Guest details for Saturday Morning 2 April 2011

8:12 Erik Conway

Erik M. Conway is an historian of science and technology at the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of several books, most recently Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming (Bloomsbury, ISBN: 978-1-59691-610-4), which he co-authored with Naomi Oreskes (who will visit here in May for the Auckland Writers Festival). Erik was a keynote speaker at the Climatefutures forum at Te Papa, Wellington (31 March - 1 April), organised by the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington.

8:45 Layton Duncan

Layton Duncan is the director of Christchurch software development company Polar Bear Farm, and founder of mobile health service provider Sense Medical, and the Epicentre workspace in Christchurch. He also writes the From the Hip blog.

9:05 Cliff Abraham

Professor Wickliffe Abraham is a Professor in Psychology and Director of the Brain Health Research Centre at the University of Otago. He is an international authority on brain mechanisms of memory and Alzheimer's research, and was involved with the recent Brain Awareness Week, the annual global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.

9:45 Cassandra Treadwell

Cassandra Treadwell is the Executive Director of the non-profit organisation Global Volunteer Network Foundation Australia, which she founded after visiting an Internally Displaced Persons refugee camp in Kenya in 2009. It has since funded the building of the Aberdare Ranges Primary School in Nakuru, Kenya.

10:05 Will and Annie Crummer

Rarotongan musician Will Crummer played a major role in Auckland's thriving live music scene of the 1960s, and recorded for the Viking label. His daughter, Annie Crummer, has sung with New Zealand artists such as Netherworld Dancing Toys, When the Cat's Away, and Herbs, as well as pursuing her own solo career. Annie and her brothers David and Pat (ukulele, guitar) were part of a group of musicians late last year who helped Will record his first album in four decades: Shoebox Lovesongs: the Rarotongan Music of Will Crummer (Ode/Rhythmethod), which comes with a 50-minute DVD documentary directed by Costa Botes. Will and Annie will be accompanied live in the studio by Turia 'Dinky' Ngatipa on ukulele.

11:10 James Samuel: low-energy futures

James Samuel lives on Waiheke Island, and has been involved in the Transition Towns relocalisation movement since it began. He is also Convenor of the Auckland Food Alliance.

11:40 Maria Tatar

Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, where she chairs the Programme in Folklore and Mythology and teaches courses in German Studies, Folklore, and Children's Literature. She is the author of a number of books about fairytales, including the 2009 book, Enchanted Hunters: the Power of Stories in Childhood (W. W. Norton & Company, ISBN: 9780393066012). Maria was invited to the University of Auckland by the VC's Distinguished Visitor Fund to deliver the talk, Fairy Tales in an Age of Electronic Entertainments on 29 March.

Music played during the programme

Will Crummer: Nani Here
From the 2011 album: Shoebox Lovesongs
Played at around 10:05

Will Crummer, Annie Crummer, Turia 'Dinky' Ngatipa: Aue Taku Tane
Live in the Auckland studio of Radio New Zealand
Played at around 10:20

Will Crummer, Annie Crummer, Turia 'Dinky' Ngatipa: Omaina To Rima Ki Aku
Live in the Auckland studio of Radio New Zealand
Played at around 10:35

Will Crummer, Annie Crummer, Turia 'Dinky' Ngatipa: Poe Tiare
Live in the Auckland studio of Radio New Zealand
Played at around 10:45

Will Crummer: What's the Matter You Last Night?
From the 2011 album: Shoebox Lovesongs
Played at around 10:55

Peter Bjorn and John: Second Chance
From the 2011 album: Gimme Some
(Cooking Vinyl)
Played at around 11:05

Teddy Thompson: The One I Can't Have
From the 2011 album: Bella
Played at around 11:40

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon
Christchurch engineer: Andrew Collins
Dunedin engineer: Martin Balch