8:15 Elizabeth Pisani

Journalist and author Elizabeth Pisani has an MSc in Medical demography and a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, and has worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, the Economist, and the Asia Times. Her new book is Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation (Granta, ISBN: 978-1-78378-014-3).

9:05 Rachel Boynton

Rachel Boynton is the producer and director of the documentary Big Men, about oil deals in Ghana and Nigeria. It will screen in Auckland (21, 30 July, 3 August), Wellington (26, 29 July), Dunedin and Christchurch during the New Zealand International Film Festival (from 17 July).

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, Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino: Diverging Paths of Mannerism, currently showing at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, and a response by contemporary artist Bill Viola. Click here to see the Gallery of images discussed. Click here to watch The Greeting by Bill Viola.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Rob Thorne

Palmerston North-based musician Rob Thorne (Ngati Tumutumu) has been working with Taonga Puoro instruments since 2001, after many years in the independent and noise music scenes. This year he released his debut album, Whāia Te Māramatanga (Rattle Records), and this weekend he will give a lecture and demonstration at Otago University (11 July); a Matariki event, Taonga Puoro in Otepoti, at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery (11 July); a talk at Orokonui Sanctuary in Waitati (12 July); and a performance at Waterlines III (Puaka Matariki Festival) in Port Chalmers (12 July).

11:05 Ruth Reichl

Reichl RuthNew York writer Ruth Reichl wrote her first cookbook at 21 and was the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years until it folded in 2012. She is the author of three bestselling food memoirs, Tender at the Bone (1999), Comfort Me With Apples (2001) and Garlic and Sapphires (2005). She has been the restaurant critic at the New York Times and the food editor and restaurant critic at the Los Angeles Times. Her first novel is Delicious (Allen & Unwin, ISBN: 9781743319765). Ruth Reichl will be a guest at the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival (27-31 August), and at an Auckland Writers Festival and NZ Guild of Food Writers event, Delicious Dining with Ruth Reichl, at the Langham Hotel, Auckland.

11:40 Vivian Chandra

Vivian Chandra is ICT and Database Manager at Amnesty International New Zealand, and has been involved with the organisation since 1996, initially as part of the high school student activist network. She is one of the editors of the Amnesty blog, writes at her own website, and is a prolific Twitter user. She attended this week’s Net Hui conference in Auckland, facilitating the session (Em)Powering Women Using the Net (Men Welcome Too), and is attending the Gather 2014 Conference and Workshops in Auckland (12 July).

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

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon
Dunedin engineer: Martin Balch
Research by Anne Buchanan, Infofind

Music played in this show


Bilders: Nil Nil
From the 1994 album: Cut
Played at around 10:20

Pixies: Cactus
From the 1988 album: Surfer Rosa
Played at around 10:40

Tomahawk, Mescal Rite 1
From the 2007 album: Anonymous
Played at around 10:55

Hirini Melbourne: Mai te Kakano (From a Seed)
From the 1998 album: Te Wao Nui A Tane
Played at around 11:05

Chris Smither: No Love Today
From the 2014 album: Still on the Levee - 50 Year Retrospective
Played at around 11:35

Martin and Eliza Carthy:Happiness
From the 2014 album: The Moral of the Elephant
Played at around 11:55