8:15 William Dalrymple

Award-winning Scottish travel writer, historian and journalist William Dalrymple lives in India where he is one of the founders of the Jaipur Literary Festival. His latest book, Return of a King: the Battle for Afghanistan (Bloomsbury, ISBN: 978-1-4088-2287-6), is an analysis of the First Anglo-Afghan War of 1839. He will be a guest at three sessions (15, 17, 18 May) of the 2013 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.


8:45 Sameer Dossani

Sameer Dossani is a freelance researcher and activist who has been active in social, environmental and gender justice movements in South Asia for over 15 years. His articles include Power and Patronage: The Political Economy of Pakistan.


9:05 Kingi Smiler

Kingi Smiler chairs the management committee for the 2013 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award, the premier award for Māori in agriculture, which marks its 80th anniversary this year. He is also chairs the Wairarapa Moana Incorporation, Tairawhiti Land Development Trust, and milk powder manufacturer Miraka, and is a director of Wellington Rugby Union.


9:45 Richard Allen

Dr Richard P. Allen is an associate professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Center for Restless Legs Syndrome, which has a clinical and a research role, and is the leader of a new study into RLS.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Jan Bolwell

Jan Bolwell is a dancer, author and playwright. Her latest play, Dancing in the Wake, is based on the life of Lucia Joyce, daughter of James Joyce, and will tour nationwide to Otaki (25 May), Twizel (1 June), Arrowtown (2 June), Dunedin (4 June), Oamaru (5 June), Christchurch (6 and 7 June), New Plymouth (9 June), Whakatane (12 June), Hamilton (14 June), Whitianga (15 June), Auckland (16 June), Otamatea (18 June), Kaikohe (20 June), Whangarei (21 June), Upper Hutt (23 June), Takaka (25 June), and Westport (26 June), under the auspices of Arts On Tour New Zealand.


11:05 Helena Popovic

Dr Helena Popovic is one of Australia’s foremost authorities on how to improve brain function. Her book, In Search of My Father (Choose Health, ISBN: 978-1-74284-004-8), tells about caring for her father during his dementia, and taking charge of brain health. She will be a guest at one session (19 May) of the 2013 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.


11:40 Andrew Digby

Andrew Digby has a PhD in astronomy and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with NASA, but became captivated with conservation when he came to New Zealand in 2006. His current biology PhD uses kiwi calls as the basis for revealing more about kiwi behaviour and to help provide new tools for their conservation.


Music played during the programme

Details of tracks and artists will be listed on the Playlist section of this page shortly following broadcast.


Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Carol Jones

Music played in this show


Lorde: Royals
From the 2013 EP: The Love Club
Played at around 9:40

Playing Favourites with Jan Bolwell

Cecilia Bartoli: Lascia La Spina
From the 2005 album: Opera Proibita
Played at around 10:15

Colonial Club Orchestra: You’re the Cream in my Coffee
The 1928 recording from the compilation album: 100 Roaring Classics of the 1920s
(Master Classic Records)
Played at around 10:25

Mitzi Gaynor: Honey Bun
From the 1958 soundtrack album: South Pacific
Played at around 10:40

Karl Jenkins with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain: Agnus Dei
From the 2001 album: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Played at around 10:50