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 Saturday Morning 8 May 2021
Kim Hill Listener Feedback for Saturday Morning.
Tainui Tukiwaho - Racists Anonymous
"Racists Anonymous: the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop being racist." Tainui Tukiwaho is the director of Racists Anonymous, a new show at Auckland's Te Pou Theatre, Aotearoa's only independent kaupapa Maori-led theatre venue. Tukiwaho co-founded Te Pou, and leads the Maori-language-driven Te Rehia Theatre Company. Since graduating from Unitec in 2001 he has worked as an actor, director, producer, and writer. As an actor, he is most well known for his 2011 portrayal of Kiwi icon Billy T James in Billy.
Playing favourites with Pic Picot
Before coming to public attention as a peanut butter baron Pic Picot had already lived a full and picaresque life. By the time he was 21, he had earned enough from making leather goods to pay for his first OE. Back in New Zealand, he took to furniture-making, learning the trade from an English craftsman. He quickly learned that giftware sold better at Christmas than bespoke tables. Pic's Panic Packs - glass-fronted emergency boxes of tea-bags, cigarettes, condoms, and toilet paper - proved quick to make and were easy and fun to sell. It wasn't until he had retired that he started making peanut butter. He sold a few jars at the local farmers' market. Twelve years later he opened his third factory, Pic's Peanut Butter World. Today he employs 50 people and exports throughout the world. He's just released a book book: Pic: Adventures in Sailing, Business and Love.
Jonathan Drori: The secret and surprising life of plants
For his new book Around the World in 80 Plants, Jonathan Drori traversed the globe, aiming to reveal the science of plants by showing how their worlds are intricately entwined with our own history, culture and folklore. Drori was a BBC executive producer and director, responsible for more than 50 popular BBC science and technology documentaries and series. He makes short films for plant and seed-collecting expeditions and is also known for several TED talks on pollen, seeds, and the little tricks that flowers play. He is the author of Around the World in 80 Trees.
Christina Sweeney-Baird: The End of Men
Christina Sweeney-Baird's debut novel The End of Men is centred around a global virus to which women are immune and which kills 90 percent of the world's men. It all seems very timely, but was actually prescient, as the book was completed in 2019. Christina Sweeney-Baird studied law at the University of Cambridge and works as a corporate litigation lawyer. She has been published as a freelance journalist in The Huffington Post and The Independent. The End of Men was longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and the Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award.
Peter Young: Fight for the Wild – Aotearoa vs predators
Documentary filmmaker Peter Young discusses his biggest project to date - the battle to save Aotearoa's native species from an army of predators. Every year, introduced predators devour the eggs and chicks of 26 million native New Zealand birds, as well as countless insects, amphibians, reptiles and plants. In 2016 Predator Free 2050 began, targeting rats, stoats and possums. It is Aotearoa's most ambitious conservation effort ever and involves hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders. Peter Young's Fight for the Wild documents the battle to protect native species and explores the idea of a Predator Free 2050. The first episode of the four-part documentary and the podcast will be released on RNZ on 10 May. The series will also screen on TVNZ 1 from 15 May.
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