Monday 23 June 2014, with Simon Mercep
3:10 pm Monday 24 November: Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms
Deep in some of the most remote areas of the Middle East, religious traditions that date back to ancient Babylon and Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs are still be practiced in secret and in fear. These mysterious, minority religions hold fascinating beliefs: Greek prophets are incarnations of God, Lucifer is revered in the form of a peacock.
Gerald Russell is a former British and UN diplomat who spent more than a decade in the region and lived among some of these groups. He's written about their histories, rituals and the threat to their survival with the rise of ISIS in his new book, Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East.
Audio from Monday 23 June 2014
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.
13:09 Andrew Morison has chosen 'Another Brick in the Wall part II' by Pink Floyd.
NZ Retro - The Year 1967 ( 35′ 55″ )
13:24 1967 was a huge year musically. The Beatles had stopped touring but released their 8th - and biggest - studio album to date. On June 1st, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, and spent 22 weeks at the top of the album chart. Time magazine declared it "an historic departure in the progress of music." It won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.
'We Built This City' - web blog ( 10′ 41″ )
14:09 Johanna McCord moved to Christchurch just before the first earthquake in September nearly four years ago. But she fell in love with the city, regardless of its tectonic troubles. Johanna has just set up a blog called 'We Built This City' which is designed to showcase some of Christchurch's businesses and events. More than an information hub, it takes a personal look at some of the people who are really making a difference in the quake struck city.
WISE Women - Former Refugees Empower Others ( 10′ 2″ )
14:20 June 20 marks World Refugee Day. Lynda travelled to the Night Markets at the New Lynn Community Centre to meet the WISE collective (Women - Inspired - Strong - Empowered and Enterprising). That's former refugee women helping empower new arrivals.
Feature album - Summertime Dream ( 11′ 58″ )
14:46 Our feature album today is "Summertime Dream", from Canadian singer songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.
15:09 Our DNA can be identified, our brains scanned, our personalities assessed, yet still the question of who we are and where our sense of self comes from, remains unresolved. It's a question which has engaged philosophers, theologians and scientists for centuries and still does today.Science writer Jennifer Oulette wants answers. She's written a book called "Me Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self". It describes her own journey to explain who she is, and lays out which tools of modern science can help anyone else who wants to know who they are.
15:30 The Beatles have landed! The Beatles arrive in Wellington on 21 June 1964. 7000 fans turn up at the airport. Ringo names his gift Tiki "Fred". The group make their famous appearance of the balcony of the St George Hotel. Beatlemania erupts.
15:46 Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.
1:10 Best Song Ever Written
Andrew Morison of Kaiapoi nominated 'Another Brick in the Wall part II' by Pink Floyd.
1:20 New Zealand Retro: The Year - 1967
We revisit New Zealand in 1967 with feature guests including pop idol, Mr Lee Grant - winner of the Loxene Golden Disc Awards that year - long based in London. Courtesy of Sound Archives.2:10
2:20 Voices: WISE women
Marking World Refugee Week, Lynda Chanwai-Earle will bring us a story about WISE women; that's Women - Inspired - Strong - Empowered and Enterprising, an initiative involving former refugees helping other refugee women to resettle here.
2:30 NZ Reading - Embracing the Dragon
The story of journalist Polly Greeks' trek along the Great Wall of China with Nathan Gray, a journey that included many of its most remote and dangerous sections.Music details:Miao Xiaoyun: Memory of Yun-nan, 1st movement (Liu Xing) PLUS Miao Xiaoyun: Sound from Afar ( Chen Wenjie) BOTH from the album "The Art of the Chinese Lute" EUCD 1864 ARC
Embracing the Dragon: A Woman's Journey Along the Great Wall of China by Polly Greeks, Awa Press (1 June 2004) ISBN-978-0958262958
2:45 Feature album
'Summertime Dream' by Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot from 1976.
3:10 Feature interview - Jennifer Oulette
Who do we think we are? It's a question that's plagued philosophers since man invented the mirror. We'll talk to science writer Jennifer Oulette about her new book Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self.
The Beatles arrive in Wellington on 21 June 1964. 7000 fans turn up at the airport. The group then make their famous appearance of the balcony of the St George Hotel. Beatlemania erupts. Ringo calls his gift Tiki "Fred". The series is presented by Wayne Mowat, produced by Trevor Reekie and artfully engineered by Jeremy Ansell.
3:45 Panel Pre-Show - Zara Potts
Zara Potts today with What The World's Talking About: First Stairway To Heaven is accused of plagiarism, and now it's the song Timber. We'll let you judge. How are the psychic animals doing in predicting the World Cup results? Is there any particular psychic animal we should be following? The job ads that sneakily tell you they want young people even though you're not allowed to want just young people. The myth of the trophy wife, the deep fears of the super-rich and the forgotten crime committed by Adolph Hitler.