Guest details for Saturday Morning 2 May 2009

8:10 Paul Talalay

Cancer researcher Paul Talalay, M.D., is the John Jacob Abel Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacology and Director of the Laboratory for Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He also is the founder of The Brassica Chemoprotection Laboratory, which is dedicated to studying edible plants that induce protective enzyme activity in the body and may help prevent cancer development. He is visiting New Zealand to deliver a lecture at a conference on scientific research at Auckland University.

8:40 Monica Ali

Monica Ali was born in Bangladesh, and grew up in England. She is one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists of the decade, Newcomer of the Year at the 2004 British Book Awards and has been nominated for most of the major literary prizes in Britain. Her first novel, Brick Lane (Black Swan, ISBN: 978-0-55277-445-1), was shortlisted in 2003 for the Booker Prize, the George Orwell Prize for political writing and the prestigious Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Her new novel, In the Kitchen (Doubleday, ISBN: 978-0-385-61458-0), has just been published. Monica Ali is a guest of the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival (13-17 May 2009).

9:05 Ranginui Walker

Māori academic and writer Professor Ranginui Walker is a member of the Whakatōhea iwi. He was a member of activist group Ngā Tamatoa and later went on to become the Professor and Head of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland, and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal. His story is told by biographer and sociologist Paul Spoonley in Mata Toa: the Life and Times of Ranginui Walker (Penguin, ISBN: 978-0-14-301989-3), which will be launched next weekend at the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.

10:00 Playing Favourites with John Newton

Dr John Newton teaches in the English Programme at the School of Humanities, University of Canterbury. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Double Rainbow: James K. Baxter, Ngati Hau and the Jerusalem Commune (Victoria University Press, ISBN: 780864-736031).

11:10 Robert Wallace

Robert Wallace is visiting professor in the department of geography at the University of Minnesota, and co-author of the forthcoming book Farming Human Pathogens: Ecological Resilience and Evolutionary Process (Springer Press, ISBN:. 978-038792212). He writes the Farming Pathogens blog.

11:40 Robyn Salisbury

Robyn Salisbury is a registered clinical psychologist and director of Sex Therapy New Zealand Ltd. She has specialised in couples' work and sex therapy for more than 20 years, and is the author of Staying in Love (Random House, ISBN: 978-1-86979-071-4).

Music played during the programme

Rufus Thomas: Old McDonald had a Farm (Part 2)
The 1969 track from the 2001 compilation album: Do the Funky Chicken
Played at around 8:40

TrinityRoots: Home, Land and Sea
From the 2004 album: Home, Land and Sea
Played at around 9:05

Marvin Gaye: If It Should Die Tonight
From the 1973 album: Let's Get It On
Played at around 11:40

Playing Favourites with John Newton

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: All Along the Watchtower
From the 1968 album: Electric Ladyland
Played at around 10:25

Joni Mitchell: California
From the 1971 album: Blue
Played at around 10:45

Little Feat: Roll Um Easy
From the 1973 album: Dixie Chicken
(Warner Bros)
Played at around 11:05

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Damon Taylor
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell