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12:16 Art Crime

Will Korner

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Art Loss Register is the go-to for institutions searching for stolen, missing and looted art and antiques. Since 1990 the London-based firm has established the world's largest private database of missing treasures which it uses to help track them down.  Will Korner from ALR is in New Zealand as a guest of Art Expo Nelson.  He talks to Lynn Freeman about the register, the illicit trade of antiquities - and also about the destruction of cultural heritage, like the recent Isis bombing of Palmya.

12.29  Just One Thing

Miranda Harcourt

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Miranda's ashes

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Actor, director and acting coach Miranda Harcourt talks to Sonia Sly in the podcast Just One Thing about taking a back seat to her three children, working with international talent and a pouch of ashes that has special significance.

12:50 Kiwis at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Once a year, every year, at about this time, the largest Arts Festival in the world - Edinburgh, Scotland - welcomes the world.   And the world certainly comes knocking - including New Zealand.  Among the thousands of performances on offer at the 70th Edinburgh Fringe Festival are dozens of shows put on by Kiwis. Shaun D Wilson is there, and he talks to three people trying to make their mark in a town where everybody is angling to get an audience - producer Lydia Zanetti, comedian Paul Williams, and Doha-based actor Richard Ellis.

1:08 At The Movies

Today Simon Morris reviews Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, and two highlights from the International Film Festival - from France, Let The Sunshine In and from Ireland, A Date For Mad Mary...

1:31  A Yorkshire Brokeback Mountain?

Francis Lee

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Set on the remote North Yorkshire moors, Francis Lee's first feature film - an intense love story about a lonely gay farmer and a Romanian migrant worker - took out a Sundance Award this year.  God's Own Country has gathered further prizes and accolades, and also inevitable comparisons with Hollywood's groundbreaking movie Brokeback Mountain. Writer and director Francis tells Lynn Freeman that God's Own Country is set in a landscape he knows well.  The film opens in cinemas this Thursday.

1:46  Generations of Chinese New Zealanders

Margaux Wong

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Several generations of families share their stories and ephemera in an exhibition that looks at how New Zealand Chinese grabbed opportunities and contributed to the Aotearoa of today. Be it food, horticulture, culture or business, that contribution goes back to the first Chinese migrants. Gum Sarn: Evolving Notions of the Sweet Earth has just opened in Auckland at the Depot Artspace in Devonport.  Lynn Freeman talks to the curator, Margaux Wong, who describes herself as "second generation born, fifth generation resident" New Zealand Chinese.

2:06 The Laugh Track - Brendon Bennetts

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Brendon Bennetts hosts an online programme called The Nerd Degree, which combines science, pop culture and nerdy comedy.  He's a teacher, an improvisor, a playwright, a dungeon-master and a long-time member of Christchurch's Court Jesters.   His choices include Paul F Tompkins, the movie The Trip, Aparna Nancherla, Eddie Izzard and Key and Peele.


2:25 Bookshops are still thriving in Melbourne

Leesa Lambert

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New Zealand's booksellers are still struggling with competition from online sales and e-readers.  But advice is at hand from a woman who's turned around the fortunes of a Melbourne bookshop. Leesa Lambert is the Co-owner and Manager of Carlton's The Little Bookroom, rated as one of the city's top indie bookshops. Leesa is in Auckland this weekend as a guest speaker of The Booksellers NZ Conference, and she talks to Lynn Freeman about the secret of stores like The Little Bookroom's success.

2:40 C K Stead turns to the blogosphere

C K Stead

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The outgoing Poet Laureate, C K Stead, reflects on an eventful two years including writing a poem for the Navy - which they loved - and another for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which...well, you'll find out. On National Poetry Day, August 25th, Carl Stead ends his busy and eventful two-year stint as the country's Poet Laureate. The tireless 84 year old has a new limited-edition book of poetry launched by The National Library.  He's also just finished another novel, and taken up blogging.

C K Stead talks to Lynn Freeman about his loosely autobiographical blogs, and his latest poetry collection, In the mirror and dancing:

2:49 A Very Trumpian Streetcar

Toni Potter

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Donald Trump's America is the contemporary setting for a new Silo Theatre Company production of Tennessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire. It's 80 years since the story of faded southern belle Blanche, her brutish brother in law Stanley and well meaning sister Stella premiered.  It went on to win a Pulitzer Prize, and become a theatre staple around the world.

Lynn Freeman spoke to cast-member Toni Potter, and asked what changing the setting to modern-day brings to the script and its characters?   This production of A Streetcar Named Desire opens at Auckland's Silo Theatre on August 24.

3:06 Drama at 3 - A Night Of International Comedy

Stand-up comedy is one of the most-loved aspects of the Edinburgh Arts Festival in  Scotland.  The BBC World Service Arts Hour host, Nikki Bedi introduces some of the world’s best comedians to explore our lives from many different viewpoints.


Music played in this show

Artist: Kiki Dee
Song: Stay with me baby
Composer: Ragavoy-Weiss
Album: Amoureuse
Label: Spectrum
Played at: 12.41

Artist: Pulp
Song: Common People
Composer: Banks-Cocker-Doyle
Album: Different Class
Label: Island
Played at: 12.58

Artist: Shirley Bassey
Song: Goldfinger
Composer: Barry-Newley-Bricusse
Album: The Singles
Label: EMI
Played at:  1.07

Artist: Ace
Song: How long
Composer: Carrack
Album: Twenty One Good Reasons
Label: Chrysalis
Played at:  1.42

Artist: Def Leppard
Song:  Armageddon it
Composer:  Allen-Clark
Album: Hysteria
Label: Mercury
Played at: 1.59

Artist:  Arthur Brown
Song: Fire
Composer: Brown-Crane
Album: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Label: Touchwood
Played at:  2.05

Artist:  Dame Janet Baker
Song:  Intorno All'Idol Mio
Composer: Cesti
Label: Phillips
Played at: 2.34

Artist: Smokie
Song: Living next door to Alice
Composer: Chinn-Chapman
Album:  Life's a Bach
Label: BMG
Played at:  2.58

Artist:  Human League
Song:  Don't you want me baby
Composer:  Oakey
Album:  Dare!
Label:  Virgin
Played at:  3.04

Artist: Joe Cpcker
Song:  Unchain my heart
Composer:  James-Powell
Album:  Unchain my heart
Label:  Liberation
Played at:  3.58