7:12 Asparagus Tips

With Asparagus season just around the corner, Melody talks with Catherine Lewis , an asparagus producer about its history, how it is grown and hopefully a couple of recipes.


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7:30  At The Movies

On At The Movies, Simon Morris looks at the highly anticipated the second sci-fi drama in two weeks - Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt.  He also reviews that rare thing, an R-rated kids comedy, and Film Festival favourite Maiden - about the first all-women team to compete in the Whitbread Round The World race.

8:07 Midweek Quiz

We take a dive into the archives of Nga Taonga Sound and Vision for some audio gems and we want to see if you can identify them.

The prize tonight is a beautiful book by Paul Bangay - Small Garden Design (flick through and make noises with book) and beautiful photography by Simon Griffiths.

Paul Bangay is renowned for the expansive and elegant gardens with classical lines and symmetrical plantings that he has created in Australia and all over the world. Yet gardens on this grand scale are not accessible to everyone. With more of us living in apartments, townhouses and terraces, our gardens are now being squeezed into small spaces such as balconies, courtyards, lightwells or rooftops--and this makes for challenging garden design. Here, Paul applies his 25 years of experience with gardens of all sizes to reveal how best to structure, design and choose plants for small spaces. Chapters on Balconies & Terraces, Rooftops, Inner City, Lightwells and Courtyards are lavishly illustrated with photos by Simon Griffiths and enhanced with lots of practical tips on plant types, paving, irrigation, soil, outdoor dining, lighting and making the space appear larger.

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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

The BBC's Emily Thomas visits the Chinese-American cook, Ken Hom, in his Paris flat to hear about his life told through five memorable dishes.

Ken Hom (21st July 2014)

Photo: DKB [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

9:07 Book Reading - Plum by Maurice Gee

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The final chapter of our book reading of Maurice Gee's award-winning novel "Plumb" read by Barry Empson.

9:30 Playing Out

Tonight we're taking a look at a recent development in the UK which encourages communities to temporarily shut off their streets to traffic to allow children the space to play.  We're joined by the Director of Playing Out UK, Alice Ferguson and Isabella Cawthorne - a consultant and play campaigner here in Wellington.

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 checks out a new album from all-female Cuban band Maqueque, tracks from Jann Rutherford and Kirsten McKenzie, one from bass player Drew Gress, and violinist Regina Carter with pianist Kenny Barron.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque Photo: Rick McGinnis