Radio Wammo Podcast
Interviews and opinions taken from the Radio Wammo show on KiwiFM in New Zealand






February 2006
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One Wammo Episode #7
  • The big political news in New Zealand over the past few weeks has been the personal muck raking between National leader Don Brash and Prime Minister Helen Clark. I talked to Scoop political editor Kevin List about the furore and some audio dug up from the past recorded during  my old radio show on RDU where Don Brash frequently dished out practical love advice
  • Nominations are open for entry to the highly-prestigious 2007 World Class New Zealand Awards. These Awards recognise successful New Zealanders who help to enhance the reputation of our country on the world stage. I spoke with Simon Brown who is the Network Manager for World Class New Zealand from Kea New Zealand. Find out how to nominate your buddies!
  • Got your finances sorted? Gareth Morgan has just released a new book called Pension Panic: Tough Talk on Sorting Your Finances. Gareth Morgan is CEO of Gareth Morgan Investments and e is also a well-known columnist, a television debater and a sought-after conference speaker. He spoke straight talk to me about money and motorbikes. Motorbikes are cool but even cooler when you go long distance.
  • Huffer has just wrapped up their show at the New Zealand fashion week. Dan from huffer let me in on some of their secrets, where they've been and where they plan to go.

Running Time: 00:55:27

Direct download: One_Wammo_Episode_7.mp3
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One Wammo Episode #6
  • The Digital earth Summit on Sustainability took place in Auckland at the beginning of September 2006. It was the most significant scientific gathering ever held in this part of the world. Its focus was the most important issue facing us - long-term survival. I spoke with Dr. Tim Foresman who is a pre-eminent scientist who was a leading expert with NASA.
  • A new documentary called Try Revolution tells the story of how the 1981 Springbok Tour of New Zealand impacted on South Africa. Director Leanne Pooley tells me what she discovered in the making of this film.
  • Our New Scientist correspondent Amy Johnston lets us know if the people of AD 12006 will understand our warnings about buried nuclear waste and Fossil hunters have found an elusive creature that is the latest missing link.
  • Finally award winning and best selling author Robert Goddard pops in to chat about his new book and gives me a few pointers about my own crime writing.

Running Time: 00:57:26

Direct download: One_Wammo_Episode_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:10am EST

One Wammo Episode #5
  • To start off we get inspired with Vincent Heeringa from Idealog magazine. In particular we look at the cover story on this months issue where a whole bunch of creative kiwi advertising types have won awards for their work, and we ask how can you turn your ideas into wealth? And how can New Zealand transform itself from a land soaked in rain to an economy drenched in great ideas?
  • Talking about creative types we stay in that vein when I talk to Sam Jones from Tokyo Plastic - award winning animators from england
  • Then its back to New Zealand where a new web service has started up called Swapclub. What is it and how is it different to trademe or ebay? Creator Adrian Penman joins me for a chat
  • To some odd news about some russian scientists conducting research into the effects of putting a bunch of people into a dimly lit capsul for two years. All in the name of exploration to mars. Sarah Chatwin from Mindworks lets us know how this might effect the human mind.
  • Have you ever fancied yourself as a romance novelist? Or have you wondered what is the rational behind those cheesy lovey dovy story lines? I'll be joined by award winning Romance writer Debbie Mccomber for a dip into the world of amour.
  • And finally David Slack is at it again with the fun bags and a look at the worlds hard hitting top stories.

Running Time: 00:57:01

Direct download: One_Wammo_episode_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:42am EST

  • The Digital earth Summit on Sustainability represents the most significant scientific gathering ever held in this part of the world. Its focus will be on the most important issue facing us - long-term survival. The IQ of New Zealand will double during this summit! Richard Simpson the chairman for digital earth lets us know what its all about.
  • We look at how New Zealand oral health habits stack up against those in europe. Doctor Teresa Madden from the University of Otago tells us how often we brush and gives me some pointers on my own habits.
  • The Pole to Pole Leadership Institute is an international organization that inspires, empowers, and trains youth to take initiative and become leaders addressing the critical issues of our time.pole to pole with Martin Williams in Canada We trek
  • The Filmakers of American Cannibal pop in to chat about the making of this astounding documentary. In the Spring of 2005, two aspiring TV writer-producers were hired by the publicity-obsessed promoter behind the Paris Hilton sex tape to create a brutal all-or-nothing reality show "where survival is just the beginning." Denis Jensen, Gill Holland and Perry Grebin give us some insights to the world of reality TV and the making of the doco. See it at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
  • The New Zealand foreign affairs minister, Winston Peters, recently had a wee bite on his bottomTravel Essentials from a mystery insect while working overseas. We find out how to be safe and avoid creepy crawlers with Doctor Mark Shaw who is the medical director of
  • What do private investigators actually do? We chat with Danny Thompson who is the operations manager at Auckland Investigations.

Running Time: 00:59:29

Notes coming soon...
Direct download: One_Wammo_episode_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:06am EST

  • Winter is definitely starting to bite here in New Zealand and this week marks the winter solstice and shortest day. Brian Carter from the Carter Observatory explains what this means and what can be spotted in the night sky.
  • Credit cards, most of us have them, but how do we know we are getting a good deal with so many options out there. Different interest rates and loyalty schemes are all too confusing. To make some sense of the mess Steven Anderson from a company called Cannex which rates the different credit cards explains.
  • Then we head overseas to catch up with the editor of Xlr8r magazine in New York who will tell us what the latest trends in music are in her neck of the woods. I'll also be playing a track from New Zealand beat maker disasteradio.
  • Top selling fantasy author Jonathan Stroud also pops in to talk about the underbelly of fantasy writing while I attempt to get his hotel room bed made up

Running Time: 1:00:32

Direct download: One_Wammo_0003.mp3
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  • * The leader of an entire nation, the Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark steps in for a chat about:
              o East Timor, what next?
              o Where are all of New Zealand's troops and can we sustain our current commitment levels?
              o Whats the situation in Kabul, Afghanistan?
              o What does Helen think of the introduction of Tasers into the New Zealand Police force?
              o Can the Russell Norman and the Greens work with the National party?

        * The soccer world cup is on right now, and while most of us will be checking the telly and the web for results, there are some online scams we need to be aware of. Joel Camissar from Websense has all the dirt

        * Daniel Robert Epstein is the chap who talks with some of the biggest names in the music and movie business on

        * In New Zealand there's been a bit of controversy regarding the public frequencies offered to the Canwest station Kiwi FM to broadcast on. Some in the industry think this is unfair and a little dodgy. Karyn Hay is the General manager and breakfast host of Kiwi and she dropped in for a feisty conversation about Kiwi's future plans.

        * And finally blogger Russell Brown gives his opinions on youth drug culture, party pills, the new green party co-leader, and Rodney Hide's dancing.
Direct download: One_Wammo_0002.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:16am EST

  • How real is the terrorist threat in New Zealand? Paul G. Buchanan is the Director of the Working Group on Alternative Security Perspectives at the University of Auckland He started his professional career training US civilian and military intelligence officers and was a consultant to US security agencies until his emigration to New Zealand in 1997. He has written an essay called Of Myth and Reality in Terrorist Threat Assessment.
  • Best selling author and philosopher Alain De Botton chats about his new book The Architecture of Happiness.  Alain De Botton says the one of the great, but often unmentioned, causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kind of walls, chairs, buildings and streets we’re surrounded by.
Direct download: one_wammo_0001.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:08am EST