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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 22 October 2016

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 22 October 2016.

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Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris: creating an Annual

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:40:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Wellington writer Kate De Goldi, whose most recent novel, From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle won the junior fiction category at the 2016 Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and Susan Paris, who has written more than forty chapter books for the educational market, and has edited the School Journal for ten years. Together, they are editors of Annual, a miscellany of commissioned New Zealand writing for children aged nine to twelve.

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Anna Coddington: motherhood and music

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:05:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Auckland singer and songwriter Anna Coddington, who has been nominated for the APRA Silver Scroll four times since 2010, and is a regular collaborator on the Fly My Pretties projects. Her just-released third album, Luck/Time, took her four years to complete, and she is going on tour with her four-piece band to play shows in Auckland, Mount Maunganui, Christchurch and Wellington.

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Art with Mary Kisler: art travel serendipity

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:40:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Mary Kisler, Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art, at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. She discusses the role of serendipity when travelling, discussing a selection of chance encounters with buildings and artworks, old and new, while researching in Europe recently.

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Bill Bailey: travel and entertainment

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:06:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to British comedian and musician Bill Bailey, whose new show, Larks in Transit, is a compendium of tales from his twenty years as a travelling entertainer. He is visiting New Zealand for shows in Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin, Wellington, and Auckland.

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Alison McCulloch: post-natal depression

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:10:00 +1300

Research indicates about 15% of mothers suffer from this serious health issue, but it often go undetected and untreated, says investigative journalist Alison McCulloch. She's just published a large multimedia investigation into post-natal depression In collaboration with and

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Nicky Dunne: free books for life

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:44:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Nicky Dunne, manager of Heywood Hill, an independent bookstore in London that is marking its 80th anniversary with the world's first lifetime literary prize. The Library of a Lifetime Prize Raffle closes at midnight on Monday 31 October 2016, with the winner receiving a new hardback book every month for the rest of their life.

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Ian Gawler: Treating cancer with nutrition and meditation

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:11:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Dr Ian Gawler, one of Australia's most experienced authorities on mind-body medicine and meditation. He and his wife, Dr Ruth Gawler, are visiting New Zealand to run a meditation course in the Coromandel and a residential programme in Wanaka for people affected by cancer.

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Listener feedback to Saturday Morning 15 October 20016

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:59:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 15 October 2016.

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Kate's Klassic: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:45:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to poet Kate Camp about the 1958 novella by Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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Jeavons Baillie: conservation and the National Library

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:10:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Jeavons Baillie, who volunteered to assist with painting restoration in Florence after the devastating floods in November 1966, was the first Conservation Officer for the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington from 1970 to 1989, and was instrumental in incorporating the principles of preventive conservation at the new National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa building in Wellington in 1987. He founded the NZ Professional Conservators Group in 1983, and later worked in Australia as head of conservation at the State Library of Victoria. He will speak at a special screening of the only documentary film ever made by Franco Zeffirelli, Per Firenze (Florence: Days of Destruction), as part of the 2016 national conference of the New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials.

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Alan Light on Nina Simone

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:10:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to veteran music journalist Alan Light, former editor-in-chief for Vibe and Spin magazines, and author of books about Leonard Cohen, Prince, and the Beastie Boys. His new biography was inspired by the recent Netflix documentary about singer Nina Simone, and has the same title: What Happened, Miss Simone?

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Mary Daish: changing kitchens

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:45:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to architect Mary Daish, whose practice has a particular focus on kitchen design. With her mother, cook and food writer Lois Daish, she discussed the social issues expressed in our cooking and dining habits in a recent talk, Who's the Butler?

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Ben Schrader: New Zealand's urban history

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:08:00 +1300

"For 150 years people have wanted to live in the city and the country at the same time" says historian Ben Schrader.

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WikiHouse: construction by the people for the people

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:40:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Martin Luff and Danny Squires, co-founders and directors of Space Craft Systems, a social enterprise based in Christchurch that has developed the WikiHouseNZ system to revolutionise the way built environments are created. They will host two Open Day sessions at their WikiLab, the first dedicated WikiHouse development space in the world, during the Festival of Transitional Architecture in Christchurch during Labour Weekend.

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Julian Milford: chamber music and law chambers

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:10:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to London barrister Julian Milford, who represented the British Labour Party in the legal challenge to the system of voting for their party leadership. He is also a pianist, and a founding member of the London Conchord Ensemble, a supergroup of British classical musicians who are currently touring New Zealand.

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Listener Feedback to Saturday 8 October 2016

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 8 October.

