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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 to Saturday 24 September 2016

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:55:00 +1200

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 24 September.

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Reuben Paterson: glittering WOW

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:45:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to New Plymouth-based artist Reuben Paterson, best known for his glitter paintings. His work will provide a backdrop to this year's World of Wearable Art showcase, and his new solo exhibition, Said the Hibiscus, is currently on show at Page Blackie Gallery in Wellington (to 7 October).

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Jimmy Barnes: working class boy

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:05:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Scottish-born Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes, whose career with the band Cold Chisel and as a solo artist has made him one of the most popular and best-selling Australian artists of all time. He tells his early story in Working Class Boy, the first volume of a two-part autobiography. In February 2017 he will visit nine venues around New Zealand with his show, Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories + Songs.

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Rochelle Constantine: whale strandings

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:48:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to behavioural ecologist Dr Rochelle Constantine, Senior Lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland. She discusses whale strandings.

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Chris Moller: houses and designs

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:05:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Wellington architect and urbanist Chris Moller, who is the presenter of the television programme Grand Designs New Zealand which is just starting its second series.

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Piri Sciascia: performing arts, language and Te Māori

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:30:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Professor Piri Sciascia, ONZM, retired recently as Deputy Vice Chancellor Maori at Victoria University of Wellington. He was one of four recipients of Nga Tohu a Ta Kingi Ihaka at the 2016 Te Waka Toi Awards, honouring his conservation and promotion of Māori performing arts for over 40 years, including founding Tamatea Arikinui (Kahungunu's oldest kapa haka), and as a performer, composer, tutor, advisor, and leader for the group.

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David Livingstone Smith: creepiness

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:05:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Dr David Livingstone Smith, professor in philosophy at the University of New England, director of the Human Nature Project, and author of the 2011 book, Less Than Human. He wrote A Theory of Creepiness, which was published this week by Aeon.

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Kelly Chibale: African health innovation, and malaria

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:30:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Dr Kelly Chibale, Founder and Director of H3D, Africa's first integrated drug discovery and development centre, based at the University of Cape Town. He and his team have potentially developed a one-pill cure for malaria, which is progressing to clinical trials.

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John Kiriakou: torture and whistleblowing

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:12:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to John Kiriakou, former CIA officer who in 2002 led the team that located Abu Zubaydah, alleged to be a high-ranking member of al-Qaeda. After a news interview in 2007, in which he confirmed that Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times, describing it as torture, Kiriakou was arrested, tried and sentenced to a 30-month prison term for revealing classified information. He is now a best-selling author and writes for Reader Supported News. In May he received the 2016 Blueprint International Whistleblowing Prize, and this weekend, he will receive the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence.

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Listener Feedback to Saturday 17 September 2016

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:59:00 +1200

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 17 September 2016.

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Bruce Gilkison: James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:40:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Bruce Gilkison, who spent the past two northern summers walking some of the Highland journeys completed in 1802-1804 by his great-great-grandfather, the Scottish writer, poet, sportsman, musician and larger-than-life personality James Hogg. He writes about him in Walking with James Hogg: The Ettrick Shepherd's Journeys through Scotland.

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Toby Carr

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:10:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Toby Carr is the CEO and founder of trading company DeXTech Ltd, and has just received an international youth leadership award. He is a speaker on the Future of Education panel at the Festival for the Future (23-25 September).

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Jamie Steer: introduced species

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:40:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Dr Jamie Steer, whose research explores the understanding of introduced species in New Zealand in the context of biodiversity management, arguing for a more reconciliatory approach to their history and fate in the country. (NB. The views expressed in this interview are those of Dr Steer alone and are related solely to his academic research.)

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Dianne Brunton: bird songs and dialects

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:10:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Professor Dianne Brunton, who founded the Ecology and Conservation Group at the Albany campus of Massey University, and currently heads the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. She specialises in the study of New Zealand's native birds, and their communication through birdsong. Backed by the Marsden Fund in 2013, her team are tracking the dialects of songbirds in Auckland and Northland.

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Mitchell Chandler: Our Ocean

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:50:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Mitchell Chandler, who is majoring in oceanography at the University of Otago. He was chosen by the Sir Peter Blake Trust to represent New Zealand as one of 150 youth delegates from around the world at the first-ever Our Ocean, One Future: Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., which ran this week alongside the Our Ocean 2016 conference, hosted by John Kerry.

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Anthony Byrt: art, criticism, and poker

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 09:10:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to New Zealand critic and journalist Anthony Byrt, writer for Metro, contributor to international contemporary art magazine Artforum International, and Reviewer of the Year at the 2015 Canon Media Awards. He writes about his life, and art, in This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art (AUP).

