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Update on Aleppo

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:10:00 +1300

Mike Seawright from ReliefAid observes that "Aleppo is quickly moving from the crisis it was to a complete humanitarian catastrophere". He'll tell us what life's like for families living in the war ravaged city and the challenges of delivering aid. You can watch a short documentary of ReliefAid's work in Syria here.

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Auckland Then and Now

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:13:00 +1300

Jenny Haworth's new book Auckland Then and Now looks at the evolution of our largest and most dynamic city.

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Nights' Pundit - Mathematics

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:08:00 +1300

Dr. Dillon Mayhew from Victoria University tackles Infinity.

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Our Own Odysseys - Iceland by ambulance

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:10:00 +1300

A Kiwi couple have just returned home after having driven an ex-army ambulance across Iceland for three months - they shared their story with Bryan Crump.

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Nights' Science - Physics

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Prof. Shaun Hendy, director of Te Punaha Matatini at the University of Auckland, on this year's nobel prize winners and the transitional states of matter they've discovered - why do the same bunch of atoms behave so differently under different conditions?

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Conversations about race

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:10:00 +1300

Bryan Crump asks US racial equity specialist Glenn Singleton why talking about race is so important and why it is so hard.

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Dinosaurs in the Auckland Botanic Gardens

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Auckland Botanic gardens Manager Jack Hobbs, on their their Gondwana forest, and the very unusual inhabitants lurking there over summer.

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Nights' culture -Video Games

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Do you need a goal, or is an innovative world to explore enough? Video game reviewer Andrew Todd defends "walking simulators" Gone Home, Firewatch and The Stanley Parable.

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New Zealand's kava culture

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:12:00 +1300

It's estimated that over 20,000 Kiwis drink kava each week. Researcher Dr Apo Aporosa talks about the history and evolution of kava consumption in New Zealand and the rise of kava clubs.

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Nights' Overseas - Viet Nam

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Reporter for Bloomberg BNA, Lien Hoang reports from the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, pop. 90,730,000 (est. 2014)...

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Cat Pausé: fat activist

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Fat people face ridicule and discrimination every day but this prejudice is based on an overly simplistic understanding of health, fat activist and academic Cat Pausé says.

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Nights' Pundit - Left Thinking

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

What is eco-socialism? How do eco-socialists view the causes of climate change, neoliberal policy responses and the politics of Green parties? We ask University of Otago political historian A.Prof Brian Roper.

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Our Own Odysseys - Tulagi part 2

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Claire Bibby travelled to the Solomon Islands to research WWII history and witness munition disposal. After visiting the former capital of Tulagi, she ventured on to three off-shore islands Gavutu, Tanambogo and Gaomi, where the most fierce fighting took place. You can find part 1 of her adventures here.

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Nights' Science - Body Parts

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Professor Emerita in Science Communication at the University of Otago Jean Fleming, on (quirky) human anatomy...

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Torpid tales: the podcast boring listeners to sleep

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Drew Ackerman aka 'Dearest Scooter' is the creator and host of Sleep with Me, a podcast that aims to bore insomniacs to sleep. It is downloaded about 1.3 million times each month.

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Puppeteer Norbert Hausberg

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Puppeteer Norbert Hausberg has been making marionettes and performing one man shows for over 30 years. Waikato Museum is currently showing an exhibition of his creations.

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Nights' Culture - Hip Hop

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 20:08:00 +1300

University of Auckland ethnomusicologist Dr Kirsten Zemke looks at some key moments in hip hop this year; the long awaited return of A Tribe Called Quest, the continued prominence of Southern hip hop, and the complex and metaphorically rich work of Aesop Rock.

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Pirates: scoundrels or heroes?

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 19:07:00 +1300

Pirates have captured our imagination from their inception with one person’s bloodthirsty marauder another’s hero of the realm.

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Nights' Overseas - Canada

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:10:00 +1300

What does Trump's election mean for Canada? We ask journalist for Medicine Hat News, Peggy Revell.

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Kevin Clark - From the Bandstand

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:08:00 +1300

Kiwi pianist, trumpet player and composer Kevin Clark reflects on life as a concert and jazz musician. His new book is called From the Bandstand.

