8:15 Ian Black

Ian Black is the Middle East editor of The Guardian. He is in Cairo reporting on the escalating crisis.

8:30 Noha Radwan

Noha Radwan is associate professor of Arabic and comparative literature at the University of California at Davis. She was born in Egypt and was among the participants in the 18-day Tahrir protests in early 2011.

8:45 Moa update

Follow-up to last Saturday's interview with Quinn Berentson on the moa, with audio of Alice McKenzie, who claimed to have seen a moa when she was eight years old.

9:05 Andrew Bovell

Andrew Bovell is a prolific Australian playwright and screenwriter (Strictly Ballroom, When the Rain Stops Falling, Who's Afraid of the Working Class, Head On) who has received the Australian Writers Guild Award on nine separate occasions. He ran a speaker session and workshop at the Big Screen Symposium in Auckland (10-11 August), and his 1996 play, Speaking in Tongues (adapted for the 2001 film Lantana), is currently playing in a new SILO Theatre production, directed by Shane Bosher, at Auckland's Herald Theatre(to 14 September).

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 the exhibition Turner from the Tate: the Making of a Master, currently showing at the National Gallery of Australia (to 15 September). Images under discussion are available for view by clicking on the Art on Saturday Morning link on the right side of this web page.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Chris Bevan

Auckland musician and music teacher Chris Bevan is musical director of the Summerset NZ Young at Heart Chorus, the official local “descendents” of the original group of American singers aged over 70 who were featured in the 2007 documentary, Young at Heart. The Summerset NZ Young at Heart chorus will perform in Wellington in late September as featured guest performers at the Bay Audiology RVA Festival of Choirs, a choral competition between singers from retirement villages around New Zealand.

11:05 MaryJane Thomson

MaryJane Thomson is a Wellington writer, artist and photographer. Her memoir, Sarah Vaughan is Not My Mother (Awa Press, ISBN: 978-18777-551802) recounts her years of mental illness and institutionalisation in psychiatric hospitals.

11:45 Geoff Whittle

Professor Geoff Whittle is recognised as a world leader in the field of discrete mathematics, and has been based at the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research at Victoria University since 1992. After 14 years of work, he and his colleagues Professor Jim Geelen (Canada) and Professor Bert Gerards (Netherlands) have solved a problem posed by the famous mathematician and philosopher Gian-Carlo Rota in 1970.

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


Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion: 9 Outta Ten Times
From the 2013 album: Wassaic Way
(Route 8 Records)
Played at around 8:50

The James Hunter Six: Minute By Minute
From the 2013 album: Minute By Minute
Played at around 8:55

Playing Favourites with Chris Bevan

Jimmie Davis: You Are My Sunshine
The 1940 recording, from the compilation album: 40s Hits Country
Played at around 10:15

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano) and the Philharmonia Orchestra: Allegro, from Mozart Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat major, K.450
From the 1979 album: Mozart Piano Concertos
Played at around 10:25

ABBA: Super Trouper
The 1980 single from the album: Super Trouper
Played at around 10:40

U2: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
The 1987 single from the album: The Joshua Tree
Played at around 10:50

Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel: Defying Gravity
From the 2003 album: Wicked: Original Broadway Cast
Played at around 10:55