Guest details for Saturday Morning 9 August 2008

8:12 Fire Alarm

Because of the delay to programming caused by the fire alarm in Radio New Zealand's Wellington building, the interview with Gerald Melling will now be broadcast at 11:05, and the interview with Mark Morris will be broadcast next Saturday.

8:45 Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman is a software freedom activist and developer. In 1983 he announced the project to develop the GNU operating system, a Unix-like operating system meant to be entirely free software, and has been the project's leader ever since. He visited New Zealand for a range of engagements and events from 6 to 12 August to help promote the use, dissemination and ideals of free software.

9:20 James Flynn

James Flynn is Emeritus Professor of Political Studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin. He has become widely known for his discovery of the Flynn effect: the continued year-on-year rise of IQ scores in all parts of the world.

9:45 Phil Bishop

Dr Phil Bishop is Senior Lecturer in Zoology at the University of Otago. He is an expert in how frogs use sound to express their sex, species and even genetic fitness. Since 1995, his interests have become increasingly involved with frog conservation and causes of frog declines and as well as the study of the biology of rare, and sometimes earless, frogs. In 2005 he was appointed co-leader of the New Zealand Native Frog Recovery Group, and he was recently appointed as the Amphibian Specialist Group Working Group Chair for New Zealand.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Dave Murphy

New Zealand blues musician Dave Murphy has been performing for 35 years. He had never recorded an album until he went into the Braeburn Recording Studio earlier this year. The session for the album, along with interview vignettes, was recorded on film by director Costa Botes and premiered at this year's Wellington Film Festival. It is now available as a CD/DVD package: Yes That's Me - Dave Murphy Plays the Blues (Press Go/Ode). Dave Murphy plays live on the night of Tuesday 12 August at the Mayfair Cafe in Upper Hutt. The book mentioned during the interview is An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, by Kay Redfield Jamison (Vintage, ISBN: 978-0679763307).

11:05 Gerald Melling

Gerald Melling and Allan Morse of Wellington's Melling Morse Architecture won the Home New Zealand magazine Home of the Year 2008 award, for their 'Signal Box' house in Masterton.

11:45 Roi Colbert

Roi Colbert has been writing, chiefly about sport and music, since the 1960s. He is a former sports editor of the Dunedin Evening Star, and currently writes a monthly golf column for The Cut. He has written extensively for The Sunday Star Times and The Listener, and contributes to a number of magazines on a variety of topics.

Music played on the programme

Amy LaVere: Killing Him
From her 2008 album: Anchors & Anvils
(Archers Records)
Played at around 8:10

Playing Favourites with Dave Murphy:

Big Bill Broonzy: Willie Mae Blues
From the 2000 compilation album: Trouble in Mind
(Smithsonian Folkways)
Played at around 10:10

Dave Murphy: Yes That's Me by the Cigarette Machine
From the 2008 CD/DVD album: Yes That's Me: Dave Murphy Plays the Blues
(Press Go / Ode)10:20

Dave Murphy: Amazing Grace
From the 2008 CD/DVD album: Yes That's Me: Dave Murphy Plays the Blues
(Press Go / Ode)
Played at around 10:30

Dave Murphy: That's All Right
Live in the Wellington studio of Radio New Zealand
Played at around 10:45

Dave Murphy: Kansas City
Live in the Wellington studio of Radio New Zealand
Played at around 10:55

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Chris Adams
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Dunedin engineers: Martin Balch, Rodney Morgan
Pre-record engineers: Mike Robinson, Matt Thomson