Guest details for Saturday 1 May 2010

8:15 Antony Loewenstein

Journalist and author Antony Loewenstein is the co-founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices and has written for many Australian and international publications. His book, The Blogging Revolution (Melbourne University Press, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-522-85490-9), examined the work of bloggers working under repressive regimes around the globe, and his 2006 bestseller, My Israel Question (Melbourne University Press, ISBN: 978-0-522-85706-1) was republished last year in an updated and expanded new edition. Antony is a guest at the 2010 Auckland Writers and Readers Festival (12-16 May).

9:05 Charlotte Madison

Charlotte Madison, Britain's first female Apache helicopter gunship pilot, served three tours in Afghanistan. She tells her story in Dressed to Kill (Headline, ISBN: 978-0-7553-1961-9).

9:45 Wil Anderson

Comedian, author and columnist Wil Anderson hosts the ABC TV series about advertising, The Gruen Transfer, which screens in New Zealand on Comedy Central from 4 May. He has been appearing at the NZ International Comedy Festival with his new show, Wilful Misconduct (to 1 May).

10:05 Playing Favourites with Helen Medlyn

After a career in advertising, Helen Medlyn became a full-time professional performer in 1989, working as a jazz chanteuse, dancer, actress, musical theatre performer, cabaret entertainer and more. Her latest role is Marcellina in the NZ Opera production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, playing in Wellington (15-22 May), and Auckland (3-13 June).

11:05 Robert Oliver

Chef Robert Oliver was born in New Zealand, grew up in Fiji, and for more than 25 years, has run restaurants in Miami, New York, Las Vegas and the Caribbean. Two years ago he returned to Fiji, and traveled to Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa, Vanuatau and the Cook Islands to rediscover the art of Pacific cooking. He tells that story, with Dr Tracy Berno and Shiri Ram, in Me'a Kai: the Food and Flavours of the South Pacific, (Godwit, ISBN: 978-1-86962-175-9).

11:40 Jeffrey Mogil

Jeffrey S. Mogil is the E.P. Taylor Professor of Pain Studies at McGill University, Canada and Canada Research Chair in the Genetics of Pain. He is a keynote speaker at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and its Faculty of Pain Medicine in Christchurch (1-5 May).

Music played during the programme

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Reggae Fi Peach
From the 1980 album: Bass Culture
Played at around 8.55

Maia Sharp: Death By Perfection
From her 2009 album: Echo
(Crooked Crown)
Played at around 9:05

The Rolling Stones: Plundered My Soul
Previously unreleased track from forthcoming (17 May) re-release of the 1972 album: Exile on Main Street
(Rolling Stones/Atlantic)
Played at around 9:40

Playing Favourites with Helen Medlyn

Felicity Lott with Graham Johnson (piano): Hôtel (no. 2 of Banalities)
From the 1988 album: Voyage a Paris: the Melodies of Francis Poulenc
Played at around 10:20

Marilyn Horne with the Vienna Opera Orchestra: Seguidilla (from Carmen)
From the 1967 album: Marilyn Horne: Grandi Voci
Played at around 10:30

Helen Medlyn: Summertime
From the 2006 album: Darling, It's Hell
Played at around 10:40

Christa Ludwig with Gerald Moore (piano): Liebst du um Schoenheit (Mahler)
From the 1959 album: Les Introuvables de Christa Ludwig
Played at around 10:55

Miles Davis: Gone, Gone, Gone
From the 1958 album: Porgy and Bess
Played at around 11:05

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Phil Swallow
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon