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Matt Parker: The not so serious side of mathematics

24 Mar 2019

Matt Parker is a maths genius and comedian. He talks about mixing numbers with laughs and why we shouldn't be afraid of the mathematical world. Audio

Sunday 24 March 2019

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7:11 Dominic O'Connell: Brexit and being back home in Christchurch for the terror attacks

The Christchurch native and BBC business reporter on the latest rumblings in the ongoing Brexit saga -- which will now see the United Kingdom leave the European Union on May 22 if Parliament accepts British Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal -- and the shock of being back home for a visit to his hometown when the city was turned on its head once again; this time by the actions of a lone gunmen who attacked two mosques in the Garden City

The EU has agreed to postpone Brexit from next Friday and give UK Prime Minister Theresa May more time to get her withdrawal deal approved in Parliament.

The EU has agreed to postpone Brexit from next Friday and give UK Prime Minister Theresa May more time to get her withdrawal deal approved in Parliament. Photo: AFP

7:18 Angus Vail: Rocking out for Christchurch  

Angus Vail

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The New Zealand-born music manager has done many things in the industry throughout his decorated career, including being the business manager for INXS and Kiss (his current role).

Like many Kiwis abroad, he watched in horror as the tragic mosque shootings in Christchurch unfolded, and now he's helping to arrange a New Zealand-themed concert in New York -- perhaps with a little help from legendary US thrash metal pioneers Anthrax -- that will help raise funds for the survivors and their families.

7:26 3 Minutes Max: Professor Mohan Dutta

Professor Mohan Dutta

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Three Minutes Max: short, sharp opinions from commentators around New Zealand.

Mohan Dutta is the Director of the Centre for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation at Massey University.

He explains how the tragedy that took place in Christchurch was driven by the 'hate industry' and is connected to a global rise in Islamaphobia

7.32 The House

A weekly digest of the events in Parliament with Daniela Maoate-Cox and Phil Smith.

7.45 Calling Home: Craig Paterson in Latvia

Craig Paterson is the Secondary School Assistant Principal at the International School of Riga in Latvia. He's spent 25 years in education, starting as a primary school teacher in New Zealand, before shifting to Qatar, and more recently to his current home in Riga, the Latvian capital.

He joins the show to explain what he loves most about living in Latvia, what he misses about New Zealand, and his complete shock at learning about the mosque shootings in his home city of Christchurch

8:10 Insight

Produced by Philippa Tolley.

8:40 Professor Kathleen Belew: Christchurch terrorist driven by classic white power ideologies

Kathleen Belew

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The Associate Professor of U.S. History and the College at the University of Chicago is the author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America. In the book she says the soldiers of white power -- which the alleged Christchurch mosque shooter claimed to be -- "are not lone wolves but highly organised cadres motivated by a coherent and deeply troubling worldview of white supremacy, anticommunism and apocalypse".

She joins the show to look at the case of the Christchurch shooter and how his tragic story is just the latest in a shocking series of violent events carried out by a small section of society hellbent on starting a race war

9:06 Mediawatch

Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:37 Three Minutes Max: Associate Professor Dave Parry

Dave Parry

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The Head of the Department of Computer Science at the Auckland University of Technology looks at what, if anything, can be done around the misuse of social media networks in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack after the alleged gunman live-streamed the massacre on one of the world's most popular forums.

9:40 Richard Beddie: New Zealand's inactivity rate amongst the worst in the world 

The ExerciseNZ chief executive has just returned from a World Health Organisation conference in Geneva, where he led a session on global standards for exercise professionals. Unfortunately, the news was not good from a New Zealand perspective. Although about 14 percent of the population have gym memberships, which puts us right up there internationally, our inacitivy rate of 40 percent across the board (and as high as 90 percent in some age groups) is amongst the worst in the world.

Richard Beddie joins the show to look at the issues facing this country in the exercise field and what needs to be done to remedy some of these shocking findings.

Richard Beddie

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9:50 Scott Esdaile: Vigil for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings  

Scott Esdaile

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The organiser of Sunday's 'Remember Those Who Lost Their Lives 15-3-19' vigil -- which takes place at North Hagley Park from 5pm-7 pm -- is with us to talk about the event. 

Scott, who also organised a recent protest against a water bottling company shipping billions of litres of water overseas in Christchurch, felt compelled to do something after watching the coverage of the event unfold and having his own son stuck at school in Christchurch as the compulsory lockdown was put in place across the city.

10:06 Matt Parker: The not so serious side of mathematics

Matt Parker is a former maths teacher from Western Australia turned YouTube star and successful stand-up comedian -- not to mention the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University in London. He joins the show to discuss his new book,Humble Pi -- A Comedy of Maths Errors, his academic approach to life, the art of maths-based comedy, and why there is no reason for people to fear the mathematical world.

Matt Parker

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10:40 Elizabeth Stokoe: Understanding the science of talk

How much do little formalities like saying "how are you?" really matter? What is it that makes bad service truly bad? And what can we learn about conversation from the TV show Friends? Elizabeth Stokoe, a professor of social interaction at Loughborough University who specialises in studying conversation, endeavours to answer these questions and more in her book Talk. The book, which draws on Stokoe's analysis of thousands of real-life conversations, is an attempt to lay bare the invisible and intuitive social expectations that govern our daily interactions.

Elizabeth Stokoe

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11:06 Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman: Milli Vanilli on the violin

Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

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Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman thought she'd achieved a lifelong dream when she landed a job as a professional violinist with an ensemble in New York. It turned out she'd become a star performer in a sham. In her book Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir, Hindman details her chaotic time on tour with a shady musical group run by a mysterious figure named only as 'The Composer'. She reveals that when the group "performed", its microphones were never on and actual music was piped in over the venue's sound system. Though audiences were genuinely moved by these shows, Hindman's job impersonating a musical virtuoso in concert halls across the US left her suffering increasing disillusionment and a spiralling crisis of identity.

Rhonda Itaoui

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11:35 Three Minutes Max: Rhonda Itaoui

Rhonda Itaoui is a Ph.D. Candidate in Social Sciences at Western Sydney University in Australia, and her research interests include the geographies of racism, social and cultural geography, and multicultural studies. 

In the wake of the Chritchurch mosque shootings, she offers her thoughts on how Islamophobia affects the spatial mobility of Muslims

11:39 Jake Knapp: six years of life with a distraction-free iPhone

Jake Knapp

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In 2012, New York Times bestselling author Jake Knapp realised he has a serious problem when it came to his phone. Like so many of us, Knapp found himself picking up and looking at his phone when he should have been doing other, more important things, like playing with his children. So he made the decision to strip everything from his phone that he had built up over the years the "goddamned apps" he had been collecting since the iPhone first came out in 2007 in an attempt to get his brain back. He joins the show to explain how an iPhone without apps can still be an amazing device, and look at some of the positive impacts that have come with living without so many of the distractions that are available to use on our phones these days.