This Way Up

Saturday 1 November 2014, with Simon Morton

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

Quick hits
12:15   Reheating pasta
12:30   Bhutanese cooking
12:45   Wireless charging       
13:15   Maori language algorithm
13:30   Fighting cancer using our immune system
13:45   Birds: The rifleman   

The small print

First up this week, we speak to journalist and author of 'The Fast Diet' Dr Michael Mosley about his latest project, a series about the science of health and nutrition. One of the topics he explores, based on research conducted at the University of Surrey, is that reheating our food can change it nutritionally. So you can make some carb-rich foods, like pasta, better for you just by reheating it!

At 12:30pm we head on a culinary journey to Bhutan. Bishnu Dahal cooks ema datsi with us; it's basically a chilli cheese stew that's Bhutan's national dish.  Here's a few recipes to try:
Bhutan's love affair with chillies - BBC News
Vegetarian Ema Datshi (Bhutan Chili Cheese Stew) -
Ema Datshi- Bhutanese Chili Cheese Stew - GroupRecipes

And at 12:45pm, the local business that's betting we'll all cut our power cables. PowerbyProxi is developing wireless charging technology that's trying to consign the good old plug to the technological scrapheap.

After the 1pm news, how a clever bit of computer code can be used to count kiwis in the wild and also work out how much Maori language is being spoken on our radio and TV channels. 

Then at around 1:25pm, we meet Jordan Green; he's a biomedical engineer from Johns Hopkins University who's trying to train our immune systems to fight cancer.

And before we go, we head out with Hugh Robertson on the hunt for the smallest of our indigenous birds, the rifleman.

We're playing these tracks too...
Artist: Caribou
Track: Can't Do Without You
Composer: Dan Snaith
Album:Our Love
Label: City Slang 809553
Broadcast: 12:25

Artist: 2 Bears
Track: Get Out
Composer: Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell
Album:The Night Is Young 
Label: The 2 Bears
Broadcast: 13:20

And our theme music is:

Artist: Jefferson Belt
Track: The Green Termite
Composer: Jefferson Belt
Album: Table Manners
Label: Round Trip Mars