Nights for Thursday 2 July 2009

7 pm News & Weather

7:15 Lightning Storms

Professor Colin Price, atmospheric scientist, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University.

How does lightning predict storm intensity, particularly in regions that lack hurricane-tracking technology.

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 Hot Rocks - geology

Hamish Campbell, geologist, GNS Science.

Drilling a core into the geologic cycle.

This week; 40th anniversary of the Maui Gas Field.

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."