7:12 New Zealand, South Africa and Rugby Rivalry

For a hundred years, the rugby teams of New Zealand and South Africa have been battering away against each other, the outcomes see-sawing with the seasons. It's a rivalry that pre-eminent historian and rugby writer Ron Palenski puts under the spotlight in Brutal: The 100 year fight for world rugby supremacy 

Brutal: The 100 year fight for world rugby supremacy

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7:30  At The Movies

On At The Movies,  Simon Morris looks at a collection of superhero movies - the long-awaited Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, Space Jam, which pitches basketball legend LeBron James against cartoon characters, and a very French film called How I became a superhero.

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 Ron Palenski's book Brutal: The 100 year fight for world rugby supremacy 

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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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. In episode two, we explore how sometimes, emoji are more than they seem. In fact, for some dating app users, criminal gangs and even human traffickers, emoji take on secret meanings. 

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

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9:30 Quiz Answer

We find out who is tonight's quiz whizz.

9:40pm Champions of The Pacific

Talei Anderson and Mariner Fagaiava-Muller are here with RNZ Pacific's weekly sports show, Champions of the Pacific.  Tonight, two Cook Island swimmers waving the flag at this year's Tokyo Olympics, and the young Pasifika women rugby commentator proving that representation matters. 

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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 Inside Out

After 11, on Inside Out, Nick Tipping features some of the best contemporary jazz tracks from the last 20 years, including Brian Blade's "Crooked Creek", Aaron Park's "Nemesis", and Bill Frisell with a moody cover of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine".

Bill Frisell

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