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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.


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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:55:00 +1200

Kim reads listeners texts and emails.

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Gareth Ward - The Great Wardini

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:40:00 +1200

Gareth Ward, a.k.a. The Great Wardini, is a magician, hypnotist, storyteller, bookseller and author. He has worked as a Royal Marine commando, police officer, evil magician and zombie. Born in the town of Banbury in the UK, he attended the University of York where he gained a joint honours degree in biology and computer science. Ward currently resides in Hawke's Bay, where he runs two independent bookshops, Wardini Books and Wardini Books Napier with his wife Louise and son Max. His first novel, The Traitor and the Thief, a young adult steampunk adventure, won the 2016 Storylines Tessa Duder Award and has just been launched as a published work at the Storylines Festival 2017.

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Professor Julian Savulescu - The ethics of human enhancement

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Julian Savulescu is an Australian philosopher and bioethicist. He is Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University, and Head of the Melbourne-Oxford Stem Cell Collaboration, which is devoted to examining the ethical implications of cloning and embryonic stem cell research. He is the editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics. In addition to his background in applied ethics and philosophy, he also has a background in medicine and completed his MBBS (Hons) at Monash University. He completed his PhD at Monash University, under the supervision of bioethicist Peter Singer. Savulescu's latest examination of the ethics of the biological enhancement of the human race are contained in The Ethics of Human Enhancement: Understanding the Debate.

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Charlotte Wood - The Natural Way of Things

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Australian writer Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction, including Animal People, The Children and The Writer's Room - a collection of interviews with writers about their work. Her most recent book, The Natural Way of Things, was inspired by an ABC documentary, Exposed to Moral Danger, about the hidden history of one of Australia's most notorious state institutions, the Hay Institution for Girls. The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, and was joint winner of the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. Also last year, Wood was named the Charles Perkins Centre's inaugural Writer in Residence at the University of Sydney. Wood recently visited Wellington as a guest of Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML).

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Te Taka Keegan on technology, teaching and te reo

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:40:00 +1200

Te Taka Keegan put the macron onto the Microsoft keyboard and helped develop the te reo version of Google Translate. The computer science lecturer talks about his love of te reo Māori, his teaching philosophy and the lunchroom at Google.

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Harry Horton on Steve Bannon

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:25:00 +1200

FSN correpondant Harry Horton in Washington DC with the latest on Steve Bannon's departure from the Whitehouse.

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Sinead O'Sullivan - Radical ideas

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Sinead O'Sullivan, who is originally from Northern Ireland, graduated in aerospace engineering from Queen's University in 2011. She is a research fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where she looks at space technologies and their role in monitoring climate change and climate-related risks. O'Sullivan is currently at the Harvard Business School, where her research focuses on the commercialisation of space technologies. She has previously worked as an aerospace engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory, where she researched and developed space technologies for NASA and the US Navy - along with teams of international innovators, she was working on "advanced concepts", radical new ideas for future space missions. She is currently a lead for the Space Generation Advisory Council's space technologies for disaster management research group, a Sainsbury management fellow for the Royal Academy of Engineering and an entrepreneurship fellow at the Harvard Business School. Callaghan Innovation has brought O'Sullivan to NZ for Tauranga's inaugural innovation festival, Groundswell, where she is judging the Young Innovator Awards.

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Peter Bradley - Running St John

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:09:00 +1200

Peter Bradley has been CEO of St John New Zealand since 2012, prior to which he spent 12 years as chief executive of London Ambulance Service (LAS), overseeing the response to major events and incidents including the London bombings (2005) and the London Olympics (2012). Bradley began his paramedic career in New Zealand, a few years after his family emigrated from the UK when he was a teenager. In his current role, he's overseen the modernisation of St John, including a new electronic patient report system, new ambulances, new uniforms and clinical practices and now the roll out of double crewing of emergency ambulances throughout the country - a long held aspiration.

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Listener feedback

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:55:00 +1200

Kim reads listeners texts and emails.

