8:10 The House

Today on our Parliament programme - The House - members of the public get some last-minute advice into the government about its budget plans. 

8:15 Pacific Waves

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. Hosted by Susana Suisuiki.

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8:30 Nights Jukebox

Emile Donovan plays your requests - as long as you've got a compelling reason, or a good story to go with it.

Send in your requests to nights@rnz.co.nz or text 2101.

9:07 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 Myth Takes: The Birth of Rome

Classics enthusiast and educator Ben Jackson is back and tonight we're celebrating a birthday - Rome's birthday.

Rome was allegedly founded on 21 April, 753 BCE, by brothers Romulus and Remus.

A bronze statue of a she-wolf depicts with twins Romulus and Remus suckling.

According to Roman mythology Rome was allegedly founded on the twenty-first of April, 753 BCE, by brothers Romulus and Remus. Photo: Creative Commons

9:30 Midweek Mediawatch

Hayden Donnell is live in studio to chat with Emile Donovan about what's been happening in the media this week, including Samantha Hayes' solo headlining role in the new Stuff-owned 6pm show, SkyNews' competitor bulletin launches, and union disputes continue at TVNZ.

10:17 What is structured literacy and why is the government talking about it?

Primary and secondary school students' ability to read and write has been steadily declining for at least 15 years now.

Education minister Erica Stanford has announced that New Zealand schools will be pivoting to teaching structured literacy.

To find out what structured literacy means, and whether it will work, Nights is joined by founder of The Education Hub, Dr Nina Hood.


10:30 Sex on Screen: Why is Hollywood shying away from sex and nudity?

One of the most talked about films at the moment is Luca Guadagnino's steamy tennis epic Challengers.

But while full of double entendre and extremely suggestive scenes the movie almost eschews sex entirely.

And as it turns out, aside from a few notable exceptions, the depiction of love making on film has dramatically declined in the past 20 years.

RNZ's very own Tony Stamp has written about the trend and talks to Emile Donovan about what might be driving it.

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10:45 You're it! The Outback town where they play a month long game of tag

In the heart of the of Queensland Outback lies the small town of Longreach.

For a couple of years now, a group of friends in the town have been playing an annual month-long game of tag.

Adults running around hiding from each other, either trying to avoid being tagged or chasing others to pass on the dreaded title of being 'it'.

One of these enthusiastic tag players is ABC producer Nicole Bond who talks to Emile Donovan about why it's proven to be such a hit.

summer, childhood, leisure and people concept - happy little boy and girl playing tag game and running outdoors on green field

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11:07 Pocket Edition

On this week's episode of Pocket Edition we hear new music from Jamie XX, Warpaint and Georgia Gets By. Brooke Fraser lifts the lid on a special one night show she has planned with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in June.