7:12 A History of Palmerston North

We talk to Massey University Emeritus Professor Margaret Tennant,  one of the authors of City at the Centre: A history of Palmerston North.

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7:35 The Sampler

Nick Bollinger reviews dark reflections on modern America from Sufjian Stevens; a celebration of an old-time song-and-dance man from Joachim Cooder; and the hip-hop-from-another-planet of Sam Gendel.    

Sam Gendel Satin Doll

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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

Toby Withers explores how you can be dyslexic in one language, but not in another. 

Asian girls students writing test exams on paper for Admissions in high school with uniform student in row seat School classroom of Thailand,

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9:10 Nights Sport - Rikki Swannell

Rikki Swannell joins us once again with her take on the latest sport.

Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat reacts during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Three of the 2020 NBA Finals

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9:30 Best of the West - The Writers' Festival

Tonight a korero from 2015.  Stephanie Johnson discusses with Harry Ricketts her hilarious, poignant and mischievous satire The Writers' Festival at the Going West Writers Festival.  Stephanie's first writers festival attendance was at Going West in 1996, she and friend Peter Wells went on to establish the Auckland Writers Festival. The Writers' Festival is the sequel to the equally entertaining The Writing Class.

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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 Nashville Babylon

On Nashville Babylon, Mark Rogers has music from Bill Callahan, Justin Townes Earle, Toots & The Maytals and Faye Webster. There's also a new track from New Zealand's Stretch plus classics courtesy of Rory Gallagher, Don McGlashan and Bobbie Gentry.

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