8:15 Aubrey de Grey

aubreydegreyAubrey de Grey is an English author and theoretician in the field of gerontology, and the Chief Science Officer and co-founder of the research foundation SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence). He is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, and a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association.



9:05 Rachel Buchanan

Rachel Buchanan has worked in New Zealand and Australia for various newspapers as a reporter, feature writer, columnist, and subeditor, and was a lecturer in journalism at La Trobe University in Melbourne between 2007 and 2011. Her most recent book is Stop Press: the Last Days of Newspapers (Scribe, ISBN: 978-1-922070-57-9), and her writing appears in publications such as Australian Book Review, Meanjin, and Griffith REVIEW.

9:45 Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

Professor Sekhar Bandyopadhyay is the Director of the New Zealand India Research Institute and teaches Asian History at Victoria University of Wellington and is interested in the history of nationalism and caste in colonial and postcolonial India. He will discuss the result of the biggest democratic election in the world, in India.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Sandi Toksvig

Toksvig Sandi credit Catherine ShakespeareAuthor, playwright and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig has written more than twenty books of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, most recently Boer War novel Valentine Grey (Virago, ISBN: 978-1-84408-832-4), and Peas and Queues: the Minefield of Modern Manners (Profile Books, ISBN: 978-1781250327). She is a columnist for Good Housekeeping, a regular panelist on the BBC quiz programme QI, and is currently a guest of the Auckland Writers Festival, speaking at this week’s opening debate, Privacy is an Outdated Concept, and at An Evening with Sandi Toksvig (17 May, with Sean Plunket), and Gender Divides (18 May, with Eleanor Catton, Jessica Jackley, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and Judy McGregor). (Photo: Catherine Shakespeare)

11:05 Greg Hopkinson

Greg Hopkinson was raised on the West Coast of the South Island and studied engineering at the University of Canterbury. He had a successful entrepreneurial career that included starting a construction business in the Soviet Union, and establishing the Animates chain of pet stores, before becoming a modern-day monk. He tells his story in the memoir Boundless: a Wayward Entrepreneur’s Search For Peace (Mountford, ISBN 978-0-473-26073-6).

11:45 Kate’s Klassic: The Old Man and the Sea

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 1952 novel The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Find the collection of Kate's Klassics on this page.

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: Jeremy Veal
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon
Research by Anne Buchanan, Infofind

Music played in this show


The Carpenters: Top of the World
The 1972 single from the compilation album: Their Greatest Hits
Played at around 10:15

Kiri Te Kanawa with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Pritchard: O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini
From the 1991 compilation album: Favorite Puccini Arias
Played at around 10:20

Ben Vereen: Magic to Do
From the 1972 musical soundtrack album: Pippin
Played at around 10:35

Martha and the Vandellas: Dancing in the Street
The 1964 single, from the compilation album: 24 Greatest Hits
Played at around 10:45

Barbra Streisand: Don’t Rain on My Parade
From the 1964 original Broadway cast album: Funny Girl
Played at around 10:50

Natalie Merchant: Giving Up Everything
From the 2014 album: Natalie Merchant
Played at around 11:35