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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 for 25 February 2017

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:59:00 +1300

Kim read texts and emails received from listeners.

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Armando Lucas Correa: The German Girl

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:38:00 +1300

Journalist and author Armando Lucas Correa is the Editor in Chief of People en Español - the top-selling Hispanic magazine in the US.

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Norman Ohler: Methamphetamine and the Nazis

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:38:00 +1300

German writer Norman Ohler talks about the Third Reich's relationship with drugs, including cocaine, heroin, morphine and methamphetamines.

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Dame Georgina Mace: Valuing Nature

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:05:00 +1300

Dame Georgina Mace talks with Kim Hill about how the focus of conservation has shifted from preservation and protection to adaptability and resilience.

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Professor Eric Rignot: The Tale Told by Polar Ice Sheets

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:05:00 +1300

Professor Eric Rignot talks with Kim Hill about future sea-level rise from warming of the polar ice sheets.

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Hugh McCarroll: The Space Poop Challenge

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:30:00 +1300

Hugh McCarroll of Hamilton is one of the finalists in a global competition designed by NASA to crowdsource ideas for collecting waste from astronauts.

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Dr Paul Young: Improving Intensive Care

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:05:00 +1300

Wellington Hospital intensive care specialist Dr Paul Young is actively involved in clinical research designed to improve the outcomes of critically ill patients around the world.

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Peter Zanzottera and Dr Hamish Mackie: Building 'Bikeability'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:12:00 +1300

The NZTA is looking to replicate a UK programme that has so far taught cycle skills to two million schoolchildren – Bikeability.

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Listener Feedback

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:55:00 +1300

Kim read texts and emails received from listeners.

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Kate Camp: Atlas Shrugged

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:45:00 +1300

Kate Camp has published five collections of poetry, and a sixth collection, The internet of things will be published by VUP in March. She is the recipient of the 2016 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship, and heads off to Menton in late April. Kate discusses Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957).

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Danny Boyle on Trainspotting Mark II

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1300

21 years after the wildy successful heroin-addled film of Irvine Welsh's book, Trainspotting II opens next week. Director Danny Boyle talks with Kim Hill.

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Devoney Looser: Jane Austen and roller derby

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:30:00 +1300

Devoney Looser is a professor of English at Arizona State University and author or editor of six books on literature by women. Her new book, The Making of Jane Austen, will be out in June 2017, exploring the people and events that shaped both Austen's early fame and the way we imagine this beloved writer. She's in New Zealand as the keynote speaker at Otago University's "Family Ties" symposium on 19C literary families. Her visit is supported by the University of Otago and the Marsden Fund. Professor Looser is also known as her roller derby alter ego, Stone Cold Jane Austen.

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Bettany Hughes: Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:05:00 +1300

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster. She has just released a comprehensive book on Turkey's capital, entitled Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities. Her previous books, Helen of Troy and The Hemlock Cup, were published to great critical acclaim. Hughes has made a number of factual films and documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, The History Channel, and ABC. She is a Research Fellow of King's College London and has been honored with numerous awards including the Norton Medlicott Medal for History.

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Peter Hambleton & David Carnegie: the bard in the capital

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:35:00 +1300

The 2017 season of Wellington Summer Shakespeare has kicked off with a performance of All's Well That Ends Well and a book has been published to commemorate 34 years of this event in the capital. Kim Hill talks to Peter Hambleton, who is directing the 2017 season. Peter's an alumni following his Artistic Fellowship to Shakespeare's Globe 2002, and a Winston Churchill Fellow 2007 investigating Shakespeare productions in the UK; he's directed local stage productions of a range of works, and starred as the Dwarf Gloin (Father of Gimli) in Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movie trilogy. Kim also talks with David Carnegie, Emeritus Professor of Theatre at Victoria University, who has published widely on early modern drama and stagecraft. A founding member of the Summer Shakespeare Trust, David has been closely involved in the publication with Victoria University Press of David Lawrence's history, Wellington Summer Shakespeare, 1983-2017.

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Collecting the stories of Kolkata sex workers

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:05:00 +1300

Pip Rea works for Freeset - a fair-trade business which employs women trapped in Kolkata's sex trade.

