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Nicholas Christakis: We're hardwired for good

Books like Lord of the Flies give us one view of humanity - that we are one step away from killing each other to get ahead. Violence seems to be our default setting . Our biology has actually wired us to be good. Audio

Monday 27 May 2019

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On today’s show

NZ Music Month - Who's New Zealand's best live act right now? You can vote for you favourite here. And tune in on Friday to find out who won! 

1:10 First song

1:15 Biphobia: What is it? 

The gay community is supportive and inclusive, but what if you're caught between the straight world and the queer world? Bisexuality is often ignored - or hypersexualised - by media. And within the LGBTQ+ community, there can be judgment and misunderstanding. 

Jenny Eastwood has written a piece in The Spinoff about the biphobia she's experienced her whole life, and is in studio with me know to tell us more about it. 

LGBT flag

LGBT flag Photo: RNZ

1:25 Capitol Cinema saved from closure

Film lovers can celebrate - the beloved Capitol Cinema has been saved.

The iconic theatre in the heart of Auckland closed its doors last month because of economic concerns, but local industry veterans Kelly Rogers and David Ross have now committed to a long-term lease of the cinema to keep it going. 

It's set to reopen this Thursday, so Kelly is with us in studio to tell us why he wanted to rescue the Capitol. 

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Photo: Supplied / Capitol Cinema

1:35 Mural to honour the Christchurch terror victims

A giant mural has been created in Auckland city to commemorate the victims of the Christchurch terror attacks, by local street artist Paul Walsh and Mexican textile artist Victoria Villasana. 

Victoria is an internationally acclaimed artist known for her political imagery. You may have seen her portrait of Prime Minister of Jacinda Ardern following the attacks, it got a lot of attention on instagram

She's been in the country running workshops and creating public artworks for the community development programme Heartful Arts and is here to talk about her work. 

1:40 Great album

2:10 Television Critic - Alex Casey

Alex is reviewing Fleabag Season Two (Amazon); The Act (Lightbox); and Who Killed Lucy the Poodle? (TVNZ On Demand)

2:20 Regional reporters publicly-funded

Journalism has been struggling against the changing media landscape for years now, many news publishers have had to cut costs - and often local news is what suffers. 

A new scheme unveiled today hopes address that problem by providing publicly-funded reporters to news agencies.

It's a collaboration between RNZ, publishers and the government's broadcasting funding agency. RNZ's Acting Head of News Alex Van Wel tells us more about it. 

Journalist at media interview

Photo: 123rf

2:25 Expert: The feijoa

The humble feijoa, the marmite of the fruit world, New Zelanders have a love hate relationship with it. You either love them or you think they're horrible smelly fruit.

Freelance journalist and writer and Voyager Media Awards' Feature Writer of the Year - 2018 Kate Evans is a big feijoa fan - she grew up in Northland eating feijoas and she loves them so much she's writing a book about how they were discovered in their evolutionary home Brazil.

But she'd like some help to find out when the first feijoas came to New Zealand.

Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society Photo: Human Nature Lab at Yale University / website

3:10 Nicolas Christakis: BLUEPRINT: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

Books like Lord of the Flies and the TV show Survivor give us one view of humanity - that we are one step away from killing each other to get ahead. Violence seems to be our default setting . 

Our biology has actually wired us to be good, and work together says the director of the Human Nature lab at Yale University, Nicholas Christakis. Working together is in our DNA. 

He reveals the plan evolution sets out for us about how we should treat each other in his book, BLUEPRINT: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

3:35 Voices

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

4:05 The Panel with Jo McCarroll and Ben Thomas