7:12 The Art of Writing Your Name

Artists Patrick Hartl & Christian Hundertmark have co-authored an innovative new book that highlights the history of the contemporary urban calligraphy movement - they're on the line from Germany.

7:30 The Sampler

Robert Plant

Robert Plant Photo: supplied

In The Sampler this week Nick Bollinger discusses the ageing grace of Robert Plant; the conflicts of gay Christian singer-songwriter Julien Baker, and a look at the roots of Memphis pop legends Big Star.

8:12 The Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba

 Receiving secret orders for Beersheba, 30 October 1917.

Receiving secret orders for Beersheba, 30 October 1917. Photo: Image courtesy of Auckland War Memorial Museum – Tamaki Paenga Hira, PH-ALB-213-p63-2

On Tuesday 31 October, The First World War Centenary Programme (WW100) will be hosting a National Commemoration to mark the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba.

The Battle of Beersheba (Be’er Sheva in modern Israel), fought on 31 October 1917, was a turning point in the struggle between the British and Ottoman Empires in the Middle East during the First World War. New Zealand Mounted Rifles played a key role in securing this victory.

The New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade, consisting of 1800 infantrymen and their horses, were involved in the Campaign which lasted from 1916 to 1918. New Zealand suffered 1470 casualties in this theatre of the war, including 543 who lost their lives.

We speak to Lt. Col. Hamish Gibbons, the Commanding officer of Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifle Brigade who is at the commemorations in Be'er Sheva and to historian Damien Fenton about this often overlooked campaign,

8:30 4CAST

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Four comedians, led by Rhys Mathewson, try to predict next week's news headlines and more... and the reason for the image of a man standing on a Hercules plane in a sunset with birds will become apparent once you listen to the programme!

Recorded live every Monday at The Classic in Auckland.

9:07 In the Footsteps of Alexander Whisker and Hone Heke 

A rare account of a British Infantry private in the Northern New Zealand Wars of the 1840's.

Alexander Whisker

Alexander Whisker Photo: Te Ara

10:17 Late Edition

A roundup of today's RNZ News and feature interviews as well as Dateline Pacific from RNZ International.

11:07 Worlds of Music

Trevor Reekie hosts a weekly music programme celebrating an eclectic mix of 'world' music, fusion and folk roots. Tonight has a Malian theme, which focuses on a new collaboration between the Kronos Quartet and the Trio Da Kali. The program includes an exclusive interview with David Harrington, a classically trained violinist who founded the Kronos Quartet in 1973, talking about this extraordinary new album called Ladilikan. It's an album that has been credited with giving a new voice to timeless sounds.

Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet-David Harrington - centre

Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet-David Harrington - centre Photo: Supplied - Jay Blakesberg