Wednesday 23 December 2009, with Jim Mora

Coming up

3:10 pm Tuesday 2 June: People and places

A curious mind book coverTwo stories about the endless fascination about people and places: one from a Hollywood producer, the other from a couple from Rotorua.

Brain Grazer is an Oscar-winning producer. For nearly 30 years, he's organised a weekly meeting with scientists, artists, politicians and business leaders, interesting people for what he calls "curiosity conversations". 

He says simple curiosity can be a superpower, and writes about it in his book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.


Richard and Christine AmeryAnd Richard and Christine Amery are always looking for new adventures around the world.

For the past 15 years they've traveled all over the world staying in other people's houses while allowing strangers to stay in theirs.

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

The best song ever written

13:10 Mary Ralph of Mangonui chooses 'Blackbird' by Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Link 3

13:20 What's the link between today's songs?

Boat safety

14:10 Recreational Boat Safety experts are at a loss to explain a surge in the number of New Zealanders killed in boating-related incidents this year.

Flying Nun Records

14:20 Flying Nun Records, the label that launched the Dunedin Sound to the world, has been re-aquired by its founder, Roger Shepherd.

He Rourou for 23 December 2009

14:45 Nestled in an outer suburb of Lower Hutt is a small Maori presbyterian parish called Te Kakano o te Aroha, or the 'Seed of Love'. Ana Tapiata talks with the parish Minister, Hariata Haumate, who'll be using the Christmas period to plan for 2010.

Feature album

14:50 Today's album is 'Across the Universe' movie soundtrack.

IT Spot

15:10 With techno-commentator Paul Reynolds.

Auckland story

15:30 Sapna Samant takes a mini-tour of the land along the Orakei Marae with Ngarimu Blair and Te Hira Hawke of Ngati Whatua. They look at Ko Te Pukaki, a project through which the tangata whenu are planting native trees. They also have vegetable gardens that feed the locals, as well as supplying the kitchens of the Auckland City Mission.

Science story

15:47 If you live around Auckland, and plan on spending time at the beach this summer, there's something in the water you need to know about.

The Panel (part 1)

16:10 With David Farrar and Gary McCormack.

The Panel (part 2)

16:40 With David Farrar and Gary McCormack.