7:12 How a Military Dentist Keeps Smiling

Anna Thomas is hosting the show tonight. Her first guest is Army Major, Dr. James Hannah - dubbed the military's dashing dentist - about his colourful life as a dentist, serving in the military and how he keeps smiling. 

Dental instruments. (Photo by MICROGEN IMAGES/SCIENCE PHOTO LI / SMD / Science Photo Library via AFP)


7:30  At The Movies

On At The Movies,  Simon Morris looks at a fairly so-so selection of titles:  two animated features - Spirit Untamed and Cranston Academy: Monster Zone - a recent French hit - Antoinette in the Cevennes - and an Irish comedy about a couple going out together to hide the fact they're gay - Dating Amber.

8:10 The Hump

The Hump is our Wednesday night Quiz Night where we take a dive into the archives of Nga Taonga Sound and Vision for some audio gems and we want to see if you can identify them.

Tonight's prize is  a beautiful book called Homesteads: The Story of New Zealand's Grand Country Houses written by Debra Miller and with beautiful photographs by Jane Ussher.

Homesteads: The Story of New Zealand's Grand Country Houses

Photo: Point Publishing

8:15 Pacific Waves

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Koroi Hawkins presents a daily current affairs programme that delves deeper into the major stories of the week, through a Pacific lens, and shines a light on issues affecting Pacific people wherever they are in the world.

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Photo: RNZ Pacific

8:30 Window on The World 

The emoji, invented in Japan in the 1990s, and now standardised on every device and platform we have, has become a new type of global communication. Whether you love them or hate them, they stir up surprisingly strong feelings and the fight for representation on the emoji keyboard can get very heated. 

Illustration of a smartphone with the new emoticons, new emojis that honor people with disabilities, diversity or homosexuality. January 2020.

Photo: Riccardo Milani / Hans Lucas

9:07 The Normalcy Index

We talk to data journalist James Fransham from The Economist magazine , who has developed a "normalcy index" to measure changes in human behaviour around the world based on data gathered at daily and weekly intervals to evaluate how life has changed since the onset of the covid pandemic. 

People wait to enter a store in a shopping mall as stores limit the number of customers allowed inside during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 03, 2021. Ontario is now in the second stage of the 3 stage reopening plan.

Photo: Creative Touch Imaging Ltd/NurPhoto

9:30 Quiz Answer

We find out who is tonight's quiz whizz.

9:40pm Champions of The Pacific

Talei Anderson and Sela Jane Hopgood are here with RNZ Pacific's weekly sports show, Champions of the Pacific. Tonight, former Samoa international Fila Fuamatu, is advocating for change in the sports sector, using traditional village games to get Pasifika communities moving, and we delve into body building in Tonga.

Champions of the Pacific Logo

Photo: RNZ/Vinay Ranchhod

10:17 Lately

Susana Leiataua keeps you up to date if you're up late.

11:07 Inside Out

After 11, on Inside Out, Nick Tipping checks out Chet Baker, along with NZ pianist Mike Nock, Sarah Vaughan, and the bass double act of Christian McBride and Ron Carter.

Mike Nock Trio and NZ Trio in concert.

Mike Nock Trio and NZ Trio in concert. Photo: Supplied