Andy Bearpark on war zones, Margaret Thatcher and yoga, Norm Hewitt on breaking the cycle of violence, Rochelle Constantine on whales and technology, Terence Davies on his two new films, Thomas Thwaites on being a goat, and Lawrence Arabia on his new album and tour.
Robert Macfarlane on landmarks and nature, Peter Bale on the Panama Papers and digital journalism, Barçin Yinanç on the reported military coup in Turkey, Madeline Di Nonno on gender imbalance in entertainment, Kirsten Johnson on her work as a cameraperson, Arthur Tompkins on the theft of Degas’ Madame Camus at the Piano, Damian Bailey on hypoxia and concussion, and Gregory O’Brien on poetry collections from Rachel Bush and Michael Jackson.
Simon Day on South Sudan, Gil Penalosa on liveable cities, mortician Caitlin Doughty on good deaths, conductor Sir Andrew Davis, Tim Jackson on prosperity without growth, Henry Brodaty on ageing and Alzheimers, Elaine Yan Ling Ng on textiles and technology.
Eva Orner on her film about the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, David Verrall on Richard “King Dick” Seddon, Kevin Mitnick on hacking and security, Peter Haythornthwaite on design and products, Wilko Johnson on music and cancer, John and Mary Lee on farming snow in Cardrona, Gregory O’Brien on the Futuna Chapel.
Tim Bale, Ian MacWhirter and Rod Oram on the Brexit result, Werner Herzog on how he makes his movies, John Clarke on the Australian election campaign, Peter Bromhead on his life and art, Axel Gietz on tobacco plain packaging, Chris Hay on making history come alive, and Kate Camp on The Shorter Pepys.
Stella Duffy on writing a new Ngaio Marsh novel, Ashleigh Smith on anti-cyberbullying, Substantia Jones on sizeist bigotry, William Rolleston on farming and the environment, Tearepa Kahi on his new film Poi E: The Story of Our Song', Adriane Ohanesian on taking photos in Sudan, Kate De Goldi with the latest children's books
Michelle McGagh on her year of buying nothing, Cheryl Sucher on US life and politics, Ben Goldacre on science and statistics, Mana Vautier on becoming the first Maori astronaut, Anna Marbrook on waka and Hotel Europa, Rebecca Jesson on tech in schools, Rob Knight on genetic engineering, and award-winning opinion writer, Rachel Stewart
Dacher Keltner on power and corruption, Van Badham on privilege in Australia, Philip Armstrong on sheep, Art Crime with Arthur Tompkins: La Bella Principessa, Anna Reed on the prostitutes collective in Christchurch, Brannavan Gnanalingam on spies and pies, Richard Ovenden of the Bodleian Libraries on digital preservation, Simone Douglas on photography
Kip Thorne on Roy Kerr, the Crafoord Prize and astrophysics, Kathy Waghorn on the New Zealand exhibition at Biennale Architettura 2016, Richie Poulton on the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, Kahurangi Taylor on youth power in Waiuku, Rich Cohen on the Rolling Stones and Vinyl, artist Francis Upritchard on her first survey show in New Zealand, Kate De Goldi on two chapter books for children.
Francisco Toro on Venezuela, Gary Bolles on work, careers and failure, Andrea Byrom on science challenges and pests, David Lawrence on Shakespeare’s King Lear, Richard Mabey on plants and culture, Sara McIntyre on nursing and photography in Kakahi, Cather Simpson on sperm and photonics.
Charles Foster on being a beast, Robyn Gallagher on Eurovision 2016, Cory Taylor on dying, novelist Michel Faber, Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, acclaimed British pianist Stephen Hough, Gregory O’Brien on new poetry collections by Tusiata Avia and Sudesh Mishra.
Mike Berridge on cancer, mitochondria and the brain, Jeanette Winterson on reworking Shakespeare, Art Crime with Arthur Tompkins: Knoedler & Co, Vivian Gornick on love and loneliness, Carthew Neal on producing hit movies, Francesco Ventriglia on dancing and Italy, Kate De Goldi on children’s books by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, Victoria Jamieson, and Kimberley Brubaker Bradley.
Jim Mora is guest host (Kim Hill is on leave). His guests include Julian Fellowes on Downton Abbey and Belgravia, Gary Small on Alzheimers and Type 3 diabetes, Shona Laing on Soviet Snow and Chernobyl, Susan David on emotional agility, Corey Bradshaw on population and climate change, Steve Thomson on car branding, Marc Wilson on ego depletion, and Tiriel Mora on his roles in The Castle and Frontline. Jim also looks back on 30 April in history, and conducts a plagiarism quiz.
Charlotte Graham is guest host (Kim Hill is on leave). Her guests include Max Harris on The New Zealand Project, Petina Gappah on writing about Zimbabwe, James Rhodes about music, madness and memoir, Juliette Burton about eating disorders, bodies and comedy, Esther Juon about dancing and feet, Freddy Declerck about Passchendaele pilgrims, and Belinda Tuki about empowering women.
