Nights for Thursday 18 August 2016
7:12 Alicia Sudden, Researcher
Victoria University Student Alicia Sudden has looked at the changes to the welfare system introduced in July 2013 and beneficiaries told her the reforms are failing to help them get into quality employment. Alicia Sudden is with Bryan Crump to discuss her research and what the beneficiaries told her.
7:35 New Horizons
After viewing the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, William Dart checks out the great Brazilian musicians featured there: Paulinho da Viola, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Elza Soares.
8:12 Nights' Culture - Charlotte Wilson
8:30 Window on the World
BBC World service has a rare encounter with one of Brazil's most extraordinary poets. Adélia Prado has shunned the spotlight since her discovery in 1976 - then a 40-year-old mother of five living in the interior state of Minas Gerais. Now aged 80, her sensual, devout, sometimes provocative poetry is read and admired around the world.
9:07 Our Changing World
Tonight Alison Ballance looks into Geonet. She heads to the briefing room at GNS Science to find out from Ken Gledhill and Caroline Little how earthquake detection has improved from something that used to take weeks to becoming a sophisticated network of seismic monitors and GPS stations that can pinpoint the exact location, size and depth of a shake within a few seconds. Also on Our Changing World Sonia Sly looks at online dating and the promises to guarantee finding love, with research showing that 1 in 5 new relationships and 1 in 6 marriages are through online dating. She looks at how to navigate the pitfalls of meeting Mr or Mrs Right in the virtual world, when she meets Martin Graff, a reader in Psychology at the University of South Wales.
9:30 This Way Up
Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles are another piece of technology- like GPS, the microwave, nylon and the wristwatch before them- that have migrated from the military to the mainstream.Powered by cheap electronic componentry and controlled using smartphones, one day they could deliver the goods you buy online straight to your door. And in the meantime you can race them too! A New Zealand team is headed for the Olympics of drone racing, the World Drone Racing Championships, that take place in Hawaii in October. This Way Up's Simon Morton sampled the local RotorCross scene.
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
In this week's Music 101 Pocket Edition Arrested Development talk social activism, Australian sample heavy hip-hop trio The Avalanches on why it took 16 years to make an album, and a look back at The Reduction Agents, ten years on.