7:12 Vanuatu and Volcanos

The volcano on Ambae is belching a plume of smoke and ash.

The volcano on Ambae is belching a plume of smoke and ash. Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

We start our evening with an update from Vanuatu.  Firstly volcanologist Brad Scott gives us an overview from a scientific perspective and RNZ International journalist Koroi Hawkins gives us an update with what's happening on the ground.

You'll find the volcano webcams that Brad Scott spoke about here.

7:35 Upbeat

Wu Man

Wu Man Photo: Stephen Kahn

Wu Man is a virtuoso of the pipa  peepa- also called the Chinese lute - which has been played in China for around 2000 years and she is credited with giving the instrument a new role in both traditional and contemporary music.  She is here to perform with the New Zealand String Quartet. The founding member of Yo-yo Ma's Silkroad Ensemble plays her pipa live in the studio and discusses the fascinating evolution of her solo career which has seen her perform with Kronos Quartet and premiere works by Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, Bright Sheng and Tan Dun.

8:12 The Future of Work.

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The notion of the shorter working week and increased leisure time is the promise that many writers of utopian futures (and politicians) have spoken of most of our lives.  Nights' computer scientist Prof. Mark Apperley from University of Waikato looks into what this means in reality?

8:30 Window on the World

This week we're in South Africa, picking up great big squirming handfuls of maggots. Could these unpalatable little creatures hold the answer to some big questions - what to do about the huge amount of waste going into landfill, and how to meet the world's growing demand for a sustainable supply of farmed fish, pigs and poultry? A company called Agriprotein thinks its fly farm is the solution. They've just won The Food Chain's first Global Champion Award - which recognises innovative ideas that could have a longstanding impact on the way we produce or consume food.

9:30 Insight

Airport arrivals board showing New Zealand and Pacific countries

Photo: RNZ/Sara Vui-Talitu

This week, Insight looks at whether the pacific quota immigration scheme, is living up to its image in the islands, as the 'New Zealand dream'.

10:17 Late Edition

A roundup of today's RNZ News and feature interviews as well as Dateline Pacific from RNZ International.

11:07 Nashville Babylon

This week Mark drops brand new tracks from Courtney Marie Andrews and Americana sensation William The Conqueror, spins classic blues from Billy Boy Arnold and Fats Waller and says "happy birthday" to Gillian Welch. There's also tunes from Willard Grant Conspiracy and Bonnie Prince Billy plus a rocksteady gem courtesy of Derek Harriot.