Nights for Monday 18 May 2009

7 pm News & Weather

7:20 Life in Sport

Brendan Telfer - sports broadcaster

Two months ago, as he was about to launch his autobiography Life in Sport Brendan collapsed and was placed into an induced coma; Brendan talks about the road to recovery and his unabated passion for sport.

8 pm News & Weather

8:15 Windows on the World:

International public radio documentaries.

8:45 The Final Whistle

Helene Elliott - sports columnist, LA Times

Analysis of the state of play from recent recreational activities. This week, the fight against drugs, but sport athletes continue to cheat.

8:59 Conundrum: Clue 1

9 pm News & Weather


A current affairs programme direct from RNZ news.

9:40 Canada Report

Ross Bragg - freelance correspondent

News and cultural insights from Canada in the north of North America, pop. 33,579,000 (2009 estimate) ... preparations for the 2010 Olympics.

9:59 Conundrum: Clue 2

10 pm News & Weather

10:17 Late Edition:

A review of the leading news from Morning Report, Nine to Noon, Afternoons and Checkpoint. Also hear the latest news from around the Pacific on Radio New Zealand International's Dateline Pacific.

11 pm News & Weather

11:06 The Birth of the Blues

Willie Dixon, one of America's greatest songwriters, put it this way, "The blues is the roots and the rest are the fruits."

Today the roots have born fruits all over the world.

Jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul music, even rap all have blues as a foundation. On the surface blues is simple, sometimes just three chords, sometimes just one chord with lyrics that repeat themselves. But below the surface there is an emotional sophistication that makes the blues one of the most intense music forms you'll ever hear.

Part 3: T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do

In addition to documenting W.C. Handy's relationship with the blues, this episode features first-generation blues divas, including Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Sippie Wallace, backed by jazz bands led by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Lonnie Johnson.

Produced by EMP Radio/Ben Manilla Production