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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 3 December

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:59:00 +1300

A selection of listner feedback from todays show.

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Gregory O'Brien

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:45:00 +1300

Painter, poet, curator and writer Gregory O'Brien is the author of a number of books. His latest (with Nick Bevin) is Futuna: Life of a Building (VUP). He talks with Kim about the demise of the Southern Man - looking at the poetry of Alan Roddick (Getting it Right, Otago University Press), John Dickson (Mister Hamilton, Auckland University Press), and Brian Turner (Night Fishing Victoria University Press).

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Karyn Hay: 'You’ve got to take it to the limit'

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1300

Writing is what Karyn Hay likes best. Her debut novel Emerald Budgies won Best First Book at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2000 and she’s just published a new novel, The March of the Foxgloves. Yet for a certain generation of Kiwis, Hay will always be the rock chick who presented Radio with Pictures in the 1980s.

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Valerie Steele: 'Fashion is not just clothes'

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:05:00 +1300

Valerie Steele has been described by The Washington Post as one of “fashion’s brainiest women.” Since 2003, she been director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She talks with Kim Hill about the history, industry, pleasure and perils of fashion.

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Kevin Furlong

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:30:00 +1300

Kevin Furlong is Professor of Geoscience at Penn State university and an authority on tsunami alert monitoring. Part of his work includes understanding the many methods of monitoring employed in earthquake prone areas and countries around the world, and considering how tsunamis may best be identified and signalled to vulnerable populations.

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Simon Poole

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Simon Poole, of New Business Ventures, Finisar Ltd Australia, is an engineer and an entrepreneur who recently received the Charles Todd Medal - the most prestigious award made by the Australian telecommunications industry - for helping to solve the 'tyranny of distance' problem for that country. He was on the team that developed the Erbium-doped fiber amplifier. Without this device the internet couldn't work - it amplifies signals traveling through fiber optic cables which would otherwise die out within 100km. Simon Poole is in Auckland to speak at 'Ideas & Execution: The Yin and Yang of Innovation' organised by the Dodd Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies.

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Olivier Weber

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:25:00 +1300

Olivier Weber has been a war correspondent for 25 years,covering conflict in Central Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Iraq. He was an assistant professor at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, President of the Prize Joseph Kessel and former Ambassador of France at large. Olivier Weber has won several national and international awards for literature and journalism, in particular for his stories on Afghanistan and for his books on war. His writing has been translated into a dozen languages. He is touring New Zealand as a guest of Alliance Francaise and will speak in Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North, Nelson and Christchurch.

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Erin Joyce

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:12:00 +1300

Erin Joyce is a World Vision child protection and conflict specialist who has just returned from Zelikan Camp near Mosul in northern Iraq. She has seen the effects two years of ISIS occupation has had on children - many of whom have forgotten how to play. Erin Joyce has been training local staff in how to respond to the needs of those displaced by conflict as the Iraqi army fights to take back the city.

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Listener Feeback for 26 November

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:59:00 +1300

A brief collection of listeners feedback this morning.

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Kate Camp - Kate's Klassics

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:45:00 +1300

Kate Camp has published five collections of poems, most recently Snow White's Coffin (VUP), and will discuss Walden, by Henry David Thoreau.

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Lilly and Leon Mackie's Cardboard Box Office

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:25:00 +1300

In their spare time, Wellington couple Lilly and Leon Mackie make film-style sets out of cardboard boxes and other bits and pieces from around their home and, along with their young sons, create scenes from TV and film.

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Rochelle Constantine

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:05:00 +1300

Dr Rochelle Constantine recently led an expedition to the Kermadec region to study ocean biodiversity from the deep sea to the surface.

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James Jameson

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:40:00 +1300

Former Christchurch restaurateur James Jameson ran a cafe in the Christchurch Arts Centre until the Canterbury earthquakes of 2011. Last year, James moved to Mt Lyford – the area hit hard and isolated by this month's earthquakes.

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James Gleick: 'Time travel is what makes us human'

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:11:00 +1300

Science writer James Gleick's latest book tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea. While in reality it's not possible, he says, through memories, movies, novels and hope, we are all Time Lords.

