Guest details for Saturday Morning 19 May 2012


8:15 Lawrence Krauss

Lawrence M. Krauss is Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He is the author of more than 300 scientific publications and nine books including Atom: A Single Oxygen Atom's Journey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond (2002, Back Bay Books, ISBN 978-0316183093), Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science (2010, Penguin, ISBN 978-0393340655), and this year’s A Universe from Nothing (Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1451624458). Professor Krauss visited New Zealand for the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, and as a 2012 Hood Fellow at The University of Auckland.


8:45 Bruce Hicks

Bruce Hicks is a former political strategist, journalist and publisher, who lectures in political science at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He will discuss the student protests in Quebec that some are calling the "Maple Spring".


9:05 Chris Szekely

Chris Szekely is Chief Librarian at the Alexander Turnbull Library. His 2011 book Rāhui (Huia, ISBN 978-1869694708), in Maori and English language versions with illustrations by the late Malcolm Ross, won the picture book category at the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.


9:45 Art with Mary Kisler

Mary Kisler is the Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art, at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. She has curated the touring exhibition Angels and Aristocrats: Early European Art in NZ Collections (based on her book), which is currently showing at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery (to 29 July). Mary will discuss the portrait s of Vanessa Bell and Angelica Garnett by Duncan Grant. Images under discussion are available for view by clicking on the Art on Saturday Morning link.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Dave Moskovitz

Dave Moskovitz is an entrepreneur and angel investor, who co-founded one of Wellington’s early web development companies and took it from the garage to strategic trade sale. He is chairman of online startup launch company WebFund, and of musician and fan connector MusicHype. He runs Think Tank Consulting, is an active member of AngelHQ, is on the council of InterentNZ, and is a Global Facilitator for the Startup Weekend organisation, which has events planned for June (Auckland), July (Wellington), August (Palmerston North) and September (Perth, WA). He has worked on numerous dictionaries, including the Online Dictionary of NZ Sign Language, and He Pātaka Kupu, the largest reference work ever published in Te Reo. Dave is also involved in inter-religious dialogue and is the Jewish co-chair of the Wellington Council of Christians and Jews. Dave blogs at, which includes a list of what makes a godo startup.


11:05 Hilary Mantel

English novelist, short story writer and critic Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker Prize in 2009 for Wolf Hall. That novel’s sequel, Bring Up the Bodies (4th Estate, ISBN 978-0007353583), continues her exploration of the lives of Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII.


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 two new New Zealand books: Reach, by Hugh Brown (HarperCollins, ISBN 978-1-86950-956-9), which won the 2011 Storylines Tessa Duder Award, and The Bridge, by Jane Higgins (Text Publishing, ISBN 978-1-921758-33-1), which won the Honour Award for Young Adult Fiction at the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.


Music played during the programme

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Gerald Moore (piano): Gute Nacht
From the 1971 recording of Franz Schubert – Winterreise D911
(Deutsche Grammaphon 415 187-2)
Played at around 9:35

Playing Favourites with Dave Moskovitz

Spike Milligan: The Q5 Piano Tune
Theme to the 1969 TV series, from the 1990 compilation album: A Collection of Spikes
Played at around 10:15

The Mint Chicks: Bad Buzz
From the 2010 EP: Bad Buzz
(Mint Chicks)
Played at around 10:25

The Klezmer Rebs: Kumt Kumt Khaverim
From the 2008 album: Just Add Shmaltz
(Klezmer Rebs)
Played at around 10:40

Balkan Beat Box: Ramallah Tel-Aviv
From the 2007 album: Nu Med
(Crammed Discs)
Played at around 10:50

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Dominic Godfrey
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon