Guest details for Saturday Morning 12 September 2009

8:15 Jenny Weston

Jenny Weston heads the Farm Services Veterinary Clinic and teaches dairy cattle medicine at the Institute of Veterinary, Animal & Biomedical Sciences, Massey University. As a FEI four-star endurance veterinarian, she took a support role on the 2009 Mongol Derby, the longest horse race in the world, helping ensure the safety and wellbeing of the 700 horses involved.

8:30 Michael Cathcart

Writer, broadcaster and historian Dr Michael Cathcart is a lecturer in Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne, and is best-known for his acclaimed 1993 abridgment of Manning Clark's six-volume classic, A History of Australia. His latest book is The Water Dreamers: The Remarkable History of Our Dry Continent (Text, ISBN: 9781921520648).

9:05 Sir Martin Evans

British scientist Professor Sir Martin Evans, FRS, is Director of the School of Biosciences and Professor of Mammalian Genetics at Cardiff University. He is credited with discovering how to culture embryonic stem cells in 1981, and for his work in the development of the "knockout mouse" and the related technology of gene targeting. In 2007, he was a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in recognition of his gene targeting work. He visited New Zealand for the 19th Queenstown Molecular Biology Conference on 1-3 September, and to deliver The 2009 Maurice Wilkins Centre Lecture in Auckland on 10 September.

9:45 Jen Hay

Jen Hay is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Canterbury. She will discuss changing and merging vowels in New Zealand English.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Richard Chen See

Jamaican-born dancer Richard Chen See has spent thirty years working with ballet and modern dance companies in England and the USA, and for the last fifteen years has danced for the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York. He has also worked since 1986 as a professional wilderness guide and a kayak instructor, bringing disabled and disadvantaged communities into the outdoors and has sponsored many events, including Paddle with Pride, a fundraiser for The LGBT Community Center. Now working freelance, Richard will stage the New Zealand premiere of the Paul Taylor work, AIRS, for the New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2009 in November.

11:10 Chris Rojek

Professor Chris Rojek is Head of Department and Professor of Sociology and Culture at Brunel University, England, where he specialises in celebrity, culture, tourism, popular music and leisure. He is the author of ten books, most recently 2007's Brit-Myth: Who Do the British Think They Are?, and is working on a new title, Fame Attack. He will deliver two public lectures this month as the visiting Hood Fellow at The University of Auckland (Understanding Celebrity Culture on Tuesday 22 September, and What Does Free Time Mean In The 21st Century? on Thursday 24 September, both starting 6:30pm at the Business School Theatre, Symonds Street).

11:45 Gardening with Sally Cameron

Keen cook and gardener Sally Cameron has been a food writer, stylist and editor in New Zealand and the UK, and runs a catering company. She is the author, with photographer Charlie Smith, of Grow It, Cook It (Penguin, ISBN: 978-0143-010-968), and the author of new guide book The Tui NZ Vegetable Garden (Penguin, ISBN: 978-014-320228-8).

Music played on the programme

The Go-Betweens: Spring Rain
From the 1986 album: Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express
(Beggars Banquet)
Played at around 8:30

David Bowie: Fame
From the 2000 album: Bowie at the Beeb: The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions
Played at around 11:45

Playing Favourites with Richard Chen See

Alcina Pastor Fido Ariodante: Excerpt from Concerti Grossi, 4th Movement: "Ariodante" overture, alla gavotte
(used as the backing soundtrack to the Paul Taylor work 'Airs')
From the album: Handel Ballet Music
(Argo ZRG686)
Played at around 10:15

Bob Marley: Redemption Song
From the 1980 album: Uprising
Played at around 10:30

Harry Nilsson: Mother Nature's Son
From the 1969 album: Harry
(RCA Victor)
Played at around 10:45

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Andrew Dalziel
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Christchurch engineer: Hamish Doake