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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 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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Listener Feedback for 15 July 2017

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:59:00 +1200

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

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'We need some uncomfortable conversations about cultural identity'

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

A persistent streak of anti-Asian sentiment is rooted in the history of New Zealand, says Emma Ng, a second-generation Chinese New Zealander and author of the new book Old Asian, New Asian.

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Kathryn Harries - The Kiri Programme

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

Leading dramatic soprano Kathryn Harries has recently announced she is stepping down at the end of the year as director of the National Opera Studio in London after nearly a decade in the role. Harries says she was going to be a pharmacist like her dad, but "mercifully, I decided on a career in music and with that single decision I saved countless lives". She fell in love with New Zealand during a visit in 1989, was here as a judge for the Lexus Song Quest in 2014, and has been back again as director of The Kiri Programme, in its first year of nurturing young singers.

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Joan Withers - A Woman's Place

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:30:00 +1200

In her new book A Woman's Place, Joan Withers weighs in on the question of how to get more women into the top tiers of management. She talks with Kim Hill.

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Shane Bosher - A Streetcar Named Desire

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

Named as an Aucklander of the Year in 2005 by Metro magazine, and four-time Director of the Year by The New Zealand Listener, Shane Bosher is one of New Zealand's most prolific theatre makers. During his 13-year tenure as artistic director of Silo Theatre his works included ambitious productions including Angels in America and Holding the Man. Bosher, who is now based in Sydney, has returned to Auckland to direct A Streetcar Named Desire for Silo Theatre's 20th milestone year. He'll also bring his award-winning production of Cock to the Herald Theatre. Bosher's 2015 Sydney production of Cock was nominated for four Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Production, Best Direction, Best Actress and Best Lighting Design. The production won the 2015 Mardi Gras Festival Award for Best Arts Event.

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Matt Tyrnauer - Citizen Jane

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:30:00 +1200

Matt Tyrnauer is a US director and regular contributor to Vanity Fair. His film, Valentino: The Last Emperor was short-listed for Best Documentary Feature Academy Award. His documentary, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, tells the story of an epic struggle in the early 1960s, when activist Jane Jacobs took on powerful developer Robert Moses over the fate of New York city. Moses knocked down neighbourhoods to build high-rises and motorways, while Jacobs led a grass-roots campaign to thwart his plan to plough an expressway across town, right through Lower Manhattan. Citizen Jane is screening at the NZ International Film Festival.

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Katie Somerville - Delightful Dior

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:09:00 +1200

Katie Somerville is the Senior Fashion and Textiles Curator at the National Gallery of Victoria, and has spent the last three years pulling together the stunning House of Dior exhibition that opens at the NGV in August. Her job has been to source the garments, collating their fascinating stories, and understanding the unique history behind each piece - a task that has required frequent trips abroad and late night calls to Paris. She has been in a fashion and textiles curatorial role with the NGV since 1995.

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Nazneen Rahman - The singing geneticist

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 08:09:00 +1200

Nazneen Rahman is professor of human genetics at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, and head of cancer genetics at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Her work focuses on identifying gene mutations that predispose some people to getting cancer. She is also a singer-songwriter and has just released her second album Questions no Answers. She talks to Kim about her work, her unusual career combination and the difficulty of answering the question "what do you do?"

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Listener Feedback for 8 July 2017

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 11:55:00 +1200

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

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Caves: Exploring New Zealand's Subterranean Wilderness

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 11:34:00 +1200

Graphic designer Marcus Thomas and photographer Neil Silverwood have just published a book, Caves: Exploring New Zealand's Subterranean Wilderness, which takes readers on a journey into New Zealand's longest and deepest caves.

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Lisa-Maria Neudert - How social bots undermine democracy

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Lisa-Maria Neudert is a research assistant at the Computational Propaganda Project (ComProp) and a graduate student at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII). She talks to Kim about the ComProp data memo on social bots and fake news during the German Federal Elections, which she authored as part of the wider study into the impact of the use of social media to manipulate public opinion in several countries during election campaigns, recently released by the OII. Selected as a Fulbright and German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Scholar, Neudert studied Communication Technologies & Diplomacy at the Georgetown University, Washington DC; and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science and Economics from the Ludwig-Maxmillians-University, Munich.

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David Sedaris: 'I'm a desperately needy person'

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

David Sedaris's new book is compendium of his diary entries from 1977 to 2002,Theft by Finding. He tells Kim Hill that everything he writes gets read aloud he needs to add humour so he'll hear laughter. 

