8:15 Jeremy Scahill

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, and author of the acclaimed bestseller Blackwater. His new book, Dirty Wars: the World is a Battlefield (Serpent’s Tail, ISBN: 978-1-84668-850-8), an expose of America’s covert foreign policy operations. He is the producer and writer of a documentary of the same title, which will screen at the 2013 New Zealand International Film Festival.


9:05 Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist based in Moscow. Her work has been published in The New Republic, New Statesman, Granta, Slate and Vanity Fair, and she has written books on genetics and mathematics. Her new book is The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (Granta, ISBN: 978-1-84708-423-1), and she will be a guest at two sessions (17 and 19 May) at the 2013 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.


9:45 Louis Chambers

Louis Chambers has an LLB (First Class Hons) and a BA (Economics, Environmental management) from Otago University and has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University from October 2013. He is a founder of youth-led zero carbon advocacy group Generation Zero, and Law for Change, which is focused on public interest law.


10:05 Cassandra Wilson

Mississippi-born jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer Cassandra Wilson began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the 1970s, singing a wide variety of material. Her landmark 1992 album for Blue Note Records, Blue Light ‘Til Dawn, paved the way for a new generation of jazz singers, and her eighteenth album, Another Country, was released last year. She is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her own jazz venue in Jackson, Mississippi, which she runs alongside a busy global touring schedule including one New Zealand concert (7 June) with her sextet during the Wellington Jazz Festival (6-8 June).


11:05 Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty’s pioneering research into human immune systems earned him the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1996. He was Australian of the Year and awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1997 and currently divides his professional time between the University of Melbourne and St Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis. He is the author of the 2005 memoir The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize (The Miegunyah Press, ISBN: 978-0-52285-120-5) and Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell Us About Our Health And Our World (Melbourne University Press, ISBN: 978-0-52286-110-5). Professor Doherty is visiting New Zealand for Massey University’s celebration of 50 years of veterinary research and education, and to deliver the lecture, Human Wellbeing and the Challenges Facing Us, in Palmerston North (14 May), Hastings (22 May), and New Plymouth (23 May, and the Royal Society talk, The Killer Defence, in Wellington (21 May).


11:45 David Cameron

David Cameron is a founder and CEO of LearnKo, which delivers online learning programs to English language organisations in Asia. The company has just completed the twelve-week Lightning Lab programme, and attracted investment interest at the recent Lightining Lab Demo Day.


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: Shaun Wilson

Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell


Music played in this show


Cassandra Wilson: Almost Twelve
From the 2012 album: Another Country
Played at around 10:10

Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey
From the 1971 album: Tupelo Honey
Played at around 10:15

Cassandra Wilson: Olomuroro
From the 2012 album: Another Country
Played at around 10:30

Cassandra Wilson: Strange Fruit
From the 1995 album: New Moon Daughter
(Blue Note)
Played at around 10:45

The Monkees: Last Train to Clarksville
The 1966 single from the compilation album: Anthology
Played at around 10:50