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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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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 1 August 2020

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    • 5 min
    Kate's Klassics: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

    Kate's Klassics: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

    "I am an invisible man....I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids- and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me". Poet and writer Kate Camp returns to discuss another classic work of literature. This week it's Ralph Ellison's pioneering 1952 novel Invisible Man, a work that (to use the words on the Ralph Ellison Monument in Upper Manhattan) "...details the struggles of a young African-American man in a hostile society". It's a book that seems even more pertinent after the events of the past few weeks.

    • 13 min
    Pablo Larraín: Chilean director on Ema

    Pablo Larraín: Chilean director on Ema

    Chilean film-maker Pablo Larraín, whose previous films include No, the Oscar-nominated Jackie, and Neruda, teams up Mexican actor Gael García Bernal and newcomer Mariana Di Girolamo in Ema. A story about family, dance, passion and the pressures of parenthood, Ema is visually striking and set to a powerful 'reggaetón' soundtrack in the Chilean port city of Valparaíso. Ema has its online premiere on Friday 31 July as part of Whanau Marama: New Zealand International Film Festival and is then available to watch online from Saturday 1 August through to Thursday 6 August. It also shows at selected Auckland cinemas until Tuesday 4 August. Screening info here.

    • 29 min
    Lauren Greenfield on her revealing portrait of Imelda Marcos

    Lauren Greenfield on her revealing portrait of Imelda Marcos

    Imelda Marcos' vast shoe collection (anywhere from 1,200 to 3,000 pairs) became an emblem of the corrupt and lavish regime of her husband, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos. It's estimated that together they siphoned 5-10 billion dollars of public money between 1965 to 1986. The now 91-year-old former First Lady is the subject of Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lauren Greenfield's latest documentary: The Kingmaker. Greenfield managed to negotiate extraordinary access to her subject - who remains defiantly remorseless. Greenfield's previous films The Queen of Versailles and Generation Wealth also examined consumerism, gender and obscene wealth. The Kingmaker shows as part of Whanau Marama: New Zealand International Film Festival and is available to watch online until 11pm on Monday 3rd August.

    • 21 min
    Culum Brown: Fish are way smarter than you think

    Culum Brown: Fish are way smarter than you think

    Most people think that fish aren't as intelligent or sophisticated as land animals. We joke about their poor memory and many still believe fish don't feel pain in the way other animals do. Australian biologist Prof Culum Brown strongly challenges these ideas, based on his years of research into fish behavior and learning. He's found that even the smallest fish are capable of learning and can retain memories for months, they display complex behaviour including forms of bullying, and that stingrays can even tell when it's the weekend! Prof Brown is based at Macquarie University in Sydney, where he runs the Fish Lab - the Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution of Fishes Laboratory. Current studies are looking at Manta rays, Smooth stingrays and Port Jackson sharks (which he likens to "puppies of the sea").

    • 28 min
    Director Oliver Stone on his rocky road to "Platoon"

    Director Oliver Stone on his rocky road to "Platoon"

    Multi award-winning director Oliver Stone is a controversial figure in American filmmaking. The Vietnam veteran's portrayals of war and violence have proved contentious, as have his political views and frequent criticism of US foreign policy. His new memoir Chasing The Light focuses on the first 40 years of his career, and ends with him receiving a Best Director Oscar for Platoon in 1987. In it he shares stories from inside the making of classic films like Midnight Express, Scarface, and Salvador, and about some of the larger-than-life characters he's met along the way.

    • 51 min

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