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Mon 28 Oct, 11am
60 mins, no interval


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Naomi Arnold and Rebecca Priestley, both award-winning science writers, explore what’s above and beyond Aotearoa New Zealand.

In Southern Nights, Arnold tells the story of our night skies and explores what the world’s oldest science, astronomy, reveals about both our past and present. In Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica, Priestley offers a deeply personal tour of the Earth’s most remote and isolated continent. She reflects on what Antarctica can tell us about Earth’s future.

Chaired by Lucy Hodgson.

Listen to the interview between Kim Hill and Dr Rebecca Priestley broadcast on RNZ on Saturday September 14, 2019

Naomi Arnold

Naomi Arnold is a journalist and natural history writer. She writes about everything, but particularly loves working on stories about human connection with the natural world – whether travel, adventure, or science. A nine-time finalist or winner of New Zealand media awards, she has written extensively on science and the environment, including spending three months reporting from Antarctica and is a regular contributor to New Zealand Geographic and Heritage New Zealand magazines. Naomi edited Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety (VUP 2018), and has also written books on the Nelson Tasman Hospice and the World of WearableArt.

Rebecca Priestley

Rebecca Priestley is an award-winning science writer and historian. She is the author of the acclaimed Mad on Radium: New Zealand in the Atomic Age (AUP, 2012) and the editor of several major anthologies, including Dispatches from Continent Seven: An Anthology of Antarctic Science (Awa Press, 2016). Rebecca is associate professor at the Science in Society Group at Victoria University of Wellington, and in 2016 she won the Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize. In 2018 she was made a Companion by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Photo credit: Victoria Birkinshaw

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