Photo of Eric Roberts at the entrance to Rising Star Cave

Eric Roberts, at the entrance to Rising Star Cave Photo: Paul Dirks

8:12 Eric Roberts: finding Homo naledi

Geologist Dr. Eric Roberts is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Earth and Oceans, James Cook University, in Townsville, Australia. He was part of the team led by paleoanthropologist Lee Berger that has made one of the year’s most significant scientific revelations - the discovery of Homo naledi, a human relative found in a cave system in South Africa.

8:30 Jenny Morton: brains and sheep

Internationally heralded neuroscientist Jenny Morton is Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Cambridge, and Professorial Fellow and Director of Studies in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, at Newnham College. She has returned to New Zealand as the Visiting Seelye Fellow at the University of Auckland to deliver the lecture, An Incredible Journey: from Kaikohe to Cambridge, sharing what inspired her to become a scientist, her research in the field of Huntington’s disease, and her latest experiments using sheep as models for studying higher brain function.

Images of Jenny Morton's Sheep Neuroscience Research

Sheep involved in Jenny Morton's neuroscience research Photo: Jenny Morton

Photo of Hazel Petrie

Hazel Petrie Photo: Supplied

9:05 Hazel Petrie: slavery and Maori

Hazel Petrie has a doctorate in Māori Studies from the University of Auckland. Her six years’ involvement with the Kimihea te mea ngaro project concerning 19th century Māori newspapers inspired her 2007 book, Chiefs of Industry: Māori Tribal Enterprise in Early Colonial New Zealand. Her new book is the first history of Māori war captives: Outcasts of the Gods?: the Struggle Over Slavery in Māori New Zealand (Auckland University Press).

9:35 David Pattemore: sniffing out bees

Dr David Pattemore leads the Pollination & Apiculture team at Plant & Food Research’s Ruakura campus in Hamilton. He has trained his Vizsla dog, Ollie, to sniff out underground bumble bee nests.

Photo of David Pattemore with Ollie, his bee-sniffing dog

David Pattemore with Ollie, his bee-sniffing dog Photo: George Novak

10:05 Playing Favourites with Peter Paphides

Peter Paphides is a British music writer, broadcaster and record collector of Greek Cypriot origins, whose work has appeared in The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Q, Mojo, Uncut, The Word, Melody Maker and Time Out since 1992. He is the presenter of the online music interview series Long Player Radio, and is a presenter for independent, online community station, Soho Radio. Just over a week ago, he launched Help is Coming, encouraging people to download the Neil Finn song, or purchase an limited edition vinyl single, to assist the Save the Children refugee appeal.

Photo of sailor Paddy Macklin

Paddy Macklin Photo: Supplied


11:05 Paddy Macklin: floating anarchist

Paddy Macklin is a British sailor and adventurer. He sailed into the Southern Ocean in mid-winter, a journey he wrote about in his 2014 book Captain Bungle’s Odyssey: Singlehanded Round the World (Podkin Press).


11:45 Poetry with Gregory O’Brien

Painter, poet, curator and writer Gregory O'Brien is the author of a number of books; his latest, See What I Can See: New Zealand Photography for the Young and Curious (Auckland University Press, will be published next month. He will discuss two new collections of poetry:
Shaggy Magpie Songs by Murray Edmond (Auckland University Press), and Generation Kitchen by Richard Reeve (Otago University Press).
More Murray Edmond poems can be listened to at the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre.

This Saturday’s team:

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Tony Stamp
Hamilton engineer: Andrew McRae
Research by Infofind

Music played in this show

Artist: Robert Palmer
Song:  Sailin’ Shoes
Album: Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley
Label: Island, 1974
Broadcast: 9:30

Artist: Nick Drake
Song:  Hazey Jane 1
Album: Bryter Later
Label: Island, 1971
Broadcast: 10:15

Artist: The Beatles
Song:  Penny Lane
Album: The 1967 single from the compilation album #1
Label: Apple
Broadcast: 10:35

Artist: The Chills
Song:  Rolling Moon
Album: The 1982 single from the album Kaleidoscope World
Label: Flying Nun
Broadcast: 10:45

Artist: Pentangle
Song: Light Flight
Album: Basket of Light
Label: Transatlantic, 1969
Broadcast: 10:55