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Preview: Saturday Morning with Kim Hill

RNZ: Saturday Morning



A magazine programme hosted by Kim Hill, with long-form, in-depth feature interviews on current affairs, science, modern life, history, the arts and more.



 



Listener Feedback

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads emails and text messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180217-1155-listener_feedback-128.mp3




Listener Feedback

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads emails and text messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180217-1155-listener_feedback-128.mp3




Luke Willis Thompson - autoportrait

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:40:00 +1300

Luke Willis Thompson's 35mm film autoportrait is a silent portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In July 2016, Reynolds used Facebook Live to broadcast the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer after a traffic-stop in Minnesota, US. Later that year Thompson invited her to work with him on the production of an artwork. The result, autoportrait, is one of three silent films shown in near-total darkness in a new exhibition at Wellington's Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi. Since winning the prestigious Walters Prize in 2014, Thompson's works have been exhibited around the world. autoportrait has been selected for the 2018 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Thompson's exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, runs from February 21 to April 15, as part of the New Zealand Festival 2018.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180217-1140-luke_willis_thompson_-_autoportrait-128.mp3




Luke Willis Thompson - autoportrait

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:40:00 +1300

Luke Willis Thompson's 35mm film autoportrait is a silent portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In July 2016, Reynolds used Facebook Live to broadcast the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer after a traffic-stop in Minnesota, US. Later that year Thompson invited her to work with him on the production of an artwork. The result, autoportrait, is one of three silent films shown in near-total darkness in a new exhibition at Wellington's Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi. Since winning the prestigious Walters Prize in 2014, Thompson's works have been exhibited around the world. autoportrait has been selected for the 2018 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Thompson's exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, runs from February 21 to April 15, as part of the New Zealand Festival 2018.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180217-1140-luke_willis_thompson_-_autoportrait-128.mp3




Peter Hitchens - Brexit from the right

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:05:00 +1300

Peter Hitchens is a British journalist and author and has written extensively on politics and social conservatism. Starting as a journalist with The Daily Express, he graduated to foreign correspondent and reported events such as the US military intervention in Somalia, the final months of the Soviet Union and last few days of racial segregation in South Africa in the early 90s, to name a few. From being a member of the Trotskyist International Socialists in the 1960s and 70s, Hitchens, brother of the famous late writer Christopher Hitchens, has become an arch-conservative and columnist for the Mail on Sunday. He has written several books on social issues including The War We Never Fought: The British Establishment's Surrender to Drugs and Rage Against God: How Atheism led me to Faith.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180217-1105-peter_hitchens_-_brexit_from_the_right-128.mp3




Peter Hitchens: The UK is an 'atrophied' nation

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:05:00 +1300

Peter Hitchens is a British journalist and author and has written extensively on politics and social conservatism. He has long been an advocate for the UK leaving Europe but believes the current path of Brexit will leave Britain half in and half out 'after a lot of shouting'.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180217-1105-peter_hitchens_-_brexit_from_the_right-128.mp3




Patricia Lockwood - Priestdaddy

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:04:00 +1300

Patricia Lockwood's memoir, Priestdaddy, was named one of the 10 best books of 2017 by The New York Times. Lockwood's father, married with five children, had a religious conversion that saw him get a special dispensation from the Pope to become a priest. Priestdaddy is described by The Guardian as a "dazzling comic memoir". Lockwood has published two collections of poetry - Balloon Pop Outlaw Black, and Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, and has a huge following for her poetry and comedy on Twitter. She is in Aotearoa in March for Writers and Readers at the NZ Festival.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180217-1004-patricia_lockwood_-_priestdaddy-128.mp3




Patricia Lockwood: Speaking from silenced places

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:04:00 +1300

When American poet Patricia Lockwood wrote her memoir, Priestdaddy, of her tempestuous father who became a Catholic priest, she wanted "more than anything to be kind".


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180217-1004-patricia_lockwood_-_priestdaddy-128.mp3




Tamara Rojo - Giselle reimagined

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:35:00 +1300

Spanish ballet dancer Tamara Rojo is artistic director and a principal dancer at the English National Ballet which is bringing a new production of the classical ballet, Giselle, to Aotearoa. Rojo is credited with transforming the English company and vows that she is on a mission to make ballet loved by as many people as possible. Giselle is choreographed by Akram Khan who leads the Akram Khan Company - one of the world's most innovative dance groups. Giselle will be performed in March as part of the Auckland Arts Festival 2018.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180217-0935-tamara_rojo_-_giselle_reimagined-128.mp3




Tamara Rojo - Giselle reimagined

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:35:00 +1300

Spanish ballet dancer Tamara Rojo is artistic director and a principal dancer at the English National Ballet which is bringing a new production of the classical ballet, Giselle, to Aotearoa. Rojo is credited with transforming the English company and vows that she is on a mission to make ballet loved by as many people as possible. Giselle is choreographed by Akram Khan who leads the Akram Khan Company - one of the world's most innovative dance groups. Giselle will be performed in March as part of the Auckland Arts Festival 2018.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180217-0935-tamara_rojo_-_giselle_reimagined-128.mp3




Professor Hamish Spencer - Eugenics at the edge of empire

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:05:00 +1300

Hamish Spencer is professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago. A geneticist interested in the history of eugenics, he has published more than 150 scientific articles, many involving mathematical modeling of genetic changes that occur in human, animal and plant populations. He and Diane Paul have also co-authored essays on the history of laws and attitudes surrounding first-cousin marriage, and now the pair, along with Professor John Stenhouse, have teamed up to edit Eugenics at the Edge of Empire, exploring the history of eugenics in four Dominions of the British Empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and South Africa.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180217-0905-professor_hamish_spencer_-_eugenics_at_the_edge_of_empire-128.mp3




Johann Hari - Lost Connections

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:09:00 +1300

Johann Hari is a Scottish-born, London-raised journalist, columnist and author. He has written for numerous outlets including The New York Times, Le Monde, and The Guardian. He was a columnist for the British newspaper The Independent for nine years before leaving amidst claims of plagiarism. He subsequently wrote a best-selling book Chasing The Scream, The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, and has now followed that work with a new book, Lost Connections, which aims to reveal the real causes of anxiety and depression.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180217-0809-johann_hari_-_lost_connections-128.mp3




Listener feedback for 10 February 2018

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads emails and text messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180210-1155-listener_feedback_for_10_february_2018-128.mp3




Kupe composer Warren Maxwell - 'it’s going to be big'

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:05:00 +1300

Warren Maxwell (Ngai Tuhoe) has written the score for Kupe, the NZ Festival opening night extravaganza on Wellington's waterfront. Performers, a mass choir and a thousand-strong haka will kick off the festival as a fleet of waka hourua sail into the harbour.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180210-1105-warren_maxwell_-_kupe-128.mp3




Max Patte - Haere ra, Aotearoa

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 10:35:00 +1300

Max Patte is a British-born artist who has lived in Wellington for the past decade, and is about to return to the UK. One of his best known works is the Solace In The Wind sculpture on the capital city's waterfront, the 10th anniversary of which is being celebrated with limited edition sculptures. Patte sculpts primarily in clay, then casts in iron, plaster and bronze, using both traditional and contemporary techniques, although his newer works have led him in a different direction, using life-size titanium sculpture, infinity mirror, Swarovski crystal work and lightworks. Max Patte was elected an associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 2008. Max Patte will have an open day at his studio before leaving, details: https://www.facebook.com/maxpatteartist/


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180210-1035-max_patte_-_haere_r_aotearoa-128.mp3




Buffalo business: Making mozzarella in Clevedon

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 10:04:00 +1300

When Richard and Helen Dorresteyn started out in 2006 to establish a buffalo dairy farm it was an unprecedented venture.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180210-1004-helen_dorresteyn_-_the_business_of_buffalo-128.mp3




Shaun Bythell - Diary of a bookseller

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:04:00 +1300

Shaun Bythell lives in Wigtown, Scotland, where he runs The Bookshop - the largest second hand bookshop in Scotland. It contains over 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving along twisting corridors. In his book, Diary of a Bookseller, Bythell chronicles a year in the life of his bookshop - painting, with grumpy good humour, often unflattering pictures of customers and those who come to browse and not spend. But Bythell saves his real anger for the big online booksellers who dominate the market and drive small enterprises like his into the ground.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180210-0904-shaun_bythell_-_diary_of_a_bookseller-128.mp3




Why we mix up movies and real life

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:45:00 +1300

We know movies aren't real but we buy into them more than we realise, US neuroscientist Professor Jeff Zacks has concluded, after studying how we observe the world around us.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180210-0845-jeff_zacks_-_your_brain_on_movies-128.mp3




Nicholas Boyle: Brexit is a collective English breakdown

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:09:00 +1300

Brexit is a case of a "collective English mental breakdown", a Cambridge professor says.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180210-0809-nicholas_boyle_-_brexit_is_a_collective_english_breakdown-128.mp3




Listener Feedback

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads emails and text messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180203-1155-listener_feedback-128.mp3




Cherry Lewis - Mr Parkinson, of Parkinson's Disease

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 11:30:00 +1300

Last year marked the 200th anniversary since James Parkinson (1755-1824) defined the disease now named after him. Parkinson's Disease is still diagnosed today by recognising the symptoms he identified. In her book, The Enlightened Mr Parkinson: The Pioneering Life of a Forgotten English Surgeon, Cherry Lewis tells Parkinson's story through his three passions - medicine, politics and fossils. Parkinson was a political radical who was interrogated over a plot to kill King George III, and he wrote the first scientific study of fossils in English. Lewis is an honorary research fellow at the University of Bristol with a background in geology.\


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180203-1130-cherry_lewis_-_mr_parkinson_of_parkinsons_disease-128.mp3




Michael Laws - In defence of rodeo

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 11:04:00 +1300

Former Whanganui mayor and media commentator Michael Laws is a regional councillor in Otago, representing the Dunstan Ward, and the media spokesperson for the New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association. He will be talking to Kim in response to last week's interview with anti-rodeo activist Dr Peggy Larson.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180203-1104-michael_laws_-_in_defense_of_rodeo-128.mp3




Josh Gerstein - Republican memo released

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 10:30:00 +1300

A controversial Republican memo claiming bias in the FBI has been made public after US President Donald Trump overruled the Justice Department to order its release. The memo, written by Republican congressional staffers, is about the FBI's conduct during its inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in US elections. Josh Gerstein is White House correspondent for the political news website, Politico.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180203-1030-josh_gerstein_-_republican_memo_released-128.mp3




Eric Topol - Towards High-Definition, Individualised Medicine

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 10:05:00 +1300

Professor Eric Topol is the director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and Professor of Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute. He is one the world's foremost experts in digital medicine and currently holds the largest single grant of $US204 million to lead the Precision Medicine Initiative in the USA, involving one million Americans. Topol is an internationally acclaimed cardiologist and formerly Chief of Cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic. His most recent book The Patient Will See You Now (2015) explores how smartphones, big data, and technology are combining to democratise health care. Topol will be giving a lecture at the University of Auckland's School of Medicine on February 7. Details: https://www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/en/faculty/about/news-and-events/events/2018/2/7/Eric-Topol-public-lecture.html


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180203-1005-eric_topol_-_towards_high-definition_individualised_medicine-128.mp3




Peggy Seeger: First Time Ever

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:06:00 +1300

Influential folk musician, activist and songwriter Peggy Seeger, was born in New York in 1935 and had a childhood steeped in music and politics.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180203-0906-peggy_seeger_-_first_time_ever-128.mp3




Max Richter - Sleep

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:35:00 +1300

Audience members at composer Max Richter's concert, Sleep, are provided with camp beds and encouraged to nod off during the eight-hour overnight performance. Richter, joined by other musicians and performers, plays piano throughout 31 uninterrupted classical and electronic music pieces. Sleep is coming to the Auckland Arts Festival on March 16: http://www.aucklandfestival.co.nz/events/sleep-at-shed-10-queens-wharf/


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180203-1030-max_richter_-_sleep-128.mp3




Tim Atkins - Mission to Mars

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:10:00 +1300

NASA is on a mission to land people on Mars and is building the world's most powerful rocket to get to the red planet. The rocket, called the Space Launch System (SLS) will produce more thrust at lift-off than anything before it. Building and testing the rocket is already under way and NASA engineer Tim Atkins is at the heart of the work. Atkins holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Central Florida, with decades of experience in software development, electronics integration, and rocket science. He is in Christchurch for the first UC Connect public lecture of 2018: 'Getting to Mars: Building the World's Most Powerful Rocket', 7pm - 8pm, Thursday 8 February, at the Engineering Core, Creyke Road, Ilam campus, University of Canterbury. Register to attend free at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/ucconnect. He'll also be speaking at MOTAT on February 12th, details here: http://www.motat.org.nz/experience/events/nasa-presentation-at-motat/.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180203-0810-tim_atkins_-_mission_to_mars-128.mp3




