Nights for Tuesday 20 May 2014
7:10 Our Own Odysseys - Favourite Book Festivals
Creative director of The Waiheke Book Festival, Geraldine O'Sullivan Beere and some of her favourite book festivals that she's travelled to over the years.
Gallery: Favourite Book Festivals
7:30 The Sampler
A weekly review and analysis of new CD releases.
8:10 Windows on the World
International public radio documentaries - visit the Windows on the World web page to find links to these documentaries.
8:40 Global Neighbours - Denmark
Reporting from the capital of the Scandinavian island nation of Denmark, pop. 5,580,413 (est. 2012), Kiwi-born Claire Clausen is a Copenhagen Post correspondent – the response to a bearded lady winning Eurovision in Copenhagen, which is also home to the world's best restaurant (NOMA), and the raucous Danish advertisement to encourage young people to vote for the EU Parliamentary Elections.
9:06 The Tuesday Feature: The TED Radio Hour - Unstoppable Learning (NPR/TED)
Our minds and bodies constantly master lessons from our surroundings. In other words, we seem to have a natural inclination to learn. That is the idea behind this TED Radio Hour as it explores that dynamic experience of learning that begins in the womb and how recognising this essential nature will revolutionise the way we teach.
What happens when you stick a computer in a wall, three feet off the ground, in a slum without so much as running water? Sugata Mitra found that he had stumbled upon a new method of education, self-directed, with no adults around. He found that the children in the slum, who had little access to education, were able to teach themselves English and even biology just from a computer.
Science writer Annie Murphy Paul asks, 'When does learning begin?' She shares a startling answer: that learning begins not in preschool or kindergarten, but in the womb. Alison Gopnik then continues to examine the learning that happens during infancy – she finds that despite the drooling and baby talk, these little ones may in fact be geniuses.
And teacher Rita Pierson expresses the value of establishing strong relationships between student and educator. This begins by being a positive presence, constantly inspiring students to look towards their potential.
10:00 Late Edition
11:06 Global Village
Finnish world chamber folk ensemble Narinnka; Italian neo-folk pioneer Riccardo Tesi; the 'Jimi Hendrix of the kora' - Sekou Kouyate – with Joe Driscoll; a two disc compilation of Latin Psychedelia; and some remarkable'60s psychedelic sitar from Tehran's Abbas Mehrpouya (7 of 12, KMUW)