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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.


Todd Niall - Team NZ setting sail in Bermuda

Sat, 27 May 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Todd Niall is Radio New Zealand's Auckland correspondent and has held a number of roles over three decades in radio journalism. He's in Bermuda to cover the 35th America's Cup for RNZ (his fifth time covering the race) and will talk to Kim prior to Emirates Team New Zealand's first race in the Louise Vuitton qualifiers. Until June 13th, qualifiers between Team New Zealand, the UK's Landrover BAR, Sweden's Artemis, Groupama Team France and Softbank Team Japan will decide which syndicate takes on Cup holder Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup Match in a best of 13 series starting on June 18th.

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Prof Michael Jackson - The wherewithal of life

Sat, 27 May 2017 10:20:00 +1200

Professor Michael D Jackson is a New-Zealand-born anthropologist and creative writer. He has published 30 books of poetry, fiction, ethnography and memoir, and is internationally known for his vast body of work. Most notably, he has helped define the field of 'existential anthropology' - looking at how groups of humans make meaning of their lives in the face of adversity. In New Zealand, Jackson is best known for his poetry and creative non-fiction (Latitudes of Exile was awarded the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in 1976, and Wall won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry in 1981). Since 1969 he has conducted extensive fieldwork among the Kuranko of Sierra Leone, the Warlpiri and Kuku-Yalanji of Australia, and African migrants in Europe. Jackson is currently Distinguished Professor of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.

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Neil Degrasse Tyson - A Cosmic Perspective

Sat, 27 May 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. He's a best-selling author, Emmy Award winner, recipient of 19 honorary doctorates, and a man who was once named "Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive". Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The centre is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003. From 1995 to 2005, Tyson wrote monthly essays in the 'Universe' column for Natural History magazine, some of which were published in his book Death by Black Hole (2007). He will be in New Zealand for the first time in early June to present his show, A Cosmic Perspective, at both Christchurch's Horncastle Arena and the Spark Arena in Auckland.

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Jacqueline Fahey - Cutting loose

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:35:00 +1200

Jaqueline Fahey was one of the first NZ artists to paint from a women's point of view and is the author of two memoirs and two novels.

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Jason Donovan: mature pop idol

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:05:00 +1200

If Jason Donovan could go back before Neighbours, before his international pop stardom, he wouldn't change a thing. He says regret is a wasted emotion and besides, he’s had a good career, though not without its bumps.

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Wayne Smith - A rugby legend backs Ride of the Legends

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Wayne Smith has just announced he will retire as All Blacks assistant coach, ending a 20-year coaching involvement with the team. Prior to coaching, Smith had a distinguished rugby playing career - from the late 1970s into the mid-80s he was one of the country's most accomplished first five eighths, appearing in 17 tests, and also played in Italy as well as in the sevens in Hong Kong. Smith was the Crusaders' coach from 1997-99, taking the team to victory in the 1998-99 championship, and he mirrored this achievement at the Chiefs 12 years later, with two consecutive wins. He was made Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2012. Smith and his wife Trish have twin sons, one of whom has cerebral palsy, which led Smith to become patron of the New Zealand Foundation for Conductive Education. NZFCE will be the recipient of charity funds raised during the Ride Of The Legends cycle tour that runs in conjunction with the Lions Rugby Tour, which kicks off on June 3.

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Listener feedback for 20 May 2017

Sat, 20 May 2017 11:55:00 +1200

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

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David Dolan - Please don't stop the music

Sat, 20 May 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Lecturers at the Waikato University School of Music fear proposed staff cuts will see the school's demise, with University management preparing to restructure the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and proposing to cut the full time staff numbers in the music department from eight to five. David Dolan is a concert pianist, researcher and a professor both at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the UK, and he is dedicated to the revival of the art of classical improvisation. He has weighed in to efforts to try and save the facility, describing it as a "rare and precious" world class centre of excellence, with a standard of teaching he has rarely witnessed anywhere in his travels.

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Daniel Falconer - On the trail of Sasquatch

Sat, 20 May 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Daniel Falconer is a designer and author at Weta Workshop in Wellington. He's been with the company for 20 years, working as part of the design team on such projects as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and has written 12 behind-the-scenes books about the work he and his colleagues have done on a number of films. Falconer's hobbies take in art, science, natural history and fantasy, and he also harbours a curiosity concerning the North American bigfoot mystery, a fascination that has seen him join US-based amateur researchers and scientists in the field a number of times in areas reputed to be hotspots for supposed encounters. His obsession helped spark a theatre production of Sasquatch, which will be performed for the first time during Loemis, Wellington's Winter Solstice Festival, June 15 - 21.

