8:15 Sophie Elmhirst

British writer Sophie Elmhirst is a contributing editor at Harper’s Bazaar, and also writes for the Guardian, the Financial Times,, the Observer, Stylist and Aeon. She will talk about Welcome to the Death Café, her recent article for Prospect magazine.

8:30 Maziar Bahari: Iran, imprisonment and education

Iranian Canadian journalist and film-maker Maziar Bahari is the author of Then They Came For Me, a memoir about his imprisonment, beating and interrogation in Iran for over 100 days in 2009. The memoir was the inspiration for Rosewater, a feature film directed by Jon Stewart of The Daily Show. In 2013, Bahari launched the Persian/English website Iranwire.com, which focuses on current affairs, culture and politics. He is also involved in Journalism for Change, a platform devoted to citizen journalism, and in the worldwide campaigns Education is Not a Crime and Journalism is Not a Crime. He is visiting New Zealand this week as part of a global campaign leading up to Education is Not a Crime Day on 27 February. His documentary film To Light a Candle – about the denial of education to Bahá’ís in Iran – will also have its New Zealand premiere while he is here.


9:05 Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden: quantum biology

Jim Al-Khalili is Professor of Physics and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey, and president of the British Humanists Association. Johnjoe McFadden is Professor of Molecular Genetics, and Associate Dean (International) at the University of Surrey. Both have written books, and they collaborated on the new title, Life on the Edge: The Coming Age of Quantum Biology (Bantam, ISBN: 978-0-59306-932-5).

10:05 Howard Moody: music and education

Howard Moody is a British baroque continuo specialist, a composer, and conductor. He is visiting New Zealand for the Opera in a Days Bay Garden production of La Calisto by Cavalli (11-14 February), where he will lead the Baroque orchestra from the chamber organ and harpsichord.

11:05 Anthony McCarten: love, and the theory of everything

Anthony McCarten is a New Zealand author, film director and screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for The Theory of Everything, based on the 2007 memoir by Jane Hawking, wife of physicist Stephen Hawking. He is also a producer for the film, which has five Academy Award nominations, for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Actress (Felicity Jones) and Best Original Score (Jóhann Jóhannsson). It opens nationwide in New Zealand on 5 February.


11:45 Kate De Goldi: three children's picture books

New Zealand writer Kate De Goldi is the author of many books, most recently, The ACB with Honora Lee (Random House). She will discuss:
The Story of a New Zealand Truck Driver by Mary Kelleher (Handmade Histories; ISBN 978-0-473-28703-00;
Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O Zelinsky (Anderson Press, ISBN: 978-1-78344-186-0); and
One Minute's Silence by David Metzenthen, illustrated by Michael Camilleri (Allen & Unwin ISBN: 978-1-74331-624-5).

This Saturday's Team

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Shaun Wilson
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Research by Infofind

Music played in this show


D’Angelo and the Vanguard: Really Love
From the 2014 album: Black Messiah
Played at around 8:25

Ivan Ludlow with the Conservatorium Brussel, musicians from La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and the La Monnaie Children Choir: Extract from Sindbad, a Journey Through Living Flames by Howard Moody
From the 2014 DVD: Opera Classes and Sindbad, a Journey Through Living Flame
Played at around 10:05

John Surman: Tintagel
From the 1990 album: Road to St Ives
Played at around 10:25

Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and the Pages du Centre de musique Baroque de Versailles conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner: Vespro della Beata Vergine, 1610
Recorded at the Versailles Chapelle Royale, 2014
Played at around 10:35

Lucia Popp (soprano) with Irwin Gage (piano): Morgen!
From the album: Popp
(BBC Legends)
Played at around 10:50

Jóhann Jóhannsson: Cambridge, 1963
From the original 2014 soundtrack album: The Theory of Everything
(Back Lot Music)
Played at around 11:05