8:15 Linda Colley

Linda Colley is the Shelby MC Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Her books include Britons: Forging the Nation 1707–1837, Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600–1850, The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh, and most recently Acts of Union and Disunion: What Has Held the UK Together and What is Dividing It? (Profile Books, ISBN: 978-1781251850).

9:05 Jim Al-Khalili

Iraqi/English theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili OBE holds a chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey and is president of the British Humanist Association. His latest book is Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Science (Black Swan, ISBN: 978-0-552-77806-0). He is a guest of the Auckland Writers Festival, speaking at The University of Auckland Festival Debate: Privacy is an Outdated Concept (14 May, with Frank Dikotter, Bob Stevens, and Sandi Toksvig), and at A Question of Civilisations (16 May, with Yasmine El Rashidi and Reza Aslan), and Science and the Big Questions (17 May, with Shaun Hendy).

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 two new books: Fix: the Art and Life of Felix Kelly by Donald Bassett (Creative Educational Press, ISBN: 978-0-95707-965-6), and Greer Twiss by Greer Twiss and Dr Robin Woodward (Ron Sang Publishing, ISBN: 978-0473258764).

Greer Twiss Book Red Legs Cover copyFelix Kelly Christmas Card depicting th Century Apparatus for Distilling Christmas Spirit Private Collection Auckland

Greer Twiss: Red Legs; Felix Kelly: Christmas Card. Click here to see the Gallery of images discussed.

10:05 David Ward and Peter Daubé

Writers and performers David Ward (The Dentist’s Chair, Guru of Chai, Kiss the Fish), Peter Daubé (King Skinny, Stories Told To Me By Girls), and Dave Khan (The Bads, Tim Finn, Don McGlashan Band) are the creators of Wheel of Experience, a musical show that brings the ‘wild west’ of New Zealand to life. They are travelling the country throughout May under the auspices of Arts on Tour, visiting Onewhero, Coromandel, Thames, Paeroa, Tauranga, Opotiki, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Reefton, Hokitika, Okarito, Tarras, Earnscleugh, Stewart Island, Riverton, Invercargill, Owaka, Oamaru, Twizel, Amberley, and Akaroa.

11:05 Alison McCulloch

Alison McCulloch has worked in journalism in New Zealand and the United States for more than twenty years and last year published Fighting to Choose: the Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand (VUP). She has just written the article, Lest We Remember, about funding for the 150th anniversary of the New Zealand wars, for the Werewolf magazine section of the online news site, Scoop.

11:30 Lillian Grace

Lillian Grace is the founder and CEO of Wiki New Zealand, a collaborative website making data about New Zealand visually accessible for everyone.

11:45 Energy with David Haywood

David Haywood has a Ph.D. in engineering and lives in Dunsandel. He writes the Southerly blog for Public Address, and is the author of the collection of humorous essays My First Stabbing, the children’s book The Hidden Talent of Albert Otter, and The New Zealand Reserve Bank Annual 2010 (all publicaddressbooks.com). He will discuss electric vehicles.

Music played during the programme

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

This Saturday’s team

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Alex Baron
Christchurch engineer: Andrew Collins
Research by Anne Buchanan, Infofind

Music played in this show


Wheel of Experience: Sunrise (edited version)
From the 2013 album: A Hundred Trees
Played at around 10:25

Wheel of Experience: A Hundred Trees (edited version)
From the 2013 album: A Hundred Trees
Played at around 10:35

Ivor Cutler: Life in a Scotch Sitting Room Vol. 2 Ep. 6
From the 1976 album: Jammy Smears
Played at around 10:45

Roscoe Holcomb: Little Birdie
The 1962 recording from the 1998 compilation album: The High Lonesome Sound
(Smithsonian Folkways)
Played at around 10:55

Ivor Cutler: Life in a Scotch Sitting Room Vol. 2 Ep. 11
From the 1976 album: Jammy Smears
Played at around 11:40