Nights for Thursday 13 April 2017
7:12 Angela Walker and her WW2 airman father
Angela's father Ian was part of a night fighter squadron based at Manston. After the Battle of Britain, he joined 115 Squadron and flew scores of death-defying missions over Germany in Wellington Bombers. Gunned down over Brussels, Ian became a POW. He plotted a daring escape – and succeeded! – before being recaptured and eventually repatriated home, after he and several hundred other Allies, were exchanged for German POW’s in Barcelona.
Angela reveals many surprising discoveries about her father, including how he inspired her to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal. Angela has worked in London and Sydney, and is the former Athlete Life Advisor for High Performance Sport New Zealand.
7:35 New Horizons
Trio Mediaeval with trumpeter Arve Henriksen - yes, it was a trumpet - and their version of a traditional Swedish shanty. It's from a new disc called Rímur: Chants, hymns, folk songs and improvisations based on Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish sources and it's on the ECM label.
8:12 Nights' Culture - Charlotte Wilson
RNZ Concert Sound Lounge host Charlotte Wilson raises the baton on contemporary classical music as well as recent releases of old masters.
8:30 Window on the World
In a two-part documentary Johannesburg-based poet Thabiso Mohare ('Afurakan') looks at how digital platforms are serving poets across the continent, from emerging writers to established voices, and particularly those carrying forward ancient oral traditions. He meets the poets and entrepreneurs spearheading developments, and explores the possibilities of what the digital space can offer poets in African countries where there is a lack of publishing infrastructure, or publishers are pulling back from poetry.
9:07 Our Changing World
On Our Changing World this week we hear about a secret war mission to the Auckland Islands and the historic buildings that mark their presence there, and we talk with a dentist who is helping develop a new bone graft material that includes the antibacterial properties of silver nanoparticles.
9:30 This Way Up
Simon Morton brings another jam packed episode of This Way Up.
10:17 Late Edition
A round up of today's RNZ News and feature interviews as well as Date Line Pacific from RNZ International.
11:07 Music 101 pocket edition
In the Music 101 Pocket Edition, Yadana Saw and Nick Bollinger speak with one of Living Colour, Sam Wicks checks in with fellow ex-pat Melburnian Jon Toogood and Tony Stamp is on the phone to Future Islands' frontman Samuel Herring In Nights with…after the 11 o'clock news.