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The Mutant Sounds of Chicago

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Nights' electronic music doyen Paul Berington takes us back to streets of Chicago which after the peak of the original Chicago sound, mutated into a fresh new movement, now often referred to as the second wave of the city's house producers.

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Life in the BURBS

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:12:00 +1300

The team behind the successful webseries BURBS - set in the suburbs of Wellington - join Bryan to talk about telling stories with a sense of place.

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Nights' overseas correspondent Tabu Butagira reports from the Republic of Uganda on changing their constitution to remove the upper age limit for anyone holding the office of President.

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Music At Night

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Wellington singer/songwriter Neil MacLeod joins us in the studio to sing a few tracks from his EP Sonder.

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Is Another Global Fiscal Crisis Imminent?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Nights' economist Brian Easton joins us to look back at the warning signs that were missed before the 2008 global financial crisis and asks whether there are any new warning signs we should be heeding.

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How freaky is this weather?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:12:00 +1300

MetService forecaster Erick Brenstrum is in the studio with Byran with the facts and the figures on this unseasonal weather and what we might expect over the coming months.

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Enough about me...what about you..what do you think of me?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:12:00 +1300

There has been considerable discussion in popular culture about whether younger generations are increasingly narcissistic. Yet in the scientific literature suggests that there is no scientific evidence that narcissism is on the increase (generationally or otherwise). Nights' psychologist Michael Philipp talks narcissism and how these stereotypes develop in older generations.

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New China Eye Witness

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:12:00 +1300

New China Eyewitness tells the story of how Canterbury Museum came to acquire the largest collection of Chinese art in New Zealand after a group of prominent New Zealanders visited the People's Republic of China in 1956. We talk to co-authors James Beattie & Richard Bullen about the book, the story and what it means for our relationship with China today.

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Something for the Weekend

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:12:00 +1300

15 Year old Jowan Nute is a bit of a bright spark in the blacksmithing world. He'll be demonstrating his skills this Sunday at the Warkworth and District Museum

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Nights' Culture - Poetry

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:10:00 +1300

Nights' poetry expert James Brown looks to intrigue us tonight with some engaging contemporary poems from the likes of Kimmy Walters and Catherine Wing.

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:10:00 +1300

A new catalyst created by University of Toronto researchers brings them one step closer to artificial photosynthesis - a system that, just like plants, would use renewable energy to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into stored chemical energy. Phil De Luna is currently a Materials Science Engineering (MSE) PhD candidate at the University of Toronto - he joins us to explain how it all works.

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Vietnam Report

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Reporter for Bloomberg BNA, Lien Hoang reports from Vietnam.

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Small towns face big clean water bill

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:12:00 +1300

With droughts predicted and very real worries about New Zealand's water resilience, and the publication of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry, we talk to the John Pfahlert, chief executive of Water New Zealand about our nation's water supply.

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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:08:00 +1300

Nights' philosophy expert Ann Kerwin joins Bryan for our final philosophy talk of 2017. Tonight we learn about altruistic philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment, Francis Hutcheson.

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On the right Tracks?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:08:00 +1300

With the recent Ernst & Young study into the economic benefits of rail and talk of luxury train serivces from Auckland to Dunedin, we get an overview of railways in New Zealand with the editor of the blog Greater Auckland Matt Lowrie.

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Building the Aspirational Target

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:10:00 +1300

The government has set the aspirational target of building 100,000 affordable homesin New Zealand over the next 10 years. We talk to engineer Geoff Hunt and discuss the practicalities of this.

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Unpaid and Priceless

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:13:00 +1300

Tomorrow is International Volunteer Day - we talk to Michelle Kitney General Manager of Volunteering New Zealand  to take a look at volunteering in New Zealand in 2017 and find our how things are changing and what's in store for the future.

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Something For The Weekend

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Tonight we talk to Jody Hare (aka maDD Honor) from Swamp City Roller Derby ahead or their very special bout this weekend. The Next Breast Thing is a charity game to raise money for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ which sees The Itty Bitty Tittes skating against The Over Shoulder Boulders.

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Jazz Juice

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:15:00 +1300

Some people call him the Jazz Savant - some people, not everyone! Fergus Barrowman is here with the latest Jazz releases.

