7:12 Chat with the Shat!

William Shatner returns to NZ this October with a one man show.  He join us to tell us all about it!

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7:35 New Horizons

In the second of his two programmes celebrating the high-quality releases on the Nonesuch label, William Dart focuses on a new album from Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) and Nico Muhly, in which the world of Balinese gamelan melds with memories and dreams of Bartlett's Vermont childhood.

Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly

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8:10 Night Mail

To get in touch, email nights@radionz.co.nz , you can text us from your mobile on 2101 or you can find us on Facebook.

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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

A convent of Mexican nuns is helping to save one of the world's most endangered and most remarkable amphibians: the axolotl, a truly bizarre creature of serious scientific interest worldwide and an animal of deep-rooted cultural significance in Mexico. BBC News science correspondent Victoria Gill is allowed into the convent to discover at least some of the nun's secrets.

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9:07 Our Changing World

The DNA in this 'frag bag' of bone fragments can identify unexpected species in early Maori diet.

The DNA in this 'frag bag' of bone fragments can identify unexpected species in early Maori diet. Photo: RNZ / Alison Ballance

This week on Our Changing World, how using the latest DNA technology on a lucky dip assortment of bits of old bones and shells has cast a spotlight on the diversity and extinction of New Zealand animals when humans arrived, and a scientist shares his concerns about the impact of proposed job cuts on Te Papa's natural history collections.

9:30 The Podcast Hour

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And this week Richard Scott discovers Griefcast, a show which gets comedians to share their life stories about death and loss.

Because sometimes it really is OK to laugh about death!

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 Music 101 pocket edition

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In this week's Pocket Edition, Alex Behan finds out how Jon Toogood got his groove back, Tony Stamp hosts Vince HL for a live session and we meet Wellington's Josie Moon.

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