Saturday Morning Index
Peter Pomerantsev on Putin’s Russia, Lyric R. Cabral on the FBI and counter-terrorism, Melvyn Goodale on echolocation and the brains of the blind, Playing Favourites with musician and filmmaker Jeremy Jones, Alison Stieven-Taylor on the future of photojournalism, Gregory O’Brien on the poetry of Iain Lonie.
Rob Edwards on Trident nuclear security, Mary Norris on commas and punctuation, Clive James on life, mortality and poetry, Liana Machado in brain electrification, Playing Favourites with writer, human rights activist and restaurant owner Marianne Elliott, Jennifer McLagan on bitter food, Kate Camp on the classic novel 100 Years of Solitude.
Sarah Chayes on corruption and security, Sara Hossain on murders in Bangladesh, Roger Lentle on mapping bladder walls, Playing Favourites with David Allfrey of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy on poems, wives and children, Kate de Goldi on the books of Lissa Evans
Alex Massie on the UK election, Ali Al-Ahmed on Saudi Arabia, Jack Baker on V.E. Day, Philip Ball on invisibility and curiosity, Art Crime with Arthur Tompkins: the Cellini Salt Cellar, Playing Favourites with Treasury chief economist Girol Karacaoglu, David Mitchell on heroes, hyper-linked characters and autism, Phil Manning on dinosaur discoveries.
David Nutt on reinvestigating psychedelic drugs, Michael Fletcher on Baltimore, race and class, Lance Price on Narendra Modi and India, Helen Macdonald on her attraction to goshawks, Stephen O’Brien on the Genome 10K project, Gregory O’Brien on new poetry from John Dennison and Nigel Horrocks.
Live broadcast from Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Kim Hill's guests include Kevin Short, Susie Ferguson, Colette Muir, Olivia Allison, Maria Armoudian, Dave Rowe, Louise Maher, Dick Martin, Francis Grigson, Eugene L. Rogan, Steve Wilde, Michael Cropp, Rhys Jones, Henry Thompson, Chris Hay, Marjorie Lee and Audrey Harper, Dilys Grant, Peter FitzSimons, and Stephen Clarke.
Andrew Keen on the Internet, Rebecca Lawton on drought and ostrich thinking, Chris Pugsley on the scale of Gallipoli, Shakespeare with David Lawrence: Henry V, Playing Favourites with carillonist Timothy Hurd, Warwick Holmes on the Rosetta comet expedition, Henry Hargreaves on photos of food.
Ken Auletta on Google and the future, Esther Kaplan on workplace monitoring, Kate Grenville on her mother’s story, Arapata Hakiwai on repatriation, singer/songwriter Mel Parsons, Alice Boyes on anxiety tools, Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith on their film about small-town rugby
Damon Gameau on too much sugar, Bronwyn Hayward on sustainable prosperity, Rebecca Herzig on hair removal, Levi Armstrong on whanau fitness, Playing Favourites with Sam Neill, Mike McWilliams on 150 years of GNS and its future, Lynsey Hayward, Mark Davey and Frantisek Riha-Scott on incontinence problems and solutions.
Mark Davey on incontinence and fashion, Miranda July on her books, films, art and app, Jim Kebbell on organics and faith, Mary Kisler on a little sketch by William Hodges, Playing Favourites with performer and writer Alan Cumming, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena on housing solutions, Gregory O’Brien on Charles Brasch’s poetry, and the Pacific.
Bryan Stevenson on justice in Alabama, Daniel Mendelsohn on the Holocaust, Shakespeare with David Lawrence: Hamlet, Playing Favourites with choreographer Eric Languet, Frances Ashcroft on ion channels and diabetes, Kate De Goldi on author Mal Peet.
Noelle McCarthy is guest host. Her guests are: Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor on Cyclone Pam and Vanuatu, Brian O’Connell on 48 hours of drugs in Ireland, Stefan Sobkowiaki on orchards, organics and permaculture, Bruce Sheridan on the psychology of creativity, Arthur Tompkins on the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist, Sean Donnelly on his new album with backup from Viuctoria Kelly and Sandy Mill, David Graham on Hillary Clinton, Anastasia Radevich on footwear art, artist Lonnie Hutchinson on her Christchurch project and Auckland retrospective.
Philip Wen on pollution in China, Leslee Udwin on her film India’s Daughter, Marilyn Waring on 40 years of feminism, Jenny O’Connor on women at 60, Playing Favourites with publisher Robbie Burton, Brett Bailey on Macbeth in the Congo, Gregory O’Brien on the poetry of Peter Olds and Geoff Cochrane.
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.