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Nights' Pundit - Feminism

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:15:00 +1300

What happens when a woman takes up too much space? - We're talking to feminist blogger Deborah Russell about why Fat is still a feminist issue.

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Our Own Odysseys - Indonesian music

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:15:00 +1300

The musical Odyssey of ethnomusicologist Megan Collins, who talks about a local sung Sumatran version of the earthquake and tsunami civil defense warning - Long, Strong, be gone.

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Nights' Science - World Weather

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:15:00 +1300

MetService severe weather forecaster Erick Brenstrum.

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When arsenic was everywhere

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:12:00 +1300

The vivid, beautiful 19th century wallpaper that made the names of leading aesthetes such as William Morris was laced with poison - specifically arsenic.

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Inside-Out Arohata Christmas Concert

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Sharon Woodhouse is the coordinator of Inside-Out Arohata, a Christmas concert being held by the women prisoners to raise self esteem, and money for Women's Refuge. Members of the public can go 'behind the wire' to see the concert on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December.

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Nights' Culture - Poetry

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:09:00 +1300

Former convener at VUW Modern Letters Creative Writing workshop, Cliff Fell, on the singer-songwriters who've won the Nobel prize for literature - Bob Dylan isn't the first, that honour belongs to Indian polymath Rabindranath Tagore.

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The Bankers' New Clothes - Anat Admati

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:08:00 +1300

Professor Anat Admati from Stanford University is an expert in financial markets, banking and governance and was named one of TIME magazine's most influential people in the world in 2014. Her book The Bankers' New Clothes explores what's wrong with the banking system and offers solutions.

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Nights' Overseas - Brazil

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Editor of the International section of Estado de Minas, the main daily newspaper of Minas Gerais, Pablo Pires Fernandes reports from the Federative Republic of Brazil.

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John Thornley - Songs of the Spirit

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Methodist lay-preacher John Thornley with the sixth part of his series exploring the spiritual side of songs. Tonight he looks at "Poi E" and 'Ngoi Ngoi', by the Patea Maori Club.

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Nights' Pundit - Military History

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Historian Dr. Damien Fenton on the Battle of Verdun and the role of France in the First World War.

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Crochet Coral Reef

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:12:00 +1300

The Crochet Coral Reef is a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world. It has been exhibited in art and science museums around the world. its co creator, science communicator Margaret Wertheim who, along with her twin sister artist Christine Wertheim, runs the The Institute For Figuring.

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Martin Reyners is a Geophysicist based in Wellington.

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:10:00 +1300

Martin Reynes, a Geophysicist based in Wellington explains the possible origins of lights that many people see during an earthquake

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Nights' Science - Astronomy

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:46:00 +1300

Tonight's full moon will be largest and brightest for almost 70 years. But is there really anything "Super" about it? We ask Former Mt John University Observatory superintendent Alan Gilmore.

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Alison Ballance and Ken Gledhill

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:10:00 +1300

Joining me now to pick over some of the scientific questions thrown up by today's quake, including the questions of lights in the sky coinciding with the first shake just after midnight this morning, which Paul was talking about... - is Alison Ballance, host of our science programme, Our Changing World along with Ken Gledhill the director of Geonet.

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Beverley Forrester

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:29:00 +1300

Beverly Forrester farms near Harden which is down the road from Hanmer Springs. Road damage means she's cut off from the outside world, apart from her phone Beverly was caught up in the Christchurch earthquake, so the events of the last 24hrs have been quite trying for her.

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Atheist Pride March

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Artist/Scientist Craig Hilton aka "Sahelanthropus" is leading an atheist pride march through Dunedin next Wednesday. It's a celebration of our ancestors (bananas are free) and the uncertainty of all knowledge.

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Nights' Culture - Jamaican Music

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

This week's cultural ambassador is Miles Buckingham - from Radio Active - back with another helping of music from Jamaica.

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Our Own Odysseys - Kazakhstan

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 19:10:00 +1300

Chloe Phillips-Harris spent the last six months in Kazakhstan. Her adventures included spending a day in detention due to mistaken identity, helping to set up an Angus beef farm high in the mountains, adopting an injured hunting eagle and a dog she found living under a ex-soviet tank.

