Julia Powles on Facebook and Google, Malcolm Harris on WorldSkills, Al Bramley on Zero Invasive Predators, David Lawrence on Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sarah Laing on her Katherine Mansfield comics memoir, the Walter’s Prize winner, Doryun Chong of Hoing Kong’s M+ gallery, and Gregory O’Brien on the poetry of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell and Hone Tuwhare.
John Kiriakou on torture and whistleblowing, Kelly Chibale on eradicating malaria, David Livingstone Smith on creepiness, Piri Sciascia on kapa haka, Te Maori and Te Reo, Chris Moller on grand designs, Rochelle Constantine on whale strandings, singer Jimmy Barnes on his childhood, Reuben Paterson on his glitter art and W.O.W.
Michelle Cottle on Hillary Clinton, Dylan Taylor on ESRA and the left, Anthony Byrt on art, criticism and poker, Mitchell Chandler on Our Ocean, Dianne Brunton on birdsong dialects, Jamie Steer on invasive species, teen entrepreneur Toby Carr on his technology startup, Bruce Gilkison on his ancestor, James Hogg.
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore on the battle of the Somme, Brother Guy Consolmagno on astronomy and religion, Simon Nathan on Joseph Divis and his mining photographs, young rapper Name UL, Kate Pullinger on fiction for smartphones, Franco Lora on displacement in Colombia, Kate De Goldi on children’s books by William Grill, Anna Ciddor and Jessica Miller.
Rachel Kramer Bussel on Weiner and sexting, Michael Dobson on the people of Western Sahara, Bronwyn King on tobacco and investment funds, Richard McKenzie on UV and Vitamin D, rowing gold medallists Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, Arthur Tompkins on the missing Missal, Jack Lasenby on children and grandparents, Kirsty Griffin and Viv Kernick on Amy Street, Thames, and Gregory O’Brien on the poetry of Hera Lindsay Bird.
Kim Hill broadcasts from the RNZ Christchurch studio during the WORD Writers and Readers Festival 2016. Cécile Maisonneuve and Marie-Anne Gobert on cities of tomorrow, Sheila Watt-Cloutier on Arctic communities, Canadian writer Elizabeth Hay, slam poetry champion Mohamed Hassan, Leigh Hopkinson on stripping for a living, Sam Crofskey on his pop-up quake book, Joseph Hullen on walking the Avon, singer-songwriter Jay Clarkson, Duncan Grieve on publishing the Spinoff, Barnaby Bennett on the future of journalism and Christchurch.
Josh Davis on super-recognisers, Vincent Covello on risk and crisis situations, Jacinta Ruru on teaching law from a Maori perspective, Larry Pratt on gun ownership in America, Ryan Griffen on creating a futuristic Aboriginal superhero world, David Lawrence on Shakespeare play The Winter’s Tale, Debbie Stoller on feminism and knitting, Kate Camp on Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
Darcy Richardson on third-party presidential nominations, David Levithan on gay characters in YA fiction, Dawa Steven Sherpa on cleaning up the Himalayas, Rochelle Constantine on cetacean tourism, Stuart Firestein on smell, ignorance, and failure in science, Leonard Marcus on the history of children’s literature.
David Goldblatt on the modern Olympics, Euan Ashley on athletes and genetics, Vicky Karaminas on uniforms, sportswear and superheroes, Francis Spufford on writing an 18th century novel, Ashleigh Young on her personal essays and creative science writing, six-person choir group The Oxfords, and Kate De Goldi on the Children’s Book Awards and the Hooked on Books website.
Alok Jha on water and the weather, Matt Noffs on the problem of methamphetamine, Dr David Galler on intensive care, Roxanne El-Hady - UK Young Scientist 2016, Louise Leitch and Byron Skinner on gender transition, Peter Simpson on Christchurch’s “Bloomsbury South”, Shayne P Carter on rock and the classics
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, Fiona Campbell on ten years of the Real Art Roadshow, 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.