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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.

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Critter of the Week The Alborn Skink

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The Alborn Skink. Discovered in the 1990s by famous herpetologist Anthony Whitaker (who died in 2014), in among other emerging research about skinks.  Audio

Friday 14 December 2018

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1:10 First song

1:15 Video gamers more immune to disturbing images

There's long been a debate about whether violent video games impact players, emotionally or mentally.

A new study by the University of New South Wales has found that gamers are more immune to disturbing images than non-players. 

The study looked at what's called "emotion-induced blindness". Its author, cognitive psychologist Dr Steve Most, explains what that means. 

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Photo: AFP

1:25 Converting fish waste into food

Instead of chucking your fish heads and frames over the side of the boat summer, have a think about whether they could be actually be used for something more. 

That's what the Kai Ika project does, it diverts fish waste from landfill and turns it into healthy food for South Auckland communities.

Since 2016, 21,000kgs of fish heads and frames have gone to the Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae in Mangere, and the project is looking to expand. It recently won a commendation at the country's top sustainability awards. Community advocate from the marae, Lionel Hotene tells us how it works.

1:35 Hollywood beckons for "mature" actor

Judy Collis

Judy Collis Photo: Auckland Actors

Julie Collis, like many New Zealand actors, has mostly had to have a day job.

She's been an art teacher and now works in ceramics, fitting in a bit of acting around that.

But now that she's 65 her career is suddenly on the upswing, and Hollywood is beckoning!

She tells us why there are a growing number of roles for seniors!

1:40 Great album

2:10 Film Review with Geoff Lealand

Geoff reviews Roma and Mortal Engines. Plus his pick for best films of the year

2:20 NZ Live Yurt Party

Modern takes on traditional Balkan folk music have come from all over in the past decade -- but not many bands have mashed it up as thoroughly as this week's NZ Live guests.

Christchurch's Yurt Party play what they call gypsy roots music with elements of dub reggae, house and more. They've had people dancing in in bars, at parties and literally in the street.

Their two founders are classically-trained violinist Lorenz Weston-Salzer and multi-instrumentalist, music teacher and sound designer Tom Harris.

The six of them perform live from our Christchurch studio today.

Yurt Party

Yurt Party Photo: supplied

3:10 Shared Christmas Food with Lauraine Jacobs

Lauraine Jacobs has some suggestions for food for the Christmas table. You can see more in her piece from the Listener

And she shares her recipe for a tasty baked vegetable salad

Baked vegetable salad by Lauraine Jacobs

Baked vegetable salad by Lauraine Jacobs Photo: Liz Clarkson

3:20 Talk the Walk: the Five Passes at Mt Aspiring National Park

This stunning walk near Wanaka is a favourite of Rachel Schmidt- McLeave who describes herself as a weekend warrior.

3:25 Critter of the Week The Alborn Skink

The Alborn SkinkDiscovered in the 1990s by famous herpetologist Anthony Whitaker (who died in 2014), in amongst other emerging research about skinks. 7 animals were found on separate occasions, which are now recognised as being Alborn Skinks.

Nicola Toki, DoC's Threatened Species Ambassador tells us all about this critter

The Alborn Skink

The Alborn Skink Photo: James Reardon/DOC

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

4:05 The Panel with Ian Telfer and Nicky Pellegrino