Saturday Morning Index
Bernard Haykel on Islamic State, John McLeod on modern peacekeeping, David Haywood on energy and the musical scale, Tayo Oloko on Paul Robeson, Ulrike Schaede on old business in Japan, Kate Camp on 1977 classic The Thorn Birds.
Chris Clarke on the crisis in Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan, Orin Hargraves on cliché, Allan Ropper on neurological rabbitholes, Karaitiana Taiuru on Te Reo and the mainstream, Playing Favourites with cartoonist and scientist Bob Brockie, singer and songwriter Marlon Williams, Kate De Goldi on the children’s picture books of Chris McKimmie.
Daniel Davies on banks, Greece and the HSBC, Dylan Evans on utopian madness, Roger Lentle on microbiomes, probiotics and faecal transplants, retired chief coroner Neil MacLean on investigating death touring folk musicians Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan, Rob Ward on homosexuality in football, Bonnie Howland on mascara and social entrepreneurship.
Eula Biss on immunity and vaccination, Anna Smaill on literature, music and memory, Art Crime with Arthur Tompkins: “the Takeaway Rembrandt”, Playing Favourites with sculptor and performance artist Dr Jane Venis, Professor Michael Graetzel on dyed solar cells and a post-oil energy future, Poetry with Greg O’Brien: Anna Jackson
Sophie Elmhirst on death cafes, Maziar Bahari on Iran, imprisonment and freedom of education, Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden on quantum biology, Howard Moody on conducting, composing and musical education, Anthony McCarten on making a movie from Jane Hawking’s memoir, Kate De Goldi on three children’s picture books.
Guardian journalist Helena Smith on the upcoming Greek election, high altitude mountaineering record-breaker Chris Jensen Burke, tech blog pioneer Richard McManus on health tracking technology, Mary Kisler on Te Uru in Titrangi and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, Jamie Brisick on surfing star Peter Drouyn’s late life change to living as Westerly Windina, and Kate Camp on Vera Brittain’s memoir, Testament of Youth.
Michele Rowe on community and volunteers, Love-Ese Chile on biodegradable plastics, Aroha Harris on Tangata Whenua, Mary Kisler on three London art exhibitions, Playing Favourites with actor Sarah Peirse, Kate De Goldi and Laura Kroetsch on their books of 2014.
Marcus du Sautoy on maths and art, Nick Main and Alison McDiarmid on the Seachange plan for the Hauraki Gulf, Arthur Tompkins on Rose Valland, Playing Favourites with Greg Malcolm, musician Neneh Cherry, David Haywood on listeners’ energy questions.
Eldon Tate on cleaning water, Karl Iremonger on fertility and stress, Jane Gleeson-White on accountancy and capital, Playing Favourites with Tom Scott, Yvonne Todd on psychological photography, Gregory O’Brien on New Zealand poetry in 2014.
Andrew Roberts on Napoleon, Andreas Antonopoulos on bitcoin, John Darnielle of Mountain Goats on his new novel, Playing Favourites with theoretical chemist Peter Schwerdtfeger, Andris Apse on photographing the South Island, Memet Bilgin Rigolo on his balancing act, Kate De Goldi on four children’s picture books.
Eileen Ormsby on drugs and the dark net, Rob Fenwick on a predator-free New Zealand, Atul Gawande on mortality, Art Crime with Arthur Tompkins: the Mona Lisa theft, Playing Favourites with Victoria Spackman, Jolisa Gracewood and Susana Andrew on non-fiction curation, musicians Pauline Scanlon, Gerry Paul and Warren Maxwell on cross-cultural collaboration.
Live from the Royal Opera House, Whanganui. Kim Hill talks to Mayor Annette Main and Marianne Archibald on the Smart 21 initiative, Tahu Kukutai on demography, Graeme Langford and Asadullah Rezaie on Cyclone Cindy, Martin Visser on social progress, Nancy Tuaine on the river and health, Eric Dorfman on museum and migration, Mike Dickison on moa bones, Errol Christensen and Oliver Howard on orchestra revuvenation, Katie Brown on glass, Paul Rayner on ceramics, Jack Mitchell-Anyon on underground music.
Bill Reid on his helicopter dynasty, Doug Wilson on pharmaceuticals and children’s books, Thomas Buckley on insect evolution, Playing Favourites with writer Witi Ihimaera, Benjamin Wright on string arrangements, Stephen Mulqueen on poppies, war and peace, Kate Camp on Jane Austen’s classic novel Persuasion.
Sir Peter Gluckman on obesity and health, Richard Louv on nature and children, Marieke Hardy on letters and women, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra on touring the world and their debut album, Steven Pinker on writing and style, David Haywood on solar photovoltaic energy (part 2).
James Cameron on deep-sea filming, Tony Blakely on health in New Zealand, Lloyd Spencer Davis on penguins, guitar duo Mark Mazengarb and Loren Barrigar, Playing Favourites with writer/director Toa Fraser, Eddie Izzard on marathon standup, Gregory O’Brien on poetry about untimely deaths.
Emma Marris on nature and cuisine, Adura Onashile on Henrietta Lacks, Justin O’Sullivan on cellular organization, Arthur Tompkins on the Tissot painting theft, Playing Favourites with tramping authors Shaun Barnett and Chris Maclean, Damian Skinner on jewellery and makers, David Haywood on solar photovoltaic energy.
Karen Armstrong on violence and religion, Natalie Jeremijenko on mixing art and science and reimagining environmentalism, Mary Kisler on the Light Show exhibition, musicians Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan, Kirsty Gunn on Katherine Mansfield and “home”, Martin Edmond on childhood, Hannah August on commemorating troop departures for WW1.
Black cab driver David Ifill, Dr Jayant Pinto on smell and death, Helena Wiśniewska Brow on Polish orphans in NZ, Matt Lambert of The Musket Room, Brooke Fraser on her new album, Stefan Collini on the future of universities, Uther Dean on his play about cuttlefish and soul.
Classics professor Mary Beard on tackling misogyny and online trolls, actor/director Peter Mullan on Scotland, politics and anxiety, opera trio Sol3 Mio, Moana Maniapoto and Paddy Free on NZ and global culture, Tasmanian novelist Richard Flanagan, Gregory O’Brien on Maori poetry anthology Puna Wai Korero.
Mark Cubey is guest host (Kim Hill is unwell). He speaks to Rollo Wenlock on startups in Tel Aviv, Jeffrey E. Stern on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Gayle Souter-Brown on healing landscapes, Rachel Dawick on 19th century boundary riders, Art Crime with Arthur Tompkins: Sarajevo Haggadah, Karim Khan on active health and sports medicine, Kate De Gold on two teenage novels.
Margaret Lock on dementia and aging, Robin Scholes on equity crowdfunding, Paul Roberts on the impulse society, Peter Wilson on Duck, Death and the Tulip, Playing Favourites with the Topp Twins, Mohamed Ibrahim on telcos in Somalia, David Haywood on solar energy.
Alan Cooper on exploring human history, teeth, microbiomes, and science research, Robin Robilliard on farming in Golden Bay, Laura O’Connell Rapira on ideas for change, Playing Favourites with playwright Arthur Meek, Lucy Sargisson on utopia, Kate De Goldi on three middle-reader children’s books.
John Lanchester on speaking money, Stephen Nortcliff on soil and sanitation, Art with Mary Kisler: a restored Langot, Playing Favourites with publisher Claire Murdoch, Michael Schmidt on the history of the novel, Amie Lightbourne on playing Ultimate.
Helen Garner on murder and men, Reed Kroloff on buildings and disasters, Classical Music with Davinia Caddy: symphonies, Playing Favourites with ocean explorers Steve and Riley Hathaway, William Kentridge on art, law, and apartheid, David Haywood on wave energy.
David Carlson on oceans and climate, Dave Butler on wildlife sanctuaries, Alex Monro on paper history, Playing Favourites with Rhona Fraser, Nikolas Rose on cities, brains and resilience, Art Crime with Arthur Tompkins: Egon Shiele’s Portrait of Wally