Guest details for Saturday Morning 23 July 2011


8:15 John Harris

British journalist and author John Harris writes regularly for the Guardian on politics, popular culture and music, most recently on the phone hacking scandal. His books include The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock (2003, Fourth Estate), So Now Who Do We Vote For? (2005, Faber & Faber), a voting primer for the general election of 2005, and Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll: the Ultimate Guide to the Music, the Myths and the Madness (2009, Sphere, ISBN: 978-1-84744-293-2).


8:40 James Marsh

Film director James Marsh won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film Man on Wire. His new documentary, Project Nim, is based on the book Nim Chimpsky: the Chimp Who Would Be Human by Elizabeth Hess (Random House, ISBN: 9780553382778), and is screening at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival (23 July in Auckland, 6, 8, 9, 12 August in Wellington; other centres follow).


9:05 Peter Donnelly

Australian mathematician Peter Donnelly is Professor of Statistical Science and Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in the University of Oxford. He is visiting New Zealand to deliver his talk, The Gene Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges, for the Sir Neil Waters Lecture Series on three Massey University campuses (Auckland 20 July, Palmerston North 25 July, Wellington 26 July).


9:50 Julian Robins

Julian Robins is a political reporter for Radio New Zealand. He is in Washington DC reporting on Prime Minister John Key’s visit to the United States.


10:05 Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux is a prolific American travel writer and the author of many works of fiction. His books include The Great Railway Bazaar (1975) The Mosquito Coast (1981), Dark Star Safari (2002), and Ghost Train to the Western Star (2008). His latest book is an anthology, The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road (Penguin, ISBN: 978-0-241-14464-0).


11:05 Michael Smythe

Michael Smythe is a design enthusiast and practitioner, and the author of New Zealand By Design: a History of New Zealand Product Design (Godwit, ISBN: 978-1-86979-574-0). He will be a guest at the Going West Books and Writers Festival 2001 in September.


11:45 Gardening with Kath Irvine

Kath Irvine has spent years teaching permaculture and gardening to schools and community groups. Her Edible Backyard business runs workshops from her garden in Ohau, on how to grow food and create edible backyards. She will talk about getting ready for the growing season.


Music played during the programme

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears: She’s So Scandalous
From the 2011 album: Scandalous
(Lost Highway)
Played at around 8:55

Terakaft: Alghalem
From the 2011 album: Aratan N Azawad
(World Village)
Played at around 10:05

Pixie Williams: It’s Just Because (The Soldier’s Farewell)
From the 2011 compilation album: For the Record – the Pixie Williams Collection 1949-1951
(Blue Smoke Records)
Played at around 11:40

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Damon Taylor