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MaximumFun, Dan McCoy, Stuart Wellington, Elliott Kalan

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The Flop House is a comedy podcast devoted to the worst in recent film. Your hosts (Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, and Stuart Wellington) watch a questionable film, then engage in an unscripted discussion about the movie's shortcomings and occasional delights, while never being afraid of a pointless, silly digression or two hundred.
 
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Join your friends Bob Mackey and Henry Gilbert for a chronological and cromulent exploration of the greatest show ever made! Each week we're joined by funny guests to tackle a different episode of The Simpsons, breaking down every 22 minutes of animated entertainment into an embiggening discussion about Our Favorite Family. Support us directly at https://Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons
 
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Louise Richards Vice President of the New Zealand Geographical Society joins us once again. She's joined tonight by Sandi Ringham, the Maori Resource Management and Environmental planning pukenga/lecturer the University of Waikato Environmental Planning programme and Geography Programme. They'll be exploring Maori Geography in the context of enviro…
 
A Chicken burger without the chook & mince minus the meat. That's just a couple of the plant-based meat alternatives the government's backing by loaning Kāpiti company Sustainable Foods more than $1.2 million of government funding. The money's from the $200 million Regional Strategic Partnership Fund that aims to build sustainable, inclusive and pr…
 
In Tauranga, bus drivers and patrons are being terrorised by passengers brandishing tasers and knives and hurling racial abuse. And the shocking reality is that the perpetrators are young teens, under 14 years of age. Now the regional council has cracked down on free student fares, in a bid to stop the hoodlums wreaking havoc anytime they please. B…
 
Auckland's being told to start a campaign to bring back workers, visitors and students back to the city. A global expert in revitalising cities after the pandemic says Auckland needs to catch up. Hundreds of business and civic leaders met in Auckland today to discuss the city's future at an event hosted by the economic development agency Auckland U…
 
A new weapon has been launched to fight the enemy of the sewer - the mighty fatberg. Wet wipes get stuck on the way down, catch fat and cooking oil and grow into monsterous globules that bog up the whole system. Now a new standard has been developed to make sure those wipes and other things marketed as "flushable" actually are. How does it work? Wa…
 
Criticising our politicians is close to a national pastime, but are you all talk or prepared to put your hand-up for a spot on your council? Local body elections are coming up in a few months, and one council is actively trying to boost the number of contenders. Carterton Council - north of Wellington - has launched a campaign calling for more peop…
 
The country's traffic light is staying orange, with the government and health experts warning of a rocky winter. An immunologist says it will be a winter of uncertainty and the Covid Minister says Omicron cases will increase over the cooler months. So the status quo stays, for now. Our political reporter Anneke Smith has more.…
 
Golfers are accusing Auckland Council of foul play over a plan to develop their courses into more versatile public spaces. The council wants local boards to acknowledge it isn't sustainable, to keep two-point-nine billion dollars worth of public land locked up exclusively for golf, saying only six percent of the city - play the sport. But Golf New …
 
The government is looking to grow the plant-based meat market investing more than $1 million in a sustainable food company. The loan is from the $200 million Regional Strategic Partnership Fund which aims to build sustainable, inclusive and productive regional economies. The Kāpiti based Sustainable Foods' brand Plan*t markets fake meats like vege-…
 
The housing of 65 families in emergency accommodation could be under threat, as the Rotorua Lakes Council takes legal action against several motels. They say nine emergency housing motels have refused to engage and show they're compliant. Emergency housing is the talk of the town in the tourism hotspot, with some saying operators are costing the de…
 
New Zealanders interest in online shopping continues to grow, with spending in the first three months of this year a third higher than last year, according to NZ Post. It says we spent more than $2.2 billion online for physical goods - 77% of which went to local businesses. NZ Post's general manager of business marketing Chris Wong spoke to Māni Du…
 
The Government's putting extra money into Māori education to improve teaching spaces and increase staffing levels. The funding comes from this year's Budget, and includes nearly $50 million for Māori immersion, $30 million for workforce development; and more than $100 million to spend on properties. The associate minister of education Kelvin Davis …
 
The Black Caps' stand-in captain Tom Latham believes the squad still got plenty out of their four day game against Sussex- despite losing days one and four to rain. The match ended in a draw - with consistent drizzle washing out the final day's play in Hove. New Zealand finished on 40 without loss in their second innings - with a lead 135 runs.…
 
US President Joe Biden has put an end to his country's strategic ambiguity, saying it would come to Taiwan's military defence if China invaded. Taiwan is home to the world's most advanced semiconductor and microchip manufacturer, TSMC. Taiwan is a self-governed democracy, but China still claims the territory as its own. University of Canterbury pro…
 
The world has passed a grim milestone, marking a whole new threshold of suffering, with the number of people forced from their homes exceeding 100 million for the first time. The figure includes refugees as well as those who are internally displaced within their home countries. Ukraine and other conflicts have pushed the number higher than ever bef…
 
A couple with a shared love of conservation have devoted the last seven years to protecting the banded dotterel living on the shores of Kaikōura . The birds nest on the sand, making them particularly vulnerable to predators - especially cats - as well as tide and storm surges, and disturbance from people who can't spot the well-camouflaged birds. D…
 
Pattrick explains why Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trip to the United States is so important, both economically and politically. Also the looming global food and energy crisis created by the Ukraine war, and what it might mean here. Pattrick Smellie is the editor and co-founder of BusinessDesk and has reported on the New Zealand economy and busi…
 
One of Britain's most successful contemporary writers, Anthony Horowitz' work spans books, TV, films, plays and journalism. He's perhaps best known for Midsomer Murders, Foyle's War, his Sherlock Holmes novels and the teen spy series Alex Rider. Anthony already has two James Bond novels under his belt, Trigger Mortis and Forever and a Day. Now he's…
 
Dominating the news in the US is the Michigan formula plant shutdown causing a shortage of baby formula. This has resulted in the Biden administration taking steps to ease the situation. Product is being flown in from overseas. Also the US President has signed off $40 billion in additional aid to Ukraine. Kelsey Snell is a congressional corresponde…
 
A quarter of the country's primary and intermediate schools are now signed up to receive The House of Science resource kits and the waiting list is growing. Former High School teacher, Chris Duggan founded the programme to supply hands on learning kits to subscriber schools aimed at raising science literacy. There's now a waiting list. She talks to…
 
There's increasing urgency to shore up personnel to replace retiring Civil Defence controllers on the flood prone West Coast and authorities are hoping local people will come forward. The Grey and Buller District Mayors say their regions are vulnerable when another major weather event strikes, and completely exposed if the TranzAlpine Fault rupture…
 
Scientists who've been on a month-long expedition to Tonga to map the impact of January's record-breaking volcanic eruption have made some surprising discoveries. The researchers expected to find dramatic changes to the volcano because of the power of the explosion, but instead found it largely intact. There's also evidence the volcano might still …
 
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