Guest details for Saturday Morning 22 August 2009

8:15 David Menashri

Professor David Menashri was born in Iran and is one of the foremost experts on that country. He currently serves as Director of the Center for Iranian Studies and Dean of the School for Overseas Students at Tel Aviv University. His research and teachings focus on the social and political history of modern Iran, education and modernisation in the Middle East, Islamic radicalism, Shi'i political thought and Persian Gulf and Central Asian affairs.

8:35 Rod Dunbar

Professor Rod Dunbar recently took over from Professor Ted Baker as Director of the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery. His research focuses on vaccines for cancer, and he is currently involved in a clinical trial of a melanoma vaccine. He is also a qualified doctor who used his medical knowledge to work as a script consultant on Shortland Street.

9:05 Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas, former Minister of Culture for the Black Panthers, is in New Zealand as the 2009 Elam International Artist in Residency. An exhibition of the graphic art work he created during his time in the Panthers is currently on show at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland (to 3 October). He will deliver his free public lecture, Emory Douglas and the Art of Revolution, in Auckland (University Engineering Building, 24 August), Dunedin (Public Art Gallery, 29 August), New Plymouth (Govett Brewster Art Gallery, 17 September), and Wellington (Te Papa, 19 September), and appear with former members of the Polynesian Panther Party at Panther Rapp on 13 September during the Going West Books and Writers Festival 2009.

9:45 Melanie Johnston-Hollit

Dr Melanie Johnston-Hollit heads the radio astronomy group at Victoria University of Wellington, and is the chair of the New Zealand Square Kilometre Array Research and Development Consortium. The Australian and New Zealand governments have agreed to join forces to bid for the $3.1 billion international SKA project, which will combine 5000 dishes, spread out over vast distances, into a one giant radio antenna so powerful it can not only observe celestial objects in distant galaxies, but look back in time to the emergence of the universe.

10:.05 Playing Favourites with Liam Finn and Eliza Jane Barnes

Singer/songwriters Liam Finn and Eliza Jane Barnes both have famous dads (Neil, Jimmy), and have a new five-track EP, Champagne in Seashells (Liberation Music), released on 24 August. Liam and Eliza Jane are about to embark on their Having a Baby tour with Lawrence Arabia and Connan Mockasin, playing in Dunedin (26 August), Christchurch (27 August), Wellington (28 August), and Auckland (29 August).

11:05 Alexa Johnston

Alexa Johnston works as a freelance art curator and writer. Her book, Ladies, A Plate: Traditional Home Baking (Penguin, ISBN: 978-014300-8637) was a Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture finalist in the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and has been reprinted six times. Her new book, A Second Helping: More from Ladies, A Plate (Penguin, ISBN: 978-0143202479) gathers more traditional recipes for the home baker and will be published on 31 August.

DigitalNZ, a publicy funded initiative to make NZ digital content easier to find share and use, is running a campaign to collect digital versions of family recipes. Listeners can photograph or scan recipes, load them up to the free photo sharing website Flickr or the local digital library Kete, and they will be made searchable through recipe search. More info here.

11:40 Nancy Brunning

Actor and director Nancy Brunning is a finalist in the Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film category at the 2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards for her role in The Strength of Water. The film, which has been nominated for an additional six awards, goes on general release nationwide from 27 August.

Music played on the programme

The Duckworth Lewis Method: The Age of Revolution
From the cricket-inspired 2009 album: The Duckworth Lewis Method
(Divine Comedy Records / 1969 Records)
Played at around 8:30

DLT: Black Panthers
From the 1999 soundtrack to What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
Played at around 9:05am

Liam Finn + Eliza Jane: On Your Side
From the five-track 2009 EP: Champagne in Seashells
(Liberation Music)
Played at around 9:35

Liam Finn + Eliza Jane: Honest Face
From the five-track 2009 EP: Champagne in Seashells
(Liberation Music)
Played at around 11:05
Composer: Liam Finn

Playing Favourites with Liam Finn and Eliza Jane Barnes

Tom Waits: Goin' Out West
From the 1992 album: Bone Machine
Played at around 10:15

Aldo Ciccolini and Gabriel Tacchino: Troisieme Gnossienne
From the 1987 album: Erik Satie - L'oeuvre pour piano, vol 5
Played at around 10:25

Neil Young: I Am a Child
From the 2007 live solo acoustic album: Live at Massey Hall 1971
Played at around 10:35

Funkadelic: Hit It or Quit It
From the 1970 album: Maggot Brain
Played at around 10:45

Siouxie and the Banshees: Spellbound
The single from the 1981 album: Juju
Played at around 10:57

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Lianne Smith
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon