This Way Up

Saturday 22 August 2009, with Simon Morton

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

Frog legs festival

Jon Henley's just got back from France's largest frog festival run by the Vittel Brotherhood of Frog Thigh Tasters.


Cashew nuts

Alison Sandle on the very more-ish cashew nut. It's got its own self defense system and these days most of them come from Vietnam.


GPS traffic updates

Geosmart's a new real time traffic alert system for in-car GPS. Not only does it help you get from A to B, this device works out your best route based on traffic flows and other hold ups. With Peter Griffin and Luigi Cappel.


Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf's acknowledged as one of the fathers of the internet after inventing a way to send information over a network of computers more than 30 years ago.


Hot waitress index

Hugo Lindgren's been looking at a few of the more weird and wonderful economic indicators out there... stuff like underpant sales and the attractiveness of the people waiting tables in restaurants and cafes.


German car alarms

Guido Huppertz is working on turning Germany's cars into an early warning system in case of emergency or natural disaster.


QUICK HITS

12:10 Brotherhood of Frog Thigh Tasters Festival
12:30 Cashew Nuts
13:15 Vint Cerf - the father of the internet
13:45 Hot Waitress Index
13.55 German car horn civil defense alarm system

The Small Print

First up this week eating frog-legs is about as French as berets and baguettes. So it might come as a bit of surprise to find out that the bulk of the 4,000 tonnes of frogs the French consume every year don't even come from France. Jon Henley's just got back from France's largest frog festival run by the Vittel Brotherhood of Frog Thigh Tasters.

At 12:30pm we're looking at the very tasty cashew nut. It's got its own self defense system and these days most of them come from Vietnam.

Then at around 12.45pm AA Traffic's new real time traffic alert system for in-car GPS. So not only does it help you get from A to B, this device will work out your best route based on traffic flows and other hold ups. So how does the system work and where does all this info come from?

Then after the news at about 1:10pm we're very excited to be speaking to Vint Cerf...great name for a bloke who's called the father of the internet. It all happened over 30 years ago at Stanford University when Vint and Bob Kahn worked out how to send information over a network of computers. Vint's got heaps of interesting observations about the past and future of the net and where it's heading....like the future of social networking websites and how the internet's going to cope with a massive growth in the number of people using it.

At about 1:45pm we're looking at some of the economic indicators telling us whether the economy's heading up, down or sideways. Sounds a tad dry and boring but I'm speaking to a guy in New York who's been looking at a few of the more weird and wonderful measures out there....things like sales of popcorn, underpants and baked beans. In fact he's even devised his own index based on the attractiveness of the people waiting tables in restaurants and cafes!

And before we go the Germans are trying to use the country's cars to act as an early warning system in case of an emergency or natural disaster.

TRACKS PLAYED

Track: Irene
Artist: Caetano Veloso
Album: Tropicalia
Label: Soul Jazz
Catalog #: SJR CD118
Broadcast at: 12:25

Track: Ma Quale Idea
Artist: Pino D'Angio
Album: Sampled 2
Label:Virgin
Catalog#: VTDCD 363
Broadcast at: 13:30