Graeme Hill's Weekend Line Up

WEEKEND VARIETY WIRELESS - July 14th and July 15th, 2018

SATURDAY July 14th

8:15 Science Report with astro-physicist JJ Eldridge. The history and future of our sun. It hasn’t always been like it is today.

8:40 Astronomy with Grant Christie. Asteroid Ryugu is a weird looking thing inasmuch as it looks like a Flying Saucer! Queen guitarist and serious astronomer Dr Brian May has created a stereoscopic view of this spinning wonder. You’ll need RED-GREEN 3D glasses. Ryugu is about 1km in diameter.

  • Brian May’s astronomy site here 
  • And his stereoscopic spinning result here
Asteroid Ryugu.

9:15 James Croot previews the must-see dramatic offerings from this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF). Go here for show times and tickets. We’ll also have tickets to give away. 

9:30 Words with Max Cryer. Why are cigarettes sometimes called “durries”? The origin of UPPER & lower case, and why do we say “no room to swing a cat”? Ask Max a question here and Graeme will pass it on.

10:15 NZIFF; Dustin Feneley, director of a beautifully shot rare art-house Kiwi affair Stray. Details here.

10:30 Extinct or Alive? Graeme speaks with presenter & biologist Forrest Galante about the search for species thought to be extinct and already he can confirm a success. NZ Premiere, Animal Planet, Saturdays from 21 July.

The thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger or wolf.

10:45 What ancient middens and the DNA they contain can tell us about how New Zealand used to be, and there are some surprises showing evidence of extinct and previously unknown species. Dr Nic Rawlence of Otago Palaeogenetics Lab describes the findings and prospects for new discoveries from unexpected places.

11:10 Albums From The Class Of 1978. This week Graeme & Music writer Grant Smithies delve into Shiny Beast-Bat Chain Puller by Captain Beefheart, one of the most cited greats that you may not have heard of.

SUNDAY July 15th

8:15 Media Stick with Paul Casserly. The week’s media dissected.

9:10 Skeptical Thoughts with Mark Honeychurch. Woo, scams and hoaxes exposed for what they’re not.

9:30 The World Cup with Euan McCabe. Ahead of the final Euan describes astonishing stories from the tournament’s past and what Monday morning will mean for the finalists.

Follow Euan on Twitter or email him here for the World Cup Baby book. The book is $30 which includes free postage to anywhere within NZ. 

Croatia will head to the final against France on Monday.

10:15 US politics and culture with John Dybvig.

10:30 NZIFF; Robert Greene, Director of Bisbee 17, a documentary effectively re-enacting a dirty little secret from this Arizona mining town where in 1917 2000 townsfolk forcibly deported 1300 workers in rail cars into the desert. Details here

11:00 Outsiders with Gerard Hindmarsh. This week the amazing feats and strange post-script of our most celebrated aviator Jean Batten. 

Visit the full Outsiders archive here.