8:15 Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney is an American filmmaker, whose documentaries include the Oscar-nominated Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room, the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, and Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (he has discussed these and other films on the programme in 2008 and 2011). He made two films in 2012: We Steal Secrets: the Story of Wikileaks, about Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, and Silence in the House of God, about the Catholic Church and its cover-up of sexual abuse by its priests. The films will both screen in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch during the New Zealand International Film Festival.

9:05 Lloyd Geering
Sir Lloyd Geering is a leading New Zealand thinker and commentator on theological issues, and a former Presbyterian minister and professor of religious studies. He is the author of a number of books, most recently From the Big Bang to God (Steele Roberts, ISBN: 978-1-92724-214-8), which compiles his 2012 lecture series (Evolution: the Real Genesis), and his forthcoming series on the emergence of human thought, through to the emergence of God, and beyond.

9:45 Evan Brenton-Rule

Evan Brenton-Rule is studying biology and law at Victoria University, and is the winner of the second Sir Paul Callaghan Award for Young Science Orators, announced at the 2013 Eureka! Symposium. His presentation was Invasive Species Management: Pulling the Wings Off Wasps.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Lisa Harper-Brown and Michael Paget

British-born soprano Lisa Harper-Brown grew up in Australia, and is now based in Wellington with a global operatic career. She will sing the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the NZ Opera’s first main-stage production in Christchurch since Southern Opera joined the company last year. She is married to Michael Paget, who is Layout Technical Director for Weta Digital, and has worked on film productions that include Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Adventures of Tintin, Prometheus, Iron Man 3, and The Hobbit.

11:05 Philip Hoare

Writer and historian Philip Hoare is Visiting Fellow at Southampton University, and Leverhulme Artist-in-residence at The Marine Institute, Plymouth University, which awarded him an honourary doctorate in 2011. His book, Leviathan or, The Whale (Fourth Estate, ISBN: 9780007230143), won the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, and he spoke about that on the programme in 2010). He has written and presented documentaries about whales, and is also co-curator of the Moby-Dick Big Read. His new book is The Sea Inside (Fourth Estate, ISBN: 978-0-00-741211-2).

11:45 Kate’s Klassic: The Diary of Anne Frank

Kate Camp has published five collections of poems, most recently Snow White’s Coffin (Victoria University Press, ISBN: 978-0-86473-888-2). Kate will discuss The Diary of a Young Girl, the 1947 collection of writings kept by Anne Frank while hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Also discussed: Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife by Francine Prose (2009, Harper, ISBN: 978-0-06-143079-4).

Music played during the programme

Details of tracks and artists will be listed on the Playlist section of this page shortly following broadcast.

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Lianne Smith

Music played in this show


Richard Thompson: Another Small Thing In Her Favour
From the 2013 album: Electric
Played at around 8:55

Omar, featuring Caron Wheeler: Treat Me
From the 2013 album: The Man
Played at around 9:45

Playing Favourites with Lisa Harper-Brown and Mike Paget

George Michael: I Remember You
From the 1999 album: Songs from the Last Century
Played at around 10:15

Hans Zimmer: Time
From the 2010 album: Inception (Music from the Motion Picture)
Played at around 10:35

Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni, with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan: final scene from La Bohème
From the 1972 album: Puccini - La Bohème
Played at around 10:45

Jeff Buckley, Lilac Wine
From the 1994 album: Grace
Played at around 10:55