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Sweet Talk: Past Episodes 2020

Alessandra takes the funky personalities and stories from local community and shares them with you over a cuppa. Nearly always fun and hardly ever too serious.

Airing time: Your choice, on-demand

Artists, poets, musicians, local community groups, writers, schools, the mayor, or simply friends – all are welcome.

If you have a message to get out, a call out for new members, an event to promote, you can join her as a guest. Contact the station on 06 751 3720 to arrange a date. 

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Salvation Army Mahi

Captain Karl Foreman and Wendy, from NP Salvation Army, share their awesome mahi in the community.

Duration: 00:41:13 | Date: 16 July, 2020

Step off Same Old

Duration: 01:01:15 | Date: 10 July, 2020

Found Wallet - Baha'i Community

Duration: 00:49:00 | Date: 9 July, 2020

Love Languages

Love Languages with Alaya, Celia and Imogen

Duration: 00:58:49 | Date: 3 July, 2020

Glenn Jeffrey

Glenn Jeffrey talks with Alessandra about developments at the East End Skate Park; hear about the upcoming record fair

Duration: 00:57:55 | Date: 2 July, 2020

In the Quantum Soup With Mayor Neil Holdom

Mayor Neil Holdom speaks honestly about representation and Maori Wards in local council

Duration: 01:00:09 | Date: 1 July, 2020

Lumen Gallery

Artist Teresa Gooden is excited. There's a new exhibition about to open at Lumen Gallery in Tataramaiaka, featuring the works of 10 artists, plus they're launching an awesome school holiday programme.

Duration: 01:00:13 | Date: 30 June, 2020

Do Box Modular Createspace_Voluncuriosity

Graeme Nelson and Katherine Blaney have been guests before, talking about Manifold. Today they're talking about their latest project, Do Box Modular Createspace. Not so much a container - a space that is available for you to whatever you need to do. Marie Riordon of Volunteering New Plymouth is also a guest, promoting Volunteering Week.

Duration: 01:02:29 | Date: 26 June, 2020

Frontyard Fest - Acushla-Tara Kupe

Alessandra talks with Acushla-Tara Kupe who is bringing Frontyard Fest to Taranaki - a travelling performance of 10 minutes delivered to the elders of Taranaki where they live.

Duration: 00:57:59 | Date: 25 June, 2020

Jolene Stockman on Being Different

Within the show hear a Jolene Stockman-Quicke talk about takiwaatanga (autism), and what it means to be different. (Replayed with permission.)

Duration: 00:59:30 | Date: 23 June, 2020

Ponchos and Planting.

Amidst lots of laughter, Elvisa and Antonia share their (w)raps and their support of The Junction, the new recycling hub at the Transfer Station.

Duration: 01:01:25 | Date: 19 June, 2020

Mikaela Nyman

Alessandra talks with author and poet Mikaela Nyman, with her new book 'Sado' (pronounced shadow)

Duration: 00:37:16 | Date: 18 June, 2020

B Lands at the ART Gallery

Current exhibiting artist at the ART gallery space, B, on making time for yourself to live the creative dream.

Duration: 00:58:12 | Date: 16 June, 2020

Launch and Iterate

Duration: 01:00:08 | Date: 12 June, 2020

Asia Rose Blowfield, Dancer

Asia Rose Blowfield knew at 3yrs old, she wanted to dance. The now 16-year old daughter of Taranaki, reflects on her journey dedicated to her artform, which has taken her from Taranaki to Auckland, London, Houston, Texas and back again.

Duration: 00:00:00 | Date: 11 June, 2020

Meeting with Mayor Holdom

Mayor Neil Holdom shares his thoughts on Maori Wards, recycling plastics, and the next economy

Duration: 00:47:52 | Date: 10 June, 2020

ZEAL and Sonic Delusion

Luke Galley and a few of the crew from ZEAL Taranaki, the home of young creatives, join Alessandra and sing and play for us. (Awesome!!) Then Andre, otherwise known as Sonic Delusion, shares his new single, released today.

