7:12 A laughing matter - the study of Humour,

Researching humour is not just a laughing matter for cultural studies lecturer Dr Nick Holm. He specialises in studying its multiple forms – from satire to deadpan – to understand how humour can make us chuckle and think more seriously about social and political issues.

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7:30  At The Movies

On At The Movies, Simon Morris reviews an odd assortment - the Marvel Comics superheroes Ant-Man and the Wasp, the story of Frankenstein creator, Mary Shelley…  and unlikely gay couple Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan in Ideal Homes.

8:10 Night Mail

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8:15 Dateline Pacific

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RNZ Pacific's daily current affairs programme covering the major Pacific stories of the week, with background and reaction from the people making the news.

8:30 Window on the World

Even today the stereotype continues that only children are selfish, spoiled and lonely - it's the so-called "only child syndrome". But around the world one-child families are becoming more common. So why do some parents decide to have only one child? And how much does it have to do with circumstance and economics? Harriet Noble, an only child herself, travels across Europe and speaks to three families, each with one child.

9:07 BANG!

Using real stories told by real people, Melody Thomas leads a frank (but often entertaining) exploration of sex, sexuality and relationships. Tonight we hear three stories about the ways people move past shame and embarrassment, to wards the light on the other side.

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10:17 Lately

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Lately with Karyn Hay is a late night radio show on RNZ National, with an eye on live events, an ear for music, a great sense of humour and a genuine interest in people and their stories.

11:07 Inside Out

Nick Tipping hosts a journey through the jazz spectrum playing favourites, standards and new releases along the way. Tonight, Nick features the great Betty Carter, plus tracks from Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery, and Buddy Rich playing the Channel One Suite.

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