7:07 Sonic Tonic - Chinese New Year

Gǒu nián jí xiáng – Good luck for the year of the dog

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new year Photo: flickr/ IQRemix

Ask yourself: if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn't I have flown directly into Beijing? I could be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now. Edward Snowden


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fine china Photo: flickr/ Prudence Styles

Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and live entirely surrounded by cows - and china. Charles Dickens


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PRC map Photo: By NuclearVacuum [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

China has to go along with world trends. That's democracy, liberty, individual freedom. China sooner or later has to go that way. It cannot go backward. Dalai Lama

8:12 Lately with Karyn Hay

We're very excited Karyn Hay is joining the Nights team starting next week. Her new show Lately with Karyn Hay will have an eye on live events, an ear for music, a great sense of humour and a genuine interest in people and their stories.  Karyn joins us tonight to tell us all about it.

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8:30 Spotlight  Photo: RNZ

Blues traditionalist Blind Boy Paxton is currently enjoying a six date tour of New Zealand. The multi-instrumentalist joins RNZ Music's Nick Bollinger to talk and sing the blues.

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton Photo: RNZ/Claire Eastham-Farrelly

9:07 Country Life 

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Photo: pacoayala/123RF

Country Life heads to the top of Mount Murchison for the 2018 Hang Gliding Nationals, A northern Territory farmer in Australia estimates he loses more than a 100 head of cattle each year in crocodile attacks, and we check out the Wool Testing Authority in Napier.

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Photo: RNZ/Susan Murray

10:17 Late Edition

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

11:07 The Mixtape

For the latest series of The Mixtape, RNZ Music invites guests to compile a C60 of local sounds, and talk us through their selections.

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No Tag (L-to-R: Mark Sullivan, Carl Van Wetering, Paul Van Wetering and Andrew Boak) Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Boak

Andrew Boak was the guitarist with Auckland punk band, No Tag, in the early 80s. They're getting back together for one of the last shows at The Kings Arms before it closes for good, alongside a host of other early NZ punk and post-punk bands. He talks about his multifaceted life in music, which included stints as a roadie for My Bloody Valentine, running a house music label, and working in the offices of Rough Trade records.

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Andrew Boak No Tag 1981/ 82 Photo: 2013 Simon Grigg