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Unfurling fresh ideas and sounds along with the best radio documentaries and features from here and overseas.


Braai Day

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:12:00 +1300

To South Africans Braai is more than just BBQ. We talk to Deon Wallace who is organising Braai Day this Sunday in Auckland.

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Nights' Culture - Dance

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Chris Jannides from Toi Whakaari examines the work and influence of multi-disciplinary choreographer Shen Wei whose approach is painterly and sculptural.

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How to Win Games and Beat People

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Tom Whipple is Science Editor at The Times and by his own admission a bad loser. In an effort to win more often he asked experts to reveal the secrets to winning games, including Monopoly, charades, Scrabble, and even pillow fighting. He's written a book about it

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Nights' Overseas - Estonia

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Editor-in-chief of Estonian World, Silver Tambur reports from the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Estonia finally has a female president - the first one in the country's history. At the same time, Estonia still has a long way to go in terms of gender equality - the pay gap between men and women is the largest in the European Union.

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John Thornley - Songs of the Spirit

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Methodist lay-preacher John Thornley explores 'The Mercy Seat', a song written by Nick Cave and covered by Johnny Cash, and Andy Sheppard & Joanna MacGregor.

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Nights' Pundit - Kai-A-Miro

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Mihingarangi Forbes from Radio New Zealand's Te Manu Korihi team, discusses the history and progress of the Ngāti Maniapoto treaty settlement.

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Our Own Odysseys - Plantation History

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:12:00 +1300

John Bishop journeyed to Louisiana to visit old Plantations. He found the slave history notably absent from the tour info.

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Nights' Science - Toxicology

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Our poison professor - toxicologist Dr. Leo Schep tests for substances taken internally or applied externally that are injurious to health or dangerous to life.

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Kidney kindness

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Would you donate a kidney to your child? Your best friend? How about a total stranger? Rachel Rouge did just that a couple of months ago. She tells Bryan Crump about the experience of giving away 'Bert' the kidney.

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Stacey Stewart AKA "Just Plain Evil"

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Stacey Stewart has been wrestling for over 16 years, making her the longest running active competitor in the country. She heads pro-wrestling group "Maniacs United". She is dedicated to training and supporting other women to get into the ring.

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Nights' Culture - Electronic Music

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Paul Berrington aka DJ B-Lo takes a look at what was happening in the UK from 1991-1994.

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Whale Navigation

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Humpback whales swim in remarkably straight lines while completing their seasonal migrations, which cover thousands of kilometres of open ocean. Geologist, Associate Professor Travis Horton has been tracking their journeys to get a better understanding of how the mammals navigate.

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Nights' Overseas Reports - India

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Bangalore based author and journalist Shoba Narayan from the second-most populated nation of the world,India.

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Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:12:00 +1300

60 years ago, in Maralinga, outback South Australia, the British exploded the first of seven mushroom cloud bombs. We hear from Dr Liz Tynan, who recently released a book: "Atomic Thunder:The Maralinga Story".

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Nights' Pundit - Religion

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Religious studies Prof. Douglas Pratt from University of Waikato on the advent of the Religious Diversity Centre.

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Elderly pay when cyclists use footpaths - advocate

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:10:00 +1300

Dr Ben Rossiter from Victoria Walks presents a pedestrians perspective on the campaign to change the law to allow children and those aged over 65 to ride their bikes on our footpaths. Can walkers and cyclists mix, or do they need to be kept apart?

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ROTN 'Axis of Medieval'

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:25:00 +1300

Our on the spot correspondent Willa Scarlet reports on an insurrectionist movement deep within the Sherwood Forest.

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Nights' Science - Soils

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:10:00 +1300

Landcare Research scientist Pierre Roudier on the role soil can play in climate change mitigation by storing carbon. So how do we get more carbon into the soil?

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Dame Gillian Whitehead

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 19:10:00 +1300

Composer Dame Gillian Whitehead tells us about "Iris Dreaming" her new one woman opera focussing on the life of New Zealand poet Robin Hyde. It recently premiered in England and will be part of the Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson in February 2017.

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The End of Aussie Fords

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 20:12:00 +1300

The last Australian-made Ford has rolled off the assembly line, marking the end of more than 90 years of car-making. We ask motoring commentator Allan Dick what this means for the automotive industry.

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Capture the people

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Pasifika artist and curator Rosanna Raymond recently returned from China, where she presented 80 works by 13 Maori and Pasifika New Zealand artists at the Pingyao festival, the worlds largest photography festival.

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Hookworms to treat coeliac disease?

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Australian medical researcher Dr Paul Giacomin has successfully used hookworms to alleviate the symptoms of coeliac disease. Coeliac sufferers experience an autoimmune reaction to gluten which results in damage to the small intestine. He's working towards developing a more palatable pill-based medicine based on his research.

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Nights' Overseas - England

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:10:00 +1300

Formerly of RNZ's Morning Report team, breakfast producer at BBC Radio Brighton Will Flockton reports from England about political party conferences, dodgy tourist attractions, and the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

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LOTUS (Lionel of the United States)

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Emmy Award Winning Renaissance Lawyer and News Decoder Michael William Lebron AKA Lionel on the state of political play in the U.S.

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Nights' Pundit - NZ History

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Senior historian for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Gavin McLean shares our naval history ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Royal NZ Navy being celebrated in November.

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Our Own Odysseys - Odyssey of ignorance

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 19:09:00 +1300

Toni Adams set off for London aged 18 in 1981 on what she now calls her Odyssey of Ignorance. It was a trip based on blunders, unpreparedness and a comprehensive lack of local, regional (and national!) knowledge. She shares what she learned.

