7:12 The Mad King Reimagined

Eight Songs for a Mad King

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New Zealand Opera are set to reimagine Eight Songs for a Mad King, the monodrama by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, at Tūranga in Christchurch this week.  We're joined by director, Thomas de Mallet Burgess and baritone Robert Tucker in our Christchurch Studio.

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7:35 The Sampler

Nick Bollinger discusses the lockdown songs of Jeff Tweedy and rebellious synth-pop of Ela Minus while Tony Stamp lends an ear to This Is The Kit.    

This Is The Kit

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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 

Only three countries still hunt whales commercially. They do it despite little demand for whale meat and sometimes fierce international condemnation. So why do they continue? The BBC's Food Chain investigates.

Crew of a whaling ship check a whaling gun or harpoon before departure at Ayukawa port in Ishinomaki City, Japan.

Crew of a whaling ship check a whaling gun or harpoon before departure at Ayukawa port in Ishinomaki City, Japan. Photo: Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP

9:10 Nights Sport

Tonight's sportscaster is Helene Elliot from the LA Times.

 A view before the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Inglewood, California.

A view before the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images/AFP

9:30 The Best of The West

We continue our pick of audio gems from The Going West Festival.

In 2016, Roger Shepherd, the founder of iconic Kiwi independent record label Flying Nun, joins lifelong music fan, journalist and TV personality John Campbell to share the story of his life with the independent and much loved music label that has been taking the sounds of Aotearoa New Zealand to the world for nearly 40 years.

Going West

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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

After 11, on Nashville Babylon, Mark Rogers plays some of his favourite tracks of 2020 with songs from Tami Neilson, Courtney Marie Andrews and Emma Swift.

Tami Neilson

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There's also blues from Etta James, a birthday tune for Brownie McGhee plus reggae courtesy of the Pioneers.

The late Queen of Blues - Etta James

The late Queen of Blues - Etta James Photo: Supplied