Nights for Tuesday 31 May 2016
7:12 Our Own Odysseys - Kevin Biggar - South Pole
Adventurer Kevin Biggar and his friend Jamie Fitzgerald trekked 1200kms, pulling 160 kgs, battling -40C temperatures, unsupported, from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole, then turned around and went back. We'll ask him what on earth motivated him.
7:30 The Sampler
Nick Bollinger wraps up New Zealand Music Month with a handful of local releases, including the Polynesian reggae of Unity Pacific, introspective electronica of Pacific Heights, globe-trotting troubadours Tom Cunliffe and Will Wood, and the reissue of a lost jazz-punk classic from Three Voices
8:30 Window on the World
Shea Gold - Journalist and BBC Focus on Africa presenter Akwasi Sarpong heads to Ghana to hear the stories of rural women at the bottom of the pyramid of a multi-million dollar confectionery, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics industry relying on shea butter from Africa. The United Nations Development Programme estimates that an average of three million women work directly, or indirectly, with shea butter. Exports account for 90 million to 200 million dollars a year. Shea butter has become a preferred commodity for makers of skin products because of its natural healing properties and by confectioners as a cocoa butter substitute. But while we slap on body creams, bathe with soaps and enjoy sweets with shea butter extracts, how many of us know where the butter comes from and what life is like for the women who make it for income to support their families?
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 At the Eleventh Hour
Global Village features music from African women from across the continent - including Nigeria's The Lijadu Sisters, Western Sahara's Aziza Brahim, Mauritania's noura mint seymali, Les Amazones de Guinee, and "Mama Africa" herself - South Africa's Miriam Makeba.