7:12 Pandemic and the Economy

Economist Brian Easton joins us to apply his know-how to give us some idea of the economics of Covid-19 both here in Aotearoa and worldwide, but as he says himself,

"If you confidently know the answers to any of these questions, you have not been following closely enough."

Brian Easton's book "Not in Narrow Seas: The Economic History of Aotearoa New Zealand" is to be released next month.

Brian Easton's book "Not in Narrow Seas: The Economic History of Aotearoa New Zealand" is to be released next month. Photo: Victoria University Press

7:30 Song Crush

The Song Crush team this week have a listen to Fiona Apple banging on pots and pans, Chelsea Jade with another great song about being awkward, bass virtuoso Thundercat and more. 

Kirsten Johnstone is joined by Music 101 producer Tony Stamp and Bang! host Melody Thomas. 

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8:10 Bedtime Stories

We delve into the RNZ storytime website to bring you a little bedtime story every Tuesday just after 8.

Storytime is RNZ's collection of free children's audio books

Storytime is RNZ's collection of free children's audio books Photo: SCREENSHOT

8:15 Dateline Pacific

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RNZ Pacific have temporarily suspended Dateline Pacific in it regular format so that they can concentrate their efforts on broadcasting to the Pacific. In the meantime, each weeknight we'll chat to one of their reporters for a daily update.  Tonight Bryan Crump talks to Walter Zweifel.

8:30 Window on the World

People waiting by the side of the street for relief in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Covid-19 lockdowns mean many poorer people are starving.

People waiting by the side of the street for relief in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Covid-19 lockdowns mean many poorer people are starving. Photo: Khandaker Azizur Rahman Sumon/NurPHoto

Death by coronavirus or hunger? That's the tough question being faced by many in developing countries.

9:07 Smart Talk

Jokha Alharthi, the Omani author of Celestial Bodies, talks about her literary world and what winning the Booker International prize has meant for Arabic literature and for herself. A highlight from the 2020 New Zealand Arts Festival writers' programme.

Translator Marilyn Booth and author Jokha-Alharthi receive the Man Booker International prize in 2019

Translator Marilyn Booth and author Jokha-Alharthi receive the Man Booker International prize in 2019 Photo: Man Booker

10:17 After10

  • 10:20 Back To School for some.

Across the country today some schools have had a teacher only day, preparing for tomorrow when some of their students will return to the class room with the change to Level 3. We speak to the principal of Rowandale School in Manurewa, Karl Vasau.

Rowandale School, Manurewa.

Rowandale School, Manurewa. Photo: www.rowandale.school.nz/

  • 10:40 Virtual Car Racing
Virtual Racing

Virtual Racing Photo: Triple Eight Race Engineering | Red Bull Holden Racing Team

We get an insight into the world of virtual car racing with racer Shane von Ginsbergen.

New Zealand Supercars driver Shane van Gisbergen

New Zealand Supercars driver Shane van Gisbergen Photo: Photosport Ltd 2018 www.photosport.nz

  • 10:50 A Daily Lockdown Acrostic Poem
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Every day during level 4, Russell Garret has been emailing us his thoughts, feelings and observations of lockdown in the form of an acrostic poem. 

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11:07 Worlds of Music

On Worlds of Music Trevor has devoted the hour entirely to the music and business of the tireless World Circuit label who have been in business since the mid 80’s and have a catalogue that includes some of the most iconic musicians in trans global music.

Orchestra Baobab - pic ; Jonas Karlsson

Orchestra Baobab - pic ; Jonas Karlsson Photo: Orchestra Baobab - pic ; Jonas Karlsson : World Circuit

The program features an interview with producer and the owner of World Circuit - Nick Gold. A man who’s passion and instincts have seen him grow a label that is renowned for it’s quality and integrity.

Ali Farke Toure  by Jonass Karlsson

Ali Farke Toure by Jonass Karlsson Photo: Jonass Karlsson , World Circuit