Marcus Lush Nights

Marcus Lush Nights

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October 21, 2020 12 min
Now that he's lost his Ilam electorate seat, should Gerry Brownlee step down as a list MP to make way for a fresher face for the National caucus?
Marcus thinks it's worth considering for National, but caller Michael has a different opinion.
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Green Party MP and spokesperson for drug reform Chloe Swarbrick joined Marcus Lush for a marathon four-hour session of talkback to discuss the referendum that will gauge the public's support on whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal.
Kiwis will vote on the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill alongside this year's election.
The Bill's purpose is to eliminate the legal supply of cannabis, and provid...
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Do you agree?
Sure, Avatar went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, but it's just so boring! So why, after 11 years, are we getting not one, not two, but four sequels?
Plus, how much would you expect to pay for Avatar on DVD these days? How can we make it worth our while having these movies produced in NZ? Is being made to watch Avatar more or less enjoyable than watching political debates? Listen to a selection o...
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September 28, 2020 32 min
Following news of Max Merritt's death, Marcus shared how much the song "Slipping Away" means to him, and then was inundated by calls from other fans, as well as several other NZ musicians.
Listen to the highlights of the show to hear Larry Morris, Maurice Greer, and former Meteor's drummer Pete Sowden.
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Marcus Lush has once again had a colourful clash with a caller on Māori names, after caller Judith raised concerns about albatross names.
Starting off the call by saying "I just want to probably change subjects because I haven't been listening," Judith went on to ask about the competition to choose the names for baby albatrosses. 
"I'm not at all racist, but I don't know why the albatross chicks have to be cal...
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With Auckland moving to Level 2.5 and residents allowed to travel to other parts of the country, it seemed some Kiwis were less than keen to have people from the country's largest city come to visit.
Is this just because of Covid-19? Or is a more deeply-rooted angst against Aucklanders?
Marcus Lush shared his thoughts after a discussion with caller Mark about his annoyance with how the rest of the country is viewing Auckland. 
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August 27, 2020 8 min
With the announcement today that ANZ was closing down the Bonus Bonds scheme, several callers phoned to share stories of winnings, losings, and what they think should take its place.
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The hunt for the greatest clothes pegs in the world consumed the Marcus Lush Nights show for a good 45 minutes last night. 
Re-live the mystery, the drama, and (spoiler) the triumph as the search unfolded.
See more on the show's Facebook page.
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There are allegations a senior National Party figure attempted to derail one of the candidates for the Auckland Central seat with a late-night talkback call.
Newshub is alleging 'Merv' who called Marcus Lush's show last Monday is actually party board member Roger Bridge.
He told Marcus he was in Manurewa and was a bit confused after seeing billboards all over the place for Nuwi Samarakone.
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From homemade MC Hammer pants to stubbies for school shorts, it seems just about everyone had a childhood clothing embarrassment. Thankfully, plenty of people were willing to share their stories on the radio.
If you want to add your story to the list, message Marcus on Facebook.
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July 17, 2020 2 min
How do you make instant coffee taste better? Everyone seems to have a idea, and Marcus' favourite of the night was from Shayne.
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We may not all admit to it, but a lot of us have dropped our phones into water at some point - there are plenty of "life hacks" on how to dry out your device, but do any of them work? Over the course of tonight's show, Marcus found out for himself.
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Following a day of talkback dissecting the ACT Welfare policy announcement, and a previous caller querying him personally for not owning a house, David Seymour phoned Marcus to set the record straight on what he's doing with his money, and NZ's borders staying closed while the world catches up on Covid recovery.
On why he doesn't have a house:
"When [the 84yo previous caller] was my age, it was a bit easier to buy a h...
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Is there such a thing as 'time sensitivity'? More specifically, can you time a minute without a watch?
Marcus has been 'practising' the skill, and put himself and Caller Liz to the test live on air. 
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Two friends have been reconnected after nearly 50 years, because they were both listening to the Marcus Lush Nights show.
Marcus mentioned the passing of Millie Small, and heard from a few callers who had attended concerts of hers in New Zealand in the 1960s.
One caller, Don, said he went to her show in Greymouth with an older friend of his, Parris Heath, and went backstage after the show as Parris interviewed Millie for the local ne...
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April 28, 2020 4 min
Jim Sutton, who hosted Nostalgia on Saturday Nights on Newstalk ZB from 1988 to 2013, died in Wanaka over the weekend - he would've been 80 tomorrow.
Marcus opened the show tonight with his memories of one of New Zealand's most-loved hosts.
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Marcus Lush has made it clear that his show is no place for misinformation and conspiracy theories.
While discussing the second New Zealander who has been diagnosed with coronavirus, caller Rangi-Marie's anger over coronavirus - which she believed was a "scam" - was quickly shut down by Marcus Lush. 
He told her that he would not be "the portal for misinformation" in a time when we need an unified voice. 
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February 25, 2020 9 min
Should you switch to a battery-powered lawn mower, and more importantly, what kind of noise does it make?
When the terrible happens and you lose a toe to a lawnmower, what's the weirdest thing that could happen next?
And if your lawnmower isn't starting, what's the best product to get it going again?
We got the answers to all of those questions on Mower Monday.
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February 14, 2020 1 min
It's hard to remember people's names at the best of times, but it's infinitely harder to remember their name when you get told the wrong name to start with.
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January 22, 2020 21 min
Royal deaths, political changes - and the demise of Paper Plus?!
That's what ZB listeners think will happen over the next 12 months.
This week, Marcus Lush continued his annual tradition and asked listeners to share their five predictions for 2020
57 people - including Marcus and producer Dan - shared their thoughts, and we've got all the results here.
12 people think Donald Trump will get re-elected this year, while four peopl...
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