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Geoff Marsland: the life of a coffee baron

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1300

Geoff Marsland of Havana Coffee Works is arguably one of the founders of New Zealand’s coffee culture. He's just released a book with writer Tom Scott and photographer Grant Sheehan about his life as a coffee baron.

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Paul Fitzgerald

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:45:00 +1300

In 1976, Paul Fitzgerald – a 28 year old Education Department clerk – won a court case against then-prime minister Robert Muldoon, invoking the 1688 Bill of Rights. 40 years on, the Bill of Rights is making news again, as UK prime minister Theresa May appeals a ruling forcing her to give Parliament a vote on plans for Brexit.

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Richard Beasley

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:11:00 +1300

Professor Richard Beasley CNZM FRSNZ tells Kim Hill that New Zealand has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world, yet despite a huge research effort, we still don’t know why.

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Listener Feedback for 19 November 2016

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads feedback from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 19 November 2016.

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David Long

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:05:00 +1300

Wellington-based musician, composer and producer David Long is a busy man. He's been working on the score for Roger Donaldson's film on Bruce McLaren, and he has a newly commissioned work which will be performed by Orchestra Wellington on December 3 - David will be playing guitar in the concert. He's also just finished an album with the band, Teeth, alongside Luke Buda from Phoenix Foundation. 

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Roger Walker

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:40:00 +1300

The annual NZ Architecture Awards, held this month, saw the Institute of Architects' gold medal for career achievement - the NZIA's highest honour - go to Wellington architect Roger Walker who designed a number of landmark buildings in the Capital such as Park Mews, on the eastern side of the Mt Victoria tunnel, the Britten House in Seatoun and the now-demolished Wellington Club. Roger Walker is principal of Walker Architecture and Design.

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Alan Bird

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:07:00 +1300

Macular degeneration is the major cause of blindness in people over 50 in New Zealand - but eye specialists say revolutionary new treatments and raising awareness of the problem will help to overcome it. Professor Alan Bird is a world expert on the retina, whose work has spanned four decades. He is a consultant at the Institute of Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and is in Aotearoa this month as a guest of Macular Degeneration New Zealand.

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Art Crimes with Arthur Tompkins

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:44:00 +1300

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 Raphael's 'Portrait of a Young Man' - the most important painting still missing after the Nazi art thefts of the Second World War.

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Imagination Lego - How the internet cultivates creativity

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:10:00 +1300

The internet, oft-maligned, has ushered a new era in human creativity, argues David Gauntlett, allowing the like-minded to foster niche, but nourishing, online communities.  

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Ben Dowdle

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:42:00 +1300

Ben Dowdle is director of Unmask Palm Oil and is campaigning for mandatory labeling of palm oil which is found in around half of all packaged foods. Palm oil plantations have been linked to deforestation, habitat destruction, pollution and harm to indigenous communities. Zoos across Aotearoa and Australia have been working with Ben in the Ask for Choice campaign and next week MPs from both countries will decide whether to introduce mandatory labeling of all vegetable oils, including palm oil, on food products.

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Campbell McLachlan

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:12:00 +1300

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. Prof. McLachlan is blogging about events in the UK where the PM, Theresa May, is appealing a legal ruling forcing her to give Parliament a vote on the plans for Brexit.

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Listener Feedback for 12 November 2016

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 12 November 2016.

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Children's Books with Kate De Goldi

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:40:00 +1300

Kate De Goldi's most recent novel, From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle (Longacre), won the junior fiction category at the 2016 Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. She will discuss The Sam & Lucy Fables by Alan Bagnall and Sarah Wilkins (Submarine ISBN: 9-780994-129987 (stories); The Swap by Jan Ormerod, pictures by Andrew Joyner (Little Hare ISBN: 9-781760-128760 (picture book); Wormwood Mire by Judith Rossell (ABC ISBN: 9-780733-333019 (novel) (Withering-by-the-Sea by Judith Rossell; ABC ISBN: 9-780733-333002 - first in the series).

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Writer Adam Dudding on his father Robin

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:07:00 +1300

In his first book My Father's Island Adam Dudding turns to his father, the acclaimed literary editor Robin Dudding.

