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Nights

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

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July 22, 2021 27 min
Jan Eldrige, Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Auckland on the facts being the sci fi of the Star Trek mind swap episode - Turnabout Intruder.
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Associate Professor Gina Salapata from Massey University takes a look back in time to The Olympics: When athletes were men, nude and Greek.
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July 21, 2021 18 min
For the first time New Zealand is joining international Moth Week, a week that celebrates all things moth. We're joined by one of the organisers of Moth Week Aotearoa Morgane Merien.
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Eric Crampton, Chief Economist at the New Zealand Initiative joins us once again. He's been taking a look at Heritage Regulations Should we shift from using regulation to protect heritage, to using spending to fund heritage?
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Our cultural ambassador from the world of contemporary dance, Malia Johnston is back once again. She takes a look at choreography for "site-specific" performances, where the performance is designed around a specific building or environment that doesn't usually have people dancing there...like staircases, hallways or even the back of a bus.
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July 15, 2021 14 min
Our Overseas Correspondent from Sudan, Reem Abbas joins us from Khartoum.
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July 15, 2021 18 min
Erick Brenstrum joins us once again. Tonight he's taking a look at the record breaking heat in North America - but also looking back to the great London fog of 1952 - when visibility fell to just a metre.
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For a hundred years, the rugby teams of New Zealand and South Africa have been battering away against each other, the outcomes see-sawing with the seasons. It's a rivalry that pre-eminent historian and rugby writer Ron Palenski puts under the spotlight in Brutal: The 100 year fight for world rugby supremacy.
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Nights' Geographer, Louise Richards is back. Tonight she's joined by Dr Caroline Orchiston, Lead Scientist at the AF8 [Alpine Fault magnitude 8] project, a collaborative effort to save lives by planning and preparing a coordinated response across the South Island after a severe earthquake on the Alpine Fault.
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July 12, 2021 16 min
Peter Lampp has his eye on a couple of finals this evening - Manawatu club rugby final on Saturday and of course the England -Italy Euro 2021 football final.
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July 12, 2021 24 min
Will the Maori language blossom if many more Pakeha jump on the reo waka? Not necessarily, according to Alison Jones, a professor at Te Puna Wananga, the School of Maori and Indigenous Education at the University of Auckland in an article this weekend on E-Tangata.
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July 12, 2021 17 min
During lockdown last year, the Royal New Zealand Ballet began posting videos of performances on their youtube channel. Almost overnight their views and subscribers skyrocketed. Building on the success of their Live In Your Living Room series, this weekend they will stream The Sleeping Beauty. We talk to RNZB Artistic Director Patricia Barker about how they take a production like this from the stage to the screen.
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July 9, 2021 9 min
The Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ), Te Puranga Takatapui o Aotearoa are running an online Transcribathon event from 10 to 24 July for volunteers across Aotearoa New Zealand. We speak to Gavin Hamilton, a member of the LAGANZ board.
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July 8, 2021 19 min
Motoko Kakubayashi joins us once again from Toyko ahead of what's being called the quiet Olympics.
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Dr Nate Davis, Associate Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute and Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington brings us the science - or lack of it - on Jumbonium from Futurama.
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July 7, 2021 19 min
We talk to data journalist James Fransham from The Economist magazine , who has developed a "normalcy index" to measure changes in human behaviour around the world based on data gathered at daily and weekly intervals to evaluate how life has changed since the onset of the covid pandemic.
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Anna Thomas is hosting the show tonight. Her first guest is Army Major, Dr. James Hannah - dubbed the military's dashing dentist - about his colourful life as a dentist, serving in the military and how he keeps smiling.
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We're joined once again by Nights Philosopher, Ann Kerwin who takes a look at the topics explored in American philosopher David Livingstone Smith's 2020 book ON INHUMANITY: DEHUMANIZATION AND HOW TO RESIST IT.
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July 5, 2021 17 min
Shannon Byrne joins us from Darwin.
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July 1, 2021 17 min
Shoba Naryan joins us from Bengaluru.
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