This Saturday Morning: Kim starts the morning hearing from Dr Jon Lundgren, an agroecologist and entomologist who left a job with the US Department of Agriculture in 2015 after filing a whistleblower suit - and believes 'pesticides are an addiction'; tiny houses advocate Bryce Langston on why bigger is not always better; art crime expert Arthur Tompkins explains how Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi has been involved in not one, but two art crimes over its many centuries of existence; top architect Jeremy Salmond, who has had a hand in many of the country's most iconic buildings, receives a lifetime achievement award for his work; young Ngāi Tahu scientist Logan Williams on the quest to rid his beloved local waterways of didymo, and finally, 'Africa's premier diva' Angélique Kidjo, who will be appearing at WOMAD in 2019.



8:09    Jonathan Lundgren - Reforming food production 

Jon Lundgren

Jon Lundgren Photo: Supplied

Dr Jonathan Lundgren is an agroecologist and entomologist who left a job with the US Department of Agriculture in 2015 after filing a whistleblower suit, alleging the agency had suppressed his research on bee health and pesticides. He is now director of the Ecdysis Foundation for research into regenerative agriculture, and chief executive of Blue Dasher Farm in South Dakota, where he focuses on reforming food production systems along ecological principals - promoting soil health and biodiversity - while running a profitable farm. He received his PhD in Entomology from the University of Illinois in 2004 and was a professional pesticide evaluator with USDA for 11 years. He received the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering from Barack Obama. Lundgren says that insecticides are an addiction - the more you use, the more you need. His is in Aotearoa next week for a workshop on Conservation Biological Control of Invertebrate Pests, hosted by the Bio-Protection Research Centre. 



9:06  Bryce Langston - The beauty of tiny houses

Bryce Langston

Bryce Langston Photo: supplied

Bryce Langston is a New Zealand-based actor, with stints on Shortland Street and, more recently Spartacus, a musician, filmmaker and environmentalist who has spent the past five years traveling the globe exploring the tiny house movement as the creator and host of the popular YouTube series, Living Big in a Tiny House. With one million subscribers and over 120 million views, Living Big in a Tiny House is one of New Zealand's most successful YouTube shows. Langston has also just finished building his own tiny house - and released a book, Living Big in a Tiny House, which showcases some 50 innovative, small-space dwellings in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. 







Tiny houses around the world 


9:45 Arthur Tompkins - Art crime and Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

Arthur Tompkins

Arthur Tompkins Photo: supplied

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci (c.1500)

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci (c.1500) Photo: Wikicommons

Arthur Tompkins is a trustee of the NZ Art Crime Research Trust and a District Court Judge in Wellington. Each year for nearly a decade he has abandoned a New Zealand winter to teach Art in War in Umbria, Italy, as part of a graduate certificate programme in Art Crime Studies. In 2016 he edited Art Crime and Its Prevention (Lund Humphries, London), and his latest book is Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime During War.  He'll be talking to Kim about Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, which has been involved directly or indirectly in at least two actual or alleged art crimes during its many centuries of existence.


10:04  Jeremy Salmond - Another honour for top heritage architect 

Jeremy Salmond

Jeremy Salmond Photo: supplied

Jeremy Salmond has just received the 2018 New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Gold Medal in recognition of an outstanding career in heritage and conservation architecture. He was the founding director of Salmond Reed Architects, and in 2007 was awarded the Queen's Service Order (QSO) for his contribution to the preservation of New Zealand's heritage of significant buildings. He has worked on major projects to rehabilitate and adapt important heritage buildings, including the former Auckland Jewish Synagogue, Auckland's Civic Theatre, the Pompallier Printing House in Russell, St Matthew-in-the-City Church in Auckland, Sacred Heart Cathedral in Wellington, the former Auckland Chief Post Office, and Auckland War Memorial Museum. He is currently the heritage architect for the Britomart Precinct in Auckland. He is the grandson of the well-known Dunedin architect Louis Salmond and the husband of anthropologist Dame Anne Salmond.



The work of Jeremy Salmond 


10:35 Logan Williams  - Taking the fight to didymo is What Logan Did

Logan Williams holds the didymo bioplastic which he invented

Logan Williams holds the didymo bioplastic which he invented Photo: supplied

Twenty-two-year-old Logan Williams (Ngāi Tahu) is an inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator, and the chief executive and founder of Biome Innovation Ltd.  Growing up in Timaru, he saw firsthand the rivers he loved become infected with a brown sludge called didymo (Didymosphenia Geminata). Inspired to find a solution, he set about creating a range of materials with the goal of restoring New Zealand's waterways to a pristine condition - a process captured in a new Loading Docs documentary called What Logan Did.



11:04  Angélique Kidjo - Diva from Benin

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo Photo: Sofia_and_Mauro

Singer/songwriter  Angélique Kidjo is from the West African country of Benin and is known for her diverse musical influences and her creative music videos. Her latest project is a track by track reimagination of the Talking Heads 1980 album Remain in Light. As well as her three Grammy Awards, she is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award. Kidjo was also the first African women to be appointed as an international Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. She set up the Batonga Foundation to empower and educate girls in Africa, and she is Harvard University's 2018 Jazz Master.  Kidjo tells Kim about her escape from Benin, discusses her music and her politics, and plays some songs from Remain in Light. She is coming to Aotearoa for WOMAD 2019. 

Angelique Kidjo with David Byrne, Carnegie  Hall

Angelique Kidjo with David Byrne, Carnegie Hall Photo: 2017 Taylor Hill


Books mentioned in this episode

Living Big in a Tiny House

by Bryce Langston

ISBN: 978 0 947503 90 1

Potton & Burton

Music played in this show

Artist: Leonard Cohen
Song: Going Home
Composer: Leonard Cohen
Album:  Old Ideas
Label: Columbia Records
Played at: 9:40

Artist: Angélique Kidjo
Song: Once in a Lifetime
Composer: Brian Eno, David Byrne
Album: Remain in Light
Label: Kravenworks
Played at: 11:04

Artist: Angélique Kidjo
Song: Born Under Punches
Composer: Brian Eno, David Byrne
Album: Remain in Light
Label: Kravenworks
Played at: 11:15

Artist: Angélique Kidjo
Song: Crosseyed and Painless
Composer: Brian Eno, David Byrne
Album: Remain in Light
Label: Kravenworks
Played at: 11:30

Artist: Angélique Kidjo
Song: Houses in Motion
Composer: Brian Eno, David Byrne
Album: Remain in Light
Label: Kravenworks
Played at: 11:50