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Verbal Highs

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Episode 78: Nabeel Zuberi
Nabeel Zuberi teaches & writes about music, media, film and the politics of culture. Pakistan-born, he moved from Yemen to England as a refugee in 1968.Nabeel once went to Amer…
Episode 77: Lindsay Neill
Lindsay Neill is a chef turned lecturer whose research & teaching frames food in social and cultural contexts. He has studied NZ’s most famous pie cart.Lindsay describes his de…
Episode 76: Levi Hawken
Levi Hawken is a pro skateboarder, artist, teacher, mentor, writer & landscaper, who in 2011 unwittingly ended up one of NZ’s best-known Internet memes.Levi creates things out …
Episode 75: Graeme Hill
Graeme Hill is a broadcaster, producer, writer, musician & raconteur. He was an Able Tasman from 1983 to 1996, and 95bFM’s first full-time brekkie host.Graeme also runs a retre…
Episode 74: Karl Steven
Karl Steven is a composer of original music to picture, academic, music producer, & musician. He’s probably best known as the front man for Supergroove.Karl has a doctorate in …
Episode 73: Ermehn' 274
Herman Loto is a rapper, MMA fighter and trainer, former King Cobras member, & security provider. His debut album Samoans: Part 2 is a slept-on classic.Herman specialises in mo…
Episode 72: Harry the Bastard
Harry T Bastard landed a role at Rough Trade Records, which led to a role at Watts Music. The front room of Harry’s New York flat was known as ‘Club H’.Some bad luck on a fishi…
Episode 71: Gareth Shute
Gareth Shute is a writer, publisher, & musician. In 2004 he wrote the award-winning Hip Hop Music in Aotearoa, the first of five books he has authored.  Gareth works part-time …
Episode 70: Paul Oremland
Paul Oremland made a film about 100 of his past lovers. 100 Men features interviews with some of the men, charting 40 years of gay history & Paul’s life.One of Paul’s first job…
Episode 69: Ian Magan
Ian Magan is a pioneer of radio & music promotion in NZ. He was one of Hauraki’s ‘Good Guys’, & has since toured artists as diverse as AC/DC & Pavarotti.Chuck Berry once did a …
Episode 68: Dan Sage
Dan Sage, by his own admission, is a giant pile of poor life decisions. He is also a stand-up comedian who’s toured the North Island (of New Zealand).Dan is a Mormon. Who is al…
Episode 67: Julia Clement
Julia Clement is a female transgender comedian who has made a number of significant changes later in life. Julia’s onstage shtick combines the transgender and tech-geek experie…
Episode 66: Jackie van Beek
Jackie van Beek is a film & theatre director, writer, & actor. Her film The Breaker Upperers was one of the most critically-acclaimed NZ films of 2018. When provoked, Jackie …
Episode 65: Hugh Sundae
Hugh Sundae is a broadcaster & journalist who at 14 turned up to 95bFM, later hosting brekkie. Away for a decade, he returned as station manager in 2015 The question that ha…
Episode 64: Tim Batt
Tim Batt is the comedian, writer, & presenter behind NZ’s most successful podcast,‘The Worst Idea of All Time’. He once worked closely with Kevin Black.Tim’s school cricket tea…
Episode 63: Jason Hoyte
Jason Hoyte is an award-winning screen & voice actor, comedian, and host of Hauraki’s Daily Bhuja. He is part of the Alternative Commentary Collective.Jason figured out how to …
Episode 62: Jamie Bowen
Jamie Bowen has been a stand-up comedian, performer, & writer for nearly 20 years. He has been nominated for every comedy award in NZ, but never won one.Jamie builds a fort out…
Episode 61: Harold Rorschach
Harold Rorschach is a musician & artist best known as Roland Rorschach of The Hallelujah Picassos. He spent ten years at the helm of the iconic DKD Café.Harold left Holland for…
Episode 60: Roger Perry
Roger Perry was one of the first in NZ to champion the now ubiquitous house music sound and scene. Roger was introduced to DJing by actor Russell Crowe.He remains tight-lipped …
Episode 59: Andrew Spraggon
Andrew Spraggon is a songwriter, producer, musician, & manager who has piloted the festival-favourite musical collective Sola Rosa for nearly 20 years.He kinda hates The Doobie…
Episode 58: Justine Smith
Justine Smith is a stand-up comedian & sit-down comedy writer recognised for working on the Comedy Gala, AotearoHa, 7 Days, After Hours, & Funny Girls.Justine never regrets two…
Episode 57: Tim Ward
Tim Ward built Wellington's Hole in the Wall before opening The Matterhorn, Good Luck, Shopping, & San Fran Bathhouse.Tim often gets historical dates wrong, often by a number o…
Episode 56: Danny Lemon
Danny Lemon has been a window dresser, pro roller-skater, child actor, and men's barber. He is one of NZ’s most passionate advocates of reggae music.In 2014 Danny lost 8,500 re…
Episode 55: Sam Scott
Sam Scott is a founding member of The Phoenix Foundation. He also works as a composer for screen, storyteller for Radio NZ, & producer for Dave Dobbyn.Sam is a fervent advocate…
Episode 54: Dave Benge
Dave Benge is general manager of VIce NZ, coming from a career in music management & touring. He managed Fur Patrol, Cut Off Your Hands & Aldous Harding.Dave once wagered Shiha…
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Podcast Details
Started
Nov 23rd, 2016
Latest Episode
Jul 1st, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
78
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
Yes

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