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Poetry to Music

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Poet, short fiction writer, and teacher at Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters, James Brown joins us for his regular poetry discussion - tonight he talks about poetry set to music.

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When Superstars Collide

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:12:00 +1300

For the first time, scientists have measured the violent death spiral of two dense neutron stars via gravitational waves. This new discovery from the LIGO-Virgo collaboration comes weeks after the detection of gravitational waves won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. Alan Gilmour former University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory superintendent and Dr J.J. Eldridge, astrophysicist, University of Auckland join us to tell us more about what this important discovery means.

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Nelson Arts Festival : Axel De Maupeou

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Nelson Arts Festival gets up to full steam this weekend. Team Leader Festivals Axel De Maupeou joins us with his festival highlights and we ask him if Nelson is still the arts capital that it once was.

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South City Scoop

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:11:00 +1300

Photographer Raymond Sagapolutele is down in Wellington for a visit so he'll join Bryan in the studio to talk though the latest from South Auckland and Pacifica Culture.

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Rice bags to Blankets

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:10:00 +1300

Denise Gibson of the Indian Cafe in Nelson is recycling the cafe's empty rice bags to raise money for a project providing blankets for people in India.

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Nights' Overseas - India

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:07:00 +1300

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

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John Thornley - Songs of the Spirit

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Methodist lay-preacher John Thornley with the next part of his series exploring the spiritual side of songs. In this episode, Promised Land by Chuck Berry.

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Nights Pundit - Right Thinking

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Dr. Eric Crampton, head of research at The New Zealand Initiative joins Bryan to argue that New Zealand is the 'Outside of the Asylum'. As the rest of the world's going increasingly mad, New Zealand's not doing so bad.

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Tina Weymouth - Unsung Superstar

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:10:00 +1300

Even 40 years after creating some of rock's most iconic bass lines, Talking Heads bassist, Tina Weymouth is still overlooked in the band's story. Music journalist Carrie Courogen joins us to fill in this glaring blank in our rock education.

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Nights' Science - Astronomy

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Nights' Astronomy ace, Alan Gilmore joins us once more. Tonight he has Cassini, fast radio bursts (FRBs) and gravitational wave detection in his sights.

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World Homeless Day

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Tomorrow (October 10th) is World Homeless Day and we're taking some time to think about what that means for all of us in New Zealand and talking to John Howell who is launching a collection of his poems called Homeless to mark the day.

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The Mount Busking Festival

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 20:12:00 +1300

This Sunday, 8th October head down to Mount Maunganui Mainstreet for the Mount Busking Festival. We speak to Ingrid Flemming to find out all about it.

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Nights' Culture - Electronic Music - Trip Hop

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:12:00 +1300

The origins of this now slightly untrendy sub-genre can be traced back to hip-hop instrumentals and the so-called Bristol sound, where groups like Massive Attack (perhaps most importantly Tricky) formulated a downbeat r&b influenced sound, that referenced the likes of Soul II Soul and other movements such as acid-house and dub.

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Sketch Biologist Abby McBride

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:12:00 +1300

[image:127607:half] [image:127609:half] Abby McBride, is a Sketch Biologist, and has won a Fullbright Scholarship to travel to New Zealand to sketch endangered seabirds-penguins, prions, storm-petrels, shearwaters, shags, gulls, gannets, mollymawks, and more-to tell stories about New Zealanders' extraordinary efforts to save these species in the "seabird capital of the world."

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Catalonia In Context

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:10:00 +1300

With protests and violence breaking out during the recent independence elections in Catalonia, Victor Lapuente an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden joins Paul to give some historial and political contect to the situation.

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Classic Kiwi Trucks and Commercials

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Trucks and commercial vehicles are so hard-wired into the Kiwi psyche and cultural iconography and yet they're often overlooked in our transport story. Steve Reid's new book celebrates their pivotal part in our history.

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What happens without a Maori voice?

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 20:18:00 +1300

Te Manu Korihi news editor Shannon Haunui-Thompson joins us on Nights to talk about the implications of the recent election results for Maori representation in public life in Aotearoa.

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Counting Redcoats

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 19:12:00 +1300

[image:127311:full] At least 12,000 imperial soldiers served in New Zealand in the wars of the 1860s. Who were the faces behind the uniforms serving Queen and government in this pivotal moment in New Zealand's history? Where did the soldiers come from? Where did they go to? Charlotte MacDonald is one of the team behind the Soldiers of Empire project and she joins us to tell us more.

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The Future of Work.

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:12:00 +1300

The notion of the shorter working week and increased leisure time is the promise that many writers of utopian futures (and politicians) have spoken of most of our lives. Nights' computer scientist Prof. Mark Apperley from University of Waikato looks into what this means in reality?

