Some of our most popular characters of the year walked roads less travelled; they refused to hate, they yodelled, lived off the grid and created gourmet garden sheds.
When English comedian Jamali Maddix takes to the stage, expect brutally honest material on the state of society and personal tales of hate and confrontation.
In her latest book The Apology, Eve Ensler writes an apology to herself from her long-dead father for his sexual and physical abuse of her as a child.
New Zealand is ripe for living off the grid, says Māori actor, singer and comedian Pio Terei.
Eddie Jaku was sent to Auschwitz as a young man and survived by hiding in a cave and eating slugs and snails.
The man behind the trademark yodel for Yahoo! - all three notes of it - says he's really all about the (country) music.
In 1975, Dame Whina Cooper was 80, and frail, when she led a hikoi more than 1054 kilometres to the steps of Parliament in Wellington - and demanded to be listened to.
Science alone can't save the planet, according to ethnobiologist and Anglican minister Andy Gosler. The world needs more connection and understanding, he says.
Australian comedian Kitty Flanagan's guide to modern behaviour covers surround-sound, hipster-talking parents, old men and their hair, tattoos and airport etiquette.
English writer Oobah Butler shot to infamy when he turned the garden shed he was living in into TripAdvisor's top-rated London restaurant – by creating a fake website.
British author Sarah Perry (The Essex Serpent) talks to Kim Hill about faith, illness, moral courage and her taste for the gothic.