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Ariel Levy - rules do not apply

Sat, 20 May 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Ariel Levy is a journalist and writer based in New York. She joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, tackling topics such as the world's reaction to intersex South African runner Caster Semenya, and Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that brought down the Defense of Marriage Act. Levy won a National Magazine Award in 2013 for the essay "Thanksgiving in Mongolia", where she details a miscarriage in a hotel room while on assignment in Ulaanbaatar. The loss caused Levy to examine the unravelling of her life, a process that led her to author the New York Times best-seller The Rules Do Not Apply (2017). Her first book was Female Chauvinist Pigs (2006), which looked at the rise of 'raunch' culture.

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Max Gimblett - The Quatrefoil King

Sat, 20 May 2017 09:08:00 +1200

One of New Zealand's most successful and internationally prominent living painters, Max Gimblett has been living in North America since 1962. He took refuge in the teachings of Buddhism, and is a Rinzai Zen Priest - taking his vows in 2006. He is known for creating quatrefoil-shaped paintings and Sumi Ink 'enso' works. Gimblett has developed a reputation for shouting and stomping whilst painting in an attempt to be completely spontaneous and as an expression of the immediacy of Zen Buddhism. His work is in the collections of many of the world's leading museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki. A documentary about his life, Max Gimblett: Original Mind, will play on the closing night of the Doc Edge International Film Festival in both Wellington (May 21st, Roxy Cinema) and Auckland (June 5th, Q Theatre).

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Charles Lane - Trump vs the FBI

Sat, 20 May 2017 08:50:00 +1200

Charles Lane is an opinion writer for the Washington Post. He was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing, and is the author of The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre and The Supreme Court and the Betrayal of Reconstruction, and is a frequent commentator on television and radio. He talks to Kim about an extraordinary week in US politics, which has seen President Donald Trump increasingly under pressure over the ongoing investigation into possible links between his associates and Russia.

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Tommy Rhattigan - bread, jam and terror

Sat, 20 May 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Tommy Rhattigan was a seven-year-old boy in Manchester when he was lured to the house of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady with a promise of bread and jam.

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Molly Sokhom - Sokhom Syndrome

Sat, 13 May 2017 11:35:00 +1200

Comedian Molly Sokhom was born in a refugee camp in Thailand after her parents fled Cambodia. Raised in California, she performed in the US before moving to Wellington in 2014. She is appearing at the NZ International Comedy Festival with a show about a family trip to Cambodia to meet the brother she never knew she had.

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Idelber Avelar - Tumult and Temer

Sat, 13 May 2017 11:07:00 +1200

$42 billion dollars of Brazilian public money has been stolen in what is arguably the largest corruption scheme in history. Idelber Adelbar talks about the "frozen crisis" in his native country.

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Global cyberattack

Sat, 13 May 2017 10:50:00 +1200

Juha Saarinen is a technology journalist and writer living in Auckland. He contributes to the New Zealand Herald over the years, he has written for the Guardian, Wired, PC World, Computerworld and ITnews Australia, covering networking, hardware, software, enterprise IT as well as the business and social aspects of computing.

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Don Franks - Marxist musician

Sat, 13 May 2017 10:06:00 +1200

Don Franks is a musician and song-writer, former factory worker and cleaner, runner and left-wing activist who has campaigned for workers' rights and the peace movement over many decades. He hosts Don Franks Music on Wellington Access Radio and is the author of Next to Gods: A cleaner's story and Nice Work If You Can Get It: Notes from a musician's diary. His latest book is Hill Run, a collection of his poems and his latest album is Blue Turning Grey, a selection of favourites from the American songbook.

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Annette Dixon - Leading the World Bank in South Asia

Sat, 13 May 2017 09:35:00 +1200

Born in Palmerston North and educated at Victoria University, Annette Dixon has been the World Bank vice-president for the South Asia Region since 2014, a job that sees her direct lending operations and trust-funded projects worth more than $10 billion a year. Dixon joined the bank in 1999 as a sector manager in human development in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region and has since held many positions within the organisation. Before her overseas posting, Dixon was Ministry of Youth Affairs chief executive and worked in a number of high-level public sector roles. She recently spoke at the Wellington Club about how South Asia will fare as some of the world's largest economies turn increasingly protectionist.

