8:15 Jonathan Freedland

Jonathan Freedland writes a weekly column for the Guardian. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the New York Review of Books, and presents BBC Radio 4's contemporary history series, The Long View.


8:30 Randy Cohen

Randy Cohen wrote the weekly column The Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine for twelve years, won four Emmy awards for his work as a television writer, and is the host of the radio show Person Place Thing. His new book is Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything (Chronicle Books, ISBN: 978-1-4521-0790-5).


9:05 Joe Cross

Australian documentary filmmaker and health advocate Joe Cross abandoned his career as a financial trader to travel the United States on a 60-day juice fast to lose weight and combat his debilitating autoimmune disease. He chronicles the journey in the film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, which will screen in two parts on TV One (27 January and 3 February). During the interview, Joe mentions the book Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink.


9:45 Art with Mary Kisler

Mary Kisler is the Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art, at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. She will discuss MONA, the controversial Museum of Old and New Art, in Tasmania. Images under discussion are available for view by clicking on the Art on Saturday Morning link.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Adam McGrath

Adam McGrath is a singer and principal songwriter for Lyttelton band The Eastern, who have released three albums since 2009, most recently last year’s acclaimed double-album, Hope and Wire. They have played close to 200 performances a year around New Zealand, Australia and America over the past six years, and are about to embark on a six-week tour of rural New Zealand with Arts On Tour NZ, visiting Taumarunui, Opotiki, Tauranga, Kauaeranga, Coromandel Town, Whangarei, Kaikohe, Waimamaku, Whakatane, Hastings, Tahora, Fairlie, Oamaru, Twizel, Arrowtown, Riverton, Stewart Island, Ettrick Hall, Franz Josef Glacier, Okarito, Hokitika, Westport, Karamea, Richmond, Hanmer Springs, Balcairn and Ashburton (26 January to 3 March).


11:05 David Lawrence

David Lawrence is director of The Bacchanals, a theatre company he founded in 2000 to explore text-based theatre and redefine classic works. The Bacchanals’ production of Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus will be performed at The Long Hall behind Roseneath School (7pm, 24 January to 2 February 2013, excluding Sunday), and their production of Aristophanes’ comedy The Clouds will be performed at BATS Theatre in their temporary venue on the corner of Cuba and Dixon Streets (1-13 April).


11:45 Helen Stead

Helen Stead is the co-convenor of Oamaru Scott 100, a programme of events from 6-10 February commemorating the 1913 return of the Terra Nova from Scott's Antarctic expedition.


Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell

Music played in this show


Playing Favourites with Adam McGrath

The Eastern: Town Like Here
From the 2012 album: Hope & Wire
(Rough Peel)
Played at around 10:05

Adam McGrath: Hope & Wire
Live in the Wellington studio of Radio New Zealand
Played at around 10:15
(Originally from the 2012 album Hope & Wire, by The Eastern)

The Chords: Sh-Boom
The 1954 single from the compilation album: Atlantic R&B 1947-1974
Played at around 10:25

Kris Kristofferson: The Final Attraction
From the 2006 album: This Old Road
(New West)
Played at around 10:35

Black Flag: Rise Above
From the 1981 album: Damaged
Played at around 10:45

Michelle Shocked: Anchorage
From the 1988 album: Short Sharp Shocked
Played at around 10:50

The Clash: Clampdown
From the 1979 album: London Calling
Played at around 10:55