Te Radar

Te Radar

Te Radar travels the world to discover the most spectacular feats of innovation in the fight to preserve the environment. In “Across the World with Te Radar,” our host travels to China, Africa, Dubai, England, and Borneo. Radar explores everything from British cars fueled by waste chocolate diesel to American algae and alligator fat oil alternatives. His adventures take him to places where people find creative, albeit unorthodox solutions to champion environmental responsibility. Across the World with Te Radar is fun and engaging. This firsthand look at how human innovation is tackling the frontiers of climate change is exciting and essential viewing.

Across the World with Te Radar

Season 1
Season 1
  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E01 - Cars

    Looking at the future of cars sees Te Radar delivering wing mirrors made of potato starch to a Formula Three team in Britain…. And after filling it up on diesel made from waste chocolate, he goes for a spin.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E02 - Fish

    Are there plenty more fish in the sea? Global Radar tries a day of low impact fishing and then heads to the small island nation of Tonga to see how looking back will help them look forward to a more plentiful catch.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E03 - Sustainable Production

    Palm oil is used in so many modern conveniences and that leads Te Radar to Borneo to see how that impacts Orangutans. Their habitat is cut down to make way for the plantations that ensure we can have our favourite noodles, crackers and chocolate.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E04 - Waste

    It's a messy business but Global Radar finds there is a big future in all kinds of waste and the value in what we flush or toss away is astounding. A stop in China leads Te Radar to a man who has made over 60 robots from rubbish.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E05 - Power

    Global Radar is looking for ways we can keep modern life powered up while the impact on the planet is dialled down…

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E06 - Pollution

    Deploying his own tracking device, Te Radar tries to find out what happens to rubbish that washes into waterways and finds himself shocked by how much plastic floats across the world’s oceans.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E07 - H2O

    Te Radar discovers how the rain we often see as a hassle is really gold falling from the sky for lucky countries because in Australia, a place long known as The Lucky Country, it now takes billions of dollars to make drinkable water.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E08 - The Future

    Te Radar ponders what the future will bring and visits Rwanda to see how the country has changed its culture to preserve the mountain gorillas.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E09 - Transport

    It’s back to the future as Te Radar visits Houston, Texas – the birthplace of American oil - to see how the De Lorean made famous by Michael J Fox has been rescued from the scrap heap and is now leading the way in cool electric transport.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E10 - Oil Free

    Te Radar peers past peak oil to look at oil alternatives being developed in the USA made from all kinds of things like algae and alligator fat and also how a mix of sunlight and old fruit can create a fuel that can power an ordinary car.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E11 - Hidden Potential

    It often takes brilliant minds to see past the surface and uncover the hidden potential in everyday things. In this episode Te Radar looks at two weeds… one provides food and cleans water, while the other makes all kinds of things.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E12 - Water

    Te Radar heads off to a town right beneath a South American mountain glacier that is dealing with water worries that should make us all sit up and take notice and he uses his own body to test a new way to make drinking water safe.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E13 - Local Food

    Te Radar finds local food is a growing global concern but innovative New Zealand technology is protecting our ability to be able to prove where food comes from…

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E14 - Design

    Hunting out green design leads Te Radar to the USA where old tyres, cans and bottles form homes of the future in a unique spot in Taos and he meets a chap who has been using rocks to air-condition his home for the last twenty years.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E15 - Natural Solutions

    Te Radar travels to Cuba to discovers what happens when a country is forced to go back to nature and he draws on their experiences of ways to farm using natural solutions, without chemicals and often without modern machinery.

  • Across the World with Te Radar S01 E16 - Land

    Te Radar finds the Navajo Indians have a respect for Mother Earth which we could all learn from.

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  • Te Radar

    Te Radar

    Te Radar

    Te Radar

    Te Radar is a television personality and comedian from New Zealand. Under his birth name, Andrew Lumsden, he studied law but eventually pivoted to theater, where he adapted his nickname “Radar,” after the character in the iconic television series, M*A*S*H. Te Radar’s comedy tends to focus on his interests in travel and history. As a result, his work led him to presenting radio travel documentaries for Radio New Zealand. From chronicling his travels through the Arab-Israeli conflict to documenting his attempt at 10 months of sustainable living, Radar has created an awareness while exploring solutions to some of the world's most critical problems.

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