Guest details for Saturday Morning 23 April 2011

8:12 James McPherson

American Civil War historian James McPherson is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Emeritus, at the Department of History, University of Princeton.

9:05 Greg Cross

Investor and entrepreneur Greg Cross is the Business Director of PureBlack Racing, which aims to become the first international UCI ProTour road cycling team from New Zealand. Launched in 2010, the team's ultimate goal is to reach the Tour de France by 2015.

9:40 Taggart Siegel

Taggart Siegel is the co-founder of Collective Eye, Inc., a non-profit media organisation based in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, and has been directing documentaries and dramas for 25 years. His new film, Queen of the Sun, looks at the global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, and philosophers. It opened nationwide on 21 April.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Mary Coughlan

Irish jazz and folk singer and actress Mary Coughlan has released 15 albums, most recently The House of Ill-Repute in 2008, which saw her reunited with long-term collaborator and producer Erik Visser. In 2010 she released her autobiography, Bloody Mary: My Life and Times (Hachette Books Ireland, ISBN: 978-0340993484). Mary is playing at the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga (24 April), a Quake Benefit Concert in the Aurora Centre, Christchurch (28 April), and at the Southland Festival of the Arts (4 May).

11:05 Herman Knippenberg

Herman Knippenberg is a retired Dutch diplomat who was stationed at the Netherlands Embassy in Bangkok in the 1970s, and was instrumental in building the case against notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj.

11:45 Poetry with Airini Beautrais

Pukerua Bay poet Airini Beautrais has a background in science teaching and is currently a full time mother. Her 2006 collection Secret Heart (VUP, ISBN: 9780864735416) won Best First Book of Poetry at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2007, and her new collection, Western Line (VUP, ISBN: 978-0-86473-649-9) has just been published.

Music played during the programme

George F Root : Battle Cry of Freedom (performed by Jacqueline Schwab)
From the 1990 album: The Civil War - Music from the Original Soundtrack
Played at around 08:12

Pete Seeger : John Brown's Body
From the 1960 album: Songs of the Civil War
(Smithsonian Folkways)
Played at around 08:30

Elizabeth Knight with the Harvesters : Bonnie Blue Flag
From the 1960 album: Songs of the Civil War
(Smithsonian Folkways)
Played at around 08:58

Playing Favourites with Mary Coughlan

Chicken Shack : I'd Rather Go Blind
From the 1969 single of the same name
(Blue Horizon)
Played at around 10:20

The Band : The Weight
From the 1968 album: Music From Big Pink
(Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab)
Played at around 10:35

Mary Coughlan : In Your Darkened Room
From the 2008 album: The House of Ill Repute
(Ruby Works Records)
Played at around 10:45

Bob Dylan : I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
From the 1967 album: John Wesley Harding
Played at around 10:58

Studio Operators

Associate producer: Sean McKenna
Wellington engineer: Shaun Wilson
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon