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A magazine programme with feature interviews on current affairs, science, literature, music and more.

A magazine programme with feature interviews on current affairs, science, literature, music and more.
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Auckland, New Zealand

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A magazine programme with feature interviews on current affairs, science, literature, music and more.

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English


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Listener Feedback for 23 September 2017

9/22/2017
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Kim Hill reads emails and text messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme.

Duration: 00:03:53


C K Stead - The Allen Curnow I knew

9/22/2017
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One of New Zealand's greatest poets, Allen Curnow (1911-2001), is being remembered in two new books to be launched in September, The Collected Poems of Allen Curnow and a major new biography, Simply by Sailing in a New Direction, by the late Professor Terry Sturm. Curnow's career and life will be celebrated at a special symposium at the University of Auckland's faculty of arts on September 30, at which his great friend and colleague, Emeritus Professor of English, C.K. Stead, will give a...

Duration: 00:21:38


David Day - Controversies of the frozen continent

9/22/2017
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David Day is an Australian historian and author who has written extensively on Australian history and the history of the Second World War. Among his many books are Menzies & Churchill at War, and his prize-winning history of Australia, Claiming a Continent. He also wrote Paul Keating: The Biography (2015). Antarctica has long been another interest of Day's. He took controversial lines in both Antarctica: A Biography (2012) and Flaws in the Ice - in search of Douglas Mawson (2013) and will...

Duration: 00:33:49


Kevin Esvelt - Sculpting evolution

9/22/2017
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Dr Kevin Esvelt is an assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Sculpting Evolution Laboratory. An outspoken advocate of open and community-guided science, his research team is working with numerous island communities in the United States to solve ecological problems by engineering local populations of wild organisms. Dr Esvelt was in New Zealand briefly this week to attend a public forum at the University of Otago, organised by the Allan Wilson at Otago research group...

Duration: 00:48:41


Douglas Wright - Limbs@40

9/22/2017
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Douglas Wright is an acclaimed dancer and choreographer. He danced with Limbs Dance Company of New Zealand (1980-1983), and companies in New York and London before forming the Douglas Wright Dance Company in Auckland in 1989. He has created more than 30 works and toured extensively, becoming one of five inaugural Arts Foundation of New Zealand laureates. In 2003 he was the subject of a feature-length documentary film, Haunting Douglas. He has also written memoirs, poetry and essays....

Duration: 00:29:17


Wu Man - Pipa virtuoso

9/22/2017
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Wu Man is a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silkroad Ensemble, which aims to bring cultures together through music. She is a virtuoso in the pipa - also called the Chinese lute - which has been played in China for around 2000 years and she is credited with giving the instrument a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Wu Man was the first person to receive a master's degree in pipa performance from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She collaborates with the Kronos...

Duration: 00:18:04


Brent Williams - Out of the Woods

9/22/2017
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In a illustrated memoir just released, Wellington man Brent Williams tells the story of childhood abuse, his decline into depression and anxiety, and his gradual, halting healing. Out of the Woods reveals how Williams' father, the high-profile millionaire businessman and philanthropist Sir Arthur Williams, had one face for the outside world and another, much scarier one, for his family. Brent Williams' road to recovery reveals an out-of-body experience, the importance of a good therapist,...

Duration: 00:30:28


Ingólfur Sigfússon - Iceland's government melts down

9/22/2017
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Parliament in Iceland has been dissolved and it may be looking at electing its sixth prime minister in nine years. The meltdown began after it was found that Benedikt Sveinsson, the father of Prime Minster Bjarni Benediktsson, wrote a letter seeking a pardon for an acquaintance who had been jailed for raping and sexually abusing his stepdaughter for 12 years - and claims that the prime minister knew about the letter but had tried to cover it up. Mr Benediktsson's shaky ruling coalition...

Duration: 00:17:14


David Paton - Ozzies need to eat their kangaroos

9/15/2017
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Associate professor David C. Paton is head of the discipline of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Adelaide. He has contributed to the understanding and management of Australia's natural environment for three decades and is highly regarded for his research activities at Kangaroo Island and the Coorong National Park of South Australia. This week, in the wake of statistics that show Australia's kangaroo population has reached 45 million - double that of the human...

Duration: 00:18:19


Sir Richard Faull and Bernie Crosby

9/15/2017
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Sir Richard Faull is a neuroscientist and is highly regarded internationally for his research into the workings of the human brain. He is founder and director of the University of Auckland's Centre for Brain Research (CBR), director of the Neurological Foundation Human Brain Bank at the CBR, and instigated the annual Brain Day that invites the community to the campus to learn more about neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. He was made a...