Listener Feedback

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads emails and text messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180127-1155-listener_feedback-128.mp3




Megan Dunn - Tinderbox

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 11:35:00 +1300

Megan Dunn has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auckland University. From 1996 - 2000, she co-directed the artist-run space Fiat Lux. She lived in London from 2001 and worked at Borders bookstores until the UK chain was liquidated in 2009; returning to New Zealand in 2010 to become general manager of Borders Lambton Quay, the Australasian chain promptly followed into receivership. Dunn now lives in Wellington where she is an art reviewer. Her first book Tinderbox, published at the end of 2017, is about the problems of the book world, which she now says she "never wants to think about again".


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180127-1135-megan_dunn_-_tinderbox-128.mp3




Oscar Kightley - Dawn Raids revisited

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 11:05:00 +1300

Oscar Kightley is a Samoan-born, New Zealand-raised writer/actor and director. Some of the most popular work he has been involved in include the movie series Sione's Wedding and the TV series bro'Town. In 2009 he was made a New Zealand Arts Foundation Arts Laureate. The same year he was given a medal from the Queen in recognition of services to New Zealand theatre and television. He most recently had a role in the Disney hit Moana. Kightley's famous 1997 play, Dawn Raids, has been reissued as part of Playmarkets Play Series - and he tells Kim why it remains relevant still.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180127-1105-oscar_kightley_-_dawn_raids_revisited-128.mp3




Dr Kara Filbey - Lessons from parasitic worms

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 10:05:00 +1300

Dr Kara Filbey is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Malaghan Institute's Allergic and Parasitic Diseases Programme and for the past 10 years she has researched immune responses to parasitic worm (helminth) infections. People in the world's tropical countries have the highest rates of infection with intestinal worms but also the lowest instances of allergy and autoimmune diseases - a phenomenon that has been explained by the 'hygiene hypothesis'. Filbey discusses how the worms manipulate their hosts' immune systems to survive - and how we can harness this ability to treat inflammatory diseases like asthma and dermatitis. Filbey is also a member of The Frank Burkitt Band.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180127-1005-dr_kara_filbey_-_lessons_from_parasitic_worms-128.mp3




Maja Lunde - The History of Bees

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:35:00 +1300

Norwegian Maja Lunde is the author of several books for children and young adults, and is also a screen writer for film and television. Her debut novel for adults, international best-seller The History of Bees, is set in the not-too-distant future when bees have died out in a global environmental crisis - causing food shortages and a steep decline in the human population. Lunde is a guest of Writers & Readers at the New Zealand Festival from 8 to 11 March. The full programme brochure and website will be available on Thursday 1 February.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180127-0935-maja_lunde_-_the_history_of_bees-128.mp3




Dr Peggy Larson - Rodeo wrongs

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:05:00 +1300

With the opening of rodeo season in New Zealand, the organisation Anti Rodeo Action NZ has brought Dr Peggy Larson from her home in Vermont to Aotearoa, on her first ever visit. The former rodeo rider, vet and farmer turned rodeo opponent holds degrees from Ohio State Vet School, UC Davis, and Vermont Law School. She discusses her efforts to ban rodeo in a number of different states in the US and countries around the world. She is also founder of the US National Spay/Neuter Coalition


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180127-0905-dr_peggy_larson_-_rodeo_wrongs-128.mp3




Michael Wolff: 'Donald Trump is truly stupid'

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 08:25:00 +1300

Michael Wolff was given unprecedented access to the White House during President Trump’s first 100 days and in his book Fire and Fury paints a picture of a chaotic, dysfunctional administration.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180127-0825-michael_wolff_-_fire_and_fury-128.mp3




Professor Richard Easther - Super blue blood moon eclipse

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 08:09:00 +1300

Educated at the University of Canterbury, Professor Richard Easther taught at Yale University from 2004 until the end of 2011, and is now head of the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland. His work focuses on the physics of the very early universe including the inflationary epoch - a period of accelerated expansion immediately after the big bang - which is thought to have set the stage for the subsequent evolution of the universe. Easther will explain the coming week's rare celestial event - the so-called 'super blue blood moon eclipse' - which sees three separate celestial events occur on one night for the first time since March 31,1866.


Media Files:
http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180127-0809-professor_richard_easther_-_super_blue_blood_moon_eclipse-128.mp3