Guest details for Saturday Morning 14 March 2009

8:15 Zia Mian

Zia Mian is a research scientist, and director of the Program on Science and Global Security's Project on Peace and Security in South Asia, at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials, and the co-editor of Out of the Nuclear Shadow: Pakistan's Atomic Bomb & the Search for Security (Zed Books, 2001).

8:30 Wayne Lochore

Wayne Lochore is a private market consultant who has worked in and around the financial markets since 1969, mainly as a frontline equity trader. He spent the 1990s away from New Zealand, including a stint running his own futures consultancy business in London. Beginning January 2005, he wrote a series of essays warning of the impending global financial crisis.

9:05 Paul Callaghan

Paul T Callaghan is the Alan MacDiarmid Professor of Physical Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, and is involved with the development of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) devices at Magritek. His new book is Wool to Weta: Transforming New Zealand's Culture and Economy (Auckland University Press, ISBN 978-1-86940-438-3).

10:05 Selina Tusitala Marsh

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, of Samoan, Tuvalu, English, and French descent, is the first Pacific Islander to graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland. Her poetry collection, Fast Talking P I (University of Auckland Press, ISBN 978-1-86940-432-1), with accompanying CD of her poems featuring music by Tim Page, is released this month and reflects her focus on issues affecting Pacific communities in New Zealand, and indigenous peoples around the world. Dr Tusitala Marsh will read from Fast Talking P I on the University of Auckland stage from 11:30am to noon at Auckland's annual Pasifika celebrations, Western Springs Park, on Saturday 14 March.

10:40 Dawn French

British comedy actress Dawn French is best known for her TV series The Vicar of Dibley, and as half of the duo French & Saunders. On 31 July, she will perform with Jennifer Saunders in Auckland for their First & Final Farewell NZ Tour. The show features old characters and new sketches from last year's British tour, some of which can be seen on the DVD, French and Saunders: Still Alive (Universal). In 2008, Dawn published her memoir, Dear Fatty (Century, ISBN: 978-1-8460-5345-0).

11:10 Robert Jedicke

Robert Jedicke has had four professional careers: football, particle physics, astronomy, and software engineering. He received his PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Toronto, and after a brief stint in the professional Canadian Football league he held post-doctoral positions at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, and at the University of Arizona's Lunar & Planetary Laboratory. He spent more than five years at Veeco Corporation in Tucson developing image analysis software before accepting a faculty position at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii in March 2003. He is currently the manager of the Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) moving object processing system that will discover more asteroids and comets each month than have been found in the past two centuries. He has discovered two comets, and an asteroid is named after his family.

11.35 Bob White

Bob White is Professor of Geophysics at Cambridge, a Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He co-authored, with Nick Spencer, the 2007 book Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living (SPCK Publishing, ISBN: 978-0281058334), and visited Wellington and Auckland to deliver the public lecture, Global Warming: A Christian Response. He will speak at a symposium, Science and Religion in the 21st Century: Faith In Science, Science In Faith, which takes place from 8:30am to 6:00pm on 14 March at the Neon Foyer (Theatre 401-439), University of Auckland, 20 Symonds Street.

Music played on the programme

Beirut: La Llorana
From the 2009 double EP: March of the Zapotec / Real People: Holland
(Pompeii Records)
Played at around 9:05

Selina Tusitala Marsh: Fast Talkin' P I
From the 2009 poetry book and CD: Fast Talking P I
(University of Auckland Press, ISBN 9768-1-86940-432-1)
Played at around 10:05

Don McGlashan and the Seven Sisters: C2006PI (Make Yourself at Home)
From the 2009 album: Marvellous Year
(Arch Hill)
Played at around 11:30

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Lianne Smith