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Tame Iti: artist and activist

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 10:07:00 +1300

Tame Iti discussed the concept of mana in the 2016 Bishop Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture – From the Raindrop to the River to the Sea.

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Roses for Ranui House

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:45:00 +1300

Jane Falconer has developed a rose to raise money for Christchurch's Ranui House, which supported her family during her granddaughter's leukaemia treatment.

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'I think religion has been stuck in the pelvic zone'

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:10:00 +1300

Jon O’Brien, the president of American pro-choice organisation Catholics for Choice, says no religion should have political influence in a secular society.

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Dick Allen, former US National Security Advisor

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:35:00 +1300

Dick Allen was foreign policy coordinator to US president Richard Nixon, and served twice in the Nixon White House. He was the US national security advisor to president Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1982, having been Reagan's chief foreign policy advisor from 1977. Dick Allen is a former lecturer in politics at Otago University, and is a fellow of St Margaret's College, Otago. He is president of the Richard V. Allen Company, a Washington-based consulting services.

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Lamia Imam on Trump: 'It does amount to whitelash'

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:15:00 +1300

A Kiwi expat who lives in Texas says the presidential campaign has brought the ultra-right movement into the mainstream and the resulting racism is 'scary'.

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Listener Feedback to Saturday 5 November 2016

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 5 November 2016.

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Emily Writes is "tired but trying"

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:44:00 +1300

Emily Writes describes herself as a sleep-deprived mother - writing for other sleep-deprived mothers. She was blasted into the public sphere when her first sleep-deprived blog post 'I am Grateful, Now F*** Off' went viral. Since then she's been loved and vilified for her review of the Tarzan movie, has become the editor of the parenting section of The Spinoff, and has a book deal. Next weekend she is speaking at LitCrawl Wellington, in a session called 'Tots', with fellow writer-parents Toby Morris (Pencilsword, The Wireless) and Brannavan Gnanalingam (author of A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse).

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Douglas Lloyd Jenkins: Beach Life

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:07:00 +1300

Douglas Lloyd Jenkins is a New Zealand commentator on architecture and design who has written a number of books, and hosted the popular television series The Big Arts Trip (2001-2) and New Zealand at Home (2006). He grew up in the Auckland suburb of Beach Haven, and his new book is Beach Life: a Celebration of Kiwi Beach Culture (Godwit, ISBN 9780143770022).

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'All they wanted to do was fight'

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 10:07:00 +1300

After a brief career as a pop singer in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Larry Page became a successful music manager, record producer, and record label owner, working with The Kinks, Daniel Boone, and most successfully The Troggs, for whom he produced a string of hits, including their iconic single, Wild Thing.

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Michael Wilkinson: UK politics

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 09:47:00 +1300

Baroness Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, is in trouble for using Commonwealth money to pay for an expensive do-up of her Mayfair home. English tabloids are labelling her a spendaholic, her relationship with British PM Teresa May is strained and India is threatening to withhold funding from the Commonwealth purse. Michael Wilkinson is political correspondent at The Telegraph.

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Keggie Carew journeys into "Dadland"

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 09:08:00 +1300

Keggie Carew, estranged daughter of Tom Carew, reunites with her unorthodox father as his memory begins to fail. She unravels the secrets of his past as a member of an elite British military unit and as the "great father - and terrible husband" she knew as a child in Dadland: a Journey Into Uncharted Territory (Chatto & Windus, ISBN 9781784740771).

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Peter Black

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 08:45:00 +1300

Peter Black has been photographing the social landscape of New Zealand since 1975, and his work has been widely exhibited and published, most notably in a major survey show at City Gallery, Wellington, in 2003. His new book, with accompanying essay by Steve Braunias, is The Shops (Luncheon Sausage Books, ISBN 978 0 908689 941).

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Writer Daisy Goodwin

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 08:12:00 +1300

Daisy Goodwin is an historian, journalist, editor and novelist, and has a long career in British television, devising shows including Bookworm, The Nation's Favourite Poems, Home Front and Grand Designs. Her drama series, Victoria, is based on her novel Victoria (Headline, ISBN 9780755396108), about the early life of a small, emotionally deprived teenager who woke up one morning to find herself Queen of England, the most powerful woman in the world.

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