Nights for Thursday 12 May 2016
7:12 Te Whānau Mārama - Maori Astronomy
"First the sun, then the moon, then the stars". Waikato University Professor Rangi Matamua shares Maori understandings of the night sky. He's curated the Waikato Museum's current exhibition: Te Whaanau Maarama: The Heavenly Bodies.
7:35 At the Movies
Dan Slevin reviews Marvel Studios' latest Captain America: Civil War and Wellington labour of love, The Great Maiden's Blush. He also talks to U.S. critic Diana Drumm about the lack of opportunities for women film writers.
8:12 Nights' Culture - Jazz
Editor, publisher and jazz fan Fergus Barrowman is in to spin some tracks, including a little Marsalis magic
8:30 Window on the World
China Family - Now that China has ended its One Child policy, one group of state employees may soon be out of a job - the country's hated population police. Lucy Ash visits a pilot project in Shaanxi province training former enforcers to offer advice and support to rural grandparents who are left rearing children while the parents migrate to jobs in the big cities. If successful, the scheme could be rolled out nationwide to redeploy an army of family planning workers and transform the life prospects of millions of rural children.
9:07 Our Changing World
Differences in immune system genes between Maori, Pacifica and Europeans, a swallowing robot, Shaun Hendy's new book 'Silencing Science', hand-rearing kakapo chicks, and #royalcam gives a privileged view on a royal albatross chick on the Otago Peninsula.
10:17 Late Edition
A round up of today's RNZ News and feature interviews as well as Date Line Pacific from RNZ International
11:07 Music 101 pocket edition
This week's Music 101 Pocket Edition, synth slumber pop quartet Yumi Zouma's first foray into the long player format. Experimental pop composer Leila Adu talks tech and tunes with Kirsten Johnstone, and Street Chant's Emily Edrosa is live in session and on location for New Zealand Music Month