Guests for Saturday 29 March 2008

8:12 Foreign Correspondent : John Powers

Dr John Powers is Reader, Centre for Asian Societies, and Histories Coordinator for the Honours programme at the Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University. He is currently in Delhi, en route to Tibet.

8:25 Annie Goldson

Annie Goldson has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries, docudramas and experimental film/video for 20 years in the United States and New Zealand. Her Occasional Productions company has completed three award-winning films in the last three years, Sheilas: 28 Years On (2004), a history of second-wave feminism in New Zealand; Pacific Solution: From Afghanistan to Aotearoa (2005) and Elgar's Enigma: Biography of a Concerto (2006). Her latest documentary, An Island Calling, explores the events surrounding the 2001 murder in Suva of openly gay couple John Scott and Greg Scrivener. An Island Calling has its New Zealand premiere at the World Cinema Showcase in Auckland on 30 March before travelling to Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Murder in the Pacific, a 44-minute version of the film, will be broadcast shortly after the Festival release on TV3.

9:05 Bernard Beckett

Bernard Beckett teaches English and Drama at Hutt Valley High School. He writes plays for teenagers and has just written a popular science book for adults and young adults, Falling for Science: Asking the Big Questions (Longacre, ISBN: 9781877361722). His interest in science led to the publication of his eighth novel, Genesis (Longacre, ISBN 1-877361-52-6), in 2006. It won the Young Adult Category in the 2007 NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults, and the Esther Glen Award in the same year. Last year Longacre Press sold the world wide rights to Text Publishing in Australia. Last week Text sold the rights to Quercus in the UK for £100,000. Since then Quercus have received an offer from an Italian publisher for £25,000.

9:45 Professor Martin Silink

Professor Martin Silink is Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology at the University of Sydney and The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney. He is President of the International Diabetes Federation for the period 2006-2009, and chairs the IDF Life for a Child Program. He led the successful Unite for Diabetes campaign that resulted in the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution in December 2006. He will visit New Zealand next week for the seventh International Diabetes Federation Western Pacific Congress, from 30 March to 3 April.

10:05 Playing Favourites with NZTrio

Violinist Justine Cormack, cellist Ashley Brown, and pianist Sarah Watkins have been playing together since 2002 as NZTrio, one of New Zealand's most acclaimed professional chamber groups. They commence their Fire and Water tour in Christchurch on Sunday 13 April, before travelling to Wellington (20 April), and Auckland (23 April).

10:45 Peter Calder

Peter Calder is a journalist and critic. His award-winning travel book, Travels with My Mother (Tandem, ISBN 1877298093), was published in 2003.

11:05 Food with Sarah Hodge

Sarah Hodge is the co-owner of Spa Horrobin and Hodge on the Kapiti Coast. She will talk about growing and eating green leafy plants.

11:25 Russell Brown

Russell Brown is a journalist, broadcaster and blogger, who co-ordinates the Public Address community of weblogs and Great Blend events. His new TV show, Media7, will critique the week's media activity and review new media developments. It debuts at 9.30pm on Wednesday 2 April on TVNZ 7, the commercial-free 24-hour news and information channel on the Freeview digital television platform.

11:45 Children's Books with Kate de Goldi

Kate de Goldi will discuss two novels, The Thing with Finn by Tom Kelly (Macmillan, ISBN: 978-0-330-44455-2) and Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (HarperCollins ISBN: 978-0-06-009274-0), and the non-fiction book Juicy Writing; Inspiration and Techniques for Young Writers by Brigid Lowry (Allen and Unwin ISBN: 978-1-74175-048-5).

Music played during the programme:

Rickie Lee Jones: Falling Up
From the 2007 album: Sermon on Exposition Boulevard
(New West)

NZTrio: Excerpt from first movement, Pale Yellow, of Jennifer Higdon's Piano Trio
Performed live in the Radio New Zealand studio, Auckland

NZTrio: Excerpt from second movement, Maurice, of Raimundo Penaforte's An Eroica Trio
Performed live in the Radio New Zealand studio, Auckland

NZTrio: Second movement, Scherzo, of Gareth Farr's Ahi
Performed live in the Radio New Zealand studio, Auckland

The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band: Dance of Death
From the 2007 album: Danse Macabre
(Monkey Records)

Studio engineers

Wellington: Nick Chave
Auckland: Jeremy Ansell
Dunedin: Fiona Balch