7:12 Cultural Ambassador - The Music Of Persia

Sharham Aryan takes us back to the golden age of Persian pop music in 1960s and 1970s - in particular the music of Azar Mohebbi Tehrani, known as Ramesh.

7:35 Materials Fact or Fiction

Professor Bill Williams, MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator and Professor in Biophysics and Soft Matter at Massey University gives us his scientific take on Superman's Kryptonite, the green crystalline material that emits radiation and weakens Superman. 

The screen-used Kryptonite crystal from the film "Superman III"  on display at Profiles In History in Calabasas, northwest of downtown Los Angeles,


8:10 Orchestra Wellington Perform The Sugar Plum Fairy

On Sunday, Orchestra Wellington will end 2020 on a high note with the Sugar Plum Fairy Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker making a special appearance. We speak to ballerina Kate Cockerton-Holmes about dancing the role.

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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

In tonight's Window on the World - Companies are growing packaging material from mycelium that is easy to compost. And a team is creating a fungal home that will sense when it's dark and switch the lights on.

9:07 Our Changing World

This week, on Our Changing World, Alison Ballance finds out what it takes to live a good life, and hears about the challenge of modelling ground shaking during earthquakes to help us better prepare for the next big earthquake.  

9:30 Overseas Correspondent

Our overseas correspondent from Sudan, Reem Abbas joins us from Khartoum.

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 Music 101 pocket edition

In this week's Pocket Edition, .. Tony Stamp will be visiting the country's newest record pressing plant - the first since the 1980s!
We'll also hear from Auckland's Leao - the faasamoa music project described as what Flying Nun would sound like if had set up shop in Samoa. And we'll be introduced to Whisperdish...