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A magazine programme hosted by Kim Hill, with long-form, in-depth feature interviews on current affairs, science, modern life, history, the arts and more.

Saturday, 8am - Midday

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Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett - The future of Holocaust museums

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University. Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage; Image before My Eyes: A… Audio

Saturday 16 March 2019


Morning Report Special will replace Saturday Morning with Kim Hill from 6am until 9am today.

Susie Ferguson and Guyon Espiner present a comprehensive RNZ News special on the aftermath of yesterday's Terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques.

Followed by a special Saturday edition of RNZ's daily current affairs programme Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan.


This replaces our planned programme:

8.09 Carl Shuker - author of A Mistake 

Carl Shuker

Carl Shuker Photo: Ebony Lamb Photography

Carl Shuker is a former editor at the British Medical Journal and lives in Wellington. He's the author of four novels - The Method Actors, winner of the Prize in Modern Letters in 2006; The Lazy Boys; Three Novellas for a Novel and Anti Lebanon. His latest work is A Mistake, which tells the story of a young female surgeon at Wellington Regional Hospital, and the reverberations of her workplace error.



8.50  Trevor Reekie - The wise man of WOMAD 

Trevor Reekie of Worlds of Music

Trevor Reekie of Worlds of Music Photo: Supplied

Trevor Reekie is the producer and presenter of Worlds of Music (on RNZ National and RNZ Concert), Access All Areas and contributor to Music101. He was the guitarist of seminal eighties electro group Car Crash Set, has two ambient solo albums under the name Cosa Nostra, and over ten years recorded four albums with the Greg Johnson Band.  He also founded two record labels, Pagan and Antenna. A longtime WOMAD attendee and correspondent, Reekie has only missed a few of the 15 events held in New Plymouth, and even attended the festival in its original home at the Auckland Town Hall. 



9.04 Las Cafeteras - Tastes like LA

Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras Photo: supplied/WOMAD

Las Cafeteras is a Mexican-American band from East Los Angeles in California.  Their music is described by the LA Times as a "uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock." Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. The themes of their music are those that occupy migrant communities currently, including immigration reform and civil rights.



9.20 Niko Ne Zna - Gypsy juggernaut 

Niko Ne Zna

Niko Ne Zna Photo: supplied/WOMAD

Billed as New Zealand's own very own Balkan brass extravaganza, Wellington based Niko Ne Zna consists of two trumpets, saxophone, bass and tenor trombones, sousaphone, percussion, Balkan bass drum (tapan) and snare drum, with vocalist/percussionist, Nikkie Rich, singing in Serbian, Romani, Macedonian and Greek. The band has three of its original songs, based on the same ancient Roma style, featured on the film What We Do In The Shadows.



9.40 Sona Jobarteh - Gambian Kora virtuoso 

Sona Jobarteh

Sona Jobarteh Photo: supplied/WOMAD

Sona Jobarteh is the first professional female virtuoso of the Kora (21-stringed African harp) to come from a West African Griot family. A pioneer in a male-dominated, 700-year-old hereditary tradition, the instrument is an important element of the Mandingo peoples in West Africa and their playing is reserved only to certain families called Griot. Jobarteh sings and plays the Kora, performances that have made her internationally successful. In 2018 she was awarded the prestigious Africa Festival Artist of the Year.




10.04 Dr John Buckleton  - Top forensics team win PM's Science Prize 

Dr John Buckleton

Dr John Buckleton Photo: supplied/ESR

A team of ESR scientists have this week received New Zealand's most valuable science prize for the development of STRmix - scientific software that is used to interpret DNA material from a crime scene that comes from multiple individuals. Dr John Buckleton, a principal scientist at ESR and one of the world's leading researchers in forensic evidence interpretation, worked with Dr Jo-Anne Bright and Dr Duncan Taylor from Forensic Science South Australia to develop the tool,  which was born out of a crisis in 2009 when an Australian laboratory was forced to close after realising it had been incorrectly using software to interpret DNA for case work. The software has now been used to interpret mixed DNA in more than 100,000 cases worldwide.

10.20 Baloji - Afro beats and synths 


Baloji Photo: supplied/WOMAD

Baloji is a Belgian rapper, MC and hip hop artist of Congolese origin. As a teenager, he started his first rap collective, Starflam. In 2008, as Baloji, which loosely translates as 'sorcerer', he released Hotel Impala, an album conceived as a reply to a letter he received from his mother after a 25-year absence. Baloji directs his own videos and his first feature film, for which he has written the screenplay, is planned for 2019.






10.40 Sharon Shannon Band - Icon of modern Irish music 

Sharon Shannon

Sharon Shannon Photo: ©

Sharon Shannon is a genre-defying accordion player with an acclaimed fiddle technique. She also plays the tin whistle and melodeon. Her self-titled debut album, in 1991, was the best-selling album of traditional Irish music ever released there. She joined British-Irish folk band The Waterboys for 18 months in the 1980s. Currently Shannon's band consists of champion fiddler Dezi Donnelly, flute player Michael McGoldrick and guitarist Jim Murray.



11.04 Rebecca Vaughan - Orlando 

Rebecca Vaughan

Rebecca Vaughan Photo: Dyad Productions

Actor and playwright Rebecca Vaughan has appeared in film, television and on stage. Her celebrated solo shows with colleague Elton Townend-Jones include Austen's Women, Dalloway and Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. She will perform her latest show, Orlando, based on the satirical novel by Virginia Woolf, at this year's Auckland Writers Festival


11.35  BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Conciousness)  - 'Afropsychedelic' band from South Africa 


BCUC Photo: Pierre Merimee

BCUC is a band from Soweto, South Africa. The band says it draws inspiration from indigenous music that the mainstream is not aware of - and blends ritual and church songs with raps and "a rock and roll attitude". Their high-energy performances have made them one of South Africa's most successful musical exports.



Books mentioned in this episode:


A Mistake

Carl Shuker

ISBN: 9781776562145

Victoria University Press



Saturday Morning comes live from WOMAD, in New Plymouth’s beautiful Pukekura Park. We start the morning with author Carl Shuker, whose new novel examines medical misadventure and responsibility; RNZ's Trevor Reekie drops by to set the scene for WOMAD this year - the big acts, the crowd, and the general vibe; in the 9am hour, three WOMAD acts: Chicano band from East LA Las Cafeteras, Wellington 'gypsy juggernaut' Niko Ne Zna and Gambian harp and singing sensation Sona Jobarteh; after 10am, we chat to Dr John Buckleton, who, with colleagues from ESR, has developed DNA-interpreting software that's taken the PM's Science Prize this week, then Belgian Congo hip-hop artist Baloji and Ireland's accordion virtuoso Sharon Shannon and her band; and in our final hour, our first interview with an act from the upcoming Auckland Arts Festival - Rebecca Vaughan returns to the festival with another highly popular one-woman performance - this time, Orlando; and finally, we groove into the weekend with the South African ensemble BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness).