7:12 How's The Economy Doing?

Economist Brian Easton is our first pundit of 2021. As The Treasury forecasts suggest the economy is doing better than expected after the Covid Shock, Brian takes a look at the details.

A person carrying shopping nags in Auckland on June 19, 2020.

Photo: AFP / Greg Bowker

7:30 The Sampler

On the fiftieth anniversary of his first solo album, Paul McCartney releases a new homemade set. Nick Bollinger evaluates it in the context of a half century of post-Beatles albums, in this week's Summer Sampler.

Paul McCartney

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8:10 Jamie Tahana on The Te Araroa Trail

Jamie Tahana

Photo: Jamie Tahana

You'll usually find RNZ Pacific reporter, Jamie Tahana just after 8:15pm presenting Dateline Pacific, but he's taking a break from the newsroom to walk the Te Araroa Trail. Tonight we catch up with him in Picton.

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

On Wednesday, 20 January Joe Biden was sworn in as America's 46th president of the United States, after scoring a record-breaking victory on his third attempt at winning the White House. BBC special correspondent James Naughtie  charts Joe Biden's blue-collar roots and political career, and asks what can he and the Democratic Party offer America, following one of the most divisive periods in American history. 

US President Joe Biden signs three documents including an Inauguration declaration, cabinet nominations and sub-cabinet noinations in the Presidents Room at the US Capitol after being sworn-in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021.

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9:07 The Arts Hour

Joining Nikki Bedi on the Arts Hour, Actor Juliette Binoche on her new 1960s-based film How to be a Good Wife and the importance of truth in acting.

French actress Juliette Binoche arrives for the European Film Festival awards ceremony on December 7, 2019 in Berlin.

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Writer and director Julia Hart on re-inventing 1970s crime thrillers from a woman's point of view, in her film I'm Your Woman. Actor Sacha Dhawan on his new role as confidante to Catherine the Great of Russia in TV Drama, The Great, as well as being the first Asian actor to play The Master in the BBC's Doctor Who.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12: Actor Sacha Dhawan attends The Reveal of the What Is Sexy? List celebrated by Victoria's Secret Bombshells at The Beverly on May 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.   Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret/AFP

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Screen and stage actor, Adjoa Andoh, talks about her role as Lady Danby in the TV drama, Bridgerton, set in high society London in the early nineteenth century and there's music from Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, Stian Carstensen, that he describes as 'Surf meets Turkish war music'

10:17 Late Edition

After the long news bulletin at 10, we take a look back at the big news stories and the best interviews of the day.

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11:07 Worlds of Music

Trevor Reekie hosts a weekly music programme celebrating an eclectic mix of 'world' music, fusion and folk roots.