Kim Hill is on leave.

Iyad El-Baghdadi

Iyad El-Baghdadi. Photo: supplied


8:12 Iyad el-Baghdadi

Iyad El-Baghdadi is a writer, human rights activist, and entrepreneur who became prominent for tweeting and commenting on the Arab spring. A stateless Palestinian born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, from which he was expelled in 2014, he became well-known for The Arab Tyrant’s Manual, a collection of satirical tweets that has been translated into 13 languages, and is working on a two-volume book, The Arab Spring Manifesto, which is due to be completed this year.

8:45 Johnny Blades

Johnny Blades is a journalist with Radio New Zealand International, with a special interest in Melanesian politics and society. He will discuss the arrests this week in Papua New Guinea of a Supreme Court judge and the prime minister's lawyer, and the background to the political situation.

9:05 Emily Bell

Emily Bell is Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, at Columbia Journalism School. A leading media commentator, she was director of digital content for Britain's Guardian News and Media from 2006 to 2010, and editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited from 2001 to 2006. She recently delivered the lecture, The End of the News as We Know It: How Facebook Swallowed Journalism, as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media 2015–16 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge.

Duane Peltzer

Duane Peltzer. Photo: supplied


9:40 Duane Peltzer

Duane Peltzer is a senior researcher and plant ecologist in the ecosystem processes and global change team at Landcare Research, Lincoln, and is a new programme leader for enhancing and restoring resilient ecosystems in New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge. He is currently investigating the effects of biological invasions in ecosystems, and will talk about wildling pines.



Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond. Photo: supplied


10:05 Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project at Harvard University, and in 2015 was awarded a MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant. His new book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Allen Lane), tells the stories of eight families in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee.



James Crow

James Crow. Photo: supplied


10:35 James Crow

James Crow is the founder of Gimme Shelter, a social initiative working on ways to secure permanent housing for homeless people in New Zealand. This weekend, he launched a Pledge Me campaign to set up HARSH, the Homeless and Rough Sleeper Health survey, to capture data on the homeless and drive better public policy decisions.

10:50 Suzie Bates

Suzie Bates is captain of the White Ferns, New Zealand’s national women’s cricket team, and was named Leading Women's Cricketer of the World in the 2016 edition of Wisden, the sport's longest surviving annual. She has been signed up to play for the Southern Vipers in the inaugural six-team Kia Super League T20 tournament in the UK from 30 July.

11:05 Duncan Sarkies and Jemaine Clement

Duncan Sarkies is a playwright, screen writer (Scarfies, Flight of the Conchords), fiction writer (Stray Thoughts and Nose Bleeds, Two Little Boys) and stand-up comic. He is the director, writer and co-creator, with musician James Milne (a.k.a Lawrence Arabia) and illustrator Stephen Templer, of the epic fantasy podcast series The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium, which features actor Jemaine Clement, and many other participants, and is available now through online portal, HOWL. (Click on the link to the series, and use the promo code BERTIE for one month's free premium service).

Uncle Bertie's Botanarium crew: Nigel Collins, James Milne, Fiona Elwood, Stephen Templer, Duncan Sarkies, Jemaine Clement, Nic McGowan

Some of the Uncle Bertie's Botanarium crew (from left): Nigel Collins (Greedy Pete/Salty Jules), James Milne a.k.a. Lawrence Arabia (Creator/Music/Solander), Fiona Elwood (Producer), Stephen Templer (Creator/Illustrator), Duncan Sarkies (Creator/Writer/Director), Jemaine Clement (Joseph Banks), Nic McGowan (Audio Design). Photo: supplied

11:45 Children’s Books with Kate De Goldi    

Kate De Goldi’s most recent novel is From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle (Longacre). She will discuss two books for early readers: Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case, by Ulf Nilsson, illustrated by Gitte Spee (Gecko Press); and Night Sky Dragons by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham, illustrated by Patrick Benson (2014, Candlewick Press).

This Saturday’s team:

Producer: Mark Cubey
Auckland engineer: Katrina Batten
Wellington engineer: Lianne Smith
Research by Infofind

Music played in this show

Artist: Jean-Paul Sartre Experience
Song: Flex
Composer: Mulcahy, Yetton, Sullivan, Laing
EP: Jean-Paul Sartre Experience
Label: Flying Nun, 1986
Broadcast: 9:55