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Tanu Gago: Decolonisation and Queer Activism

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:38:00 +1300

Tanu Gago is a visual artist and award winning photographer of Samoan heritage. Born in Samoa and raised in Mangere, Gago works as a new media artist with a portfolio of work that includes, staged portraiture, moving image and film. Ahead of major events planned as part of Auckland's Pride festival, including the FEMSLICK Vogue Ball and Make Space: The Visibility Project, Tanu talks to Kim about the Pacific LGBT Arts Collective entitled FAFSWAG, of which he is the co-founder and creative director. The work achieved by this collective of artist spans over 5 years of producing art, activation, activism and visibility. Tanu also works as the Pacific Community Engagement Coordinator for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and is a founding board member of the Love Life Fono Trust established in 2016 to generate community spaces, partnerships and support for Pasifika LGBTQ communities.

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Melanie Nezer: Welcome The Stranger

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:10:00 +1300

Melanie Nezer is vice president,policy and advocacy for HAIS, formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and now one of the US' largest non-profit groups devoted to protecting and assisting refugees of all faiths and ethnicities. Melanie directs HIAS' Washington, DC office and leads HIAS' education and advocacy on immigration, asylum, and refugee protection issues. The organisation is currently suing the Trump Administration over its executive order banning refugees from certain Muslim-majority countries. She is in New Zealand to take part in tripartite consultations on resettlement involving UNHCR, government and NGOs (New Zealand is chairing the consultations this year).

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Listener Feedback for 11 February 2017

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads emails and text messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 11 February 2017.

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Carl Bland: Veteran of alternative theatre

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:30:00 +1300

Carl Bland is an acclaimed actor, playwright and painter, and the son of another renown New Zealand actor Peter Bland. He was a core cast member shows such as Rude Awakenings, and hit drama Street Legal; later he reprised his screen legal skills in Filthy Rich. Bland is a veteran of NZ alternative theatre, often in collaboration with his late partner Peta Rutter, who died suddenly from a brain tumour in 2010. He has written a play called SPIRIT HOUSE which is about to premiere at the Herald Theatre in Auckland.

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Tom Kelley: how to unleash creative potential

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Tom Kelley is a partner at the Silicon Valley design studio that pioneered the concept of 'design thinking' and the author of Creative Confidence.

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Hot 8 Brass Band: Genre-busting band from New Orleans

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:35:00 +1300

The Hot 8 Brass Band are coming from the US to play WOMAD in mid-March. The band, direct from the streets of New Orleans, has re-cast traditional marching band jazz with funk, R&B and hip-hop. Kim talks to leader Bennie "Big Peter" Pete (sousaphone and band leader) about Hot 8's humble beginnings and its rise to national prominence.

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Richard von Sturmer: A career on the vanguard of NZ arts

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Richard von Sturmer made his name in the late 70s New Zealand punk scene, performing at the Nambassa Music Festival in 1979, and co-writing the famous anti-Muldoon song 'There Is No Depression in New Zealand' with Don McGlashan, Von Sturmer went on to a career in writing and film-making. He talks to Kim about his latest book This Explains Everything.

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Sir David Adjaye: a world of influence in architecture

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:25:00 +1300

Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye was knighted this year for “being one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the UK".

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Professor David Leigh: Molecular machines' promise for humanity

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:05:00 +1300

Professor David A Leigh is the Royal Society Research Professor & Sir Samuel Hall Chair of Chemistry at the School of Chemistry at the University of Manchester. He is in New Zealand to speak at the AMN8 Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, sharing his research on nanotechnology and molecular machines - machines created by chemistry that manipulate the properties of some of the smallest elements known to man. His work on manipulating molecules has led to all sorts of breakthroughs, including tying molecules into complex knots which could give materials "exceptional versatility" or the ability to be shock absorbent. The knotted molecules mimic the complex knots found in proteins and DNA, helping change their properties. But as he tells Kim, the potential of the technology is only just being discovered.

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Emma Beals: a culture of safety in warzones

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:40:00 +1300

NZ journalist Emma Beales has won this year’s James W Foley Freedom Award for her work. Since 2012 has covered the civil war in Syria.

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Matt Nippert: uncovering a billionaire's bolthole

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:12:00 +1300

Kim Hill asks journalist Matt Nippert how and why US billionaire Peter Thiel gained both New Zealand citizenship and millions of dollars profit from a taxpayer-funded scheme.