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Graham Lowe - A league of his own

Sat, 13 May 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Graham Lowe rose to prominence as a rugby league coach. He was the only one in the world to have won championships in three different countries - New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain. Lowe turned around both Wigan and the Manly Sea Eagles and was the first non-Queenslander to coach the State of Origin side. Lowe stood down from his job as the chief executive officer of the Manly Sea Eagles in 2011 because of health issues, but has since plunged back into sports management, with a takeover of the previously liquidated Bradford Bulls early this year. He has struggled with life-threatening illness on a number of occasions and is now an advocate for men's health issues. Lowe also contested the Albany ward of the Auckland Council for Auckland Future in 2016, ultimately missing out on one of the two positions. His latest venture sees him partner with the Manukau Institute of Technology to inspire would-be school leavers to stay in education, through courses he has devised with the institution's School of Sport.

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Anne Enright - Ireland's Fiction Laureate

Sat, 13 May 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Anne Enright is an Irish author and former television producer, and the country's inaugural Fiction Laureate. Her short stories have appeared in several magazines including The New Yorker and The Paris Review and won many awards. Her novels include The Wig My Father Wore (1995), shortlisted for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Irish Literature Prize and The Gathering (2007) about a large Irish family gathering for the funeral of a wayward brother. The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and propelled Enright to international fame. Her most recent novel is The Green Road (2015), which won the Irish Novel of the Year. Anne Enright is in New Zealand for the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season and the Auckland Writers Festival.

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Listener feedback for 6 May 2017

Sat, 06 May 2017 11:55:00 +1200

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

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Dr Julian Fennessy - Sticking your neck out for giraffes

Sat, 06 May 2017 11:35:00 +1200

Australians Dr Julian Fennessy and his wife Stephanie are co-founders and directors of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) - the only NGO that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe throughout Africa. The pair, along with their two children, are based in Namibia from where the GCF conducts its work, including extensive research based on fitting wild giraffe with GPS tracking collars to understand behaviour and threats to the species. The work is considered urgent by many in conservation, with numbers of giraffe plummeting by over 40 per cent in the last two decades, and the animal having gone extinct in at least seven African countries. Julian and Stephanie Fennessy will be in Auckland for a free event, hosted by the Auckland Zoo, at the Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium on May 13, where they will present a screening of a David Attenborough-narrated documentary, Giraffes - Africa's Gentle Giants, about their Foundation's work.

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Nikki Gemmell: After the death of Elayn

Sat, 06 May 2017 11:05:00 +1200

After is Australian writer Nikki Gemmell's moving account of her complicated relationship with her mother Elayn and the effects of her mother's 'death by choice'.

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Neal Stephenson - Postcyberpunk author and futurist

Sat, 06 May 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Neal Stephenson is an American writer, known for his fiction works, which have been variously categorized science fiction, historical fiction, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk. Stephenson explores areas such as mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about science, technology, and culture. In the past he has worked part-time at Blue Origin and Intellectual Ventures Labs; he's currently Magic Leap's Chief Futurist. His new work, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O (co-written with Nicole Galland) will be published in June. Various screen adaptations of his books are in the works including a film project based on his most well-known novel Seveneves. Neal Stephenson has joined the line-up for this year's Techweek'17, and will be keynote speaker at Future Realities, a mixed reality and IoT (internet of Things) conference, in Wellington on May 10. Stephenson is also visiting New Zealand as part of the New Zealand Film Commission's GPS 2026 Project, which aims to spark discussion about the future of the screen industry.

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A.N Wilson - The myth of the objective biography

Sat, 06 May 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Andrew Norman Wilson is a biographer, novelist, journalist and essayist. Initially drawn to the teaching profession and priesthood, Wilson published his first novel, The Sweets of Pimlico, in 1977. Since then, he's published over 50 works of fiction and nonfiction, across subjects ranging from the Bible to Queen Elizabeth II and Iris Murdoch. The television drama Victoria was based on his biography of the monarch, and recent work includes the novel Resolution, and a biography of Charles Darwin. He is a regular voice on BBC radio, and a columnist across many titles, including the Daily Mail, Telegraph, the Times Literary Supplement, and The Spectator. A.N Wilson will be in New Zealand for the Auckland Writers Festival, featuring at events from May 19-21st.

