Nights for Thursday 18 June 2009

7 pm News & Weather

7:15 What women want

Professor Meredith Chivers - psychologist, Queens University.

How well do women know themselves? Research shows that women can be sexually attracted to other women, despite their stated preferences for heterosexuality or homosexuality.

7:30 Spectrum:

People, places and events in New Zealand.

8 pm News & Weather

8:15 Windows on the World:

International public radio documentaries.

8:45 Starry Starry Night - astronomy

Alan Gilmore - astronomer, Mt John University Observatory.

"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space" Douglas Adams...

This week; misinformation about Mars and the 40th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.

8:59 Conundrum: Clue 7

9 pm News & Weather

9:06 Our Changing World:

Radio New Zealand's science and environment programme.

9:59 Conundrum: Clue 8

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 Frank Zappa - the Radio is Broken

The Music Mix is in hiatus until Thursday 23 July, and a series on the late-great mother of invention, Frank Zappa takes its place.

In The Radio is Broken, Jim Gardner traces a personal thread through Zappa's 35 year career.

According to biographer Greg Russo, in his book 'Cosmik Debris: The Collected History and Improvisations of Frank Zappa':

"A very creative and intelligent five-part series on the musical career of Frank Zappa was created by James Gardner for Radio New Zealand Concert... With its expert editing and insightful analysis by Gardner, the program is the most definitive radio-oriented work on Zappa."