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Dylan Taylor: the ESRA think tank

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:35:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Dr Dylan Taylor, lecturer in Sociology at Victoria University of Wellington, editor of Counterfutures, and member of the board of trustees and a researcher for new think-tank Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA).

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Michelle Cottle: Hillary Clinton and misogyny

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:10:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Michelle Cottle, contributing editor at The Atlantic, about the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

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Listener Feedback to Saturday 10 September 2016

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:55:00 +1200

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 10 September 2016.

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Children's Books with Kate De Goldi: Wolves and Front Doors

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:45:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Kate De Goldi about two new children's books: The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill (Flying Eye Books), and The Family with Two Front Doors by Anna Ciddor (Allen & Unwin).

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Franco Lora: images of Colombia

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Colombian student Franco Lora, who has just completed a Masters degree in Design at Massey University's College of Creative Arts in Wellington. As part of his degree he has produced I'm Not From Here, a series of stories about loss and displacement resulting from the 50-year conflict in his home country, which he is hoping to publish as a graphic novel.

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Kate Pullinger: digital fictions

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:08:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Kate Pullinger, Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University, who writes fiction for print and digital platforms, including Inanimate Alice, an ongoing collaborative project that she has been working on since 2005. She is a headlining author at the National Writers Forum in Auckland (17-18 September).

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Name UL: teenage hip hop

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:34:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Emanuel John Psathas, aka rapper Name UL, who was performing in licensed venues before he was old enough to legally drink in them, and has opened for a number of international acts including Pharcyde, Vince Staples, Jurassic 5 and Earl Sweatshirt. He established his own label, K.W.O.E (Kids With Open Ears) when he was 15, and after a series of singles and Eps has just released his debut album, Choice(s).

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Pictures of a long-lost mining life

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:07:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to geologist and science historian Simon Nathan, whose new illustrated biography, Through the Eyes of a Miner: the Photography of Joseph Divis, explores the Czech miner and photographer's impressions of life above and underground in the New Zealand mining towns Blackball, Waiuta and Waihi between 1909 and 1935.

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Brother Guy Consolmagno: astronomy and religion

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 09:08:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to astronomer and Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He is part of a group of world-leading experts and academics who are travelling to Great Barrier Island this weekend for the panel discussion Is There Life Out There?

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Hugh Sebag-Montefiore: the battle of the Somme

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 08:10:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Hugh Sebag-Montefiore about his new history, Somme: Into the Breach, a fresh account of the most famous battle of World War 1, which saw over a million casualties, including some 1,500 New Zealanders killed.

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Listener Feedback to Saturday 3 September 2016

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 11:55:00 +1200

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 3 September 2016.

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Poetry with Gregory O'Brien: Hera Lindsay Bird

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 11:46:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to painter, poet, curator and writer Gregory O'Brien, whose latest book (with Nick Bevin) is Futuna: Life of a Building. He will discuss the debut poetry collection by Hera Lindsay Bird: Hera Lindsay Bird (VUP).

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Kirsty Griffin and Viv Kernick: Amy Street

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 11:35:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to filmmakers Kirsty Griffin and Viv Kernick, makers of the celebrated 2014 documentary Wayne. Their follow-up to that film, which focused on a resident of the Supported Life Style Hauraki Trust, is Amy Street, a web series of eight short films focusing on other Trust-supported adults with intellectual disabilities who live as neighbours and flatmates in a small suburban neighbourhood in a historic part of Thames.

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Jack Lasenby: children, the bush, and writing

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 11:12:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Jack Lasenby, the author of many books, most notably the Uncle Trev and Harry Wakatipu stories for children. His new book, illustrated by Bob Kerr, is Grandad's Wheelies (Puffin), and he is working on a futuristic series for young adults.

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Art Crime with Arthur Tompkins: the missing Missal

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 10:45:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to 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 will discuss the 12th century Benevento Missal, taken to Britain after World War II and then returned to Italy as a result of a ruling of the UK's Spoliation Advisory Panel.

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Hamish Bond and Eric Murray: rowing for gold

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 10:07:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Hamish Bond and Eric Murray have won 69 rowing races from 69 starts since they first paired up at a World Cup event in Munich in 2009, most recently winning a gold medal at the Rio Olympics. They tell their story (with Scotty Stevenson) in The Kiwi Pair: the Story Behind Our World-beating Rowers (Penguin NZ).

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Richard McKenzie: UV and Vitamin D

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 09:42:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Dr Richard McKenzie, emeritus atmospheric research scientist at New Zealand's National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research. His research includes studying how much ultra-violet exposure is required to get enough vitamin D.

