This Way Up

Saturday 24 August 2013, with Simon Morton

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

Audio from Saturday 24 August 2013

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

  • Throwing ( 10′ 51″ )

    12:15 Neil Roach of The George Washington University has been studying the evolution of our ability to throw.

  • Northern sea route ( 11′ 4″ )

    12:30 Robin McKie is the science and technology editor for the Observer. He's one of many people charting the progress of a Chinese cargo ship sailing from Dalian to Rotterdam through the Arctic Sea via the Northern Sea Route. Could this be a new shipping lane for China's massive export market?

  • Iranian food ( 20′ 58″ )

    12:45 Minoo Officer and Lobat Parsi cook up two Iranian delicacies, fessenjoon and tachin.

  • Predictive policing ( 14′ 33″ )

    13:15 Technology writer and commentator Evgeny Morozov on predictive policing. It's a way to try to predict the crimes of the future using information and clever computer software.

  • Posties' eBikes ( 15′ 38″ )

    13:30 Posties could soon be zipping about on their rounds on electric bikes. With NZ Post cycle mechanic, Rod Bardsley.

  • Tech news: 4G and internet.org ( 11′ 57″ )

    13:45 Peter Griffin our technology correspondent has been testing out 4G. Also the internet.org project.

Quick Hits

12:15   Throwing

12:30   Arctic cargo

12:40   Iranian food

13:15   Predictive policing

13:30   Posties' eBikes

13:45   Tech news: 4G and internet.org

The small print

First up why is a young child better at throwing a ball than an ape or a chimp? Why are humans so damn good at throwing?!  Neil Roach from the Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology at The George Washington University has been studying the evolution of our ability to throw.

At 12.30pm, scientists, politicians and shipping companies are watching the progress of a cargo ship called the 'Yong Sheng'. It's backed by the Chinese government and is sailing from Dalian in China to Rotterdam through the Arctic Sea via the Northern Sea Route. With the ice up there melting fast could this be a new shipping lane for China's massive export market?

And before the 1pm news, we're cooking Iranian Food. Saffron, pomegranate and walnuts are just a few of the ingredients used in Iranian cuisine. But here in New Zealand there aren't too many Iranian restaurants, meaning the really good stuff gets cooked at home. Minoo Officer and Lobat Parsi cook up two Iranian delicacies, fessenjoon and tachin.


Simon's hosts Lobat and Minoo.

After the 1pm news, predictive policing. It's a way to try to predict the crimes of the future using information and clever software.

At 1:25pm, posties could soon be zipping about on their rounds on electric bikes doing 25kms per hour! New Zealand Post has been trialling eBikes so now any standard pedal-powered post bike can easily be converted into an ebike using a simple kit.

At 1.50pm, Peter Griffin our technology correspondent has been testing out 4G; that's the latest and greatest superfast mobile broadband network. He's been getting speeds of up to 50megabits per second (shame his mobile data cap is only 500MB!).  Also the internet.org project aims to turn the 5 billion people in the world who haven't got internet access into active internet users.

We're playing these tracks too...

Artist:  The Editors

Track: A Ton Of Love

Composer: Tom Smith, Russell Leetch, Ed Lay et al

Album: The Weight of Your Love

Label: PIAS Recordings

Broadcast: 12:30

 

Artist:  Casiokids

Track: London Zoo

Composer: Ketil Kinden Endresen, Fredrik Øgreid Vogsborg, Omar Johnsen and Kjetil Bjøreid Aabø

Album: Topp Stemning Pa Local Bar

Label: Moshi Moshi Records, Polyvinyl Record Co

Broadcast: 13:10

 

Artist:  Dizzee Rascal featuring Bun B and Trae the Truth

Track: H Town

Composer: Dylan Kwabena Mills, Bun B, Trae tha Truth, Alain Macklovitch, Oliver Goldstein

Album: The Fifth (released 1 October 2013)

Broadcast: 13:45

 

And our theme is:

Artist: Jefferson Belt

Track: The Green Termite

Composer: Jefferson Belt

Album: Table Manners

Label: Round Trip Mars

http://www.myspace.com/jeffersonbelt