Guest details for Saturday 5 April 2008

8:12 Foreign Correspondent: Raed Jarrar on Iraq

Raed Jarrar was born and raised in Iraq, and completed his master's degree in architecture. After the U.S.-led invasion, he became the country director for CIVIC Worldwide, the only door-to-door casualty survey group in post-war Iraq, and established Emaar, ("reconstruction" in Arabic), a grassroots organization that provided humanitarian and political aid to Iraqi internally displaced persons. He now works in Washington D.C. as political analyst and consultant for the Iraq Program of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker affiliated organisation which works for peace and social justice. He blogs at Raed in the Middle.

8:30 Jill Trevelyan

Jill Trevelyan is the author of Rita Angus: An Artist's Life (Te Papa Press, ISBN: 978-1-877-385-39-1), the first and only biography of one of New Zealand's best-loved and most significant 20th century artists, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of her birth. She is also co-curator of the exhibition Rita Angus: Life and Vision, which will open at Te Papa in July and tour nationwide.

9:05 Jed Mercurio

Jed Mercurio trained and worked as a junior doctor at a Birmingham hospital for three years before he became a writer. He adapted his debut novel, Bodies (Jonathan Cape, ISBN: 0-224-06197-6), into an acclaimed BBC TV series, for which he also directed episodes and acted as co-producer. His other TV credits include Cardiac Arrest, Invasion Earth, and last year's drama, Frankenstein. His new novel, Ascent (Jonathan Cape, ISBN: 9780224072861), is about a Soviet cosmonaut.

9:45 Kate's Klassic

Kate Camp will discuss Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (Random House, ISBN: 9780099477310).

10:05 Gary Dexter

Gary Dexter is the editor of Chambers Concise Biographical Dictionary, and a frequent contributor to a number of UK publications. He has adapted parts of Title Deed, his long-running Sunday Telegraph column, into Why Not Catch 21? The Stories Behind the Titles (Frances Lincoln, ISBN: 978-0-7112-2796-5.

10:20 Playing Favourites with Allan Thomas

Allan Thomas retired recently from the position of Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at Victoria University of Wellington, where he taught world music (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern), Pacific Island music and dance, Afro-American music, and New Zealand music. He brought gamelan music to New Zealand in the 1970s, and his main research has been on the music of the Tokelau Islands. During the 1990s, he completed a study of the music of Hawera in the first post-War year, 1946, which provided a view of music's contribution to the local community and the identity of local people. He is creating a programme on hymns as the world's first great popular music, which will be broadcast on Radio New Zealand Concert later this year.

11:05 Food with Farmer John

Flamboyant organic farmer John Peterson (aka Farmer John) is a stalwart of the organic and seasonal food movement, and the author of Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables (Gibbs Smith Publishers, ISBN: 1423600142). He is the subject of the documentary, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, by Akaroa organic lifestyle farmer and filmmaker Taggart Siegel, which opens in New Zealand cinemas on 17 April. John Peterson and Taggart Siegel are touring the country for advance screenings of the film in Christchurch (5 April), Nelson (11 April), Wellington (13 April), Palmerston North (15 April), Havelock North (16 April), and Auckland (18, 19 and 20 April).

11:45 Paul Hasegawa-Overacker

Paul Hasegawa-Overacker, known as Paul H-O, was an exhibiting artist and curator from 1975 to 1995, mainly in New York. He has written critical and feature articles for a number of art magazines, and created and directed Gallery Beat Television from 1993 to 2000. With Tom Donahue he is co-director of the Filmlike Productions feature documentary Guest of Cindy Sherman, which looks at the art world at the beginning of the 21st century.

Music played on the programme

Robert Wyatt: A Beautiful War
From the 2007 album: Comicopera

Devotchka: Along the Way
From the 2008 album: A Mad & Faithful Telling

The Rank Outsiders: The Day You Leave School
Unreleased recording from South Head Community Hall

Playing Favourites with Allan Thomas

Te Urikore Biddle: Karanga
Unreleased recording from Allan Thomas Farewell Concert at Victoria University

Gamelan of Central Java -VI. Kraton Surakarta: Bonangan Gending "Tukung"
From the album: Song and Sound the World Around - Gamelan Music from Java
Played at approximately 10:35am

The Hawera Methodist Church Choir, conducted by H.C.A. Fox: Rock of Ages
From the book with CD: Music is Where You Find It: music in the town of Hawera, 1946, an historical ethnography by Allan Thomas (Music Books New Zealand, ISBN: 0-475-12213-5)

Mahalia Jackson: What a Friend We Have In Jesus
From the album: Gospels, Spirituals and Hymns

Drei Arnstädter Choräle: Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich, BMW 732
From the 1991 album: Lübeck - Glocken, Orgeln, Glockenspiele

Gavin Bryars: Tramp with Orchestra IV (full strings)
From the 1993 album: Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Amelika Faitu: Fatele
Unreleased recording from the Tokelau Islands by Allan Thomas
Composer: Ihaia

Wellington engineer: Damon Taylor