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12:15 Piecing Together Past Lives

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For the past seven years archeologists have been sifting through two and a half tonnes of artefacts uncovered during the excavation of a site in Whanganui. And there's still more to learn.

Otago University archeology PhD student Naomi Woods has been involved in  the Whanganui project since 2013 and has pieced together the story of a family who lived on the site, which now hosts a shopping mall.

Naomi's research extends beyond the bric-a-brac to searching out newspaper and stories and council documents to flesh out the stories of the people who lived here. Lynn Freeman finds out what attracted her to archeology.


12:30 Becoming Cary Grant

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In the current age of Internet celebrity, when Full Disclosure seems to be the default position of everyone, it's interesting looking back to the early years of Hollywood.   Part of the allure of stars like Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis and Marilyn Monroe, was that we seemed to know so little about them.   And none were bigger than Hitchcock's favourite star, Cary Grant. Simon Morris picks up the story with Mark Kidel, director of the new documentary Becoming Cary Grant.

Mark Kidel - Director

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1:10 At The Movies

1:30 Art Without Walls

Around the country hundreds of thousands of toanga are stored in vaults and warehouses. Our museums, art galleries and libraries simply don't have enough room to have every treasure on display at all times. Nelson artist Josephine Cachemaille has been fossicking through the storage area of the city's Suter Art Gallery, to create an exhibition featuring some of her favourite finds and work she's created to complement them.

To Josephine, inanimate objects have a secret life. Lynn Freeman talks hidden treasures with her.

1:45 ‘I am on the road to Tombuctoo’

Intrepid travel is a tourist slogan you hear a lot these days ....but a new exhibition in Dunedin reminds us what 'intrepid' truly means. Intrepid Journeys : Traveling with the Hakluyt Society tells the stories of hundreds of adventurers, those who failed and who succeeded in their quests to venture into uncharted and dangerous territory over hundreds of years. The University of Otago's Special Collections Librarian, Dr. Donald Kerr tells Lynn Freeman more.

2:06 The Laugh Track -Rhydian Thomas

Milk Island by Rhydian Thomas

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It's 2023 and the South Island has been reconstructed and renamed Milk Island, home to New Zealand's most famous cow - the enormous, dancing and intelligent - Milky Moo.  This is the setting for Rhydian Thomas' satirical debut novel, Milk Island.

Rhydian is both a writer and musician who hails originally from Wales but now lives in Wellington. He picks his comedy favourites for Lynn Freeman.

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2:25 Last Minute Maestro

James Feddeck

James Feddeck Photo: Terry Johnston

International conductors usually have only a few days to work with an orchestra before a performance - but in demand American conductor James Feddeck has a reputation for stepping onto the podium at the very last moment.

When other conductors are indisposed, James steps in.

The New Yorker prefers more notice though, and is heading our way soon to work with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to conduct its Schuman & Barber tour.

Lynn Freeman finds out how he manages to earn an orchestra's trust so quickly.

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2:40 Debut Novel from Eileen Merriman

Pieces of You

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Troubled teenager Rebecca is lonely after her family moves from Dunedin to Auckland...that's until she meets Corey.

Writer Eileen Merriman's stories have been published in national and international journals and one of them formed the basis for her Young Adults novel, Pieces of You.

An award winning short story writer and full time consultant haematoligist at North Shore Hospital, she talks to Lynn Freeman about her first novel.

Eileen Merriman

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2:49 Pacific Dance Festival

Pati Solomona Tyrell

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The Pacific Dance Festival is now in its second year bringing workshops, conferences and community events - and showcasing some of New Zealand's most exciting contemporary Pacific dance choreographers.

Andrew Robertson spoke to photographer and choreographer Pati Solomona Tyrell to find out more.

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The exhibition Making Space  is on at CoCA in Chistchurch until the 20th August.

The Pacific Dance Festival starts at Mangere Arts Centre on the 15th June and the we've done the hard work and put together some of the highlights of the festival.


3:06 Drama at 3 - Sons (Part 1)

Today's Drama is the first half of a 2-part play 'Sons'  by Victor Roger,

And in this radio adaptation of his award winning stage play ,  Victor Roger plays the lead role of Noah.

The setting is Christchurch  in the 1990's.


Music played in this show

Artist: Russ le Roq
Song: I wish I could be Marlon Brando
Composer:  Le Roq
Album:  single
Label: Ode
Played at: 12.12

Artist: Jeff Bridges & Colin Farrell
Song: Fallin' and flyin'
Composer: Bruton
Album: Crazy Heart
Label: New West
Played at: 12.40

Artist: Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell
Song: When love goes wrong nothing goes right
Composer: Adamson-Carmichael
Album:  Marilyn Monroe
Label: Laserlight
Played at: 12.58

Artist: Tom Cruise
Song: Paradise City
Composer: Guns'n'roses
Album: Rock of Ages
Label: Warner
Played at: 1.10

Artist: Helena Bonham Carter & Johnny Depp
Song: By the sea
Composer: Sondheim
Album: Sweeney Todd
Label: Nonesuch
Played at: 1.35

Artist: Robert Downey Junior
Song: Smile
Composer: Chaplin
Album:  The Futurist
Label: Sony
Played at: 1.45

Artist: Keira Knightley
Song: Tell me if you wanna go home
Composer:  Alexander-Lashley
Album:  Begin again
Label: N/A
Played at:  1.58

Artist:  Frank Sinatra
Song:  High hopes
Composer:  Cahn-Van Heusen
Album: Screen Sinatra
Label:  EMI
Played at:  2.04

Artist:  Meryl Streep
Song:  Money money money
Composer: Anderson-Ulvaeus
Album: Mama Mia
Label:  Polydor
Played at:  2.37

Artist:  Robert Mitchum
Song:  Ballad of Thunder Road
Composer: Mitchum
Album: Take That Ride
Label: Oh Boy
Played at:  2.58

Artist:  Jennifer Lawrence
Song:  The Hanging Tree
Composer: Howard
Album: Hunger Games
Label:  Republic
Played at:  3.04

Artist:  Scarlett Johanssen
Song:  Yesterday is here
Composer: Waits
Album: Anywhere I lay my head
Label: Atko
Played at:  3.58