9:05 Nights Quiz

Do you know your stuff? Come on the air and be grilled by Emile Donovan as he dons his quizmaster hat.

If you get an answer right, you move on to the next question. If you get it wrong, your time in the chair is up, and the next caller will be put through. The person with the most correct answers at the end of the run goes in the draw for a weekly prize.

The quiz is themed - find out more about tonight's theme on Nights' Facebook page.

9:15 Shower Thoughts: Why do we switch our phones to airplane mode?

Have you ever been standing in the shower, when suddenly, the noise in your brain clears and in its place appears the perfect thought?

That's a Shower Thought, and Nights is aiming to answer those unshakeable questions lurking in the back of your mind.

Tonight's question: Why do we have to put our phones into flight mode? Will the plane drop out of the sky if I get a text? 

 Aviation expert Peter Clark joins Emile Donovan to help answer this question.

37072008 - interior of airplane with passengers on seats waiting to taik off.

Photo: 123RF

9:30 Politics by Night with Marc Daalder

Newsroom's Marc Daalder joins Emile Donovan to talk about the big stories in New Zealand politics.

Tonight: The Government investigates a mega tunnel underneath Wellington, and draft proposals have been released for consultation by the Climate Change Commission.

The Beehive

Photo: RNZ

9:50 'Black gold': Why ​NZ grown black garlic is in high demand

Neudorf Black is the country's biggest producer of black garlic which is quickly being snapped up in restaurants and home kitchens alike.

Neudorf Black's Noel Jelsma joins Emile and shares a recipe, creamy portobello mushrooms with black garlic puree to give black garlic a try.

Noël and Teena sit on a bench outside holding a braid of garlic between them and smiling.

Noël and Teena took the reins to Neudorf Black in 2019, and run the black garlic oven on their property in Moutere, Nelson. Photo: Supplied

10:17 Defamation laws under spotlight after high profile Australian trial

The long running defamation case between Bruce Lehrmann and Network Ten and journalist Lisa Wilkinson came to a conclusion this week in Australia.

What can we learn from this case in terms of defamation law here in Aotearoa - and the wider role of the media in criminal cases?

Steven Price is a barrister specialising in media law and joins Emile Donovan to discuss the case.

Image of Bruce Lehrmann emerging from court on April 15, 2024 in Sydney, Australia.

Bruce Lehrmann emerges from court on April 15, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Getty Images / Don Arnold

10:30 Making it up on the spot with Joe Bill

Joe Bill has been called one of the best teachers of improvisation in America today.

He's in New Zealand for the Auckland Improv Festival doing a number of sold out workshops and performing his one hour special Rough Cuts.

Joe Bill joins Emile Donovan.

Joe stands on a stage gesturing and speaking against a black background.

Joe Bill has taught improv skills to corporate clients like Disney, PepsiCo, American Express, and the CIA. Photo: Supplied

11:07 Worlds of Music

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

Toumani Diabate Playing his 21 stringed kora

Toumani Diabate Playing his 21 stringed kora Photo: Supplied