Duration: 00:57:27 | Date: 5 June, 2020

Self-Defining Business Queens

Former ART-broadcaster and friend, Jo Blowfield, and Sunita Torrance, who brings the coffee to the masses with Flash Mob Coffee, catch up with Alessandra and share a hot cup of inclusivity.

Duration: 00:57:21 | Date: 4 June, 2020

Danny K_Blues Guitar Teacher And Star Business

Duration: 00:58:25 | Date: 2 June, 2020

Riffing on Royalty

Fix your own crown for Queens Birthday weekend

Duration: 00:49:42 | Date: 29 May, 2020

Taranaki Apart Together Quilt Project

NPDC Councillor, Amanda Clinton-Gohdes shares a new project that aims to bring community together: the Taranaki Apart Together Quilt Project.

Duration: 01:00:07 | Date: 26 May, 2020

Wes James - Edge of the Woods

Wes James, of our very own Edge of the Woods, talks with Alessandra about the band's latest release and plays for us, live.

Duration: 01:02:22 | Date: 22 May, 2020

Mayor Neil Meets Pandemic

Duration: 00:55:17 | Date: 20 May, 2020

Jana Branca

Alessandra talks with Taranaki Arts Trail artist, Jana Branca

Duration: 00:09:58 | Date: 19 May, 2020

Trevor Reekie

Alessandra catches up with Trevor Reekie and plays his selection of NZ music.

Duration: 00:47:29 | Date: 19 May, 2020


Celebrating the good, the beautiful, and the supportive. Exploring the things for which our community feels grateful during these shifting-sand times

Duration: 01:00:38 | Date: 15 May, 2020

Taranaki Arts Advocate, Nicki Jenkinson

What happens when you're the driver of a band on tour and you're too short to see over the wheel of the Pontiac that you're driving? Find out all this and more from Taranaki arts advocate, Nicki Jenkinson.

Duration: 01:00:01 | Date: 13 May, 2020

Marita Green_Comet of the Century

Taranaki potter, Marita Green, talks about seeing and sharing beauty. Suraya Siddhu Singh reads her latest short story, "Comet of the Century"

Duration: 00:57:39 | Date: 8 May, 2020

Community Film Project

Alessandra plays lots of local music and talks with Reshma Madhi from Govett Brewster Art Gallery about Community Film Project and the Window Gallery.

Duration: 00:55:42 | Date: 7 May, 2020

Blue From the Backblocks

Alessandra checks in with life in the backblocks

Duration: 00:57:15 | Date: 6 May, 2020

Suraya and EJ

Suraya and EJ pick the music for NZ Music Month.

Duration: 01:00:29 | Date: 5 May, 2020

Creative in Our Own Backyard

Alessandra kicks off NZ Music Month

Duration: 00:57:57 | Date: 4 May, 2020

Live at the Village Well - Hold Your Own

Alessandra catches up with Zoe and brand-new baby, Osiris, and with Taranaki's Extreme Weather-man, Craig Jeffrey, about Comet Swan

Duration: 00:58:00 | Date: 1 May, 2020

Catherine Ford - Potential Architecture

Catherine Ford runs an Architectural Design and Healthy Home consultancy called Potential Architecture. She talks with Alessandra about how people can keep their homes safe and healthy for the upcoming cooler months.

Duration: 00:57:43 | Date: 30 April, 2020

Mayor Neil

Straight talk with Mayor Neil.

Duration: 01:00:02 | Date: 29 April, 2020

Ruth Harvey - Fostering Creativity

Ruth Harvey, talks with Alessandra about fostering creativity. Past-Puke Ariki Curator, Ruth is now with AS220 in Providence Rhode Island - an art space with a difference.

Duration: 00:59:07 | Date: 28 April, 2020

Johanna Von Hunerbein

Alessandra catches up with Johanna Von Hunerbein, who is currently undertaking social entrepreneurship training in Sweden.

Duration: 00:58:27 | Date: 24 April, 2020

Art on ART

Soundtrack by Carmen B Ontist, original poem by Elvisa and short story by Suraya. Why? ART on ART

Duration: 00:54:19 | Date: 22 April, 2020

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

Duration: 00:54:23 | Date: 20 April, 2020

Mayor Neil and the Kids Next Door

Mayor Neil Holdom talks about how the council is looking to the future, post-COVID, then Alessandra talks to her two neighbours, Isiah and Billy, who are students getting to grips with learning from home.

