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The woman designing buildings for old age and dementia

10 Jul 2018

With the number of New Zealanders with dementia - currently about 60,000 - expected to rise as the baby boomer population ages, an architect says good design, accoustics and lighting can make a big difference to quality of life. Video, Audio

Tuesday 17 July 2018

 

7:12 Nights Science - Physics

Prof. Shaun Hendy, director of Te Pūnaha Matatini at the University of Auckland joins us again.  Back in February he spoke about the physics of keeping cool.  Tonight he's investigating keeping warm.

7:30 The Sampler

Elliott Childs spends some time with British folk experimentalist Ben Howard, while Nick Bollinger discusses Benin-born singer Angelique Kidjo's tribute to an African-insired classic by Talking Heads, and lends an ear to the latest 'fourth world' adventures of Jon Hassell.

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo Photo: supplied

8:10 Night Mail

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8:15 Dateline Pacific

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RNZ Pacific's daily current affairs programme covering the major Pacific stories of the week, with background and reaction from the people making the news.

8:30 Window on the World

It is thought to be the most powerful Mafia organisation in the world and yet few people have heard of it. The 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate has used the enormous wealth derived from its control of Cocaine smuggling to spread its tentacles far and wide around the world. The crime organisation began as bandits in the late 19th century in Calabria in southern Italy and is now thought to be operating in 50 countries. The 'Ndrangheta shuns the limelight but earlier this year a brutal murder brought it unwelcome attention.  For Assignment Andrew Hosken travels to Slovakia and Italy to investigate the killing and the 'Ndrangheta's global reach and power.

9:07 Tuesday Feature

Is war an essential part of being human? Are we destined to fight? That is the central question that historian Professor Margaret Macmillan addresses in the 2018 Reith lectures, a series of five programmes we're beginning today. In the first lecture - called The Mark of Cain, she explores our complicated feelings towards war and towards those who fight.

Soliders listen as the carillon is played at todays event. Carillon Bells will be heard regularly at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park after 3 years of being restored.

Soliders listen as the carillon is played at todays event. Carillon Bells will be heard regularly at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park after 3 years of being restored. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

10:17 Lately

Bryan Crump is in on Lately tonight.

11:07 Worlds of Music

Trevor Reekie hosts a weekly music programme celebrating an eclectic mix of 'world' music, fusion and folk roots. Tonight features a brief interview with Femi Kuti, the eldest son of Nigerian Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti.

Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti Photo: Supplied