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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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Critter of the Week

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DoC's threatened species ambassador Nicola Toki introduces us to the long-tailed bat, a tiny little creature the size of your thumb but they can fly up at 60 kilometres per hour and have very strong homing abilities. Audio

Friday 17 November 2017

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1:10 First song

1:15 Gene drive systems and conservation

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Photo: Flickr / UC San Diego

There's been a warning from scientists working in the field of genetic technologies, about its use in conservation. 

They're calling for more controllable tools to avoid the accidental spread of self-propagating gene drive systems - an important issue as New Zealand considers using this kind of technology to eliminate predators.

University of Otago's Professor Neil Gemmell, one of the authors of the article, explains his concern. 

1:25 Meat-free meat

It looks like chicken, tastes like chicken...but it's not chicken.

Sunfed Meats has been selling its chicken substitute since July. The company has found a niche in an international market and is already looking to expand.

Founder Shama Lee tells us about the huge success her "plant meat" start up is having.

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Photo: supplied

1:35 Teachers forced to be parents

Support has been flooding in for a Dunedin school principal who has highlighted an ongoing problem of parents not taking responsibility for their children, instead expecting the teachers to do that for them.

King's High School rector Dan Reddiex made the comments during his speech to the senior prize giving.

He said that the lines of demarcation between parental and school responsibility and accountability had been "completely obliterated".

He also added that usually when children were misbehaving or caught out - the first question is about which school they go to.

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Photo: 123rf

1:40 Great album

Melodrama by Lorde

2:10 Film Review with Richard Swainson

Richard reviews Blade of the Immortal and Detroit

2:20 NZ Live: Graeme James 

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Graeme James is our NZ Live guest today. He comes along with a guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, electric violin, mandolin, and loop pedal. He's very busy.

Graeme started learning to play violin at the age of seven and gets his folk influences from his family, who played together in  a family band.

He was signed by Nettwerk music last year and today he plays songs from his album News From Nowhere.

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Photo: supplied - Zoe James

3:10 Food

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Sarah Tuck, food writer at Cuisine, brings us a recipe from the Spring issue - Mini Doughnuts!

You can find the recipe here. 

3:20 Wine

Yvonne Lorkin, co-founder and Chief Tasting Officer at WineFriend, recommends the best wines for the season plus she tells us how to become New Zealand's next top wine connoisseur. 

3:25 Critter of the Week

DoC's threatened species ambassador Nicola Toki introduces us to the long-tailed bat, a tiny little creature the size of your thumb but they can fly up at 60 kilometres per hour and have very strong homing abilities. 

Long-tailed bat

Long-tailed bat Photo: Supplied

3:40 Go Ahead Caller

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

4:05 The Panel with Julia Hartley Moore and Finlay MacDonald