Weekend Variety Wireless: In case you missed Saturday

Weekend Variety Wireless 25/11/2018

In case you missed it, here's a look back at the best bits from Weekend Variety Wireless with Graeme Hill on Saturday 24th November, 2018.

Science Report with Emily Parke

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Why is wombat poo square and what are dogs really thinking?

Astronomy with Grant Christie

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Lots of great links to videos this week - especially fascinating is a huge “young” crater just discovered under the Greenland ice.

  • The unexpected trajectory of visiting interstellar “thing” Oumuamua. Video here.
  • Our Milky Way’s supermassive black hole. This visual depiction is much more than it may seem. It’s not an artist’s impression but the culmination of enormous computing power and the best known visualisation of what’s really happening. 
  • The INSIGHT Mars lander is expected to touch down Tuesday 9am NZT. Here’s how it’s supposed to happen if all goes well. 
  • A huge crater found under the Greenland ice may explain some weird stuff from pre-history.

Cinema with James Croot

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Robin Hood in the movies, and why do (almost) all trailers sound the same.. Whoosh-KABOOSH!

Words with Max Cryer

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Banana, spouse and yahoo among many other words and phrases with strange origins. Ask Max a question here and Graeme will pass it on.

Human Statistics with Ipsos research director Jonathan Dodd

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This week, a huge haul of uniquely NZ attitudes and opinions.

Victory At Gate Pa?

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One of the most famous/infamous battles of Maori-Colonial times.

This new book is the first of its kind where the battle is examined from both Maori & Pakeha perspectives.

Graeme speaks with co-authors Buddy Mikaere, a descendent of the combatants, and military historian Cliff Simons.

Celebrating great lyrics Part 1 (it could go on forever, but won’t)

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Graeme & Grant Smithies line up their own exemplars and explain why.

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.