Nights for Monday 25 May 2009

7 pm News & Weather

7:20 White Zulu

Johnny Clegg - South African musician.

Music, politics and the state of the world as seen by one of South Africa's most iconic musicians, performing in New Zealand this weekend.

8 pm News & Weather

8:15 Windows on the World:

International public radio documentaries.

8:45 The Final Whistle

Joseph Romanos - sports journalist, The Wellingtonian.

Analysis of the state of play from recent recreational activities...

8:59 Conundrum: Clue 1

9 pm News & Weather


A current affairs programme direct from RNZ news.

9:40 Mexico Report

Tara Fitzgerald - freelance correspondent.

News and cultural insights from the United Mexican States in southern North America, pop. 106,682,500 (2008)... how the country is recovering after suffering the greater amounts of deaths from swine flu so far.

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 4: Standin' at the Crossroads

Standin' at the Crossroads explores Depression-era styles including the revolutionary music of Robert Johnson - the single most important country blues artist of the pre-War era. It examines Johnson's legacy and investigates the "mythology" of the blues, including the battle between the sacred and the secular.

Produced by EMP Radio/Ben Manilla Production