Duration: 00:53:43 | Date: 15 April, 2020

In Rahui With Creatives

Alessandra is joined by Helen Griffiths, the Bandana Bard, and her daughter, singer-songwriter, Laura. We try to share their live music, but may have met the limits of Zoom.

Duration: 01:00:02 | Date: 14 April, 2020

Sweet Talk at the Village Well - Community Dedications

Duration: 01:01:08 | Date: 13 April, 2020

Zoe's Having a Baby

Zoe Hutchieson had a beautiful plan ready for the birth of her baby, but then along came the rāhui. With live music by the lovely mother-in waiting.

Duration: 00:56:02 | Date: 9 April, 2020

Sweet Talk at the Village Well - Bjorn and Tito

Wonder how the rest of the world is doing right now? Bjorn and Tito, joining the show all the way from Sweden, share a bit of their world with Alessandra.

Duration: 00:56:54 | Date: 8 April, 2020

Sweet Talk at the Village Well With Jules Matthews

Talking farming with Jules Matthews. Jules has lifelong and world-wide experience of farming and knows the pressures that farmers face. Her knowledge of holistic management and regenerative farming is not only extensive, it's also really, really interesting - even to city folk.

Duration: 01:03:34 | Date: 7 April, 2020

Michelle Montana

Michelle Montana joins Alessandra on Sweet Talk at the Village Well, today as they discuss spiritual aspects of the lockdown

Duration: 01:01:46 | Date: 6 April, 2020

Phone-a-Friend on Sweet Talk at the Village Well

Lynda Northcott takes us flying today. A presenter on an earlier ART show, Spirit Taranaki, today, Lynda shares a live meditation.
It is Phone-a-Friend on Sweet Talk at the Village Well.

Duration: 00:53:53 | Date: 2 April, 2020

April Fools

Today it's all about April Fools and the day of upsetting the order of things and kings.

Duration: 00:57:54 | Date: 1 April, 2020


Alessandra talks of self isolation and growing plants. With a selection of great music

Duration: 00:57:49 | Date: 31 March, 2020

We Are Your Station

Duration: 01:02:59 | Date: 26 March, 2020

Phone a Friend (or 2)

Alessandra talks with Mel from Driving Miss Daisy, offering all kinds of essential driving services during this time, and with Blue from the back blocks

Duration: 01:01:17 | Date: 25 March, 2020

Gloria From MSD

Alessandra talks with Gloria, Taranaki's Regional Commissioner with MSD, about connections and support available during this time

Duration: 00:59:34 | Date: 24 March, 2020

Live Love Live

Alessandra talks about feeling love in the midst of COVID-19, and live music on the radio

Duration: 00:51:40 | Date: 19 March, 2020

Mayor Neil

Our Mayor, Neil Holdom, drops in for his regular chat.

Duration: 00:54:59 | Date: 18 March, 2020

Hey World Don't Give Up

The world is gripped by Corona Virus Chaos. In an uncertain world (and when has it not been?) we can look to our community and our elders for wisdom and support. Community media is a resource to be used by real people. How can we be of service to you???

Duration: 00:57:18 | Date: 17 March, 2020

WOMAD with Ange and Davey

Ange and Davey Calder discuss world events in relation to the beloved WOMAD festival: COVID-19, green sponsors, artists to watch, and more.

Duration: 00:58:53 | Date: 12 March, 2020

Births, Deaths and Marriages

Virginia talks with actress Geraldine Brophy about her film 'Births, Deaths and Marriages', playing at the Len Lye theatre.

Duration: 00:59:47 | Date: 10 March, 2020

Interview with Ian Welch

Continuing the series of interviews with speakers on the new STEAM Lab stage at WOMAD 2020, Virginia talks with cybersecurity researcher, Ian Welch.
(Our apologies for the poor sound quality in parts of this recording, due to technical difficulties experienced during the phone interview.)

