Guest details for Saturday Morning 12 February 2011

8:15 Pratap Chatterjee

Pratap Chatterjee is a senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress, based in Washington, DC, and a regular columnist for the Guardian. He has written extensively about contractors employed in the 'war on terror', including two books on the subject: Iraq, Inc (2004) and Halliburton's Army (2009). He will discuss the role of Egypt's military-industrial complex and its links to United States interests.

8:30 Michael Hunter

Professor Michael Hunter is a leading historian of seventeenth century English science, at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has worked particularly on the early Royal Society, the intellectual history of Restoration England, and on Robert Boyle, the most influential British scientist of the late seventeenth century. Professor Hunter visited Dunedin, as a guest of The University of Otago, for the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference.

9:05 Nubar Hovsepian

Nubar Hovsepian is an Armenian from Egypt and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Chapman University, California.

9:20 Richard Friend

Sir Richard Friend is Director of the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, and is visiting New Zealand to launch the International Year of Chemistry: The Big Picture in Wellington. His talk, Exploring the Creative Tensions Between Science and Technology, drew on his experience of commercialising basic research at the University of Cambridge's technology cluster.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Annabel Alpers

New Zealand musician Annabel Alpers performs and records as Bachelorette. Her 2005 debut EP, The End of Things, was followed by two albums, Isolation Loops (2006) and My Electric Family (2009). Annabel is currently based in New York and will release a new Bachelorette album later this year.

11:10 David McCandless

David McCandless is a London-based author, data-journalist and information designer for print, advertising, television and the Internet. His work, visualising ideas, issues, knowledge and data with the minimum of text, has appeared in over 40 publications internationally, and in his book, Information is Beautiful (Collins, ISBN: 978-0-00-72966-4). David is a guest speaker at the annual Webstock conference in Wellington (17-18 February).

11:45 Poetry with Bill Manhire

Bill Manhire was New Zealand's inaugural Te Mata Estate Poet Laureate. He is a four-time winner of the New Zealand Book Award for poetry, received the Prime Minister's Award for Poetry in 2007, and is the director of the International Institute of Modern Letters, the centre for Creative Writing at Victoria University of Wellington. His latest book is The Victims of Lightning (Victoria University Press, ISBN: 978-0864736222). Bill discusses why so many poems are melancholy or sad, and talks about the Poetry Foundation iPhone app.

Music played during the programme

Joan as Police Woman: The Magic
From the 2011 album: The Deep Field
(Play It Again Sam)
Played at around 9:15

Lord Echo: Thinking of You
From the 2010 album: Melodies
(Economy Records)
Played at around 9:50

Bachelorette: Dream Sequence
From the 2009 album: My Electric Family
(Particle Tracks)
Played at around 9:58

Barnaby Weir: Sunset Blues
From the 2011 album: Tarot Card Rock
Played at around 11:40

Playing Favourites with Annabel Alpers

Bachelorette: Little Bird Tell Lies
From the 2009 album: My Electric Family
(Particle Tracks)
Played at around 10:05

Dolly Parton: Applejack
From the 1977 album: New Harvest… First Gathering
Played at around 10:13

Prince: Purple Rain
The 1984 single from the soundtrack album: Purple Rain
(Warner Bros)
Played at around 10:20

Tall Dwarfs: Nothing's Going To Happen
From the 1981 EP: Three Songs
(Flying Nun)
Played at around 10:35

The Orb: Little Fluffy Clouds
The 1990 single
(Big Life)
Played at around 10:45

Pink Floyd: Arnold Layne
The 1967 single from the 1971 compilation album: Relics
Played at around 10:55

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Lianne Smith