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Listener Feedback for 4 February

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 11:59:00 +1300

A selection of feedback from todays program.

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Joanne Roughton-Arnold: Iris Dreaming

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 11:35:00 +1300

New Zealand soprano Joanne Roughton-Arnold is performing a one woman opera at the ADAM Chamber Concert Festival. Iris Dreaming, written by Gillian Whitehead and Fleur Adcock, is based on the life of New Zealand writer and pioneering feminist, Iris Wilkinson, who wrote under the pseudonym Robin Hyde. Her most famous novel The Godwits Fly was published shortly before she took her own life in 1938.

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A. Scott Berg: The story of Max Perkins

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1300

After graduating from Princeton University in 1971, American author A. Scott Berg expanded his senior thesis on famed editor Maxwell Perkins into a full-length biography, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius (1978), which won a National Book Award. The book has recently been made into a movie, Genius starring Colin Firth, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. Berg has also written books on Charles Lindbergh, a biography-cum-memoir about his friendship with actress Katharine Hepburn, and Woodrow Wilson, and contributed articles to many high profile publications.

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Rhona Fraser and Howard Moody: Opera in Days Bay Garden

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 10:35:00 +1300

Director Rhona Fraser is staging two major works for this summer's Opera in a Days Bay Garden event: Handel's Theodora - featuring Lexus Song Quest 2016 finalists Madison Nonoa and Filipe Manu, and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Rhona is joined in her conversation with Kim by British composer, conductor and keyboard player Howard Moody, with whom she will stage the event.

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Kerensa Johnston: Running the Wakatū empire

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 10:05:00 +1300

Kerensa Johnston is CEO of the Wakatū Incorporation, which has 4,000 shareholders descending from the original Māori landowners of the Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay Regions.

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Don Henley: statesman of rock

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 09:35:00 +1300

Don Henley is coming to New Zealand this March. He talks with Kim Hill about The Eagles' reputation for excess, his wilderness projects and moving on after a "terrible year".

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Dr Andrew Ensor: leading NZ's key role with SKA

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 09:05:00 +1300

SKA Alliance is a group of New Zealand experts working on the IT requirements of the world's largest science project - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope.

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Dr Lester Levy: health's most powerful appointee

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 08:12:00 +1300

Dr Lester Levy now leads all three Auckland DHBs - covering around a third of the country's population. He talks about why so much power has been vested in him - and what he intends to do with it.

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Listener Feedback for 28 January

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:59:00 +1300

A selection of feedback from todays program.

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The London Klezmer Quartet

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:20:00 +1300

The London Klezmer Quartet are soon to play their celebratory and soulful Jewish Eastern Europe music ('klezmer') across New Zealand. They join Kim Hill for a live session.

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Dunedin poet and writer Talia Marshall

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1300

Talia Marshall talks about her path to writing and the lessons she learnt caring for the dying.

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Writer and book dealer Rick Gekoski

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 10:27:00 +1300

Rick Gekoski talks to Kim Hill about Darke, his first novel.

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Anthony Byrt previews a big year in the art world

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 10:05:00 +1300

This year New Zealand will have strong representation at the inaugural Honolulu Biennale, the Venice Biennale and the DOCUMENTA exhibition in Germany.

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Eugene Chirovici

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:35:00 +1300

Three years ago Romanian mystery writer Eugene Chirovici moved to England and wrote his first English language story, The Book of Mirrors. His gamble paid off.

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Maria Slade on buying a home in NZ

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:05:00 +1300

Business journalist Maria Slade has written a home buyer's guide. She talks with Kim Hill about mortgages, leaky homes, building inspections and the media fixation on house prices.

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Singer-songwriter Nadia Reid

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 08:45:00 +1300

Nadia Reid chats to Kim Hill and debuts a track from her brand new album Preservation, which she says is about "strength, observation and sobriety".

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Tim Thorpe

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 08:40:00 +1300

Tim Thorpe of Upper Hutt has been tweeting daily extracts from his great uncle's diary – 100 years to the day since he started serving in WW1.

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Carey Gillam on science, food production and Trump

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 08:12:00 +1300

Journalist Carey Gillam is working to open up the US food production industry. She talks with Kim Hill about regulatory wind-back and potential gagging orders against scientists.

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