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Reaction to US election with David Farrar

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:55:00 +1300

Reaction to US election with David Farrar from Kiwiblog.

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Kate Camp - Election night

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 19:08:00 +1300

New Zealand poet and political junkie Kate Camp live from New York..

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Nights' Pundit - Right Thinking

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Eric Crampton, head of research at The New Zealand Initiative, examines inequality and poverty in New Zealand.

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Kate Camp - US Election Eve

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 19:12:00 +1300

We check in with writer and communicator Kate Camp, who's in Washington D.C. on the eve of the US election. What's her sense of the mood on the ground in America?

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Russell Brown - Drugs in New Zealand

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:15:00 +1300

Russell Brown has been writing about drugs and drug policy since 1994. His new podcast series "From Zero" plays on Nights, Monday nights at 10:15pm.We chat to him about the inspiration for the series and the lengths he went to to get the low down on kiwis getting high.

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Nights' Science - Computer Science

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Prof. Mark Apperley from the University of Waikato on what happens when humans algorithms such as driving become replaced by computer algorithims. Will they be able to act ethically and with common sense when dealing with the unexpected?

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The Feuerstein Method - Neuroplasticity and Learning

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:12:00 +1300

The Feuerstein Method, named after the Nobel Peace Prize nominated psychologist Reuven Feuerstein, is taught daily to more than 200,000 children worldwide and has been recently used in New Zealand schools. It's a neuroplasticity programme that aims to enhance learning by identifying and targeting specific cognitive weaknesses. We talk with Feuerstein Institute V.P. Chaim Guggenheim who is currently in New Zealand.

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Sport Stacking

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

It's called sport stacking and you 've got to be very quick to be good at it not to mention watching it which requires your full attention so as not to miss any of the action. And this weekend the sport stackers will be going all out at the 2016 Auckland Regional Sport Stacking Tournament at Murrays Bay Intermediate School. Competitors will be going for the title of the 2016 Auckland Regional Sport Stacking Tournament Overall Champion. Also there, will be the 2017 NZ Black Stacks team members who will be travelling to an international tournament in April next year to compete in the World Sport Stacking Championships. The event has been organised by Richard Foster who is the 2017 team coach, his son 12 year old Ashley will also be at the tournament, we wantted to find out more and Richard and Ashley joined in our Auckland studio.

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Nights' Culture - Comics & Graphic Novels

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Cartoonist, writer, illustrator Adrian Kinnaird looks at Sarah Laing's new graphic novel, Mansfield and Me, plus Annual, a new NZ children's title based on the old English children's annual tradition.

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Foraging for Food in New Zealand

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Seaweed, mushrooms, wild parsnips and watercress. A bounty awaits those who forage for food. We talk to environmental researcher and forager Peter Langlands.

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Nights' Overseas - Israel

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 20:08:00 +1300

Editor of The International Jerusalem Post and a Jerusalem Post columnist, Liat Collins reports from the State of Israel.

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Years of Living Dangerously

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:08:00 +1300

Kiwi born, New York based documentary filmmaker Martha Jeffries has just finished directing and producing two episodes of "Years of Living Dangerously" an Emmy award winning TV series on climate change. The series will screen in NZ on the National Geographic Channel, premiering on November 22.

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Nights' Pundit - Philosophy

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Ann Kerwin is this week's pundit - with some thoughts on thinking from the east, and what it has to offer us in the west

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Our Own Odysseys - Tulagi

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Claire Bibby travelled across Iron Bottom Sound to the former capital of the Solomon Islands, Tulagi, to research WWII history and witness munition disposal.

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Are you plant blind?

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:12:00 +1300

Are many of us not seeing the wood… or the trees? ‘Plant blindness’ is a phrase used to describes the general failure of modern people to notice the plants around them.

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Nights' Overseas - Palestine

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:12:00 +1300

Reporting from Bethlehem in the West Bank of the Palestinian territories, is freelance journalist Fadwa Hodali.

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