Nights for Tuesday 6 January 2009
Monday to Friday, 7pm - Midnight
Tonight on Summer Nights
19:10 Kate De Goldi
The Wellington writer talks to Liam about her new book The 10pm Question, and selects her favourite summer song.
19:30 The Secret Life of Minders
The people who look after the 'big names' in music when they tour NZ. Whether it be driving the stretch limo 200 metres from hotel to venue, sourcing Ugg Boots at midnight, removing the red M&Ms, finding the favoured bourbon or corralling girlies, these are the people who rub up against the eccentricities and excesses of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle.
20:10 How to Sing a Harmony
Lisa Tomlins has performed with countless bands as both a backup singer and lead-singer. Tonight this fabulous diva teaches us all how to nail that elusive harmony.
20:30 Windows on the World
In the second part of the BBC series "Brand Cuba" - examining some of the factors that have kept Cuba alive in the public imagination over such a long period - Allan Little hears how Che Guevara's theory of revolution almost brought disaster to South Africa's ANC in its struggle against Apartheid.
21:00 From Kai to Kiwi Kitchen
In the first of her 2008 Macmillan Brown lectures, Prof Helen Leach of the University of Otago argues that culinary traditions are important for the survival and the maintenance of our identities, and traces the extraordinary story of how Maori adapted to New Zealand climate and food opportunities on their arrival from the Pacific islands to the North.
22:30 Jack Perkins Retrospective Documentary Series - Men of Broad Arrow (part 1)
Author, former politician and controversialist John A Lee returns to Mt Eden prison and recalls the time he spent there serving a sentence in 1913
23:00 Charlie Gillet's World of Music
The opening track of Charlie's first programme of 2009 looks back at the late 1980s and the French band Mano Negra led by Manu Chao. Sonantes is a Sao Paolo-based project initiated by the vocalist CeU and her four musician friends. One of the people involved, Rica Amabis, describes how the album was conceived: "The whole thing started in our apartment, where we have a home studio. Whenever someone feels like working on it, they go to the apartment and turn on the computer. We didn't go to a big studio to record the album; almost everything was done at home." There is such a diversity of styles on the finished album that Charlie plays two tracks from it: Carimbó and Toque de Coito. A Town Called Addis is another collaborative project but one that involves British musician Nick Page (aka Dub Colossus) and a host of Ethiopian stars, including sax player Feleke Hailu Woldemariam and singer Bahta Gebrehiwot. François Luambo Makiadi, better known simply as Franco, was a key figure in Congolese music. Twenty years on since his untimely death at the age of 51, a major retrospective of his recordings is being issued and Mabele is the centrepiece of Charlie's programme this week.
23:30 Star Quality by Christine Johnston
Ros is convinced of the veracity of two things - her daily horoscope and her destiny as a rising star.