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Vanuatu and Volcanos

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 19:14:00 +1300

We start our evening with an update from Vanuatu. Firstly volcanologist Brad Scott gives us an overview from a scientific perspective and RNZ International journalist Koroi Hawkins gives us an update with what's happening on the ground.

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It's Our Business

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Sadly alcohol is commonly associated sexual violence. Our guests have are working bar and club staff to help them spot the possible signs andplay a positive role in sexual violence prevention. However it isn't always easy to know what to do when you spot a potentially unsafe situation.

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‘The Outer Skin’ covered by SJD

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:55:00 +1300

Sean Donnelly aka SJD covers 'The Outer Skin' for Chris Knox's stroke compilation. (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour)

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Richard Langston reads 'On the Closing of The Captain Cook Tavern'

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:45:00 +1300

The Captain Cook used to be the venue for bands. Toy Love seemed to be the pub's house band at one point. And all the Flying Nun Dunedin bands played there at some point. It has been a pub of musos and poets for as long as. Hone Tuwhare was known to have a drink there and the poet Peter Olds played pool there and wrote a poem about it. But the old Cook is gone now - it's had a makeover, and bands still play there. But the old Cook closed a few years back and it sort of stunned everyone who'd been there because it was such a Dunedin institution. In fact it was supposedly the place where a young David Kilgour first saw Sam Hunt. Their father used to run the pub. Anyway, when he heard it was closing, Richard Langston wrote a poem. (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour)

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‘Civilisation’ by Death and the Maiden

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:46:00 +1300

Death and The Maiden go light on the guitars and taking something of a cue from 80's synth bands. So, a change of pace while we take in the sea air at Port Chalmers - probably fish and chips for dinner - always a good bet in a port town … (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour)

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‘Waiting for Touchdown’ by Sneaky Feelings

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:38:00 +1300

We are probably ready for an afternoon coffee by now, just to keep the energy up for the tour. So let's go to The Govenor's Café. Dave Pine, one of the lead writers and singers for Sneaky Feelings, used to work here while he was studying law at University. He wrote some really terrific songs for the group's first album, 'Send You'. He was in that ideal state for a songwriter, his relationship had gone south, broken up (judging from these songs). This song is not one of the overtly acerbic ones. I like this song for its lyricism and apparent languor. (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour)

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‘As Does The Sun’ by Look Blue Go Purple

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:32:00 +1300

Now we're going to have a look at The Oriental Tavern, just off campus. In the mid-80s this was something of a second home for many of the Dunedin bands. It is a pretty ordinary looking pub but it hosted some great gigs, The Verlaines, Sneaky Feelings, The Orange, The Rip, The Puddle, The Great Unwashed, The Doublehappys, Straitjacket Fits and Look Blue Go Purple. They were the most high profile of female musicians in Dunedin. They had a really strong pop/melodic sense. (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour)

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‘Joed Out’ by The Verlaines

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:29:00 +1300

We're heading for the North End. The student quarter. Stopping to take in the University, the bell towers, those beautiful stone buildings, the Leith flowing by. Grame Downes of The Verlaines lectures in music here now. In his younger days he was a songwriter living in a house virtually on campus. He might very well have written this next song lounging on a busted couch in his house by the river. Graeme's songs are quite intense. He was a big fan of The Clean early on. And his songs had drive. This song is something else, complex, and open-hearted. It's a love song to a woman called Joe. (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour)

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‘Evolution’ by Dimmer

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:26:00 +1300

If we turn around on the Stuart Street over-bridge we can see Brockville. That is where Shayne Carter grew up. He is in charge of proceedings at the awards tonight. Shayne was in his first band at high school, Bored Games. He was Dunedin's answer to Johnny Rotten. He had the sneer, the mouth, and the 'front'. And at 15, he could write the songs. He was in the Doublehappys and then the mighty Straitjacket Fits. And then Dimmer. People always say the Dunedin bands sound the same but as the years go by you see how different they all are. There are no jangling guitars in this next song, no bedroom recording, this is a song from an album that took Shayne a painstaking seven years, the first Dimmer album.

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‘Night of Chill Blue’ by The Chills

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:20:00 +1300

In Roslyn/Maori Hill, we are in the neighbourhood of the hall where The Chills played some of their earliest gigs. The Coronation Hall. They also played their 30th Anniversary gig there. It is time for Chills songs. One from their first album made in 1986, 'Brave Words'. This was a powerhouse song in the mid-80s for the band, a show-stopper, bold and melodic with an air of something far greater than its parts. It is one of Martin Phillips' landscape songs - or it feels like it is - looking out onto the Otago Peninsula while listening to it is the perfect place. That geography did inspire Martin. There is a terrific version of this song on a recent live album called 'Somewhere Beautiful'. But we will stick with the album version as it probably suits radio play more. (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour)

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'Planet Phrom’ by Peter Gutteridge (off his solo album ‘Pure’)