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Emer Reynolds - The Voyager in deep space

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 09:38:00 +1200

Irish director Emer Reynolds' documentary, The Farthest, picked up three awards at the Dublin International Film Festival earlier this year. The Farthest tells the story of NASA's Voyager spaceships - Voyager I and Voyager II - through some of the women and men who worked on the mission from the launch in 1977. It has survived countless near misses and continues to beam information across huge distances with less computing power than a modern hearing aid. Its nuclear generator will work for perhaps another decade before the lights on Voyager finally go out - but the craft could travel on for millions of years, carrying the 'Golden Record' - bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. The Farthest is screening at the NZ International Film Festival.

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Mariano Sigman - The Secret Life of the Mind

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

Dr Mariano Sigman is interested in how our brains, think, feel and decide. He talks to Kim Hill about his new book The Secret Life of the Mind.

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Arie Havelaar - Food safety envoy

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 08:25:00 +1200

Dr Arie Havelaar is a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, specialising in microbial risk assessment and epidemiology of food-borne diseases. He is affiliated with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems and the Emerging Pathogens Institute. His research covers the broad field of public health aspects of pathogens in food and the environment, and the effectiveness of preventive measures. Currently, his attention is mainly focused on development and application of microbiological risk assessment and the burden of food-borne illness. He is co-author of more than 100 scientific publications, several books and numerous scientific reports. Also a director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Risk Assessment of Pathogens in Food and Water, Havelaar was in New Zealand to speak the inaugural meeting of the new Food Safety Science and Research Centre (NZFSSRC), a national virtual centre of science hosted by Massey University and established after the false botulism scare of 2013, and also the NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology conference, both of which were held in Nelson this week.

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Issie Robertson - Teen takes on bioethics

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

Dunedin teenager Issie, or Isabelle, Robertson has had a paper arguing against genetic modification to prolong human life, published in the prestigious international Journal of Medical Ethics. The 16-year-old student at St Hilda's Collegiate School became interested in genetic modification after interviewing bioethicist Julian Savulescu, a professor of practical ethics at Oxford University, for a school project about people with interesting careers. She disagreed with the professor's support for parents selecting genetic traits for their children - including to make them live longer. In her paper, Robertson questions whether modifying human embryos to extend a person's lifespan can ever be considered ethical practice.

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Listener Feedback for 1 July 2017

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 11:55:00 +1200

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

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Noelle McCarthy - a podcast and a baby

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 11:40:00 +1200

On 16 July, broadcaster and writer Noelle McCarthy has a new RNZ series out, looking at immigration. Slice of Heaven was made in collaboration with McCarthy's fiancé John Daniell and Massey University.

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Gerald McGhie - What do diplomats do?

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Dunedin-born Gerald McGhie served for 40 years as a diplomat for New Zealand, including two postings in Moscow - during Brezhnev and the Cold War years, and later during the fall of Gorbachev, the rise of Yeltsin and collapse of the Soviet Union. He has also been posted to Western Samoa, New York, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, and Tonga over his long and eventful career. McGhie has just produced an insightful account of 40 years of service as a NZ diplomat, called Balancing Acts: Reflections of a New Zealand Diplomat, in which, he says, he attempted to answer the question "what do diplomats do?" Retired in 2003, McGhie speaks and writes frequently on his experiences as well as on today's geopolitical environment.

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David Diamond - Theatre for Living

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 10:10:00 +1200

David Diamond is the artistic and managing director of the Vancouver-based company Theatre for Living (TfL) and the originator of TfL techniques, which have grown from Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed. A pioneer in the development of live, interactive television and web casting, he has directed over 550 community-specific projects on issues such as racism, civic engagement, violence, addiction, street youth, inter-generational conflict, homelessness and mental health. He is also a Visiting Theatre Director in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta, where TfL is used to shift the culture of the learning environment. Diamond has just been in New Zealand to attend the annual conference of Australasian Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA), where he was a keynote speaker on notions of belonging, performance and reconciliation.

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Professor Tom Gilbert - Me, my dog and maize

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 10:10:00 +1200

Professor Tom Gilbert is an evolutionary biologist and ancient DNA expert at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. He is visiting New Zealand as a guest of Allan Wilson at Otago, with the support of the Genetics Society of Australasia and Genetics Otago. Gilbert has focused his most recent work on a broad range of evolutionary questions involving humans and domesticated plants and animals. He has also studied the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1850s, and which is related to kauri dieback disease. Gilbert will give a free talk at the University of Otago in Dunedin this week, where he'll discuss modern genomic analysis and how, from comparisons of just a few key DNA sequences, DNA technology itself has evolved to now allow evolutionary biologists to compare the entire genomes (all of an organism's DNA) of species, including humans, dogs and maize.

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Kate Camp - French toast

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 08:45:00 +1200

Kate Camp has published six collections of poetry - her latest, The Internet of Things, was released earlier this year. She is the recipient of the 2016 Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, and is currently in Menton, a town on the French Riviera. Camp will discuss living in Le Pen country, terrorism and security, and, in her words, "bread, bread, bread! And other food, but especially bread".

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Johan Rockström - planetary boundaries

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 08:09:00 +1200

Professor Johan Rockström led the team of scientists who worked out the planetary boundaries framework. He tells Kim Hill we haven't made a disaster of the planet yet, but it's critical that we move very fast towards sustainability.

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Listener Feedback for 24 June 2017

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:55:00 +1200

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

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Kobi Bosshard: 'I am a craftsman, not an artist'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:35:00 +1200

Eighty year old Swiss-born goldsmith Kobi Bosshard has been called the grandfather of New Zealand jewellery. His daughter Andrea  Bosshard has just made the film about him, Kobi.

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Barbara Francis - You Do Not Travel in China at the Full Moon

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:05:00 +1200

In April 1938 Agnes Moncrieff, New Zealand YWCA foreign secretary to the YWCA of China, wrote to her mother - "You do not travel in China at the full moon if you can help. There are always air raids." Agnes, or Nessie, Moncrieff arrived in China in 1930 and was part of humanitarian aid and reconstruction work there during the second Sino-Japanese war, when Japan invaded China and millions were killed in the ensuing conflict. Barbara Francis met Nessie Moncrieff in Wellington in 1956 and they remained friends up until Moncrieff's death in 1988. In 2007, Francis discovered that the Alexander Turnbull Library had a collection of Moncrieff's letters and reports sent home to Aotearoa, and she set about editing them, sharing her friend's story in a new book You Do Not Travel in China at the Full Moon: Agnes Moncrieff's Letters from China 1930-45.

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Linda Tyler - Francis Bacon and nudes

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Linda Tyler will talk nudes to mark the imminent end of The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki. Tyler is an associate professor and director of the Centre for Art Studies at the University of Auckland. She also directs the Gus Fisher Gallery in Shortland Street, and curates its art collection. She will focus on works by Irish artist Francis Bacon in The Body Laid Bare, and the 1998 movie Love is the Devil which explores Bacon's masochistic relationship with his self-destructive young lover George Dyer. The movie screens July 1 at the gallery and The Body Laid Bare exhibition runs until July 16.

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Rhema Vaithianathan - The algorithm ace

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Professor Rhema Vaithianathan is co-director of the Centre for Social Data Analytics at AUT. She is widely published in the research areas of health and development economics and applied microeconomics, has been a policy analyst for the New Zealand Treasury, and was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard. Previously, Vaithianathan was an associate professor at the University of Auckland, where she led a team that developed a mathematical method of predicting child abuse. She has recently used that model as a basis for work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a predictive tool developed by her and her team assists call screeners to decide which calls about alleged child maltreatment should be investigated further. The modelling is now being used and assessed by states across the US.

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Daphne Merkin - This Close to Happy

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:05:00 +1200

Part of the reason people are suspicious of severe depression is that we're all a little depressed, says writer Daphne Merkin.

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Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere - Animal sentience and the law

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:30:00 +1200

Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere is a senior lecturer at the University of Otago Faculty of Law, teaching public law, the law of torts and animals and the law. His research interests include the status of animals within the law. Ferrere completed his Master of Laws at the University of Toronto, he was a judges' clerk at the High Court of New Zealand and practiced as a solicitor at Chapman Tripp in Wellington. He will be speaking on the topic of 'animal sentience and the law' at the NZ Animal Law Association's first conference, on July 1 in Auckland.

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Polly Fisher - Velocity Made Good

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:09:00 +1200

Charlotte (Polly) Fisher is a sailor who raced for 11 years as a member of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, including in the Wellington Harbour and Coastal Offshore Series. In 1990, Polly was the sole woman in a crew of eight that raced the Auckland to Noumea Ocean Classic on the fast racer Flojo. She and husband Robert Fisher have attended four America's Cup competitions - Sir Peter Blake's first win in 1995 in San Diego, 2000 and 2003 in the Hauraki Gulf and the 2013 competition in San Francisco. Fisher, who is based in Wellington, will talk to Kim about how this year's America's Cup racing stands alongside the earlier regattas, what 'velocity made good' (VMG) means, and why Team New Zealand must beat Oracle Team USA at all costs.

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