Weekend Variety Wireless: In case you missed Saturday

Weekend Variety Wireless 28/10/2018

In case you missed it, here's a look back at the best bits from Weekend Variety Wireless with Graeme Hill on Saturday 27th October, 2018.

Science Report with Rod Downey

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Our top science award, the Rutherford Medal, goes to Victoria University Professor Rod Downey. He’s a pretty flash mathematician whose insights have made a lot of things work better. He joined Graeme Hill to explain his science in plain English.

Astronomy with Grant Christie

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This week: A new mission to Mercury and why it takes years to get there. Is there oxygen rich water under Mars? Plus, Stardome’s new big-science collaboration on supernovas. And Hubble is fit and working again!

Movies with James Croot

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The Other Side of the Wind is a 2018 film directed and co-written by Orson Welles, and it is debuting on Netflix. Movie expert James Croot explains.

  • See the trailer here.

Words with Max Cryer

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This week: Flammable, cobweb and limericks. Where did these words come from?

  • Ask Max a question here

Professor Phil Lester: Nasty social insects in New Zealand

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Social insects, such as wasps, are one of the most serious threats to New Zealand’s environment. They’re invasive, predatory and at the least, annoying. Victoria University professor Phil Lester explains how we can battle the buggers.

Marine ecology expert Bruce Hayward

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Bruce Hayward, winner of this year's Royal Society NZ Hector Medal, explains how some of the tiniest little animals, called Forams, can tell us so much about our past environment.

Albums from the Class Of 1978 

This week Graeme and Grant Smithies re-spin The Cars’ megahit debut.

  • See the Albums Turning 40 archive here

Listen to the full interviews above.

Weekend Variety Wireless with Graeme Hill, 8pm - midnight Saturdays and Sundays, on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the Rova app on Android and iPhone.