David Shearer is on a mission to South Sudan, Charles Lane discusses hacking and US politics, Cassandra Extavour on singing and evolutionary biology, Eli Kent revisits Peer Gynt, Nick Bollinger revisits a slice of music history, Bruce Wills on science and farming, and Kate Camp has been reading Cheri



8:12 David Shearer

David Shearer in Iraq with his bodyguard, Peni

David Shearer in Iraq with his bodyguard, Peni Photo: Supplied

Former Labour Party leader and MP for Mt Albert, David Shearer, is off to South Sudan to lead the UN mission in that war-torn territory.


8:35 Charles Lane

Charles (Chuck) Lane

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Charles Lane is a member of The Washington Post editorial board and a columnist for the paper's op-ed page. A finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing, he was the Post's correspondent at the Supreme Court for six years prior to joining the editorial board. He is the author of The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of Reconstruction. A former editor of The New Republic, Charles Lane has also worked as a writer and foreign correspondent for Newsweek. His writing has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign PolicyThe New York Review of Books, and The Atlantic,among many other publications. He is a frequent commentator on television and radio.





9:05 Cassandra Extavour

Cassandra Extavour

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Cassandra Extavour is a Canadian Baroque soprano and Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.Cassandra Extavour is in New Zealand to perform in the Auckland Choral 98th production of Handel's Messiah.







9:40 Eli Kent

Eli Kent

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Writer, actor and filmmaker Eli Kent won the 2008 Peter Harcourt Award for Outstanding New Playwright of the Year at just 19. He went on to write several award-winning works and his play All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever received critical acclaim at London's Vault Festival. Peer Gynt [Recycled], based on Henrik Ibsen's original five-act play-in-verse, first published in 1867, has its world premiere at the Auckland Arts Festival in March.







10:05 Nick Bollinger

Nick Bollinger is a broadcaster, bass player, record producer and writer, who was awarded the 2015 Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing at Victoria University of Wellington for the original manuscript of a book about his life and the 1970s music scene, Goneville (Awa Press).



11:05 Bruce Wills

Bruce Wills

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Former Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills now holds governance roles on 12 organisations, including two National Science Challenges the QEII National TrustRavensdown and Apiculture NZ. He is also a Hawke's Bay sheep and cattle farmer and owner of an internationally-recognised garden at the family property, Trelinnoe.





11:45 Kate's Klassic

Kate Camp has published five collections of poems, most recently Snow White's Coffin (VUP), and will discuss Cheri by Colette.

Kate Camp

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This Saturday's team:
Producers: Christine Cessford and Dita De Boni
Wellington engineer: Lianne Smith
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Veal
Research by Infofind