7:12 Erik Brenstrum looks towards the stars 

Nights Meterology expert Erick Brenstrum has the stratosphere on his mind! He joins Bryan to discuss that particular part of the atmosphere, typhoons, hurricanes and wildfires. He also has a review of The Collapse of the Eastern Mediterranean by Ronnie Ellenblum

It's a hot start to 2018.

It's a hot start to 2018. Photo: 123RF

7:30 Song Crush

Laurie Anderson, Tinariwen and Secret Knives are among the acts featured in this week's edition of Song Crush from the RNZ National Music team.

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Photo: RNZ / Pinky Fang

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

Tonight's window on the world takes us to meet Italy’s first and only black senator, Toni Iwobi, and hear how a new generation of black Italians are fighting to claim their place in a society that’s still very white.

9:07 The New Zealand Wars 

A tattered Union Jack

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The New Zealand Wars were a series of conflicts fought between the Crown and various Maori groups between 1845 and 18726. Profoundly shaping the course and direction of our nation’s history, the wars have been neglected, misrepresented and have had little hold on the popular imagination.

Today, however, interest in the wars is reviving, in part due to books like The New Zealand Wars/Nga Pakanga o Aotearoa published earlier this year by Bridget Williams Books. Mihingarangi Forbes interviews the historian Vincent O’Malley about the book, and the stories of wartime, in front of an audience at Te Papa.

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

J S Ondara

J S Ondara Photo: Supplied

Trevor Reekie hosts a weekly music programme celebrating an eclectic mix of 'world' music, fusion and folk roots. Tonight, a young Kenyan musician who from a young age became enamored with the words and music of Bob Dylan. So much so that when Ondara won an American green card lottery, he moved to Dylan’s home city of Minnesota. In 2013, aged 20, Ondara arrived with a rudimentary grasp of both English and playing guitar, little money and no professional connections.

With little more that his unique voice and a growing catalogue of original songs, J S Ondara scored a deal with Verve Records. Now he is touring America, Canada, playing sold out concert halls in Europe and the UK. A remarkable story about a young musician who is now encountering comparative ubiquity with his album ‘Tales of America’.