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Nights' Pundit - Dillon Mayhew

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Dillon joins Brian Crump to talk about Maryam Mirzakhani who was the first woman and the first Iranian to win the Fields medal - considered to be the preeminent prize in mathematics - "for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces".

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Novelist Elizabeth Kostova

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:11:00 +1200

Elizabeth Kostova is an American author whose first novel, The Historian, sold three million copies. She's in New Zealand for the first time ever to promote her latest book The Shadow Land, a contemporary novel set in Bulgaria.

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Nights' Science - World Weather

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:12:00 +1200

MetService severe weather forecaster Erick Brenstrum on how a day doesn't go by without some weather.

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Dr Naoko Muramatsu : funding aged care

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:12:00 +1200

[image_crop:40613:full] As our population ages, we'll probably have to decide how we're going to fund the cost of putting our parents and aged parents in care. Japan, which has one of the oldest populations in the world, tackled that in 2000. It's called the Long Term Care Insurance scheme. You start paying in aged 40, at aged 65, depending on whether you're dependent or not, you can start getting cover - regardless of how much money you have, or your children earn. Dr Naoko Muramatsu is an associate professor of Community Health Services at the Public Health School at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She grew up in Japan, and she's been studying its aged care insurance scheme.

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Candle Making

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:12:00 +1200

If Spring can't come soon enough - here's another way of bringing some additional light into your life.Diana Turner is running candle making workshops in Napier this weekend.

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Sweeping history under the rug

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:12:00 +1200

Audrey Truschke wrote a biography of Aurangzeb, the major Mughal king who fought Shivaji. And in accordance with legal advice, she had to alter some parts of the Indian edition. She's on the show to talk about her research and whether we forget history, or change it.

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The Bang Breakdown

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:32:00 +1200

Expert Dr Parni Farvid from AUT is in the studio discussing your questions after episode 3 of Bang!

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Nights' Pundit - History

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:11:00 +1200

Peter Clayworth will be talking Wartime election controversies. Harry Holland, the militant socialist editor of the Maoriland Worker newspaper, stood as the Labour Party candidate. He advocated support for the rights of Conscientious Objectors and opposition to Conscription and War Profiteering. The Grey by-election was particularly controversial. It was brought about when the sitting Labour MP, Paddy Webb, was sentenced to two years imprisonment for refusing to be conscripted for the war.

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Overseas Correspondent Liat Collins

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:12:00 +1200

Editor of The International Jerusalem Post and a Jerusalem Post columnist, Liat Collins reports from the State of Israel, she's going to talk about Gal Gadot who is Wonderwoman and has become the ultimate Israeli heroine, and she'll be talking about Jewish rituals of mourning. Which includes a ceremony at the funeral where the mourner (a first degree relative) symbolically tears their clothes; for the shiva they sit in low chairs or on the floor, and are comforted by visitors, all their food and needs are provided for, they don't wear leather shoes.

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A lacemaker with a pacemaker

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:15:00 +1200

Nicky Chapman reads an essay Jan Wallace sent to Bryan about her first pacemaker, originally written for the Heart Foundation.

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Nights Science - Native Fish Ecology

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:10:00 +1200

Stella McQueen says Torrentfish are possibly New Zealand's most unique freshwater fish. Unlike most other native fish, they are not descended from Australian fish that went to sea as juveniles (like whitebait) and then got lost. They evolved right here from a marine ancestor, and are not found in any other country.

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Isolating genes that cause Alzheimers

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:10:00 +1200

Professor Peter St-George Hyslop won the 2017 Ryman Prize, for his research in Alzheimers. He talks to Bryan about his achievements in health, and how he and his team are able to figure out which genes are the ones causing Alzheimers.

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Lloyd's Last Moments

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:59:00 +1200

RNZ broadcaster Lloyd Scott farewells listeners after 53 years on air.

