7:07 Sonic Tonic - Thunder

What's the closest lightning's ever come to striking you?

Ferdinand Pauwels - Luther's friend struck by lightning.

Ferdinand Pauwels - Luther's friend struck by lightning. Photo: Ferdinand Pauwels [Public domain]

7:10 Element of the Week

To mark 2019 as the year of the Periodic Table, RNZ Nights has teamed up with the MacDiarmid Institute to bring you Element of The Week.

Tonight, Nadine van der Heijden, MacDiarmid Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow introduces us to the element Thorium and the reason for tonight's sonic tonic dedicated to Thunder.

8:05 Killjoy

Chapter 9 of KILLJOY, our true-crume satire podcast. Amy Upbright has not found the going making her truw crime podcast and her boss, Ezra Snypes, from CBF is getting a bit worried about the lack of progress.

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Photo: RNZ/Laura Robinson

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 Friday Night Live

This week we hear genre-crossing electronic act Sola Rosa performing at The Kings Arms Tavern in July 2013.

Sola Rosa's Andrew Spraggon.

Sola Rosa's Andrew Spraggon. Photo: Supplied

9:07 Country Life 

On Country Life, artificial breeding with technician Gisela Bach and a West Coast Town in Good Spirits.

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Photo: RNZ / Cosmo Kentish-Barnes

Cosmo talks to the people behind the Reefton Distillery to find out about their award winning Little Biddy Gin. Head distiller Nick Secker has given the gin a distinct West Coast flavour by adding native botanicals foraged on the surrounding hills by born and bred Reefton brothers Steffan and Nigel Mackay.

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 The Mixtape

This week’s selector is Hamish McKeich, recently appointed Principal Conductor in Residence for the NZSO. He speaks to Yadana Saw about his evolution from bassoonist to classical conductor.

Conductor Hamish McKeich

Conductor Hamish McKeich Photo: RNZ/Kirsten Johnstone