Guest details for Saturday Morning 4 August 2012


8:15 Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2003 and a contributor since 2001. Her writing focuses on issues of poverty, opportunity, social and economic policy, and education, and she spent three years in a Mumbai slum to research her latest book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Scribe, ISBN: 978-1-4000-6755-8).


9:05 Graham Henry

Sir Graham Henry is a former headmaster, cricketer and All Blacks coach. He tells his story, with Bob Howitt, in Graham Henry: Final Word (HarperCollins, ISBN 978-1-86950973-6).


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 will discuss Home AKL, the contemporary Pacific art exhibition at the gallery (to 22 October). Images under discussion are available for view by clicking on the Art on Saturday Morning link on the right hand side of this page.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Tim Kong

Tim Kong came to teaching in his 30s, after working as a video roadie for musical acts including the Chemical Brothers and Underworld. He currently teaches at Seatoun School in Wellington, and writes about education in his Continue blog at Edublogs.


11:05 Alison Klayman

Freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker Alison Klayman lived in China from 2006 to 2010. Her first feature documentary film, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, about the Chinese artist and dissident, is screening at the New Zealand International Film Festival in Wellington (7, 9 and 11 August), Christchurch (19 and 20 August), Palmerston North (19 and 21 August), and Hamilton (31 August and 1 September).


11:30 John Dawson

John Dawson is the author, with Rob Lucas, of New Zealand’s Native Trees (Craig Potton Publishing, ISBN: 9781877517013), which won Book of the Year at the New Zealand Post Book Awards, as well as the Best Illustrated Non-Fiction award. It also won the Nielsen BookData NZ Bookseller’s Choice Award 2012. Since retiring as Associate Professor of Botany at Victoria University in 1988, Dr Dawson has been undertaking botanical research in New Caledonia, teaching courses on native plants, and guiding groups around the Otari Native Botanic Gardens in Wellington.


Music played during the programme

Playing Favourites with Tim Kong

Underworld: Jumbo
From the 1998 album: Beaucoup Fish
Played at around 10:15

Elton John: Tiny Dancer
From the 1971 album: Madman on the Water
Played at around 10:35

The Band: It Makes No Difference
From the 1975 album: Northern Lights ­- Southern Cross
Played at around 10:55

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Lianne Smith
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon