Afternoons for Thursday July 4, 2024 Afternoons

1:15 American 4th of July Celebrations Down Under Style

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom and established the United States of America.

It also paved the way for Cheetos, Crackerjacks, hot dogs and canned liquid cheese.

There are tens of thousands of American-born New Zealanders around the motu celebrating today…

To mark the occasion, we speak with Sandy Graham of US food importer Martha’s Backyard and US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission David Gehrenbeck.

Celebrating July 4th with bright colors, exploding fireworks and glowing heat generated by artificial intelligence

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1:25 ‘Ten Nosey Weka’, a book that breathes new life into Te re Moriori

Te re Moriori, the indigenous language of Rēkohu, also known as the Chatham Islands, is experiencing a revival.

The term was originally declared extinct in 1931, but in 2001 work began on creating a database of words to revive the term.

Author Kate Preece realised that her husband grew up without being able to count to 10 in his Karapuna language.

She decided to do something about it and break the circle for her own children.

So she has added a new children’s book to her bibliography: “Ten Noisy Weka”.

Cover of the book Ten Nosy Weka

Cover of the book Ten Nosy Weka
Photo: delivered

1:35 The Decline of DIY and How Helping Hands Can Be a Place to Learn Those Skills

About once every few weeks we contact builder Stan Scott.

He comes by to give people tips on DIY projects they are doing, or offers advice on whether they can do the job themselves at home or whether they should hire a professional.

On the other hand, it seems that the art of DIY is out of reach for young people. They are not taught the skills and they cannot handle certain simple tasks, such as hanging pictures.

Close-up of a skilled carpenter cutting a piece of wood with a table saw while working alone in his woodworking studio

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1:45 Great album: Daffodils and Dirt

This week’s album for our link 3 winner is Daffodils and Dirt. It’s the debut album from the band Sam Morton, featuring the well-known and critically acclaimed actress Samantha Morton on vocals.

2:10 Music Critic: Rachel Ashby

Today Rachel talks to Jesse about songs by Louisa Nicklin and Manu Taupunga.

2:30 NZ Sports History: Liberato Cacace

Liberato Cacace was captain of the All Whites team that recently won the OFC Nations Cup in Vanuatu, where he was also named player of the tournament.

After a short break he leaves for Europe for the Olympic Games.

Libby, 23, is the son of an Italian immigrant who moved to Wellington and opened a restaurant in Petone.

He played youth football in Wellington, then at Phoenix and then at the Belgian Sint-Truidense.

To the delight of his parents, Libby now plays professional football in Italy.

New Zealand's Libby Cacace in action against Ireland, 2023.

New Zealand’s Libby Cacace in action against Ireland, 2023.

3:10 Coupling 3

3:15 Solving the World’s Problems with Ben Kepes

Today, Ben Kepes, business leader, technology evangelist, entrepreneur and commentator, talks about the end of his Saturday newspaper routine and what it means.

3:20 History with Dr Grant Morris: The History of New Zealand’s Public Asset Sales

Last week, Wellington City Council, dominated by Labour and Greens, voted by a narrow majority to sell its stake in Wellington Airport.

The sale of government assets has been a controversial topic in New Zealand since its founding, particularly since 1984.

Today, Dr. Grant Morris explores that history.

Roger Douglas sells state assets in 1988

Roger Douglas sells state assets in 1988
Photo: TEAR

3:35 Spoken feature BBC Witness

In 1971, a female architect, Chu Ming Silveira, designed Brazil’s iconic egg-shaped telephone booth, Orelhão.

More than 50,000 stands were installed throughout Brazil and the design was so successful that other countries decided to adopt it.

Chu Ming was born in China and moved to Brazil with her family in 1949, after the end of the Chinese Civil War.

At a time when there were few female architects in the country, she was commissioned to design a cheap, light and visually appealing public telephone box.

Chu Ming passed away in 1997 at the age of 58. In 2017, Google decided to celebrate her life by creating a doodle.

Her son, Alan Chu, shares his memories of Chu Ming with Matt Pintus.

Chu Ming uses a phone booth in Orelhão

Chu Ming uses a phone booth in Orelhão
Photo: Collection of Chu Ming Silveira –

3:45 The pre-panel

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