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:08:00 +1300

Peter Gutteridge was in The Chills, The Clean, The Great Unwashed and Snapper. Roy was a fan of Peter's songs. Peter was a wild character. His songs ranged from feedback masterpieces to simple sweet pop songs, we'll have one of those . (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour)

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‘Anything Could Happen’ by The Clean

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:52:00 +1300

We are now outside The Empire in Princess St, a 5 minute drive south from the Beneficiaries Hall. The hotel which was so pivotal, it allowed the young ambitious songwriters of the Dunedin school to play original material when many hotels would not. The order of the day of the hotel trade was to play covers. The Clean were the first of the Dunedin bands to play this pub, run by John and Maureen Simpson, and this song is one of their best. In the video David Kilgour looks like a young Bob Dylan. This is off the EP that made The Clean, 'Boodle Boodle Boodle'. The lyrics of the song were written by Hamish Kilgour. As a young man a relative had told him he needed to get a steady career when all Hamish wanted to do was rock'n'roll, the creative life. Richard Langston met Hamish when he was a reporter at the Evening Star in 1978/79 - Hamish tried his hand at reporting but he was far too much of a romantic and creative for daily journalism. (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour)

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‘Pull Down The Shades’ by The Enemy

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:48:00 +1300

This song is on the CD I Write the Songs Okay, a selection made by the late Roy Colbert. We have stopped outside the Beneficiaries Hall on the corner of Hanover and Filleul Street in central Dunedin. We have had a coffee and a cheese roll. We are ready for punk rock. The hall is where The Enemy played their first gig in November 1977. This is where the 'Dunedin Sound' begins. The Enemy inspired the Kilgours and many other others who would form bands. This is my favourite NZ punk song. Someone should put it out for Record Store Day as a 7" inch. Chris Knox is a terrific singer and he was as fearsome as hell when he performed. I never saw The Enemy but I did see Toy Love a heap of times. Unlike most of the Dunedin school, Knox has a great sense of theatre. He is a 'performer'. A natural born show-off. (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour).

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‘What You Should Be Now’ by The Great Unwashed

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:38:00 +1300

Because it has the word 'Dunedin' in the opening line and I can't think of another Flying Nun song that does: 'Saw you back in Dunedin/things seems strange there". The song is off an album recorded by the Kilgour brothers at their mum's home in Christchurch in 1983. They'd broken up the first version of The Clean and this album is laid-back, an antidote to being perceived as a 'pop band' after their unlikely flowering into the charts in 1981/2. It's a rainy Sunday afternoon album and takes you into the 'vibe' of Dunedin and the Kilgours' approach to creating - open and inventive. We play this as we drive over Lookout Point and we enter the city from the south - and there it is laid out below us in hills and harbour. Thematically this is a classic Clean/Great Unwashed song - it's about non-conforming/ resisting ennui, 'the system', the predictable life. (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour).

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‘North by North’ by The Bats

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:33:00 +1300

Songwriter, Robert Scott, grew up close to Dunedin airport in Mosgiel. He left the town to go into Dunedin to go to art school when he was 17 or so. That led to his later meeting David Kilgour (The Clean, Great Unwashed, David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights). We also need something upbeat and this is a great driving song. And we are headed in a northerly direction into Dunedin. Robert is an interesting character. A prolific songwriter working in many genres, styles, and bands. He has written thousands of songs. He has done covers of traditional folk songs and written for The Bats and The Clean and played in dozens of different bands as well as making solo albums. And he draws and paints most of his covers. I don't know how he has time to sleep. (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour).

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Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +1300

Southern man, music fan, poet and journalist Richard Langston takes us on a personal journey through Dunedin and its music.

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Nights' Overseas - Israel

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 20:15:00 +1300

editor of The International Jerusalem Post and a Jerusalem Post columnist, Liat Collins reports from the State of Israel, pop. 8,238,300 (est. 2014)

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The app that maps happiness

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:10:00 +1300

Many of us are at our happiest in a natural environment on a sunny day far away from work, according to ratings provided to the smartphone app Mappiness.

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Nights' Pundit - Economics

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:12:00 +1300

Economist Bryan Easton joins Bryan for a discussion about what the election outcome tells us about people's aspirations, and the likely course of economic policy as a result.

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Art in Prisons

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:12:00 +1300

The arts and creative expression can be a powerful tool in supporting the rehabilitation process of prisoners and their re-integration back into the community on release. Neil Beales, Corrections Chief Custodial Officer and Jacqui Moyes, Arts in Corrections Adviser from Arts Access Aotearoa are in the studio with Bryan to talk about what's involved.

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Botany : Bec Stanley

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:12:00 +1300

  Nights regular botanist Bec Stanley joins us to talk about pollination in all it's many forms.

