This Way Up

Saturday 14 April 2012, with Simon Morton

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

Ancient herd

There are 1.5 billion cattle living on the planet today, all descended from a single herd of wild ox. Geneticist Professor Mark Thomas of University College London was on the team making the discovery.


Gore-tex storm

How Gore-Tex has climbed to the top of the outdoor rainwear sector. Mike Kessler of Outside magazine knows his waterproof-yet-breathable fabrics!


Linux goes mainstream

Why are a million people a day turning to Linux, the free and open operating system started 20 years ago by a Finnish student? Glyn Moody is a technology writer, and has written about Linux in his book 'Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution'.


Pedestrian Behaviour

How pedestrians move on the street is valuable information for planning big events and managing congestion. Mehdi Moussaid of the Max Planck Institute in Berlin is studying pedestrian behaviour, and how it can be used to design safer cities.


Traditions preserved: Croatian Salami

We make traditional salami kobasica with Milan Malivuk of Little Wolf.


Italian mega-tunnel

The tunnel project that aims to connect the French city of Lyon with Turin. John Hooper is based in Italy.


Quick Hits

12:15   Ancient herd

12:25   Gore-tex storm

12:45   Linux goes mainstream

13:10   Pedestrian Behaviour

13:30   Traditions preserved:  Croatian Salami

13:50   Italian mega-tunnel    

 

The Small Print
First up this week, there are one and a half billion cattle living on the planet and they have all descended from a single herd of wild ox. We're speaking to geneticist Mark Thomas about this discovery.

At 12.25pm the battle to keep us dry!  How Gore-Tex has climbed to the top of the outdoor rainwear sector.  The global breathable waterproof fabric market is worth US$ one billion, and now there's loads of competitors, two trade investigations and consumers wondering which raincoat works best. We'll unzip breathable membranes with Mike Kessler of Outside magazine.

At 12.45pm why are a million people a day turning to Linux - the free and open operating system that started out 20 years ago in the bedroom of Finnish student living at home?  The Linux story and why more of us are using it today than ever before.

At 1.10pm pedestrian behaviour, and how it's being used to design safer cities. Then at 1.25pm we're making traditional salami kobasica- Croatian meat treats that are smoked and air dried!  Yummy. See pics of the Little Wolf team making the salami.

And before we go, the tunnel project that will connect the French city of Lyon with Turin in Italy. It'll be longer than the Channel Tunnel and go right under the Alps.

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  • Track: Sound of da Police
  • Artist: KRS-One
  • Album: KRS-One: A Retrospective (Compilation)
  • Label: JIVE    
  • Catalogue #: 141718
  • Broadcast at: 12:40
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  • Track: Enter the Joker's Lair
  • Artist: Miike Snow
  • Album: Happy to You
  • Label: DOWNTOWN
  • Catalogue #: 279583
  • Broadcast at: 13:10
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  • Track: Shot Down
  • Artist: The Sonics
  • Album: Greenberg: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Label: EMI
  • Catalogue #: 628316
  • Broadcast at: 13:50
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  • Track: The Green Termite
  • Artist: Jefferson Belt
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  • Album: Table Manners
  • Label: Round Trip Mars
  • Catalogue #: RTM 2009