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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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June 17, 2021 19 min
We catch up with our Overseas Correspondent Peggy Revell in Medicine Hat, Alberta as the push continues to get Canadians fully vaccinated, as provinces move into reopening plans.
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Former University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory superintendent Alan Gilmore joins us once again. Tonight we learn about a dinosaur-killing asteroid strike that gave rise to Amazon rainforest and a 'blinking giant' near the centre of the galaxy that's recently been spotted.
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June 17, 2021 20 min
Horror writer and RNZ studio engineer, Denver Grenell makes his debut on Nights as our horror fan.
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June 16, 2021 21 min
We chat to Sarah Tuck, one of the brains behind The Well New Zealand's first Mental Health and Wellbeing Gym in central Wellington.
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June 16, 2021 21 min
We talk to Dr Alistair Watts about his new book New Zealand's France which explores the French influence on NZ and our psyche. He reckons that the French had a far greater influence than we may realise.
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June 15, 2021 16 min
Bryan Easton is back once again. Tonight he reviews last month's budget, considers the practicality of unemployment insurance, and maybe answers a question or two on our options for cutting our greenhouse gas emmissions.
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June 14, 2021 13 min
Zoe George, Senior Sports Journalist at Stuff is our sportscaster tonight.
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Sharham Aryan is back with more wonderful music from Persia. Tonight he's looking at how Western instruments and musical theory came to Iran and how they influenced the music.
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June 14, 2021 19 min
We talk to David Bitton, the director of one of the films at this year's Doc Edge Festival. "By Rook Or Left Hook" is all about CHESSBOXING - which is exactly what it sounds like - alternating rounds of chess and boxing.
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June 10, 2021 7 min
Tabu Butagira joins us once again from Kampala Uganda.
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June 10, 2021 7 min
We chat to Frances Moore from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra ahead of a special concert with weekend that has a strong trainspotter connection - so, of course, Bryan wanted to find out more.
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June 10, 2021 25 min
Bryan pops into Wellington institution S&M's as Scotty and Mal get ready to shake their final cocktails and hand over the reins of the bar.
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Tony Stark first put on the Iron Man suit in 1968. Not only does it allow him to withstand bullets and give him superhuman strength, but the suit also mends itself. Associate Professor in Chemistry Catherine Whitby looks to nature to find out whether a suit like this would be possible in in the real world.
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Continuing our evening dedicated to getting children reading. Eleanor Boyce from SPELD, is here to talk about helping and encouraging reading for children with specific learning difficulties. This year is the 50th anniversary of SPELD, so they have many years of experience to lean into in offering help.
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Authior, Glenda Kane and illustrator Lisa Allen join us in the Auckland studio to talk about "Mangrove" children's picture book which describes the life cycle of a mangrove with rhyming text and beautiful illustrations.
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June 8, 2021 17 min
Marxist Historian, Brian Roper joins us once again - tonight he asks whether or not New Zealanders should be concerned about the rise of China and China's growing influence in the Asia Pacific region?
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June 3, 2021 13 min
Silver Tamburr from Estonian World joins us once again from Tallinn.
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June 3, 2021 12 min
Charlie Cuff is back again with another bite-sized introduction to the world of technology. Tonight we're looking at operating systems.
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This coming July 20th, on the 52nd Anniversary of the Moon Landing the first paying passengers will fly suborbital on Blue Origin's New Shepard. Seats are being auctioned on 12 June and the bidding is currently at $2.8M USD. Co-Founder of Spacebase, Emeline Paat-Dahlstom joins us once again to taking a look at the burgeoning space tourism race.
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June 2, 2021 12 min
As part of Wellington's midwinter Loemis Festival, we talk to Joel Baxendale, the creator of a new immersive theatre experience. Werewolf feels almost like a game by daylight - but takes on a whole new life when plunged into the night.
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