Guest details for Saturday Morning 13 November 2010

8:15 Emma Larkin

Emma Larkin is the pseudonym for an American journalist who was born and raised in Asia, and studied the Burmese language at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has been visiting Burma for close to 15 years, and is the author of Everything is Broken: The Untold Story of Disaster Under Burma's Military Regime (Granta, ISBN: 978-1-84708-180-3).

8:30 John Battle

Former British Labour party politician John Battle was MP for Leeds West, and Tony Blair's envoy to the faith communities from 2001 until May 2007. John is visiting New Zealand as a guest of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago, and will speak at public events in Christchurch (15 November) and Dunedin (16, 17, 21, 23 November).

9:05 Redmer Yska

Wellington writer and historian researcher Redmer Yska has written histories of marijuana (New Zealand Green, 1990), 1950s youth culture (All Shook Up, 1993) and the capital city (Wellington, 2006). He began his career as a reporter for NZ Truth, and used his 2008 National Library Research Fellowship to write a history of the pioneering tabloid newspaper, Truth: the Rise and Fall of the People's Paper (Craig Potton Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-877517-30-3).

9:40 Warren Tate

Professor Warren Tate, FRSNZ, is an internationally renowned molecular biologist, and member of the Biochemistry Department, Otago School of Medical Sciences, at the University of Otago. On 10 November he was awarded New Zealand's top science and technology honour, the Rutherford Medal, for his outstanding achievements in molecular biology and molecular neuroscience. Together with the medal awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, he also received $100,000 from the Government.

10:05 Robin Maconie

Robin Maconie is a New Zealand composer, pianist and writer. He is a world expert on the composer Stockhausen, and the science and acoustics of music, and author of a number of books including The Concept of Music (OUP, 1993), The Science of Music (OUP, 1997), and new title, Musicologia: Musical Knowledge from Plato to John Cage (The Scarecrow Press, ISBN: 978-0810876965).

10:40 Julie Anne Genter

Julie Anne Genter, originally from Los Angeles is a graduate from UC Berkeley and spent several years in France before settling in New Zealand, where she specialised in transportation planning as a scholar at the University of Auckland. Now a consultant for McCormick Rankin Cagney in Wellington, she has assisted numerous cities in New Zealand and Australia to develop strategic parking strategies.

11:10 Kristine Tompkins

Kristine Tompkins is the former CEO of California outdoor clothing company Patagonia, and the founder of Conservacion Patagonica, a trust focused on conserving land within the Patagonia region of South America.

11:45 Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett, of Te Arawa descent, has written and directed two short films, and many hours of prime-time television drama and comedy. He teaches screenwriting, works as a script consultant, script developer and script doctor, and is a marathon runner. His feature film directing debut, the co-written multi-narrative Matariki, debuted at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, and will go on New Zealand release from 18 November.

Music played during the programme

The Creole Choir of Cuba: Se Lavi
From the 2010 album: Tande-La
Played at around 8:30

Robin Maconie: extract from The Measures
Private recording
Played at around 10:10

Olaf Bär, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Marriner
From the 1990 album: The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played at around 11:05

Ben Sollee: A Few Honest Words
From the 2008 album: Learning to Bend
(SonaBlast Records)
Played at around 11:40

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Andrew Dalziel
Auckland engineer: Adrian Hollay
Christchurch engineer: Hamish Doake
Dunedin engineer: Rod Morgan