This Saturday Morning: President of Gays for Trump Peter Boykin and Kim undergo a robust exchange on issues close to the heart of MAGA-cap-wearing Americans; we take a live press conference from Nelson where firefighters are still battling a massive bush fire; Scottish-Australian accordion virtuoso James Crabb brings his instrument into our studio in Nelson, where he's appearing at the Adam Chamber Music Festival; emergency poet Deborah Alma is about to open a poetry pharmacy in Shropshire, dispensing literary balms to troubled souls; Stephanie Land, whose memoir of years in homeless shelters while she cleaned homes to support herself and her daughter is taking the world by storm; Samoan-Kiwi performance artist Moe Laga on the new production from her collective, COVEN; and finally longtime US singer-songwriter Sam Phillips describes her new album, World on Sticks.  

8:10 Peter Boykin - Founder and president of Gays for Trump

Peter Boykin

Peter Boykin Photo: supplied

Gays for Trump logo

Gays for Trump logo Photo: Wikicommons

Peter Boykin is the founder and president of Gays for Trump, an American LGBT organisation that supports US  President Donald Trump. Boykin has been a porn performer, a reality TV contestant and now operates an online radio station. He lives with his husband in Greensboro, North Carolina, and last year lost a bid to be elected to the House of Representatives as the Republican candidate for his area. Boykin says Trump has always been pro-LGBT, and is the greatest US president since Ronald Reagan. 


8:30 Live media conference on the Nelson bush fire

Live cross to Appleby School, near Nelson, for an update on the battle to put out the blaze and how local people are being affected by the emergency.

9.04 James Crabb - Accordion virtuoso at the Adam Chamber Music Festival 

James Crabb

James Crabb Photo: supplied

Scottish born James Crabb is widely regarded as one of the world's leading ambassadors of the classical accordion.  Crabb was professor of classical accordion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, from 1995-2010 and held a long-standing guest professorship at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria. He is currently artistic director of the Four Winds music organisation and festival in Australia. Crabb has performed as soloist with many orchestras including BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish, Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies, London Philharmonic and London Symphony.  He is an authority on the music of Astor Piazzolla.  Crabb is in Aotearoa to perform at the Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson.  

9.40 Deborah Alma - Dispensing literary first aid from poetry pharmacy 

Deborah Alma and her ambulance

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Emergency Poet was conceived by poet and writer Deborah Alma as a fun way of bringing poetry to people. After six years of dispensing poems as cures from the back of an old ambulance, Alma is establishing the UK's first poetry pharmacy in Shropshire. She's written poetry and held creative writing workshops for many years, and works using poetry to help communicate with people with dementia, both for The Courtyard Theatre in Hereford and for Ledbury Poetry Festival. She has been lead writer for Writing West Midlands Writing Squads in Shrewsbury & Ludlow teaching creative writing to young people, and wrote and taught poetry writing at the University of Worcester.


10:04 Stephanie Land - Sick and scared: Working class poverty in the US

Stephanie Land

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Ten years ago, Stephanie Land escaped an abusive relationship and moved with her nine-month-old daughter into a homeless shelter. While navigating a tangle of Government assistance that never amounted to much and left her often sick and starving, Land took a job cleaning houses to survive, and has turned her grueling experience into a memoir called Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive. She also works as a freelancer and as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Salon, The Nation, and many other platforms.



10:50 Diarmuid Brazendale - Redwood resident flees fire

Kim talks to Diarmuid Brazendale, a resident of Redwood Valley near Nelson, who describes how firefighters fended off the bush fire to save his house and animals.


11.04 Moe Laga  - COVEN: The church of trauma and sidewalk university

Moe Laga

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Moe Laga is a performance artist from South Auckland. She is the head of COVEN an arts collective which specialises in voguing and performance art. Her practice includes a large number of stage (Neon Bootleg, Inferno, Femslick) and screen productions (Baby Mamas Club), as well as a collaborative visual arts work that has been shown in Australia and at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. Laga has a diploma from the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts and recently completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology. She has also been part of the LGBT arts collective FAFSWAG since 2012. COVEN's new performance, Ethera, opens at Auckland's Basement Theatre next week.

11.18    Sam Phillips - US singer-songwriter and her World on Sticks 

Sam Phillips

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US singer-songwriter Sam Phillips began her career singing Christian music in the 1980s under her given name, Leslie Phillips. She switched to mainstream music in 1988 and started going by her nickname, Sam, in honour of music producer Sam Phillips who discovered Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Her 1994 album, Martinis and Bikinis, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Phillips composed and performed the music for seven seasons of the TV show Gilmore Girls and reprised that role for the new Gilmore Girls (A Year In The Life) revival for Netflix. She has also contributed music to the  Emmy Award-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  Phillips released her latest album, World on Sticks, last year. She also co-wrote 'She Remembers Everything', the title track of Rosanne Cash's 2018 album, and the song was number 3 on the New York Times list of best songs for 2018.



Books mentioned in this episode:


Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive.

by Stephanie Land 


Hachette Books


An Orchestra of Minorities

by Chigozie Obioma

ISBN: 9780316412391

Little, Brown and Company 



Music played in this show

Artist: Sam Phillips
Song: World on Sticks
Composer:  Jay Bellerose / Sam Phillips
Album: World on Sticks
Label: Littlebox Recordings
Played at: 11:15

Artist: Sam Phillips
Song: American Landfill Kings
Composer:  Sam Phillips
Album: World on Sticks
Label: Littlebox Recordings
Played at: 11:30

Artist: Sam Phillips
Song: I Want to be You
Composer:  Jay Bellerose / Sam Phillips
Album: World on Sticks
Label: Littlebox Recordings
Played at: 11:45

Artist: Sam Phillips
Song: How Much is Enough
Composer:  Sam Phillips
Album: World on Sticks
Label: Littlebox Recordings
Played at: 11:55