Guest details for Saturday Morning 21 April 2012


8:15 Michael Hastings

American journalist and writer Michael Hastings is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine where he covers politics and international affairs, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. His 2010 article, The Runaway General, resulted in the removal of US General McChrystal from his Afghanistan command; his new book, The Operators: the Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan (Orion Books, ISBN 978-1-4091-4487-8), expands on that article. Michael Hastings is covering the US Presidential election for the Buzzfeed website, and will be a guest at three sessions (11, 12 and 13 May) during the 2012 Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.


8:45 Paul Roy

Producer, director, writer and cameraman Paul Roy is co-director of Iguana Film Productions, a New Zealand and Australia- based company which has been making award winning television documentaries and documentary series for over 25 years in over 30 countries. His latest six-part series, Indian Hospital, was filmed in Bangalore for Al Jazeera English, and will screen on the network in early May.


9:05 David Agus

Dr. David B. Agus heads the Westside Prostate Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine at the University of Southern California, where his research focuses on the application of proteomics and genomics for the study of cancer and the development of new therapeutics for prostate cancer. He is the founder of, the largest online cancer resource and virtual community, and Navigenics, a consumer-focused healthcare technology and wellness company. He is the author of new best-seller The End of Illness (Simon & Schuster, ISBN: 978-1-84983-915-0)


10:05 Playing Favourites with Hamish McKeich

Hamish McKeich has forged an international conducting career, and has had a long partnership with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, serving as the orchestra's Associate Conductor from 2002 to 2006, and continuing to perform with them, most recently with Peter and the Wolf at the 2012 New Zealand International Arts Festival. He also conducts and directs contemporary and experimental performances with New Zealand's two premiere music ensembles, Stroma and 175 East.


11:05 Jim Marchbank

Jim Marchbank was CEO of Science North in Ontario, Canada, from 1987 to 2011. Under his direction Science North grew to be the largest tourist attraction in Northern Ontario, and Canada’s second largest science centre, encompassing a Special Exhibits Hall, Butterfly Gallery, 2D/3D IMAX Theatre, and digital dome planetarium. Jim was the first President of the Canadian Association of Science Centres and has executive produced four large format films. He is visiting New Zealand as keynote speaker for the 2012 Museums Aotearoa Conference in Wellington (18-20 April).


11:45 Children’s Books with Kate De Goldi

New Zealand writer Kate De Goldi is the author of a number of books, including the multi-award winning novel, The 10pm Question. She will discuss four more books from the New York Review Children's Collection:
Terrible, Horrible Edie, by EC Spykman (NYR Children's Collection, ISBN 978-1-59017-353-4);
Lizard Music, by Daniel Pinkwater (NYR Children's Collection, ISBN: 978-1-59017-387-9);
Supposing..., by Alastair Reid and Bob Gill (NYR Children's Collection, ISBN: 978-1-59017-369-5); and
Three Ladies Beside the Sea, by Rhoda Levine and Edward Gorey (NYR Children's Collection, ISBN 978-1-59017-354-1).


Music played during the programme

Alabama Shakes: You Ain’t Alone
From the 2012 album: Boys & Girls
(Rough Trade)
Played at around 11:40

Playing Favourites with Hamish McKeich

Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwangler:  Overture - Allegro, from Handel Concerto Grosso Op 6 nr 10 in D minor
The 1942 recording from the 1989 album: Beethoven: Symphonie Nr 4 / Handel: Concerto Grosso
(Deutsche Grammaphon 427 777-2)
Played at around 10:15

Ornette Coleman ‘Prime Time’: Song X
From the 1990 live album: Jazzbuhne Berlin ‘88
Played at around 10:25

Kirov Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev:  Scriabin - The Poem of Ecstasy
From the 2001 album: Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy
(Philips 289 468 035-2)
Played at around 10:35

Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Jonathan Nott: Ligeti - Lontano
From the 2002 album:
(Teldec Classics)
Played at around 10:45

Radiohead: Nude
From the 2007 album: In Rainbows
Played at around 10:55

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Shaun D Wilson