RNZ: The Detail

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The news, explained. Join Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton every weekday as they make sense of the big stories with the country’s best journalists and top experts. Made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.

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Who's on clean up duty after the West Coast rubbish washout?

June 19th, 2019


The government has stepped in to clean up the vast West Coast rubbish spill, after local authorities ran out of cash to finish the job. But what's being done to stop it happening elsewhere? 

Hong Kong protestors win their fight - for now

June 18th, 2019


Hong Kong demonstrators have won their fight to stop a new extradition bill that would have allowed citizens to be tried for their crimes in China. …

How will declaring a climate change emergency help us?

June 17th, 2019


Auckland Council has joined five other New Zealand local bodies to declare a climate change emergency - but is this just lip service being paid in election year? 

Swapping ciggies for vaping

June 16th, 2019


Is the government swapping one bad habit for another by encouraging smokers to move to vaping, as a way of curing their addiction? 

The astonishing rise of AOC

June 13th, 2019


New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is sweeping through US politics like a hurricane. Her sharp use of social media means you've probably …

1080: 'The answer is really clear'

June 12th, 2019


Why does New Zealand use so much of the world's 1080, the controversial poison that environmentalists say we need to use more of, or lose our threatened bird species. 

NZ's own stolen generation

June 11th, 2019


Newsroom's Melanie Reid has been reporting on children and babies being taken by the state for two years. Now, footage taken by the families involved …

Should we believe the 5G hype?

June 10th, 2019


5G is coming - what exactly is that, and will it be the revolution telcos would have you believe? 

The Kim Dotcom saga is finally nearing an end

June 9th, 2019


Kim Dotcom's seven year saga to avoid extradition to the United States for piracy crimes is finally coming to an end.

Australian whistleblowers under attack through the media

June 6th, 2019


Three police raids on journalists and newsrooms have called into question abuses of Australian law. 

D-Day anniversary marks the beginning of the end

June 5th, 2019


Popular culture tends to portray D-Day as an American event - but around 10,000 New Zealanders played a part in the landings 75 years ago today …

What's happening with Auckland's port?

June 4th, 2019


A giant car park occupies the most expensive real estate in New Zealand on Auckland's waterfront. Can we move the port - and should we?

Gaming's potential gazillions

June 3rd, 2019


A $7.5 million injection into a University of Canterbury game lab is an indication of the staggering numbers the industry returns to the economy. 

Risk taking and the pay gap

June 2nd, 2019


Researchers have revealed links between risk-taking girls and the gender pay gap. 

What's all the fuss about Huawei?

May 30th, 2019


Chinese tech giant Huawei is at the centre of a technology cold war, and now consumers have been dragged into it.

What on earth is China's Belt and Road?

May 29th, 2019


The world's super powers are on edge as China's trade policy projects increasingly dot the world map. 

The evolving month of Kiwi music

May 28th, 2019


With New Zealand radio stations now happy to play around 15 - 20 percent Kiwi artists, is it still necessary to have New Zealand Music Month? 

The Wellbeing Budget

May 27th, 2019


The world's first 'Wellbeing Budget' will be unveiled on Thursday - what is different about it, and how did it change the ways ministers pitched for money? 

Can Kiwibuild be rescued?

May 26th, 2019


The government's Kiwibuild scheme has had set back after set back. Can it be rescued? And is it still worthwhile? 

Drugs and Money

May 23rd, 2019


Pharmac attracts a lot of flak for what it doesn't fund in the way of drugs - but it's also the envy of the world for its ability to negotiate down prices. Do we have the balance right? 

Death in Japan

May 22nd, 2019


Two years after a New Zealand man died in a Japanese psychiatric institution, restrained under circumstances unheard of in most other developed …

Battle at Foulden Maar

May 21st, 2019


Why an Australian resource firm is fighting to mine fossils to produce animal feed.

No ordinary assignment

May 20th, 2019


Young Muslim RNZ journalist Isra'a Emhail gives a special insight into what it was like covering the Christchurch mosque attacks - and seeing her own community torn apart. 

It's all about the cow burps

May 19th, 2019


What New Zealand is aiming for with its Zero Carbon Bill, and why our country is unique when it comes to dealing with methane-producing cows. 

'Bishop' Brian Tamaki - what draws people to his pulpit?

May 16th, 2019


The self-proclaimed Bishop continues to dominate our news cycles. His latest venture, the Man-Up Prison programme drew crowds of thousands outside parliament. 

How will trade wars between China and the US end?

May 15th, 2019


The two superpowers are facing off in a trade tariff war with dangerous consequences. 

How would legalising cannabis work in New Zealand?

May 14th, 2019


New Zealanders will soon cast their vote on if cannabis should be legalised. With parts of the US, Canada and Uruguay leading the debate - will we …

Calling Christchurch from Paris

May 13th, 2019


On Wednesday Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will co-chair a meeting of world leaders and tech giants aimed at stopping extremism spreading online. But what will it really achieve? 

Commander in Cheat

May 12th, 2019


Donald Trump cheats at golf, and lies about his handicap. Why does it matter? Former Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly talks about the President …

Smart phones: Why they're wrecking the economy

May 9th, 2019


Smart phones have changed the world - and the global economy. Newsroom Pro's managing editor Bernard Hickey says billions of people are now carrying a deflationary engine in their pocket. 

Why we're about to see a global pork shortage

May 8th, 2019


African Swine Fever has slid under the radar in the west, but it's about to have a huge impact on pork prices around the world. 

The Australian election

May 7th, 2019


A beginner's guide to what looks like - from the outside - a chaotic and complicated Australian voting process. 

Tomorrow's Schools

May 6th, 2019


After 30 years of Tomorrow's Schools, the goverrnment's looking at a shake up that might just take us full circle. 

Rebranding the Crusaders: The argument for it post-Christchurch terror attacks

May 5th, 2019


After the Christchurch mosque attacks Canterbury rugby bosses have been forced to look at changing the famous franchise's name and branding, but Crusaders fans are dead set against it. Daily podcast The Detail looks at …

Pike River: Rebecca Macfie on its 'extraordinary story'

May 2nd, 2019


In another blow for Pike River mine families, the long-awaited re-entry has been delayed. Daily podcast The Detail speaks to Rebecca Macfie about the incredible events since the deadly explosion.

The Detail - The anti-vaccination conversation

May 1st, 2019


There's been a resurgence in infectious diseases we thought we'd got rid of. The Detail speaks to a researcher studying who anti-vaxxers are, and how to win them back

The Detail - Paula Penfold gets personal on abortion law reform

April 30th, 2019


Journalist Paula Penfold tells The Detail why she decided to get personal when it came to abortion law reform.

The Detail - What makes Sri Lanka's bombings different

April 29th, 2019


The Detail's associate producer Kethaki Masilamani calls home to find out how the Easter Sri Lanka attacks were different to the violence of the past.

The Detail - Investigating the alt-right

April 28th, 2019


Far right groups have gone underground since the Christchurch attacks, but there's a fear they'll emerge stronger and more sophisticated.

The Detail - coming soon

April 16th, 2019


The Detail; a daily podcast helping you make sense of the news. Presented by Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton. Debuts Monday April 29.

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