This Saturday Morning:  Kim is back on board - and talks first to the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, who is bringing his singular style of political and cultural analysis to New Zealand in early September; artist Dane Mitchell talks about the "vast inventory of bygone things" he'll be taking to the Venice Biennale; Geoff McDonald on his efforts to break down the stigma of mental health in the workplace; Professor Deanne Williams on the concept of 'girlhood' in Shakespeare - and why the bard is commonly considered to have invented it; investigative reporter David Neiwert charts the rise of the alt-right in US in the wake of Donald Trump; regular Doug Wilson looks at the latest research into longevity - including the new and very promising area of senolytic drugs, and finally, two musical titans, father and son Neil and Liam Finn, preview their very first album recorded together.   



8:09 Nigel Farage - Free speech and civil liberties

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The co-founder and former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, is heading to Auckland as part of an Australasian speaking tour. Announcing the tour, Farage said that never in the history of Western civilisation has the fight for democracy, individual liberties and free speech been more important. Farage has been a Member of the European Parliament for South East England since 1999 and co-chairs the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group. He led the successful Brexit campaign in the UK, and he campaigned for Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election. Farage has a daily radio programme on LBC in London as well as being a regular contributor to US TV network Fox News and Fox Business Network. An Entertaining Evening with Nigel Farage is at the Sky City Convention Centre on September 4.

8:30 Dane Mitchell - Taking Post Hoc to La Biennale di Venezia in 2019

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Artist Dane Mitchell, who caused an uproar in 2009 by winning the Waikato National Contemporary Art Award for  Collateral, which consisted of the binned wrapping from other award entries tipped on to the floor of the Waikato Museum, is back in public view as he heads to the Venice Biennale with a work called Post Hoc. The work, described as a "vast inventory of bygone things", will be broadcast from the Palazzina Canonica on the Riva dei Sette Martiri to different locations throughout the city via industrially produced tree cell towers.  He also has two upcoming exhibitions: Tuning at the  Hopkinson Mossman  gallery in Wellington, which runs 14 Sept to 13 Oct, and Iris Iris Iris, a work he has brought back from Japan to the Auckland Art Gallery, opening September 1.  This year he will also participate in the first Thailand Biennale.


The work of Dane Mitchell 


9:06 Geoff McDonald - Mental health at work

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Geoff McDonald is the former Global Vice President HR for Unilever and now campaigns to break the stigma associated with mental illness in the corporate world. Ten years ago he suffered a massive panic attack which opened the door for him on mental health issues and he now consults around the world on how to deal with depression and anxiety in the workplace. He has provided support to the Royal Foundation's mental health campaign; was recently appointed a trustee of Family Links, a charity promoting emotional wellbeing; and he is a trustee of It's a Penalty - a global campaign against the exploitation of children. McDonald is speaking at the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) conference in Wellington on September 6-7.


9:35 Professor Deanne Williams - Looking for Shakespeare's Girls 

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Deanne Williams is a professor of English at York University, Toronto, and a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. Prof Williams specialises in medieval and renaissance literatures, and is recognised internationally for pioneering work on renaissance girlhood, including in her best-known book Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood.  A member of the Royal Society of Canada, she was recently awarded a prestigious Killam Fellowship for her work on the girl actor. Prof Williams is this year's Dr Alice Griffin Visiting Shakespearean Fellow and has held two public talks at the University of Auckland this week, including one called Looking for Shakespeare's Girls.  



10:04 David Neiwert - The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump 

Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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David Neiwert is a journalist, author and expert in American right-wing extremism. He has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Newsroom, and The Rachel Maddow Show and is the managing editor of the popular political blog Crooks and Liars. His work has also appeared in the American Prospect, the Washington Post,,, and other publications. His previous books include And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border, which won the 2014 International Latino Book Award. His latest book is called Alt America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump, and he'll be speaking to it at the WORD Christchurch festival, details here. 



10:40 Dr Doug Wilson - The latest in longevity

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Dr Doug Wilson has a medical degree from New Zealand, a PhD from the University of London and has pursued postgraduate work and medical research globally. He currently consults and acts as the chief medical officer for Ferghana Partners Group, whose business is focused on new technologies in biotechnical companies and healthcare. Wilson is dyslexic and after the age of 70 began a new career as a children's author, publishing 10 books to date. His latest book is one for adults, called Aging for Beginners.  Today he'll talk to Kim about the latest in longevity research, including the promising new area of senolytic drugs. 






11:04 Neil and Liam Finn - First album together, called Lightsleeper 

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New Zealand music icon Neil Finn has joined forces with his son Liam - also an internationally recognised musician - to record the pair's first album together - Lightsleeper  - which will be released on August 24.  The album was mainly recorded in Neil's Auckland studio, and features a host of guest artists including Conan Mockasin, Mick Fleetwood, and sundry other Finns. Kim talked to Neil and Liam prior to Neil's trip to the US to join the new Fleetwood Mac lineup.  Among other things she discusses the making of the album and its inspirations, the Finn family's dental abnormalities, and is treated to a live performance of two songs from the album, 'Anger Plays a Part' and 'Back to Life'.


Books mentioned in this episode:


Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood

by Deanne Williams

ISBN 9781137024763 

Palgrave Macmillan


Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump

by David Neiwert

ISBN 1786634236



Music played in this show

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Song: The Weight
Composer: Robbie Robertson
Album: This Girl's in Love With You
Label: Atlantic
Played at: 8:10

Artist: Shannon Shaw
Song: Freddies 'n' Teddies
Composer: Shaw
Album: Shannon in Nashville
Label: Easy Eye Sound
Played at: 8:30