8:15 Spencer Wells

Spencer Wells is the head of the Genographic Project at National Geographic, a study that has involved the DNA sampling of more than 650,000 people in 130 countries around the world. He will be visiting Gisborne with a PBS crew later this month to film people of Ngai Tāmanuhiri being sampled, and receiving study results from Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, an Allan Wilson Centre Principal Investigator and the Genographic Project Principal Investigator in the Oceania region for over six years. Dr Wells will deliver a presentation on the DNA-based Genographic Project at the Royal Society Auditorium in Wellington (4 March), and take DNA sampling for full genome analysis from the audience, who will learn what percentage of their DNA is affiliated with specific regions of the world and if they have traces of Neanderthal ancestry. (NB: Geno 2.0 Kits can be ordered and shipped to New Zealand from this link.)

9:05 Vladimir Hachinski

Dr Vladimir Hachinski is Distinguished University Professor of Neurology at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He was instrumental in establishing the world’s first successful acute stroke unit, was editor-in-chief of the journal Stroke from 2000 to 2010, and is President of the World Federation of Neurology. Dr Hachinski is visiting New Zealand as a guest of the Neurological Foundation Chair of Clinical Neurology.

9:45 Classical Music with Davinia Caddy

Dr Davinia Caddy is a senior lecturer at Auckland University’s School of Music, a flautist, and the author of How to Hear Classical Music (Awa Press). She will discuss melody and pitch, following up her January session about rhythm.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Peter Marshall

Peter Marshall is managing director of architectural firm Warren and Mahoney, part of the team selected to carry out the task of the redesign of Christchurch after the earthquakes.

11:05 Steven Shafer

Dr Steven Shafer is a professor of anaesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center and was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the International Society of Anaesthetic Pharmacology in 2011. He is editor of the Journal of Anaesthesiology and Analgesia, a world-leader on academic misconduct, and appeared as an expert witness in the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial. Dr Shafer is visiting New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the 2014 Combined AACA & ASURA Congress, hosted by the NZ Society of Anaesthetists, and will run a session, Academic Misconduct: More Tales from the A&A Case Files, on 22 February.

11:45 Energy with David Haywood

David Haywood has a Ph.D. in engineering and lives in Dunsandel. He writes the Southerly blog for Public Address, and is the author of the collection of humorous essays My First Stabbing, the children’s book The Hidden Talent of Albert Otter, and The New Zealand Reserve Bank Annual 2010 (all publicaddressbooks.com). He will explain what energy is.

Music played during the programme

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

This Saturday’s team:

Wellington engineer: Shaun Wilson
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Christchurch engineer: Andrew Collins
Research by Anne Buchanan, Infofind

Music played in this show


Jenó Jandó: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, 2nd movement (Andante)
From the album: Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 20 and 21
(Naxos 8.553265)
Played at around 9:45

Alberto Turco & Nova Schola Gregoria:  Introitus: Da Pacem
From the album: Adorate Deum, Gregorian Chant from the Proper of the Mass
(Naxos 8.550711)
Played at around 9:50

François Joël Thiollier: Préludes, Book 1: La Cathédrale Engloutie
From the album: Debussy Piano Works Volume 4
(Naxos 8.553293)
Played at around 9:58

Playing Favourites with Peter Marshall

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man
From the 1988 album: I’m Your Man
Played at around 10:15

Paolo Conte: Gioco D'Azzardo (Gambling)
From the 1982 album: Travel Notes
Played at around 10:30

U2: Where the Streets Have No Name
From the 1987 album: The Joshua Tree
Played at around 10:45