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Nights' Science - Astronomy

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 20:10:00 +1300

Former Mt John University Observatory superintendent Alan Gilmore on Rosetta's final descent, finding Philae, and how many signs of the Zodiac there are, is it 12 or 13?

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Dangerous Dogs - Ian Robertson

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Will new laws targeting "dangerous" dogs reduce the number of attacks? We'll ask animal law expert and former vet Ian Robertson about the new measures and what else we could be doing.

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National Dog Show

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:12:00 +1300

The Discover Dogs Eukanuba National Dog Show is described as canine version of New Zealand's Got Talent. Over 3 days, an estimated 1700 purebred dogs representing over 100 different breeds from across New Zealand and Australia will compete to take out the coveted Best In Show title. Plus there's obedience and agility competitions, as well as some quirky events. We'll talk to Kaye Findlayson the Operations Manager for the event, which started today in Christchurch and continues over the weekend.

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Nights' Culture - Jazz

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Jivester, editor and publisher Fergus Barrowman shares his pick of jazz tracks. This week, Jeff Lederer's Brooklyn Blowhards, Haul Away Joe, Patrick Bleakley, Jonathan Crayford, Anthony Donaldson, Departing Souls and Giovanni Guidi, Gianluca Petrella, Louis Sclavis, Gerald Cleaver, No More Calypso?

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Craig Potton

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Celebrated New Zealand photographer and publisher Craig Potton is chair of the trust behind the $12 million renovation of one of the country's oldest public art galleries, the Suter Art Gallery in Nelson. The gallery reopens this Sunday.

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Nights' Pundit - Mathematics

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Dr. Dillon Mayhew from Victoria University on the mathematics that arises from political forecasting in the US election.

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Our Own Odysseys - Maria Grace

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:11:00 +1300

This week's Odyssey belongs to Maria Grace, who gave up the relatively quiet life in the Baltic State of Estonia to work with a dog-sled team in Alaska. Maria helped to take care of the dogs when they weren't pulling sleds.

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Nights' Science - Native Fish Ecology

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:11:00 +1300

Stella McQueen, self-confessed native fish geek, reports on the recent review of eel quotas by the Ministry for Primary Industries. Plus she shares a cool competition idea to get kids caring for, rather than killing, eels.

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Representing disability

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Esther Woodbury was one of the organisers of a protest against the film Me Before You because of how it depicts disability. We'll talk to her about the way films and other media commonly focus on disabled people as tragic, inspirational to other people, or heroically overcoming perceived barriers, while misunderstanding what those barriers actually are.

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Mary Fisher

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:12:00 +1200

We chat to gold medal winning Paralympian swimmer Mary Fisher, who's just arrived home from Rio.

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Nights' Culture - Video Games

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:10:00 +1200

This week's cultural ambassador is 'Birth. Movies. Death' & GamePlanet reviewer Andrew Todd on the world of Virtual Reality.

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Domestic Postal Censorship in WW1

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:10:00 +1200

Researcher Jared Davidson talks about censorship and surveillance of mail within New Zealand during the Great War.

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Standing Rock - Kingi Snelgar

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:12:00 +1200

Maori indigenous rights lawyer Kingi Snelgar is on the ground at Standing Rock. He is involved in the Sioux Tribe protest against a North Dakota oil pipeline which recently resulted in a halt on construction.

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John Thornley - Songs of the Spirit

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:12:00 +1200

Methodist lay-preacher John Thornley with the fourth in his series exploring the spiritual side of songs. Tonight he examines Bob Marley's redemption song.

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Nights' Pundit - Left Thinking

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:12:00 +1200

University of Otago political historian Prof Brian Roper on how business lobbying has affected New Zealand's taxation regime.

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Burlesque Hall of Fame

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:12:00 +1200

Crystal Mischief from Undieground Burlesque travelled to the US to the Burlesque Hall of fame to interview the older legends who are still "working it" on stage.

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Nights' Science - Physics

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:10:00 +1200

Prof. Shaun Hendy from the University of Auckland examines the life and work New Zealand astronomer and and cosmologist Beatrice Hill Tinsley. The Association of Scientists have just awarded the very first Beatrice Hill Tinsley medal, the first science award named after a woman in New Zealand. You can also hear more about her on the RNZ series The Stars are Comforting - The letters of Beatrice Hill Tinsley (1941-1981)

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Paul Wood - From Prison to PhD

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:10:00 +1200

How do you turn your life around? We ask Dr Paul Wood, who at 18 was in prison for killing his drug dealer. Today he has a PhD and works to help people transform their lives.

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Auckland Heritage Walking Tour Part 3

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:10:00 +1200

Historian Edward Bennett takes Bryan on another Central Auckland Heritage Tour. Part 3: The Outside Walk, starting (and finishing) at St Kevin's Arcade on the Karangahape Road.

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Nights' Culture - Hip Hop

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:10:00 +1200

University of Auckland ethnomusicologist Dr Kirsten Zemke talks about the links between hip hop and violent death and highlights some tracks by, and some about, dead rappers.

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Homelessness in New Zealand

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:12:00 +1200

Dr Kate Amore from the University of Otago, Wellington's He Kainga Oranga/Housing & Health Research Programme shares her research on the growing number of New Zealanders who don't have a house to call home.

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Nights' Overseas Reports - Uganda

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 20:12:00 +1200

Uganda's Daily Monitor journalist Tabu Butagira reports on the Republic of Uganda.

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Greg Barton - Global Islamic Politics

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:12:00 +1200

Greg Barton is a Research Professor in Global Islamic Politics at Alfred Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the co-director of the Australian Intervention Support Hub (AISH), a pioneering collaboration with community groups in developing responses to the challenge of violent extremism.

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