Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 9th May 2009

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This page features: News Stories, Saturday Morning, Sunday Morning, This Way Up

Saturday Morning

Marcus Chown: science and space
Cosmology consultant and former radio astronomer, and author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You. [more]

Bronwen Markham: nursing in danger zones
Wellington nurse who has worked in PNG and Afghanistan, and recently returned from a suspected flu outbreak in Tokelau. [more]

Robert Wade: the Iceland meltdown
Professor of Political Economy and Development at the London School of Economics, on the financial crisis in Iceland. [more]

Art with Mary Kisler: space and place
Discussing installation works by Fiona Connor and Anish Kapoor, and a major art announcement. [more]

Playing Favourites with Barnaby Weir and Dick Weir
Musician frontman for The Black Seeds and Fly My Pretties, and his storyteller father, collaborating for the third FMP event. [more]

A selection of Saturday Morning emails. [more]

Andrew Lih: Wikipedia
An administrator of the English edition of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, and author of The Wikipedia Revolution. [more]

Children's Books with Kate De Goldi: historical US fiction
Discussing historical American fiction for children and young adults, and titles by Elizabeth George Speare and Irene Hunt. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight Sunday 10 May: Second Time Around
Teresa Cowie talks to grandparents who have opted to raise a grandchild and asks what burdens this can impose. [more]

This Way Up

Intro:what's coming up
Decisions, dog food, donkey pong, drug subs and ghetto-blasters this week. [more]

Writer Jonah Lehrer on"How We Decide"
Jonah Lehrer's written a book on the internal battle between pleasure and pain called"How We Decide". [more]

Can you tell dog food from pate?
Robin Goldstein of the Blind Taste blog on a fiendish test involving meat-based products. [more]

Backyard Bee Team: wasps in the hive
Commercial beekeeper Frank Lindsay pops in to see if wasps are stealing honey out the hive. [more]

Donkey Pong: smells in computer games
Computer scientist Professor Bob Stone is using smells to make video games even more realistic. [more]

Drug smuggling submarines
Smugglers are using homemade submarines to get cocaine from Columbia to Mexico. David Kushner has a ride in one. [more]

The boombox: dancing in the streets
NPR's Frannie Kelley on the history of the boombox aka the ghettoblaster. [more]

Noise-cancelling earphones: keeping noise at bay?
Tristan Clark of puts noise-cancelling earbuds to the test. [more]

Designing T-shirts using crowdsourcing
Glenn Jones is using his customers' know-how to sell his T-shirts. [more]

News stories:

Old cars being swapped for bus passes
The Ministry of Transport is giving out hundreds of dollars worth of bus passes in Wellington and Christchurch this month, in exchange for old vehicles. [more]

Saints spank injury-prone Dynamos
The Saints have beaten Taranaki 107-59 in a National Basketball League match at Wellington. The Dynamos have only seven fit players and lost one of their imports, Eric Vierniesel, with an ... [more]

Red Sox notch 12 runs in one innings
The Boston Red Sox matched a modern Major League Baseball record with 12 runs in an inning before recording an out en route to a 13-3 victory over Cleveland. Jason Bay ... [more]

Gill gets payday at UK Open
The rookie professional golfer James Gill of Hamilton shot a final round even par 72 to finish on five over and in a tie for 23rd at the UK Open ... [more]

Safina beats Venus in epic semi-final
The world tennis number one Dinara Safina came from behind to win an epic contest with Venus Williams 6-7 6-3 6-4 and set up an all-Russian final at the Italian ... [more]

England go 1-0 up after easy win at Lord's
England has beaten the West Indies by 10 wickets in the first cricket Test at Lord's, winning easily with more than two days to spare. The Australian-born Brendan Nash's 81, ... [more]

Giants, Cougars, Pistons Win
There were Friday night wins in the National Basketball League for Nelson over Taranaki, Waikato over Hawkes Bay and the Christchurch Cougars over Auckland. In the round nine action the ... [more]