Duration: 00:28:07 | Date: 5 March, 2020

Interview With Dr Simon P Taylor

Dr Simon P Taylor, another of the speakers on the new STEAM Lab stage at WOMAD 2020, talks with Virginia about the cosmic dancing and the universe.

Duration: 00:26:29 | Date: 5 March, 2020

Interview With Daniel Burmeister.

Daniel is one of the speakers on the new STEAM Lab stage at WOMAD 2020

Duration: 00:17:45 | Date: 3 March, 2020

SteamLab at WOMAD

Rebecca from TAFT talks with Alessandra about the new stage at this year's WOMAD, SteamLab, celebtraing science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Then, in a phone interview, Alessandra talks with one of the SteamLab speakers, Daniel Burmester.

Duration: 00:55:05 | Date: 3 March, 2020

Wayne Morris and WOMAD's Kidzone

Virginia talks with Wayne Morris about what will be happening at this year's WOMAD in the Kidzone and makes us all want to be kids again.

Duration: 00:58:26 | Date: 27 February, 2020

Meet Laura and Julian of Community Music Junction

Meet Julian Raphael and Laura Durville, musicians who love to share. Hear their story, and be inspired to raise your voice in joyful song with Taranaki Singing Venture. Discover the delights of marimba music, and be transported by the hypnotic notes of the Zimbabwean mbira.

Duration: 00:57:03 | Date: 25 February, 2020

Circle of Life - Story of a Funeral Celebrant

Virginia talks with celebrant Sam Bennett about his work and life as a funeral celebrant.

Duration: 01:00:10 | Date: 20 February, 2020

The Govett-Brewster Turns 50

Lisa Berndt from the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre shares plans for a street party to celebrate 50 years of bringing art to the community

Duration: 00:55:35 | Date: 18 February, 2020

Koala Love

Bev Tathum, Andy Bassett and Nic Boheimer preview the concert to raise funds for the NSW Fire Service and koala hospital, and play a few songs.

Duration: 00:55:23 | Date: 11 February, 2020

Mayor Neil Holdom

Mayor Neil drops in for his monthly chat.

Duration: 00:39:53 | Date: 5 February, 2020

Yusuf Khan on Breaking Barriers_RachelHair

Alessandra talks with ART's newest broadcaster, Yusuf from the New Plymouth Muslim society, about the new show and the importance of being able to speak freely, then with Rachel Hair about her upcoming show at 4th Wall Theatre.

Duration: 00:55:38 | Date: 4 February, 2020

Sweet Talk Meets French For Rabbits

We meet Brooke from French for Rabbits. Brooke shares about their upcoming tour, supported by Glass Heart String Choir from Seattle. Tour starts in New Plymouth

Duration: 00:58:01 | Date: 31 December, 2019

Cassie Rowe_Cancer Society

Cassie is the new Fundraising and Events manager for The Taranaki Cancer Society. We learn about her motivation for the role, the work of the Society, and the upcoming Relay for Life on 28th March

Duration: 00:53:32 | Date: 28 January, 2020

Ange On Patti Smith

Ange showcases her personal hero, Ms Patti Smith. Beginning with a special karakia from her daughter Jean, Ange spends the show exploring Patti's poetry, her life, and of course, her incredible music.

Duration: 00:58:05 | Date: 23 January, 2020

Meet Liz Fry, Around the Fire

New Broadcaster, Liz Fry, talks about her journey to becoming a Life Coach, and why she is encouraging people to share their stories

Duration: 00:57:38 | Date: 21 January, 2020

Mayor Neil and Alyssa

Alyssa Holdom brought her book, and her dad, to the radio.

Duration: 00:50:22 | Date: 15 January, 2020

Letting Our Punk Shine Through

In 2020 it's time to embrace our inner punk and shake things up!

Duration: 01:00:29 | Date: 13 January, 2020

Mother Daughter Time

Ange's 11 year old daughter, Jean, joins us for a discussion around self-love, acceptance, gratitude, leadership and learning.

Duration: 00:58:05 | Date: 9 January, 2020