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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 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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Listener Feedback for 22 April 2017

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:59:00 +1200

A selection of feedback from Saturday Morning with Kim Hill.

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Professor Tim Fitzpatrick - Measuring the Globe

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:35:00 +1200

Auckland's Pop-up Globe, the world's first temporary working replica of Shakespeare's theatre, popped up for the first time in February 2016 with a twice-extended debut season that sold over 100,000 tickets. Now, it's 'popped up' again for a season that will run until May 14th. The dimensions of the theatre, which reproduce the audience structure of a Jacobean playhouse exactly, were based on groundbreaking research by Sydney University Professor Tim Fitzpatrick and his collaborator Russell Emerson. The pair studied archeological data and contemporary sources describing the second Globe Theatre, which was built in 1614 as a conjectural reconstruction of the first Globe Theatre (London, 1599 - 1613). Their research informed the current Pop-up Globe, which matches the dimensions put forward by Professor Fitzpatrick to within six inches.

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Martino Gamper - 100 chairs for 100 days

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Furniture designer Martino Gamper says, "There is no perfect chair." Ten years ago, the London-based, Italian-born designer initiated his project 100 Chairs in 100 Days, making a new chair a day for 100 days by collaging together bits of chairs that he found discarded on the street or in friends' homes. The resulting project has been shown in England, Italy, the US, Japan, France and Australia, and is now on show at the City Gallery Wellington. Gamper's 100th chair has been made in New Zealand especially for this exhibition. Gamper also creates collaborative exhibitions with jeweller Karl Fritsch and New Zealand ex-pat artist Francis Upritchard - his wife - under the name Gesamtkunshandwerk. In 2014, he curated Design is a State of Mind for London's Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

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Kim Griggs - moving Te Tiriti

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:55:00 +1200

RNZ senior reporter Kim Griggs has been up very early this morning to witness the Treaty of Waitangi, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand and the Women's Suffrage Petition trucked 200 metres from the National Archives to the National Library. A hugely complex operation with extremely tight security, Kim tells Kim Hill that luckily, the documents' bespoke 'raincoats' did not need to be used on a very still Wellington morning.

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Sir Venki Ramikrishnan: Antibiotics and the cell's protein factory

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Sir Venkatraman 'Venki' Ramakrishnan is a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who has contributed to our understanding of the atomic structure of the ribosome - the site within living cells where genetic information is read to synthesise proteins from amino acids.

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Virginia Hanlon Grohl: From Cradle to Stage

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:44:00 +1200

Virginia Hanlon Grohl is the mother of Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. She interviewed the mothers of 18 famous musicians for her book From Cradle to Stage.

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Margaret Atwood: The resurgence of The Handmaid's Tale

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:12:00 +1200

Canadian author Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale is enjoying a resurgence, with many fearing the dystopian totalitarian world it depicts could be reflected in Trump's America.

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Alan Gibbs: Luxury cars and laissez-faire economics

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:12:00 +1200

One of New Zealand wealthiest – and most outspoken – businessmen, Alan Gibbs is also a life-long car enthusiast. He talks to Kim Hill about his life and love of motor cars.

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Professor Catherine Donnelly - A long history of cheese

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:40:00 +1200

Professor Catherine Donelly compiled and edited the first-ever Oxford Companion to Cheese. Besides being a cheese fanatic, Donnelly is a 'cheese politics' pundit.

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Miranda Harcourt and Bridget Mahy - The Changeover

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Margaret Mahy's young adult novel The Changeover is being made into a movie starring expat NZ actresses Melanie Lynskey and Lucy Lawless and the British actor Timothy Spall, to be released in late 2017. Charlotte talks to Margaret's daughter Bridget and Miranda Harcourt, who co-directed the film with her husband Stuart McKenzie.

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Susan Calman - The Scottish storyteller

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Scottish comedian Susan Calman is a regular guest on the BBC Radio 4 News Quiz and QI and the author of a memoir Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate.

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Quin Tang - Half a Walnut Tree

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:05:00 +1200

As a three-year-old in China, Quin Tang's mother was shot in front of her and her father taken away. After moving to Christchurch 25 years ago, she walked out of an abusive marriage with two young children, no money and speaking little English. Tang then attended Canterbury University, teaching herself to read English from the text books there. She attained four degrees with an A+ average, and began working as a psychiatrist and counsellor. Quin was working in the CTV building when it collapsed. She took two weeks off work to recover, then came back and began counselling other victims of the Christchurch earthquakes. She has written and self-published the story of her life, called Half a Walnut Tree.

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Ian Rankin - Rebus at retirement

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:05:00 +1200

Ian Rankin is an award-winning Scottish author and TV writer best known for his best-selling Rebus series, which have been translated into 22 languages.

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Dan Schultz - protecting your search history

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:35:00 +1200

30-year-old programmer Dan Schultz has created the website 'Internet Noise', which auto-opens tabs based on random Google searches and makes it impossible for IPs to accurately profile internet users.

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Christy Goldfuss - science in the time of Trump

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:15:00 +1200

Christy Godfuss is the vice president for energy and environment policy at the progressive policy institute, the Center for American Progress (CAP). She has taken part in conversations with NZ's Pew Charitable Trust about how to go about creating ocean sanctuaries and using other instruments of marine protection.

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Listener Feedback for 8 April 2017

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:59:00 +1200

A selection of feedback from Saturday Morning with Kim Hill.

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Kate Camp - À Menton

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:35:00 +1200

Kate Camp has published five collections of poetry, and a sixth collection, The internet of things, has just been released. She is the recipient of the 2016 Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, and heads off to Menton, a town on the French Riviera in southeast France in late April. She'll discuss her new poetry collection with Kim, as well as what she's expecting to do on her Katherine Mansfield Residency.

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Bill Nighy - Their Finest

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 11:09:00 +1200

The award-winning British character actor is in NZ to promote his new film Their Finest.  

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Rafeef Ziadah - Shades of anger

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Rafeef Ziadah is a Palestinian spoken word poet and human rights activist born in Beirut, raised across several countries as a result of being one of thousands of stateless Palestinians; tertiary educated in Canada, she now lives in London. Her poems reflect both frustration and sorrow at the Palestinian struggle against occupation. The performances of her poems We Teach Life, Sir and Shades of Anger became viral sensations shortly after being released. Ziadah is in New Zealand for events in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland (7th, 8th and 9th of April), where she will perform her work backed by original music compositions by Phil Monsour, and supported by local poets and Palestinian Dabke dancers.

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Walter Scheidel - Violence as the great leveler

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 10:09:00 +1200

Walter Scheidel is the Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, and a Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University. The author or editor of sixteen previous books, he has published widely on premodern social and economic history, demography, and comparative history. His latest work, The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality From the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century, suggests "only all-out thermonuclear war might fundamentally reset the existing distribution of resources", and that history has shown that peaceful policy reform alone will not cure growing inequality. He cites the end of the Roman Empire and the Cuban revolution as just two examples.

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Frederik Stjernfelt - Seven myths about Martin Luther

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 09:35:00 +1200

Visiting Danish academic Professor Frederik Stjernfelt was enjoying a peaceful Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury until last week, when his new book hit shelves in his home country and across Europe. He's now the subject of intense media interest because of that book - Syv Myter Om Martin Luther (Seven Myths About Martin Luther), which explodes the myth, cherished by Europeans, that Luther was the father of tolerance, free speech and religious enlightenment. Stjernfelt contends Luther instead rivalled the leaders of ISIS today: he orchestrated public executions and savagely repressed ideas of tolerance and free speech, as well as authoring plans for the forcible removal of Jewish populations that matched those of Nazi Germany.

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Sequoia di Angelo - a proud and tragic legacy

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Kiwi-born adventurer and writer Sequoia di Angelo is the daughter of renowned NZ/American mountain climber Marty Schmidt and sister of 25-year-old Denali Schmidt, who died in an avalanche on K2 in 2013.

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Alison Ballance - tracking great whites

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 08:35:00 +1200

Alison Ballance is an RNZ science presenter and the author of New Zealand's Great White Sharks: How Science is Revealing Their Secrets.

