This Way Up

Saturday 19 April 2014, with Simon Morton

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

Audio from Saturday 19 April 2014

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

  • Rails girls ( 17′ 21″ )

    12:15 Rails Girls organises workshops to teach women how to write computer code and to program. We drop into a Rails Girls workshop to meet some participants, and organisers Merrin Macleod and Kelly Cheesman.

  • Army ration packs ( 24′ 46″ )

    12:35 New Zealand servicemen and women worldwide chomp their way through 80,000 ration packs every year. We look at what's on the menu in the standard NZ ration pack with Major Nicola Martin and Captain Soren Hall.

  • Bird Sense ( 20′ 32″ )

    13:10 In his book 'Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be A Bird' the British zoologist Tim Birkhead examines how birds see and hear and experience the world around them.

  • Exoskeletons ( 7′ 31″ )

    13:30 A mind-controlled exoskeleton will allow a paraplegic to stand up and kick a football at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in June. We speak to Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University and the Walk Again Project.

  • Egypt: pigs and rubbish ( 8′ 55″ )

    13:40 Patrick Kingsley lives and works as a journalist in Cairo where pig farming is making an unlikely comeback, and where the city's informal army of rubbish collectors is taking control of waste collection back from big business.

  • 3D printing food ( 8′ 55″ )

    13:50 A 3D printer for food called the Foodini is trying to take over your kitchen; but do we really need it? We speak to Lynette Kucsma of Natural Machines.

Quick Hits

12:15   Rails Girls

12:35   Army ration packs

13:15   Bird Sense

13:35   Exoskeletons

13:40   Egypt: pigs and rubbish

13:50   3D printing food

 

The small print

Rails Girls is a global, non-profit volunteer community that organises workshops to teach women how to write computer code. We drop into a Rails Girls workshop to meet the participants, and organisers Merrin Macleod and Kelly Cheesman.

Gallery: Rails Girls workshop

Rails Girls workshop
The
Rails Girls workshop. Photograph by Megan Whelan.
 

At 12.35pm, ‘an army marches on its stomach’ is a saying credited to Napoleon. The original saying in French was meant to be 'c'est la soupe qui fait le soldat' or 'it is the soup that makes the soldier'; not quite so catchy but it's been taken literally by our own defence force, as today every ration pack has soup in it! New Zealand servicemen and women worldwide chomp their way through 80,000 ration packs every year. We look at what's on the menu in the standard NZ ration pack.

An army marches on its stomach

After the 1pm news, in his book 'Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be A Bird' the British zoologist Tim Birkhead examines how birds see, hear and experience the world around them.

Then at 1:30pm, a mind-controlled exoskeleton will allow a Brazilian paraplegic stand up and kick a football at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in June. We speak to its inventor, Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University and the Walk Again Project.

At 1:40pm, we're off to Cairo in Egypt where pig farming is making an unlikely comeback...and where the city's informal army of rubbish collectors is taking control of waste collection back from big business.

Then before we go, a 3D printer for food called the Foodini is trying to take over your kitchen...but do we really need it? We speak to Lynette Kucsma of Natural Machines.

We're playing these tracks too...

Artist: Houndstooth
Track: Canary Island
Composers: John Gnorski and Katie Bernstein
Album: Ride Out the Dark
Label: NO QUARTER 
Broadcast: 12:30

Artist:  Beck 
Track: Say Goodbye 
Composers: Beck Hansen
Album: Morning Phase
Label: CAPITOL
Broadcast: 13:30

And our theme music is:

Artist: Jefferson Belt
https://myspace.com/jeffersonbelt
Track: The Green Termite
Composer: Jefferson Belt
Album: Table Manners
Label: Round Trip Mars