Saturday Morning for Saturday 12 October 2019
8:10 Turkish forces move in to northern Syria as the US withdraws
Turkish forces have entered Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria in response to a US military withrawal from the region.
Launched this week, Operation Peace Spring, has opened a large new front in a war that began in 2011.
Freelance war reporter and academic Aris Roussinos has reported extensively from the region for Vice News.
Kim will ask him what's led to the current conflict and what the global implications will be.
8:35 A bright future for seaweed farming in NZ?
Ecological economist Marjan Van Den Belt is excited about the environmental and financial opportunities large scale seaweed farming could bring to New Zealand.
9:05 White Teeth Author Zadie Smith on her short fiction experiment
Author and New York University professor Zadie Smith has just released Grand Union, her first collection of short fiction.
It's a bold turn for writer of novels White Teeth, Swing Time, NW, On Beauty, The Autograph Man, and essay collections Changing My Mind and Feel Free.
Kim will ask her why she's come around to short stories, the quality of grace and why it can be so hard to live according to the credo you believe in.
Zadie Smith will be appearing at WORD Christchurch on 13 November details here.
9:40 Kim Gordon: going it solo after Sonic Youth
Musician, artist, and author Kim Gordon has released her first solo album No Home Record eight years after the end of her band Sonic Youth and also her 27 year marriage to bandmate Thurston Moore.
Now LA based, she's active as an artist, musician and authored a memoir in 2015, Girl in a Band.
Kim will ask her about her work, her fascination with Airbnb, and an unlikely Gilmore Girls cameo.
10:05 Megan Phelps Roper - Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church
As the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, Megan Phelps-Roper grew up believing that God hates gay people.
From the age of five she participated in almost daily public protests including the infamous picketing of the funerals of U.S. soldiers - whose deaths the church believed were a punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality.
She was a subject of the Louis Theroux documentary "The Most Hated Family in America".
Megan and her sister, Grace, left the Kansas-based religious group in November 2012.
Megan is now an activist and speaker who lobbies to overcome hatred. She's just released an autobiography Unfollow.
11:05 Mike White - How to Walk a Dog
Mike White is well known for his hard hitting investigative crime and justice journalism including coverage of Mark Lundy, Scott Watson, and the murder of Scott Guy.
The North and South senior writer is also a life long dog-lover and has written a new book, illustrated by Stuff and Dominion Post cartoonist Sharon Murdoch, about life in and around a dog park.
White's current dog Cooper features heavily in How to Walk a Dog but so do the dogs that have helped shape who he is.
11:30 Doug Wilson - Science vs Ageing
The wealth of new research about the science of ageing should help improve care for older people but is there a danger in over medicalising a natural process?
We'll ask medical academic and author of Ageing for Beginners Doug Wilson.
He's been reading two new books on the topic Elderhood: redefining ageing, transforming medicine, reimagining life and Lifespan: Why We Age - and Why We Don't Have To.
You can hear an interview with the author of Lifespan here
Books mentioned in this show
Published by Penguin
Unfollow - A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church
Published by Hachette
How to Walk a Dog
Mike White / illustrated by Sharon Murdoch
Published by Allen & Unwin
Elderhood: redefining ageing, transforming medicine, reimagining life
Lifespan: Why We Age - and Why We Don’t Have To
David A. Sinclair with Matthew LaPlante
Music played in this show
Song: Air BnB
Artist: Kim Gordon
Played at 9:45
Song: The Ballad of the Hulk
Artist: Bill Callahan
Played at 10:54