Guest presenter: Megan Whelan, one of the team running

(Kim Hill is on leave)


Marcus Stickley, Megan Whelan, Elle Hunt and Lena Hesselgrave are the team running, the new Radio New Zealand online initiative that launched this week.

8:20 Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards is president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She visited Wellington this week for the annual conference of Family Planning New Zealand.

8:45 Andrew Jack

Dr Andrew Jack is the Chief Censor at the Office of Film & Literature Classification.

8:55 Ruby Brunton

Ruby Brunton is a New Zealand journalist and poet living and working in New York. (Interview by Marcus Stickley. Extract from a longer interview - full version available online.)

9:05 Di White

Di White is a member of JustSpeak, a non-partisan network of young people speaking to, and speaking up for a new generation who want change in our criminal justice system. They have restaged two theatre works about crime and justice, Portraits and Verbatim.

9:25 James Robinson

James Robinson is a New Zealand freelance journalist resident in San Francisco. He is running a Kickstarter appeal to turn his blog, Voyages in America, into a book.

9:40 Lorna Piatti-Farnell

Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell is Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies at the Auckland University of Technology, and Chair of the Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia. Her research interests focus mainly on twentieth and twenty-first century popular culture, Gothic fiction, cultural history, and food studies, and she has published widely in these areas. Her new book is The Vampire in Contemporary Popular Literature (Routledge, ISBN: 978-0-415-82301-2).

10:05 David Dallas

David Dallas is a New Zealand rapper and producer of Samoan and European descent. His third album, Falling Into Place (Dawn Raid) is available now, he is touring Australia in late December, and he will perform in Auckland next year at Rapture 2014 with American hip hop artists Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and others (15 February).

10:20 Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is a country singer, songwriter, musician, actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She returns to New Zealand next year for the first time in over three decades on her Blue Smoke World Tour, for one concert at Auckland’s Vector Arena (7 February). A studio album of all new material, Blue Smoke (Dolly Records), will be released later this year.

10:30 Playing Favourites with Tourettes

Auckland author, poet and rapper Dominic Hoey performs as Tourettes. He is a member of the hip hop collective Breaknwreckwordz, and last year completed an artist’s residency in Iceland working on his as-yet unpublished novel, Grey Lynn. He has released four albums since 2005, his new EP, Dead Dogs Dance, has just been released, and will be launched with live performances at Golden Dawn in Auckland (23 November) and Puppies in Wellington (1 December).

11:05 Uther Dean

Uther Dean is a playwright, actor and director, and member of the theatre company My Accomplice with Hannah Banks and Paul Waggott. Their production of Joseph K by Tom Basden played last month at BATS in Wellington, as did limited season audio drama The Witching Hours. The company’s new work, A Play About Fear, will premiere at the 2014 Fringe Festival in February. (Interview by Elle Hunt. Extract from a longer interview - full version available online.)

11:30 Stacy Gregg

Stacy Gregg rides horses, and writes about them for children. Her new book, The Princess and the Foal (HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0-00746-902-4), is based on the story of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, and was written with her blessing.

11:45 Joseph Harper

Joseph Harper is the creator of Think: Tree (Omoutautahi), a solo comedy show about the theft of a bonsai tree from the Christchurch botanic gardens, and the relationships between people and places.

11:50 Randa

Auckland-based producer and rapper Mainard Larkin performs under the alias Randa.

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

Associate producer; Melanie Phipps
Wellington engineer: Lianne Smith
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon

Music played in this show


Males: So High
From the 2013 album: Males
Played at around 8:35

Aaradhna: Wake Up
The 2013 single
(Dawn Raid)
Played at around 8:55

David Dallas: Runnin’
The 2013 single from the album: Falling Into Place
(Dawn Raid)
Played at around 10:05

Dolly Parton: Jolene
The 1973 single from the compilation album: The Essential Dolly Parton
Played at around 10:25

Playing Favourites with Tourettes

The Kinks: Dead End Street
The 1966 single
Played at around 10:35

Tom Waits: Dead and Lovely
From the 2004 album: Real Gone
Played at around 10:45

Run-DMC: Run’s House
From the 1988 album: Tougher Than Leather
Played at around 10:55