Real Life with John Cowan

Real Life with John Cowan

John Cowan hosts ‘Real Life’, a weekly nationwide chat show on Newstalk ZB featuring a different high-profile guest every week. John talks with them about their life, their upbringing, their passions and their view of the world.

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January 23, 2022 25 min
Award-winning newsreader Niva Retimanu published a book in 2016 called Leading From Behind: Winning While Coming Last.
The book documents Niva's remarkable mental and physical transformation, which took place as she became a marathon runner and turned her unhealthy lifestyle completely around.
Niva is now co-hosting a new podcast discussing adversity and resilience alongside long-time friend and NZ Olympian Beatrice Faumuina.
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Owner of The Tasting Shed (the Cuisine Magazine’s Best Restaurants of New Zealand and mentioned on Metro's Top 50 Restaurant list for the last five years), Ganesh has hosted his own television programmes on MTV Asia and ESPN for over a decade. He has also been featured on TVNZ’s Good Morning, Family Recipes, and Neighbourhood. Ganesh was the recipient for two years running of Metro Magazine’s Restaurant Personality of the Year,...
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December 12, 2021 24 min
Rose was raised in Titirangi, Auckland, by her photographer father and artist mother. She studied Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Auckland.At the age of two, Rose began appearing in commercials and received the role of an angel in the film The Piano at age three. She has worked mainly for New Zealand television, from fantasy-based series like Maddigan's Quest to dramas such as Rude Awakenings, as well as two Dis...
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Tenor opera singer Simon O'Neill has snagged two Grammy nominations for Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album in Classical.
Hailing from Ashburton, Simon received his musical training at the University of Otago and Victoria University, graduating with an honours degree in music. He received scholarships to the Juilliard Opera Center and the Manhattan School of Music, earning a Master of Music degree in 2000. In late ...
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Born in Berkeley, California Karen studied ballet, acted in school plays, sang in the Baptist choir. She graduated from The University of California with bachelor degrees in 1965 in English and in Dramatic Art. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in London, and apprenticed at the Actor's Workshop of San Francisco in 1961–62.
Karen played the role of the ma, Caroline Ingalls, in the...
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November 21, 2021 22 min
Tim Faulkner is the General Manager and Head of Conservation at the Australia Reptile Park in New South Wales, and Aussie Ark, a charitable organisation focused on creating a long-term future for threatened Australian species. He won the Australian Geographic Australian Conservationist of the Year 2015.In 2012, Tim began to appear regularly on reality television show Bondi Vet and his own show Outback Adventures with Tim Faulkner i...
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Dame Cindy was born in Whangārei, the eldest of six children. She is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu and British descent, and was the first person in her family to achieve tertiary qualifications: a PhD in Social Policy and an MBA (Exec) in Business Administration.Much of Dame Cindy’s career has been in the tertiary education sector, holding leadership roles at Massey University, Victoria University Wellington/Te Herenga Waka an...
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Hon Grant Robertson was born in Palmerston North and lived in Hastings before his family settled in Dunedin. He studied politics at Otago University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, and was the President of the Otago University Students’ Association and Co-President of the New Zealand University Students Association.
Grant joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1997 where he managed the New Zealand Over...
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Bernard is a leading financial journalist and editor with over 23 years’ experience including roles with Reuters, the Financial Times Group and Fairfax Media.Bernard is a regular commentator on financial, economic and investment issues, regularly appearing on radio and television. He is host of the Spinoff podcast When the Facts Change. Bernard was heavily involved in the formation of Reuters UK, MSN and Stuff.Bernard is the foundi...
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Himali is a family doctor who works in a busy Auckland general practice and in the prison system. She is also a well-known writer of short stories, essays, articles, flash fiction and poetry, and was the inaugural Verb Wellington Writers Resident in October 2020.Last month Himali's book The Unexpected Patient was released and tells stories of life, death and unforgettable clinical cases in vulnerable communities.Himali lives in...
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Toby attributes his love of comics to his family having moved frequently for his father's army career. He started making his own comics at seven while off school with a broken leg.Toby is the author of The Spinoff's non-fiction comic series The Side Eye, which won the Voyager Media Award for Cartoonist of the Year for 2019. In 2020, his Covid-19 collaborations with Dr Siouxsie Wiles were shared around the world. He has publ...
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Journalist and broadcaster Toni Street is one of New Zealand's most popular television and radio personalities. Former co-host of top-rating TVNZ current affairs show Seven Sharp, she is currently breakfast radio host on Coast. Toni hosted TVNZ's coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Last month, Toni's book Lost and Found: My story of heartbreak and hope was released. The honest memoir tells her story of life-changin...
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Kate Bowler PhD is a New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and associate professor of "The History of Christianity in North America" at Duke University in North Carolina. Kate has written four books including her monograph The Preacher’s Wife: Women and Power in American Megaministry published in 2020 and Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel in 2013.At age 35, Kate was unexpectedly diagnosed with ...
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Jessica grew up in Christchurch with her mother Aileen O'Sullivan, also a director. While studying performance, she realised she was more fascinated with observing actors than being one. Jessica began directing short films in her 20s, during an eight-year stint as an assistant director. After moving to Australia in 1994, she directed Heartbreak High and The Slap, which got her invited to the UK to helm British series Broadchurc...
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Pio Terei came to fame in 1995 when, after years as a truck salesman, he landed a comedy show Pete and Pio. He shared the show with fellow comedian Peter Rowley but later hosted his own show, with similar comedic skits, called Pio!. 
Twice judged best comedy performer at the NZ Film Awards, Pio has also acted in drama film No. 2, and written and acted for anthology series Mataku. In 2009, he took over presenting duties on iconic qui...
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Dan Carter's latest position is as the co-founder new NFT studio and marketplace, Glorious.
The highest point scorer in test match rugby, Dan played for Crusaders and the All Blacks. He was named the International Rugby Board Player of the Year in 2005, 2012 and 2015 and won three Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders, and nine Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships with the All Blacks.
In 2015, Dan released his autobiography Dan Ca...
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August 30, 2021 24 min
John Cowan interviews ACT party deputy leader Brooke van Velden.
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Australian psychologist and author Steve Biddulph joins John Cowan to discuss his latest book, 'Fully Human' and how we need to listen to our gut.
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Born in Bangkok to a Thai Buddhist mother and Irish Catholic father, Tom spent his formative years at a Benedictine monastery school in Yorkshire, England before pursuing a career in film and television. After attending the Northern Film School in Leeds in 1995, he embarked on producing and directing his first feature film project Monk Dawson.Tom returned to Thailand in 2002 and produced multiple independent feature films through h...
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Matt is an actor, producer, radio host, sports commentator, columnist and musician. He played Danny Parker on Back Of The Y Masterpiece Television. He was guitarist and singer for the 2000s band Deja Voodoo.Matt hosts the Matt and Jerry Breakfast Show with Jeremy Wells on Radio Hauraki. He has been a columnist for The New Zealand Herald since 2014 and provides cricket commentary for The Alternative Commentary Collective.He has two ...
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