Toby Manhire is guest host (Kim Hill is on leave). His guests include Iyad el-Baghdadi on the Arab Spring, Johnny Blades on Papua New Guinea, Emily Bell on Facebook and the end of news, Duane Peltzer on wilding pines, Matthew Desmond on evictions, poverty and profit, James Crow on the homeless problem, Suzie Bates on women’s cricket, Duncan Sarkies and Jemaine Clement on Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium, Kate De Goldi on books by Ulf Nilsson and Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham.
Philippa Tolley is guest host (Kim Hill is on leave). Her guests include: Smári McCarthy on Iceland, the Panama Papers and the Pirate Party, Ian Tannock on personalised cancer care, Barbara Brookes on her history of New Zealand women, Suad Amiry on conservation architecture and Palestine, Caitlin Moran on the working class, feminism and dufflecoats, Hannah Smith and Ralph McCubbin Howell on beards and theatre, Miranda McKearney on reading and empathy, and Kate Camp on Georgy Girl.
Colin Peacock is guest host (Kim Hill is on leave). His guests include: Karyn McCluskey on violence reduction, Simon Kuper on football, Yossi Alpher on rethinking Israel and Palestine, Michael Moore on what the US can learn from other countries, Arthur Tompkins on the theft of Leonardo’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder, Dafydd Davis on mountain biking, Paul McLaney on singing Shakespeare’s soliloquies, Fiona Pardington on photography, “Ukulele Russ” Copelin on off-the-grid Alaskan life.
Jonathan Bamber and James Hansen on thinning polar ice sheets and sea level rise, poet Paul Muldoon, Mary Kisler on the egg in art, Julian, Christian and Mabelle Dennison on Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Christina Bu on electric vehicles in Norway, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, Kate De Goldi on two new New Zealand books.
Andrew Digby on kakapo genetics and conservation, Martin Peat on crowd dynamics at the Rio Olympics, Ann Goldstein on translating Elena Ferrante, Claris Jacobs and Elsie Bollinger on the Candle Wasters and Shakespeare, Mackenzie Crook on detectorists, Amelia Dunbar and Emma Newborn on playing bitches, Thomas Mallon on US presidents, Gregory O’Brien on the poetry of Andrew Johnston
Live broadcast from the upper foyer of the St James, Wellington, during Writers Week at the New Zealand Festival. Kim Hill's guests include writers Christopher McDougall, Andrew O’Hagan, Anthony McCarten, Mallory Ortberg, Morgan Godfery, Sally Gardner and Damien Wilkins, choreographer and dancer Anouk van Dijk, For the Birds artists Mark Anderson, Jony Easterby and Kathy Hinde, and live music from Sunburst Finish (Tom Callwood, Daniel Beban, Riki Gooch, and Steve Roche).
Jamie McIntyre on the USA’s nuclear arsenal, Rebecca Roache on swearing, Liz Sime on humanitarian aid and empowering women, Mina Guli on desert running and water awareness, musician John Grant on his difficult life, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton on reframing musical styles of the 1920s and 30s, Kate Camp on Emmeline Pankhurst’s suffragist memoir.
Jamie Joseph on rhino poaching in Africa, Lee Tamahori on his new film, Mahana, Mary Kisler on works at the reopened Christchurch Art Gallery, Michela Magas and Andrew Dubber on Music Tech Fest, Rebecca Priestley on Antarctica, Sandra Coney on Waikumete Cemetery, and Ebony Lamb of Eb & Sparrow.
Ron Layton on IP for the poor in Africa, food activist Pam Warhurst on edible cities, Art Crime with Arthur Tompkins: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Gainsborough, economist David Stuckler on austerity and health, Courtney Durr on women’s fitness training, and members of the Taranaki/Tipperary cross-cultural musical collaboration Beneath the Words.
Gerald Friedman on the economic policy of Bernie Sanders, David Wiltshire on gravitational fields in space, Yann Martell on philosophy, religion and animals, David Lawrence on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, J.M. Fortier and Curtis Stone on urban market gardens, Richard McGregor on the DNA of Clan Gregor, Giulio Selvaggi on being convicted for earthquake science, Gregory O’Brien on the poetry of potter Barry Brickell.
On Waitangi Day: Margaret Wilson on sovereignty, Hirini Kaa on nationhood and history, Vikram Kumar on the Internet of Things, Tom Rennie on BWB’s online Treaty of Waitangi collection, Stefan Grand-Meyer and Olga Suvorova on translation and interpretation, Rebecca Ryan on Bluff and opera, Dame Claudia Orange on the Waitangi Museum, Kate De Goldi on six board books for babies and toddlers.