7:12 Nights' Science - Astronomy

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Nights' Astronomer Alan Gilmour joins us once again.  Tonight we're getting a lesson in how to read a Sky Chart.  You can download August's Sky Chart here.

7:30 The Sampler

Nick Bollinger unpacks the music and messages in Dudley Benson's epic album Zealandia; the flora-filled verses of Otago singer-songwriter Holly Arrowsmith; and the jazz-rap refelctions of Tom Scott's Avantdale Bowling Club.

Holly Arrowsmith

Holly Arrowsmith Photo: Eventfinda

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

Part 2 in the series "Where are you going? Takes us to the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, where Catherine Carr meets the feminist teenagers who dream of equality and a jet-setting seven-year-old who is already worried about college. She meets a depressed new mother struggling to cope, and a teenager praying for good exam grades. The exchanges can be funny, sad or sweet or simply unforgettable. Mixed with the sounds of the city, the stories create a poetic and unpredictable listen.

Busy traffic in the old quarter, Hanoi.

Busy traffic in the old quarter, Hanoi. Photo: AFP

9:07 Tuesday Feature

We're off to Ottawa for the concluding programme of this year's BBC Reith Lecture series by historian, Margaret MacMillan who is looking at representations of war: can we really create beauty from horror and death? Speaking at the Canadian War Museum, she discusses the paradox of commemoration, and she questions attempts to capture the essence and meaning of war through art.

Frederick Varley - German Prisoners

Frederick Varley - German Prisoners Photo: Frederick Varley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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 Worlds of Music

Anandi Bhattacharya

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Trevor Reekie hosts a weekly music programme celebrating an eclectic mix of 'world' music, fusion and folk roots. Tonight,  Indian vocalist Anandi Bhattacharya, a child prodigy in a family filled with illustrious musicians. Her father, Debashish Bhattacharya is considered the greatest slide guitarist in India and together they have recorded Anandi's debut album called Joys Abound.

Debashish Bhattacharya

Debashish Bhattacharya Photo: supplied