Friday, November 29, 2013

Saturday Morning with Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand National: 30 November 2013

8:15 Carl Zimmer: the end of flu
8:30 Andy Buchanan: timber and earthquakes
9:05 Deborah Blum: poison and chemicals
10:05 Playing Favourites with Cathie and John Rae
11:05 Nancy Swarbrick: pets in New Zealand
11:45 Yanetta Hiko: whanau fitness

8:15 Carl Zimmer
Carl Zimmer writes regularly on the study of evolution and parasites. His science column, Matter, runs weekly in the New York Times, and he also writes The Loom, a blog for National Geographic Magazine, and has authored twelve books. His article, The Quest to End the Flu, appears in the December issue of The Atlantic.

8:30 Andy Buchanan
Professor Andrew Buchanan is Professor of Timber Design at the University of Canterbury, and is playing a key role in the international resurgence in the use of timber for large-scale buildings. His main research is in seismic design, where he has developed methods by which joints in timber buildings can be designed to "give" in an earthquake while avoiding permanent damage or deformation. This week, he was awarded the biennial R. J. Scott Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

9:05 Deborah Blum
Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist, columnist for the New York Times, and writer of the Elemental blog. She has written author of five books including The Poisoner's Handbook (Penguin, ISBN: 978-0-14311-882-4), and is Professor of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She visited New Zealand to teach a one-day workshop as part of an intensive course in creative science writing, a first-time joint initiative by the International Institute of Modern Letters and the Science Faculty at Victoria University, and to give a master class at Victoria University's Centre for Lifelong Learning, and a public lecture as part of the Royal Society of New Zealand's lecture series, At Six.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Cathie and John Rae
 Scottish singer, educator and manager Cathie Rae is the eldest of a family of six musicians. She is a director of Thick-Skinned Productions, works regularly on the Fionna Duncan Vocal Jazz Workshops, chairs the Jazz Services Touring Panel, and is Development Officer for the Scottish Jazz Federation. Her brother, John, is a composer, drummer and band leader who has been living and working in Wellington since being Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music in 2010. He teaches at the New Zealand School of Music, is the co-founder of the New Zealand Jazz Federation, and is the leader and composer for contemporary jazz group The Troubles. John will play, and Cathie will sing alongside Whirimako Black, Lisa Tomlins and other musicians at the one-off Wellington concert, Women in Jazz, (Meow, 30 November).

11:05 Nancy Swarbrick
Nancy Swarbrick is a Wellington historian who has spent most of her career working on major reference projects, notably The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Her new illustrated history is Creature Comforts: New Zealanders and Their Pets (Otago University Press, ISBN: 978-1-877578-61-8)

11:45 Yanetta Hiko
Yanetta Hiko is the founder and co-director of Hiko Health & Fitness Ltd, which was established to empower Pacific and Maori whanau and community to meet their health goals. She spoke about her experiences at Festival for the Future 2013 last weekend.

On Saturday 30 November 2013 during Great Encounters between 6:06pm and 7:00pm on Radio New Zealand National, you can hear a repeat broadcast of Kim Hill's interview from 23 November with Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

Next Saturday, 7 December 2013, Kim Hill's guests will include Tim Westergren of Pandora.

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Dominic Godfrey
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon

More information follows on Saturday's guests, repeats of previous interviews, next week's programme, and this email list. As this is live radio, guests and times may change on the day.

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