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Lynfield-based Larry Killip describes himself as "possibly the most famous person that you have never heard of". With a musical career stretching back to the mid-60s, Killip's first band The Zarks was formed with a few high school buddies. Since then he's continued to write and perform in various iterations, but the work most people would be famili…
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The case of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein shocked and captured the attention of the world. Ghislaine Maxwell is the British socialite jailed for procuring young girls for Epstein. Her trial was meticulously covered by journalist and legal affairs correspondent Lucia Osborne-Crowley, one of only four reporters allowed into the courtroom eve…
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Societies have rules to stop them from descending into chaos - at least that's what Constitutional scholar Cindy Skach used to believe. Her career was spent advising governments and writing constitutions to help fix society in some of the most fractured, war-torn corners of the world. That was until 2009, when she survived a missile attack while in…
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Award-winning journalist Åsne Seierstad, studied life in Afghanistan before and after the fall of the Taliban in 2001, documenting it in her book The Bookseller of Kabul. Twenty years later, with the Taliban back in power, Seierstad shares the story of her return to Afghanistan to explore life under the current regime through three individuals and …
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Renowned space environmentalist and astrodynamicist specialising in space object detection and identification, Dr Moriba Jah believes it's only a matter of time before someone is killed by falling space debris. Currently there are an estimated 27,000 objects bigger than a softball hurtling around the Earth's orbit, not to mention the millions of sm…
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The IT outage affected supermarkets around the country yesterday. Some Woolworth stores shut as people were unable to buy things at checkouts or order items online. Woolworths NZ says all its stores have reopened this morning but some checkouts will still be affected. Jason Stockwill is Woolworths New Zealand's director of stores.…
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The cybersecurity company was founded in 2011, with goals to safeguard the world's largest companies and their hardware from cyber threats. The company specialises in endpoint security protection. Basically, it stops malicious software or files from infiltrating computer networks. It also protects the servers companies store data on, which is incre…
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Professor Ian Hickie is a psychiatrist and co-director of health and policy at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre. As one of Australia's leading authorities on mental health, Professor Hickie says that disinformation can risk putting people with clinical depression off using potentially successful treatments. One of the most damaging …
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In her new book, How the World Made the West, historian and archaeologist Josephine Quinn shakes the foundation of familiar ideas. Her target? Western Civilisation. Professor Quinn, who teaches ancient history at the University of Oxford, argues that the established paradigm of the 'West' being built on the ideas and values of Ancient Greece and Ro…
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The Dark Destroyer has been quizzing his way around New Zealand raising money for charity as he goes. He's also managed to squeeze in a couple of All Blacks games. The star of the Chase, Shaun Wallace, joins Bryan Crump to answer some gnarly questions, talk about rugby, what draws him back to NZ and what it's like to be a celebrity quizzer.…
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The developer of the world's smallest brain implant, Kitea Health, says it not only alerts parents when pressure is building in their child's brain, but will take the pressure off families living in constant fear of a serious medical event. Clinical trials have started in 20 people with hydrocephalus in Auckland. Kitea Health CEO Dr Simon Malpas te…
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Writer Danyl McLauchlan joins Susie to tackle life's big questions, ideas, and thinkers. This week he tackles TESCREAL, the acronym you may have seen pop up online over the past few months. Coined by the computer scientist Timnit Gebru and the philosopher Emil Torres, TESCREAL stands for transhumanism, extropianism, singularitarianism, cosmism, rat…
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Ken Wylie was guiding climbers on British Columbia's remote La Traviata peak, when an avalanche came crashing down, burying him and 12 others. Seven people died that day in January 2003, but Ken survived. The book he wrote about the experience, Buried, is a reflection of the mistakes and the motivations that contributed to the tragedy, how it influ…
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In 2016 Antonia Murphy started a feminist escort agency in New Zealand called The Bach. It wasn't the career she planned, but after immigrating to New Zealand from America and raising a family her life changed when her marriage ended in divorce and she needed income quickly. After writing about her experience running an 'ethical brothel' for HuffPo…
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Australian playwright David Finnigan is bringing Scenes from the Climate Era to Auckland next month. Set in the past, present and possible future, the show snaps between the absurd, the turbulent and the vulnerable in twenty-five short scenes. The show opened last year at Sydney's Belvoir Theatre to rave reviews. Finnigan has been working with dire…
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The little-known story of how Nazi experiments into psychedelics covertly influenced the CIA and shaped the foundation of America's war on drugs has been told in the new book by best-selling author Norman Ohler. Following on from the themes in his 2015 book Blitzed, which looked at methamphetamine use by the Third Reich, new book Tripped examines h…
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