Guest details for Saturday Morning 18 June 2011


8:15 Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley is the author of a number of popular science books, most recently The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (HarperCollins, ISBN: 9780007267125). He writes the Mind & Matter column for the Wall Street Journal, and recently completed The Shale Gas Shock, a report for the Global Warming Policy Foundation.


9:05 Maureen Bisognano

Maureen Bisognano is President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston. She is a prominent authority on improving health care systems, and was named by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare in 2011. She is visiting New Zealand next week for the opening of Ko Awatea, a teaching facility and ‘brain trust’ at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland.


9:40 Ngila Dickson

Ngila Dickson is an Academy Award-winning costume designer. Along with a number of fellow New Zealanders, she worked on the big-budget Hollywood production Green Lantern, now in cinemas, and on the adaptation of the Lloyd Jones novel Mister Pip, which has been in production in Bougainville.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Mary-Annette Hay

Mary-Annette Hay became known as the Queen of Wool while working as Promotions Officer for the New Zealand Wool Board between 1948 and 1965. A collection of her garments were displayed at Te Papa, and she is a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, a five-year global initiative that aims to bring wool back into fashion and to highlight its eco-friendly and durable benefits.


11:05 Amitav Ghosh

Calcutta-born writer Amitav Ghosh divides his time between Goa in India, and Brooklyn in New York. The first book in his planned Ibis Trilogy, set against the backdrop of the 19th century Opium War, is Sea of Poppies (John Murray, ISBN: 978-0-7195-6897-8), which was short listed for the Man Booker prize in 2008. His seventh novel, and sequel to that book, is River of Smoke (John Murray, ISBN: 978-0-7195-6899-2).


11:45 Jeremy Randerson

Jeremy Randerson is a New Zealand actor (Home By Christmas, The Almighty Johnsons) and entrepreneur (Foxton Fizz). He has an online alter ego as “web wunderkind” Simon Peter, and is the lead actor in new seven-part web series Wolvesblade, appearing weekly. He is also assisting sculptor John Radford with Graft, a new artwork inspired by suburban demolitions, removals and re-locations caused by urban redevelopment.


Music played during the programme

Eliza Carthy: Britain is a Carpark
From the 2011 album: Neptune
(Hem Hem)
Played at around 9:05

Playing Favourites with Mary-Annette Hay

Daniel Adni (piano), with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Alwyn:  The Dream of Olwen
From the 1980 album: Classics for Pleasure
Played at around 10:25

Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa: Wedding March
From the 1994 album: Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(Deutsche Grammophon)
Played at around 10:40

Ashley Putnam and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Sir Colin Davis: Quando me’n vo’ (Musetta's Waltz Song)
From the 1979 album: La Boheme
Played at around 10:50

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Steve Burridge