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The Pink Path Turns Two

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:15:00 +1300

Auckland's cycle and walk way, Te Ara i Whiti - which links Grafton Gully to Nelson Street - celebrates its second year around the block with a block party. One of the organisers, Jolisa Gracewood from Bike Auckland, joins us to talk about the path and the Light Path Festival.

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David McNally: socialism for a new age

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:12:00 +1300

While Brexit and Trump's election mark a distinct rightward shift in world politics, young American activists are planning the launch of a new left party that could change the whole equation, says Canadian professor and author David McNally.

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Pop Scholars : Geoff Stahl

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

The intersection of pop music and politics with Geoff Stahl who's organising a gathering of pop music scholars in Wellington next week.

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Late Edition for 28 November 2017

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:17:00 +1300

Adopt a pohutakawa to stop myrtle rust. A Royal Wedding is on the agenda within the next six months and in Dateline Pacific - the Cooks Islands tackles stray dogs.

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Nights' Pundit - The rise and fall of the New Zealand weekend

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Historian Peter Clayworth talks about how a weekly half-holiday eventually became Saturday off for most people - the birth of the weekend. Its 19th century origins in the Judeo-Christian Sabbath involved a three way struggle between Sabbatarians (who wanted nothing but worship to happen on a Sunday), business people (who wanted as much commerce as possible on the Sabbath) and those folk who just wanted to have fun.

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How Herbs changed the Kiwi music scene

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Miles Buckingham began a series on Kiwi Reggae last week. Elizabeth Turner was listening. She recently completed a doctoral thesis on Herbs' first album, Whats Be' Happen? The album, that changed New Zealand music for ever (she reckons). Elizabeth Turner is a senior lecturer at the School of Language and Culture at Auckland University of Technology.

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Nights' Science - Geology

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Hamish Campbell has just come back from Gondwana 16 in Bangkok - does that refer to the 16 countries that would have once been part of the continent? 'Course, we didn't have countries back then - or did we? Bryan is rather intrigued!

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Wellington shines on the NZ Special Olympics

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

This week thousands of athletes converge on Wellington for the NZ Special Olympics, and unusually the capital the weather is set fair for the event.

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Tattoo and Art Festival

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:09:00 +1300

now something the weekend - although they tend to last a lot longer than that. The New Zealand Tattoo & Art Festival, billed as the biggest in Australasia, is on in New Plymouth this weekend. Brent tAYLOR - is one of the organisers

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Nights Culture

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 20:08:00 +1300

This week's Cultural Ambassador is Dr Kirsten Zemke, ethnomusicologist at Auckland University - by day - Hip Hop afficianado by Night.

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Rohingya refugee crisis: 'Children looking after other children'

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Groups of Rohingya children who had lost both parents while fleeing Myanmar are among the hundreds of thousands flowing into refugee camps on the Bangladesh border, says a Wellington nurse who has just returned from the camps.

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Overseas Correspondent - Canada

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Peggy Revell Joins us from Medicine Hat, Alberta with the big stories from Canada including the Keystone XL pipeline, Justin Trudeau's LGBTQ Apology and what Canada is making of the Paradise Papers.

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Land of the West

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Wellington folk duo, Ktoo - Kevin Ikin and Kevin McLoughlin - are live in the studio tonight playing some tracks from their new album of West Coast songs, Land of the West.

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Theory of Revolution

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:12:00 +1300

To mark the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution of 1917, Nights' pundit and University of Otago political historian Prof Brian Roper takes a look at Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin. Who was he? What were some of his most important ideas? Are those ideas still relevant for the left in the 21st Century?

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Syria on the Ground

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

We first spoke to Mike Seawright, Founder & Executive Director of ReliefAid about a year ago on Nights. Mike has recently returned from the Middle East after overseeing their latest delivery of winter shelter and education aid to families displaced to camps in Northern Syria. He joins us to talk about how things are now in Syria and how those on the ground see the future.

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Bogged Down

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Nights' soil specialist, Professor Louis Schipper from the University of Waikato is taking a look at Wetlands soils and what makes them so special.

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Railway Houses

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

For many years the New Zealand Railways Department was the biggest employer and landlord in many towns, and in the 1950s the department's housing stock peaked at over 6,000. Bruce Shalders, author of Railway Houses of New Zealand joins us to tell us more.

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Something for The Weekend

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:14:00 +1300

We talk to Tracy Loomes from The Garden City Cavy Club about their Guinea Pigs On Show event talking place tomorrow in Papanui, Christchurch.