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The 2017 Asia Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championship

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:12:00 +1200

The 2017 International Wheelchair Rugby Federation Asia/Oceania Championship, the qualifying event for the Wheelchair Rugby World Championships, will be held at Auckland's ASB Stadium from August 25 to 31. New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby president Nicholas Heyworth said all New Zealanders should have the opportunity to take part in the country's national sport. "Rugby is part of what it means to be a New Zealander. It binds communities together every weekend. The opportunity to play rugby should not be about ability, but about choice."

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Alcohol in space

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:12:00 +1200

Alexander MacKinnon is a Senior Lecturer of Astrophysics at the University of Glasgow. He's going to be talking about how the universe and how it's full of alcohol, not the bottled stuff, in the atmosphere.

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Bang Ep 2: sex and sexuality

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Teenagers and sex.We have a couple of people in the studio to answer your questions.One is an advocate for sex education in high school, herself a teenager,Lauren Jack and from Family Planning, Lesley Ann Guild.

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Nights' Overseas - The Pacific

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:12:00 +1200

RNZI senior journalist Johnny Blades on our adjacent neighbours, the nations within the Pacific Ocean.

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Nights' pundit - Religion

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 20:09:00 +1200

This week's Pundit is the professor of religious studies at Waikato University, Douglas Pratt.

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The Mud Angels of Florence

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:12:00 +1200

Peace and understanding through travel. If you're making friends with your enemies, you wont want to fight them. The US historian, Richard Ivan-Jobs, has written a history of travel and the youth hostel movement after the second world war.

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Nights' Science - Pick your poison

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Toxicologist Dr. Leo Schep tests for substances taken internally or applied externally that are injurious to health or dangerous to life. Tonight he talks about Tetrodotoxin poisoning, which most often occurs via the ingestion of some types of fish. And yet, in some cultures people like to dice with death and eat these fish, typically raw, as a delicacy.

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The Nurses of Passchendaele

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:10:00 +1200

Christine E. Hallett is Professor of Nursing History at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Nurses of Passchendaele: Caring for the Wounded of the Ypres Campaigns.

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Taking a pun't

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:12:00 +1200

At Wellington's Fringe Bar, hosted by Hugo Grrrl a competition is going down. A competition of puns. Word play, and may the best or worst performer take out the number pun spot.

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Nights' Culture - Latin American Music

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:10:00 +1200

The music of Latin America from Mona Lynn Courteau.

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Teaching mindfulness in prisons

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:12:00 +1200

Naivasha GK Prison is Kenya's largest maximum security prison. A couple of years ago Inma Adarves-Yorno started a mindfulness training programme. Mindfullness is about as Inma describes ' being present in the moment, and paying attention without judgement to what's happening within and around you. Inma Adarves-Yorno is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership Studies, University of Exeter.

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Bang! Episode 1 sex questions

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 20:35:00 +1200

Mary Hodson answers your sexual queries.

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Nights' Overseas - Japan

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:12:00 +1200

Palmerston North raised journalist Motoko Kakubayashi now resides in Tokyo and works for University of Tokyo's Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, pop. 126,434,964 (est. 2014)

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Dunkirk a victory?

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 19:12:00 +1200

For Britons, Dunkirk is one of the proudest moments of World War II. But Gerard Oram Director of Programmes for War and Society, Swansea University says quite often we now forget the catastrophic defeat that led to "Operation Dynamo". He's on the show to discuss the battle of Dunkirk.

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Nights' Science - Physics

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:13:00 +1200

This week's after dinner science comes courtesy of our physicist Professor Shaun Hendy, director of the Auckland University research institute, Te Punaha Matatini.

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Feel no evil: do Animals feel pain?

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:13:00 +1200

It's fair to say, we care more about the welfare of the animals we rely on for food and fibre more than we used to - and so we should. But in doing so - we have to deal with the ongoing problem - we don't speak their language. So, how do we work out what - and how they are feeling? Which is where my first guest comes in, Dr Preet Singh, a lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy and Histology at Massey University.

