This Way Up

Saturday 20 September 2014, with Simon Morton

NZ Radio Awards 2012 winner: Best Daily or Weekly Series (one hour or more duration)

Quick hits

12:15   Unboxing

12:30   Dinnerlab

12:50   Cardboard desk

13:15   The Knitted shoe

13:25   Naked Science: Ebola and MS

13:35   Weather

13:50   Cockroaches

The small print

First up this week, Mireille Silcoff from The New York Times magazine on the global phenomenon that is unboxing. The viral YouTube videos from Disney Collector have been watched more than 3 billion times. 

At 12:30pm, Dinner Lab, the pop up restaurants that take their cues from their customers rather than the chefs. Brian Bordainick from Dinner Lab on how the crowd is changing the restaurant business.

Then before 1pm the foldable, lightweight, portable cardboard desk that brings a whole new meaning to 'hot desking'. The Kiwi design weighs less than 7kgs and can be put together in under a minute.

After the 1pm news, the rise of the knitted shoe with CityLab writer Bonnie Tsui. Do they stand up to their traditional manmade and leather counterparts?

Then at about 1:25pm Naked Science with Dr Chris Smith. With the spread of Ebola, is it too late for a vaccine? And funding for a pre-clinical trial for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

At 1:35pm Australian weather forecasts are getting more local. A new system, GFE, created in the States now allows for meteorologists to read the weather more precise than ever before. Australian Bureau of Meteorology Director Dr Rob Vertessy explains how they can now precisely forecast the weather at half a million locations.

And before we go, the wonder of creepy, crawly cockroaches. They do more good than you might think according to David Rentz, author of A Guide to the Cockroaches of Australia.

We're playing these tracks too...

Artist: Sinkane
Track: How We Be
Composer: Ahmed Gallab
Album: Mean Love
Label: City Slang (EU) and DFA (US)
Broadcast: 12:30pm

Artist: Shalamar/Outfilters Club Edit
Track: Make That Move
Composer: Shalamar
Broadcast: 1:10pm

Artist: Parquet Courts
Track: Instant Disassembly
Composer: Andrew Savage/Austin Brown
Album: Sunbathing Animal
Label: What's Your Rupture/Mom and Pop
Broadcast: 1:45pm