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Kate De Goldi - The picks of the local kids' book crop

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Kate De Goldi joins Kim to discuss books for young readers: Two fiction works - Rona by Chris Szekely and Awatea's Treasure by Fraser Smith; and in non-fiction, See, play, do; a kid's handbook for everyday creative fun, created by Louise Cuckow.De Goldi is a fiction writer and book reviewer. Her most recent novel, From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle, won the Esther Glen Medal at the 2016 NZ Children's and Young Adult Book Awards. She is co-editor, with Susan Paris, of ANNUAL, a miscellany for 9-to-12 year olds, which was published in 2016. (ANNUAL 2 is due out in September 2017.)

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John Safran - Depends what you mean by extremist

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:04:00 +1200

John Safran is an award-winning documentary-maker of provocative takes on race, the media, religion and other issues. Safran first hit TV screens in 1997 on Race Around the World (ABC-TV). Both John Safran's Music Jamboree (SBS, 2002) and John Safran vs. God (SBS, 2004) won Australian Film Industry awards for Best Comedy Series and Most Original Concept, and were also nominated for Logie Awards. Safran's latest book, Depends What You Mean by Extremist, sees him embed himself in the world of Australia's diverse community of white nationalists, ISIS supporters, anarchists and more. Safran will be in New Zealand and discussing his book as part of Shifting Points of View, a series of events staged jointly by WORD Christchurch and the Christchurch Arts Festival.

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Elizabeth Hawthorne - Blonde Poison

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Elizabeth Hawthorne is a veteran actress across stage, television and film. She started her career in theatre, starring in plays including The Cherry Orchard and As You Like It during a decade with the Corporate Theatre (1974-184), followed by eight years with the Mercury Theatre and just over a decade with the Auckland Theatre Company. Throughout, Hawthorne has starred in a number of films including The Frighteners, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Savage Honeymoon. Her television roles have included a year-long stint as Doctor Julia Thorton on Shortland Street and roles in Hercules, Spin Doctors, and Outrageous Fortune. She returns to her theatrical roots with her new project - the lead in a performance of Blonde Poison. The play is based on a true story of the life of Stella Goldschlag, a Jewish woman living illegally in war torn Berlin. Betrayed and tortured, Stella agrees to work with the Gestapo as a 'catcher' of other Jews, in exchange for her life and the lives of her family. Blonde Poison will play at the Herald Theatre for two weeks from August 22.

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Stephen Donald: 'I’ve had a charmed career'

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:04:00 +1200

Stephen Donald became a rugby legend when he kicked the All Blacks to victory at the 2011 Rugby World Cup at Eden Park. But it was to be Donald’s first and last World Cup match. He reflects on the ups and downs of his rugby career in the biography Beaver.

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Robert Buratti - Occulture: The Dark Arts

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:35:00 +1200

Robert Buratti is an artist and art curator chiefly concerned with the role of the spiritual within contemporary art. He is influenced by the approach and experimentation of artists such as James Gleeson, Andre Breton, Aleister Crowley, Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso. Buratti is the curator of the exhibitions Aleister Crowley: The Nightmare Paintings (2011) and Windows to the Sacred (2012) and is the owner of two fine art galleries in Western Australia. He's been awarded a number of international residencies and prizes for his own artwork across Australia, China and the USA. Buratti is in New Zealand to speak at the August 12 opening of a new exhibition exploring the age-old relationship between art and the occult called Occulture: The Dark Arts at City Gallery Wellington.

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Benoît Pelopidas - How close are we to nuclear war?

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Associate Professor Benoît Pelopidas holds the Junior Chair of Excellence in Security Studies at the Centre for International Studies, Sciences Po, Paris. He is also an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security. He has been awarded two international prizes for his research and a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award in 2016. Pelopidas is in New Zealand as a guest of the University of Auckland and the Peace and Disarmament Education Trust to mark the 30th anniversary of New Zealand's nuclear free law. He'll give the university's 2017 Chapman Public Lecture on August 15, entitled: "Facing nuclear danger: from proliferation to global nuclear vulnerability", and seven other public talks between August 3-16.

