinks, and she joins us to talk about it.

Chocolate was first brought to Europe in drink form

Chocolate was first brought to Europe in drink form Photo: HungryForever

1:40 Great album: 3D's Hellzapoppin

2:10 Classic books with Anna Smail

Poet and novellist Anna Smail of Victoria University talks us through the works of Charles Dickens, and tells us why his books were so significant.

Charles Dickens, 1843

Charles Dickens, 1843 Photo: Wiki Commons =/www.photographersdirect.com

2:20 Women of rock documentaries

Jana Whitta takes us through some great female rockumentaries that have travelled through New Zealand during the International Film Festival over the last few years, and plays us some of the incredible music from those artists including, MIA, Mavis Staples, Nico and Amy Winehouse.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse Photo: Wiki commons

These are the documentaries and biopics Jana talks about:

M.I.A (2018) NZIFF  Director: Stephen Loveridge

Nico 1988 (2018) NZIFF Director: Susanna Nicchiarelli

Miss Sharon Jones  (2016) NZIFF Director Barbara Kopple

The Punk Singer  (2014) NZIFF  Sini Anderson

Amy  (2015) Director Asif Kapadia

Hit so hard - Patty Schemel (Drummer of Hole) P. David Ebersole

Patti Smith (2008) NZIFF

3:10 What your pet is thinking

We live with them 24/7 and yet most of the time we have absolutely no idea what our pets are thinking.

But Dr Zazie Todd does. She uses science to explain animal behavior and how pets think.

She says animal behavior will tell you what your pet is thinking almost every time if you just know what to look for.  Dr Todd shares her insights and research on a blog called Companion Animal Psychology

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Photo: Pixabay

3:30 BBC sporting witness

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

4:05 The Panel with Chris Gallavin and Lynda Hallinan

 

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Photo: RNZ/Liminal/DoC

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