Saturday Morning

Saturday Morning

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.

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June 19, 2021 6 min
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Nobody really knows why we dream. Erik Hoel, a research assistant professor of neuroscience at Tufts University in Massachusetts, was inspired by the techniques used to train artificial neural networks for his own theory of "overfitted brain hypothesis".
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Musicians often sing about environmental problems, but what about the environmental issues tied up with the materials from which their guitars are made
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Sahra Ahmed works in Christchurch as a refugee health nurse, helping new arrivals find their footing in a strange new land. It's a journey she has also undertaken.
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In South Africa there's a saying: 'You're not a real Springbok until you've played the All Blacks'. It's a testament to one of the fiercest rivalries in rugby history - that between South Africa and New Zealand - which sports writer Jamie Wall examines in his new book The Hundred Years' War.
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Sarah Helm, the Executive Director of the NZ Drug Foundation, joins the show to discuss how we should be reshaping our drug laws - and in some cases looking at decriminalisation.
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When the Berlin Wall came down how did over 100,000 Stasi officers manage to disappear? In his book The Grey Men, former FBI agent Ralph Hope investigates what happened to the former East Berlin spies.
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Nineties sitcom Friends has had far-reaching cultural impact over the decades, finding itself at the centre of rolling fashion trends and loads of scholarly analysis. But Elizabeth Stokoe found the popular television series intriguing for the way it subverted everyday conversation for the sake of comedy.
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This week the government announced a levy on new utes to help pay for subsidies for electric vehicles. Four of the top ten best-selling new vehicles in New Zealand in 2020 were double cab utes. Yet ten years ago neither utes or SUVs featured among our best-selling vehicles.
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Listener Feedback for Saturday Morning for 12 June 2021.
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Taonga puoro practitioner Rob Thorne (Ngati Tumutumu) is known for creating transcendent soundscapes by combining modern looping technology with traditional instruments made from stone, bone, shell and wood. 
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Anastasia Woolmer is a two times Australian Memory Champion. But she wasn't always blessed with a memory like a steel trap.
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Rachel Taulelei is a strong advocate for the unrestricted trade of vaccines and essential medical supplies, as barriers around the import and export of vaccines has been a key issue preventing wide-spread immunisation in developing countries.
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We humans have been evolving for millions of years, so why do we still have dodgy knees, crooked teeth and need glasses? Alex Bezzerides looks to answer those questions with his debut book.
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Was there a link between the brutal attacks on Sir Peter Blake and Captain Pete Bethune in Brazil? In his new documentary, The Garden of Evil, Larry Keating investigates.
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When Canadian blockchain whiz Gerald Cotten died under mysterious circumstances while on honeymoon in India, the $215 million on his cryptocurrency exchange, Quadriga, also disappeared.  For his new podcast, Exit Scam, cryptocurrency aficionado Aaron Lammer (Longform Podcast, CoinTalk) spent two years investigating the puzzling circumstances around Cotten's death.
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Tame Malcolm has always been captivated by te ngahere - the forest. Now, Malcolm advocates using customary Maori methods to get rid of pests and is the operations manager at Te Tira Whakamataki - a not-for-profit Maori biodiversity network.
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The Wuhan lab-leak theory is back in the limelight, and US President Biden has ordered an investigation into the origins of Covid-19.
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Former Black Ferns captain Farah Palmer (Ngati Maniapoto, Waikato Tainui) was appointed as the deputy chair of Rugby NZ last month, making history as the first person to ever hold such a role within the organisation.
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