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The Weekend with Emile Donovan for Saturday 9 January 2021


8.12 NIWA scientists en route to Antarctica

NIWA's flagship research vessel Tangaroa has departed for a six-week voyage to Antarctica, where NIWA scientists will be undertaking one of the few full scientific undertakings on the continent since the global outbreak of COVID-19. Voyage leader and fisheries scientist Dr Richard O'Driscoll spoke to The Weekend as his team were busy prepping for their long journey to the icy continent.

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Photo: NIWA / Stuart Mackay


8.35 The Detail: Cancel Culture

On The Weekend we're featuring some of the best episodes of The Detail from throughout the year. This one, from March, asks whether Cancel Culture is repressing freedom of thought.


9.06 DIY: How to write a haiku

If you’ve got some time up your sleeve this summer you might want to try your hand at penning haiku. Poet Doc Drumheller is the editor of literary journal Catalyst, and has just released his latest book of haiku, Election Day of The Dead. He joins The Weekend to share some pointers on writing your own verse.

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Photo: Supplied


9.24 At the Museum: Hawera’s Elvis Museum

This summer we are talking to the people who run weird and wonderful museums around the country, and today we speak to KD Wasley, who runs the Elvis Museum in Hawera. KD’s a mega-fan of The King, and has been to Graceland an incredible 17 times. He shares some of his favourite Elvis-related paraphernalia from his collection.

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Photo: Elvis Museum


9.40 Goneville: Episode 5

Nick Bollinger was just 18 when he went on the road with the band Rough Justice and its smoky-voiced, charismatic leader Rick Bryant. The next two years were sometimes uplifting and exciting, other times enervating and depressing. Often, though, the band was short of money, food, shelter, and petrol - for its increasingly ramshackle, broken-down bus. Written and told by Nick Bollinger.


10.04 Twenty years on: How Wikipedia has changed the world

Next week the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, marks its 20th anniversary. When it was conceptualised, the core goal of the Wikimedia Foundation was to make sure every single person on the planet had access to a free encyclopedia. Two decades later and Wikipedia is one of the top 10 most visited websites globally, and is the world's only major website run as a not for profit organisation. Founder Jimmy Wales joins The Weekend to talk about Wikipedia and its impact on the world.

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Photo: By Zachary McCune / Wikimedia Foundation5


10.40 What makes a good fish and chip shop?

Nothing says “kiwi summer” quite like heading to the beach with a hot package of fish n chips. Most of us have our favourite local chippie - but what really makes a good fish n chip shop? My next guest Brandon Sayring has been doing Friday fish n chip reviews, and has some good insights to share.

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Photo: 123rf


11.05 The Through Line #3

Karyn takes us on a musical journey from Emily Edrosa to The Cure, think six degrees of separation.

The Through Line #3 Playlist:

Emily Edrosa - Drinking During The Day
Waxahatchee - Never Been Wrong
Sarah Silverman and Katie Harkin - My Backwards Walk
Aaron Dessner and Lauren Mayberry - Who'd You Kill Now?
The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
Various - Kuiper Belt
Sufjan Stevens - America
Julianna Barwick - Inspirit
Jónsi - Cannibal 
Cocteau Twins - Donimo
The Cure - From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea