7:12 Syria on the Ground

We first spoke to Mike Seawright, Founder & Executive Director of ReliefAid about a year ago on Nights.  Mike has recently returned from the Middle East after overseeing their latest delivery of winter shelter and education aid to families displaced to camps in Northern Syria. He joins us to talk about how things are now in Syria and how those on the ground see the future.

7:30 The Sampler

Taylor Swift, 2017

Taylor Swift, 2017 Photo: supplied

In The Sampler this week Nick Bollinger considers Taylor Swift's latest bid for pop-world domination and examines a controversial corner of Bob Dylan's extensive career - the gospel years.

8:12 Theory of Revolution

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution of 1917, Nights' pundit and University of Otago political historian Prof Brian Roper takes a look at Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin.  Who was he? What were some of his most important ideas? Are those ideas still relevant for the left in the 21st Century?

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Photo: By Wilhelm Plier [Public domain, Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

8:30 Window on the World

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Photo: By Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Lock (USAF) (dodmedia.osd.mil) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

As the world watches the events unfolding in Zimbabwe, we profile Robert Mugabe, the man who has defined the country's politics for more than forty years. We chart how he went from revolutionary liberation hero to one of the continent's most notorious leaders, presiding over his country's economic and social collapse.

9:07 Smart Talk

Russell Brown, Georgina Beyer, Julia Amua Whaipooti, Tāwhanga Nopera, Richard Pamatatau.

Russell Brown, Georgina Beyer, Julia Amua Whaipooti, Tāwhanga Nopera, Richard Pamatatau. Photo: Auckland Museum

This edition in the 2017 series Smart Talk from the Auckland Museum explores the theme of power and privilege. Russell Brown talks about confronting entitlement with the former MP and Mayor of Carterton Georgina Beyer, journalist and academic Richard Pamatatau, activist Julia Amua Whaipooti and artist and scholar Tawhanga Nopera.

10:17 Late Edition

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

11:07 Worlds of Music

Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar Photo: supplied

On Worlds of Music Trevor Reekie hosts a weekly music programme celebrating an eclectic mix of trans global music, fusion and folk roots. This week features sitar star Anoushka Shankar and from Lebanon Ghada SheBer who are both coming to Womad 2018, from Cuba the Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band, a brief eulogy to the recently departed Fats Domino and a live recording and interview with the Polish band the Warsaw Village Band who played Womad 2017.

Fats Domino dies at 89-years-old.

Fats Domino dies at 89-years-old. Photo: Wikicommons