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12:40 A new perspective on toy dinosaurs

In Lost World, sculptor Gregor Kregar combines has created large stylized bronze dinosaurs based on cheap plastic dinosaur toys. Gregor Kregar's interest in dinosaurs was sparked by observing his four year old's fascination for these creatures. Intrigued by reading him dinosaur books before bed each night and finding plastic replicas all over the house, he decided to bring these prehistoric animals to life.

Gregor Kregar's Lost World

Gregor Kregar's Lost World Photo: Gregor Kregar

Writer for animated TV series Grant Moran

Writer for animated TV series Grant Moran Photo: Supplied

12:50 Animated TV series - the secrets to success

Grant Moran has been a highly respected writer, producer, executive, and creative consultant for more than 20 years. He's in New Zealand as a guest of the Animfx seminar held in Wellington. Grant worked for Warner Brothers Animation on its hit series Animaniacs, Batman, and The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries and while at Nickelodeon, he worked on the popular series Rugrats and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, among others. Currently, he's writing for Marvel Animation's Guardians of the Galaxy and HiT's Little People, story editing Thomas Edison's Secret Lab for Genius Brands, and developing projects for Toei and Red Rover as well his own original series Rat & Pigeon, Beast Force 5 and Coyote Cantina.




1:10 At The Movies

Simon Morris reviews 99-Homes a real-estate eviction thriller from America, the Australian film The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet, and assesses The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel.


Hedda Hopper's Hollywood by Jennifer Frost

Hedda Hopper's Hollywood by Jennifer Frost Photo: NYU Press

1:33 Hedda Hopper: Gossip queen

Hedda Hopper is all but forgotten now - the woman with the crazy yats who dished the dirt on the stars. But she was also the most feared person in Hollywood, and one with a political agenda. Now she's back - in two movies: Trumbo is about the Hollywood Blacklist - Hedda's played by Helen Mirren - while the Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar! has a Hopper character played by Tilda Swinton. One person who's delighted at Hedda Hopper's revival is Jennifer Frost - Associate Professor in History at the University of Auckland, who wrote the book Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism.




Ceramics artist Ingrid Murphy

Ceramics artist Ingrid Murphy Photo: Supplied

1:50 Ceramics of the future

This year's Portage Ceramics Award judge is renowned Irish ceramic artist Ingrid Murphy, who's exploring how new technology can create new ways to work with clay. She's particularly interested in exploring the potential of ceramics through digital technology and interactivity. Ingrid works at the National Centre for Ceramics in Wales at the Cardiff School of Art and Design, and is also in New Zealand for the Auckland Festival of Ceremics.





Photobooth Style photo of The Macrae Sisters

The Macrae Sisters Photo: Supplied

2:06 The Laugh Track - Katie Macrae

Katie Macrae has been promoting musicians with sister Lucy through their Chicks That Scream touring agency and more recently Mystery Girl for years. If you've enjoyed a night out watching a touring band there's a good chance you've got the Macraes to thank. Recently they've branched out to bringing international comics and previous Laugh Track guests Beth Stelling, Joe Mande, and Esther Povitsky to New Zealand. Ahead of the next show Katie is organising (Duncan Trussell and Johnny Pemberton at The Tuning Fork) she shares her personal comedy favourites from Beth Stelling, impressionist Jon Culshaw, Bill Hicks, and Basil Brush with Lulu.


2:25 Textiles and Innovation

New Zealand has an abundance of design talent, but for many graduates there are limited opportunities. So Massey University's College of Creative Arts is looking at ways of providing opportunities that can help fast track their student's careers in a competitive industry. Sonia Sly headed to Massey's textiles department to meet third and fourth year students who are pushing creative boundaries.


Waitapu by Helen Waaka

Waitapu by Helen Waaka Photo: Supplied


2:40 Tales of Waitapu

In the rural town of Waitapu, sisters Rowena and Ruby have a tough upbringing and consequently choose very different paths.One stays and one leaves but during the course of the stories, which cover decades, they will eventually reconnect. Helen Waaka has written a book full of short stories based in and around a fictional town populated by endearing and disturbing characters. Waitapu is published by Escalator Press.




Martin Edmond in the RNZ studio.

Martin Edmond in the RNZ studio Photo: Maggie Hall

2:49 Martin Edmond's barefoot years

Expat writer Martin Edmond has a crystal clear memory of his childhood growing up in small town New Zealand, and he shares those memories with us in his memoir The Dreaming Land. Martin is this year's Michael King Fellow and while he's lived in Australia for years, he often writes about New Zealand. In The Dreaming Land, he writes frankly about his family and community life rural New Zealand in the 1950s and 60s. The Dreaming Land is a BWB Books publication.


3:06 The Drama Hour

The Drama Hour features The Private War of Corporal Cooper by John Broughton, a drama based around the correspondence between a Dominican Nun and a corporal serving with NZ Rifle Brigade during WW1, as well as an interview with Hilary Halba about the Talking House Verbatim Tour 2015.

Music played in this show

Artist: SD
Song: Gossip
Album: Truly Blessed
Label: iHipHop Distribution
Played At: 12:12

Artist: Adele
Song: Rumour Has It
Composer: Adele Adkins, Ryan Tedder
Album: 21
Label: XL 405202
Played At: 12:40

Artist: The Slits
Song: I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Composer: Viviane Albertine, Tessa Politi, Arianne Forster, Paloma Romero
Album: Cut
Label: Koch Records 239672
Played At: 12:58

Artist: Hot Chocolate
Song: Rumours
Composer: Brown, Wilson
Album: 14 Greatest Hits
Label: EMI 752014
Played At: 1:06

Artist: Rita Abrams
Song: Stop Gossiping
Composer: Rita Abrams
Album: Let's Talk About
Played At: 1:46

Artist: Lil Wayne
Song: Gossip
Composer: Dwayne Carter Jr.
Album: The Leak
Label: Cash Money
Played At: 1:59

Artist: Buddy Holly
Song: Peggy Sue Got Married
Composer: Buddy Holly
Album: The Very Best of Buddy Holly and The Crickets
Label: Universal 305721
Played At: 2:06

Artist: Helen Slater
Song: The Gossiping Mothers
Composer: Helen Slater
Album: The Ugly Duckling
Label: Landseit Records
Played At: 2:59

Artist: Guyoyo Guitar Band and Kweku Dei
Song: Osikuni Atamfo (Gossiper)
Album: Ghana Electric Highlife: Sessions From The Bokoor Studios
Label: Naxos World
Played At: 3:56