Campbell McLachlan discusses the legal challenge to Brexit, Ben Dowdle on the campaign for mandatory labeling of palm oil, David Gauntlett is an expert on creativity, Arthur Tompkins discusses Raphael's 'Portrait of a Young Man', Alan Bird on revolutionary treatment of age-related macular disease, gold medal-winning architect Roger Walker, and musician David Long talks about his career and latest projects





8:12 Campbell McLachlan

Campbell McLachlan

Campbell McLachlan Photo: Supplied

Campbell McLachlan, QC, is professor of Law at Victoria University, teaching international law and dispute settlement. He is author of Foreign Relations Law - the first modern study of this field in relation to the UK and the Commonwealth. Prof. McLachlan is blogging about events in the UK where the PM, Theresa May, is appealing a legal ruling forcing her to give Parliament a vote on the plans for Brexit.





8:35 Ben Dowdle

Ben Dowdle

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Ben Dowdle is director of Unmask Palm Oil and is campaigning for mandatory labeling of palm oil which is found in around half of all packaged foods. Palm oil plantations have been linked to deforestation, habitat destruction, pollution and harm to indigenous communities. Zoos across Aotearoa and Australia have been working with Ben in the Ask for Choice campaign and next week MPs from both countries will decide whether to introduce mandatory labeling of all vegetable oils, including palm oil, on food products.




9:05 David Gauntlett

David Gauntlett

David Gauntlett Photo: Supplied

David Gauntlett is Professor of Creativity and Design, and Director of Research at the school of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster. He is the author of several books on media and the everyday creative use of digital media. Professor Gauntlett has collaborated in research with the BBC, the British Library and Tate. He also works with LEGO on innovation in creativity, play and learning. He is in New Zealand this month for Victoria University's inaugural Creativity Week, where he will be conducting a LEGO workshop for PhD students and deliver a public lecture.


9:45 Art Crimes with Arthur Tompkins

Portrait of a Young Man

Portrait of a Young Man Photo: Supplied

Arthur Tompkins is a District Court judge, and editor of Art Crime and its Prevention: A Handbook for Collectors and Art Professionals (Lund Humphries). He has a special interest in crimes involving artistic masterpieces, and writes a bi-monthly series of articles in the online magazine Versopolis about stolen masterpieces now back on public display. He will discuss Raphael's 'Portrait of a Young Man' - the most important painting still missing after the Nazi art thefts of the Second World War.











10:05 Alan Bird

Alan Bird

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Macular degeneration is the major cause of blindness in people over 50 in New Zealand - but eye specialists say revolutionary new treatments and raising awareness of the problem will help to overcome it. Professor Alan Bird is a world expert on the retina, whose work has spanned four decades. He is a consultant at the Institute of Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and is in Aotearoa this month as a guest of Macular Degeneration New Zealand.


10:30 Roger Walker

Roger Walker

Roger Walker Photo: Simon Wilson

The annual NZ Architecture Awards, held this month, saw the Institute of Architects' gold medal for career achievement - the NZIA's highest honour - go to Wellington architect Roger Walker who designed a number of landmark buildings in the Capital such as Park Mews, on the eastern side of the Mt Victoria tunnel, the Britten House in Seatoun and the now-demolished Wellington Club. Roger Walker is principal of Walker Architecture and Design.

Park Mews, Hataitai, 1973

Park Mews, Hataitai, 1973 Photo: Supplied


11:05 David Long

Wellington-based musician, composer and producer David Long is a busy man. He's been working on the score for Roger Donaldson's film on Bruce McLaren, and he has a newly commissioned work which will be performed by Orchestra Wellington on December 3 - David will be playing guitar in the concert. He's also just finished an album with the band, Teeth, alongside Luke Buda from Phoenix Foundation. The single is Gangrene.

David Long

David Long Photo: Grant Maiden



This Saturday's team:
Producer: Christine Cessford
Wellington operator: Brad Warrington
Auckland operator: Jeremy Ansell
Research by Infofind



Music played in this show

Artist: Aaradhna
Song: Brown Girl
Composer: Aaradhna, Scott, John
Album: Brown Girl
Label: Aaradhna
Broadcast Time: 8:55

Artist: Can
Song: Vitamin C
Composer: Can
Album: Ege Bamyasi
Label: United Artists
Broadcast Time: 11:15

Artist: Tlahoun Gèssèssè
Song: Sema
Composer: Tlahoun Gèssèssè
Album: Ethiopiques Vol 3: Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music 1969-1975
Label: Buda
Broadcast Time: 11:30

Artist: David Byrne & Brian Eno
Song: Strange Overtones
Composer: Byrne, Eno, Abrahams
Album: Every That Happens Will Happen Today
Label: Tudomondo
Broadcast Time: 11:40

Artist: Teeth
Song: Gangrene
Composer: Buda, Callwood, Donaldson, Long
Album: Teeth
Label: Control
Broadcast Time: 11:55