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Swedish cyclist : Ann Johansson

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:12:00 +1300

Exploring the world by bicycle, On the 8th of March 2016, Ann Johansson left her home town of Ljusne in Sweden to cycle to New Zealand. Almost 30,000km and 25 countries later she arrived in New Zealand this month.

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Alexandra Blossom Festival

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:10:00 +1200

And now something for the weekend and this weekend's something is the Blossom Festival in Alexandra - Central Otago - a celebration of spring if ever there was one..when I spoke with the organiser, Martin McPherson, earlier - I asked if it had arrived.

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Nights' Culture - Fergus Barrowman

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:09:00 +1200

Swing into the second hour of Nights with the smooth sound of jazz. Our culture vulture with sax appeal tonight is Fergus Barrowman who's intruducing us to the joy of sax...and all that jazz. (...and I think we've run out of jazz cliches!)

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Nights' Overseas Correspondent

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Francis wade gives us some history and context to the unfolding situation in Myanmar.

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Memories of the Kings Head

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:12:00 +1200

The Kings Head Theatre Pub has been an institution for London's theatregoers for almost 50 years. It was set up in 1970 by Dan Crawford who ran it until his death in 2005. His wife - and long term associate artistic director - Stephanie Sinclaire took over after his death and kept the Kings Head from going under - she's still involved with the theatre - even from her home here in Wellington. She joins us to share her memories and talk about her move to New Zealand.

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Nights Pundit - Philosophy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Our regular philosophical oracle Ann Kerwin is in our Auckland studio. Tonight she's looking at the life and work of Bernard Mandeville who's views on human betterment were iconoclastic and controversial back in the late 17th Century. Although widely denounced in religious and Enlightenment circles (some of his works were banned), Mandeville never lost his zest for a good fight.

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Doing Good for a Profit

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:12:00 +1200

With the Social Enterprise World Forum meeting in Christchurch this month, researcher, writer and analyst, Victoria Crockford joins us with the low-down on Social Enterprises and what this means for consumers, comunities, companies and investors in New Zealand

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The Psychology of Psychological Research

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Michael Philipp from Massey University's School of Psychology is here to talk about research practicises and tonights buzzwords is reproducibility.

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50 Years of Unity

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:12:00 +1200

Unity Books is 50 years old this year and it's younger cousin The Children's Bookshop is vcelebrating 25 years in the business. Tilley Lloyd from Unity Books and Ruth McIntyre from the Children's Bookshop join Bryan in the studio to talk about life as an independent bookseller - how things have changed and how the future is shaping up.

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Something For the Weekend - Quake City Re-opens

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Canterbury Museum is inviting visitors to view Quake City for free during the special exhibition's reopening this weekend, 16 & 17 September. The newly-relocated exhibition that tells stories from the Canterbury earthquakes, reopened on 14 September.

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Nights' Culture - Dr. Kirsten Zemke

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:10:00 +1200

This week's cultural ambassador is Dr Kirsten Zemke, ethnomusicologist at Auckland University - back with more sonic adventures from the world of hip hop.

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New Zealand's ever expanding houses

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:12:00 +1200

Since the 1950s homes in New Zealand have been getting bigger and bigger, a family home has almost doubled. A researcher says we're building bigger but not better.

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Bang : post bang discussion

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:35:00 +1200

Following the final of Melody Thomas' series on sex and sexuality - Bang, a discussion with Melody, Bryan and sex therapist, Mary Hodson.

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Nights' Overseas - Vietnam

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:12:00 +1200

This week's overseas correspondent - Lien Hoang on charting the rise of Facebook, the fall of the cash economy, and attempts to create a silicon valley on the other side of the Pacific.

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The Italian Front

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Our regular historian, Damien Fenton is in the studio with Bryan to talk about an aspect of the first world war almost completely forgotten in New Zealand today - the Italian Front 1915-1918.

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Market Research and Artificial Intelligence

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:12:00 +1200

Automation, machine learning and AI are the new buzz words in the Market Research, insights and data industry. Horst Feldhaeuser explains what the differences are with some examples both from NZ and abroad and what the new frontiers might be for the market research industry.

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Night's Science - Geoff Hunt - Engineering

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Engineer Geoff Hunt joins Bryan to talk about engineering New Zealand's Electricity network for the future.

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E-bikes putting the ‘woo-hoo’ into commuting

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:12:00 +1200

With electric bicycles increasingly popular and affordable, Meg Page is helping those who might be a bit rusty to hop back in the saddle and pedal to work.

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Canterbury All Breeds Cat Show

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:12:00 +1200

we are confident no one has spoken to an organiser of this weekend's Canterbury All Breeds Cat Club Spring Championship Show - on at Papanui High School this Sunday. Dorothy Horton is on the club's committee. I spoke with her and began by asking what a visitor, new to cat shows, could expect to see

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