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Corey Mosen - Ajax the Kea Conservation Dog

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:45:00 +1200

Corey Mosen has trained his dog, Ajax, to sniff out kea nests in remote parts of the South Island where the endangered bird can be found. Mosen then places cameras in and around the nests to monitor the birds and the predators which attack them. He says that while he mostly works in Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes national parks for the Department of Conservation, his patch is anywhere that kea live.He also volunteers for the Kea Conservation Trust. Mosen, Ajax and the kea star in a Loading Docs 2017 film, Ajax the Kea Conservation Dog.

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Jennifer Brea: 'ME is not about fatigue or tiredness'

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:09:00 +1200

Jennifer Brea was pursuing her PhD at Harvard when she fell ill with a fever which turned into years of illness. In the documentary Unrest, she tells the story of discovering and seeking treatment for ME (aka myalgic encephalomyelitis).

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Listener feedback for 5 August 2017

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:55:00 +1200

Kim reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme.

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Ed Verner - The Pasture experience

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:40:00 +1200

Ed Verner and wife Laura co-own Auckland eating establishment Pasture, which is not a bistro or restaurant in the traditional sense, but an eating 'experience' lasting around three hours where all food is cooked over an open fire. Up to 25 diners at a time eat a six-course set menu with paired wines or non-alcoholic drinks, and all food is made from scratch including bread made from grains ground on site and naturally fermented sodas. Pasture is a year old on August 5. Ed Verner is originally from Dorset in England, and has cooked at some of the world's top restaurants - before Pasture he worked under Sid Sahrawat at Sidart, one of Auckland's most popular fine-dining restaurants.

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Reni Eddo-Lodge

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

Reni Eddo-Lodge is a UK writer and journalist. In 2014, The Guardian listed her as one of the 30 most exciting people under 30 in digital media. She has also been listed in Elle magazine's '100 Inspirational Women' list, and The Root's 30 black viral voices under 30. In 2014, Eddo-Lodge wrote a blog post about her frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised by this clear hunger for open discussion, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings and write a book, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race. Eddo-Lodge will appear in discussion with playwright Victor Rodger as part of Shifting Points of View, a series of events staged jointly by WORD Christchurch and the Christchurch Arts Festival.

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Michael Mansfield QC - In pursuit of the truth

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Michael Mansfield QC has has represented defendants in criminal trials, appeals and inquiries in some of the UK's most controversial legal cases, including Barry George, accused of killing TV presenter Jill Dando; the family of Stephen Lawrence both in the private prosecution for murder and the public Inquiry, and the families of victims at the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in Derry and London. More recently he acted for the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, shot by the Metropolitan Police in 2005, and Mohammed Al Fayed in his pursuit of the truth surrounding the death of his son, Dodi, and Princess Diana in Paris in 1997. As well as a slew of honours, he has a number of professional memberships including President of the National Civil Rights Movement, and is a patron of several organisations including Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights. Mansfield is a keynote speaker at the 2017 Criminal Bar Association Conference in Auckland.

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Justice Ian Binnie - Compensating David Bain

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

One of Canada's most respected arbitrators and advocates, Ian Binnie served for nearly 14 years as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. During this time Binnie authored more than 170 opinions, including in landmark cases involving corporate and commercial disputes, aboriginal rights, media law, punitive damages, expert evidence and many other aspects of constitutional, criminal and administrative law. In 2011, he was asked by the New Zealand government to investigate compensating David Bain after the Dunedinite's conviction for killing five family members was quashed in 2009. Binnie went on to recommend compensation, a decision that was thrown out by the Justice Minister at the time, Judith Collins, after a peer review by Robert Fisher QC - a process Binnie has called "a stitch-up". Binnie is in New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the 2017 Criminal Bar Association Conference in Auckland.

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Isabelle Lomax-Sawyers: weight and medicine

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 08:45:00 +1200

Medical student Isabelle Lomax-Sawyers refers to her body as the type patients are warned not to have in a recent article. She talks to Kim Hill about living with a body that is stigmatised while training to be a doctor.

