Pigeon racing

Colin Jerolmack goes inside the world of pigeon racing and the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race in his book "The Global Pigeon". Also, a man with a truck load of pigeons, literally! He's taking hundreds of racing pigeons across Cook Strait to release them in Timaru and Stewart Island for an end of season race.

Naked Science

Dr Chris Smith beams in with the latest science news; this week, a breakthough in male contraception, and a warning for football fans travelling to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Frog Parking

A homegrown solution to the pain of finding a parking spot. It relies on smart, solar-powered, sensor technology. With Don Sandbrook of Frog Parking


Maria Popova's Brainpickings website, weekly emailer, and associated Twitter feed's a magnet for hundreds of thousands of people all over the world on the hunt for thought-provoking writing.

Red for danger

Using the native pepper tree, the horopito, Ignatius Menzies of Victoria University and a team of international researchers have shown that insects prefer to eat green leaves rather than red ones.

Tech news

Peter Griffin beams in with the latest tech news. Google and Amazon want to try out delivery robots and drones as they battle to deliver our internet shopping in the future. Also why has Yahoo!Xtra email system been hacked again?