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Bronwyn King: tobacco free investment

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 09:06:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Dr Bronwyn King, CEO of Tobacco Free Portfolios and a practising radiation oncologist at Epworth HealthCare and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. She is leading a global initiative to encourage pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, banks, insurers and fund managers to implement tobacco free investment policies. Momentum has built steadily with 35 large Australian pension funds now tobacco free.

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Michael Dobson: the Western Sahara

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 08:43:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Michael Dobson, who is pursuing a doctorate in Global Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York. For ten days last month, he visited refugee camps in Algeria that have housed people from Western Sahara for 40 years, and will discuss their plight, and New Zealand's connection to the region as detailed by NGO Western Sahara Resource Watch in their 2015 report, P is for Plunder.

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Rachel Kramer Bussel: Weiner and sexting

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 08:10:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Rachel Kramer Bussel about the ongoing sexting scandal concerning former US congressman Anthony Weiner. Rachel writes about sex, dating and pop culture, and is the author of the 2015 ebook Sex & Cupcakes: A Juicy Collection of Essays, and the editor of more than 60 anthologies. She blogs at Lusty Lady and tweets @raquelita.

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Listener Feedback to Saturday 27 August 2016

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:55:00 +1200

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 27 August, 2016.

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Duncan Grieve and Barnaby Bennett: publishing and journalism

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:22:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Duncan Grieve, the founder and editor of The Spinoff, an Auckland-based online magazine and custom content creator. He appears at three WORD Christchurch events: The Spinoff After Dark, The Sunday Fringe - How to Start a Magazine, and Reimagining Journalism Later in the interview he is joined by Barnaby Bennett, co-founder of Freerange Press, and teacher of architectural theory and design at universities in Australia and New Zealand. He is co-editor of the essay collection Don't Dream It's Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, which will be launched at WORD Christchurch.

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Jay Clarkson: pluck and luckies

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:07:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to singer-songwriter Jay Clarkson, who has been performing since 1980 as a solo artist and in bands that include The Playthings, They Were Expendable, and Breathing Cage. Her latest album, SPUR, was released last year, and she will talk and perform at In Love with These Times: A Flying Nun Celebration during WORD Christchurch.

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Sam Crofskey and Joseph Hullen: thriving in Christchurch

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:25:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Sam Crofskey, the owner of C1 Espresso in the Christchurch CBD, which reopened in 2012 after the Canterbury earthquakes and will celebrate its twentieth anniversary this year. He spoke on the WORD Christchurch panel, How Are We Doing, Christchurch?, and this week launched Let's Take a Walk, a pop-up book for children about the quakes that he created with his wife Fleur and illustrator Hannah Beehre. He is joined by Joseph Hullen (Ngai Tuahuriri, Ngai Tahu), a hunter gatherer, fisherman, explorer, kaitiaki and storyteller who has spent a lifetime gathering traditional kai and listening to stories about his hapu. He is a whakapapa researcher for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, and is leading three sold-out walking tours during WORD Christchurch along the banks of the Otakaro (Avon River), uncovering the city's history.

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Leigh Hopkinson: stripping and empathy

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:07:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Leigh Hopkinson, a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based writer and editor, whose first book is a memoir about her years working in striptease - Two Decades Naked.

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Mohamed Hassan: slam poetics

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:45:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Mohamed Hassan, an Auckland journalist for RNZ, and co-founder of Waxed Poetic Revival, a member of the South Auckland Poets Collective, and the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. This year he released his first poetry collection, A Felling of Things.

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Elizabeth Hay: Canada and nostalgia

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:08:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Canadian writer Elizabeth Hay, a former radio broadcaster, and the author of many short story collections and novels, most recently, His Whole Life. She speaks at two WORD Christchurch sessions Canadian Tales: Elizabeth Hay and the panel discussion About a Boy, and at the Dunedin Writers and Readers Pop-Up Session.

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier: Arctic and Inuit

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:42:00 +1200

Sheila Watt-Cloutier is an environmental and human rights advocate who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for her work on how global climate change is affecting human rights, especially in the Arctic.

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Cécile Maisonneuve and Marie-Anne Gobert: future cities

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:13:00 +1200

Kim Hill talks to Cécile Maisonneuve, President of La Fabrique de la Cité, and a senior adviser and former head of the Centre for Energy at the French Institute for International Relations, and to Marie-Anne Gobert, Senior Advisor, Smart and Sustainable City, for the Greater Lyon Metropolis. They are panellists for the Cities of Tomorrow: A Better Life? seriesof events, chaired by Kim Hill and supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Embassy of France.

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