Josh Whale: Putting Electric Motorbikes onto Rwanda’s Roads

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 20 December 2019 | 0h 21m | Listen Later
Interview with Josh Whale about building Africa’s first electric motorbike business and an associated battery recharging network in Rwanda. Motorbikes are widely used as taxis throughout Africa, as they are in other parts of the developing world. In Rwanda they account for more than half the total number of vehicles on the road. So getting more of the country’s existing fleet of around 100,000 motorbike taxis to switch from petrol to electric ‘e-motos’ will reduce emissions and the country’s dependence on imported fuel. It would also save the drivers money on fuel costs, potentially doubling their earnings.

Peter Warner: ‘Lord of The Flies’ rescuer

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 16 May 2020 | 0h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Warner about a real-life ‘Lord of the Flies’ scenario: six Tongan boys marooned on a desert island and rescued 15 months later. In 1966 Peter Warner was the captain of a fishing boat that sailed past the island, called ‘Ata, and found the teenagers there. Students at a Catholic boarding school in Nuku’alofa, the boys had stolen a boat, and set sail for Fiji, only to be put off course by a storm, eventually washing ashore at ‘Ata. Peter Warner describes his role in the story and the enduring friendships that came of it.

Mosque shooting widower Farid Ahmed shares “Husna’s story”

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 28 February 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later
Interview with Farid Ahmed about his book Husna’s Story, which celebrates his wife who was murdered in the Christchurch terror attacks. A deeply moving story of love, humanity and forgiveness.

Robin Dunbar: How Many Friends Do You Really Need?

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 24 January 2020 | 0h 23m | Listen Later
Interview with Robin Dunbar about his work on human social networks behind the eponymous Dunbar’s number. Maintaining a friendship is cognitively demanding and our brains may be wired with a limit to the number of stable social relationships we can handle. Dunbar started his career studying African monkeys before turning his attention to less hairy hominids. His key discovery? That a primate’s brain size seems to dictate the size of their social networks and the number of relationships they can maintain.

Clive James in Conversation

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 29 November 2019 | 0h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes
Clive James has died at 80 (NY Times obituary). This replays highlights from a 2015 interview with Kim Hill about life, mortality and his poetry collection Sentenced to Life.

David Spiegelhalter – The Art of Statistics

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 6 September 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later
Interview with David Spiegelhalter, author of The Art of Statistics, sharing his passion for data, scientific evidence and risk, and how it’s reported to us. So bacon kills? Well, not so much. And don’t get him started on average house prices. He also collects thousands of coincidences, trying to separate blind chance from something more significant.

Tim Cope – On the Trail of Genghis Khan

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 3 November 2017 | 0h 42m | Listen Later
Interview with Tim Cope about his three-and-a-half year horseback ride across the Eurasian steppe from Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine, to Hungary. The trip was detailed in his book On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads and an award-winning film series.

Diana Wichtel – Driving to Treblinka

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 29 September 2017 | 0h 47m | Listen Later 
Interview with Diana Wichtel about her book Driving to Treblinka, about her father, a Polish Jew who miraculously survived the Holocaust, but who disappeared from her life when she moved with her mother and siblings from Vancouver to New Zealand.