Guest details for Saturday Morning 24 September 2011


8:15 Yasmine Ryan

Yasmine Ryan is a New Zealand journalist working for Al Jazeera English, specialising in North Africa. She has been covering the Arab uprisings since the protests first erupted in Tunisia in December, and was the first journalist to examine the battles for freedom of expression between cyber dissidents and the authorities. In October, she will report from Tunisia on what many are hoping will be the country's first free and fair election.


8:30 Paul Diamond

Paul Diamond is a writer, broadcast journalist and historian, and chaired the judging panel at this year's NZ Post Book Awards. During 2011 he has been a resident scholar at the Stout Research Centre for NZ Studies, where he is writing a book about Charles Mackay (1875-1929), the secretly homosexual mayor of Whanganui. In August he was appointed Curator, Maori at the Alexander Turnbull Library.


9:05 Nancy Andreasen

Dr Nancy Andreasen M.D., Ph.D., is Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry and Director of its Neuroimaging Research Center and the Mental Health Clinical Research Center at The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She is a world-leading schizophrenia researcher, and a pioneer of neuroimaging which enables medical researchers to see what is going on inside the heads of people suffering from schizophrenia. In 2000 she received the United States National Medal of Science from President Bill Clinton. Dr Andreasen is visiting New Zealand to give a series of seminars around the country to health professionals.


9:40 Martyn Myer

Martyn Myer and his wife Louise have been coming to Wanaka from Australia for 25 years, and built the Whare Kea Lodge there 15 years ago. The Lodge, the Myers and the people and area are profiled in the new book, Wanaka: Earth to Heaven at Whare Kea by Michal McKay with photographs by Kieran Scott (Godwit, ISBN: 978-1-86962-182-7).


10:05 Playing Favourites with Simon O’Neill, Jonathan Lemalu, Madeleine Pierard, and Sarah Castle

Madeleine Pierard (soprano), Sarah Castle (mezzo soprano), Simon O’Neill (tenor) and Jonathan Lemalu (bass) will be performing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and guest choirs, conducted by Pietari Inkinen in Odes to Joy (Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and a new work from Gareth Farr), in Wellington (22 September, sold out), Auckland (24 September, sold out), Christchurch (27 September) and Dunedin ( 28 September), as part of the Real New Zealand Festival.


11:05 Kevin McCloud

Architectural historian and designer Kevin McCloud is best known for the television series Grand Designs, and has also made series about Europe, the slums of Mumbai, and urban blight and regeneration. He writes about architecture and people, most recently in the book Kevin McCloud’s 43 Principles of Home: Enjoying Life in the 21st Century (Collins, ISBN: 978-0-00-726548-0), and runs HAB (Happiness Architecture Beauty), building sustainable and contextual housing schemes. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Kevin McCloud visits New Zealand for the first time for One Night Only, an evening of design and anecdotes, on 26 October at Auckland’s Civic Theatre.


11:45 Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen Jenkinson is a UK Kennel Club Access and Countryside Management consultant, and a Pet Behaviour Counsellor working for the Blue Cross animal charity in the Highlands and Islands. He is visiting Christchurch for a seminar, A City Good for Dogs is Great for Humans (7:00pm on 26 September,  Sydenham Library, Cashmere).


Music played during the programme

Playing Favourites with Simon O’Neill, Jonathan Lemalu, Madeleine Pierard, and Sarah Castle

Ozzy Osbourne: Goodbye to Romance
From the 1980 album: Blizzard of Oz
Played at around 10:35

Kanye West featuring Jaz-Z: Diamonds from Sierra Leone
From the 2005 album: Late Registration
Played at around 10:40

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, conducted by Neville Marriner: The Lark Ascending
From the 1972 album: The World of Vaughan Williams
Played at around 10:45

Dolly Parton: Here You Come Again
The 1977 single from the 1982 compilation album: Greatest Hits
Played at around 10:55

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Matt Thomson
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Hamilton engineer: Andrew McRae
Christchurch engineer: Andrew Collins