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Daily Archives: August 21, 2015

Postgrads hitting the airwaves

Today on the Blog With No Name we are talking with Lawrence Hamilton, host of the Postgraduate Radio Show on Otago University’s very own 91 FM, Radio One. The show is a great place to catch up with all the goings-on within the postgraduate community, hear some interesting interviews and catch the latest in Kiwi and international music. We asked Lawrence some easy questions…

Lawrence and Ali

Why is it called the Postgraduate Radio Show?

Because it is better than being called the Radio Show With No Name (ouch).

What time is it on?

10am-Noon Wednesdays – perfect for that second (or third) cup of coffee and early enough in the day so you don’t feel like you’re procrastinating.  But never fear if that third cup of coffee isn’t enough, or you were up studying all night and haven’t made it out from under the covers yet, the show is available on Just look up the programme page and you can be free to listen to past shows or any podcasts that might be posted. The programme page also contains links to postgraduate announcements and upcoming events, along with a whole jumble of interesting news stories and curiosities.

What is the show about?

The overall theme of the show is ‘celebrating the wonderful Otago postgraduate culture’. And it’s true, Otago does have a wonderful and vibrant postgraduate community. I am constantly amazed at the unique and creative research projects going on all round Dunedin.  It is also just a fun way to spend a mid-week morning. Each week I am introduced to something new and wonderfully random, like green tea super cheese.

But what if I am lactose intolerant?

Actually, the super cheese is designed for people with lactose intolerance, but anyway… Besides talking about local research, the show also has guests from around the world talking about interesting and ground-breaking subjects. Human rights lawyers, international film-makers, and even a scientist who believes he can stop ageing have all come on the Postgraduate Radio Show to share their views with the students here in Dunedin. And if that is not enough, there are giveaways, updates about activities at the Graduate Research School, and of course good music.

But what if I only listen to the radio in car?

Well then drive more! No, Radio one is available as a streaming service from most laptops, phones and tablets. Just go to and click on the stream. The world is changing and so is radio! It is not just for sitting in a car!

Can I participate?

Absolutely! Anyone who feels they have something to say about their research is free to come on and have a chat. It is a great way to get involved in the postgraduate community. Even if you are not technically a postgraduate but feel you have something to say to the community, then get in touch and get on the radio!

Where can I learn more?

Well, if you feel like you have the perfect face for radio then just stop into the Radio 1 office or you can email me directly at I love talking to postgraduates and would love to hear you over the airwaves!

And now for our final question, would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or one hundred duck-sized horses?

Do I get a weapon?

No, just your brute strength.

Then one hundred duck-sized horses – at least you could kick them and jump on them.