Guest details for Saturday Morning 3 July 2010

8:15 Daniel Ellsberg: most dangerous man

Dr Daniel Ellsberg is a former marine and military analyst who precipitated a national political controversy in the United States in 1971 when he released a top-secret Pentagon study of US government decision-making about the Vietnam War. He is the subject and narrator of a new documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, screening at this year's New Zealand International Film Festivals (from 8 July in Auckland).

9:05 Arturo Arias: Guatemala

Professor Arturo Arias is a novelist and academic from Guatemala. His fiction writing is heavily influenced by Maya culture and in 2008, he was awarded the Guatemalan National Prize in Literature. A specialist in indigenous studies, he is currently Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of Texas at Austin.

9:40 Julie Woods: blind dining

Julie Woods, also known as "that blind woman", is a motivational coach and speaker. With New Zealand chef and author Julie Biuso and the team at Otago Polytechnic TECHnique Restaurant, she will be presenting the Dining in the Dark experience on 9 July at the New Zealand International Science Festival in Dunedin (6-11 July). The three course dinner for blindfolded participants will include a talk from ophthalmologist Dr Andrew Thompson.

10:05 Father Michael Mahoney: mountainous priest

Father Michael Mahoney is a Marist Father who was based in Brazil for the last 30 years. He was also a member of the first New Zealand expedition to Mount Everest in 1977. In Brazil, he was a parish priest in the semi-desert region of Bahia, where he was involved in a multitude of local community projects. Father Mahoney is currently writing a history of Arthur's Pass and is parish priest of South Westland from Ross to Haast.

11:05 Bobby Crush: Liberace

Bobby Crush has been famous in the UK for over 30 years, primarily as a pianist, but also as a songwriter, broadcaster, actor and TV presenter. He is visiting over 30 New Zealand towns and cities with his critically acclaimed musical comedy, Liberace Live From Heaven, from 9 July through 19 August.

11:45 Kate de Goldi: Virginia Hamilton

Kate De Goldi will discuss the work of black American children's novelist Virginia Hamilton, who came to prominence in the 1970s. Her books include her first novel Zeely, set in North Carolina in early 60s (Aladdin, 2006, ISBN: 978-1416914136), MC Higgins the Great (Aladdin, 2006, ISBN: 978-1416914075), The House of Dies Drear (Aladdin, 2006, ISBN: 978-1416914051) and The Mystery of Drear House (Scholastic Paperbacks, 1997, ISBN: 978-0590956277), companion novels, set in the 1960s, about a house in Ohio owned during the Civil War by an abolitionist who helped operate the Underground Railway.

Music played during the programme

St. Peter & the Holymen: Bofoo Beye Abowa Den
From the 2009 album: Ghana Special: Modern Highlife Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-81
Played at around 9.35

Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes: Domingo No Parque
From the 2005 album: Tropicalia
(Soul Jazz)
Played at around time 10.06

John Grant: I Wanna Go To Marz
From the 2010 album: Queen of Denmark
(Bella Union)
Played at around time 10.50

Bobby Crush: Happy Heart
From the 2006 album: The Definitive Collection
Played at around time 11.06

Liberace: As Time Goes By
From the 1969 album: Liberace's Greatest Hits
Played at around time 11.40

Studio operators

Producer: Sean McKenna
Wellington engineer: Marc Chesterman
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon
Dunedin engineer: Rod Morgan