Duration: 00:31:54


Kip Chapman - This bloody schedule

9/15/2017
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Kip Chapman is an actor, playwright and director who is having a very busy 2017. He directs That Bloody Woman, a rock opera about Kate Sheppard, and is also the co-creator, writer and director of Hudson and Halls Live! Both shows are touring the country currently and will also play a the Nelson and Tauranga Arts Festival (That Bloody Woman will also play the Napier Arts Festival). Chapman is also creative director of this year's World of Wearable Art. He's had acting roles in Top of the...

Duration: 00:23:01


Midge Sanford - Desperately seeking funding

9/15/2017
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Midge Sanford began a film production company with business partner Sarah Pillsbury in 1982 to form Sanford/Pillsbury Productions, a pioneering team of women producers in a male-dominated industry. The pair's first project, Desperately Seeking Susan, helped put them on the map and led to a string of films including River's Edge, Eight Men Out, And The Band Played On, and How to Make an American Quilt, among others. Sanford is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and...

Duration: 00:31:56


Daniel Dor - Academic and activist

9/15/2017
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Dr Daniel Dor is the author of The Instruction of Imagination: Language as a Social Communication Technology (2015) which has challenged established ideas about the evolution and utility of language, and he's written extensively on linguistics while touring the world to share his theories. Dor is also an activist who has frequently criticised the Israeli treatment of Palestinians. He is former chair of the Center for the Protection of Democracy in Israel, author of two books (one...

Duration: 00:21:27


Brian Cox - Science supernova

9/15/2017
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Professor Brian Cox OBE is a British particle physicist at the University of Manchester and Royal Society professor for public engagement in science. He carried out research at the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland and the HI experiment at DESY in Hamburg. He is also one of the world's most successful science writers and communicators, and will be bringing his record-breaking live science show to New Zealand for the first time when he appears in Auckland...

Duration: 00:31:34


Robyn Archer - The Sound of Falling Stars

9/15/2017
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Robyn Archer is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. She is currently strategic advisor, Gold Coast Arts and Culture, deputy chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, and chair of the National Institute of Dramatic Art's inaugural Master of Fine Arts (cultural leadership). She is an officer of the Order of Australia. Archer's burgeoning career was fast-tracked when her one-woman show - A Star is Torn - became a major hit, touring throughout Australia...

Duration: 00:34:47


Gordon Noble-Campbell

9/15/2017
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Gordon Noble-Campbell is a private client services director for Forsyth Barr in Wellington. His mother was one of around 800 Poles, mainly children, who arrived in Wellington in 1944, having survived expulsion from Poland to Siberian war camps, then evacuation to Iran before reaching New Zealand at the invitation of then Prime Minister Peter Fraser. Noble-Campbell's mother lost four family members after the group escaped from the Siberian logging settlement of Jeglec in the middle of the...

Duration: 00:13:44


Listener Feedback for 9 September 2017

9/8/2017
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Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme.

Duration: 00:04:46


Dylan Mulder - From the World of Wearable Art to the world

9/8/2017
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Dylan Mulder is an industrial designer who was a finalist in the World of Wearable Art competition four times, winning awards in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2016, he won the Wearable Technology and Cirque du Soleil awards for his futuristic Digital Stealth God designs - garments inspired by ancient Egyptian dynasties which he envisaged as still reigning in a parallel universe. That win bagged Mulder a one-month internship to work at Cirque du Soleil's Canadian headquarters, which has led to...

Duration: 00:18:20


Judy Horton - Australian gardening guru

9/8/2017
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Originally a schoolteacher, Judy Horton is one of Australia's pre-eminent voices on all things gardening. She's worked in retail nurseries and with the New South Wales National Trust as a bush regenerator, but her main job (before retiring recently) was working for the Yates company for over 20 years, writing newsletters, information sheets and press releases, as well as editing the Yates Garden Guide - Australasia's best-selling gardening book, the 79th edition has just been published....

Duration: 00:27:36


Josephine Johnston - Promises and pitfalls of editing our genes

9/8/2017
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Josephine Johnston is the director of research at New York-based The Hastings Center, the world's first bioethics research institute. She is an expert on the ethical, legal, and policy implications of biomedical technologies, particularly as used in human reproduction, psychiatry, genetics, and neuroscience. Her current projects address the ethical implications of new kinds of prenatal genetic tests, the relationship between gene editing technologies and understandings of human...

Duration: 00:25:14

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