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Ben Grosser: cyber-security and ominous gibberish

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:47:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Ben Grosser, Assistant Professor in the School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois, and a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He is also an artist focused on cyber-security who has been described as the "unrivaled king of ominous gibberish". His works include the Interactive Robotic Painting Machine, and the Gmail extension Scaremail, which aims to drown the National Security Agency in nonsense. He joins a roster of security experts, academics, former spies, and privacy advocates, who offer perspectives on surveillance in the new interactive documentary I Spy, created by Justin Pemberton (Chasing Great) and filmed across the Five Eyes countries (USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

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Juliet Arnott: waste and re-use

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:08:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to occupational therapist Juliet Arnott, who is the founder and director of Christchurch reuse business Rekindle. She is currently driving the Design for Reuse - Resource: Rise Again project in Wellington, Auckland and Whangarei, and is the organiser of the Design.Craft.Enable.Value. symposium at FESTA, the biennial weekend celebration of urban creativity in Christchurch (21-24 October).

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Robert Forster: Grant McLennan and the Go-Betweens

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 10:09:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Brisbane singer-songwriter Robert Forster, best known for his work with songwriting partner Grant McLennan, with whom he co-founded The Go-Betweens. The band, formed in 1977, made nine albums between 1981 and 2005, and Forster has made six solo albums, written music criticism for a number of magazines, and published The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll: Collected Music Writings 2005-09, and new memoir, Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens.

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Art Crime with Arthur Tompkins: Van Gogh

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 09:45:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Arthur Tompkins, District Court Judge and editor of Art Crime and its Prevention: A Handbook for Collectors and Art Professionals. He has a special interest in crimes involving artistic masterpieces, and is writing a bi-monthly series of articles in the online magazine Versopolis about stolen masterpieces now back on public display. He discusses the history of Van Gogh's Portrait of Dr Gachet, and two stolen paintings by the artist found in a police raid in Italy.

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Beth Shapiro: mammoths, genetics and de-extinction

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 09:10:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to molecular palaeontologist Professor Beth Shapiro, who is Director for Conservation at the University of California Santa Cruz Genomics Institute, and Research Associate of the Denver Museum of Natural History. She runs the Paleogenomics Lab at UCSC with Professor Richard (Ed) Green, and is visiting New Zealand as a guest of Allan Wilson at Otago and NZ Genomics Ltd, with the support of the Australasian Genomic Technologies Association and the Next Generation Sequencing Conference, to present two free talks based on her book, How to Clone a Mammoth: the Science of De-Extinction, in Dunedin and Auckland.

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Gerard van Bohemen: the United Nations and the Security Council

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 08:12:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Gerard van Bohemen, New Zealand's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. New Zealand is currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council.

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Listener Feedback to Saturday 1 October 2016

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme of 1 October.

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Poetry with Gregory O'Brien

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:42:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to painter, poet, curator and writer Gregory O'Brien, who discusses The Collected Poems of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, and the new edition of Small Holes in the Silence: Collected Works by Hone Tuwhare.

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Doryun Chong: M+, curation, and the Walters Prize

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:07:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Doryun Chong, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at M+ Hong Kong, and former Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA. He is the judge of the 2016 Walters Prize.

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Shannon Te Ao: Walters Prize winner

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:45:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to artist, writer and curator Shannon Te Ao, whose current research interests include performance and video art practices. He lectures at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University. He won the 2016 Walters Prize for his 2013-14 work, Two Shoots That Stretch Far Out, and an exhibition of his work and those of the other finalists (Lisa Reihana, Joyce Campbell, Nathan Pohio), is currently on exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (to 30 October).

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Sarah Laing: Katherine Mansfield and comics

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:07:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to graphic designer, illustrator, and writer Sarah Laing. She is co-editor (with Rae Joyce and Indira Neville) of Three Words: an Anthology of Aoteraoa/NZ Women's Comics (Beatnik Publishing), and the author of the new book Mansfield and Me: a Graphic Memoir (VUP). An exhibition based on the book will be opening at the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden on 14 October, Mansfield's 128th birthday.

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Shakespeare with David Lawrence: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:45:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to David Lawrence is research and development consultant for the Popup Globe, and director of The Bacchanals, a Wellington theatre company he founded in 2000 to explore text-based theatre and redefine classic works. David will discuss Two Gentlemen of Verona, considered by some to be Shakespeare's first play.

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Al Bramley: predator control

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Al Bramley, CEO of Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) in Wellington, a research and development entity focused on developing the tools and techniques to enable the complete removal of rats, stoats, and possums from large mainland areas for the long term.

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Malcolm Harris: high-performance trades competition

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:40:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Malcolm Harris, who worked for 30 years at Fisher & Paykel, and is now CEO of WorldSkills after two years as CEO for Hockey New Zealand. This weekend at the WorldSkills Nationals in Hamilton, top trades apprentices and trainees compete in categories ranging from automotive technology, to plumbing, hairdressing and floristry, vying for a place in the national Tool Blacks team which will travel in 2017 to the 44th WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi.

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Julia Powles: surveillance and secrecy

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:12:00 +1300

Kim Hill talks to Dr Julia Powles, from the Faculty of Law and Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, where she works on technology law and policy. She is a former contributing editor and policy fellow of the Guardian, and has written for the newspaper this year about the secrecy, power and surveillance activities exhibited by big technology companies.

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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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