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Professor Rouben Azizian

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 08:09:00 +1200

Massey University professor Rouben Azizia made headlines in NZ in 1991 when he was the Soviet Union's acting ambassador. An Evening Post article featured a photo of him next to the new Russian flag replacing the Soviet hammer and sickle flag.

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Listener Feedback for 1 April 2017

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:59:00 +1300

A selection of feedback from Saturday Morning with Kim Hill.

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Roger Horrocks - On an Island

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:35:00 +1300

Professor Emeritus Roger Horrocks MNZM is an expert on the life and work of New Zealand born artist and filmmaker Len Lye. He was Lye's assistant in New York during the last year of Lye's life and wrote the acclaimed biography Len Lye. His latest project has involved writing an introduction to a newly-unearthed essay written by Len Lye and his great friend Robert Graves; an anti-Nazi screed called Individual Happiness Now. The essay will be published in association with a new exhibition at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre - On an Island - about the the pair's friendship and Lye's time on the Spanish Island of Mallorca. Roger will be speaking about Individual Happiness Now at the Govett-Brewster's Monica Brewster Evening on May 25th.

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Eleanor Bishop - Foreskin's Lament revisited

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1300

New Zealander Eleanor Bishop is a theatre director and writer based in New York. She's back home for the upcoming world premiere of her adaptation of Greg McGee's Foreskin's Lament, BOYS, as part of Auckland Theatre Company's Here & Now Festival at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Using Foreskin's Lament as a litmus test for the state of masculinity, Eleanor Bishop and co-director Julia Croft take New Zealand's iconic locker room play and ask "what has changed since 1980?" Or more importantly, "what hasn't?" Eleanor started her career in The Playground Collective in NZ, alongside playwright Eli Kent, and in 2016 she graduated with an MFA in Directing at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama in Pittsburgh, PA, USA where she studied as a John Wells Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar.

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Lauren Child - Through the Eyes of Children

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 10:35:00 +1300

Lauren Child has won many awards for her children's books, which include the extremely popular series Charlie and Lola.

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Peter Lilley - Backing Brexit

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 10:05:00 +1300

Peter Lilley is a British Conservative Party politician who has been a Member of the British Parliament (MP) since 1983. He was a Cabinet minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, serving as Trade and Industry Secretary from July 1990 to April 1992, and as Social Security Secretary from April 1992 to May 1997. He currently represents the constituency of Hitchin and Harpenden. A long time libertarian, he was one of the few in his party to vote consistently against Climate Change action, and latterly has been an outspoken Eurosceptic. Lilley has recently been a keynote speaker for a NZ Initiative retreat dinner, where he spoke on 'Trade after Brexit: The future of UK/NZ relations'.

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Tusi Tamasese - One Thousand Ropes

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 09:35:00 +1300

Tusi Tamasese's debut feature The Orator - O Le Tulafale scored multiple honours at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. He talks about his new film One Thousand Ropes.

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Professor Carol Sanger - About Abortion

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 09:05:00 +1300

Carol Sanger is the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law at Columbia Law School in New York, where she teaches courses on contracts, family law, and others focusing on reproduction, the legal profession, and law and gender. Her most recent work is About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in the 21st Century, and looks at the regulation of abortion, the regulation of maternal conduct, surrogacy, and what the connection is between these laws and current US culture, including new laws the force women wanting abortions to have ultrasounds, which Sanger calls "exploiting the emotional power of fetal imagery".

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Elizabeth Stanley - The Road to Hell

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:12:00 +1300

Between the 1950s and 1980s, more than 100,000 children were taken from their parents and put into state institutions, and in recent months RNZ has extensively covered revelations of historical abuse and neglect in these welfare homes. The Human Rights Commission has sent an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on the Government to hold an inquiry and apologise for what happened. Elizabeth Stanley is the director of the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University. She researched 105 cases of individuals sent to institutions as children and interviewed 40 of them for her book, The Road to Hell: State Violence Against Children in Postwar New Zealand.

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