Saturday Morning Index
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
Arthur Baysting on legalising marijuana, Gideon Lewis-Kraus on the history of autocorrect, Paul Roy on Filipino slum life, Charlotte Graham on the Edinburgh festivals, Playing Favourites with ethnomusicologist Jyoshna La Trobe, Thom Conroy on Ernst Dieffenbach, Gregory O’Brien on “difficult” poetry.
Tim Keating on the NZDF and WW100, Paul Ramsay on beaver rewilding, Claire Hall on her oral history of the Vietnam War, Playing Favourites with musician and author Kristin Hersh, Hinemoana Baker on boys’ homes and her poems, Kate Camp on the classic WW1 memoir Storm of Steel.
Kitty Green on feminism in Ukraine, Philip Hensher on his new novel, Phil Seddon on endangered species and de-extinction, Playing Favourites with Bob Harvey, Rolf de Heer on his film Charlie’s Country, David Haywood on marine energy.
Alex Gibney on Lance Armstrong’s lies, Richard Bedford on our future New Zealand, Monica Dunford on physics and the Large Hadron Collider, Arthur Tompkins on the theft of Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, Playing Favourites with journalist Charlotte Greenfield, James Lee Burke on his novels, oil and history, Kate De Goldi on children’s books.
Elizabeth Pisani on Indonesia, Rachel Boynton on oil rush in Africa, Mary Kisler on the artists Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino, Playing Favourites with taonga puoro musician Rob Thorne, Ruth Reichl on food and fiction, Vivian Chandra on the Net, tech and women.
Derek Grzelewski on extreme New Zealand, Hazel Chapman on forests in Nigeria, Callum Christopher on taking Roskill to Brazil, Playing Favourites with Ian Jorgensen (Blink), Nalini Singh on her fantasy and romance thrillers, Kate Camp on the classic novel For the Term of His Natural Life.
Kent Greenfield on choice and limits, Jon Waters on aquatic mammal prehistory, Charles Murigande on genocide and conciliation in Rwanda, Playing Favourites with Giovanni Tiso, Lotta Dann on stopping drinking alcohol, Gregory O’Brien on a new poetry anthology, and Rachel O’Neill
Documentary filmmaker Jim Marbrook on mining in New Caledonia, Philip Ball on beauty and truth, jewelers Warwick Freeman and Karl Fritsch, Tony Taylor on Beatlemania, Andy Neill on The Beatles in New Zealand, Joanna Rakoff on answering Salinger’s mail, David Haywood on wind energy.
Simon Coley on fair trade and farmers, Steve Hathaway on underwater filmmaking and our 93% ocean opportunity, Jenifer Roberts on James Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald, Adam Hyde on sprint publishing, Playing Favourites with filmmaker Taika Waititi, Rose Blackett on gifted children, Shane Cave on corruption and poetry.