John Cowan hosts ‘Real Life’, a weekly nationwide chat show 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.
John Cowan is an accomplished author, media producer and seminar presenter. He's been a hospital scientist in neurophysiology, a youth worker, a social worker, minister, and parenting expert, but his primary passion is communication: mainly as a speaker to live audiences, and as a writer. His wit and humour have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people in live-audiences around the country.
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Newsreader & Straight Up host Niva Retimanu tells John Cowan about hitting rock bottom and what it took to turn her life around
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...
Restauranteur and broadcaster Ganesh Raj shares the key values that now underpin his life and work
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...
Rose McIver recalls career highlights to date including her roles in The Lovely Bones, iZombie and The Christmas Prince
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...
Double Grammy nominee Simon O'Neill recalls practising opera singing in the Ashburton meat works
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...
Little House on the Prairie's Karen Grassle tells John Cowan how little her life resembled her on-screen persona
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...
Australian conservationist Tim Faulkner talks to John Cowan about the origins of his passion for nature
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...
Dame Cindy Kiro reflects with John Cowan on her life and career, which led to her recent appointment as Governor-General
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...
Deputy PM Grant Robertson discusses his 'Presbyterian, middle class' upbringing with John Cowan
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...
Bernard Hickey explains how his worldview and politics have shifted over the course of his career
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...