This Way Up
GitHub is an online community of some 9 million coders and web developers sharing computer code and working together. Brandon Keepers is its head of Open Source and he's in New Zealand talking about why openness is the best way to promote innovation.
India: air pollution and illegal blood
Anu Anand lives in New Delhi, officially the city with the worst air pollution in the world. She's been looking at this issue, and also at India's market in illegal blood.
Science - cracking knuckles
Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists with the science of why knuckles crack. Plus the bio-chemistry of why dogs gaze lovingly at their owners.
The demand for cross border surrogacy is booming, with people travelling overseas to avoid local laws prohibiting payment for surrogate mothers. Australian Sam Everingham went through the process himself and now helps others do the same through...
Healthier fruit and veg
Mark Christensen of the Heritage Food Crops Research Trust is rediscovering healthier fruit and vegetables among heirloom varieties forgotten by the modern food production system.
Invisible food barcodes
Anthony Zografos of DNATrek has found a way to apply an invisible signature to the skin of a fruit or blended into oils and processed foods that can identify exactly where your food comes from.
Paper books vs words onscreen
Naomi Baron's the author of 'Words On Screen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World' (Oxford University Press). The book explores the experience of reading on a screen versus reading a good old paper book.
Science: Moon origins and plucking hairs
Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists on mounting evidence to support the "big splat" theory to explain how our Moon was formed. Also plucking your hair could stimulate hair growth.
Paris-Roubaix cycle race
Ned Boulting previews one of the world's oldest bike races, the brutal Paris-Roubaix which involves riding 250 kilometres along sections of tricky cobblestones.
Tech: Global Mode fight
Technology news with Peter Griffin and we look at the move by some local broadcasters and content providers to band together and mount a legal challenge against the people developing and selling Global Mode to consumers.
James Chatterton and Mike Cheyne of Mash Tun Crackers love their beer. They were brewing when they had the idea of crackers as a tasty way to recycle the spent grains used in making ale.
Mafia tours and crowdfunding heritage
Journalist Rosie Scammell lives in Italy, where Mafia tours in Sicily for American tourists are proving controversial. Also the Italian government is turning to crowdfunding and philanthropy to help pay for the upkeep of the country's many famous...
The British science writer David Bainbridge turns his attention to the origins of female body shape in his new book 'Curvology'.
Tech: Semble, Tidal and Netflix update
Peter Griffin on technology, with news of Jay Z's Tidal music streaming service taking on Spotify and Apple. Also a new contactless payment system called Semble hits the New Zealand shops, and an update on last week's Netflix story.
Shopping while hungry
Professor Norbert Schwarz from the University of Southern California has studied shopping while hungry and he thinks you could save money on all sorts of stuff if you simply have a feed before spending.
Cider: history and making
Its apple harvest and cider sales are booming, so busy times to be a cider-maker. The British beer writer Pete Brown gives us the drink's long and fascinating history. Then we pay a visit to local cider-maker Trevor FitzJohn who makes his cider the...
Ebola vaccine and pollution health effects
Dr Chris Smith with the latest science news; this week tests on a new vaccine for ebola, and studies linking air pollution to stroke and higher anxiety levels.
The emerging study of the necrobiome; that's the community of bacteria that live on and in us after we die. Jeff Tomberlin is a forensic entomologist at Texas A&M University who's studying the necrobiome.
An elephant's sense of smell
Training African elephants to sniff out TNT and landmines. The US military's even interested in Sean Hensman's studies in South Africa.
Alcoholics Anonymous: does it work?
Alcoholics Anonymous has been around for 80 years, but can the support group for recovering alcoholics really claim to be effective? We speak to journalist Gabrielle Glaser who says it's outdated, unscientific, and doesn't work.
- Wellington, New Zealand