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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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    • Society & Culture

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.

    The unknowns behind a Covid-19 vaccine: 'It's an unwritten book' - Dr Chris Smith

    The unknowns behind a Covid-19 vaccine: 'It's an unwritten book' - Dr Chris Smith

    Cambridge University consultant clinical virologist Dr Chris Smith returns to digest emerging Covid-related science and research. This week, a growing understanding of the widespread (and sometimes long term) damage that Covid-19 can do to the body. We'll also have the latest on the hunt for a vaccine, whether Covid-19 should be considered an airborne disease (and why this matters), and what the current state of our knowledge is about important issues like mutation and post-infection immunity.

    • 33 min
    Anand Giridharadas: Beware of billionaire 'do-gooders'

    Anand Giridharadas: Beware of billionaire 'do-gooders'

    Described by a Guardian reviewer as "superb hate-reading", writer and columnist Anand Giridharadas's latest book Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World investigates the hypocrisy of billionaire "do-gooders". He questions how and why we have become reliant on the philanthropy of the super-rich to help solve our biggest global issues, and their role in eroding the public institutions that should be leading the way. Giridharadas is an editor-at-large for TIME and was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016. His two previous books are India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking and The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas.

    • 48 min
    Listener Feedback for Saturday 11th July

    Listener Feedback for Saturday 11th July

    Your feedback from the show, Saturday 11th July 2020.

    • 4 min
    Playing Favourites with Dennis O'Brien from Slow Boat Records

    Playing Favourites with Dennis O'Brien from Slow Boat Records

    Slow Boat Records is a Wellington institution, a magnet for musos and vinyl heads. As the city's longest surviving independent record store, it was named one of the world's finest music shops back in 2017. Over the years it's welcomed famous shoppers like Radiohead and The Beastie Boys through its doors, and also hosted some big international and local names for instore performances. After decades at the helm, its founder, head honcho, and former musician Dennis O'Brien has decided to take a back seat in the business: he joins us to play some of his favourite music.

    • 38 min
    Kathy Sullivan: from outer space to deep under the sea

    Kathy Sullivan: from outer space to deep under the sea

    Astronaut, oceanographer and adventurer Kathy Sullivan recently became the first person ever to have walked in space, and to have travelled to the deepest point of the world's oceans. She's just returned home to Ohio, having ventured more than 10 kilometres under the waves to Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.

    • 20 min
    Novelist David Mitchell on his new book Utopia Avenue

    Novelist David Mitchell on his new book Utopia Avenue

    The author of Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green, and number9dream, David Mitchell, has just released a new novel: his first in five years. Utopia Avenue, is a magical, musical story about '...the strangest British band you've never heard of…" With a TV series in the pipeline, Mitchell discusses his hopes for the book, the creative process, how he approaches historical fiction, and how he deals with negative criticism. Two of Mitchell's previous novels, number9dream (2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004), were shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

    • 28 min

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