Guest information for Saturday 26 April 2008

8:12 Foreign Correspondent: Pramod Parajuli

Born and raised in Nepal, Professor Pramod Parajuli is a social movements scholar and a sustainability educator. He currently resides and teaches at Portland State University, in Oregon, and is founding executive director of the Portland International Initiative for Leadership in Ecology, Culture and Learning. He will join the faculty of Prescott College in Arizona later this year. On his most recent trip to Nepal at the end of 2006, Professor Parajuli met with members of the Maoist party who will be in the new leadership of that country following the shock election result.

8:25 Helen Garner

Australian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist Helen Garner first came to prominence in 1997 with her novel Monkey Grip (later adapted to a feature film), and gained widespread acclaim for her 1982 short novel, The Children's Bach. She is also the author of a number of non-fiction books including The First Stone: Some Questions about Sex and Power, an account of a 1992 sexual harassment scandal at Ormond College, and Joe Cinque's Consolation from 2004, about the manslaughter of a Canberra engineer. Her new book, her first for 15 years, is The Spare Room (Text, ISBN: 978-1-921351-39-6), a fictional treatment of caring for a dying cancer patient.

9:05 John Gray

Political philosopher and author John Gray is Professor of Human European Thought at the London School of Economics. He is the author of several influential books, including his 2002 attack on humanism, Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals (Allen Lane, ISBN: 1862075123). His most recent book is Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (Allen Lane, ISBN: 0713999152). John Gray is a guest at two sessions on Sunday 18 May at the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival '08.

10:05 Harvey Benge

Harvey Benge has been working full time as a camera artist from Auckland and Paris since 1992, mainly through published work, though he has also exhibited internationally and has work in major public and private collections. His new book, A Short History of Photography (Godwit, ISBN: 9781869621445), is a photographic anthology of contemporary photography.

10:20 Playing Favourites with Brendan Macfarlane

New Zealand-born, Paris-based architect Brendan Macfarlane of Jakob + Macfarlane is one of the judging panellists of HOME New Zealand magazine's Home of the Year award. The Docks de Paris, a major project by Brendan and his partner Dominique Jakob, is currently nearing completion on the banks of the Seine. During his return visit to New Zealand, Brendan will give lectures in Wellington (28 April) and Auckland (29 April).

11:05 Food with Helen Leach

Helen Leach is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago and has researched the evolution of the human diet and prehistoric horticulture. Her new book, The Pavlova Story: A Slice of New Zealand's Culinary History (Otago University Press; ISBN: 978-1-877372-57-5), explores the way that creative and innovative cooks have transformed a fashionable afternoon tea cake into an iconic dessert.

11:25 Gemma Gracewood

For television producer Gemma Gracewood's latest programme, New Artland, thirteen of New Zealand's leading contemporary artists were invited to choose a region or community anywhere in New Zealand that they have a personal connection with, and create a new artwork with participants from that chosen community. The series is hosted by cartoonist and musician Chris Knox, and screens on the digital channel TVNZ6 on Sundays and Wednesdays at 8:30pm, as well as being available at TVNZ ondemand. Gemma is also a founding member of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra; the group play their last show for about six months at the Erupt Lake Taupo Festival on 16 May.

11:45 Children's Books with Kate De Goldi

Kate De Goldi will discuss dolls' house stories, an unusual British take on the family story, focusing on two books by Rumer Godden (Tottie: The Story of a Doll's House, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower), two by Pauline Clarke/Helen Clare (The Twelve and the Genii, Five Dolls in a House), and referring to Ursula Dubosarsky's PhD thesis: Little People in British Children's Literature of the Cold War.

Music played on the programme

Legacy featuring Kerry Glockling: The First Time
From the 2008 album: Legacy
played at around 9:05am

David Kilgour: Gold in Sound
From the 2004 album: Frozen Orange
(Arch Hill)
played at around 11:25am

Playing Favourites with Brendan Macfarlane:

Brian Eno: 1/1
From the 1978 album: Ambient 1: Music for Airports

Roland Poninen (piano): Gymnopedie No. 1 (Lent et douloureux)
From the album: Roland Poninen Plays Piano

Vangelis: Love Theme from Bladerunner
From the 1983 soundtrack album

Operations staff

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