Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Tuesday 3 October 2017

SHORT STORY CLUB

This Thursday we discuss The Parting by Thom Conroy

Email us your thoughts and the writer of the best email wins a copy of Thom's novel The Salted Air

1:10 First song - The Bollands

Our first song today is being performed live by one of the Acts who will play at the Auckland Folk Festival next year

The festival is on at the Kumeu Showgrounds over Auckland Anniversary Weekend, and each year the Tui award for best Folk Album is given out as well.

The two piece band, the Bollands are among the acts signed up for next year, and they perform their song, A Drunk on the guitar and melodica!

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1:15 The Bentley Effect

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Photo: Supplied / The Bentley Effect

When the gas industry tried to stake a claim on small New South Wales community in 2010, the locals fought back. 

Rallies began, culminating in a blockade in the farming valley of Bentley where protesters faced riot police. It ended when the government stepped in - putting a halt on gas-fields in the area.

A filmmaker decided his contribution to the movement would be to document the struggles, over six years. It's now been made into a feature-length documentary called "the Bentley Effect".

Brendan Shoebridge filming at Bentley.

Brendan Shoebridge filming at Bentley. Photo: Supplied / The Bentley Effect

1:25 Napalm Death

Grindcore band Napalm Death are playing a show in Auckland tonight, following the release of their 15th full-length album.

The Birmingham band, and its frontman Barney Greenway, are as notorious for their outspoken views on social issues as they are for heavy metal. 

They began churning out tracks in the 80s, before Barney came along at the end of the decade, creating his own signature brand. He talks music, politics and why Indonesia's president is a fan. 

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1:35 Girls Making a Difference.

34 girls from 13 schools across New Zealand arrived in Dunedin yesterday - and they want to change the world. They're attending Girls for Change Leadership Summit run by the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia, a not-for-profit organisation which advocates for and supports the work of girls' schools across the globe. 

The summit is being held for the second time in New Zealand and is an opportunity for pupils to connect with entrepreneurs and social change-makers. Principal Jackie Barron tells us more about the project.

Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia Making a Difference: Girls for Change Leadership Summit.

Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia Making a Difference: Girls for Change Leadership Summit. Photo: supplied

1:40 Great album 

This week's great album is Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". 

2:10 Book critic 

Elizabeth Heritage talks to us about the phenomenon of FanFiction and how it's become an art form in its own right.

2:15 Leopard Seals 

Early last month on critter of the week, we talked about Leopard Seals.

Since then we have been contacted by those actually working with these fascinating creatures, and they have just had a pretty busy week - a pup was born, only the second ever born in New Zealand - the first in 40 years.

Dr Krista Hupman, cetacean biologist at NIWA tells us more about what she does and the implications this birth has on the research of leopard seals worldwide. 

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2:20 Ethnomusicologist Brian Diettrich

After completing his doctorate at the University of Hawaii, today's music feature guest lived in a number of pacific countries before taking up a position at Victoria University in ethnomusicology and ethnographic research.  Brian Diettrich has made a study of regional music cultures and indigenous musical instruments and has brought a few unusual exhibits with him today.

Brian Diettrich

Brian Diettrich Photo: RNZ / Lynda Chanwai-Earle

3:10 Free speech in academia

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Photo: UC Berkeley

There is an escalating battle taking place on University campuses across the United States over free speech and academic freedom.  Student protesters in Oregon shut down a humanities class, disgusted because the content was  considered "too European". Some universities have created safe zones, where students are shielded from upsetting views.  Earlier this year violent protests forced the cancellation of conservative speakers at the University of California at Berkeley,  where the free speech movement was born in 1964.  Professor Jack Citrin was a student at Berkeley in the 60's and he's a professor of the Graduate school there now.  He says free speech in academia is in jeopardy.  

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Photo: Sharkhats/Flickr

3:30 Science and environment stories

Stories from Our Changing World.

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

4:05 The Panel with Ben Thomas & Michele A'Court