Nights for Thursday 25 January 2018
7:12 The Paper Run
We talk to Teresa Smith from The Westport News about the newspaper business on the West Coast of The South Island.
7:35 New Horizons
William Dart joins in with the revisiting of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and gives his own tribute to the revolutionary Beatles album that came out 50 years ago.
8:12 Dance the Night Away
Nights' Dance cultural ambassador, Chris Jannides joins us with one of his - and New Zealand's - favourite choreographers, Malia Johnston.
8:30 Window on the World
In Bristol in 1799, a young man started to experiment with newly discovered gases, looking for a cure for tuberculosis. Humphry Davy, aged 20, nearly killed himself inhaling carbon monoxide. Nitrous oxide was next. It was highly pleasurable, 'particularly in the chest and extremities' and he began to dance around his laboratory 'like a madman', before passing out. By day, he gave the gas to patients, carefully noting their reactions. In the evenings, he invited his friends over to have a laugh (with assistants on standby to revive them with oxygen, as needed). Naomi Alderman tells how a gas that created 'ecstatic lunatics' came to be used as an anaesthetic, with help from biographer, Richard Holmes and anaesthetist, Kevin Fong
9:07 Our Changing World
This week on Our Changing World - Alison Balance is off to the Clever Canine Lab at the University of Auckland to see dogs having their emotional intelligence tested, and she meets a mechanical engineer in Christchurch designing earthquake-resistant, low damage buildings.
9:30 Up This Way
One of the more interesting voices in independent video gaming right now is Nina Freeman. Her games favor narratives that often chronicle everyday life and conversations.
Nina's been rather prolific recently with the releases of Edinburgh International Festival commissioned Lost Memories Dot Net, and the 1960s period piece Kimmy - which focuses on babysitting. She was also a designer on space station adventure Tacoma. They all shipped in 2017.
Simon Morton spoke to Nina on RNZ summer show Up This Way.
10:17 Late Edition
A round up of today's RNZ News and feature interviews as well as Dateline Pacific from RNZ International.
11:07 Music 101 pocket edition
In this week's Pocket Edition the Music 101 team talk to Georgia Nott from Broods about her new project, laneway act Sylvan Esso, and champion whistler Molly Lewis.