Gerald Friedman

Gerald Friedman Photo: supplied


8:12 Gerald Friedman

Gerald Friedman is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His analysis of Bernie Sanders’ ambitious economic programme was the first comprehensive look at the impact of the US presidential candidate’s spending and tax proposals on the American economy.


David Wiltshire

David Wiltshire Photo: Supplied



8:30 David Wiltshire

Dr David Wiltshire is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury. He  discusses the announcement of the first direct detection of gravitational waves, and the New Zealand connection to this groundbreaking culmination of decades of work. (Here's more info from RNZ's Our Changing World, and a link to a useful cartoon and animation if you're still confused.)



Yann Martel

Yann Martel Photo: Emma Love


9:05 Yann Martel

Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the 2001 novel that won the 2002 Man Booker Prize, spent more than a year on international bestseller lists, and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning film. His other books include Self, Beatrice and Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister (the reading list mentioned is here), and his new novel is The High Mountains of Portugal (Text Publishing).


9:45 Shakespeare with David Lawrence: Titus Andronicus

David Lawrence is director of The Bacchanals, a Wellington theatre company he founded in 2000 to explore text-based theatre and redefine classic works. He is associate director of Twelfth Night, one of the productions of the Pop-Up Globe Auckland to be presented during February through April. David will discuss the first, very bloody Shakespeare tragedy, Titus Andronicus, which will be performed in a made-over version at the Pop-Up Globe.

10:05 J.M. Fortier and Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone and JM Fortier

Curtis Stone (left) and JM Fortier in the RNZ New Plymouth studio Photo: James Samuel

Jean-Martin Fortier (JM) and Curtis Stone are Canadian small-scale market gardeners. Québécois gardener Fortier started his farming career in a tipi while raising a young child; his 1.5 acre farm generates revenues of $150,000 annually, and he details his experience in the book The Market Gardener. Stone had no previous farming experience and makes over $80,000 per year, over half of which is profit, on 0.3 acres of leased and borrowed land in British Columbia. He is the author of The Urban Farmer. They are currently in New Zealand on the Six Figure Farming Tour (to 24 February), outlining their replicable system for profitable, small-scale intensive growing of organic produce.

Jean-Martin Fortier (left) and Curtis Stone (right)

Jean-Martin Fortier (left) and Curtis Stone Photo: supplied

Richard McGregor

Richard McGregor Photo: supplied

10:40 Richard McGregor

Richard McGregor is Emeritus Professor at the University of Cumbria, and teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. He has been Chairman of Council of the Clan Gregor Society of Scotland since 1995, and spearheads the Society’s world-wide genealogical network, building up its database and co-ordinating the  Clan Gregor DNA Project. He is visiting New Zealand, and will deliver So Who Did You Think You Were?, a presentation about DNA projects in Scotland, to Scottish interest groups in Auckland (14 February), Nelson (27 February), and Wellington (3 March).

Giulio Selvaggi

Giulio Selvaggi Photo: Supplied

11:05 Giulio Selvaggi

As the Director of the National Earthquake Centre in Italy, Dr. Giulio Selvaggi was tried and convicted of manslaughter after the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake. He and five other scientists were acquitted by the Italian Supreme Court of all charges in November 2015. Dr Selvaggi visited New Zealand recently, and presented the talk, Convicted for Science: Lessons from L'Aquila, at the Royal Society.

11:45 Poetry with Gregory O’Brien: Barry Brickell

Painter, poet, curator and writer Gregory O'Brien is the author of a number of books, most recently See What I Can See: New Zealand Photography for the Young and Curious (Auckland University Press). He wrote the 2013 book (with David Craig), His Own Steam: the Work of Barry Brickell (AUP), and will discuss the poetry of the potter, who died last month.

This Saturday’s team:

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Rachel Smith
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Christchurch engineer: Andrew Collins
Research by Infofind

Music played in this show

Artist: Split Enz
Song: Titus
Composer: Phil Judd
Album: Mental Notes
Label: Mushroom, 1975
Broadcast: 9:40

Artist: Gregory Porter
Song: Movin’
Composer: Gregory Porter
Album: Liquid Spirit
Label: Bluenote, 2013
Broadcast: 11:40