Graeme Hill's Weekend Line Up

WEEKEND VARIETY WIRELESS - November 10th and November 11th, 2018

SATURDAY, November 10th

8:15 Science Report with Marine Biologist Rochelle Constantine. Oceanic Blue Carbon. A beautifully made web-thing here explaining the myriad paths carbon takes in our oceans and some surprising reasons why. 

8:30 Astronomy with Grant Christie. Some serious people hypothesise the interstellar visiting object Oumuamua is a spacecraft. How best to message intelligent life from Earth, but should we?

  • The strange Ryugu asteroid up close. See here.

One image was captured every second from immediately after the spacecraft began to ascend (altitude 21m) on October 25, 2018. The spacecraft was rising at about 52cm/s.

9:15 Movies with James Croot. A preview of what may well be a Peter Jackson Masterwork bringing WWI footage to vivid clarity. See the trailer for They Shall Not Grow Old here. S’amazin! 

They Shall Not Grow Old. Photo: YouTube.

9:30 Words with Max Cryer. The step in step-father, what the brand in brand new means and why do we often call blokes guys? Ask Max a question here and Graeme will forward it to Max. 

10:15 Human Statistics with Ipsos research director Jonathan Dodd. The polls versus the mid-term US elections.

10:30 Environews. We are Lizard-land? New Zealand has more endemic species of reptiles than birds, so where are they hiding?  The amazing variety and strange life of our reptiles with Dylan Van Winkel, co-author of the new updated and comprehensive guide to the reptiles and amphibians of New Zealand.

Rough gecko. Photo: Graeme Hill.

10:50 Marsden research grant toward a cure for Kauri Dieback. Otago University’s Michelle Glass explains her research.

11:10 War Music. Graeme & Grant Smithies delve into this rich vein from folk and country to Hip Hop and rock.

Sunday, November 11th

8:15 Media Stick. The week’s media guff dissected for fun and lols.

8:45 Marsden research grant towards the weird weird world of Quantum entanglement. Researcher Dr Mikkel Andersen of Otago University explains what appears to be something akin to magic.

9:10 Skeptical Thoughts with Siouxsie Wiles. The week’s woo and scams exposed for what they aren’t.

9:30 Physicist and hugely popular TV presenter and documentary maker, Brian Cox on serious science and having the piss taken in spectacular fashion here

Brian is touring NZ next year. Venues, dates and tickets here.

10:15 Dybvig’s America. US politics and culture.

10:30 Jesus Make It Stop November 11. At long last the war is over but people would die on the Western Front right up to and including the morning of armistice 100 years ago this day. Massey University War Historian Glyn Harper describes the last week or WWI and how it echoes through to today. For the full series go here

This has also been released as a special seven-part podcast series. Learn how to download here.

Americans hear of armistice in 1918. Photo: Getty.

11:10 The War Poets. WWI produced some compelling literature and poetry. Victoria University English Prof Harry Ricketts on Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Wilfred Owen who died in the very last week of the war.

11:30 The WWI conscientious objector and dissident, Archibald Baxter who caught hell from his own countrymen on The Western Front. Journalist, historian and champion of the dissidents, Mark Scott, describes what happened to those who refused to fight for non-religious reasons in The Great War.