8:15 Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of eight best-selling historical novels, including Fatherland, Pompeii, and The Ghost. His new book, An Officer and a Spy (Random House, ISBN: 978-0-091-94456-8) is based on the Dreyfus affair in France in the late 1800s.

8:45 Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer writes regularly on the study of evolution and parasites. His science column, Matter, runs weekly in The New York Times, and he also writes The Loom, a blog for National Geographic Magazine, and has authored twelve books. His article, The Quest to End the Flu, appears in the December issue of The Atlantic.

9:05 Nicholas Wood

Nicholas Wood is a former Balkans correspondent for The New York Times, who created Political Tours in 2009, with the aim of giving people first-hand insight into some of the most critical regions in the world.

9:45 Arini Loader

Over the last ten years Arini Loader, of Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Whakaue and Te Whānau-a-Apanui descent, has gained four university qualifications, most recently a doctorate in Māori Studies from Victoria University of Wellington. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the university’s School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations, and is fluent in te reo Māori.

10:05 Playing Favourites with John Edwards

John Edwards is a Wellington barrister who has worked in public law and policy for over 20 years. He has been in practice on his own account, and on the staff of the Office of the Ombudsmen, the Privacy Commissioner and the Ministry of Health, and will take up the position of Privacy Commissioner in February 2014.

11:00 Harold Hillman

Dr Harold Hillman is a Harvard-educated clinical psychologist and leadership expert who migrated to New Zealand ten years ago, after being headhunted by Fonterra, and in 2007 set up his own company, Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group. He writes about his life and leadership in The Impostor Syndrome (Random House, ISBN: 978-1-77553-527-0).

11:45 Kate’s Klassic

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 Fahrenheit 451, the 1953 novel by Ray Bradbury (Voyager, ISBN: 978-0-00718-170-4).

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: William Saunders

Music played in this show


Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford: Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
From the 2013 soundtrack to the film: Inside Llewyn Davis
Played at around 9:35

Aretha Franklin: Bridge Over Troubled Water
The 1971 single
Played at around 11:40

Playing Favourites with John Edwards

Buzzcocks: Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?
The 1979 single from the compilation album: Singles Going Steady
Played at around 10:15

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: We No Who U R
From the 2013 album: Push the Sky Away
Played at around 10:25

The Close Readers: Lake Alice
From the 2011 album: Group Hug
Played at around 10:35

The National: Demons
From the 2013 album: Trouble Will Find Me
Played at around 10:55

Tim Minchin: Prejudice
From the 2009 live album: Ready For This
(Collective Sounds)
Played at around 11:05