Saturday Morning guest details for 26 July 2008

8:12 Luke Harding

Luke Harding is Moscow correspondent for the Guardian. He was previously the Guardian's South Asia correspondent in New Delhi, and has reported for the paper from Afghanistan and Iraq.

8:30 John Scarry

John Scarry is an Auckland-based structural engineer operating independently of the major consultancies. He believes standards of engineering practice in New Zealand are falling and has voiced concerns about design and construction practices and their effects on building safety.

9:05 Richard Powers

Richard Powers explores the effects of modern science and technology in his novels, and his psychological thriller, The Echo Maker (Random House, ISBN: 9780099506027), won the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction. He returns to New Zealand for a master class for MA fiction students at Victoria University, and will deliver the presentation Mind and Matter from 1:00pm on 28 July at the National Library Auditorium in Wellington, as part of the Writers on Mondays series.

9:45 Kate's Klassic

Kate Camp will discuss John Wyndham's 1951 post-apocalyptic novel, The Day of the Triffids (Penguin, ISBN 9780140009934).

10:05 Playing Favourites with Janet Hunt

Janet Hunt is a graphic designer and writer based on Waiheke Island. Her first book, Hone Tuwhare: A Biography, was published in 1998, and her next book, A Bird in the Hand: Keeping New Zealand Wildlife Safe, won the non-fiction section and the Book of the Year award at the 2004 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Her most recent book, Wetlands of New Zealand: A Bitter-Sweet Story (Random House, ISBN 9781869419042), won the Environment category and the Montana Medal for Non-fiction at the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.

11:05 Food with Harriet Harcourt

Harriet Harcourt is the owner and operator of Harriet Harcourt Catering. She talked about comfort food for winter, and being creative with food when items are in short supply, expensive, or both. And here are her recipes for Gingered Baby Beetroot and White Bean Dip, and a link to the recipe that she and Kim talked about, Chickpeas, Tuscan Style.

11:30 Reverend James Boyce

James Boyce is a Carmelite priest. He is associate professor and chair of the faculty of arts and music at Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, with a special interest in medieval music, chant, and liturgy. Reverend Boyce is visiting this country as a guest of the New Zealand School of Music (a partnership between Massey and Victoria Universities) to give a presentation on Gregorian chant in the regular public musicology lecture series The Music Forum.

Music played during the programme

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu: Djarrimirri
From the 2008 album: Gurrumul
(Skinnyfish Music)
Played at around 9:45

The Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz: Antiphon 'In Paradisum' and Psalm 121 (122)
From the 2008 album: Chant - Music for Paradise
Played at around 11:35

Playing Favourites with Janet Hunt:

Don McGlashan: Rain
From the 2005 album: Tuwhare
Played at around 10:35

Fourmyula: Nature
From the 2002 compilation album: Nature's Best
Played at around 10:40

Whirimako Black: Spring Song
From the 2005 album: Tuwhare
Played at around 10:55

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell