Nights for Thursday 15 February 2018
7:12 Kauri Dieback
Nights' big league botanist, Bec Stanley from Auckland Botanic Gardens joins us to share her expertise on the oomycete that's killing trees. What is it and what can we do about it?
7:35 New Horizons
William Dart looks at the music of Lisa Knapp, an English folksinger-songwriter with tiny hints of Kate Bush and Björk to her sound.
8:12 Understanding Young Men's Experiences of Suicide Bereavement
New research from Victoria University of Wellington reveals that a key aspect of young men's experiences of suicide bereavement is ubiquitous silence.
In the first study of its kind, Dr Chris Bowden, who is a lecturer in Victoria's School of Education, found that young men aged between 17-25 who lost a close male friend to suicide, suffered, grieved and eventually changed in silence.
Chris joins us in the Wellington studio.
8:30 Window on the World
A deadly and highly contagious disease is spreading across Europe's pig farms. African Swine Fever Virus doesn't harm humans, but once it infects domestic and wild pigs almost all of them die through internal bleeding within days. With a vaccine still years off, and amid fears the disease could reach as far as China, we ask if the virus can be stopped, and how. Emily Thomas meets people who think the answer lies in building fences between countries, genetically engineering pigs, and even calling in the army to hunt down disease-spreading wild boar.
9:07 Our Changing World
This week on Our Changing World - the Prime Minister's Science Prizes were awarded this week, and we talk with three of the five winners. A large team working on kiwifruit Psa disease took out the main prize, while a University of Otago chemist working with nanoparticles won the emerging scientist prize and a science film-maker won the communication prize.
9:30 This Way Up
This Way Up's Simon Morton meets the man driving the world's first independent hydrogen car startup - and he's not alone! Toyota and Hyundai are banking on a hydrogen-fuelled future too.
10:17 Late Edition
A round up of today's RNZ News and feature interviews as well as Dateline Pacific from RNZ International.
11:07 Music 101 pocket edition
In this week's Pocket Edition, Alex Behan is on the line to UK grime father Dizzee Rascal, Coco Solid takes Jana Whitta through her new mixtape called 'Cokes'; and Yadana Saw speaks with James Toth about his failed experiment in dedicated music appreciation.