Photo of Rachel Syme

Rachel Syme Photo: Rachel Syme

8:12 Rachel Syme: selfies

Rachel Syme is a writer, reporter, and editor living in New York City, who is focused on writing longform profiles and essays that have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Billboard, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on her first nonfiction book, and her latest essay, Selfie, has just been published in the online journal Matter.



photo of Michael Brooks

Michael Brooks Photo: supplied

8:30 Michael Brooks: poultry and antibiotics

Michael Brooks is the Executive Director of the Poultry Industry Association of New Zealand, and of the Egg Producers Federation of New Zealand, and New Zealand Feed Manufacturers Association.



9:05 Sean Connell: oceans and emissions

Dr Sean Connell grew up in Tauranga, and is now Professor of Ecology and Environmental Science at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, where he works on ecosystem collapse, and the effects of carbon dioxide emissions on habitat change in the sea. He is one of a group of international scientists who participated in the White Island Whakaari Blitz, studying the vents there from every perspective.


9:40 Andrew Armitage: death of the video store

Photo of Aro Video interior

Inside Aro Video Photo: supplied

Andrew Armitage founded AroVideo in September 1989 in Aro Street, Wellington, and has grown the business from 180 hand-picked VHS tapes in a small room, to a two-story outlet stocking over 22,000 rental films, with a nationwide courier rental service. The business now faces an uncertain future in the era of streaming services, and is making changes to ensure the best chance of survival for its library and website, including the DVD and Blu-ray release of Utu Redux, Geoff Murphy’s classic New Zealand film.


photo of Tim Crouch

Tim Crouch Photo: Matthew Andrews


10:05 Tim Crouch: living Shakespeare

Award winning UK actor and playwright Tim Crouch is visiting Auckland in partnership with the British Council to present his solo show, I, Peaseblossom, the story of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream told through the fevered dreams of a neglected fairy. His visit is part of the global programme Shakespeare Lives, and will include a (sold out) workshop on technique and symbolism in Shakespeare, in association with the University of Auckland.


11:05 Martin Phillipps and Graeme Downes; Dunedin double

Martin Phillipps founded The Chills in 1980, and Graeme Downes, now a senior lecturer in music at the University of Otago, founded The Verlaines in 1981. Both bands featured on the Dunedin Double EP, the 1982 record that helped launch independent record label Flying Nun, and will play concerts at the 2016 New Zealand Festival (The Chills on 8 March; The Verlaines on 9 March). The Chills will also play one Auckland show at Galatos on 11 December, showcasing Silver Bullets, their first full-length album in nearly two decades. The Verlaines will release their tenth studio album, Dunedin Spleen, in 2016, as well as a double live album of the band recorded in 1986.

Photos of Martin Phillipps of The Chills; Gramem Downes (left) with The Verlaines

Martin Phillipps fronting The Chills; Graeme Downes (guitar) with The Verlaines Photo: Alexander Hallag; Erik Winquist

This Saturday’s team:

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

Music played in this show

Artist: Roy Orbison
Song:  Sweet Memories
Album: One of the Lonely Ones
Label: Universal, 1969, 2015
Broadcast: 8:10

Artist: The Chills
Song: When the Poor Can Reach the Moon
Album: Silver Bullets
Label: Fire, 2015
Broadcast: 11:05

Artist: The Verlaines
Song:  Slow Sad Love Song
Album: Bird Dog
Label: Flying Nun, 1987
Broadcast: 11:35

Artist: The Chills
Song:  Ghosts
Composer: Phillipps
Album: Brave Words
Label: Flying Nun, 1987
Broadcast: 11:45