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Kate Adie - A world of conflict

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 08:10:00 +1200

Kate Adie started with the BBC in 1968 as a studio technician in local radio, joining BBC TV News in London in 1979. Her coverage of the 1980 siege of the Iranian embassy changed the trajectory of her career, and set her on a path that saw her cover almost all major foreign crises in the subsequent decade, including the conflicts in Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Libya and the student uprising in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Adie has won a number of awards and a clutch of honorary degrees throughout her long and distinguished career as a war correspondent, including an OBE in 1993. The Iranian Embassy siege has been made into a film by New Zealand's Toa Fraser. 6 Days screens in the New Zealand International Film Festival.

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Listener Feedback for 29 July 2017

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:55:00 +1200

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

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Andrew Beer - Baroque Voices

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

Violinist Andrew Beer has been described as a performer displaying "accuracy and subtle charisma" by the Boston Globe, and as a "musical gift" by the New York Times. He has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, and his performances have been broadcast widely. Beer also teaches both privately and at the University of Auckland. He frequently serves as a judge for competitions and scholarship funds throughout New Zealand, including the selection panel for the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Humanitarian and outreach concerts have also played an important role in his musical output, and through such endeavours he was awarded a US Congressional Commendation in 2006. Beer, concertmaster for the APO, will play lead violin in the upcoming APO production of Baroque Voices, which will feature one of Bach's happiest works, Orchestral Suite No.3 in D Major - the second movement has become famously known as the 'Air on the G String'. Andrew Beer will play for Kim and discuss the upcoming performances.

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Emily Perkins - Ibsen and The Fuse Box

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Emily Perkins holds a Master of Creative Writing from The University of Auckland and is a graduate of Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School. Her first book, Not Her Real Name and Other Stories, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (UK) and the Montana Award for Best First Book of Fiction (NZ). Her four novels include Novel About My Wife, which won the Montana Book Award (NZ) and the Believer Book of the Year (US). Her most recent novel is The Forrests, selected as a Book of the Year in the Daily Telegraph, Observer, and New Statesman among others. She is the co-writer, along with director Alison Maclean, of The Rehearsal, a feature film based on the novel by Eleanor Catton and her first play - an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - will be performed at Wellington's Circa Theatre, opening on August 5. Perkins and her IIML colleague, senior lecturer Chris Price, have recently edited The Fuse Box - a collection of essays from writers about the creative process. @EmilyJPerkins @modernletters

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Paul Wolffram - Initiation into a shaman cult

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:30:00 +1200

Ethnographer and filmmaker Paul Wolffram spent two years living with the Lak people in the rainforests of southern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, for his earlier documentary, Stori Tumbuna. In his new film, What Lies That Way, Wolffram aims to take his cultural understanding to a spiritual level by going bush for an initiation process into the Lak's Buai shaman cult. In a remote part of the forest he is left to fast without food and water, assisted by an elderly sorcerer who assures him that things will get tough - but he won't die. What Lies That Way is screening at the NZ International Film Festival. @nzff

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Dr Rick Legro - Obesity and fertility

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

Professor Richard (Rick) Legro is the Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine. He is an internationally recognised expert in fertility and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Professor Legro has held many important national and international roles. He is first author of four New England Journal of Medicine articles as well as many other highly regarded journals for the specialty of reproductive medicine. His topics of interest are fertility, obesity, genomics, insulin resistance, and clinical trials. Legro is in New Zealand as a guest of the University of Auckland where he will give a public lecture about obesity and fertility in women, which aims to answer the question "can we and should we treat obesity prior to conception?"

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Ken Loach: 'History doesn't stay still'

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:10:00 +1200

Ken Loach has been described as the most left-wing and subversive film director Britain has ever had.  He talks about the stories he loves, his hopes for the UK and his reputation as a firebrand.

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Poorna Bell - Chase the Rainbow

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 08:10:00 +1200

Poorna Bell is an award-winning journalist who works as executive editor for The Huffington Post UK - the UK's third most-read digital website. Bell has also previously written for The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Observer. For five years she also was a regular on BBC radio, and has featured on BBC news, Sky news, London Live and ITV. Bell has recently written Chase the Rainbow, an account of her marriage to New Zealander Rob Bell, who suffered severe depression, and revealed his heroin addiction three years into the marriage. Rob Bell took his life in May 2015, at the age of 39.