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Dr Lobsang Sangay - Leader of a government-in-exile

Sat, 06 May 2017 09:30:00 +1200

Dr. Lobsang Sangay was born and grew up in a Tibetan settlement near Darjeeling. He was a Fullbright Scholar, obtaining a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D) from Harvard Law School - the first Tibetan to ever do so. A scholar of conflict resolution, he's organised seven major conferences among Chinese, Tibetan, Indian and Western scholars including two unprecedented meetings between the Dalai Lama and Chinese scholars in 2003 and 2009 at Harvard University. Chief executive of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile since 2011, Dr Sangay became Tibet's highest leader (Sikyong) at the request of the Dalai Lama - and was re-elected as Sikyong for a second term in 2016. Dr Sangay has been in New Zealand to give public talks about the state of relations between China and Tibet to audiences in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin.

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Frances Hardinge - The Lie Tree and dark stories

Sat, 06 May 2017 09:10:00 +1200

Frances Hardinge spent a large part of her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. A few years later, a persistent friend persuaded her to send a few chapters of Fly By Night, her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. Hardinge has since written many highly acclaimed children's novels including, Fly By Night's sequel, Twilight Robbery, as well as the Carnegie shortlisted Cuckoo Song. She was the first children's author in 14 years to win the Costa Book of the Year in 2015 with The Lie Tree. Frances Hardinge will be appearing at the Auckland Writers Festival on the 20th and 21st of May.

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Lorde: Sharing the brand new sounds from her mind

Sat, 06 May 2017 08:30:00 +1200

Lorde's second album - which has already produced two hit singles - is out next month. She talks to Kim Hill about feeling free, hearing colours and the oddness of some of her "spicy" fan mail.

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Professor Campbell McLachlan - Ever-evolving Brexit battles

Sat, 06 May 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Campbell McLachlan, QC, is professor of Law at Victoria University, teaching international law and dispute settlement. He is author of Foreign Relations Law - the first modern study of this field in relation to the UK and the Commonwealth, and  was the only living author whose book was cited (with approval) by the majority in the judgment of the UK Supreme Court on Brexit in Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union in January.  Prof. McLachlan talks to Kim about a week that has seen a war of words escalate between the Conservative Government of Theresa May and the European Union over the conditions of their 'divorce'.  

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Listener Feedback for 29 April 2017

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:59:00 +1200

A selection of feedback from today's show.

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Alan Jansson - A tribute to Graham Brazier

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:35:00 +1200

Alan Jansson - producer, songwriter, engineer, label owner, and musician, and the owner of Uptown Studios, in Auckland's Freeman's Bay - was someone local rock legend Graham Brazier had wanted to work with for years. After a massive crowdfunding effort, Alan's produced Left Turn at Midnite, the album Brazier had just finished before his death in September 2015, and a collection of songs many say are his finest ever. Left Turn at Midnite will be released on 5th May 2017.

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David White - Where does our MEAT come from?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +1200

The information we get about meat production usually comes from either those staunchly opposed to meat-eating or farmers themselves, says filmmaker David White. His new film MEAT tells the personal stories of 'the people behind the meat'.

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Danny Sriskandarajah - Civil society in jeopardy

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah is the secretary general of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. 

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George Saunders - Lincoln in the Bardo

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Considered one of America's foremost contemporary writers, George Saunders has just published his first novel Lincoln in the Bardo to critical acclaim.

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Arthur Tompkins - Raphael's Sistine Madonna

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:45:00 +1200

Arthur Tompkins is a District Court judge, and editor of Art Crime and its Prevention: A Handbook for Collectors and Art Professionals (Lund Humphries). He has a special interest in crimes involving artistic masterpieces, and writes a bi-monthly series of articles in the online magazine Versopolis about stolen masterpieces now back on public display. He'll talk to Kim about the theft of Raphael's Sistine Madonna, one of the world's most famous paintings after the Mona Lisa, and its eventual return to Dresden, where it had been purchased Elector of Saxony Frederich August II in the mid 18th century.

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Mary Coughlan - Bloody Mary

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:05:00 +1200

Jazz singer Mary Coughlan is regarded as an Irish national treasure, who is also treasured for her extraordinary candour. She'll talk about her best-selling autobiography Bloody Mary at this year's Auckland Writer's Festival.

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Piet Chielens - In Flanders Fields

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:22:00 +1200

Piet Chielens is director of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium. His team at the musuem are currently working on commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. 

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Donna Chisholm: defending David Dougherty

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:12:00 +1200

David Dougherty, who was wrongfully convicted of abducting and raping an 11 year old girl in 1993, has died. Donna Chisholm campaigned for Dougherty to be cleared and supporting him through his retrial and fight for compensation. 

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