Tuesday 1 May 2012, with Jim Mora

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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.

Best Song Ever Written - Man of Colours

13:09 Grant Hamilton from the Far North has chosen 'Man of Colours' by Australian band Icehouse.

TV Review with Phil Wallington

13:22 A new television channel on Freeview called Choice, documentaries on the box, the Edge Festival, and Tainui Stephens' program 'Requiem for Charlie'.

Book Review with Graham Beatie

13:38 'Beastly Things' by Donna Leon and 'The Forrests' by Emily Perkins.

Music Review with Nick Atkinson

13:46 The songs 'Montauk' and 'Jericho' by Rufus Wainwright.

Web Review with Ben Gracewood

13:54 A UK court rules that some ISPs must block the Pirate Bay website and the 'Descriptive Camera' that prints what it sees.

Plastic Pollution

14:10 Oceanographer, Giora Proskurowski, says wind drives large amounts of rubbish deeper into the sea and believes this isn't being picked up by researchers who only take samples from the ocean's surface. A New Zealand-based oceanographer, Jose Borrero, says this isn't the only reason we may be underestimating the damage that plastic in our oceans is causing.

Duck shooting season

14:22 Throughout the country, maimais are being built and shotguns and duck-callers are being dusted off, as about 50,000 duck-hunters prepare for the opening of the season on Saturday.

Tune Your Engine - The Art of Conversation - Louise Howland

15:10 At any time of the day or night, technology allows us to connect with people all over the world. But whatever happened to a good old fashioned face to face chat? Some experts believe relentless connection isn't making us better communicators at all, that we've lost the art of conversation. Louise Howland wants to restore real conversations to our technology saturated lives.

Asian Report for 1 May 2012 - Dr Swee Tan (Part 2)

15:33 Lynda Chanwai-Earle gets a close up look at the miracles of plastic surgery with reconstructive plastic surgeon, Dr Swee Tan.

The Panel Pre-Show for 1 May 2012

15:45 Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.

The Panel with Graham Bell and Vicki Hyde (Part 1)

16:07 Topics - pressure continues on Prime Minister John Key to stand down the ACT leader, John Banks, from his ministerial roles while police investigate donations to his campaign. There's been a big improvement in Labour's poll popularity.

The Panel with Graham Bell and Vicki Hyde (Part 2)

16:33 Topics - Complaints about a Napier church billboard that claimed 'Jesus heals cancer' have been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority. Car makers say the tastes of Chinese consumers are having a growing influence on vehicle design the world over. Did you know it's still legal to sell candy-stick and bubblegum cigarettes?

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

1:15 Critical Mass

2:10 Feature Stories

2:30 Reading

2:45 Feature Album

3:12 Tune Your Engine

3:33 Asian Report

4:06 The Panel