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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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...
Dr Himali McInnes shares how making room for Māori traditional knowledge shaped her medical practice
Himali is a family doctor who works in a busy Auckland general practice and in the prison system. She is also a well-known writer of short stories, essays, articles,...
Cartoonist Toby Morris talks to John about his new book 'Dad Man Walking: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Fatherhood'
Toby attributes his love of comics to his family having moved frequently for his father's army career. He started making his own comics at seven while off school...
Broadcaster Toni Street talks about how the loss of her three siblings and personal health crises have shaped her outlook on life
Journalist and broadcaster Toni Street is one of New Zealand's most popular television and radio personalities. Former co-host of top-rating TVNZ current affairs...
Author and academic Kate Bowler discusses the impacts of 'prosperity doctrine' taught in many mega-churches
Kate Bowler PhD is a New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and associate professor of "The History of Christianity in North America" at Duke University...
Jessica Hobbs tells John Cowan about being the fourth woman to win the drama directing Emmy
Jessica grew up in Christchurch with her mother Aileen O'Sullivan, also a director. While studying performance, she realised she was more fascinated with observing...
Pio Terei on his career, the revival of te reo Māori, and grieving the loss of his teenage son Teina
Pio Terei came to fame in 1995 when, after years as a truck salesman, he landed a comedy show Pete and Pio. He shared the show with fellow comedian Peter Rowley...
Dan Carter tells John Cowan about his post-rugby career including his latest venture into NFTs
Dan Carter's latest position is as the co-founder new NFT studio and marketplace, Glorious. The highest point scorer in test match rugby, Dan played for Crusaders...