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World Junior Squash Championships

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 20:10:00 +1200

Wayne Werder is on the line to talk about Squash - and the World Junior Squash Championships in Tauranga going down all weekend .

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Nights' Culture - Electronic Music

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Tonight's focus in on the idea of chill out zones or rooms, a trend that took off in the 90s as tempos in the clubs got higher, the music became more intense. Paul Berrington is with us to impart his knowledge.

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How to travel with a difference

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:12:00 +1200

Eliza Raymond is the founder of GOOD Travel and she's on the show to explain how to travel - GOOD.

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Nights' Overseas - Estonia

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Sliver Tambur is looking at self driving cars, and opening the world's first data embassy in Luxembourg.

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The obsession with mermaids

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:12:00 +1200

Sarah Peverley is a Professor of English, at the University of Liverpool. She is talking about our fascination with mermaids, and a brief history of them from the 16th century on wards.

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Nights' Pundit - Right Thinking

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:10:00 +1200

Eric Crampton is on to talk the rationales of individual freedom and personal responsibility, Eric is the head of research at The New Zealand Initiative.

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The Royal New Zealand Ballets' Hamish McKeich

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:10:00 +1200

Conductor Hamish McKeich, he'll be talking about an upcoming show, you might know it - Romeo and Juliet.

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Nights' Science - Astronomy

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Former University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory superintendent Alan Gilmore raises our gaze to the bodies floating in space.

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Women, War & Waistlines

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:12:00 +1200

In the Wartime rations were starchy, and full of carbs. Which lead to alot of women being told to watch the waistline.

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Prawn competition in Huka Prawn Park

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:13:00 +1200

Grand prize for the biggest prawn? Activities Supervisor Chey Lierman from Huka Prawn Park talk to Paul about the weekends activities.

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Nights' Culture - Poetry

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:12:00 +1200

Poetry, and ode to it - by James Brown [topic] arts

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Making fake faeces for Bangladesh's sewerage system

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:12:00 +1200

Naomi Deering is a Postgraduate Researcher in Faecal Sludge Management at the University of Bath. She is making fake faeces to try and improve Bangladesh's sewerage system.

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Nights' Overseas - India

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

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

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The Decimal Express

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:12:00 +1200

David Parsons is on the show to talk about when decimal currency was chucked on trains and sent round the country to distribute , the 27 million new banknotes and 165 million new coins to New Zealanders up and down the country.

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Nights' Pundit - Philosophy

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:10:00 +1200

Ann Kerwin joins us in the Auckland studio to talk about Phenomenology (FE- AH-- MEN- OLOGY) which is "The study of structures of consciousness as experienced from the first-person point of view. The central structure of an experience is its intentionality, its being directed toward something, as it is an experience of or about some object.

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Kai-A-Miro Catchup

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:10:00 +1200

'Eating the berry' with Shannon Haunui-Thompson from Radio New Zealand's Te Manu Korihi team; from the proverb 'Ko te Manu kai Ana I te Miro nona te Ao' (the Bird that eats the Berry owns the World), encapsulating the idea of a seed when eaten gives insight to the one who consumes it... - she's going to talk about Black Power founder Reitu Harris who died recently, and the Tuwharetoa Deed of Settlement.

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Nights' Science - Computer Science

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:10:00 +1200

What is the modern computer? asks Mark Apperley.

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'It is a very special place and it is dying'

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:15:00 +1200

The Great Barrier Reef is not in grave danger yet, according to a draft report from UNESCO. The Australian government is calling it a big win, but science professor James Watson says it's a "suspended sentence" and the reef will die without accelerated efforts to save it.

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A weekend of Art & Deco

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:12:00 +1200

We'll be catching up with Glen Pickering, Art Deco Trust Festival director about Napier's Art & Deco winter weekend.

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