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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.

Monday to Friday, 1pm - 4pm

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On today’s show

1:10 First song

1:25 A Time Traveller's Tale

String theory, multiverses, the big bang, and inflation theory can be mind-bending concepts to ponder. Dr Brian Greene is a science communicator and professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University. He has dedicated the majority of his career to the concept of string theory. Re-imagining the very structure of our universe, and attempting to combine understanding of the interaction of four fundamental forces of the universe, into one simple equation: a unified 'theory of everything'. Brian is coming to New Zealand in March, to give a talk, titled 'A Time Traveller's Tale'.

A Time Traveller's Tale.

A Time Traveller's Tale. Photo: Supplied

1:35 Maths Without Numbers

If you'd like to have a brain that's capable of maths, but you never thought you could, then Professor Randolph Grace might be able to help out. He thinks we are all intuitive maths geniuses. Along with University of Canterbury's, Professor Simon Kemp, he's developed a procedure to teach people to perform algebraic calculations without using numbers. And it could help people struggling with maths.

If you'd like to have a brain that's capable of maths, but you never thought you could, then Professor Randolph Grace might be able to help out.

If you'd like to have a brain that's capable of maths, but you never thought you could, then Professor Randolph Grace might be able to help out. Photo: 123RF

1:35 Critter of the Week

1:45 Favourite Album: the Stooges

NZ Artist Ronnie van Hout chooses 'The Stooges' by The Stooges.

Ronnie will be speaking on Thursday 2 March at the City Gallery, Wellington.

2:10 Film Review with Richard Swainson

Richard reviews T2 Trainspotting and Split

2:20 NZ Live: Jesse Sheehan

Jesse Sheehan

Jesse Sheehan Photo: Supplied

Today's New Zealand Live guest has already achieved a lot for someone so young.   While still at school, he became the first ever solo artist to win the Smokefree Rock Quest.  Since then he has twice been a finalist in the coveted APRA Silver Scroll for song writing, and a member on Neil Finn's touring band.

For the last year and a half he's been living in London, but is back home now, touring, recording and, tomorrow, will be performing a the Coastella music festival on the Kapiti Coast.

3:10 Food, Wine

3:25 Critter of the week: The Karaka Kakariki

Orange Fronted Parakeet

Orange Fronted Parakeet Photo: Supplied

DoC's endangered species ambassador, Nicola Toki tells us about Orange Fronted Parakeets or karaka kakariki - one of five parakeets native to NZ.

Orange fronted parakeets are nationally endangered, and are struggling to hold on in the wild (beech forests in Arthur’s Pass) with probably only a few hundred birds remaining there. 

These birds are the rarest of our parakeet/kakariki species.

In the past decade, rat and stoat explosions have wiped out some breeding strongholds and reduced other local populations by up to 85%.

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show

4:05 The Panel with Damon Salesa and Jock Anderson