09:05 Boris Johnson asks for December snap election

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is attempting to call a snap election as he tries to get the country out of the European Union. He's told British MP's he'll give them more time to debate his Brexit deal - but only if they agree to an election on December 12th. Both of Boris Johnson's previous attempts to force an election have been defeated by MPs. The European Union is set to decide this evening New Zealand time, whether to extend next week's deadline for the UK to leave the union. Lynn talks with Tim Bale, Professor of politics at London's Queen Mary University.

09:20 Uni students invent buoy to detect riptides

Victoria University students Chamonix Stuart & Hannah Tilsley have designed a system to help prevent drownings in rip currents. It's a floating buoy which can detect a rip current, and change colour depending on the danger to warn swimmers.  They've made it to the top 20 of the 2019 James Dyson Design Award, beating out over 1,000 designs from 27 countries.

09:30 NZ's top 100 day walks

Shaun Barnett, writer, photographer and outdoorsman shares his favourite day walks around the country.
He's just published a revised edition of Day Walks in New Zealand - with 20 new walks, spanning the country from Cape Reinga to Rakiura.

09:45 Pacific Correspondent Koro Vaka'uta - measles beyond borders

Across New Zealand this year  there have been 1928 confirmed cases of measles notified, 1554 of the people affected are in Auckland, many residents of southern suburbs which are home to a large Pasifika population. The spread offshore to Samoa and Tonga is causing concern. 

Measles screening at Pago Pago International Airport.

Measles screening at Pago Pago International Airport. Photo: RNZ Pacific / Monica Miller

10:05 Life & death in Nepal : Rojita Adhikari

Nepali freelance journalist Rojita Adhikari brings issues of life and death in her country to a global audience. She writes about the thousands of Nepalese women go to the Middle East to earn money for their families - living in slave-like conditions. She's also covered child trafficking, childbirth mortality rates and abortion services for women in impoverished rural areas. Her work appears internationally including the Guardian, New York Times and the BBC World Service. She talk with Lynn Freeman.

10:35 Book review - Pūrākau: Māori Myths Retold by Māori Writers

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Photo: Whiti Hereaka

Anahera Gildea reviews Pūrākau: Māori Myths Retold by Māori Writers, edited by Witi Ihimaera and Whiti Hereaka. This anthology is published by Penguin Books New Zealand.

10:45 The Reading

The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke by Tina Makereti read by Mitch Thomas. Final episode.

11:05 New music with Grant Smithies

Grant checks out two great collections of radical jazz/ street soul spanning the American civil rights era- tenor sax pioneer Yusef Lateef,  then poet Sarah Webster Fabio. We'll also hear fresh tunes from two Wellington artists: Secret Knives and Borrowed CS.

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Photo: Ben Stassen CC BY 2.0

11:30 All Blacks vs England at the RWC

RNZ's rugby reporter Joe Porter reports in from the Rugby World Cup in Japan, ahead of tomorrow's crunch semi-final between New Zealand and England.

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Photo: Graphic / Suneil Narsai

11:45 The week that was 

Elisabeth Easther  and Pinky Agnew with a wrap of funny stories from around the world.

Music played in this show

Artist: Christine and the Queens

Song: Five Dollars

Time played: 9:35


Artist: Midnight Hour

Song: Questions

Time played: 10:35


Artist: Courtney Marie Andrews

Song: Kindness of Strangers

Time played: 11.30


Artist: Quantic

Song: You Used to Love Me

Time Played: 11:45



Grant Smithies played:

Artist: Yusef Lateef
Song: Chang, Chang, Chang
Comp: Lateef
Album: Black Fire! New Spirits!
Label: Soul Jazz
Broadcast Time: 3'01"

Soul Jazz Records' new release Black Fire! New Spirits! is a deluxe limited triple LP exploring deep, radical and spiritual jazz in the USA in the period 1957-1975.

Artist: Sarah Webster Fabio
Song: Sweet Songs
Comp: Fabio
Album: Soul Of A Nation: Afrocentric Visions in the Age of Black Power
Label: Soul Jazz
Broadcast Time: 5'09"

Released via SOUL JAZZ in 2017, the first Soul Of A Nation album considered the many ways that the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical African-American music during the late 1960s following the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King and the rise of the Black Panther party.

Artist: Secret Knives
Song: Fall
Comp: Ash Smith
Album: Snuff
Label: A Low Hum
Broadcast Time: 4'02"

The work of Wellington multi-instrumentalist Ash Smith, Secret Knives' second album Snuff was released this week.

Artist: Borrowed CS
Song: Brainstorm (feat. Mara TK)
Comp: Cory Champion
Album: Single Beat Combinations EP
Label: Wonderful Noise
Broadcast Time: 5'45"