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Winner Best Daily or Weekly Feature 2018 NZ Radio Awards

Winner Best Daily or Weekly Feature 2018 NZ Radio Awards


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Winner Best Daily or Weekly Feature 2018 NZ Radio Awards






This Way Up: seismic stories

For This Way Up's last shows, presenter Simon Morton and longtime producer Richard Scott have trawled through the archives of 600 shows recorded over the past (nearly) 13 years. This week, they mark the major seismic events that occurred during their time on the airwaves; the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes.


This Way Up's DIY dimensions: chickens, bees and sourdough

With This Way Up's last show on Saturday 7 July, presenter Simon Morton and longtime producer Richard Scott have trawled through the archives of 600 shows recorded over the past (nearly) 13 years. This week, some highlights of all the DIY stuff we've done along the way...the sourdough, the bees, and of course those chickens! Next week, recording some of the major seismic events that have punctuated some of This Way Up's time on the airwaves. Please note from Saturday 14 July This Way Up...


This Way Up: The People

This Way Up is finishing up on 7 July. This week, presenter Simon Morton and producer Richard Scott look back at some of the fascinating people they've met, including a scam-baiter, a roadkill-counter and a high-altitude garbologist.


How natural is your wine?

The battle between the makers of 'natural' wines (which are ethically produced and preservative-free) and the $250 billion-dollar global wine industry is the "biggest conflict in the world of wine for a generation" says a Guardian journalist.


Bits + Bytes: a hi-tech World Cup

Critics worry a big reform of European privacy laws could have a chilling effect on free speech on the internet; the new technology we'll see in this year's FIFA World Cup; and a review of YouTube Music.


China's recycling ban: where will your rubbish go?

Why has China stopped taking many of our recycled plastics? We ask Bloomberg journalist Adam Minter – a man obsesed with rubbish, junkyards and the huge economies that underpin the recycling industry.


This Way Up for Saturday 16 June 2018

After China's restrictions, where's your recycling going to go now? BITS+BYTES: hi tech World Cup and how natural is your wine?


Bits+Bytes: another Facebook data breach?

This week, The New York Times reported Facebook has allowed dozens of phone handset makers (including Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Apple) to access personal information about its users. Peter Griffin has the latest tech news.


Walking your way to better health?

When you next go for a walk or a tramp, it might pay to pick up the pace a bit! A study of just over 50,000 walkers living in Britain has shown the health benefits of walking at a higher speed. Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the Charles Perkins Centre and the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney has just published the results in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and we ask him to explain the key findings.


This Way Up for Saturday 9 June 2018

Walk your way to better health, and another Facebook data breach?


Bits + Bytes: will Apple start making its own shows?

Wille Apple soon take on Netflix and Amazon with its own video streaming video service? Plus Mary Meeker's top tech trends for 2018 and the widespread "GDPR fatigue".


Eyebrows – why we have them

Do our eyebrows exist to stop sweat from getting in our eyes or is there something else going on? Penny Spikins and her colleagues at York University in England have been investigating.


Assessing gut health with a sensor you swallow

The recesses of the human gut have become a new target for diagnosing and fighting disease.


Tagging tech: stopping graffiti in real time

One way of dealing with graffiti is to paint over it after it appears, but the hunt is on for a more sophisticated solution.


This Way Up for Saturday 2 June 2018

Graffiti detection in real time, assessing gut health with swallowed sensors, eyebrows: why you have them, and will Apple start making its own shows?


Is your DNA your destiny?

The market for consumer DNA tests is booming, but cultural psychologist Steven Heine says we've been oversold their value.


Inside the world of low-paid digital work

Cash-strapped people all around the world are doing online jobs that pay well under the minimum wage. Alana Semuels gives us the lowdown on the flourishing – and largely unregulated – digital employment market.


Developing non-addictive painkillers

A new method of measuring pain in rats and mice could eventually help break the human dependence on opioid-based pain medication.


Recycling polystyrene

Polystyrene is the protective packaging material that encases many parts of our consumer lives. Packed safely and soundly within it, everything from TVs, ovens, computers and even meat arrive safely at our doors protected for our use. But it's a problematic byproduct of modern life: in many places around New Zealand you can't recycle it, so it has to be dumped at the tip, or broken into smaller pieces and smuggled into rubbish bags destined for landfill. Well perhaps no longer! We meet a man...


This Way Up for Saturday 26 May 2018

Recycling polystyrene, developing the next generation of non-addictive painkillers, low wage jobs in the digital economy, and are consumer genetic tests worth it?