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Aotearoa Reggae

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Nights' reggae music aficionado Miles Buckingham looks at the best of our home-grown talent.

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The PSUSY posse

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Jaya Beach-Robertson and Aria Dehar are the talented team behind the New Zealand (and decidedly NSFW) web series PSUSY.

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John Thornley - Songs of the Spirit

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Methodist lay-preacher John Thornley with the next part of his series exploring the spiritual side of songs. In this episode, Dave Dobbyn - the spiritual side of a spiritual man.

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Our Own Odysseys - Paul Barker

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Paul Barker, author of the family history GERALDINE TO JERICHO - about the young New Zealanders in the Palestine Campaign has just returned from the 100 Year Commemorations in Beersheva where a plaque was unveiled in recognition of the contribution of the ANZACs in the campaign.

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Nights' Pundit - Military History

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Historian and author of 'New Zealand and the First World War 1914-1919', Dr. Damien Fenton on the wherewithal of war.

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The New Zealand convicts shipped across the Tasman

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Between 1843 and 1853, an eclectic mix of more than 110 soldiers, sailors, Maori, civilians and convict absconders from the Australian penal colonies were transported from New Zealand across the Tasman. Kristyn Harman, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Tasmania has collected their stories in her new book Cleansing the Colony: Transporting convicts from New Zealand to Van Diemen's Land.

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Nights' Science - World Weather

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:12:00 +1300

MetService severe weather forecaster Erick Brenstrum joins us from Dunedin - and we're talking hurricanes!

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The Turning Point Battles of WW2

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Marking the 75th anniversary of the Allies' October victory at El Alamein, historian Glyn Harper takes a new look at the three battles that have been said to be the turning point in the war.

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Paralympics Open Day

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 22:12:00 +1300

This weekend sees the start of the ACC Paralympics New Zealand Open Day Series. Starting in Wellington with dates in New Plymouth, Auckland, Tauranga, and Dunedin over the next couple of months, the open days give disabled people the chance to find out about Para sport opportunities in their area. We get the whole story from gold medal winning Paralympian swimmer Mary Fisher.

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NetHui 2017

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

NetHui is an open community event which takes a collaborative look at the issues facing the internet and it's users. The event is facilitated by InternetNZ who's Chief Executive Jordan Carter joins us with a look at the discussions from day one - and what to expect from day two.

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Quite a Dish!

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 20:10:00 +1300

Based at the The Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory, just south of Warkworth, The Institute for Radio Astronomy & Space Research is the first (and only) radio astronomical institute in New Zealand. It was founded in 2004. Its director, Professor Sergei Gulyaev, Director of the Institute for Radio Astronomy & Space Research (IRASR) at AUT joins us to tell us more.

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An Aotearoa New Zealand Where Every Child Shines Bright

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Barnardo's has published it's briefing to the incoming government outlining what, in their experience needs to happen to make sure all children in New Zealand have a good start in life and can fulfill their potential. Advocacy Manager Claire Achmad explains.

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Tiling the Plane

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 20:12:00 +1300

In May of this year, the French mathematician Michaël Rao announced that he had catalogued all families of convex pentagonal tiles that can be used to tile the plane. This resolves a problem that is nearly 100 years old. It has a really nice history, with some contributions by amateur mathematicians, and some false claims, and it also points the way towards the future of mathematical proofs. This week's pundit is our man with a number for every occassion from Victoria University's School of Mathematics - Dr Dillon Mayhew.

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Inspiring Explorers

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 19:12:00 +1300

The Antarctic Heritage Trust specialises in restoring the historic huts of Antarctica's explorers - and the things they left inside them. But there latest venture involves the ice cap at the other end of the world - Greenland. The trust is looking for Australasian volunteers aged 20 to 35 - to cross Greenland, on skis - pulling a heavy sled - in honour of the Norwegian explorer, Fridtjof Nansen.

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Night mail

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 21:10:00 +1300

A weekly digest of correspondence.

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Something Fishy

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:13:00 +1300

Our native fish expert Stella McQueen joins us with revalations from the Cilliwung river in Jakarta and her local Pak 'n' Save.

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Check Your Pants for Smoke

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:10:00 +1300

Wednesday on Nights sees the start of a new 5 part RNZ podcast called Pants on Fire. Producer Duncan Smith joins us to explore the realm of lies and lying.

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