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Listener Feedback for 22 July 2017

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

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

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Scott Brown - A model ambassador

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

Scott Brown is the new US Ambassador to New Zealand. Originally trained as a lawyer, during his student years Brown developed a career as a part-time model, and in 1982, won Cosmopolitan magazine's "America's Sexiest Man" contest. He received his law degree at Boston College Law School and built a successful career as an attorney, before switching to public office in 1992. Concurrently he served in the Massachusetts and Maryland National Guard, retiring as a Colonel after 35 years of service. In 2010, Brown won a special election and served in the U.S Senate for three years, during which time he had a reputation for bipartisanship. Having succeeded Democrat Ted Kennedy 2010, he was eventually defeated by Democrat Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 general election. After retiring from politics, he took up private practice and work with FOX News channel, where he was known for his conservative views on social issues. After endorsing Donald Trump during the presidential primaries, he was picked to replace outgoing US ambassador to New Zealand, Mark Gilbert, in January 2017.

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Sarah Smuts-Kennedy - Kauri and McCahon

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:30:00 +1200

Sarah Smuts-Kennedy is a New Zealand born and based artist, and an MFA graduate of the Elam School of Fine Arts, 2012. Smuts-Kennedy's biodynamic, permaculture teaching garden, 45 minutes north of Auckland, functions as a central axis for her research. She was the McCahon House Artist in Residence September - December in 2016, where she undertook a project called Awake, aiming to heal the McCahon Kauri - which were a great inspiration to the artist in the 1950s - of Kauri dieback. She'll talk to Kim about the McCahon Kauri - some of the seedlings of which will be on sale at an event at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall on August 6th - biodynamic gardening, as well as her For the Love of Bees project, which aims to make Auckland the safest city in the world for bees to live.

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Laura Spinney - Pale Rider

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

Laura Spinney graduated from Durham University with a degree in Natural Sciences and is now a writer and science journalist based in Paris. She has written for the New Scientist, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. Spinney's latest book, Pale Rider, examines what might be the the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history - the Spanish flu of 1918-1920. Pale Rider recounts the story of an overlooked pandemic that killed as many as 100 million people - tracing it from Alaska to Brazil, from Persia to Spain, and from South Africa to Odessa.

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Arthur Tompkins - Shade and Darkness

Sat, 22 Jul 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 1994 theft of Shade and Darkness - the Evening of the Deluge, one of a pair of J. M. W. Turner's late-career paintings to deal with the biblical flood.

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Michael Galinsky - America in protest

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:05:00 +1200

US film-maker Michael Galinsky and his wife Suki Hawley have produced numerous documentaries, many of which have achieved cult status, include Malls Across America, Half-Cocked, All the Rage and Battle for Brooklyn. Hawley produced and Galinsky co-directed Working in Protest, which covers 17 years of protest and activism in America from processions by the KKK and events celebrating the Confederate Flag, to the Occupy Wall Street movement and rallies for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Working in Protest is screening at the NZ International Film Festival.

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Brendan Cox - In memory of Jo

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:09:00 +1200

British Labour MP for the constituency of Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, was murdered on June 16th, 2016 as she met with constituents. A campaigner and an active member of her community, Jo was a wife, daughter, sister and mother of two, and her death galvanised calls for a return to civility in political discourse. Jo's husband Brendan Cox has spoken out about growing xenophobia and intolerance across Europe in the wake of his wife's murder, and has now written a book, Jo Cox: More in Common, which has just been released. Royalties from the book will go to the Jo Cox Foundation, which supports humanitarian causes around the world.

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Scott MacLean - Flooding in the lower south

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:07:00 +1200

Kim speaks to Scott MacLean, Group Controller, Emergency Management Otago, about the states of emergency, slips and floods, road closures and evacuations that have happened overnight.

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