Cowan "gutted" after losing to Lions
The Lions of South Africa have beaten the Highlanders 27-22 in their Super 14 rugby match in Johannesburg. The game at Ellis Park may not mean anything in the semi-final ... [more]

Baby Reds no match for Crusaders
The Crusaders have kept their hopes of defending their Super 14 rugby title alive but failed to take full advantage of an injury-ravaged Queensland in Christchurch on Friday night. The ... [more]

Queensland Kangaroos set to give NSW the Blues
It was Australia's rugby league Test victory but it was hard not to notice that all 38 points against New Zealand came from a backline which will saddle up for ... [more]

NZ league in good hands despite thumping - Benji
Despite enduring a seven-tries-to-two loss in Friday night's rugby league Test against Australia in Brisbane, Kiwis skipper Benji Marshall Marshall claims his team's future is bright. The Kiwis were thumped ... [more]

Hawkes stuns Stoehr in upset in Cayman Islands
The New Zealand squash player Jaclyn Hawkes produced the only upset on the opening day of the Women's Cayman Islands Open when she beat France's sixth seed Isabelle Stoehr in ... [more]

Dragons pull out of new NBL
The new Australian National Basketball League appears to be be falling apart before it has even begun with last season's NBL champions the South Dragons confirming on Friday night that ... [more]

All Napier evacuees found accommodation - Civil Defence
Civil Defence in Napier is denying rumours that residents evacuated because of the police siege are having to sleep in a temporary welfare centre set up at a local school. [more]

New Caledonia elects new assemblies for five-year term
Voters in New Caledonia will go to the polls tomorrow to elect assemblies for the territory's three provinces for a five-year term. The outcome will determine the make-up of the... [more]

Fiji's CCF slams release of men convicted for role in death of a teenager
The Citizens' Constitutional Forum in Fiji says the release of eight soldiers and a policeman convicted of manslaughter undermines the rule of law. Those convicted were freed only weeks into... [more]

Amnesty International says early release shows no rule of law in Fiji
Amnesty International says the early release of soldiers and police convicted of manslaughter in Fiji shows there is no rule of law operating in the country. Eight soldiers and a... [more]

Messy Mother's Day campaign 'a disgrace'
The anti-litter organisation, Keep New Zealand Beautiful, is "disgusted" by a messy Mother's Day marketing campaign for littering the streets with thousands of post-it notes. [more]

US shares rally on jobs data, bank confidence
US shares vaulted higher on Friday after a largely positive report card on the country's leading banks as well as better-than-expected labor market data. [more]

Umaga's Toulon ensure they will not be relegated
Tana Umaga's Toulon have ensured they will remain in the top flight of french club rugby next season after pushing fellow strugglers Dax through the relegation trapdoor with a 22-12 ... [more]

Blades blunt Preston in Championship playoff 1st leg
Sheffield United have bagged a 1-1 draw at Preston North End in their English football Championship semi-final 1st leg play-off at Deepdale. Brian Howard volleyed the equaliser 21 seconds into the ... [more]

Norwegian referee told not to talk
Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo has been told by UEFA not to speak the media following the controversy over his performance in the Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and ... [more]

NZX makes bid for Australian operator
The New Zealand share market operator NZX has made an offer for a controlling stake in listed Australian stock exchange company for small businesses, NSX, which is recommending its shareholders accept. [more]

Japan submits bid to host the 2015 or 2019 cup
Japan has officially submitted a bid to host the 2015 or 2019 Rugby World Cup. The Asian nation, which lost out to New Zealand for 2011, will compete against England, South ... [more]

Swine flu quarantine numbers drop
The number of people in New Zealand in isolation or quarantine for suspected swine flu has dropped sharply. [more]

Support for National rises in latest opinion poll
Support for the National Party has increased in the latest Roy Morgan opinion poll, but has gone down for the Government's support partners. [more]