Kim Hill is on leave.

8:15 Mark Lewisohn

Mark Lewisohn is the acknowledged world authority on the Beatles, and the world’s only professional Beatles historian. His new 946-page book, The Beatles: Tune In (Little, Brown, ISBN: 978-0-316-72960-4), is the first volume in a planned trilogy, and covers the years leading up to the eve of the group's great breakthrough.

9:05 John Boys and Grant Covic

Distinguished Professor John Boys and Professor Grant Covic head the Inductive Power Transfer Team at the University of Auckland, which this week won the $500,000 Prime Minister’s Science Prize for 2013 for a transformative discovery or achievement in science. Inductive Power Transfer uses magnetic fields to transfer power from a transmitter to a receiver, eliminating the need for exposed wires. The team has attracted over $20 million in research funding in the past four years, and won multiple awards, including the 2013 KiwiNet Research Entrepreneur Award and the Clean Equity Monaco Award in 2011 for excellence in the field of environmental technology.

9:35 Adrian Kinnaird

Adrian Kinnaird is an Auckland-based cartoonist and author of a blog about New Zealand comics and culture. His new book, From Earth's End: The Best of New Zealand Comics (Random House, 978-1-86979-995-3), is the first major book dedicated to the subject, and features work from thirty New Zealand cartoonists and a history of the art form.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is an American author, screenwriter and accordionist, best known for his best-selling children’s books, A Series of Unfortunate Events, under the pen name Lemony Snicket. His latest book is When Did You See Her Last? (Hardie Grant, ISBN: 978-1-74297-297-8), the second in the All the Wrong Questions series.

11:05 Rebecca Macfie

Rebecca Macfie is a senior writer with the New Zealand Listener. She has 25 years' experience in journalism and many awards to her credit including magazine feature writer at the 2013 Canon Media Awards. Her new book is Tragedy at Pike River Mine: How and Why 29 Men Died (Awa Press, ISBN: 978-1-877551-90-1).

11:45 Steve August

Steve August is a physiotherapist, and mobile hot tub inventor. His latest project, the Backpod, is a spinal therapy device designed to address the widespread and growing problem of upper back hunch, caused by the upsurge in use of mobile devices. It was a finalist in two categories at the recent New Zealand Innovators Awards, won a Bronze Award at the 2013 Best Awards, and received an honourable mention at the international 2013 Red Dot Design Awards.

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: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon

Music played in this show


The Beatles: I Saw Her Standing There
The 1963 single
Played at around 8:10

The Magnetic Fields: A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off
From the 1999 album: 69 Love Songs Vol. 1
Played at around 9:30

The Beatles: Get Back
From the 2003 album: Let It Be (Naked)
Played at around 11:55

Playing Favourites with Daniel Handler

The 6ths: Heaven in a Black Leather Jacket
From the 1993 album: Wasps’ Nests
Played at around 10:15

Destroyer: Bay of Pigs (excerpt)
From the 2009 EP: Bay of Pigs
Played at around 10:30

Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton: Reading in Bed
From the 2006 album: Knives Don’t Have Your Back
(Last Gang Records)
Played at around 10:45

Sun Ra: Mu
From the 1969 album: Atlantis
Played at around 10:55